Nashville Journals

Nashville, TN - It's all about the music

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A travel journal to Nashville by Carmen

Wildhorse Saloon Photo, Nashville, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: A look at Nashville from a songwriter who lived there.

Nashville, TN - It's all about the music

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Overview

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Best things to to: Wildhorse Salon, concert at the Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame, dinner and music at the BlueBird Cafe, One of my best memories is making my own video at 'You Can Be the Star.'

Quick Tips:

Quick tip: Buy some lemonade at a food stand in Downtown Nashville called 'The Hound Dog.' (They sure love Elvis.) It was the best lemonade I've ever had!

Best Way To Get Around:

You will probably have to drive and park in Downtown Nashville, but then make sure to get out and take a long walk around. The dealers have some great buys on boots!

Radisson Hotel at Opryland

Hotel | "The Opryland Hotel"

Radisson Hotel at Opryland Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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The Opryland Hotel is more of a tourist attraction than a hotel, but to have a room in the hotel would be wonderful. Some rooms have balconies that look out on the atrium, with all kinds of plants and waterfalls. Then, there's a 'river,' the Delta, running through the hotel. You can take a boat ride on the river and see the hotel.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2000

Radisson Hotel at Opryland
2401 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 889-0800

Old Spaghetti Factory

Restaurant | "The Spaghetti Factory"

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Wow! What a smorgasbord! What an atmosphere. The food is great, and doesn't cost you an incredible amount, and the atmosphere is very cool. The servers are great and so is the beer. There's just something about the Spaghetti Factory that you can't describe. It's just beyond fun.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2000

Old Spaghetti Factory
160 Second Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
(615) 254-9010

Wildhorse Saloon

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Attraction | "The Wildhorse Saloon"

Wildhorse Saloon Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville really is all about country music. Although Christian music is another big industry, country surely dominates the landscape. The Wildhorse Saloon is a neat place to go just for dinner and the atmosphere. But if you like to 'boot scoot', there's no place like it. The dance floor is huge, and there are three tiers, or floors, where you can look down on the dance floor and watch some of the best dancers around. The Nashville Network tapes a show there as well, so you never know who you'll run into. I went to a TV taping that featured Tracy Byrd, and during a break, I said 'hi' to him. He waved back and said 'hey.' Then, I got to go out on the floor and do a little dancin'. It is a very cool ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2000

Wildhorse Saloon
120 2nd Ave. North
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
(615) 902-8200

Grand Ole Opry

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Attraction | "The Grand Ole Opry"

Grand Ole Opry Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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If you are a fan of country music, or even if you aren't, you should definitely attend a performance of the Grand Ole Opry. I was lucky enough to see Boxcar Willy perform before he died, and Ricky Scaggs also performed, as well as all of the 'old country' folks like Porter Wagner and Little Jimmy Dickens. Part of what is entertaining is that you are a part of history. You begin to think about all the people that had been there before you like Loretta Lyn and Garth Brooks. (Whom I also saw perform at the Opry.) They even took a circular piece of wood from the stage at the Ryman Auditorium (where the Opry was originally held) and built it into the stage at the new location. Even stars that perform t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2000

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

TV Tapings

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If you have a chance, try to attend a taping of a TV show for TNN. This is a really neat experience that combines two worlds, music and television. You get to see all the behind-the-scenes workings of how a show gets put together, and an inside look at the performers. I attended a taping of the Crook and Chase Show, a taping of Alabama's Christmas Special at the Ryman Auditorium (where I saw Martina McBride sing 'O Holy Night' acapella) and a Tracy Byrd special at the Wildhorse Saloon. Tracy Byrd even spoke to me! I got Crook and Chase show tickets through a travel package at a travel agency, and went to the other two tapins because I knew someone who worked for TNN. Usually, though, the bigg...Read More

The Hound Dog

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OK, if you're looking for something to eat when you're touring the Country Music Museum, you want it right then. You don't want to have to drive somewhere, or pay an outrageous amount for it. The Hound Dog is a little food stand right down the street, and at first glance, you think 'how cheesy.' But when you get there, you laugh at the name (they love Elvis in Nashville) but smell the food and love it. The best thing to get is the lemonade. My mom and I went on 3 special trips back to The Hound Dog to just get the lemonade. It was sweet and sour and refreshing and just what we needed. The hot dogs are pretty good too.