Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAY-JUN 2018

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Recently, my wife, Jen, and I got away for two nights to Nashville, Tennessee. We drove, just the two of us, which made for a nostalgic contrast to my many trips there as a child, when my sister and I would sit in the way back of the family station wagon—a "woodie"— with my folks up front, dad always at the wheel. We used to stop at our (late) Aunt Irene and Uncle Bernard's deli, Schwartz's Delicatessen, then carry straight on through to Florida, our stomachs replete with my uncle's famous Mr. B sandwiches, and the car well- stocked with snacks my aunt sent for the long journey. I still have cousins in Music City, so Jen and I like to go back at least once a year to visit. We planned this trip as a quick romantic getaway to the Hutton Hotel, an über-cool space in lively West End that attracts music industry types, among others. Originally known as the 1808 Building, the striking edifice long ago housed offices, and now boasts Nashville's only Four-Star, Four-Diamond establishment. Following a complete renovation in 2017, the Hutton is upscale and eclectic with an array of metallic features and an original barn floor from its previous incarnation, as well as a stunning collection of contemporary art on display throughout. e public spaces, along with the hotel's 250 rooms—including 51 one-bedroom suites and three penthouse suites—were designed by Dallas-based Studio 11 Design. Many of the rooms, including the one we were fortunate enough to experience, enjoy a lovely view of the Nashville skyline. e hotel also incorporates two Writers' Rooms, one designed by two-time platinum recording star Dierks Bentley and one by celebrated producer Ryan Tedder. Conceived to inspire, these unique spaces provide an environment conducive to writing lyrics and laying down demos. Built to host one person to an entire band, the rooms offer many of the amenities of a well-equipped recording studio in an unusually luxurious setting. Written by Jeffrey Cohen MUSIC CITY MECCA Nashville's Hutton Hotel makes for a memorable weekend. 88 slmag.net

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