Nashville in a Day (or two)

Once again, I used my timeshare ownership for a week attending a major conference, this time in Nashville. While I was in "class" for 5 days, I did get out some.


Nashville in a Day (or two)

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by MilwVon on August 20, 2005

This area has so much history and is, of course, known for its musical roots. MUSIC CITY USA is not advertising jargon! You can find great live music throughout this warm, friendly Southern city. Regardless of your reason for being in Nashville, you must take the time out of your busy schedule to get downtown to the Broadway area of Nashville. There you will find dozens of honkey-tonks, bars, and restaurants. If you don't know how to country dance, worry not. You can go to the Wildhorse Saloon and take lessons nightly. I would also highly recommend dining downtown and taking in some fantastic barbeque!${QuickSuggestions} At the Fairfield Resort, they have tons of information and some limited coupons. I didn't find that the discounts they offered on dining were for the places I wanted to go, but check out the info desk inside the main registration building. Nashville does have a KEY Magazine that is written primarily for out-of-town visitors. It was very helpful to me on my night excursion to the downtown area.${BestWay} It is my opinion that you really need a car to get around this area. Taxis from the resort to the downtown area are pricey (around $25 to $30 each way). You can use the Grayline tour company for special trips, but you will probably like the flexibility of having your own wheels if you are there on vacation for a week.

Wildhorse Saloon

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by MilwVon on August 20, 2005

This is the hot spot in Nashville, or so they say. It is a large, multi-floor building with a big stage and dance floor. The main level (ground floor) has three bars, tables for dining, and a pool table. This is also where the stage and dance floor are. Upstairs is primarily a dining area.

The food was good and reasonably priced. I had the "two step," which was around $14.95 and too much food to consume in one sitting. It was a platter with barbeque pulled pork and barbeque sliced beef, accompanied by beans and coleslaw. A side of corn bread was also available without charge.

Early in the evening, there were several people learning to line dance. The entertainment (32 below on this night) began at 7pm and was outstanding! The cover charge was applied to those who entered once the band started. Check out their website for who's playing (www.wildhorsesaloon.com).

I enjoyed dining alone, listening to some great music and people-watching! Of course, a souvenir t-shirt was in order at the end of the night!
Wildhorse Saloon
120 2nd Ave. North
Nashville, Tennessee, 37201
(615) 902-8200

The Jack Daniel Distillery

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by MilwVon on August 20, 2005

While in Nashville, you are about 75 miles from the world-famous Jack Daniel Distillery (http://www.jackdaniels.com/). As the oldest registered distillery (1866), you can really get a sense of the history during this walking tour. The distillery has also been registered as a National Historic Site.

There is a guide who will walk you through the entire process of making whiskey. Even if you are a teetotaler, I believe you'll have an appreciation of the exacting process that goes into making Jack Daniel's whiskey.

At the end of the tour, there will be (nonalcoholic) lemonade awaiting you. You will also be able to buy special commemorative bottles of Jack Daniels at very competitive prices.

I did the Grayline tour from Fairfield. The price was $35. If you go on your own, there is no admission fee. It is a long day, around 7 hours, which includes about 2 hours in downtown Lynchburg for shopping and lunch (see my separate journal entry on that experience).

Jack Daniel's Distillery
Highway 55
Nashville, Tennessee, 37352
(931) 759-4221

Day Trip to Lynchburg, TN

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by MilwVon on August 20, 2005

I took the Grayline bus tour to the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, on my one free day in Nashville. In addition to the distillery tour (see separate journal entry), we had time to spend in "downtown" Lynchburg. With a population of less than 400, Lynchburg is a very small rural community that really caters to the tourist trade in the area. You will want to walk the entire town square (approximately 20 shops) and dine at one of the fine local cafés. I choose the Caboose BBQ Café (http://www.bbqcaboose.com/), which was outstanding. While I was there, Senator Bill Frist also dropped in for lunch. That was pretty cool! I heard others mention going to Miss Bobo's, although I think you must have reservations to get in there for lunch.

As you walk around town, you will, of course, be able to buy all the Jack Daniel's memorabilia you could ever want. But don't think you can buy whiskey there! It's a dry county. Go figure. There is one special store, The Barrel Shop, where they sell a lot of really neat things made from the barrels used in the production of the whiskey. Window-shopping there is in order.


Fairfield Nashville

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by MilwVon on August 20, 2005

Best Things Nearby:
I was there for a conference at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center. While literally across the street and down a block, it really is not within walking distance. Opry Mills is also in this area and within a 5-minute car ride.

Best Things About the Resort:
There were the activities hosted and sponsored by the resort. Every day there was something going on, from ice-cream socials to old-fashioned backyard cookouts.

Resort Experience:
I had a one-bedroom deluxe unit, which worked well since I had a coworker join me for 4 days during the week. The unit was well furnished and included a Jacuzzi tub as well as a shower. We were on the fourth floor, which was accessible by elevator, although I understand that there are a couple of buildings that do not have elevators. If this is important to you, be sure to call ahead for special arrangements.

This resort had outstanding daily onsite activities. They also arranged for special tours of Nashville and the surrounding area via Grayline Tours and a local company called Tootsies. There was also a downtown trip to Nashville that was provided by the resort for just $5 per person. This is one of the best Fairfield resorts I've ever stayed at!

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

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