16 SWEET EXPERIENCES UNIQUE TO NASHVILLE.
Within a mile of the Hutton:
- Centennial Park. Home to a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon, a 42 foot high gilded reconstruction of the long lost Athena Parthenos statue, and original photographs from the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition.
- Frist Center for the Arts. Gorgeous Art Deco building (formerly Nashville’s main post office), varied exhibitions and installations.
- Station Inn. Live bluegrass, hot popcorn, and a good time.
Vanderbilt/Belmont area (1.3 miles south of the Hutton)
- The historic namesake mansion that graces the campus of Belmont University.
- The National Arboretum that is the campus Vanderbilt University.
- Belcourt Theater, one of the best indie arthouses in the U.S.
- Coffee and a paleta (gourmet popsicle) at Fido, or Hot & Cold (or at Bongo Java, another half mile southeast, or Bongo East, 4.5 miles east of the Hutton).
- Pancake Pantry and its famous wait to get seated. A little before 8am, the line forms and eventually wraps around part of the outside of the building, fueled by breakfast cravings (like sweet potato pancakes, yum!) and the chance of a celebrity sighting.
Downtown (about a mile and a half northeast of the Hutton):
- Honky tonks on Lower Broad, especially Robert’s Western World and Layla’s.
- Ryman Auditorium, former site of the Grand Ole Opry. Exquisite acoustics make the Mother Church of Country Music one of the world’s top venues for live music.
- Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest letterpress print shops in the country.
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The “platinum” tour adds a trip to Music Row for Nashville’s only historic studio tour (of RCA Studio B).
- Civil Rights Collection of the Nashville Public library. Housed in the lovely “modern classical” main branch building, the collection is a key site for research of African-American history in general and civil rights history in particular. Also must see the 80 hammered copper relief panels that creatively re-tell the history of Nashville.
More than a couple but less than a dozen miles from the Hutton:
- Singer-songwriter clubs. Bluebird Café (4 miles south) and other listening rooms, all over Nashville, all sorts of genres.
- Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art (7 miles southwest). Stroll the gardens, sculpture trail and museum. Varied indoor and outdoor exhibitions and installations.
- Radnor Lake wildlife sanctuary (9 miles south), Percy Warner Park (12 miles southwest). Hike and commune with nature at these and other area parks and greenways.