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More to Nashville than the Opry

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A travel journal to Nashville by jrheimbach

Holiday Inn Select Opryland Airport Photo, Nashville, Tennessee More Photos
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More to Nashville than the Opry

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Downtown Nashville Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville is more than country music and the Grand Old Opry. This historial community is full of other attractions that do not have anything to do with country and western musical stars. Put on a good pair of walking shoes and plan to visit some of the other attractions of this city.Quick Tips: A little bit more about "getting around". I'm in Nashville four to five times a year. Every time I drive in this city, whether it's on a weekend, during the week, early mornings, late evenings, or during the day, there is always some car accident on the highway. The worst area seems to be around the 40, 440 and 25 highway areas. The traffic backs up behind an accident, and sometimes the queue of ...Read More
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Hotel room was clean and just what we expected. The pool was enjoyable although the workout area was a bit light on equipment and options. They honored a complimentary breakfast even though they had terminated that program since we made our reservations.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport
1112 Airport Center Dr.
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 889-9090

Holiday Inn Select Opryland Airport

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Hotel | "Holiday Inn Select"

Holiday Inn Select Opryland Airport Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Two women worked behind the counter as we checked into the hotel. We had a 50% off rate coupon with the Entertainment book (no longer in the newer books), and we had to show our membership card in order to receive the discount. My wife had to dig in her purse a bit. No one else has asked for this card before, even though most of the coupons state that you need to show it. Fortunately, the card was found and we receive the discount. We noticed that they did not have our Holiday Inn number on the reservation, even though my wife had provided the information when making the reservations. She knew that she did not have that card in her purse. Neither of the women would help us, stating that they di...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Holiday Inn Select Opryland Airport
2200 ELM HILL PIKE
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
615-883-9770

Holiday Inn Select Nashville Downtown-Vanderbilt

Hotel | "Holiday Inn Select Vanderbilt"

Holiday Inn Select Nashville Downtown-Vanderbilt Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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As we expect with Holiday Inn Select, the room was spacious and clean. The pool was outdoors, and it was too cold in the year for swimming. The workout facility was sufficiently equipped.

Reservations are more challenging for this location, as you need to work around the special events at Vanderbilt University. Don't try to stay here during move-in weekend, move-out weekend, parents' weekend, homecoming, or graduation. These rooms are booked way in advance.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Holiday Inn Select Nashville Downtown-Vanderbilt
2613 W END AVE
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
1-615-327-4707

Days Inn Airport Opryland

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Hotel | "Days Inn Airport"

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My wife and I just needed overnight accommodations - nothing fancy and certainly for a reasonable price. We found this Days Inn from our Entertainment book and obtained rooms for their current special, which was even less than the 50% rate off from the Entertainment book. The location is fairly close to the airport, but the street name was confusing. The rental car people had not heard of the street name before and we had to call the motel for directions. Getting there was very simple and straight-forward once we knew which exit to take off Highway 40. When we stay overnight, all we ask is for safety and cleanliness. This place just barely met both. The rooms opened into a hallway that...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Days Inn Airport Opryland
1 International PLZ
Nashville, Tennessee 37217
(615) 361-7666

Hampton Inn Nashville Vanderbilt

Hotel | "Hampton Inn Vanderbilt"

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As expected with Hampton Inns, the room was very nice and clean. The computer connection was fast (unlike most places where we stay). The continental breakfast inluded a good selection - even fresh fruit and skim milk.

The hotel is located near a section of restaurants, including Pancake Pantry.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Hampton Inn Nashville Vanderbilt
1919 W END AVE
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
615 329-1144

Courtyard Nashville Vanderbilt - West End

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Hotel | "Courtyard by Marriott"

Courtyard Nashville Vanderbilt - West End Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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The outdoor pool was wonderful. It was larger than most pools and in a more private area - not on the ground area. My wife spent some time swimming laps, a luxury not usually available in a typical hotel pool. The attached workout area was very nicely equiped. I did not use the facility as I had already experienced a full workout that day when I hauled boxes up to my daughter's dorm room. I did sit in the hot tub to relax! Parking is free but very difficult. The very small lot in the front had minimal spots, so I not ever able to park there. Fortunately, the hotel does have an attached parking garage which was definitely a plus until someone with a car top carrier ran into one of the overhe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Courtyard Nashville Vanderbilt - West End
1901 West End Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 327-9900

Motel 6

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Hotel

Motel 6 Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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My goal was simply clean and safe accommodations for one evening. We were going to arrive at a motel after 10pm and needed to be out of there by 7am the next morning. I did not want to spend a lot of money for a room where all I needed was cleanliness, enough quiet to sleep and sufficient peace of mind in order to sleep. We’ve stayed at this Motel 6 twice now and have been pleased both times. We get a room with a queen-size bed, which means that the bed takes up the entire space in the room and there is only one set of towels. The front desk is good about letting us have a second set of towels because we’ve paid for two people. The rooms have been clean. The bathrooms have been clea...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2002

Motel 6
420 Metroplex Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37211

Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Airport

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Hotel | "Hilton Garden Inn"

Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Airport Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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We were spending the weekend in Nashville and Hilton Garden Inn had just opened. They offered a special introductory price via their internet reservation system, so we quickly reserved a room for ourselves. The hotel was located near the airport and close to a business section of Nashville. There was more than adequate parking for hotel guests with an entry in the front and a carded entry at the back. The lobby included a sectioned off room with a fireplace for reading and relaxing. The restaurant was off to the other side, so the noise level in the lobby and sitting area was minimal. The indoor pool was towards the back of the hotel and had just been filled. The water was cold and the Jacuz...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2002

Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Airport
412 Royal Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
615 884-0088

Rodeway Inn

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Hotel | "Econolodge"

Rodeway Inn Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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In one of many trips to Nashville, my wife and I only needed simple overnight accommodations, and the Choice Hotels offer for American Airline miles caught our attention. We booked a room at Econo Lodge getting 300 AA miles for booking online through the AA offer, including an internet booking discount and an additional 20% off the rate by using our Mastercard. The room rate was less than we normally pay for Motel 6. The regular room rate is more than $50 a night, but I encourage people to look for specials. I know we got a great deal when the person checking us in double-confirmed the rate. He told us that he had never seen the rate so low before. However, this low rate was in their computer as...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 29, 2002

Rodeway Inn
893 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37217
(615) 361-6830

Courtyard by Marriott Nashville Downtown

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Hotel | "Marriott Courtyard Downtown"

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We stayed at this hotel on our first trip to Nashville. Our last minute decision to arrive in Nashville for that particular weekend caused us a few problems, especially not being able to find an available hotel room. Fortunately, Marriott Downtown had one opening and we grabbed it. I pulled up to the entrance on Fourth Street and was surprised. Minimal room had been left for parking and a sign for valet parking greeted me. Other than the valet option, parking is not readily available. With the lateness of the day and the noise level from Printer's Square (a block long section of town dedicated to those 21 years and older of which my daughter should never go there), I accepted the young man's ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 2, 2002

Courtyard by Marriott Nashville Downtown
170 4TH AVE N
Nashville, Tennessee 37219
615-256-0900

Pancake Pantry

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Restaurant

Pancake Pantry Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Pancake pantry is a mandatory stop for our family with each trip to Nashville. The breakfast food has consistently been good and the variety is fabulous. Plan on arriving as early as possible, especially on a Sunday morning. The line starts at the door and winds out and around the building. (Thank goodness for the pot of coffee that is for all the people in line.) We have waited in line for over 30 minutes even when the temperature was around 20 degrees. Its a popular place! The restaurant resembles a 50's diner. The tables and chairs are very close together but there are booths around the perimeter. Don't be too choosy about a table. There are plenty of people in line who will take...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

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

Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant Inc

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Restaurant | "Las Palmas"

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An update to my review on this restaurant... The last two times I've eaten here, I have not been pleased. We did our usual wait for a patio table, and were shown tables that still had not been bussed. That's usually okay, except we had our drinks before someone arrived to remove the previous patrons' dinner remains. The service was slow and the food was terrible. I was up throughout the night after eating dinner there the last time, with a rumbling stomach. I'm changing my recommendation on this restaurant and suggesting that hungry people seek another place to eat. Original Review: Ask to be seated in the patio. It may be a few minutes longer wait, but the quietness and attention given ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant Inc
1905 Hayes Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 322-9588

Holiday Inn Select Opryland

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Restaurant | "Jackson's Vernada"

Holiday Inn Select Opryland Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Just about every table was taken when we showed up for our meal. The host apologized even when we accepted seating in the smoking area. He offered to keep as few people seated near us so we would have the best possible dining experience in the smoking section. We were there for the breakfast buffet. The offerings were numerous. The fruit was freshly sliced and in generous portions. I could have fixed myself toast from 3 different breads, or had bagels or muffins. The hot entry included eggs, bacon (not greasy at all), sausage, pancakes, and a few other items. My wife found homily grits and took a large serving. For breakfast!!! I had a freshly cooked omelet, made just to my specif...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Holiday Inn Select Opryland
2200 Elm Hill Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 883-9770

San Antonio Taco Co.

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Restaurant | "San Antonio Taco Company"

San Antonio Taco Co. Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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San Antonio Taco Company has more outdoor dining area than indoor restaurant seating. The entry to the restaurant involves climbing up wooden stairs onto the outdoor eating deck, after having your ID carefully checked for underage students. The perimeter of the outdoor eating area is encased in Christmas lights, setting off a festive mood. The restaurant itself is small. The ordering window is to the right and the menus are posted along the aisle so you can be ready to place your order when you arrive at the front of the line. The menu options were just regular type Mexican food, made with lots of grease and fattening stuff. I carried our tray of food outside and fortunately found one open ta...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

San Antonio Taco Co.
416 21st Ave South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 327-4322

Noshville Delicatessen

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Restaurant

Noshville Delicatessen Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Noshville appeared to be a popular restaurant every time we’ve stopped to eat here (mainly for lunch). The handful of parking spaces that surround the building were always full, forcing many of us to use a weeded area out back as an extended parking lot. Several hotels have parking lots adjoining Noshville’s lot, but they are clearly marked as exclusive use for those buildings only with serious threats to tow cars. Just to stay on the safe side, I drive around and around the building until a parking space frees up! A few lucky people may find open spots on the street, but Broadway is pretty crowded so I don’t count on that opportunity. Even with the volume of people, I’ve only experienced minimal ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Noshville Delicatessen
1918 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
+1 615 329 6674

Calypso Café

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Restaurant | "Calypso Cafe"

Calypso Café Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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We stopped for a quick lunch at the Calypso Cafe. Our previous meals consisted of sandwiches and snack-like food, and I longed for a large, fresh salad. And I wanted it quickly because I was hungry! Calypso Cafe seemed to have the exact salad options that could satisfy my appetite. All four of the salad choices were appealing and I spent too much time trying to decide which one to get. I finally selected the Lucayan Salad, a marinated chicken breast, Mandarin oranges, almonds topped with a homemade vinaigrette dressing, all on a bed of leaf lettuce. Two Boija muffins were included. My wife ordered the Tropical Chicken salad comprised of chicken, pineapple, raisins, and a touch of curry, all ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2002

Calypso Café
2424 Elliston Place
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 321-3878

Provence Breads & Cafe

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Restaurant | "Provence Breads and Cafe"

Provence Breads & Cafe Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Provence Breads and Café has grown to become one of my favorite places for lunch while in Nashville. This little place, located in the Hillsboro Village is just across the street from the Pancake Pantry and down the street from Boscos Brewery. My usual selection includes a sandwich and at least one side dish. I’d be challenged to name a favorite sandwich as I’ve enjoyed each one that I’ve had from the café. If I had to narrow the list down, I could recommend Smoky Roasted Ham sandwich with the caramelized onions or the Turkey with Swiss Emmentaler cheese and garlic mayo. I don’t recall the exact price of the sandwiches, but believe they cost just under $5 – an excellent price for a hearty and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2002

Provence Breads & Cafe
1705 21st Ave S
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
+1 615 386 0363

Market Street Beer

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Restaurant | "Marketstreet Brewery"

Market Street Beer Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Marketplace Brewery has progressed to be one of my frequent stops while in Nashville. I enjoy having at least one meal here each time I visit the city. The pub and restaurant can be found just north of the Hard Rock Café on Second Street, just by the traffic light. Parking in downtown Nashville is challenging, so I try to schedule my visit to Marketplace Brewery for a late lunch or early dinner. I uncovered a good parking spot for weekend. Turn right on 2nd Street and drive past the paid parking spots to the stop sign. Turn right and then turn right again at the next corner. A row of metered parallel parking spots is on the right side. Fortunately, the meters only apply to weekdays, but most p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 2, 2002

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

Bosco's Nashville Brewing Co

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Restaurant | "Boscos Nashville Brewing CO "

Bosco's Nashville Brewing Co Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Boscos Brewing Company has a wide selection of award winning beers so I try to stop here for a meal when in Nashville. I'm usually too late for the Happy Hour, where certain beers are offered at reduced prices, so I pay full price for a draw along with my dinner. The restaurant has a smoking and non-smoking section. Unfortunately, the place reeks of smoke when you first walk in and have to sit in the waiting area. However, the non-smoking eating area is smoke-free. No matter where you sit in this restaurant, the noise level is astronomical. We cannot carry on a decent conversation while dining at this place because the acoustics and the din of the other restaurant patrons. The last ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 30, 2002

Bosco's Nashville Brewing Co
1805 21st Ave S
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
(615) 385-0050

San Francisco Restaurante Mexicano

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Restaurant

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The San Francisco Restaurante Mexicano was close to the airport and close to our hotel so we decided to give it a try. The restaurant is located in a shopping strip on Donnelson, towards the back. We drove past it once before seeing the sign. Parking is available in the front of the restaurant, but take care. Many of the parking spaces are designated as exclusive parking for the neighboring shops with warnings that your car will be towed. We finally found a spot at the far side of the parking lot. Although the restaurant was crowded, the hostess was able to seat us right way. Our table for two was in the non-smoking section where tables were packed next to each other. I felt as if we were...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2002

San Francisco Restaurante Mexicano
519 Donelson Pike #111
Nashville, Tennessee
615.885.4444

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The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Museum includes historical information from the 1800's all the way to current Tennessee sports. The included sports are team sports and individual sports for both professional and amateur. The 7,200 square foot facility located on the main level of the Gaylord Entertainment Center.

The displays are well placed with easy viewing access. The lighting is good and we did not have any problem getting close to the displays. The activities such as the strength training and the kayak simulator are fun. There are also two 30 seat theaters to watch sports videos.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Museum
501 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 242-4750

The Hermitage

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This is the home of President Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States. The tour includes a museum which serves as a waiting area for the next tour group to gather. This muesum includes pictures, posters and news articles on his military and campaign for presidency. The displays are along a hallway, so we lesurely read the information as we waited for the rest of our tour group. Once a crowd gathers, a film is shown to provide some historical background. Then the group walks over to the mansion for a tour. The mansion has been completely restored to its 1837 appearance and has almost all the original furnishings. We were supplied with headsets that contained the narrative as we ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

The Hermitage
4580 Rachel's Lane
Nashville, Tennessee 37076
(615) 889-2941

Belle Meade Plantation

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Attraction | "Belle Meade"

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If you enjoyed "Gone with the Wind", then you need to see the historical Belle Meade mansion. This site was the world famous thoroughbred farm and the home illustrates the wealth and hospitality of the south. The tour starts with a video, sharing the historical significance of the house and barn. Belle Meade was a 5400 acre thoroughbred horse establishment and many of the derby winners have their ancestry traced back to horses from Belle Meade. The narrator in the video broaches the slavery on Belle Meade, sharing that it was a part of Belle Meade's history and the presentation is about history. Belle Meade was also the location of a battle in the Civil War and the tour guides specific...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

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

Opry Mills

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Attraction

Opry Mills Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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With two daughters, shopping is inevitible. This mall included just about everything for our family. I spent most of my time in the Bass Pro Shop looking at the Garmin GPS equipment, while the rest of my family did the usual "mall hunt" looking for the best bargins. There are just a few Bass Pro Retail stores in the United States, so this was a nice opportunity for me. As with most popular malls, parking is challenging at best. We arrived at 10am when the mall opens and found a parking spot within easy walking distance to the mall doors. When we left several hours later, every parking spot all the way back to the entry drive was full. The mall is almost completely full of retailers. I'...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Opry Mills
433 Opry Mills Dr
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
+1 615 514 1100

Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theater

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We had high recommendations to attend a performance at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theater. Fortunately, someone cancelled their reservation, so we were able to take their spot that evening. We drove and drove and drove to this location. I even called once on my cell phone thinking we had missed the turnoff. No, it's just way out and I needed to keep driving. This place is a huge barn. We pulled into the gravel lot, filled with stretch limos and other luxury cars. We felt out of place in our dress slacks and shirts (no tie for me). Other men were in suits and tuxes and other ladies were in formals. We didn't care - we were tourists. The tables were wood picnic tables with bench seats. The...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theater
8204 Highway 100
Nashville, Tennessee 37221
(615) 646-9977