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Designers’ Weekend: Exploring Nashville


As an interior design firm venturing into the heart of Nashville for a new project, our days in Music City promise not only professional pursuits but also a delightful immersion into the city’s eclectic charm. We are sharing with you a weekend guide filled with our favorite city spots.

where to stay

We love The Graduate, a fabulously kitschy hotel conveniently close to our project site. For an extended stay, the Gulch’s 404 or the historic Urban Cowboy in East Nashville captures our design-driven curiosity. For a touch of luxury in a serene oasis, head to SoHo House.

Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville
Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville


To start the day, fuel up at Biscuit Love for a decadent biscuit sandwich. Our first stop on the journey through Nashville’s design landscape takes us to the Gulch, where the Frist Art Museum, a former post office boasting breathtaking Art Deco facades, awaits us. Next, the historical Union Station-turned-hotel showcases stunning architecture with original sculptures and stained-glass panels, offering a glimpse into the city’s elegant past. Our sightseeing continues with iconic stops at the Musicians Hall of Fame and the revered Ryman Auditorium.

Lunchtime is a choice between the Assembly Food Hall or the famous Hattie B’s for their irresistible fried chicken. The day progresses with visits to the Johnny Cash Museum, The National Museum of African American Music, and a stroll through Broadway’s Honky Tonks.

Evening plans include a drink at the opulent Hermitage Hotel, offering a peek at its retro Art Deco bathrooms, followed by an exquisite dinner at Chauhan Masala and Ale House. For those still brimming with energy, a visit to Pin’s Mechanical for bowling, arcade games, and a cozy fire pit, or a musical evening at the Station Inn, are perfect options.


The day begins with a visit to LL Market for coffee and pastries from Five Daughters Bakery, followed by a stop at American Paint to craft a custom hat. Exploring the city’s treasures includes a visit to the Parthenon and Cheekwood, an enchanting botanical garden. A scenic drive through Belle Meade, with its historic houses, captures the essence of Nashville’s rich history.

Lunch at True Food Kitchen energizes us for an afternoon of shopping in 12 South, including a visit to White’s Mercantile, and ending with a fantastic dinner at Etc.

For a night cap, head to Rosemary and Beauty Queen, where sipping a drink on a swing adds a playful twist. 

Parthenon, Nashville
Parthenon, Nashville


Our final day starts with a healthy breakfast at E+Rose Wellness Café, offering smoothies and sunflower energy bites. Embracing a wellness-centric approach, we participate in a Pilates session at Nashville Pilates Company. Shopping for unique finds at Abednego and Bits n Pieces adds a touch of local flavor to our Nashville experience.

For a fun, creative experience, a candle-making class at Golden Slipper caps off our exploration before we leave Nashville, brimming with design inspiration and memories, as we head back to the airport. 

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