Nashville Journals

Nashville: A Cultural Destination

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A travel journal to Nashville by Steve S.

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Quote: Nashville is often touted as being the home of country music, but it has much more to offer than that label suggests. I hope to share with you a different, more cultural side of Nashville.

Nashville: A Cultural Destination

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Overview

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While 2nd Avenue is known as Nashville's version of Bourbon Street offering music, dining and drinking, there is much more to explore within the city than merely 2nd Avenue. We'll start our exploration of the city here and expand to include some of the other features of the city that include the Nashville Symphony, the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators as well as other cultural destinations including some locales for fine dining. Quick Tips: If you have the means, visit Nashville at different times of the year. The city seems to change its personality dependent on the season of the year varying from a city in a sports frenzy during football season to city that lives for its musi...Read More

Gaylord Opryland Resort

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Hotel | "The Opryland Hotel"

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Although pricier than other hotel/motels in Nashville. The Opryland Hotel is an attraction unto itself and may very well be your destination if you''re travelling to Nashville for a conference. Once you step inside the doors, you''ll find almost a miniature city to explore. Each section of the hotel has a different theme, of sorts, all clustered around the central atrium known as The Delta. The Delta will remind you of a miniaturized New Orleans complete with that Bourbon Street feel and balconies formed of wrought iron. If the bars and restaurants aren''t enough, take a ride on the boats that cruise around the Delta. Costing a few dollars a ride, you could easily see everything on your own that...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Gaylord Opryland Resort
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 889-1000

Baymont Inn and Suites Nashville Whitebridge

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Hotel | "Baymont Inn and Suites"

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While easy to find expensive accomodations in Nashville (Opryland and the Lowe''s Vanderbilt Plaza, to name but a couple) it can be difficult to find a nice room in a good neighborhood at an affordable price within the city. As Nashville as grown as a conference hosting mecca, of sorts, hotel rooms have recently been at a premium. On White Bridge Road, right off of Interstate 40, you''ll find Baymont Inn and Suites. Reasonably inexpensive (close to $50/night) you''ll get a nice, clean room and a wonderful little chain hotel with a friendly staff, a pool in a reasonably nice section town. Surrounded by restaurants (Shoneys, Uncle Bud''s, etc.) you''re easily within walking distance of a nice meal a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2001

Baymont Inn and Suites Nashville Whitebridge
5612 LENOX AVE
Nashville, Tennessee 37209
615-353-0700

Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel

Hotel | "Loew's Vanderbilt Plaza"

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If on your visit to Nashville extravagance is what you''re looking for when selecting a hotel, the Low''s Vanderbilt Plaza will offer you exactly that. Rated the top luxury hotel by the Nashville Scene''s "Best of Nashville" poll, the Loew''s offers large plush rooms, complete with data ports, multiple phone lines and in some cases fax machines. The rooms aren''t the only draw here. You''ll find multiple restaurants, complete with a Ruth''s Chris steak house on the bottom floor and a cigar bar. The hotel''s location might be as important as the lavishness. Situated only a mile or so from downtown Nashville, a few blocks from music row and across the street from Vanderbilt University, you''ll be r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 15, 2001

Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel
2100 WEST END AVENUE
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
615-320-1700

Pinnacle

Restaurant | "The Pinnacle"

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If you're looking for a restaurant that also provides the best view of Nashville, you've found it in the Pinnacle. The city's only revolving restaurant sits atop the Crown Plaza Hotel in downtown and is easy to access from interstate 40 or 65 and parking is available at the hotel and can be validated by the restaurant staff. Reservations are recommended but not required but the restaurant gets quite busy around prom and graduation times of the year. The menu is eclectic presenting mostly French and American food choices. I would recommend their lobster bisque as well as any of the steaks on their menu and their gourmet style desserts are first rate, so save room. Plan to allow at ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Pinnacle
623 Union St
Nashville, Tennessee 37219
+1 615 742 6015

Market Street Beer

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Restaurant | "Marketstreet Brewery"

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You might be familiar with the Bohannon brand of beer. If not, Marketstreet is where it all began. The microbrewery on 2nd Avenue is a very quaint, dimly lit pub serving traditional pub fare and a decent variety of home brewed beers. If you're from Nashville and are going to be back often, you can even buy and decorate your own mug that stays a part of their permanent collection that they reclaim from the wall when you're there to use it. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Market Street Beer
134 2nd Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
(615) 242-8223

Dalt's

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Restaurant | "Dalts"

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If you're tired of the busy-ness of the downtown area and don't want to stray out towards the suburbs, Dalts Grill is easy to find on White Bridge Road (easily accessible from Interstate 40). It's usually not too crowded and the food is quite good and available at a reasonable price. The menu is reminiscent of a Ruby Tuesdays type restaurant with a wide selection of sandwiches as well as plate specials, but it's easy to feed a family of 4 for under $50. The service is usually quite good, and the kitchen is pretty quick in getting the food out quickly. Give it a try. It's good and you'll find yourself going back, especially if you live in the Nashville area or visit often!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Dalt's
38 White Bridge Rd
Nashville, Tennessee 37205
(615) 352-8121

Pizza Perfect

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Restaurant

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If pizza strikes you as the thing to eat while in Nashville, save yourself the trouble of thumbing through the yellow pages for a chain pizza place. Make your way over to 21st Avenue in the center of town to Pizza Perfect and order yourself one of their specialty pizzas. Excellent, truly excellent! Their pizzas remind me of homemade with big slices of onion and pepper and big pieces of meat, no skimping on the ingredients. When their name declares Pizza Perfect, that is indeed what they serve up. If you're not in the mood for pizza, they have sub sandwiches and calzones also and although I wouldn't dare order anything there other than pizza, I hear that the rest of the menu is just as good. For ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Pizza Perfect
1602 21st Ave S
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
(615) 329-2757

Pancake Pantry

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Restaurant

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Pancake Pantry has come to be one of the icons of the Nashville dining scene. Every year an award winner for best breakfast in the annual Best of Nashville competition put on by the Nashville Scene, you'll likely stand in line just for the opportunity to eat here (especially if you visit on a weekend morning from mid-morning on). If you want to get in quickly without a wait, the restaurant opens at 6 or 6:30 AM and is said to be a favorite of Garth Brooks when he's in town. With a name like Pancake Pantry it's not difficult to figure out what they're known for but if you've visited more than once or twice, be adventurous and try something else. One of my favorites on their breakfas...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Pancake Pantry
1796 21st Ave S
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
+1 615 383 9333

Cozymel's

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Restaurant | "Cozymels"

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If you're willing to drive a bit for good Mexican food or you're looking for a great margarita, Cozymels is the place for you. About 20 minutes from downtown Nashville on Interstate 65 South, Cozymels is a wonderful find for anyone visiting Nashville for the first time or for anyone looking for a fine meal at a good price. The restaurant seats a lot of people, so don't worry if you find a lengthy line upon your arrival. Once seated, try their plate dinners that at about $10 include a nice sampling of Mexican specialties. Looking for a margarita? Try their Sangria Swirl Margaritas that are absolutely wonderful! Make sure you save room for their fried ice cream for dessert in order to enjoy the fu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2001

Cozymel's
1654 Westgate Circle
Brentwood, Tennessee 37027
+1 615 377 6363

Rio Bravo Cantina

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Restaurant | "Rio Bravo"

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A popular hangout of the Vanderbilt University crowd as well as the Nashville singles scene, Rio Bravo is a chain tex-mex restaurant located in the heart of the city, just a mile or two from down town. Go on a weekend and you're likely to find crowds, crowds, crowds. Often three or more deep at the bar and flowing out the front door, you'll likely wait a half hour or more for a table, but if you like good tex-mex food and don't want to drive far, this is the place for you. Reasonably priced and offering a full menu of choices, you'll find that Rio Bravo is a nice choice for the family or a cheap date. Featuring a fruit flavored margarita of the month which has varied from peach to watermelon to bl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Rio Bravo Cantina
3015 West End Ave
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
+1 615 329 1745

Arthur's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Arthurs"

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Voted the Nashville Scene's "Most Romantic Restaurant" for 2000, Arthurs was everything that we had anticipated in a four star restaurant. From the moment you walk in the front doors of the renovated Union Station hotel, you'll feel as though you've stepped back in time. The inner decor is exquisite from the art work to the chandeliers. Arthurs is located just off the main lobby. As you're guided to your table you'll notice that the lighting is dim, the music is soft and there are an abundance of waiters ready to serve you. The main dining room is small and elegant with high ceilings and a fireplace that dominates one wall. In the center of the restaurant is what resembles a small Greek or Roman ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Arthur's Restaurant
Union Station Hotel
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
+1 615 255 1494

Rotier's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Rotiers"

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Rumored to be one of the sources of Jimmy Buffet's "Cheeseburger in Paradise" it is the cheeseburger (served on french bread) that has made a name for this hole in the wall dive of a restaurant. Located a street over from West End in the heart of Nashville, near Vanderbilt University and a mile or two from downtown, you'll find a small quaint bar/restaurant with barely enough tables to handle the overflow crowd and reasonably slow service, but some of the best burgers you'll ever eat. When Buffet named Rotiers one of the five best cheeseburgers in the world in the liner notes that accompanied his boxed set release a few years back, Rotiers popularity went from that of a neighborhood ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Rotier's Restaurant
2413 Elliston Pl
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 327-9892

The Nashville Symphony

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Attraction

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Many weekends throughout the year, you'll find the Nashville Symphony performing in Jackson Hall at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) downtown. While it's true that they're not the Chicago Symphony or the London Philharmonic, they're a quite good orchestra and only getting better by the year. Their programs are often quite popular but the best part is their great deal on tickets if you're a student. Show up half hour before a concert and if you have a valid student ID, you get in for $5, and you'll get any seat that's left unsold, be it front row center or the last seat in the theater. In recent years the Symphony has released a handful of CDs, including a new release just...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

The Nashville Symphony
2000 Glen Echo Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37215
(615) 726-0435

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If you're looking for live theater in Nashville, checking with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is a wise decision. Housed within its walls are three theaters with various seating capacities and hosting a wide range of theatrical events. Jackson Hall, the largest theater, which also plays home to the Nashville Symphony, is also the home of the Broadway series in Nashville. The series brings to Nashville usually 5 or 6 touring Broadway companies a year performing all kinds of theater from drama to comedy to musicals. In the smaller theaters, Polk and Johnson, you'll find smaller touring productions as well as local repertory theater companies. TPAC also usually offers ar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Tennessee Performing Arts Center
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
(615) 782-4000

Vanderbilt Stadium

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Attraction | "Rites of Spring"

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Held every spring on the campus of Vanderbilt University, you will find what Playboy Magazine once named one of the top college parties in America. A huge music festival that practically takes over the campus, Rites of Spring is a week away from reality for Vanderbilt students and the Nashville public alike. Concerts used to go from early morning to midnight or later, but in recent years the administration at Vandy has cracked down and restricted concerts from noon or so till 10 PM. Acts in recent years have included Dave Matthews, Violent Femmes, George Clinton and the P Funk All-Stars, Better than Ezra, Run DMC, and the list continues...often the musical blends are eclectic ranging from jazz to b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2001

Vanderbilt Stadium
Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Stadium
Nashville, Tennessee 37235
+1 615-322-4653

Nashville Sounds

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Attraction | "The Nashville Sounds"

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They're certainly not a major league baseball team, but the AAA minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates provides some baseball entertainment for all those baseball fans who can't get enough just watching on TV. Occasionally you'll have the opportunity to see some big name starts down in the minors on rehabilitation assignments. The ballpark isn't the world's greatest minor league ballpark, but it is known in the baseball world as the only stadium to have a giant guitar shaped scoreboard. Parking is easy to find and is free and ticket prices are very conducive to taking the family to the ballpark in the summer months. They often give away prizes at the game (some for just attending others ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Nashville Sounds
534 Chestnut Ave
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
+1 615 242 4371

Mall at Green Hills

Attraction | "Green Hills Mall"

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Easy to reach from central Nashville, take 21st Avenue until you see the mall on your right. Green Hills is one of the more popular malls in Nashville and is probably the one that is closest to downtown. You'll find a wide array of stores, from small boutique type shops to large department store chains. If you're looking for a place to eat to take a break from shopping, there are a few small eateries in the mall but far from a food court. If you get bored with the smallish size of this mall, you'll find a lot more shopping opportunities in the immediate mall vicinity including Davis-Kidd booksellers, one of the largest and nicest bookstores in Nashville. If you're looking for a huge mall, this is...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 17, 2001

Mall at Green Hills
2126 Abott Martin Rd
Nashville, Tennessee 37215
+1 615 298 5478

Adelphia Coliseum

Attraction | "Tennessee Titans"

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During football season, you'll notice an increase in traffic in Nashville, especially on Sundays. The Tennessee Titans have rejuvenated the Nashville sports scene and offer a fun for all ages entertainment package that you can't beat anywhere. Although the ticket prices are a bit steep (starting in the mid $20 range), if you arrive early, you'll find games in the parking lot outside the stadium as well as a wonderful opportunity to tail gate and visit with your friends and make plenty of new friends. The stadium is gorgeous, perhaps one of the nicest in the NFL and provides the Titans with quite possibly the toughest environment for an opposing team to have to play found in the NFL. If you've watc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2001

Adelphia Coliseum
One Titans Way
Nashville, Tennessee 37213
+1 615 565 4000

The Flying Saucer

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Attraction

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The Flying Saucer is the equivalent of mecca to a beer lover. With over 200 beers in stock and over 50 on draught, you can't help but not love the Saucer. Beer isn't the only draw to this pub. The Saucer has a decent menu selection with somewhat traditional pub fare. Everything from club sandwiches and quesadilas to nachos and beer soup grace their menu. If you're interested in keeping track of your beer tastings, you can join their UFO Club for $10 and when you've tried 200 different beers, you win/earn a $100 bar tab for you and your friends and you're name on a brass plate around the ceiling of the restaurant. The downside is you're only allowed a total of 3 new beers a day for credit towards...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2001

The Flying Saucer
Broadway behind Union Station
Nashville, Tennessee

Buffalo Billiards and Havana Lounge

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Attraction | "The Havanna Lounge"

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If you're the typical first time visitor to Nashville, you'll likely be drawn to 2nd Avenue, Nashville's version of Bourbon Street. If this is the case, allow me to make a humble suggestion. The Havanna Lounge, located midway down 2nd Avenue, is a fairly yuppie night spot with a nouveau decor and excellent bartenders. With a name like "Havanna Lounge" you might recognize that one of the biggest draws here is cigars. The bar features a huge walk in humidor that sits in the middle of a rounded bar. With a tuxedo clad salesperson who is usually quite knowledgeable of cigars and another tuxedo clad gentleman whose sole job is to cut your cigar, you're likely to be impressed by the trouble they go to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2001

Buffalo Billiards and Havana Lounge
154 2nd Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
+1 615 313 7665

Vanderbilt University

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Kirkland Hall Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Located near the center of Nashville, merely a mile or two from downtown, you'll find Vanderbilt University. Ranked one of the top 20 schools in the nation annually by US News and World Reports, this metropolitan campus will allow you to forget that you're in a big city. The tree-lined campus has attained arboretum status and you'll often find school kids wandering the campus collecting leaves for various projects. There is always something going on on campus for you to check out. Art exhibits at the Saratt Student Center and in the Old Gym. Southeastern Conference sports year round. Fine musical performances at the Blair School of Music (rapidly becoming one of the premier music schools in the ...Read More