An August 2004 trip
to Nashville by Slaney
Quote: We tagged this week onto our week in Helen, Ga.
Our 1 bedroom unit was in block 12 on the third floor and was absolutely beautiful. It had a kitchen area with microwave, oven, dishwasher etc. The lounge area had a tv, stereo unit, sofa, two chairs and coffee table. There was also a dining table and chairs and a washer dryer in a cupboard in the hallway.
The bedroom had a double bed set corner ways, fitted wardrobes and TV. The jacuzzi and washbasin was in an adjoining area and the bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet was separate. Pool towels were provided.
Our balcony overlooked the pool and got the sun in the afternoon.
The resort is huge and has two swimming pools with hot tubs which are open from 8am to 11pm.
There was always plenty of people round the pool, but we didn't have a problem getting a sunbed on the occasions we were there.
There were quite a few activities arranged, my husband's favourite being "make your own ice cream sundae" for $4.
There is an introduction with nibbles on Sunday evening when all the activities and tours are explained.
There are a few barbecues in the grounds, but I didn't see anyone using them.
We were nearly roped in for a timeshare presentation. One of the girls at the concierge desk told my husband they wanted out opinion of the resort and he believed her (bless him) so made an appointment. When I told him what he had done, he cancelled, but we spent all week ignoring the ringing phone and messages left through the door.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2004
2415 McGavock Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
The curtains open and Elvis appears in a lounge suit - the show gets underway - he is very good.
As the show goes on Elvis picks a lady from the front row to participate - wipe his brow etc - and others start screaming.
Half way through "Elvis" gets off the stage and makes his way round the audience kissing all the ladies sat on the aisle seat, whilst ones at the back are screaming for him to come to them - Elvis replies "I'm gettin there baby".
He introduces his wife and backing group - all seem to have played with famous names at some time - and his backing singers - one of whom is Corie the granddaughter of Kitty Wells.
There are four costume changes - although five are billed the last one is only the addition of a cape to the white jump suit.
Afterwards there are CD's to buy - a free signed photo is given with the Elvis CD for $15, Cories CD is $10 - and hands to be shaken.
The show was very, very good and I would recommend it, but I think some of the ladies got too carried away and really thought it was Elvis!
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The Nashville King
The Troubador Theatre
Attraction | "Tootsies Mystery Tour"
First we went downtown Nashville and saw the Bat building and called at the farmers market where we were invited to sample melon and peaches free of charge (I think we were meant to buy some afterwards). In the same area was the deli market where Tom came back with cornbread for everyone to try.
Next came the mile marker where mileage in Nashville is measured from. We saw the big stone world (weighing 6 tons), which is supported by water and can be easily moved round. We visited the old station which is now a hotel and were allowed inside to admire the wonderful painted ceiling, wander round the balcony and take a peak in a bedroom and take pictures.
We went to a peanut shop in a shopping arcade where there was a small quiz to win packets of peanuts - of course everyone bought some afterwards.
Then we were off towards Franklin where we
stopped for a wander round the town.
We passed country stars homes - one being Faith? (can't remember her surname) and Tim McGraw's home set on a large lake. (The names mean nothing to me, but I have been told since returning home that she sang the title song to the film Pearl Harbour). There were some men repairing the fence and Tom asked if Faith and Tim were home. When the men replied "no", he then asked if we could take a look at the house, but they refused.
We stopped at a race horse stables belonging to the daughter of the Atlanta CocaCola plant - Tom seemed to know everyone - and wandered around petting the horses.
Our lunch stop was a small restaurant/shop/cafe where someone called Uncle Lester put on sparkly silver shoes and danced for us, for which we had to pay him $2 each.
We weren't very happy with the lunch bill - we had two sandwiches and two cokes and were charged $18.81, rather expensive.
The tour lasted approx 5 hours, we enjoyed every minute, and it was worth every penny, except for the lunch.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 25, 2004
Tootsies Mystery Tour
Picks up at hotels across city
Attraction | "Tootsies No 1 Tour"
First we visited Johnny Cash's grave, then his house. This is built at the edge of the lake which actually goes into the lounge. It is at the side of Roy Orbison's House and a lot of the Cash family live round about. Across the road is an enclosure containing some deer which is part of the petting zoo Johnny had made for his son.
We visited another cemetery as Dave was looking for a particuar grave, but he didn't want to linger as they were expecting a "plantin" as he called it (funeral).
The next stop was Conway Twitty's house where we were allowed inside downstairs only. On Conway's death they discovered he had never made a new will after his second marriage. The kids did not want to give the second wife anything and because they couldn't agree, probate stepped in and sold the estate so they could share the money. The house is now used as a broadcasting studio.
The house is decorated for Christmas as Conway loved this time of year and there are two tables, 1 dining, which John Wayne gave him. The grounds are landscaped with streams, waterfalls and fountains, and there is a memorial in one corner with a Twitty bird made in coloured brick in the wall.
As we went from place to place Dave pointed out things of interest like wild turkey in a field and a face carved into a tree.
Again a very good tour and worth every penny.
Attraction | "The Grand Ole Opry"
We went to the 6.30pm Saturday show and the tickets were $31.50 each including tax.
The show was divided into 5 half hour segments with different artistes in each.
Appearing on this particular show were: Jeannie Sealy, Jimmy C Newman, Jean Shepard, Porter Wagoner and Riders in the Sky. Each had their own half hour with guests. Riders in the Sky was supposed to be the best as they were on last and their guests were Billy Walker and T Graham Brown. There were also two teenage boys who were just learning the fiddle and banjo and who were really good.
There were some square dancers who were good, too.
What we thought was unusual was every 10 minutes the show stopped for the announcer to do an advertisement. They advertised, bread, Tooties Orchid Lounge, credit card and GOO GOO Biscuits. We didn't realise the show is broadcast live on radio until after.
It was definitely something different for us.
433 Opry Mills Dr
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
+1 615 514 1100
The first thing my husband did however was get seats for a show at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night. We also went to the Nashville King Show! I don't know many people involved in country music (except Johnny Cash)and much of it went over my head, but my husband really enjoyed the week there was so much to do and see.
Our guide also said that Belle Mead was not strictly a plantation as Tennessee was not a state which had plantations.
Although I was disappointed as I had wanted to visit a plantation, the house was interesting.
It was built in 1826 by Randal McGavock, a former Mayor of Nashville. In 1864 the Confederate Army charged Union forces who were entrenched round Franklin, and Carnton was turned into a hospital. Blood stains can be seen on one of the bedroom floors, which was used as an operating theatre. There is a cemetery with 1500 graves for Confederate which was opened in 1866 and is the largest private Confederate cemetery in the country.
It is furnished in style of the period with wallpaper, carpets and drapes from original suppliers, although our guide thought it was a little too elaborate for a hog farm.
The slave quarters have been rebuilt, but looked too new and there is a nice garden to stroll round.
There is an interesting interpretive centre detailing how Murfreesbrough was surrounded by troops during the war in 1862. Taking a left turn out of the centre takes you to a loop road of areas where battles took place during this time. There is not a lot to see however. There are boards to read at each stop on the loop, but only a few old canons strategically placed.
The tour then leads back to the main road for a visit to the cemetery. This is beautifully kept with rows and rows of small white headstones each with a name and state inscribed.
The hotel is open to non residents to walk round and has two enormous conservatories, one of which houses, shops, cafes, a river with a boat ride, all types of fountains imaginable, trees, all varieties of plants.
The second conservatory houses restaurants, a gazebo, pools with fish and more beautiful plants. In the evening this one is lit by fairy lights.
A couple of hours or more can easily be spent just wandering round or sitting and taking in the wonder of it all and after a while you forget you are inside and get the illusion of being outdoors.
There are over 2000 rooms in the hotel, the most expensive of which have balconies overlooking these gardens in the conservatories. From what we could see through the odd open balcony door the rooms did not seem overlarge and the balconies seemed small, but they do have lovely views.
There is also a large conference centre.
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