Nashville’s Top 5 Neighborhoods
Kick Vaca-Booking-Itis to The Curb, with Stay Alfred Where to Stay Guide
Are you suffering from vaca-booking-itis? Symptoms include feeling overwhelmed and hopeless when trying to book accommodations for a trip, frustration that manifests with anger towards inanimate objects, and persistent worrying as your travel date approaches. Vaca-booking-itis affects thousands of people a year but have no fear. There is a cure! At Stay Alfred, we’ve done the research for you. We’ve scoured the best of the best Nashville neighborhoods to help you pick which one (and which Stay Alfred) is right for you and yours.
Neighborhood #1 – Downtown Nashville
Deciding Where to Stay
When deciding where to stay in Nashville, there is a lot of option to choose from. Where you end up, make sure you bringing your dancing shoes (or cowboy boots). You’ll find Downtown Nashville’s famous honky-tonks a perfect place to get down. But just like french fries are more than a tasty snack (they’re also a vegetable- duh) downtown Nashville is more than just honky-tonks and nightlife. There’s also a number of impressive Tennessee haunts like the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, the Nashville Convention Center and the Frist Center for Visual Arts.
Neighborhood Highlight For: Downtown Nashville
Couples: – Nashville Date Night Restaurants
While Nashville is known for their honky-tonks, one shouldn’t ignore their restaurant scene. Etch is world-class dining, and everyone in Nashville knows it. Hence we recommend you make reservations as far in advance as possible (We’re talking weeks here.) If you’ve always wanted to see superb chefs at work then ask for seats at the Chef’s bar: a communal seating area that overlooks the kitchen. Ask anyone who’s been and they’ll recommend the roasted cauliflower with a pea pesto. Headed to a show at the Ryman? Dinner beforehand at Etch promises will make your night truly unforgettable.
Distance to Etch from:
Stay Alfred at Commerce Street: 6 minute walk
Stay Alfred at Church Street: 11 minute walk
Families: – Things To Do In Nashville With Kids
It’s hard to get kids excited about visiting a (gasp) museum, but once kiddos get to The Frist, angst will be replaced by excitement. And, you get to feel like a superstar parent for taking your kids to something educational and creative. It’s a win-win. In the Martin Artquest Gallery, kids of all ages can delight in looking at and making art. Help you kids discover their inner van Gogh at any of the 20 ArtStations within the exhibit. The Frist is constantly bringing in new exhibitions, so check out their website to see what’s going on during your stay. And the best part? Admission is FREE for those under 18.
Distance to Frist Center For The Visual Arts:
Stay Alfred at Commerce Street: 14 minute walk
Stay Alfred at Church Street: 10 minute walk
Business: – Best Soup in Nashville
There’s nothing worse than sitting in a meeting while your stomach is growling. Prevent mid-afternoon hunger by stopping by Ty’s for a chicken salad sandwich and chicken queso soup. Also, their homemade cookies are to die for. With friendly, competent and quick service, Ty’s is the perfect place for busy folks to stop by during their lunch break. Work got you spending the day at the Nashville Convention Center? Ty’s is only a 4-minute walk away. Speaking of the Convention Center, our Stay Alfred at Church Street is only a 3-minute walk away from the Convention Center while our Commerce Street Stay is only a 5-minute walk away. Score!
Distance to Ty’s Soups and Sandwiches:
Stay Alfred at Commerce Street: 4-minute walk
Stay Alfred at Church Street: 4-minute walk
Friends: – Nashville Nightlife
From your downtown Stay Alfred, you’re not far from The District: the honky-tonk filled nightlife center of Nashville. Tootsie’s is three stories high with a different band and bar on each level and a rooftop area that provides a great view of the city as it comes alive at night. Fair warning, Tootsie’s is a popular spot (read: crowded) and there’s often a wait to get in, but it’s worth it. Once you’re at Tootsie’s you’re near all the other famous Music City honky-tonks. Work up an appetite dancing? Stop by Paradise Park: a trailer-park-themed eatery open till 4 AM. We’re pretty sure no one would dispute the claim that the best way to end a night out with friends is with a greasy burger and fries.
Distance to Tootsie’s:
Stay Alfred at Commerce Street: 5-minute walk
Stay Alfred at Church Street: 6-minute walk
Sold on Downtown? Here’s where to stay….
Stay Alfred at Commerce Street: 1 Bedroom
Stay Alfred at Church Street: 1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom A, 2 Bedroom B
Neighborhood #2 – SoBro
SoBro, meaning South of Broadway, is slightly out of the bright lights and noise of The District. But, don’t be fooled into thinking this is a sleepy neighborhood. There’s tons to do in this vibrant neighborhood that includes soaring views of downtown Nashville and the Cumberland River. The newly opened Music City Center is the defining local landmark in SoBro and has inspired dozens of restaurants, bars, and shops to spring up around it.
Neighborhood Highlight For: SoBro
Couples: – Romantic Things To Do Nashville
We all love spending time with our boo, but what makes couple time even better? Eating! We highly recommend the SoBro WalkEat Food Tour. Over the course of 3 hours, you’ll enjoy food from 5 different Nashville eateries like The Farm House, Husk, and Goo Goo Shop & Dessert Bar. After your tour, stroll back to your Stay Alfred on Rolling Mill Hill for a post-dinner glass of wine while you enjoy the beautiful city views surrounding you. #Romance! Note: The walking tour itself involves 1.5 miles of walking.
Distance to Start of WalkEat Nashville- SoBro Tour:
Stay Alfred at Rolling Mill Hill: 17-minute walk
Families: – Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame
Whether or not you’re a country music fan, you’ll enjoy diving into the history of this music genre as you wander around Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame. There’s a gorgeous view of Nashville from some of the museum’s upper-level floors and kids can enjoy some of the more interactive parts of the museum. Always wanted to see Elvis’s golden piano or Jim Reeve’s red jacket? This place can get busy and is a little “touristy” but it’s fun, educational and great for country music lovers and novices alike.
Distance to Country Music Hall of Fame:
Stay Alfred at Rolling Mill Hill: 15 minute walk
Stay Alfred at SoBro: 6 minute walk
Business: – Nashville Coffee Shops
Business travel needs caffeine. But don’t rush into that Starbucks too quick. Get your much-needed energy boost at CREMA, a local and well loved Nashville coffee shop. Post up at one of CREMA’s many outdoor and indoor tables. Get some work done while enjoying the lovely natural lighting and a spectacular view of the Korean Veterans Bridge. We recommend their Cuban coffee with a fluffy croissant or iced coffee with avocado toast. This local coffee shop is a great place to satisfy your caffeine fix and get some work done….. so put the Starbucks card down and step away slowly.
Distance to CREMA from:
Stay Alfred at Rolling Mill Hill: 7-minute walk
Stay Alfred at SoBro: 6-minute walk
Friends: – Nashville Food and Entertainment
Pinewood Social has it all and then some! Good food, strong drinks, a bowling alley, a bocce ball court, a ping pong table, Airstream, and pool. What more could you want? How about eclectic decor that makes for an Instagram paradise? With the variety of activities, Pinewood Social offers you’ll never be bored as you play, drink, eat and mingle with Nashville locals.
Distance to Pinewood Social:
Stay Alfred at Rolling Mill Hill: 5-minute walk
Stay Alfred at SoBro: 8-minute walk
This trendy neighborhood describes itself as being “in the heart of everything”. It’s a dynamic area of urban development (and redevelopment) with new shops, eateries, and businesses springing up each week. Foodies, in particular, will love the high-quality restaurants found in The Gulch. And, while the honky-tonks of downtown are often associated with Nashville’s music scene, the unique music venues found in The Gulch demand a visit. This hip neighborhood is adjacent to Music Row and downtown Nashville. It has direct access to Interstate 24 and 65.
Neighborhood #3 The Gulch
Neighborhood Highlight For: The Gulch
Families: – Southern Breakfast
There’s nothing like starting the day with a good ole’ southern breakfast. And that’s exactly what you’ll get at Biscuit Love in The Gulch. The restaurant’s vibe is cheery and casual so rambunctious kids and families will feel at home. Biscuit Love is adored by locals and tourists alike so the wait can get pretty long. But, as many people would attest, it’s well worth the wait. Bonuts (biscuit + donut), biscuits, mimosas, thick cut bacon. Our stomachs are growling just thinking about it.
Distance to Biscuit Love from:
Stay Alfred at The James: 4 minute walk
Stay Alfred at 11 North: 15 minute walk
Couples: – Nashville Art & Murals
Certain philosophical questions have plagued mankind since the dawn of time. If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears, did it really fall? And, if you go on a couples’ trip and don’t Instagram it, did you even go? Snap a cute photo before heading out at the #WhatLiftsYouUp mural. Our Stay Alfred’s in The Gulch are perfect for romantic getaways. Head up to the rooftop lounge at either one of our Stay Alfred’s and watch the sunset before hitting up the local haunts for a fun night out.
Distance to #WhatLiftsYouUp
Stay Alfred at The James: 5 minute walk
Stay Alfred at 11 North: 14 minute walk
Business: – Nashville Coffee Shops
Don’t let the fact that it’s not in downtown fool you, The Gulch is perfect for business travelers. Located on the southwest border of Nashville Central Business District, it’s only a 6 minute drive away from the convention center. But let’s talk about what all business travelers need. Caffeine. Grab a great cup-of-joe from Barista Parlor. It’s literally right next to Stay Alfred at The James. Whether you’re on the go or looking for a place to hunker down and finish that PowerPoint presentation, Barista Parlor is the spot. Cool ambiance, fast wifi, and tasty caffeinated drinks. Need I say more?
Distance to Barista Parlor:
Stay Alfred at The James: 2-minute walk
Stay Alfred at 11 North: 20-minute walk
Friends: – Nashville Nightlife
Some locals call The Gulch the hidden gem of Nashville nightlife. We totally agree. It’s in The Gulch that you can hear some of the best, if not the best, bluegrass music in the United States at The Station Inn. Stop by on Sunday night for their music jam. Whether you’re well versed in blue grass music or are new to it, you’ll love the fun dive-bar-done-well vibe of this place, their drinks, and most of all, the amazing music.
Distance to The Station Inn:
Stay Alfred at The James: 4-minute walk
Stay Alfred at 11 North: 17-minute walk
Neighborhood #4: Midtown/ West End Neighborhood
In Midtown you’ll find a variety of restaurants and bars that light up at night with neon signs and crowds of people. Midtown extends up Broadway and Division Street and is home to well-loved local favorites like South Street Original Crab Shack & Authentic Dive Bar (known simply as “South Street”) and Midtown Cafe. In West End, you’ll find Nashville’s largest urban park, Centennial Park, which is a popular destination for kids looking to play and adults looking to exercise.
Neighborhood Highlight For: Midtown/ West End Neighborhood
Centennial Park is home to a number kid-friendly attractions. Kids and adults will delight in exploring Nashville’s Parthenon: a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. There’s also a play area for kids. Additionally, if you’re heading to Vanderbilt University you’ll find yourself within walking distance of the campus. Stay Alfred at Ellison Place is 0.2 miles away from campus and Stay Alfred at 22ne Ave is 0.7 miles away.
Distance to Centennial Park (Parthenon):
Stay Alfred at Elliston Place: 15-minute walk
Stay Alfred on 22nd Avenue: 13-minute walk
Couples: – Nashville Sushi
With a modern cool ambiance, Nama Sushi Bar is the perfect spot for a romantic date night with your #bae. Like with all good sushi, it can get a little pricey. So if you’re on a budget we would recommend stopping by during their happy hour. This is a great place for those new to sushi as their servers are incredibly attentive and helpful with their suggestions.
Distance to Nama Sushi Bar:
Stay Alfred at Ellison Place: 4 minute walk
Stay Alfred on 22nd Avenue: 6 minute walk
Business: – Fine Dining Nashville
Want to blow your colleagues and clients away with a memorable work dinner? Take them to The Catbird Seat. So what does that even mean? “The Catbird Seat” means an enviable position and after eating at this restaurant you’ll understand how it earned its namesake. 22 seats line the U-shaped kitchen where Chef Ryan Poli whips up delicious meals. Watching this culinary team at work is fast-paced and exciting. No more awkward silences at work dinners! In addition to indulging in a delicious meal, you’ll walk away with more cooking knowledge as Chef Poli and his team often chat with patrons about the dishes and cooking techniques. Make your reservations early, (we’re talking weeks in advance) this place is popular and fills seats fast.
Distance to The Catbird Seat:
Stay Alfred at Elliston Place: 16-minute walk
Stay Alfred on 22nd Avenue: 18-minute walk
Friends: – Nashville Cocktail Bar
The Patterson House is held in high regard. GQ rated it the 12th best cocktail bar and it’s a James Beard nominated bar. The drinks, bartenders, and setting are all world class. There’s sometimes a wait but it’s worth it once you’re seated at this breathtaking bar with its early 1900s Hollywood vibe.
Distance to The Patterson House:
Stay Alfred at Elliston Place: 16 minute walk
Stay Alfred on 22nd Avenue: 18 minute walk
There you have it! Your guide to all the awesome neighborhood’s in Nashville and some of the fabulous fun that awaits. Now, the toughest choice will be deciding which awesome one of our Nashville Vacation Rentals to stay in and what to pack. Don’t worry, we have a packing list to make your trip even better.
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