Nashville Journals

Nashville--A Great Place to Be!

A March 2002 trip to Nashville by Cindy64

Quote: We spent a week at the Fairfield Nashville in the heart of downtown Nashville. There was so much to do in Nashville and everything is so close to the resort, that we decided that we could easily spend another week there. The accommodations were terrific.

Nashville--A Great Place to Be!

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We went sightseeing all over the area. We enjoyed the Parthenon--a full-size replica of the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson, was another favorite although it rained most of the time we were there. The flatboat rides through the interior garden space at the Opryland Hotel motel as was the "dancing" water fountains in the hotel conservatory. The water fountain was unlike anything I've ever seen anywhere before. I could have sworn that the spouts of water had personality.Quick Tips: Our visit to the Saturn car factory was one of the highlights of our trip. The factory is located about an hour south of the resort. Reser...Read More
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Best Things Nearby:Unlike some timeshares, this one is right in the heart of downtown Nashville. It was right across the street from the Opryland Hotel, the Nashville Toy Museum, the General Jackson paddle-wheel showboat, the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium. It was a short distance from the Hermitage (President Andrew Jackson's home) and the Belle Meade Plantation. The Upper Room Chapel where they print the devotional booklets by that name is also nearby. The Saturn factory which offers tours of the auto manufacturing facility is about an hour away from the resort.Best Things About the Resort:The best thing about this timeshare is its location--right in the heart of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

Fairfield Nashville
2415 McGavock Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 871-4666

BB Kings Blues Club

Restaurant | "Rain Forest Cafe"

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We ate the volcano dessert at the Rainforest Cafe. It was so much fun. The waiter brought it out while yelling "AAAAAHHH" to get everyone's attention. The volcano was four chocolate brownies stacked on end surrounding a mountain of vanilla ice cream. The whole thing was topped with a hot fudge sauce. A lighted sparkler topped it adding to the excitement. The three of us shared the dessert, and we couldn't finish it all. It was well worth the wait. The atmosphere of the restaurant was fun, fun, fun. The restaurant was decorated to make you feel like you were walking into the rainforest -- complete with thunderstorms and animals. I hope we get to go again soon!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

BB Kings Blues Club
152 2nd Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
(615) 256-2727

Opry Mills

Attraction | "Opry Mills Mall"

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The Opry Mills Mall is a large mall with several specialty shops. The Bass Pro Shop is there. Their collection of boats--including some houseboats--was my favorite. The Rainforest Cafe--complete with good fun and rainforest decor--also graces the mall. I had never been to a "Build a Bear Workshop" before visiting the one here. We brought home a bear that my 8-year-old son stuffed and clothed himself. The Gibson guitar store was also rather unique. You can watch craftsmen build guitars and other stringed instruments. Of course, you can buy them all--for a price. Most of them were way out of my price range, but they were fun to look at. There was a magic booth selling magic tric...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 7, 2002

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

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Attraction | "Opryland Hotel Flat Boat Rides"

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The Delta at the Opryland hotel contains a botanical garden with more than 10,000 tropical plants. The Delta covers 4.5 acres and is topped with a wonderful glass ceiling which opens to the sky. A river meanders through the lush beauty of the Delta. Flatboats float down the river giving passengers about a ten minute ride through the lush greenery. The ride is narrated by a guide who points out all sorts of interesting things about the river and the hotel. There are even live ducks who live on the river and numerous large fish can be seen beneath the boat. I was intrigued to learn that when the river was first opened, that people brought water from bodies of water all over the wor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2002

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Attraction | "Dancing Water Fountains at the Opryland Hotel"

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Have you ever seen water dance? I had never seen it dance like it did at the water fountain show in the Delta area of the Opryland Hotel. Every half hour hotel guests are treated to a ten minute musical fountain show. The water is choreographed to go along with the music.

All I can say about this show is "Wow!!!" It was truly amazing and to top it all off -- absolutely free. Don't go to Nashville without taking time to see this spectacle.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2002

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214

Upper Room Chapel and Museum

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The Upper Room building is where the devotional book of the same name is published. It is very near the campus of Vanderbilt. When we arrived at the building, we were given an "Upper Room" devotional book and escorted up a narrow stairway to the upper chapel. The front of chapel is graced by the "Last Supper" woodcarving by Ernest Pellegrini. Guests listen to a tape recorded presentation about the carving which describes in detail each disciple in the carving. The recording really seemed to bring the carving to life. After visiting the chapel, we went downstains to a small museum of religious paintings and products. It was very small, but there were many interesting pieces. As ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 7, 2002

Upper Room Chapel and Museum
1908 Grand Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee
(615) 340-7207

The Hermitage

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The Hermitage was the home of President Andrew Jackson. Going through the mansion was like stepping back into time. When we arrived at the Hermitage, we were escorted into a museum where we saw a short video about Jackson's life. I was struck by the sad story that Jackson's wife, Rachel, died after his election and before his inauguration as U. S. President. I was also struck by the 19th century scandal of him marrying a divorcee--who wasn't officially divorced when they married. After the video, we walked through the museum and saw various artifacts from Jackson's life. I was intrigued to learn that an assassination attempt was once made on Jackson's life. When the gun misfi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 7, 2002

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

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We took the Tootsie celebrity van tour around the Nashville area. Our guide, an aspiring songwriter, was very knowledgeable about the celebrities who live in Nashville. He took us to Brentwood and surrounding areas that are home to the stars. We saw the former home of Minnie Pearl--right next to the Tennessee governor's mansion. The home of the Krispy Kreme donut founder was also on the itinerary. Numerous other celebrity homes were highlighted. We then drove by the Ryman auditorium and watched for celebrities departing from the funeral of a country singer. We didn't see any and I felt a bit odd sitting there gawking. Near the end of the tour we went to the Tootsie's bar in downtown. It ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 7, 2002

Tootsie Celebrity Van Tours
Picks up at hotels across city
Nashville, Tennessee

The Parthenon

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I am a history fanatic, so I thought the Parthenon was great. It is a full-size replica of the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. I've seen the Elgin marbles in the British museum in London. This was much better because you can see what the Parthenon actually looked like in ancient times. The most amazing part is the 42-foot-high sculpture of Athena, the goddess of wisdom. The statue is still not complete. It is mainly white now, but the guide told me they intend to gild it this fall. I can't imagine how spectacular it will look completely gold. Another fascinating part was all the snakes that were part of the statue (I think there were 13). They all symbolize something, so ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2002

The Parthenon
3415 West End Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 386-9960

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

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This is definately not your typical museum. I almost didn't go, but I'm really glad that I did. It is a 19-acre urban park created to commemorate the 200th year of Tennessee statehood. It is completely outdoors except for the giftshop. We started at the huge granite map of Tennessee in the concrete walkway in the shadow of the capitol building. The map depicts all the major roads in the state as well as the counties and large cities. My 8-year old son enjoyed walking around the map and trying to figure out all of the places in Tennessee we have already visited. It gave him a vivid picture of the state. I'm sure that this will help him as he studies the states next year in 3rd grade. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 7, 2002

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
600 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-3081
(615) 741-5280

Saturn Plant Tours

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One of my favorite parts of my trip to Nashville, TN, was visiting the Saturn Plant in Spring Hill. Located about an hour South of Nashville, the tour lasted about an hour. The Saturn plant is located on what used to be a Tennessee farm, so appropriately enough the welcome center is located in a refurbished horse barn. Registration must be made ahead online so that security passes can be secured for everyone on the tour. Apparently, the tours started after curious Saturn owners started showing up on the company's doorstep. Today, tours are available four or five times a day--Monday through Thursday. We arrived about half an hour before our scheduled tour and checked in at the w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 8, 2002

Saturn Plant Tours
100 Saturn Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37174
(800) 553-6000