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You can't beat the meat at Porter Road Butcher. Their standards are so high you need a telescope to see them. This means you can't always get what you want when you go to Porter Road Butcher, but you'll get what you need. For instance, we went in to get some short rib hotdogs that we had heard about, but they didn't have them. They pulled them because they weren't happy with the way the texture turned out and it takes 3 days to cure more. Gotta love that dedication to quality.
They've always got chorizo, Itallian sausages, and a host of other flavoried sausages, and several cuts of bacon. They'll have other cuts depending on what day of the week it is, and rotating specialties like those hot dogs. They also sell several different kinds of locally-sourced sauces and honeys, and Bloomy Rind sells their artisanal cheese from the same retail space.
This store makes me wanna have kids.
The cutest of everything, much of it handmade, all of it fun, functional, and adorable. They offer registry services too, which might make this the only place I would ever choose over Target for a registry. You know, if I actually had any kids.
Even the gift wrap is handmade by local artisans. This place is just so twee I wanted to have a picnic in the middle of the store. But I think they'd frown on that.
Recently opened in the Edgehill Village shopping center, right next to the well-known Taco Mamacita, Legato Gelato offers handmade, creamy frozen treats in a variety of clever, creative flavors. We sampled a tart, refreshing cucumber lime sorbetto and a creamy dark chocolate that was as rich as brownie batter without being offputtingly heavy. We were also tempted by the fruit tea and pistachio flavors, but didn't have enough room in our gullets to squeeze in one more bite. Oh well, I guess we'll just have to come back again and try some more.
They also offer Italian sodas with artisanal syrups in flavors like ginger passionfruit and basil orange blossom, which are amazing on a hot day. I'll definitely be back.
The staff here is so friendly you'll have trouble walking 10 feet without someone offering you assistance or saying hi. They have a swanky restaurant and martini bar. The decor in the rooms looks a little dated, but in a classic sort of way, and everything is in really good condition. It kind of reminds me of some of the hotels in downtown Vegas, without the slot machines. <br>My favorite part of this hotel was the pool. It's located a few floors up and is enclosed in an atrium with cool resort style lounges and seating. <br>
Try to get one of the rooms on the pointed end of the hotel (like a corner suite). They're bigger and feature wrap around windows.
Wow. Where do you start with the Stadium Inn? I guess first off you should know not to confuse it with the Ramada Limited Stadium Inn. They both have "Stadium Inn" in their names, and are located close to one another, but are miles apart in terms of furnishings and atmosphere. This Stadium Inn is independently owned and plays host to a cast of colorful characters who stay here for extended stays or live in the hotel. They have a nice big sign in the lobby warning that if you are a prostitute or drug dealer, you need to "keep rolling or go to Metro" (Police) because they ain't gonna deal with that mess. It's a good sentiment, but tells you exactly what kind of place it is that they needed to have a giant sign made for that and placed in the lobby. <br>All the rooms are nonsmoking, but the hallway smelled like a combination of cigarette smoke and cat piss. None of the lights on the elevators work, so you can never be sure of what floor you're on or if you pressed the button hard enough to call one. The rooms are what you'd expect-- worn furnishings with mysterious stains. But they do offer microwaves, refrigerators, onsite laundry, and large safes for your valuables. They also have a pretty nice view of downtown.
The Stadium Inn still isn't the worst hotel I've ever been in, and I'll say this: the pricing is very fair. I've stayed in nastier hotels in other cities for twice the nightly rate. It's also really close to LP Field and the staff and guests are friendly and talkative. <br>Don't miss the amateur wrestling held every Friday night at 8pm in a room off the lobby!
The lobby is like a giant, indoor garden. The Embassy Suites Nashville South offers a huge atrium and plenty of room for convention/ meeting space. The lobby/atrium has huge skylights and is peppered with fountains. They have a sports bar with giant televisions that reminds me of a sports book in Vegas. The pool is huge and they offer little floats and pool toys that are free for the kids to use. They're pretty experienced at hosting weddings and have a staff of outside contractors ready to go if you don't want to plan everything down to the last detail.
One really unique feature is that they offer a charging station for electric cars! I haven't seen this at any other hotel in the Nashville area. I'm sure it's because they're right next to the Nissan headquarters, but still, pretty cool.
It's hard to go wrong with a Hampton Inn. Generally, you know what yo expect. But there were some nice surprises at this Hampton Inn that you wouldn't normally expect. The rooms have some extra amenities you don't usually see, even in suites. The suite rooms have kitchens, each of which has a little two-burner stove, a dishwasher, and a full-size fridge-- great if you're staying for an extended period of time. There's a huge fireplace in the lobby that would be great to sit around in the winter, and the staff is really friendly and funny. I think if you were on an extended trip, visiting family or something, this would be a great place to stay. Plus, it's just a short drive into downtown Nashville, so you can visit and do touristy things during the day, but come back out to Franklin for a nice dinner at one of the dozens of great restaurants in the area.
The Country Inn & Suites has some nice touches that you wouldn't expect in your typical chain hotel-- and some weird ones. When you walk into the lobby, they'll have a cookie waiting for you. It's not homemade or warmed up, but still, hey, cookie. They've got a take-one-leave-one lending library of sorts in the lobby that you can borrow a book from. The rooms have oversize fridges, Keurig Coffee makers and microwaves, and they have a lot of closet space. The weird part is that in certain suites-- the ones with names like "Celebration"-- they have big jaccuzzi tubs IN THE BEDROOM. I guess that's cool if you're on your honeymoon, but it would be pretty awkward otherwise.
The best mid-range priced hotel in Nashville, in my opinion. There were so many things that were good about this hotel. Three words come to mind: fun, considerate, conscientious. The fun comes in little touches like the prize wheel you get to spin when you check in if you're a rewards member. Or the vintage bikes they have available for guests to rent for $10 a day so you can cruise around Centennial Park. The staff are considerate of all their guests' needs, even going so far as to provide 30 handicap accessible rooms with amenities like visual doorbells. They offer in-room recycling bins so if you're a conscientious traveler, you don't have to tote out your recyclable garbage with you. The staff is so nice, the atmosphere is fun, I really can't say enough about this hotel. It offers the service and atmosphere you'd pay a lot more for at a luxury hotel, but at a fraction of the price.