Nashville is one of those iconic southern cities that has absolutley everything- incredible food scene, professional sports, historical sites, one of the nation’s leading colleges and lest we forget- The Music. When you walk around downtown, there is music piped in by speakers near all the cross walks. This is a town that has a true soul and and heartbeat. And in the center of that heart stands a grande dame hotel- The Hermitage.
The Hermitage has a esteemed history of supporting the Women’s Rights movement.
From the hotel’s website:
“The beginnings of the Women’s Suffrage Movement started over a simple afternoon tea amongst five women discussing moral and political injustices towards women. Soon, it became the launching platform as the movement gained momentum, allowing women a place to gather and organize their efforts in advancing the cause. Now, a century later we invite both visitors and locals alike to experience a suffrage tea in our Veranda and learn about the events that transpired inside our hotel leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment. “
The 100th anniversary of the Suffrage movement in Tennessee is this August and the hotel is hosting special events to celebrate this moment in women’s history.
Here is where you can learn more details about this summers events.
Beyond their history, the Hermitage keeps pace with the food scene in Nashville with inventive southern cuisine. The Oak Bar is where Hunky Hubbie and I enjoyed cocktails- he had a bourbon, of course. I had the Abby, the Bruswick Stew and the divine seared salmon with seasonal peas and carrots roasted to a golden perfection. Don’t forget dessert- we sampled the famous coconut cake. The cake was moist and tender with just enough icing. It was not too heavy after a large dinner. Be certain to ask for the corn bread- it’s almost as good as my recipe. 😉
One of the best things about the Hermitage is that it is a pet friendly hotel. After driving from Winter Park, FL all day, we certainly needed a place with luxurious and relaxing amenities, but that also would welcome a 90lb golden retreiver. The Hermtage rolls out the red carpet for pets. Deacon was given a dog bed, kibble in gold mesh bags, food bowls , bottled water and treats. The bowls were cleaned and water replished during turn down service.
We were also not placed in a room in the back of the hotel with a poor view and stained coverings, but rather a luxurious suite with a great view of the State Capital. Some hotels have “pet friendly” rooms that look like they host fraternity parties every night. That was not the case at the Hermitage.
The entire staff was warm and welcoming. High marks for such a great staff- even during the pandemic.
If you are in town touring Vanderbilt, watching a Titan’s game or enjoying the music scene (when we can have concerts again), treat yourself to a stay or even just high tea at The Hermitage. We also recommend the Pinewood Social for a casual night out for great burgers, the bar scene or a fantastic southern brunch and coffee.