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Nashville - A Great Getaway Vacation

A September 2002 trip to Nashville by Edra

Quote: Nashville is a great place to visit. There are lots of things to do there, both "country music" oriented and historical.

Nashville - A Great Getaway Vacation

Overview

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The highlight of our trip was attending the Grand Ole Opry twice during our stay in Nashville. The shopping in the area is great. We visited Opry Mills every day just to walk and get a feel for the area.

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You need a car to get around Nashville. Some hotels/motels offer transportation to some of the sites, but we didn't find it difficult to drive around the area.
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The room was very clean and spacious. We had no regrets about choosing this paticular place. It was convenient to Opry Mills and the Grand Old Opry. The staff was very helpful. Upon check-in, the clerk gave us a lower rate than we had anticipated. We had booked on-line through AAA and he asked if we had AARP that would qualify us for a lower rate. We actually saved $8-10 per night depending on weekday or weekend. The continental breakfast was typical of this type of place. There is an indoor pool and exercise room for those who are interested.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2002

Fairfield Inn
Briley Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee

Alabama Grill

Restaurant

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the walls are covered with memorabilia from today's country music stars. Some exhibits are quite extensive, displaying posters, clothing, pictures, gold records, etc. The exhibits are the best thing about the restaurant.

The food left something to be desired. My steak was overcooked and by the time the waiter returned to ask about our meal, it was much too late to have it redone. It seems that they could hire a competent cook for the prices they charge.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 28, 2002

Alabama Grill
539 Opry Mills Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 514-7000

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The museum has displays ranging from stars of the past to stars of today. There are several large screens with stars telling their thoughts about country music and how they got started. There are many displays with clothing, instruments, posters, etc. that were very interesting. Marty Stuart has a wonderful display of items from many different people he has collected over the years that is quite remarkable. There is a small theater featuring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. (I don't know if this changes periodically or not.) There are also walls of gold and platinum albums. Of course, there is a rotunda displaying the members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The museum is spacious and easy to navi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2002

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 416-2001

Ryman Auditorium

Attraction | "The Ryman Auditorium"

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The Ryman auditorium has been restored and is quite remarkable. When the Grand Ole Opry moved from there many years ago it was decided that it would not be restored. However, about 8 years ago Gaylord (the owners of Opryland) decided to undertake the task. They have done a very good job. We took a self-guided tour that included the auditorium, lobby, and hallways. The Grand Old Opry will actually perform there during the winter months. It is also used for special performances such as plays, etc.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2002

Ryman Auditorium
116 Fifth Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37219
(615) 254-1445

Opry Mills

Attraction | "Opry Mills Mall"

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This is a remarkable shopping experience. It covers a gigantic amount of space and has 5 different shopping areas. They are somewhat divided by shopping category. The Gibson Guitar factory is there. It also includes some speciality shops such as Hilo Hattie's, Apple Barn Country Store, Bass Pro Shop that aren't typically found in malls (at least not in my area). There is a large food court that includes Ruby Tuesdays and Chilli's. The mall includes a large movie complex with I-Max. You will definately get your exercise when you shop there!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2002

Opry Mills
433 Opry Mills Dr
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
+1 615 514 1100

Grand Ole Opry

Attraction

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This was the highlight of our trip. We decided at the last minute to get tickets to the Friday night opry. We had very good seats, only about 10 rows back, but on the side. Performers were mostly older opry members with a couple of exceptions. Tracy Byrd and Lonestar were on the ticket that night. Both did "hit songs" that are current today. We enjoyed the older stars such as Jack Greene, Jean Sheppard, Mel McDaniel too. We had purchased tickets to the Saturday night opry well in advance and still had to sit in the upper balcony. The view was still very acceptable. Performers the night we attended were Pam Tillis and Billy Ray Cyrus, along with the older stars. Of course, Porter Wagon...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2002

Grand Ole Opry
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 871-6779