The NYLON Guide To Nashville

Photographed by Liz Riccardi

Honky tonk and hot chicken

Have you heard? Nashville is the new Austin. Thanks to an eponymous TV show and a slew of hip new restaurants, bars, and boutiques, the word is out: Nashville is having a moment. Neighborhoods are changing, buildings are getting taller, and rents are, of course, on the rise. But Nashville isn't a new destination by any means—its heart and soul have always been at the center of its vibrant music scene. The city has a rich history, lending it an authenticity and identity that won't be changing anytime soon, no matter how many trendy (and amazing) rooftop bars open. I spent four days in Music City this November and that was more than enough time to fall hard.

So book your ticket, get ready for some honky tonk and hot chicken, and click through the gallery below to plan your Nashville itinerary.

where to stay

Union Station
Located in downtown Nashville, Union Station is a restored, 100-year-old railway station. It kind of looks like Hogwarts on the outside; the lobby is epic with giant chandeliers and vaulted stained glass ceilings.The rooms are luxurious and lovely. Also, the hotel is rumored to be haunted, as if you needed more of a reason to visit!

Urban Cowboy Nashville
This second iteration and Southern branch of the Brooklyn Urban Cowboy B&B does not disappoint. If you’ve always wished you could stay in a mansion meticulously redecorated as a hipster “southwestern deco” dream, full of attractive creative types, then look no further. Everyone is friendly, and your wildest selfie tub dreams will be fulfilled.

The Hermitage Hotel
This landmark hotel in downtown Nashville is more than 100 years old, and its vibe is early-20th-century glamour all the way. The lobby is worth a peek even if you aren’t staying here.