East Nashville Bed and Breakfasts Growing

The Big Bungalow opens for visitors who want small- town feel
By Nancy Deville - The Tennessean

EAST NASHVILLE — A fifth bed-and-breakfast inn has opened in East Nashville. The Big Bungalow, at 618 Fatherland St. in Historic Edgefield, opened Sept. 1.

Bed and breakfasts are an alternative for tourists who want to spend their vacation away from crowds and do not like traditional hotels.

East Nashville's b&b inns give travelers a chance to explore the area's small town feel, with locally owned shops and lively restaurants and cafes.

''The vibe in east Nashville is homey, with a lot of character and not quite as suburban,'' added Ellen Warshaw, owner of The Big Bungalow. ''Bed and breakfasts are just a great way to meet people.''

The Big Bungalow

Address: 618 Fatherland St.
Phone: 256-8375
Website: www.thebigbungalow.com
Year opened: 2004
Rooms: 3
Rates: $90 for the green room, $120 for valentine suite and $135 for the grand suite
Pets: no
Children allowed: 10 and older

How is it different?: ''I am massage therapist, and people who stay over can get a massage,'' said innkeeper Ellen Warshaw. ''I have a songwriter event in my living room a couple times a month where I invite artists from around town to play music so people can see Nashville in a way that might not ever see it.''

Amenities: Breakfast featuring specialties of the house, wide range of art including paintings and sculpture.

''Business has been great since I opened,'' Warshaw said.