The Hermitage Hotel is one of the most well-recognized landmarks in Nashville, according to Bradley Thomas Giordano. As the only hotel in the state to hold the coveted Forbes Five Star Award, the Hermitage Hotel is widely recognized as having some of the world’s best accommodations.
Nashville-based Rolf and Daughter’s restaurant is a unique and moderately priced dining experience not to be missed. Transcending trends, R.A.D. features an eclectic blend of dishes and utilizes locally sourced food when possible. According to Bradley Thomas Giordano, the restaurant’s menu changes and may feature anything from potato gnocchi to pistachio mousse and lemon curd pie. Those seeking a more decisively southern dining experience will find it at Biscuit Love, a food truck turned brick-and-mortar breakfast staple in the Gulch – one of Nashville’s many “reclaimed” urban areas.
Visit Nashville’s historic Vanderbilt University campus to see why this educational institution has earned a reputation as Nashville’s leading university for students seeking a top-tier education. Bradley Thomas Giordano explains that this research university boasts Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash, and former state Governor Lamar Alexander as alumni. Vanderbilt University was founded in 1872 and is home to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Middle Tennessee’s only level I Trauma Center.
Another notable area attraction is Arrington Vineyards, a short drive south on I-65 from Nashville in Arrington, Tennessee. This 75-acre hillside estate allows visitors to leave their worries behind. A number of tasting options are available; the AV Premier Experience is one all wine lovers should schedule. This private tasting begins with a guided barrel house tour and offers wine lovers a hand-picked selection of five award-winning libations. A sampling of gourmet cheeses and other local seasonal items finishes out this exclusive guest experience, available by reservation only.
No mention of Nashville would be complete without highlighting one of Music City’s ever-popular singer/songwriter venues. The Listening Room is one of the best. With a menu that includes bacon fried green tomatoes and a turkey apple crisp sandwich, The Listening Room is one of the local’s most cherished secrets for great music and even better food.