Recessed into a neighborhood setting is this visually striking bed & breakfast destination just north of Nashville in Goodlettsville Tennessee. Traveling into Goodlettsville we uncovered this combination rustic meets new age lodging sanctuary, Thistletop Inn Bed & Breakfast (1). The home which houses Thistletop Inn has quite a back-story. The quality and detail which have gone into creating this bed & breakfast are only reinforced by the striking nature which surrounds it. Moreover a few short minutes down the road lies one of the world’s most renowned music destinations. History and location are important but how are the beds at Thistletop Inn? What makes sleeping here any more viable than any of the myriad other lodging destinations in the Nashville area? Let’s head on inside Thistletop Inn and see if this is somewhere that you should Sleep Here Now (2).
Thistletop Inn is a small bed & breakfast location with a scant two rooms in the main house and one room in the adjacent carriage house. Designed and built by renowned architect Braxton Dixon, the Thistletop Inn home is made in distinct Dixon style from many found pieces. A fine example of preservation the home is “…composed of rugged cypress and pine beams rescued from an Indiana train station, a Charleston wharf, a Nashville candy factory, and a North Carolina tobacco warehouse.” Innkeepers Fred & Mary Jane have stayed true to the original intent of the designer by not knocking down any walls or interrupting the open design. The relaxed flow and calming ambiance of the Thistletop is heightened by the Billie Holiday standards wafting through the halls.
One of the things I did notice about Thistletop in hindsight was that both of the rooms in the main house were quite large but both only had full sized beds in them. The second floor suite I can understand their being only a full sized bed; there is a narrow spiral staircase and they likely had to bring the matters and box spring somehow elevated on the home’s exterior and through the porch to get the pieces up into the space. Still, for the main floor room it doesn’t make sense why they wouldn’t have a king or at least a queen sized bed. For that matter if they did hoist the mattress from the exterior and if you are going to exert yourself with such effort why wouldn’t you put the extra effort in and bring a larger bed to the second floor? That was my only criticism aesthetically about the rooms; particularly the second floor room as it could have really used a larger bed.
The inn did come equipped with wireless internet service but the service was rather weak in the two main houses guest rooms. I picked up the carriage houses wireless signal towards the back of the upstairs room; the main houses service was tough to pick up save for during the daytime in the kitchen. Sitting in the kitchen was a great way for me to get to know Fred & Mary-Jane but for a house with so many amazing rooms and private corners, a stronger wireless signal may have really helped out those who can’t leave their work behind.
Still, both beds and sheets were soft and comfortable so it’s hard to complain. After a soothing pair of night’s sleep in both Thistletop rooms and deluxe, made-to-order breakfast, we had to hit the road. Thistletop Inn is a great destination which combines the natural splendor of central Tennessee with the 24-hour a day excitement and energy of downtown Nashville. Innkeepers Fred & Mary-Jane are eager to accommodate guests needs and make sure guests unfamiliar with Nashville at least get in to see some of the sites. The come-as-you-are acceptance and discreet candor of these innkeepers has even attracted some note-worthy names and faces, looking to stay under the radar in the Nashville area.