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Bristol

The Tale of One City, Bordering Two States

The City of Bristol, located on the Tennessee and Virginia border, has been noted as a "Good Plate To Live" for over 150 years. Located in Bristol's Central Business district, the city is a "Certified Main Street Community" with attractions such as parks, restaurants, nightlife, shopping and museums - all within walking distance of the hotel. 

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The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate is located immediately adjacent to the hotel. The venue showcases the region’s history and evolution of country music with exhibits, galleries and live musical performances.

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Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots Music Festival is held downtown annually during the third week of September. The award-winning Americana music festival features local and national music acts.

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The Paramount Center for the Arts, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a 1930’s movie theater completely renovated into a performing arts center. 

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Cherokee National Forest, the Appalachian Trail, Bristol Caverns and 40 square miles of inland lakes and freshwater streams give outdoor lovers ample options for adventures including fishing, hiking, kayaking and white water rafting.

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Bristol Motor Speedway is the 8th largest sporting venue in the world seating up to 165,000 people. The "World’s Fastest Half Mile Track" hosts numerous speedway and drag way events.

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The Crooked Road is a 330 mile drive trail through the mountains of Southwest Virginia that connects nine major music venues and over 60 affiliated venues and festivals. The mission of the Crooked Road is to promote the region’s rich heritage of traditional music.

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Performing Arts

The love for live art comes in many forms—symphony, stand-up, opera, ballet—and the local theaters do an exemplary job of capturing them all. 

Paramount Center for the Arts 

Built with a classic Art Deco facade and neon marquee, this opulent performing arts venue boasts a 732-seat auditorium, complete with Mighty Wurlitzer organ.

Cameo Theatre

A theater designed for the masses, where friends and family will meet to experience epic entertainment together!

Birthplace of Country Music

The Birthplace of Country Music is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to perpetuate, promote, and celebrate Bristol's rich musical heritage.

Theatre Bristol

From new romance to love for family, community, country, and society, Theatre Bristol is full of laughs and heart-warming moments for the whole family, as well as thought-provoking and important reflection and connection.

BlueRidge Comedy

Started by renowned comedian, Shawn Carter, BlueRidge comedy offers stand-up shows, private events and even comedy classes that anyone can be a part of.

LOL Comedy

Also known as "your one stop shop for food, drinks and live comedy," LOL Comedy Corner is there for a great time and even better laughs.

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Great Outdoors

Nestled in the Appalachian's and surrounded by scenic lakes and rivers, Bristol is the perfect home base for outdoor lovers. 

Steele Creek Park Nature Center

A 2,200-acre lakefront park with paddle boating plus regular & disc golf, a mini train, and nature trails.

Cherokee National Forest 

Encompassing over 650 thousand acres of land, the Cherokee National Forest is divided into sections by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Virginia Creeper Trail 

The 35-mile (56 km) multi-purpose rail trail, runs from Abingdon to Whitetop, Virginia near the North Carolina state line – through National Forest and crossing numerous restored trestles and crossing the Appalachian Trail. 

Sugar Hollow Park - 6.0 mi.

Sugar Hollow Park is a 400-acre city park with bike and hiking trails, wetlands area, camping sites, pavilion, picnic areas, picnic shelter, playground, pool, soccer fields and softball fields. Also located in the park is the Resting Tree, a historical site.

Mendota Trail

A 12.5-mile hiking & biking recreational trail between Bristol and Mendota, VA, you'll be surrounded by the tranquil countryside and peaceful forests..

Backbone Rock Recreation Area

Open season: 4/25/2022 - 10/10/2022. A campground situated along the beautiful Beaverdam Creek at an elevation of 2,100 feet in northern Johnson County.

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Shopping

If you’re in need of some retail therapy, we’ve got you covered! Bristol features an array of retailers ranging from longstanding mom and pop shops to newer specialty boutiques. 

William H. King

Wm. King has had the reputation of being one of the finest stores in the South with a look that is both classic and timeless. 

The Pinnacle

The region’s premier lifestyle shopping destination, The Pinnacle also houses some of the region’s best restaurants, eateries, and unique entertainment opportunities.

Studio 6

Studio 6 is a women's boutique focusing on styling women of all ages and making them feel their best.

L.C. King

Made right here in Bristol, L.C. King is the leader in men's workwear, streetwear, and men's style. What sets them apart is their dedication to quality.

Blakley Mitchell

Focusing on exquisitely, tailored men's clothing, the team focuses on creating a personal relationship that allows their customers to present the image of clothing they desire based on individual style and taste.

AR Workshop

Join any of the scheduled workshops for the most memorable DIY experience. Hands-on classes made to teach you how to create the latest on-trend designs and make them your own.

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Bristol Motor Speedway

Conceptualized and constructed in 1960, the Bristol Motor Speedway held its first NASCAR race in the summer of 1961, and the rest has been a glorious blur. 

Drag Racing

A 25-mile dragstrip that hosts an annual NHRA event, the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The dragstrip hosts all three additional national touring NHRA series, plus other weekly and monthly events. 

NASCAR Racing

The legendary half-mile oval has been transformed into a dirt track with 19-degree banking in the turns. The Food City Dirt Race is an annual 250-lap, 144.21 mile NASCAR Cup Series.

Live Music

Not only is the Bristol Motor Speedway known for its high-speed racing, they also host multiple concerts a year, appealing to an even greater crowd and fans of all live music.

Christmas Light Show

Bring the whole family for an incredible light show dazzling with more than 2 million lights that illuminate more than 250 displays across The Speedway.