Nearly Native Explores: Noelle and Makeready Libations & Liberation

Nowadays everything in Nashville seems bright, shiny, and new – new construction, new restaurants, new bars, and lots of new people. It seems like one of the nation’s hottest cities is all about being “out with the old and in with the new”, but does that mean it’s losing it’s character? After all, Nashville wasn’t always a trendy metropolis full of music hopefuls, celebrities, and twenty-somethings. Luckily, the are some Nashvillians who are making it a point to preserve (or renew) the past, including the team at the Noelle hotel downtown.

Nestled between the bustling streets of 4th Avenue and Church, and overlooking Printers Alley, Noelle may have just recently opened its doors, but not as something shiny and new – as a part of Nashville’s history, renewed. Originally built in 1930 as a hotel and later converted into office space, the Noelle building has seen The Music City evolve for nearly 90 years, standing tall long before the “Batman Building” and Broadway as they’re known today, and symbolizing a simpler, slower, more elegant time. When it reopened it’s doors as a hotel late last year, Noelle proudly presented its history, embracing a style rooted in Art Deco originality and balanced with a modern flair. Throughout the hotel you’ll find features they’ve embraced from the building and the city’s history, including the blue heron – a bird that was native to Nashville back when the hotel was built.

While Noelle’s style showcases it’s past, you’ll also find conveniences of a more modern time, like typical amenities such as a gym, wifi, a business center, but also additional touches that leave a lasting impression. Every floor features a central water station with fresh fruit and a newspaper printed in-house on a quarterly basis. Plus, you can access coffee on-demand from renowned coffee roaster, Barista Parlor, delivered to your room or available in the lobby at the Drug Store Coffee shop.

Noelle is a beautiful blend of historic preservation and modern attitude that’s perfect for a weekend downtown or a staycation. But enough about the hotel, there’s more to it than that. Noelle also features a restaurant, Makeready Libations & Liberation, that continues the hotel’s theme, paying homage to printmakers of the past, but with its own unique twist on American food. Serving all meals of the day, including Sunday brunch, this isn’t your usual hotel restaurant and could surely stand on its own as the perfect place for a casual lunch, business lunch, or fun dinner with friends. The menu is diverse and seasonal – satisfying every palate, and the mussels are not to be missed! With its convenient location and entrance directly off of 4th Avenue, you have no excuse not to try this place.

NOTE: Noelle also has a rooftop bar opening this Spring, called Rare Bird!

To say Nashville is booming is an understatement and while we appreciate all things shiny and new, it’s important to look back on our history and remember where we come from. Withstanding the test of time, Noelle celebrates the cultural foundation of what makes Nashville what it is today, making it worth your time to visit, stay, eat, and play.

Check out their website on the Eat Like a Native page!

**Also featured on the 365 Day Challenge and Explore pages

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