A November 2005 trip
to Nashville by zabelle
Quote: Nashville is so much more than just county music. It has a whole other side that is worth more than a passing glance.
The Tennessee State Museum even without the Rau Collection is a must visit site for anyone coming to Nashville. Why this museum doesn’t get more press is beyond my comprehension. It has an outstanding collection of historic items dealing with the State of Tennessee from prehistoric times to modern day issues. The format is adult but there are areas geared for children as well. Cheekwood offers acres of gardens to explore as well as the house itself. There is only one room decorated with furniture, the rest of the house has been converted into a museum to showcase the family collections. These include china, snuff jars, silver, and art. There is a recent addition of the donation of the White family’s collection of miniature portraits. The Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson, is a place that can be revisited many times since it is not a static museum. There are ongoing archaeological digs that add new information to what they know about the General and the slaves who worked his land. While trying to find a church to attend Mass I discovered the oldest standing Church in Nashville and can you believe it, it is St Mary’s Catholic Church, dedicated on October 31, 1847. Known as the Old Cathedral this Greek style church has a rich history and is still a thriving parish in the Diocese of Nashville. We decided that Saturday morning we would have breakfast at Monells which is a Nashville institution. Breakfast is served family style and it is a great way to get to meet your fellow tables mates.
The biggest bargain in Nashville is the music. You will find it everywhere. Opryland is also free to visit, you just need to pay for parking. You could spend a whole day just wandering around there, especially in November and December when the Christmas decorations are outstanding.
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Millennium Maxwell House Nashville
2025 MetroCenter Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37228
Restaurant | "Germantown Cafe"
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1200 Fifth Avenue, North
Nashville, Tennessee 37208
Restaurant | "Rachel's"
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2800 Opryland Dr
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
+1 615 871 6848
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
1200 Forrest Park Dr
Nashville, Tennessee 37205
Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick St.
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
If 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 enter. You may enter through the original lobby in the Magnolia Building—this is the one with the beautiful chandelier and the sweeping stairway—or you may opt for the equally dramatic Cascades Lobby. There are also entrances in the Delta Area and at the Convention Center. Signs will direct you to these two. You have the choice to self park for $10 or to do valet, which is also $10, but only for the first hour. More than 2 hours is $18 plus tax and tip. We chose the convenience of the valet and it worked wonderfully. We entered through the Cascades Lobby. Stop at the concierge desk and pick up a map of the hotel interior. You are going to need it. There are three different areas to explore and this does not include the Convention Center. We began by walking into the Cascades and we took the escalator up to the garden conservatory. You may walk through on the skywalk or if you prefer you can walk at ground level. The Christmas decorations here are spectacular. Children will love it and it certainly caters to the child in all of us.The map will help you to locate the restaurants, bars, cafés, retail stores, Delta Flatboat Experience, Magnolia Pool, Relache Spa, and the Video Arcade. Another great thing about the map is that it pinpoints all the restrooms. From the Conservatory we walked into the Magnolia Section, which includes the original Opryland Hotel. Only about 600 of the now more than 2,800 rooms are in that original section. There are lots of dining options at Gaylord, you can choose casual or dressy, it really is up to you. We chose casual. With dinner out of the way we headed to the Delta Section to take the flatboat. We arrived at 6pm and maybe it was just luck or maybe everyone else was at dinner, but we got to take a private trip: just Cindy, myself, and our flatboat operator. Her job is to point out all the items of interest along the way, including Louise the albino catfish and Ben and Jerry the woodland ducks. This is an interesting ride and gives you an up close look at the water features as well.
We finished up by shopping in the many upscale stores on the upper level in Delta. Whether it’s Opryland memorabilia or Jack Daniels anything, you will find it here. We spent about 3 hours there and I am sure if we hadn’t already spent a full day at other things we could have spent more.