I’m sitting in the living room at the Fontanel Estate, country superstar Barbara Mandrell’s former home turned music destination (think Nashville’s own Graceland) with a boutique inn attached. I notice one of the world’s most famous guitars hanging on the wall—Buck Owen’s red, white and blue custom-made Mosrite, seen and heard around the globe on hit recordings and TV shows like “Hee Haw.”
After gushing at the guitar, Mandrell’s daughter, Jaime, asks if I would like to play it. Well, duh. It needs some tuning after hanging on the wall as a museum piece, but I’m happy to oblige.
If you spend enough time in Nashville, things like this happen. You brush up against greatness. Nashville is a big city but it has a sense of community and hospitality about it that can make it feel like a small town.
You never know who you’re going to bump into in this place full of celebrities, musicians, singers, and songwriters. Here are a few of the cool and hip Nashville hotels worth checking into when you check out Music City.