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Located 20 minutes from downtown Nashville, the Opryland Hotel is a sprawling oasis of luxury within walking distance of the Oprymills mall and the Grand Ole' Opry. This hotel offers a unique experience of throwing open your balcony doors under a glass covered atrium with waterfalls and palms and exotic flowers. Restaurants and shopping abound- you could easily choose to never leave the hotel and still have an amazing weekend!
Sheraton Nashville Downtown
If a more urban locale is more to your taste, then look no further than the Sheraton. Recently renovated, the hotel is done in a country contemporary style and the rooms are reasonably priced for a five star experience. You won't get nearly the frills that you would find at Opryland, but you're front and center to all that Nashville has to offer.
Where to Eat:
Pancake Pantry- Be prepared to wait in line and be happy about it.
400 Degrees- Varied degrees of spicy chicken so good it'll ruin KFC for you for life.
Loveless Cafe- If you're looking for down-home southern fare, look no further.
The Silly Goose- Here you could ask your server where the veggies in your lunch came from and they could give you directions to the farm.
Where to Drink:
Robert Western World- For when you only have time for one honky tonk.
Bourbon Street- Looking for blues and boogie? This is the place!
Station Inn- Casual atmosphere with great live music.
Corsair Distillery- The microbrewery has both a bar and tours of where they made your drink of choice.
Where to Play:
Ryman Auditorium- A not-to-be-missed acoustical gem with a ton of history.
Escape Game- Work as a team and try to solve puzzles to escape one of several themed rooms.
Frist Center for Visual Arts-A world class museum with rotating exhibits.
Miss Fit Academy- Nashville's leading aerial boutique is the place to go when you'd like to experience what it's like to have the club all to yourself or want to try areal silks or hoops, learn a sexy chair dance or a bar dance that you can take straight to Coyote Ugly!
|Athena in all her gaudy glory!
Belle Meade Plantation- 30 sprawling acres featuring a winery, a dairy, a stable, a mausoleum, and more gentile southern history then you can shake a Confederate flag at.
The Parthenon- Don't ask us why, but Nashville is home to a scale replica of the Greek Parthenon, complete with a 30 foot high statue of Athena. It's pretty random, but that's what makes it fun!
The Hermitage- The historic home of our seventh president, Andrew Jackson. This stop is perfect for history buffs or fans of whacky crazy-eyed antics, which Jackson was famous for.
Who to Tour with:
Homes of the Stars- Do not miss this if you're a fan of country music. You might spy Trace Adkins unloading groceries or Garth Brooks fishing on his pond.
Music City Trolly Hop- This one hour hop-on-hop-off customized tour hits all the spots that you should see in our fair city such as the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman, and the State Capital.
Nashvilles Unpublished Walking Tour- This offers the rest of the story that you won't hear on most tours. Learn about all the villains, scoundrels, whores, and shade-meisters that color Nashville's history.
We hope you enjoy our amazing city and come to love it as much as we do!
- written by JLK