Condé Nast Traveler’s five ‘must visit’ cities of 2013 includes my home town

Nashville’s Lower Broad (on a map, it will say “Broadway”)
(Photo by Thomas Hawk. Click to see an awesome set of photos he shot in Nashville.)

The other morning on the Today Show, Condé Nast Traveler’s Lisa Gill appeared to present what one of the show’s hostesses described as the “coolest, must-see cities you’ve got to visit in (2013).”

In the whole world.

Here are the two must-visit cool cities on the list that I’ve never visited: Seoul and Amsterdam. Looking forward to visiting both some day.

Here are two that I’ve visited several times: Toronto and New Orleans. Also look forward to re-visiting both.

Here is the fifth cool, must-see city on the list: Nashville.

Here’s Lisa’s description of “the new Nashville”:

“The new Nashville offers two things worth traveling for: a hot, trendy new food scene and its famous, funky music scene. The ‘haute southern’ cuisine is flourishing in Nashville at restaurants like The Patterson House and The Catbird Seat. Not to mention some of the tastiest and most creative cocktails we’ve ever tried. At night, you can’t walk two blocks without coming across some incredible live music, from bluegrass to brass bands, zydeco to country. Where to stay: Try the Hutton Hotel for a sophisticated yet modern atmosphere, with rooms starting at $197.”

I’m glad Condé Nast Traveler’s listing of Nashville included a shout-out to the Catbird Seat as it is the only restaurant I blogged about in 2012 (and probably, any year since 1999). And had it not been for super trend-spotting blogger Joe Stirt‘s urging, that would not have happened. I’ll note Joe beat Condé Nast Traveler by a year.

Nashville is a great place to visit.

It’s an even greater place to live. I’ve lived here 34 years. It may not be where I was born, but it’s definitely become my home town.

Whenever I visit cool places, it’s the going home place I love.