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Blackberry Farm
1471 W. Millers Cove Road
Walland , Tennessee
Tel: 865 984 8166
Tel: 800 273 6004
info@blackberryfarm.com
www.blackberryfarm.com

Sheep roam on this family owned farm estate "in a incredibly scenic spot" at the foot of the Smoky Mountains. Guests stay in accommodations that range from estate rooms to cottage suites, all outfitted with fine art, antique heirlooms, and feather beds. Formal dinners in the turn-of-the-century Barn consist of seasonal produce grown just a few feet away and wines from the 8,000-square-foot cellar—"the consistently high quality of the food is just remarkable." Try some fly-fishing on Hesse Creek before settling down with an artisanal American whisky at the bar.

(62 rooms)

$199 or less
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Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel
3677 Elvis Presley Boulevard
Whitehaven
Memphis , Tennessee
38116
Tel: 877 777 0606
Tel: 901 332 1000
gracelandtours@elvis.com
www.elvis.com/epheartbreakhotel

If you cruised into Memphis clad in a gold-belted white jumpsuit, hankerin' for a fried peanut butter-and-banana sandwich, you'll probably feel right at home at the Heartbreak Hotel. It's easy to be first in line for a tour of the King's mansion with this location—which is, in fact, "down at the end of Lonely Street," directly across from Graceland on Elvis Presley Boulevard. The 124 guest rooms are decked out in flashy royal blue and gold fabrics with black-and-white photos of Elvis on the walls, while the four themed suites are an exercise in excess, each styled after an important aspect of the Elvis mystique—Graceland, Hollywood, Gold and Platinum, and Burning Love. If that's not enough, flip to the in-house television channel that screens "all Elvis movies, all the time" or take a dip in the heart-shaped outdoor pool. If ever a hotel was fit for the King, this is it. "And although it's always crowded, you still can find some room…"

$199 or less
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Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville , Tennessee
37214
Tel: 888 999 6779
Tel: 615 889 1000
www.gaylordopryland.com

The Gaylord Opryland Hotel is as over-the-top as Dolly Parton's bouffant, and just as endearing. Situated on 172 acres about 20 minutes from downtown Nashville, this behemoth has a whopping 2,881 rooms under one (very large) roof. The Alice in Wonderland–style complex houses 25 shops, 15 restaurants, a spa and fitness center, and even an indoor riverboat ride. The hotel claims that bellhops walk between 9 and 12 miles a day on the job, so it's no surprise that it's easy to get lost. But friendly staff, who take the time to lead wayward guests to their rooms, manage to make the place feel intimate. The hotel is split into four distinct sections (Cascade, Garden Conservatory, Delta, and Magnolia), each marking a past expansion. The best guest rooms are those in the Cascade area near the main entrance, with balcony views of the plant-filled atriums. Rooms have clean-lined dark-wood furniture and modern fabrics that transcend the sometimes hokey surroundings of the common areas. The hotel is booked to capacity 85 percent of the time, so plan your stay well in advance, especially if you visit in November and December, when tour groups descend to take in the hotel's all-encompassing seasonal decorations and holiday stage shows.—Updated by Colleen Clark

$200-$299
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Hermitage Hotel
231 Sixth Avenue N.
Nashville , Tennessee
37219
Tel: 888 888 9414
Tel: 615 244 3121
reservations@thehermitagehotel.com
www.thehermitagehotel.com

The Rolls Royce of Nashville hotels, the Hermitage has been a favorite overnight stop for presidents, visiting royalty, and a slew of celebrities, from Bette Davis to Oprah Winfrey, since it opened in 1910. A $17 million overhaul in 2003 restored the ornate Beaux Arts lobby with shimmering pink marble columns and a dramatic stained glass ceiling. They did a bang-up job: The 122 guest rooms are large (an average of 475 square feet) with separate dressing and sitting areas and roomy bathrooms with flat-screen TVs, wide marble vanities, and extra-deep tubs (there's a "bath concierge," natch). The look is richly traditional with tufted sofas and stately beds covered in 1,000-thread-count sheets. The stately Capitol Grille serves modern takes on Southern favorites, and is an ideal special-occasion spot. Be sure to get a drink at the Oak Bar to see its famed Art Deco men's room, recently named "America's Best Restroom" by Esquire magazine.

$200-$299
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Hotel Indigo
1719 West End Avenue
Nashville , Tennessee
37203
Tel: 866 246 3446
Tel: 615 329 4200
inspiration@wesleygroup.com
www.hotelindigo.com

It's hard to miss the Hotel Indigo. Rising 11 floors above busy West End Avenue near Vanderbilt and Music Row, the bright-blue exterior is a beacon for trendy travelers looking for a stay with a bit of snob appeal (most folks consider this Nashville's only real boutique hotel—even though it's part of a chain owned by the InterContinental Hotels Group). Indigo's rooms are a bit cramped, something that probably has more to do with the large proportions of the dark-wood furniture and awkward placement of interior walls than actual square footage. But the extra-tall beds and long chaises are good-looking and comfortable, and the Aveda products in the bathroom and sizable walk-in showers are nice touches. On the downside, parking is expensive ($21 a day, even if you self-park), and the lobby restaurant and coffee bar are kind of dinky. The real problem with Indigo is what lies outside the front door: Unless you like gazing on parked cars and the occasional derelict, the view outside the floor-to-ceiling windows is far from attractive. But it's a great deal for the location, so keep your eyes focused on the interior of the lobby, which has large paintings from area artists.

$199 or less
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Hotel Preston
733 Briley Parkway
Nashville , Tennessee
37217
Tel: 866 986 8089
Tel: 615 361 5900
frontdesk@hotelpreston.com
www.hotelpreston.com

Allergic to kitsch? Watch out. This boutique hotel is drenched in over-the-top decor: red leopard-print pony-skin walls, purple lava lamps, and live (!) goldfish in the bedrooms. And management sure enjoys its cutesy double entendres: Until recently a woman wearing nothing but a pink negligee "lived" behind a glass wall in the hotel bar, called—wait for it—Pink Slip. On the other hand, the Preston certainly has more personality than your average Nashville hotel. Quirky amenities include a pillow menu with nine styles from squishy to hard as well as a "Spiritual Menu," offering the Bhagavad Gita, Koran, Torah, and many other books of worship that you don't normally find in the Bible Belt. These selections are delivered to your room, day or night, via the "You Want It, You Got It" button on the in-room phones. Rooms themselves are slightly more understated with soft espresso-colored headboards, handblown glass lamps, and tasteful black-and-white photographs. Though it's in a strange area—located on a dubious-looking side road just yards off Interstate 40 near the airport and several miles from any tourist attraction or non-fast-food restaurants—the consistently low prices make this a popular choice for air travelers or those who don't mind driving a bit to do their sightseeing.

$199 or less
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Hutton Hotel
1808 West End Avenue
Nashville , Tennessee
37203
Tel: 615 340 9333
Fax: 615 340 0010
huttonhotel.com

Visitors to Nashville were long forced to alternate between the sprawling Vegas-without-vice Gaylord Opryland, the stodgy Hermitage, and a smattering of chain hotels that cheesily play off the city's musical heritage (think glowing jukeboxes and "Ring of Fire" on repeat sound tracks). At the Hutton, the first hotel to truly capture the city's sophistication, you're greeted by striking local art and friendly staff eager to point you toward underground bluegrass shows, hip vintage boutiques, and the newest resto-lounges. The 1808 Grille bar/restaurant draws Music Row power players, who close deals over haute home-cooking (try the pulled-pork risotto balls). Guest rooms have a comfy polish: Plush pillowtop beds are backed by tufted headboards, and cozy reading nooks are lit with sultry red pendant lamps. You'll find the luxury standard bearers—spacious rain showers, flat-screen TVs—as well as green initiatives like sensors that turn the power off when you're out, bamboo furnishings, and low-flow toilets. A hybrid car shuttles guests from the hotel's West End location to downtown's tourist attractions and honky-tonks, and you're a short walk away from Vanderbilt University, the kitschy concrete Parthenon, meat-and-three-sides diners, and chichi wine bars.

$200-$299
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Inn at Hunt Phelan
533 Beale Street
Memphis , Tennessee
38103
Tel: 901 525 8225
info@huntphelan.com
www.huntphelan.com

This mansion, built in 1830, served as Grant's headquarters as he planned the siege at Vicksburg in 1863 and has played host to distinguished visitors such as Andrew Jackson and Jefferson Davis. In 2005, it was restored and converted into a five-room bed-and-breakfast. Book the master suite for its king-sized canopied bed, decorative fireplace, 19th-century oil paintings of pastoral scenes, and views of downtown Memphis. (Be aware that upstairs bedrooms can be noisy at times.) In the restaurant, chef Stephen Hassinger serves French Creole fare such as Crab Justine, a blend of lump and jumbo crab broiled with sherry and topped with crème fraîche and béarnaise sauce, and grilled redfish with shrimp. Hotel guests receive a $40 voucher for Sunday's jazz brunch—stuffed French toast with berry sauce, Louisiana redfish in a shrimp rémoulade—in the Veranda Grill.

$199 or less
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Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
2100 West End Avenue
Nashville , Tennessee
37203
Tel: 800 336 3335
Tel: 615 320 1700
lvhreservations@loewshotels.com
www.loewshotels.com/en/Hotels/Nashville-Hotel/Overview.aspx

Talk about a split personality. The Loews Vanderbilt's midtown location, large working suites, and conference halls cater to a serious clientele—industry executives, politicians, and heads of state. But it's hard to imagine this caliber of guest also stomaching the thematic overkill that pervades the otherwise traditional hotel. In the lobby, a giant glowing jukebox plays tunes of famous musicians who have passed through; Hatch Show Print images of Bill Monroe hang behind the front desk; notepads in the rooms boast images of boots and musical notes; and wake-up calls come courtesy of Vince Gill and Brenda Lee. (Outside the realm of country kitsch but no less cutesy are the names of the restaurant and bar, Eat and Drink.) Thankfully, the service is efficient and businesslike, with nary a cowboy hat in sight. Room decor also has a more grown-up feel. Sober traditional furniture gets a modern touch through the creative use of fabrics (batik pillows on a pin-striped armchair, for instance), and you can get down to business at a spacious desk with ergonomic chair. Bottom line? The Loews is among the poshest hotels in town if you can get past the more country-fried elements.

$200-$299
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Madison Hotel
79 Madison Avenue
Downtown
Memphis , Tennessee
38103
Tel: 901 333 1200
Tel: 866 446 3674
info@madisonhotelmemphis.com
www.madisonhotelmemphis.com

Located near Beale Street's bluesy bustle in the historic Tennessee Trust Bank Building, this boutique hotel playfully attempts to bridge the gap between Belle Époque and the avant-garde. Bold, jewel-tone contemporary furniture and artwork inspired by the city's musical heritage decorate communal spaces. Neo-Deco furniture makes a bold statement in the 110 guest rooms. Management encourages guests to enter the former bank's vault—it's been converted into a fitness center. And on Thursdays between April and November head to the rooftop garden for live music, cocktails, and stunning views of the Mississippi River.

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Namaste Acres Bed & Breakfast
5436 Leipers Creek Road
Franklin , Tennessee
37064
Tel: 615 791 0333
namasteacres@att.net
www.namasteacres.com

Namaste Acres caters to urban cowboys, from the hearty daily breakfasts—served at 9 am sharp—to the on-site stables that board guests' equine pals. Located about three miles south of the fashionable country town of Leipers Fork, a 45-minute drive from Nashville, the bed-and-breakfast sits aside a barn on 17 acres of rolling fields and forest. You're welcome to bring along your own horses, or, with advance notice, the Hansons will arrange to call in "rentals" so you can ride the bridle paths along the famed Natchez Trace Parkway nearby. Friendly owners Jamie and Joanna Hanson moved here from California wine country because they wanted to raise their three young sons on a farm. The B&B is definitely a family affair: The boys help their parents keep the stables and restock the rooms (there are soft drinks and packaged snacks for sale in the minibars), and they often join guests at the breakfast table. The rooms themselves have private decks and cozy seating areas with gas fireplaces. The decor is a little much, with Western-themed gewgaws such as Wanted posters and spurs covering practically every inch of the unfinished wooden plank walls. The views out the window are much more bucolic.

$200-$299
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Peabody Hotel
149 Union Avenue
Downtown
Memphis , Tennessee
38103
Tel: 901 529 4000
pmreservations@peabodymemphis.com
www.peabodymemphis.com

This 14-story Italian Renaissance Revival landmark has been the preeminent Memphis hotel since opening downtown in 1869. Renovations brought the indoor pool and athletic club into the 21st century, and the 464 guest rooms got a refresh in 2006. The menu at tony Chez Philippe is an Asian-inflected version of la cuisine Française. Marble pillars, hand-painted skylights, a charming bar, and a manned grand piano grace the lobby. The slightly stuffy mood lightens daily at the stroke of 11 a.m., when an elevator opens, and five mallard ducks emerge to the strains of Sousa's "King Cotton March." After waddling down a red carpet, they ascend three stairs into the lobby's ornate central fountain to splash around. The spectacle is reversed at 5 p.m., when the celebrated ducks retire. Like many things uniquely Memphian, the Peabody Duck March comes off as endearing, weird, and wholly sincere. You can visit the ducks' rooftop aerie during between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., though you may prefer their posh accommodations to even your own.

$199 or less
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Talbot Heirs
99 South Second Street
Downtown
Memphis , Tennessee
38103
Tel: 901 527 9772
Tel: 800 955 3956
reservations@talbotheirs.com
www.talbotheirs.com

Sitting in the Peabody's morning shadow (and a hop, skip, and jump from its legendary bar), the seven-room Talbot Heirs is an oft-overlooked home away from home. Guest suites range from über-trendy to stately, with full-size kitchens stocked with complimentary biscotti, granola bars, yogurt, and coffee. (The staff will also prestock the kitchen with other provisions if you fax them a grocery list.) Suite Two has a piano once owned by Derek & the Dominos cofounder Bobby Whitlock, and others have four-poster beds and overstuffed sofas. There's no fitness facility, but the staff can arrange a treadmill or stair climber for your room.

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Union Station
1001 Broadway
Nashville , Tennessee
37203
Tel: 800 996 3426
Tel: 615 726 1001
www.unionstationhotelnashville.com

It's worth staying at Union Station for the architecture alone: Housed in what was once a Victorian-era train station, the lobby has large stained glass windows, patterned marble floors, large limestone fireplaces, and a 65-foot ceiling with gold leaf detailing. But the location is nothing to scoff at either: Lower Broadway's museums, galleries, and honky-tonks are just a few blocks away. The contemporary look of the 125 rooms plays off the hotel's architectural elements well with large, low beds, tufted fabric headboards, and David Hicks–ian geometric carpets. They are also big on creature comforts with down comforters, deep bathtubs, and Herman Miller Aeron work chairs at the desks. Avoid lower-level rooms with windows facing the parking lot: Noise from the valet station and beer hall next door is likely to rouse light sleepers. You're better off on the fifth floor, where 18-foot windows provide views of the peaceful lobby. Prime 108, the on-site restaurant, excels in steak and other meaty entrées, but service is spotty. Still, the curved banquettes and low lighting make it a great place to take a date.

$200-$299
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Westin Memphis Beale Street
170 Lieutenant George W. Lee Avenue
Downtown
Memphis , Tennessee
38103
Tel: 901 334 5900
westin.com/bealestreet

The Westin Memphis Beale Street hotel—opened in 2009 within stumbling distance of Beale Street and overlooking the Gibson Guitar Factory—caters to luxury travelers without expecting them to be too buttoned up. The 203 rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, flat-screen TVs, white-on-white pillow-top beds, and bathrooms with dual-head massage showers (all the better after a long night at the honky-tonks). But the real strength here is that the staff goes out of its way to acquaint you with the city: During our stay, a doorman walked us two blocks to point out a bar, and a desk attendant wrote up a comprehensive list of her favorite fried-chicken and barbecue joints. Finally, Memphis has a high-end hotel that matches its friendly, fun-loving self.—Colleen Clark

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.