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An October 2004 trip to Nashville by zabelle

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Quote: Nashville is Music City, not Country Music City. There is music everywhere, but not all of it is country. You can find jazz, gospel, rock, and even opera in the Athens of the South.

Bound'ry

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Bound'ry Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Usually I don’t have trouble placing a restaurant into a specific category, but with Bound’ry, no matter which I choose, it will be doing the restaurant a disservice. It is a tapas bar; it certainly is a mighty fine steak restaurant; you can indulge in almost any kind of fresh seafood; and there are plenty of delightful pizza choices. So which do I call it? Maybe a pizza-steak-seafood-tapas restaurant? Or maybe I will just leave it to you to decide—once you have eaten here, you won’t care; you will just want to return. You will be charmed by the eatery even before you sit down. The bright wall murals, the dim lighting, the terracotta walls, all insure that you will be delighted that you have p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 26, 2004

Bound'ry
911 20th Ave S
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
+1 615 321 3043

Old Hickory Steakhouse

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Old Hickory Steakhouse Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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As you enter the Delta Atrium at Gaylord Opryland Hotel, look for the antebellum mansion. Modeled after Evergreen Plantation in Baton Rouge Louisiana, it is the home of the Old Hickory Steakhouse. On the way, notice the fountains, which put on quite a show. We had dinner in the Coral Room. You will have an amazing view of the fountain with its changing colors. Southern hospitality at its best is what you will be treated to, along with some of the finest food available in Nashville—or any city, for that matter. Sit back and relax; this is going to be a dining experience. Old Hickory Steakhouse has won the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) Award—one of the most prestigious award...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 26, 2004

Old Hickory Steakhouse
2800 Opryland Dr
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
+1 615 871 6848

Bluebird Cafe

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Bluebird Cafe Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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If you are a songwriter/singer hoping to be discovered in Nashville, you want to play at the Bluebird Café. This hole-in-the-wall club in a strip mall in the suburbs has a history of hosting the new, ready-to-be-discovered talent. There are two shows nightly, one beginning between 6 and 7pm and the other at 9pm. Reservations are taken between noon and 5pm weekdays and a week in advance for weekends. From what I saw, I would recommend that you have them. The atmosphere here is very intimate. The singers (there were four) are seated in the center of the room, and the tables, which seat about 100 people, surround them. No one in the room is more than 20 feet from the singers. What is different i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 26, 2004

Bluebird Cafe
4104 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37215
(615) 383-1461

Carl Van Vechten Gallery

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Attraction | "Carl Van Vechten Gallery of Fine Arts"

Carl Van Vechten Gallery Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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In order to understand the importance of this wonderful collection, you first need to understand a little about Fisk University and how the collection was acquired. Founded in 1866 by members of the American Missionary Association, the school began by offering former slaves an elementary education. In 1867, Fisk University was incorporated as a private educational institution and began offering secondary liberal-arts education to students of all sexes and races. Art acquisition has always played an important part in the life of Fisk University. It began with a collection of donated African art and was supplemented by a painting of the Jubilee Singers donated by Queen Victoria. Fisk’s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2004

Carl Van Vechten Gallery
Fisk University
Nashville, Tennessee 37202
+1 615 329 8720

Grand Ole Opry

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Grand Ole Opry Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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The Grand Ole Opryis a live syndicated radio show heard on 650 WSM-AM in Nashville. It is picked up by over 200 country-and-western radio stations across the country. We happened to be lucky enough to be there on their 79th Anniversary Weekend. No radio show in the world has run longer. George D. Hay was the announcer on a new show called "The WSM Barn Dance" on November 28, 1925. His first guest performer was "Uncle Jimmy Thompson," an 80-year-old fiddle player. He knew he had found a good format, he just had no idea how good. In 1928, Hay referred to the music as coming from the "Grand Ole Opry." The name stuck. The show had five homes before it finally landed at its sixth, the Ryman ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 26, 2004

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

Travellers Rest Historic House Museum

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Attraction | "Travelers Rest"

Travellers Rest Historic House Museum Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Begin your visit here with a stop at their award-winning Craig Center. It will provide background information on John Overton, one of the founders of Memphis, and it will give you a timeline of his home here in Nashville. Travelers Rest is the oldest home in Nashville that is open to the public. In an attempt to keep the property viable, a meeting venue has been added where many wedding receptions are held each year. It provides 60% of the necessary income to maintain this historic property. The entrance fee is $8, and three to four thousand people visit here annually. The house was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2004

Travellers Rest Historic House Museum
636 Farrell Pkwy
Nashville, Tennessee 37220
+1 615 832 2962

Belle Meade Plantation

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Belle Meade Plantation Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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If you are a fan of thoroughbred racing, then you must visit Belle Meade Plantation. What began as just a boarding stable for the likes of Andrew Jackson became the premier stud farm in the U.S. by the late 19th century. The original plantation was 5400 acres and encompassed the entire city of what is now Belle Meade. Today, the house sits on 30 acres. The greatest sire of all time, Bonnie Scotland, is a product of Belle Meade. All of the winners of the Kentucky Derby between 1972 and 1996 are descended from him, as well as most of the Triple Crown winners. Among his descendants are Seabiscuit, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, and Secretariat. Iroquois, the most famous horse of the 1880s and ‘90s, was also a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 27, 2004

Belle Meade Plantation
5025 Harding Rd
Nashville, Tennessee 37205
(615) 356-0501

Country Music Hall of Fame

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Country Music Hall of Fame Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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If you can only visit one place in Nashville, then I would recommend that the Country Music Hall of Fame be that place. There is nowhere else in Nashville, or anywhere on this planet, where you will find so much information about the past, the present, and the future of country music. "Hear It, See It, Experience It," their brochure claims, and I can’t express it any better. This is a museum that will assault your senses. There is so much to see and hear that it is hard to know where to begin. "The mission of the Country Music Hall of Fame is to identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audience." - Kyle Young, Director, Country Music Hall of F...Read More