If you’re traveling to participate in this year’s Nashville PRIDE, it’s important you feel like Music City is your second home — and a little pampering along the way couldn’t hurt!
Out & About Newspaper has done its research and slept in these beds to provide suggestions for the most discerning tourist. Listed below are accommodations we know to be both GLBT-friendly and fashionable, hip, unique, or luxurious — maybe a little bit of them all!
Hotel Indigo West End
Since 2007, this mid-rise luxury hotel has become widely known as Nashville’s “boutique” accommodation. Replete with a well-equipped gym, hip décor, and two eateries (Golden Bean Café and Goten Steaks and Sushi), Indigo is a natural choice for the tasteful tourist. All suites come with Aveda bath amenities, CD players and coffeemakers. Not that your morning will necessarily require caffeine. The picturesque view from a terrace or city-view suit is enough to awaken all the senses.
1719 West End Avenue, Nashville
(615) 329 – 4200
The Hermitage Hotel
What do Bette Midler, Oprah Winfrey, the Dixie Chicks, Greta Garbo and countless historical figures have in common? They’ve all stayed at the historic Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville! Along with offering opulent accommodations The Hermitage is also within walking distance of some of downtown Nashville’s finest art galleries. Guests enjoy rooms that range from 500 – 650 square feet, with each square foot appointed by only the finest! An array of newspapers are delivered to one’s door daily; 20 inch flat screen hi-def televisions come standard. Dining at The Capitol Grille within the hotel is an experience not to be missed.
231 6th Avenue North, Nashville
Opryland Hotel and Resort
While your fellow guests may hail from Red State, USA, Opryland Hotel and Resort is managed and staffed by plenty of GLBT-friendly folks! The Nashville floods of May 2010 inspired a $270 million dollar renovation of this traveler’s Mecca…and the refurbish does not disappoint! Dining options include the casual Cascades American Café and the finer Ravello; there is also the grand Relache Spa for some R&R pampering, along with shopping at the newly reopened Opry Mills or a trip to the nearby Gaylord Springs Golf Course for a round or two!
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville
Described as “glam vintage”, Union Station offers a taste of history combined with elegant, modern accommodations. Architecture buffs will appreciate the unique structural design of this fully renovated classic. Rooms are designated as “classic” or “premium”, with 12 full-service suites also available. Gilchrist and Soames bath products await in each marble appointed bathroom; one has the option of a steeped tub or walk-in shower. Union Station is a smoke-free environment and they take this quite seriously: violators are subject to a $250.00 fine! Additionally, Union Station is across from the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, a must-see attraction in downtown Nashville! The Prime 108 Lounge offers a sleek, modern atmosphere, while the adjoining Prime 108 Restaurant is the height of well-heeled ambiance.
1001 Broadway, Nashville
Blue Moon Farm Bed and Board
If more peaceful, cottage-like surroundings are more you style (and don’t mind a bit of a drive), Blue Moon Farm Bed and Board is for you! Owners Bob and Susan pride themselves in providing a customized experience; this includes supplying custom directions over the phone, from anywhere in the country! As guests, you’ll enjoy private cottages which are stocked to the brim with any and all foods carrying the Blue Moon label (including Blue Moon beer!), and any ambiance you desire can be created, from a bed strewn with rose petals to a luxury cottage fit for two kings (or queens)! Blue Moon is close to The Factory at Franklin (www.factoryatfranklin.com), an industrial style specialty mall with arts, shopping and great dining (Boxwood Bistro and Saffire come to mind), along with Cool Springs Galleria (www.coolspringsgalleria.com) and a wide variety of fine restaurants (Bricktops of Franklin, Stoney River Steakhouse, and Buca di Beppo, to name a few). A quick 14-mile drive up I-65 gets you to downtown Nashville.
4441 North Chapel Road, Franklin
Regardless of what you’re seeking, the Nashville area will not only meet your expectations but also exceed them! So come on down; we welcome you to Music City for the 2012 Nashville Pride Festival!