First GQ called us ‘Nowville,’ then Conde Naste Traveler listed us as a ‘must-visit city.’ Soon after, The New York Times hopped on board, dubbing Nashville the nation’s newest “It City.” Not long after those articles had been published did Nashville make Huffington Post’s list of 20 cities that are ‘must-visits’ in your 20s. These days, Nashville is no stranger to receiving glowing reviews in big time publications. No longer just ‘Music City,’ in more recent times, people are beginning to understand something we have long know about this place we call home: that it is overall just a really cool, unique and awesome place to be.
Join us in our Nashville: The ‘It’ City blog series as we give our top 10 reasons that Nashville is indeed the ‘it’ city that many have dubbed it. This week is week one of our new series! Read on for the first of our 10 reasons that we love Nashville.
How do we love Nashville? Let us count the ways…
Reason #3: Hipster Hangs!
Voted #8 in America’s Best Cities for Hipsters by Travel and Leisure, Nashville has become home to many unique attractions and hipster hangs.
East Nashville in particular has been known to house many hipsters but who can blame them? Pocketed with vintage clothing shops, farm-to-table style restaurants and markets, and refined coffee shops all frequented by the artists and musicians that call this neighborhood home, everyone loves this area of the city! Not to mention award winning coffee shop, The Barista Parlor, and top-rated restaurant, The Pharmacy, are also located in this part of town.
Pinewood Social is another favorite hipster hang. This place really offers it all! Pinewood Social, open since mid December 2013, is the most recent venture of Nashville restaurateurs Max and Ben Goldberg. Converted from old trolley barns, this 13,000 square foot venue serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, as well as having a coffee shop, vintage bowling lanes, and private karaoke rooms/meeting rooms. Not to mention the outdoor swimming pool, pool bar, bocce ball courts, cabana seating, and courtyard that should be opening later in 2014.
Since the re-opening of the theatre in 1999 in Nashville, the Belcourt Theatre has proudly earned a spot as a unique Nashville attraction and top hipster hang. Showing movies 365 days a year, the Belcourt is Nashville’s choice for the best foreign, independent and classic films. The mission of the Belcourt Theatre is to engage, enrich and educate through innovative film programming in our historic theatre. The Belcourt shows independent, documentary, world, repertory and classic cinema movies. Many hipsters and Nashville locals love to attend the Belcourt Theatre’s midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Halloween.
One of the most unique Nashville attractions is The 404 Hotel and Kitchen. Offering an unrivaled boutique experience, The 404 Hotel is the first of its kind in Nashville. It is designed to offer travelers an alternative to large or mid-size hotels, offering “invisible service” led by an onsite manager, giving guests the opportunity to feel less like tourists and more immersed in the city.
On a sunny day it is common to find many hipsters and locals laying on the lawn at Centennial Park. The 132-acre park features the iconic Parthenon, a one-mile walking trail, Lake Watauga, an arts activity center, sand volleyball courts, two dog parks, and an exercise trail.
There are many more hipster hangs and unique attractions to Nashville, but we think it is already clear just how much a hot spot Nashville has become. Come check out the city for yourself and visit Nashville!
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