Vanderbilt is a hot school known for its rigorous academics, popular social life and it’s beautiful campus. Located just over a mile from downtown Nashville, which in the last few years is shedding its “Music City, U.S.A.” image and emerging as a hip, young, creative city with a dynamic food scene.
Stay: Directly across from campus check in to the Loews Vanderbilt, renovated and redesigned in 2013. The Hutton just down the street is a modern, contemporary boutique hotel with friendly service. Located downtown, just down the street from legendary Music Row, check in to Nashville’s grand dame, The Hermitage Hotel.
Any Time Of Day: Pinewood Social is more than a restaurant, it’s a “social gathering place”, and it’s very cool. Open at 7 am for coffee and breakfast, switching to lunch and dinner later in the day, it’s a "wow" space that was once an office park. There are six reclaimed wood bowling lanes, and two dipping pools.
Lunch: A New Yorker at Vandy told us that Desano's has pizza as good as anywhere back home. Burger Up over on hip South 12th, has upscale burgers and salads and we hear they make a mean Moscow Mule! After your burger try a fruit or vegetable popsicle at Las Paletas. You have to have fried chicken at least once while you’re in Nashville, and right near campus is one of the best—Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. Don’t worry when you see the line, it moves fast.
A Step Up: The Gulch’s McGavock Street, commonly referred to as M Street, is home to Virago, Moto, and Kayne Prime—all spots Vandy students rush to take their parents when in town. Foodies will be thrilled as Nashville has a hot restaurant scene. Try and snag a reservation at James Beard award nominee Bastion or Rolf and Daughters, City House, Husk or The Catbird Seat.
Nashville Classics: It would be a shame to spend time in Nashville and not visit Arnold’s Country Kitchen, the city’s legendary Meat and Three. The cafeteria-style line may be long, but it moves fast and it’s worth the wait for roast beef served with your choice of three sides such as: mac and cheese, black eyed peas, stewed okra or fried green tomatoes. Dating back to 1945, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, located in East Nashville is widely considered to be the king of Nashville’s iconic dish. Fans speak of pit master Pat Martin in hushed tones, his eatery, Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint is famous for his whole hog barbecue. With two locations now in Nashville, you no longer have to drive the 30 minutes to the original location in Nolensville.
Late Night Snack: Tavern has great s’mores that you roast yourself and “go great with champagne!” Café Coco, a funky coffeehouse open 24/7 features live music, munchies & outdoor seating.
Local Attractions: Centennial Park, right across from Vanderbilt, has a full-scale replica of Greece’s Parthenon. Sure, downtown Nashville is touristy, but if you’ve never been it’s a lot of fun, especially if you’re a fan of Country Music. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, an interactive, intriguing museum, then tour The Ryman, one of our country’s best music venues. (The Ryman has been home at times to the famous Grand Ole Opry radio show.) Make sure to stop at Robert’s Western World on Broadway, everyone’s favorite for live music and honky-tonk dancing.
Worth the Drive: Spend an afternoon in the charming town of Franklin, just thirty miles outside of Nashville. Stroll the sweet main street weaving in and out of the authentic, local boutiques and eat lunch at Puckett’s Grocery or 55 South. Travel back in time to the civil war with a tour at Carnton Plantation before heading back to town.
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VANDERBILT FAST FACTS
Black & Gold
Early Decision I & Early Decision II
2305 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203-1727
(p) (615) 322-2561
(f) (615) 343-7765
John Gaines, Director of Admissions
NCAA Division I
Robert Penn Warren
+ VANDERBILT CHEAT SHEET +
Bread and Co
Hattie B's Hot Chicken
Rolf and Daughters
The Catbird Seat
Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack
Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
+ LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
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