Nashville Journals

Nashville and vicinity

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An August 2004 trip to Nashville by Slaney

The Nashville King Photo, Nashville, Tennessee More Photos
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Fairfield Nashville

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Fairfield Nashville Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Best Things Nearby:Grand Ole Opry, Opry Mills Shopping Mall, Gaylord Opryland Resort/Hotel, cows grazing in the fields at the front of the resort giving the impression that we were in the countryside and not a city.Best Things About the Resort:The immaculate decor of unit and public areas, friendliness of the staff, the situation of the resort.Resort Experience:We arrived at lunch time, but were not allowed to check in until 4pm. We went across the road to the Opry Mills Mall to kill time and when we got back had to queue to check in. Our unit wasn't ready so we had to have coffee in the foyer - which was cold and disgusting. Our 1 bedroom unit was in b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

Fairfield Nashville
2415 McGavock Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 871-4666

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The Nashville King Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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John Beardsley is Recreation Manager at Fairfield and twice a week (Mondays and Thursday evenings) he is Elvis in an Elvis tribute show from the early days to the end! Whilst queuing the person in charge announced that all ladies had to sit on the aisle seats as "Elvis" likes to flirt with them! 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 ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

The Nashville King
The Troubador Theatre
Nashville, Tennessee

Tootsies Mystery Tour

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Attraction | "Tootsies Mystery Tour"

Tootsies Mystery Tour Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Our first tour was the Mystery Tour with Tom who, as soon as he knew we were English, kept saying "God save the Queen" every time he saw us. He also warned us it would be an eating tour at every stop. 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...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 25, 2004

Tootsies Mystery Tour
Picks up at hotels across city
Nashville, Tennessee

Tootsies Mystery Tour

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Attraction | "Tootsies No 1 Tour"

Tootsies Mystery Tour Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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This is a tour of celebrity homes and graves and is supposed to be taken by Joanne Cash, but she was out of town, so our driver was "Dave" who spoke with a real Southern accent. When I asked him to speak slower so I could understand him better, he replied, "Ma'am, if I speak any slower, we won't get out the car park." 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 ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 25, 2004

Tootsies Mystery Tour
Picks up at hotels across city
Nashville, Tennessee

Opry Mills

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Attraction | "The Grand Ole Opry"

Opry Mills Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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This was something my husband was determined to do - he likes country and anyway we couldn't stay in Nashville and not go to the 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...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 25, 2004

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

Nashville Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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After the drive from Georgia, driving in a busy city did not appeal to my husband and the Fairfield Nashville was an ideal choice for us. It is five minutes drive from the Grand Ole Opry and the Opry Mills Shopping Mall. I did wonder if we had traveled all the way and would not get to see Nashville, but after the introduction evening at Fairfield we booked on two of Tootsies Tours which were really good and I managed to persuade him to drive to Murfreesbro to the Civil War site and to a plantation in Franklin. 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 cou...Read More

Carnton Plantation

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Carnton Plantation Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Carnton Plantation is in Franklin about 45 minutes drive from Nashville. According to our guide who was a historian it was not a plantation. It was a hog farm. It did have slaves in slave quarters, but it could not be classed as a plantation. 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 o...Read More
Stones River Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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We spotted the sign for the Historic Battlefield when we were on our way from Georgia to Nashville, it is situated just outside Murfreesbrough. It took us about two hours from Nashville, due to roadworks and detours. Once at Murfreesbrough it is quite well marked. 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 ...Read More
A Waterfall Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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This hotel is situated at the side of the Grand Ole Opry - not far from the Fairfield Nashville and Opry Mills Shopping Mall. Be warned park in the Mall car park and walk to the hotel. To park in the hotel car park costs $10 valet parking only. 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 sitti...Read More