Welcome To The Center of Nashville
Not only does the Hutton Hotel provide guests with an elegant, comfortable place to stay, its location puts them within easy reach of the best that Music City has to offer.
A block away from the hotel is Vanderbilt University, an internationally-acclaimed research institution that is a sightseeing destination in its own right. With more than 300 tree and shrub varieties, the campus was designated as an arboretum in 1988. The oldest university building was built in 1859, and the Peabody College section of campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
There are plenty of great bars and restaurants within walking distance of campus. One of the best known is Soulshine Pizza Factory, serving up delicious food and live music in a family-friendly environment. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, and pasta, along with stone-baked pizza, of course. Be sure to order The Slap Yo’ Momma Bread Puddin’ for dessert.
Just around the corner from the Hutton Hotel you’ll find Nashville’s famed Music Row. When Elvis signed with RCA in 1957, the label opened RCA Studio B on 16th Avenue, so he could record locally. Other labels followed, and artists such as Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, Willie Nelson, and hundreds more recorded their debuts in the area now known as Music Row.
Go there to see Columbia’s historic Quonset Hut, the first recording studio on the row, where hits like Patsy Cline’s ‘Crazy’ were recorded. The headquarters of BMI, Curb Records, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers can be found there, too, although RCA Studio B is the only one that offers tours.
In the heart of Music Row is The Idle Hour, the local watering hole for music industry veterans, producers, songwriters, and talent. Drink a cold beer while watching live comedy or listening to music played by living legends and fantastic up-and-comers. There’s even a guitar hanging on the wall that you’re free to perform with when the stage is empty.
At Tavern, a self-proclaimed “pub for chefs,” you can indulge in creative yet accessible cuisine, as well as a great selection of wine, beer, liquor, and cocktails. Spy on the bar scene from the mezzanine, watch the big game on one of fourteen plasmas and big screens, or stop by between 10 to 3 on weekends for an award-winning brunch.
Just south of Vanderbilt is Hillsboro Village, a quaint four-block neighborhood full of charming boutiques and great dining opportunities, such as the famous Pancake Pantry. The line to indulge in the restaurant’s 21 delectable pancake varieties trails around the building on weekend mornings, so go during the week if you can. Portions are large and service is prompt - they need to keep things moving for all those customers!
For casual, Southern comfort cuisine, check out Cabana. Enjoy this restaurant and bar for a fun night out or a hot date; Town & Country Magazine recently named it “The Most Romantic Restaurant in Tennessee.” For a truly unique experience, reserve one of the eponymous cabanas—semi-private booths with pillows and curtains, each with its own TV and iPod hook-up.
If you’re in the mood for shopping, visit A Thousand Faces for unique gifts made by local, regional and North American artisans. Visit Pangaea for eclectic, international wares, and Davis Cookware and Cutlery Shop for…well, you know. Hillsboro also has clothing boutiques like The Impeccable Pig, Posh Boutique, and Arcade.
Marathon Motor Works was the first automobile manufacturer in the South. Although it closed in 1914, the beautiful buildings live on as Marathon Village, a neighborhood full of artist studios, spaces for the performing and visual arts, and unique shopping destinations, all just a mile from Hutton Hotel.
Highlights include Antique Archaeology, the store made famous by the History Channel’s “American Pickers,” and Grinder’s Switch Winery, which produces award-winning wine from a vineyard Southern Living named one of the Best in the South.
Don’t leave without stopping by The Bang Candy Company to sample “sugary delights for the adventurous palate.” Their whimsical confections include gourmet marshmallows half-dipped in Belgian chocolate then rolled in your favorite toppings.
Just a mile from the Hutton Hotel is downtown Nashville, with an incredible array of things to see and do, including The Country Music Hall of Fame, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and plenty of great shopping and dining options.
If you’re into history and stunning architecture, visit the Tennessee State Capitol. Designated as a National Historic Landmark, this Greek Revival building was the last, and perhaps greatest, work of renowned architect William Strickland. The Tennessee limestone structure features both Corinthian and Ionic elements. Strickland died before completion, and was buried, as he requested, in the walls on the building’s northeast corner.
Nashville’s Lower Broadway entertainment district is a draw for music lovers around the world. You can find great live bands already in swing by happy hour on a weekday and earlier on weekends. There are no covers to get in, but be sure to bring your ID, as even silver foxes will be turned away if they can’t produce when carded.
Parthenon and Centennial Park
For more stunning Greek architecture, drive a mile from the hotel to Centennial Park, where you’ll find a faithful replica of the Parthenon, complete with a 42-foot statue of Athena. The building, which is also an art museum, was created for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, and includes direct plaster casts of the original Parthenon Marbles, now protected by the British Museum.
Centennial Park also contains Lake Watauga, a sunken garden, a one-mile walking trail, volleyball courts, a dog park, an arts activity center, and spaces for regular events and festivals. While there, be sure to experience “If Trees Could Sing,” an interactive creation from a partnership between Metro Parks and The Nature Conservancy. Posted throughout the park are signs with QR codes and web addresses leading to videos of Nashville musicians displaying their talent while talking (and singing) about trees.