First, another shout out for the Sheraton Music City in Nashville where we stayed. If you’re looking for a pet friendly hotel in Nashville, don’t overlook this gem! Particularly noteworthy – the lobby, bar, and patio area around the outdoor pool are pet friendly … and there was a grassy area in back of the hotel big enough to play ChuckIt with the boys. Heaven!
We don’t always pick the most pet friendly things to do – we’re still learning, too – and visiting downtown Nashville may fall into that category. Not that we didn’t enjoy our stay, it just wasn’t the most dog friendly place we’ve visited. For example, on a warm fall day, we only counted a few outdoor doggie dining options – maybe not a surprise given that Tennessee only recently removed its ban on dogs at restaurants. Despite several requests on Twitter for Tennesseans to tweet where they’re now dining with their dogs, we only received one reply. So if you are in the know, please leave a comment below!
That said, the state capitol is a great architectural building worth viewing, and our stroll around the grounds revealed that three US presidents have come from the Volunteer State – Jackson, Polk, and Johnson. Buster and Ty were particularly enamored with the statue of Andrew Jackson.
Behind the capitol building is the 19-acre Bicentennial Mall State Park. If you are looking for a place to exercise your dog in downtown Nashville, this is it.
Adjacent to the mall, in Germantown, is the Nashville Farmer’s Market that sells everything from foodstuffs to household goods.
After checking out Honky Tonk Highway, the Music City Walk of Fame, Printer’s Alley, and Riverfront Park, we headed out Broadway to the upscale West End where Vanderbilt University is located. Then we drove out Harding Road through Belle Meade, Nashville’s most affluent neighborhood. We continued on Harding, rounded Percy Warner Park, and came back on the Hillsboro Pike. This drive is dotted with beautiful houses, estates, and compounds … we need to find the Hollywood equivalent of a homes-of-the-stars map! In Hillsboro Village, we checked out dog friendly Jackson’s Bar & Bistro. It looked like a great spot to dine with the dogs, but it was a little too crowded for our comfort level.
We ended up in 12 South (as in 12th Avenue South), one of Nashville’s up and coming districts. Walking the streets, you definitely get the bohemian flair, as compared to the more staid West End and Hillsboro towns. We ate a late lunch at Corrieri’s Formaggeria. This pet friendly eatery comes with a beach area for the dogs – that’s right, a place for the boys to hunker down and build sand castles.
Next up – Evansville, Indiana.
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