Whether it’s due to fear of Zika, terrorism or just a general fear of something going wrong abroad, many Millennial advisors we spoke to recently told us domestic travel was hot in 2016 and trending high heading into 2017. And Nashville seems to be coming up in every conversation we have been having lately on travel within the U.S. Aurelio Giordano, president of Ace Work Travel, says Nashville has something for all ages, but is especially hot lately for its food scene.
“American history, music history, art galleries, awesome nightlife and with Vanderbilt University, it’s a big college town too, so there’s a variety for all ages,” says Giordano, “but most importantly the food scene is what has been drawing people there recently.
“That said, it has become seemingly popular with the Millennial generation in the last few years,” he says, “especially those who love to take pictures of food and post them on Instagram.”
For carnivores, Giordano says, “There’s as many great barbecue / steak places, like Jack Daniel’s Steakhouse, and homemade Southern comfort [food] restaurants as there are pizzerias in New York.”
To satisfy that sweet tooth, Giordano says clients can hop on over to the Christie Cookie Co. in Germantown for your classic chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and “snickerdoodle” cookies that he says, “taste just like they came out of your grandmother’s oven.”
If sweets and barbecue aren’t your thing, Giordano says there’s also plenty of seafood, Greek, Italian and even an amazing vegetarian / vegan café ironically called The Wild Cow. With its chill atmosphere and big portions, you can’t go wrong.
As far as hotels go, what makes Nashville hot heading into 2017 is the opening of the Thompson Nashville in October, marking the brand’s first property in the greater South and the first new-build, lifestyle hotel in Nashville. The 224-key luxury boutique hotel rises 12 stories and inhabits the “crown jewel” site within The Gulch, the city’s most up-and-coming and vibrant neighborhood. It’s also within a mile of other top cultural attractions, including the iconic Ryman Auditorium, a 2,362-seat live performance venue, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, while the Grand Old Opry and the Bluebird Café are only a short drive away. The Thompson Nashville also has a culinary partnership with Chef John Bash’s Our House Hospitality (OHH), bringing a long-awaited upscale, lifestyle experience to Music City.