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Vanderbilt Travel Itinerary


Vanderbilt’s academic reputation draws many to the school, but the city of Nashville truly seals the deal. Upon arrival, the city’s vibrant energy captivates visitors. The lively atmosphere of Music Row and Broadway, filled with live music and bustling streets, is irresistible. Yet, just a short distance away, tranquil neighborhoods perfect for leisurely strolls and more low-key activities can be found. Nashville is the home of music, and there’s a certain energy and spirit felt when walking around that is uniquely special to this area.

Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Nashville in Sobro

The Four Seasons is the gold standard for service and experience in any city. In Nashville, it is located in the vibrant South Broadway neighborhood where bustling bars, cool restaurants, and a lively music scene create an eclectic and sophisticated atmosphere. Just a three-minute drive from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, this hotel is a breath of fresh air located in the heart of Nashville. Guests can enjoy a unique partnership with Songwriter City, a local business, allowing for private acoustic concerts by Nashville songwriters right in their suites. You won’t go hungry at Mimo’s, the hotel’s private restaurant led by Michelin-distinguished chef Aniello “Nello” Turco who will serve up Italian specialties with a southern spin. The hotel also has a luxurious spa, a rooftop pool and bar, and a concierge. Situated only 5 miles away from the Nashville International Airport, the Four Seasons is an ideal destination for both relaxation and exploration. Elli Travel is a Four Seasons Preferred Partner so reach out to jodi@ellitravel.com to book the Four Seasons with Preferred Partner amenities including complimentary daily breakfast for two, resort credit, priority room upgrades, and other perks.

Stay: The Hermitage Hotel in Downtown Nashville 

Experience classic sophistication at this Nashville hotel, set next to the state capitol. The hotel’s rich ambiance complements its prime location in Downtown Nashville, the city’s safest and most popular destination. In this neighborhood you will find honky tonks, uniquely Nashville shopping, and one-of-a-kind eateries. The hotel’s Capitol Grille will deliver sustainable southern cuisine, sourcing fresh ingredients from an heirloom garden just miles away. This luxurious property offers a timeless charm, providing guests with an elegant stay amidst the vibrant energy of the city. To book, reach out to jodi@ellitravel.com to receive Virtuoso amenities including complimentary daily breakfast for two, resort credit, priority room upgrades, and other perks. (12 minute drive from Vanderbilt University campus). 

Stay: Loews Nashville Hotel at Vanderbilt Plaza 

Conveniently located across the street from Vanderbilt University, this hotel is an ideal choice for those visiting campus. Located just off the tourist path, the Loews offers a peaceful retreat while being only an eight-minute drive from the buzzing Music Row. Guests can enjoy a boutique-style gym, a refined southern restaurant, a cocktail bar, and a delicious steakhouse. Additionally, the hotel provides a complementary car service, ensuring easy access to nearby attractions and adding to the convenience of your stay. Reach out to jodi@ellitravel.com to book or to find out which property is best for you! 


  • Take a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, home to the Taylor Swift Education Center which displays key instruments used by Swift and several artifacts from her early career. 
  • Go honky tonking: go to a honky tonk bar on Broadway, Nashville’s famous street, and experience the neon lights and live music of the city. You never know who you’ll see- famous country singers like Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton own actual bars on Broadway that you can visit! See where many of them began their careers.  
  • Take a trip to the Nashville Farmers Market featuring a wide variety of local food, produce, classes, and chef demos. 
  • Visit Green Hills, an affluent neighborhood of Nashville and only a 15 minute drive from Vanderbilt’s campus. This area is home to premier shopping, dining, and upscale boutiques and is one of the most desired places to live in Nashville.  
  • Take a tour of Vanderbilt University! You won’t want to miss it 🙂 

Where to Shop: 

  • Take a trip to Music Row where you will find many authentic cowboy boot shops- most with a “buy three for the price of one” deal! 
  • Lower Broadway is a great shopping destination with a number of shops and boutiques  
  • The Downtown Nashville neighborhood is great for food, drinks, and live music, but it is also home to many great shopping options. Most of the shops are found at Fifth + Broadway, a mixed-use, modern building that holds 30+ stores, office spaces, and restaurants. Go here if you are looking for popular chain stores like Lululemon, Free People, and more.  


  • Sunda: Amazing Asian restaurant with lively atmosphere 
  • Hattie B’s Hot Chicken: Popular southern spot serving fried chicken, sandwiches, and fries. Casual and typically has a line down the street 
  • Kayne Prime: Upscale, delicious steakhouse with incredible views of the city.

 Nashville is a great city to visit any time of the year. Reach out to jodi@ellitravel.com to find out which property is best for you and to custom curate an amazing itinerary. 

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