Whether you choose to ride the Blues Highway in Memphis, visit Dollywood in Pigeon Forge or hike through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee is full of fun for every type of escape. Here are our favorite hotels in the state for food, nature, design, history, luxury, art and more.
On-the-go travelers appreciate the Ramsey for its convenient location in Pigeon Forge and amenities that cater to busy guests. It’s less than 10 minutes from popular attractions – plus the Pigeon Forge Trolley has a stop on the property, allowing visitors to hop on and not worry about driving. The inn offers discounted tickets to local shows and attractions, and the complimentary, boxed to-go breakfasts are perfect for grabbing on your way out. Return at night for free nightly popcorn and a movie on the movie screen, and 24-hour access to a heated pool and hot tub.
Immerse yourself in luxury at the Germantown Inn, a historic Federal-style home dating back to 1865. Here, 10 suites bathe travelers in luxury, with Italian Frette linens, Turkish towels and Chadsworth and Haig bathrobes. The elegant ambience of the inn was created by Nashville interior designer McLean Barbieri. The home’s original architecture is showcased, while modern touches such as custom wallpaper, Andra Eggleston curtains and artworks of notable US presidents by Caitlin Mello add a refined yet playful feel.
Situated on a large wooded tract of land, Christopher Place is an intimate bed and breakfast overlooking Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Nature lovers find solace here with the sweeping Smoky Mountain views, plus outdoor activities like swimming, tennis and hiking on the numerous trails that cross the property. Inside the colonial-style mansion you’ll find a sauna, fitness room, billiards and board games. You can even ask the staff to create a picnic lunch for you and venture out for an al fresco meal.
Design aficionados appreciate this hotel for its modern take on hotel design, as exposed steel, local limestone and natural materials create a stylish yet functional environment. Four floors connect directly to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the on-site coffee house is a welcoming space for both locals and visitors. Don’t miss the Biscuit Bar, which serves home-made biscuits all day long.
With six dining options, Dream Nashville is a foodie’s paradise. Their Stateside Kitchen eatery is brasserie-style and features seasonal dishes served under a glass atrium. Natura Nashville offers indoor and outdoor dining with veggie-forward dishes using fresh, local ingredients. They also have an oat milk latte on tap and use a custom blend of coffee from La Colombe Coffee Roasters. Vatos Tacos is the spot for late-night tacos and mezcal, while the Parlour Bar cranks out creative cocktails such as a smoked peach old-fashioned.
Art lovers flock to this museum-hotel as it’s one of the largest multi-venue contemporary art museums in the USA – and it’s North America’s first museum solely dedicated to 21st-century art. There’s a huge area of rotating exhibition space, plus exhibitions and pieces spread throughout the guest rooms. Past exhibitions have included sculptures, drawings, mixed media pieces and photography.
New to the Memphis hotel scene, Hu Hotel impresses those with an eye for style, as it perfectly weaves together comfort and class. The sleek rooms have a contemporary feel with brass, copper and marble, and the private bar is an excellent touch. Larger rooms come with wet bars, and the bustling rooftop bar is a great place to unwind and take in views of the Mississippi River and Hernando de Soto Bridge.
History fans will adore this mid-19th-century mansion along the Mississippi River in Memphis, as it’s a nod to Memphis’s Victorian era with its marble mantels, plaster ceiling medallions, shaped moldings and elegant decor. Originally built as a two-story farmhouse in 1848, the house got its tower and third floor in 1853, later became the Memphis College of Arts, and then lay vacant for decades from 1959 when the college moved. After a renovation, it reopened in 2014 as a boutique bed and breakfast. Don’t miss details such as the original clawfoot tub, antique sconces and pedestal sinks.