Who said that you have to go to Seychelles, Mauritius or another remote island to enjoy an amazing honeymoon? There are some other great options way closer than you think and one of them is undoubtedly Nashville. With its rich musical and cultural history, the Music City has become a popular destination for good reason.
The city of Nashville lies on the banks of the Cumberland River on the east side of the United States. With nearly 700,000 inhabitants, it’s the capital of the state of Tennessee and due to its rich musical history, it’s the ultimate pilgrimage for country music fans.
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Nashville was founded in 1779 and it was the first American southern city to introduce a public school system. Due to its numerous universities and the full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon, it was known as the “Athens of the South”.
With remarkable entertainment and music scenes, great atmosphere and a fast growing airport that receives nonstop flights from London, the Music City has become an important tourist destination receiving more than 15 million tourists every year.
Nashville has agreeable weather the whole year with temperatures that can rise up to 90ºF in summer and fall to 30ºF in winter. This makes it a year-round destination, although most tourists arrive in summer.
Things to do
Nashville is a perfect honeymoon destination for for music lovers. With attractions such as the Country Music Hall of Fame that goes through the history of country music, dedicated museums to Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and other famous singers, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Music City Walk of Fame, it’s not a mystery why it’s known as the Music City.
Other great places to visit are the Grand Ole Opry radio show that hosts top country performers, the Ryman Auditorium which features concerts and shows, and the Music Row area where you can find plenty of shops, museums, and memorials dedicated to music and musicians.
But Nashville has a lot more to offer than just music. You should make time to see the Parthenon -a full-scale replica of the structure in Athens-, the Hermitage where former president Andrew Jackson lived, the Tennessee State Capitol building, and the Belle Meade Plantation -a mansion that witnessed a battle between Union and Confederate forces in 1864.
For those who like the outdoors, Nashville has more than 100 parks to choose from. Some of the best ones are Centennial Park, Radnor Lake State Park, Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, and the Warner Parks nearly 10 miles outside town. For stunning views over the Cumberland River, stroll across the John Seigenthaler Bridge which spans 3,150 feet and is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world.
Where to stay
Nashville is a popular destination and has a wide range of hotels to fit every traveler. Here are some places that offer the best value for money for your honeymoon.
Hutton Hotel is an iconic 4-star hotel located in the city center, steps away from the famous Music Row. It features a bar with live music and entertainment, restaurant, creative spaces for musicians, spa and business center.
The hotel has 253 rooms and suites, and they all come with a TV, work desk, mini bar, and coffee maker. From $170 per night, this hotel is a popular option for music lovers.
At the Hutton Hotel you can surprise your loved one with a night away and a song from your heart with the Songs, Suites and Sweethearts package. It includes a suite for at least two nights, breakfast, a custom song from one of the hotel’s resident songwriters that is performed live, and a special welcome amenity.
The Germantown Inn
Located in a historic 1865 building, The Germantown Inn has ten luxury suites making it a top choice for those looking for an intimate experience. The hotel features a private rooftop terrace with great views.
A night at the Germantown Inn costs a minimum of $200.
Opened in 1910, Hermitage Hotel is a 5-star hotel offering a luxurious experience in a Beaux-Arts style building located in downtown, steps away from the Tennessee State Capitol. The Hermitage has 122 spacious rooms and features a fitness center, bar, restaurant, business center, and was awarded as the top hotel in Nashville in 2018 by Condé Nast Traveler.
The rooms include a TV, DVD-Player, docking station, hairdryer and free toiletries, and start at $250 per night.
For some special extras, check out the romance Package that includes sparkling wine, chocolate covered strawberries, truffles, and breakfast.
Located in downtown near the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Ryman Auditorium, Dream Nashville is a 4-star hotel has 168 rooms and 21 suites that come with a flat-screen TV, mini-bar, fitness center and 6 restaurants. A night in Dream Nashville starts at $190.
21c Museum Hotel Nashville
Awarded as one of the top hotels in Nashville in 2018 by Condé Nast Traveler, 21c Museum Hotel Nashville is located in a building constructed in 1900. It has 124 rooms, a business center, restaurant, spa, and a 10,500 square feet exhibition space making it an excellent choice for those interested in contemporary culture.
A night at 21c Museum Hotel Nashville starts at $180.
Located in the north of the state of Tennessee, Nashville is an excellent jumping-off point to explore other places. Below we mention some of the best:Knoxville: Knoxville is the third largest city of the state of Tennessee and it’s located between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Tennessee River, 180 miles east from Nashville. This city features a beautiful Market Square, a riverfront and many places for those who like the outdoors such as the World’s Fair Park, the 300-acre Ijams Nature Center where you can enjoy ziplining or the Mead’s Quarry Lake. Additionally the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only 40 miles away.
Nested between the Blue Ridge Mountains on the east, the Nantahala National Forest on the west and the Great Smoky Mountains on the north, Asheville is a must see. It’s located in western North Carolina 300 miles east of Nashville and it’s a popular travel destination for outdoor lovers.
Apart from its beautiful downtown, you can visit the Blue Ridge Mountains, hike part of the Appalachian Trail, visit Pisgah National Forest or Nantahala National Forest.
Located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park nearly 215 miles east of Nashville and only 27 miles from Knoxville, Pigeon Forge is a popular mountain town. You have your choice of amusement parks here between Dollywood, The Island in Pigeon Forge and Dollywood’s Splash Country water park. Additionally you can visit the Titanic Museum, the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, the Hollywood Wax Museum where you can see replicas of famous actors and actresses and the Elvis Presley Museum, among others.
Natchez Trace Parkway
It’s a 444-mile recreational road that takes you through scenic landscapes and runs from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi. The parkway is full of beautiful spots such as the Leiper’s Fork town, Baker Bluff and Jackson Falls, the city of Jackson, Fall Hollow, the impressive Cypress Swamp, or Tupelo, the city where Elvis Presley was born in 1935.
All in all, Nashville has a lot to offer and it’s an ideal destination not only for music lovers but also for every type of traveler. If you have the chance, try adding at least a week of time to your holiday and enjoy the beautiful neighboring cities and national parks. I can guarantee you that you won’t regret it!