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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Beyond Country in Nashville

Modern speakeasies, new record shops, and local indie bands offer an alternative to the Opry.


1. Where to Stay

In the LEED-certified Hutton Hotel, rooms are decked out with modern art.  

Work out among swanky leather furniture and contemporary art at the year-old Hutton Hotel (from $189), where seven of the 248 rooms have stationary bikes, treadmills, or elliptical machines.

Stay a block away from the live-music-stacked bars of Lower Broadway at the three-month-old Hotel Indigo Nashville (from $139), a former twenties-era bank that retained its original neoclassical columns. Room 1408 has the best view of the Cumberland River.

Admire the rich brocade fabrics, walnut furniture, and stained-glass detailing at the Hermitage, where corner rooms overlook the pre–Civil War State Capitol building. Splurge on room 908, which has a flat-screen TV stationed above the bathroom’s deep marble soaking tub (from $249).

Published on Jun 10, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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