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Nashville Revisited

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A November 2005 trip to Nashville by zabelle

Millennium Maxwell House Nashville Photo, Nashville, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: Nashville is so much more than just county music. It has a whole other side that is worth more than a passing glance.

Nashville Revisited

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Overview

Waiting for the tour Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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With Christmas less than two months away Nashville is starting to light itself up. Opryland, which is never a dark spot is lite up and decorated within an inch of its life. Belle Meade was much more subdued but the decoration certainly added a festive touch. On the second weekend in November not only was Vanderbilt University having Homecoming Weekend but the Annual Christmas Fair was being held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. What brought me to Nashville however was not the promise of the Holidays but rather a unique opportunity to see a fabulous collection of art while it was still on display in the United States. The Rau Collection which in its entirety is more than 800 pieces had 9...Read More

Millennium Maxwell House Nashville

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Hotel

Millennium Maxwell House Nashville Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Bargain hunters unite. This is one good deal. I purchased the Millennium for the fabulous price of $52 a night. This was on one of the discount hotel sites. With their fee our three-night stay came to $185. Just as a comparison, the Hilton Suites where I stayed last time I was here was $159. That is a savings of $107 a night for a total of $321. Is this hotel the Hilton, not in its wildest dreams. The Hilton doesn’t have a complimentary shuttle, which by the way picked us up and returned us to the airport, a savings of at least $24. The Hilton also doesn’t offer free parking, a $60 savings. So far we have saved $405. I am not trying to say that this hotel is for everybody. It probably isn’t. The rooms...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Millennium Maxwell House Nashville
2025 MetroCenter Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37228
(615) 259-4343

Germantown Café

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Restaurant | "Germantown Cafe"

Germantown Café Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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It’s all about the dining with me. Every trip is well planned with specific dining plans included. On this trip my research turned up the Germantown Café as a standout restaurant. A quick trip to mapquest revealed that it was only a mile from our hotel. Not a walking mile however. They do not take reservations but you can call ahead for seating. I did that and then requisitioned the van to take us there. We arrived early at about 6:30pm and there were still seats available. By the time we left things were really picking up. Kelly the manager, a Johnson and Wales graduate, noticed our New England accents right away and made us feel particularly welcome. My research had revealed ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Germantown Café
1200 Fifth Avenue, North
Nashville, Tennessee 37208
(615) 242-3226

Martha's at the Plantation

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Restaurant

wonderful scones Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Editor's Note: This property has closed. Martha Stamps who has written some well received cookbooks and is a much acclaimed chef has brought her culinary expertise to Belle Meade. The restaurant which is open daily for lunch between 11am and 2pm, offers new Southern cuisine. On this particular Saturday in November that took the form of specials the like of sherried shrimp bisque, a fried green tomato appetizer and an entrée of gumbo served with basmati rice and a side salad. We were beguiled with the delightful odors that permeate the grounds as we walked back to the visitor center after our tour. Intending to have a cup of tea and perhaps a sweet we were soon facing the delightf...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Cascades

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Restaurant | "Rachel's"

Cascades Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Normally I am not a great proponent of Buffet as a dining style. Typically they are more about quantity than quality. Rachel’s may be the buffet to end all buffets and it makes a mockery of the assumption that buffet food has no quality.I began my dining experience at the soup station. I filled myself a small bowl of acorn squash soup and went on to pick up a few items for my dinner plate. While I went back to the table to eat my bounty, I saw Cindy head to the stir fry station and begin a conversation with the chef in charge. I soon lost track of her as I lost myself in my wonderful soup flavored with nutmeg. Thus began my biggest buffet dilemma. Do I go and get more soup because it was fabul...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2007

Cascades
2800 Opryland Dr
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
+1 615 871 6848

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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To understand Cheekwood you need to understand the Cheek family. Christopher Cheek moved to Nashville in the 1880s. He ran a wholesale grocery business. His son Leslie joined the family firm. Leslie married Mabel Wood and they had two children. It was however Leslie’s cousin Joel who made the discovery that sealed the future of the family. He developed a blend of coffee that was better than anything available at the time. It was served at the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville and President Theodore Roosevelt is credited with saying about this coffee that "It was good to the last drop". I guess you can figure out that the Cheek family developed Maxwell House Coffee into a household word and a family for...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
1200 Forrest Park Dr
Nashville, Tennessee 37205
(615) 353-3519

Tennessee State Museum

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Attraction

Tennessee State Museum Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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The reason I headed to Nashville in November 2005 were two-fold. First it was time for Cindy and I to have our yearly girls get away and secondly the Rau Collection was being shown at the Tennessee State Museum.Much as I would love to give all the details of the fabulous Rau collection it is no longer on display at the Museum. As far as I was concerned it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to view these priceless works of art. I want to emphasis though that the Tennessee State Museum on its own is well worth a visit. We only had a little over an hour to see all the exhibits and it wasn’t nearly enough time. We seriously considered returning to spend more time. The...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick St.
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
(800) 407-4324

The Hermitage Revisited

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Story/Tip

The graveyard Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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I visited the Hermitage last year for the first time. It was my favorite historic site in Nashville. I wanted to share this very special place with Cindy. That in itself is not of particular note but what happen to me on my revisit is. The house itself has of course remained unchanged. It is locked into a time warp that places it in the last years of Andrew Jackson’s life, after he served his second term in Washington. What came as a big surprise to me was how much I had missed on my first visit. Begin your visit in the visitor center. You can watch a video that replays every 15 or 20 minutes. This will give you a history lesson on Andrew Jackson, The Hermitage and their times....Read More

St Mary of the Seven Sorrows Church

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Stations of the Cross Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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St Mary has the distinction of being the oldest standing church in Nashville. It was dedicated on October 31, 1847. I found this to be an amazing fact. I would have never though for a second that a Catholic Church would have been the oldest standing church in Nashville. Being Catholic, I was looking for a church to attend on Sunday morning. I had assumed that I would be able to have the hotel shuttle drop me at another church I had located but when I checked with the desk the shuttles were all booked up taking people to the airport.Cindy is a Lutheran so I usually don’t drag her off to Mass with me. I got myself a map and took off in our rental car. It was actually a very easy drive and on...Read More

Destination Opryland

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Story/Tip

Can you imagine having one of these rooms Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Opryland HotelIf you have the opportunity to stay here, I would recommend it. Not just for the accommodation but because it is just such an amazing place.Since we had opted for the more economical Millennium Maxwell Hotel, we decided to head to Opryland to have dinner. We happened to be at the Hermitage when we made this decision, but if you are downtown you will need to take Rte. 65 north to Briley Parkway. It is all very well-marked, so don’t worry about finding it. The actual entrance to Opryland is on McGavock Parkway and again, with all the signs and lights, it is hard to miss. Once on the property you will need to decide very quickly through which lobby to...Read More

Short Order Eats

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Story/Tip

Nacho's Maxwell Lounge Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Monell's1235 6th Ave NorthMonell's is as close to a Nashville institution as you will ever find. They are home to meat and three on a daily basis for lunch and dinner. (that is your meat choice with three sides) On the weekend, they open up for breakfast. We came here on a Saturday morning in December and we were lucky enough to find parking on the street, but it is very limited. When you arrive, you are assigned to a group, since dining is family style, you won’t be seated until the table is almost full. Pitchers of orange juice, water, and of course sweet tea, will begin to flow as well as cups of good hot coffee. And let me warn you that even in December there w...Read More