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Things to Do in Nashville

Nashville isn’t your standard Southern city. While it holds its traditional country roots in high regard, Nashville also welcomes a new generation of artists, chefs, creatives, and professionals with open arms. This display of Southern hospitality coupled with the ideas of a new age has created a city brimming with some of the country’s best restaurants, nightlife, culture, and neighborhoods.

The brand-new Cambria Nashville Downtown is located in the heart of the SoBro area (South of Broadway) and within walking distance of Broadway's best bars and clubs. You'll also be a three-minute walk from Bridgestone Arena, right across the street from Music City Center, and a few blocks from the best restaurants in the city.

Take a look at our insider's guide to Nashville and get ready to explore the city like a local!

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Honky Tonk the Night Away on Broadway

When visiting Music City, Broadway is the place to be to get your country music fix, and when you stay with us, you’re right down the block! Here are a few of our favorite spots, but for a more comprehensive list, check out our Guide to Broadway's Best Bars.

Paradise Park Trailer Resort: This club is exactly what it sounds like. Trailer park decor and a "mullet wall" make this live music venue the perfect place for dancing in your cowboy boots and relaxing with a drink in a lawn chair. It’s a kitschy good time!

Robert’s Western World: Not only does this divey bar play traditional country tunes, it also doubles as a boot shop. Hundreds of pairs of boots surround the dance floor and they’re all for sale. Order a beer to go with those boots and you’ve just had a quintessential Nashville experience!

The John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge: Because we all need a break from the bars, take a walk and view the Nashville skyline on the pedestrian bridge. The impressive structure stretches over the Cumberland River and offers the best photo ops in the city.

Explore Broadway

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Bridgestone Arena

Just a three-minute walk from Cambria Nashville Downtown, the Bridgestone Arena is home to one of the most popular up-and-coming teams in all of professional sports: the Nashville Predators. Wowing the country with their surprising drive into the NHL Stanley Cup Finals in 2017, the Predators have become a distinct part of Nashville culture.

With seating for 20,000 and over 70 luxury suites, the Bridgestone Arena is also a key destination for lovers of country music. The venue hosts country music royalty every year as stars and their biggest fans flood Nashville for the annual Country Music Awards.

Check Out the Bridgestone Arena

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Ryman Auditorium

Just a few blocks south of Cambria Nashville Downtown is the iconic and soul-filled Ryman Auditorium. In a past life, the Ryman was a church, and it’s still revered as a sacred stage in Nashville.

The Ryman hosted the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, and stars like Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan, and Elvis Presley graced the stage every week. Today, the legendary music venue welcomes a new generation of artists like Taylor Swift, Beck, and Coldplay. With only 2,362 seats and not a bad one in the house, seeing a show at the Ryman is a transformative experience.

If you’re in Nashville, make sure to take a tour of the Ryman. Both self-guided and guided tours are offered daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Experience the Ryman

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Country Music Hall of Fame

If you can’t get enough of country music, you have to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame! Located in the heart of Nashville (and a five-minute walk from our hotel), it’s one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to the boundless history and culture of America’s unique country music tradition.

Opened in 1964, the Country Music Hall of Fame has the world’s largest collection of country music artifacts, including almost 200,000 sound recordings, around 500,000 photographs, over 30,000 video artifacts, hundreds of musical instruments on display, thousands of classic outfits worn by country singers during their shows (Johnny Cash’s black suit and Carrie Underwood’s American Idol dress being some of the most popular), and countless oral histories, scrapbooks, fan club newsletters, and more.

With so much history captured in the Country Music Hall of Fame, you’re going to want to carve out plenty of time to explore it all.

Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame

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Grand Ole Opry

Started in 1925 as a radio show, the Grand Ole Opry still thrives as a weekly music celebration featuring the most famous names in country, bluegrass, folk, and gospel music. While it used to call the Ryman Auditorium home, the Grand Ole Opry now has its own stage in the Grand Ole Opry House.

World-renowned as "The Show That Made Country Music Famous," stars like Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, and Garth Brooks have graced the stage in the past. More recent shows have featured Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, and Blake Shelton.

With such an undeniable influence on the country music scene for almost 100 years, the Opry is the quintessential Nashville experience to round out your country music adventure. Check out upcoming shows here.

Experience the Opry

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Music City Center

With 2.1 million sq. ft. of space, Music City Center hosts conventions, auto shows, and large-scale business meetings right in the center of downtown. Constructed in 2013 to replace the Nashville Convention Center, Music City Center attracts hundred of thousands of people to our city each year, and Cambria Nashville Downtown is right across the street.

We love to welcome professionals in town for a conference or convention by offering a convenient and upscale but never uptight place to recharge after a day of meetings. Plus, when your work day is over, you can easily enjoy the best of Nashville by walking to nearby restaurants or the nightlife of Broadway and downtown.

Learn More About Music City Center

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Nashville Dining Guide

After you’ve taken in a show, visited a museum, or bar-hopped down Broadway, you’re going to need some dinner, and we’ve got plenty of suggestions for you! Nashville’s food scene is constantly evolving with new chefs and artisans making their way to the city on a daily basis. Here’s a list of our favorites, but for a comprehensive look at all our favorite spots, check out our Nashville Dining Guide.

Biscuit Love

With intriguing menu items like Bonuts (hybrid of a donut and you guessed it . . . a biscuit), the most ingenious breakfast sandwiches you can imagine, and a two-patty burger served on biscuits, you simply can’t go wrong when grabbing brunch at Biscuit Love.

Arnold's Country Kitchen

Named a James Beard America’s Classic award winner, Arnold’s earned the well-deserved honor for serving up quintessential Southern cuisine like black-eyed peas, turnip greens, and macaroni and cheese. Dished out cafeteria-style, this traditional meat-and-three restaurant offers unfussy, home cooking and is a must-visit when in Nashville.

Husk

From the mind of meticulous and brilliant chef Sean Brock, Husk brings Southern ingredients to life. Using only locally farmed ingredients and heirloom products, the menu changes twice daily to reflect the changing seasons.

View Our Nashville Dining Guide

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Vanderbilt University

Just 1.3 miles from the hotel, Vanderbilt University is one of the most acclaimed universities in the south. Not only is Commodore football a Nashville pastime, the university also hosts an eclectic calendar of concerts, theatre productions, and cultural events throughout the year. Whether you're traveling to visit your alma mater, cheer on Vandy, or work on a research project, you'll find no shortage of things to do while on campus.

Learn More About Vanderbilt

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