Union Station Hotel
The first thing you’ll notice upon entering the Union Station hotel in Nashville is the magnificent vaulted ceiling with stained-glass. Next, you’ll gaze upon the marble floors and gold bas-reliefs and wonder how this place was ever a bustling train terminal. To be certain, Union Station is no longer the railway hub it once was. But the hotel’s rooms, restaurant and atrium maintain the historic splendor of the 1900s amongst modern amenities.
Have you ever wanted to spend the night in a luxury tree house? At Camp LeConte in Gatlinburg, you can! The tree houses feature open-air bedrooms, a sleeping loft, private bathroom and a covered patio. Prefer to sleep under the trees instead of in them? Camp LeConte also offers “glamping”. Each safari tent contains a private sleeping area, covered patio and heat and air-conditioner.
The Peabody Hotel
It doesn’t get any better than life as a duck at the Peabody Hotel. Five mallards reside in a penthouse called the Royal Duck Palace, a marble and glass structure on the hotel roof. Every day at 11 AM, the ducks enter the lobby via elevator. Then, bathe in the lobby fountain until 5 PM when they exit in style on a red carpet. For those not interested in the ducks, the Peabody is located on bustling Union Avenue, just three blocks from Beale Street.
The Inn at Christmas Place
Are you a Christmas fanatic every day of the year? Then the Inn at Christmas Place might just be your version of paradise. Located on Christmas Tree Lane in Pigeon Forge, the Inn features, of course, Christmas-themed rooms with fireplaces and decorated Christmas trees. Upon entering the lobby, you’ll be greeted by a glockenspiel playing Christmas carols and friendly bellmen. During December, Singing Santa puts on evening concerts with songs and stories.
The Hermitage Hotel
Outfitted in Beaux-Arts architecture style, the Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville evokes drama, elegance and comfort. Since 1910, the Hermitage has attracted country music legends, politicians and civil rights leaders. It remains one of the most popular upscale hotels in Nashville to this day. The rich history, ornate details and impeccable hospitality make it one-of-a-kind.
Delta Cotton Company Apartments
Directly beneath the Delta Cotton Company Apartments is the Ground Zero Blues Club, owned by Mississippi Delta natives Morgan Freeman, Bill Luckett and Howard Stovall. So, if you’re not a fan of live music, especially blues, then this may not be the right fit for you. The building housing both the apartments and club was once a cotton-grading warehouse. The rooms are fairly large, featuring modest but comfortable furnishings. After all, you’ll be spending most of your time downstairs.
Gaylord Opryland Resort
Here is one hotel that needs no introduction. The Opryland Resort is the largest non-casino hotel, outside of Las Vegas, in the U.S. Within the hotel are: 17 different eateries from an Italian cuisine to a laid-back pub, a spa, retail shops, six ballrooms and nine acres of indoor gardens with waterfalls.
Shack Up Inn
Book with caution. This is NOT your typical hotel/inn/bed-and-breakfast. The Shack Up Inn in Memphis, formerly the Hopson Plantation, comprises converted sharecropper shacks, an original cotton gin and seedhouses, which serve as rooms. The amenities may be modest, but you don’t stay at the inn for room service. But if you’re looking for an authentic, low-key experience with lots of quirks, then check out the Shack Up Inn.
Dollywood DreamMore Resort
Not far from the Inn at Christmas Place is DreamMore, a resort near Dollywood theme park. DreamMore is more or less an extension of Dollywood, as it was created by Dolly Parton. For loyal Dolly fans, DreamMore offers a penthouse apartment inspired by the country music legend herself. The suite features zebra print wallpaper, plush furniture and an unbeatable view of the Smoky Mountains.
Inn at Franklin Square
Built in 1892, the Inn at Franklin Square boasts plenty of vintage charm and character. The historic inn, located in downtown Franklin, was refurbished to accommodate the needs of modern guests but maintains the integrity of its original features. The town of Franklin is a 45-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Nashville, making the Inn a perfect escape from city life.
The Oliver Hotel
In the heart of downtown Knoxville sits the unassuming Oliver Hotel. It housed an ice cream parlor, bakery, candy shop, drugstore and dancing hall in the late 1800s. Then in 2011, the building was refurbished and converted into a boutique hotel, the only one in Knoxville. The Peter Kern Library, a speakeasy inspired bar located on the first floor of the hotel, is the Oliver’s worst-kept secret.
Early booking is key to scoring a room at the exclusive 404 hotel in Nashville. This “urban oasis” in the trendy Gulch area only houses five rooms, decorated with minimalist, modern furnishings and vintage accents. The 404 Kitchen, adjacent to the hotel, specializes in European cuisine with a twist.
Like all of the other establishments on this list, the StoneFort Inn is not your typical hotel. In fact, it’s both a boutique hotel and an upscale bed and breakfast. Situated in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, the Inn combines elegant 20th century furnishings with modern details. Amongst a claw foot tub, antique chandelier and outdoor balcony, you might just convince yourself that you’re in Paris.
Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
Experience a bygone era at the historic Chattanooga train terminal. Guests looking for a truly unique stay at the Choo Choo Hotel should sleep in one of the Pullman train cars, Victorian style sleeper cars with modern amenities. Additionally, the hotel features on-site restaurants, shops, rose gardens and a working antique trolley.
If you’re looking for a luxurious, secluded countryside retreat, then Blackberry Farm hotel and resort is calling your name. Since its opening in 1976, Blackberry Farm has won numerous awards in food, wine and lodging categories. And, sure, it’s a real, working farm, but it’s also a five-star lodging destination in the Tennessee foothills featuring elevated Southern cuisine and a James Beard-awarded wine program.
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