Nashville’s Hidden Gems

From The Grand Ole Opry to the Country Music Hall of Fame, there is undoubtedly many famous attractions you think of when someone mentions Nashville. At Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals, we know that the well-known attractions make for a fantastic trip, but we also keep a list of “hidden gems” on hand to guide your city adventure for when you’re craving a more off-beat experience. From cowgirl couture shops to abandoned prisons, the exciting capital of Tennessee is full of hidden wonders for both locals and visitors alike.

TN State Prison
Tennessee State Prison, Photo by Kelsey Wynns via Flickr


The Abandoned Tennessee State Prison:  This abandoned gem, located minutes away from downtown Nashville, has been featured in a multitude of films, including the Green Mile. Plans to tear down the prison were made, but a group called the Tennessee State Prison Historical Society emerged to save its beauty from destruction. 100 Bomar Boulevard, (615)350-3309

Belmont Mansion: Located in the Belmont University Campus, this historic mansion turned museum now houses stunning art and history-related exhibits. Be sure to mention if you have Triple A in order to get a generous discount on your tour. 1900 Belmont Boulevard, (615)460-5459

Scarritt Bennett
Scarritt Bennett Center, photo by Mark Gstohl via Flickr

Scarritt Bennett Center: Known for its stunning Gothic style architecture, this former church stands today as a wedding venue or a conference/retreat center. 1008 19th Avenue South, (615)340-7500


Food & Drink

The Wild Cow: In a city that’s obsessed with fried chicken and BBQ, The Wild Cow serves as a delicious vegetarian sanctuary. With a stellar 4.5 star rating on Yelp, this restaurant’s delicately crafted, protein-packed eats can even satisfy those who consider themselves carnivores. 1896 Eastland Avenue, (615)262-2717

Crema: With delectable food and coffee with rave reviews, Crema serves as an oasis for those who crave an exceptional caffeine rush. Despite its hipster reputation, Crema has a friendly, home-like vibe with numerous indoor and outdoor seating options. Free parking is a plus, as well! 15 Hermitage Avenue, (615)255-8311

Arnold's County Kitchen, Photo by: Rachel Chapdelaine via Flickr
Arnold’s County Kitchen, Photo by: Rachel Chapdelaine via Flickr

Arnold’s Country KitchenOperating only as a lunch joint from Monday to Friday, Arnold’s is practically a Nashville institution. With a rotating menu of country cooking favorites and a cafeteria environment, Arnold’s is the best way to enjoy simple Southern delights in a no frills, nothing fancy environment. 605 8th Avenue South, (615)256-4455



Manuel American DesignsBorn in Mexico in 1933, Manuel Cuevas (better known as simply “Manuel”) has built a career out of dressing rock and country music legends in colorful, heavily rhinestoned couture. The Rolling Stones’ famous lips logo? Designed by Manuel. Elvis’ gold lame suit? Also a Manuel creation. Manuel was the designer responsible for making Johnny Cash “the man in black”. Stop into Manuel’s shop to purchase or admire the style of legends. 800 Broadway Avenue, (615)321-5444

Hail, Dark AestheticsThis purposefully creepy taxidermy shop might not be for everyone. If you’re a fan of horror, step right in. You’ll be able to purchase unique taxidermy pieces, animal bones, specimens in jars, vintage fur pieces, hand crafted jewelry, and other oddities if the road-kill-turned-art doesn’t scare back out on to the street. 2410 Gallatin Avenue, (615)727-4199

Two Old Hippies
Two Old Hippies, Photo by Austin Kirk via Flickr

Two Old Hippies: True to name, this colorful boutique is owned and operated by two old hippies who wanted to bring bohemian style to the Gulch neighborhood of Nashville. Offering designs from hippie-style designers from all over the world, this wonderland of dreamy fashion is more chic than you would expect. Prices do not run cheap, so prepare your wallet! 401 12th Avenue South, (615)254-7999


Not sure where to stay in Nashville or how to plan your vacation? Give us a call anytime at 866-232-3864 and we’ll be happy to assist with your Tennessee travels.