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Music Calls Us

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perhaps it’s the southern hospitality, or the
abundance of honky-tonks. or maybe it’s attractions like the country music hall of fame and museum and the parthenon. not to mention all of the fabulous festivals, museums, restaurants and nightlife that visitors will find here. Whatever the reason, nashville is a hit destination with guests from across the globe.
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too, including the joyous Musica sculpture in the heart of Music Row, the contemporary Ghost Ballet along From Nashville’s early days, music has had a starring downtown’s Riverfront or the incredible re-creation role. That legacy has given rise to numerous landmarks of Athena inside the Parthenon. that tell the story of American entertainment. Guests also have the ability Take the historic Ryman to travel back in time at the city’s Auditorium, for example. You can numerous historic sites, including almost hear the infectious laugh “Never have I met The Hermitage, Home of Andrew of Minnie Pearl ringing from the such warm people, Jackson, Belle Meade Plantation rafters and the lingering notes and Belmont Mansion. The of Johnny Cash’s guitar. Make heard such good plantation homes accurately depict no mistake, however, the Ryman life in the antebellum South and musIc, eateN so isn’t simply a monument to the stand in stark contrast to the city’s past – it’s one of the world’s most much frIed chIckeN very modern skyline. Bicentennial venerated performance halls and Capitol Mall State Park is another a magnet for today’s top artists … I could go oN example of blending the old with from all musical genres. aNd oN.” the new, as the decidedly modern Music City knows how to sculptures tell the colorful tale honor its past while embracing of Tennessee’s history. gW y n et h pa lt r oW its future. For example, the Grand The common thread weaving Ole Opry, the world’s longest– goop.com, Paltrow’s blog together Nashville’s past and running radio show, broadcasts present is an appreciation for live each week with a mix of innovation and creativity. It’s the legendary performers and current same spirit that has led the city chart-climbers, and the Music to become one of the world’s most unique destinations. City Walk of Fame honors many of those same artists And it’s the underlying reason why music calls us home. who have made an impact on the city’s musical scene. Other venerable places such as Hatch Show Print, Historic RCA Studio B, Tootsies Orchid Lounge and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum helped set the stage for Nashville to become the place where hits are made and played. That legacy continues at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, where the Grammyaward-winning Nashville Symphony performs, the famed Bluebird Cafe, The Loveless Cafe and The Loveless Barn.

More than a one-hit Wonder

The city’s impressive repertoire encompasses visual arts, history, nature and family fun. From the famed Stieglitz Collection – including works by Picasso, Cézanne and Renoir – at the Carl Van Vechten Art Gallery at Fisk University to the ever-changing exhibits at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the city pays homage to local, regional and nationally ranked artists. Larger-than-life sculptural works are prominent,

Clockwise from top right: Watermark restaurant; ryman Auditorium; country music hall of fame® and museum; legends corner; nashville predators

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there’s always something new and noteworthy in nashville, making every visit fresh and exciting.

Expanding the

Above: Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum; Oppposite page from top: Music City Roots show at The Loveless Barn; The Patterson House; Nashville Shores

SplaSh Down
Nashville Shores recently undertook the largest expansion in the water park’s history, doubling the size of the wet and wild venue. The multimillion dollar development brings the surf to Music City with a 25,000-square-foot Breaker Bay wave pool, which is capable of producing five different wave patterns up to 4 feet in height. After jumping the waves, relax on the 1,000-foot-long lazy river or catch some rays on the new, 30,000-square-foot lounge and food deck. The new additions join the park’s slippery slides, beachside swimming, children’s play area and watercraft rentals. For more information, go to www.nashvilleshores.com.

an integral part of the city’s entertainment scene and is the site of many concerts. The barn also is home to an ongoing series, Music City Roots, a weekly live broadcast on Lightning 100 radio that features a roster of established singers and songwriters, along with newcomers, for a mere $10 per ticket. A number of unique retail shops and galleries are located on-site. For a calendar of events, visit www.lovelessbarn.com or www.musiccityroots.com.

getting arounD Downtown
The Music City Circuit is a fun, free way to get around downtown. The colorful buses travel two downtown routes, making it easy for visitors and downtown workers to navigate the city center. The Green Circuit, which connects the restaurantand retail-laden Gulch with downtown, runs every day until midnight. The Blue Circuit serves key destinations between the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. For more information, go to www.nashvillemta.org.

Celebrating the hitS anD hit MakerS
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has made significant additions and renovations to the core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. The expansion brings the story of country music forward in time to include artifacts from today’s hottest superstars, including Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley. The museum has also recently acquired the entire collection of professional memorabilia from the late Tammy Wynette for a biographical display on the First Lady of Country Music. In addition, the blockbuster exhibit Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy, on the Hank Williams family, continues through 2011. For details, check out www.countrymusichalloffame.org.

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Music City is constantly evolving and adding new restaurants, nightclubs, shopping and other attractions. Retail giant Nordstrom is under construction at The Mall at Green Hills, slated to open in fall 2011. The Patterson House, Margaritaville and Urban Flats are just a few examples of places that are bringing a new infusion of flavor to the city.

traCing MuSiCal rootS
Already a popular destination for travelers from around the globe, The Loveless Cafe recently expanded its starring role. The iconic restaurant added a special events venue, The Loveless Barn, to its campus in 2009. The new space has quickly become

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seasons
“some cities are just made for music,” noted msn
travel in choosing the 15 World’s best cities and festivals for music lovers. While it’s not surprising nashville made the list, it’s certainly an honor to be recognized among the great entertainment capitals such as tokyo, london, los Angeles, milan, miami and new york. no matter what the season, music city always has something to sing about. go to www.visitmusiccity.com for additional listings of what’s happening throughout the year.

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So many events are scheduled in April that the month can only be described as awesome! The Tin Pan South songwriters’ festival, Music City Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony, Nashville Film Festival and the Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon kick off a spring blooming with festivities.

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Summer in Nashville heats up with big events in June and July. The CMA Music Festival is the hottest

ticket in town, as country music stars perform their hits on stages throughout downtown for four days in early June. The CMT Music Awards coincide with the festival. Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing! celebrates America’s birthday with food, family fun and great live music along the banks of the Cumberland River. As darkness descends, headline acts take the stage for an evening of entertainment that culminates with one of the nation’s most spectacular fireworks displays synced to patriotic favorites performed by the Grammyaward-winning Nashville Symphony. The event has been named an AOL CityGuide Top Booms With a View.

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Nashville has been selected as the host city for July’s National Folk Festival for a three-year engagement beginning in 2011. The longestrunning, multiethnic music festival in the nation will celebrate its 75th anniversary in Music City in 2013.

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Jazz on the lawn of a historic home, the African Street Fair, barbecue cook-offs, handmade crafts, Titans football and Predators hockey are all on Nashville’s fall calendar. As the weather turns cooler, “Country Music’s Biggest Night” celebrates the industry’s hottest stars during the nationally televised Country Music Association Awards in early November. The semiannual Music City Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony also takes place during CMA week. And speaking of music, you won’t want to miss the World of Bluegrass, the Americana Music Festival or Next Big Nashville either.

(Phil Vassar headlined in 2010), fireworks and an 80-foot Guitar Drop® as thousands count down the seconds to a Happy New Year. There’s no room for the winter doldrums as long as you are in Nashville. Although there’s a chill in the February air, the Music City Soul Series warms the hearts of everyone who loves jazz and R&B.

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Clockwise from top left: Music City Marathon & 1/2 Marathon; actress and producer Jane seymour at the Nashville Film Festival; Music City’s Bash on Broadway; Kid Rock; damien Horne at B.B. King’s Blues Club and Restaurant; lp Field, home of the tennessee titans

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Happy HOlidays
There’s no place like Nashville for the holidays. Lavish lights and elaborate decorations envelop the city in the spirit of the season. Throughout November and December, the city features a full slate of cultural celebrations, concerts, theatrical performances and historic events. Ring out the old and sing in the new – Music City’s Bash on Broadway features a live concert

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iTinerAries
With so many ways to play in Music city, it’s easy to create fun-filled
itineraries incorporating history, art, culture, family fun, sports, nature and, of course, music. With so many choices, the only real question is how can you possibly fit so much fun into one visit? The secret is you really can’t, so we hope you’ll come back to experience all the sights and sounds of Music City. To maximize each visit, the following themed itineraries offer practical guidance on planning stops that work well together logistically.

A TAsTe of Music ciTy
To get a true feel for all Music City has to offer, include stops that capture the cultural and historical vibe of the city. A Taste of Music City tour should include a dash of history, a dollop of art and a liberal serving of live entertainment. Itinerary options, including a long list of dining and nightlife choices, can be added to meet your group’s specific criteria. With diverse offerings located throughout the city, it’s easy to arrange sightseeing trips that minimize travel time between stops. In addition to the itineraries on the following pages, the professionals at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau are happy to assist you in creating a tour that is just right for your group. Call (800) 657-6910 for help in setting up customized itineraries.

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Music City certainly lives up to its name when it comes to showcasing the city’s musical heritage and live performances. While Nashville’s roots are pure country and gospel, every type of musical genre thrives in today’s vibrant entertainment scene. Of course, this isn’t a city where the music is just played – it’s also the place where it gets made. Many of the iconic recordings from rock, pop, rap, gospel, country, jazz, blues, symphonic and big band have been produced and recorded in Nashville. Numerous attractions are available to help visitors explore Nashville’s song-filled heritage, and an abundance of live performance venues are found throughout the city that bring the creative process to life. Downtown/midtown: Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Historic RCA Studio B, Hatch Show Print, Ryman Auditorium, Gruhn Guitars, Printers Alley, Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the Music City Walk of Fame opryland/music valley: Grand Ole Opry, Grand Ole Opry Museum, Acuff Theater, General Jackson Showboat, Nashville Nightlife Breakfast & Dinner Theater, A Tribute to the King: Through the Years 1953-1977, and the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree

poWer, prestige & heroes
Nashville’s character was forged from its many characters – men and women of common sense, wisdom, bravery and humor. Colorful stories of daring deeds and adventurous exploits are an indelible part of the city’s rich history. Home to two United States presidents and a host of other pioneers who left their mark on Nashville and our nation, visitors have the opportunity to experience the past as docents and guides breathe life into a bygone era. Downtown/midtown: Tennessee State Capitol, Tennessee State

Museum, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Fort Nashborough and Belmont Mansion east: The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson south: Tennessee Agricultural Museum, Fort Negley and Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum West: Belle Meade Plantation, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art further afield: Carnton Plantation, The Carter House and Lotz House Museum (Franklin) and the James K. Polk Ancestral Home (Columbia)

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Variety is the spice of life. This is certainly true for Nashville, which has many different cultures and ethnicities. This diversity is celebrated through festivals, food, crafts and religious and ethnic offerings. The African American Guide to Nashville provides additional tour ideas and insights. The guide is available at both downtown locations of the Nashville Visitor Information Center. Events that celebrate diversity include the African Street Festival, Greek Festival, Oktoberfest and the Celebration of Cultures. Downtown/midtown: The Civil Rights Collection at the Nashville Public Library, Fort Negley, exhibits on black musical pioneers at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the Aaron Douglas Gallery at Fisk University, Scarritt-Bennett Center Museum and the Jefferson Street shopping district West: Original works by African-American sculptor Will Edmondson are on display at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, and Belle Meade Plantation’s exhibits are linked to slave culture. east: Archaeological digs at The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, have uncovered many artifacts.

not Just for adults
Nashville’s family-friendly options are sure to please kids of all ages. Exploring the city with the wide-eyed wonder of a child is a terrific way to gain a new perspective. Many of the city’s historic homes, music attractions and cultural museums offer ageappropriate tours designed to actively engage the youngest members of the group. In addition, there is a wide selection of sports, outdoor fun and hands-on educational opportunities that provide fun for everyone. Downtown/midtown: Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Nashville Children’s Theatre and ArtQuest at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts opryland/music valley: General Jackson Showboat, Grand Old Golf & Go Karts east: Nashville Shores northwest: A Cowboy Town south/southeast: Adventure Science Center and Sudekum Planetarium, Nashville Zoo and the Lane Motor Museum

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From manmade treasures to natural wonders, the city’s vibrant arts scene and lush gardens add a touch of beauty to any itinerary. The city is also host to a number of performing arts companies, including a renowned symphony and acclaimed opera company, ballet and theater groups. Nashville’s fine arts offerings are eclectic, encompassing a wide range of media and styles. Whether stopping by a small gallery or visiting one of the city’s art museums, visitors will enjoy works by celebrated artists and undiscovered talents. Of course, beauty isn’t simply contained inside four walls. The city’s public gardens and beautifully landscaped parks offer a riot of color. Downtown/midtown: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Tennessee State Museum, Hatch Show Print, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Tennessee Art League & Galleries, The Arts Company, Carl Van Vechten Gallery and Aaron Douglas Gallery at Fisk University, Miss Marple’s Dinner Theatre, Parthenon, Upper Room Art Gallery, and Sarratt Gallery at Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery east: The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson south: Tennessee Agricultural Museum, Fort Negley and Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum West: Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the Parthenon and Centennial Park, LeQuire Gallery and Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre

sip & sWirl
Tennessee’s famous sipping whiskeys – Jack Daniel’s and George Dickel – are two names known the world over. The state also has a growing reputation for vineyards producing award-winning wines. The Jack Daniel Distillery, George Dickel Distillery and several of the state’s 33 wineries are located near Nashville. The short drive through the beautiful countryside makes touring one of these unique facilities a great option for a day trip. Arrington Vineyards, founded by country superstar Kix Brooks, is located just 30 minutes south of Nashville. The winery features tours, free tastings and lovely picnic areas.
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The Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) operates two downtown Visitor Information Centers (VIC), offering discounted attraction tickets, special hotel rates, a plethora of brochures and coupons, and concierge assistance. 501 Broadway (615) 259-4747 The VIC in the glass tower of the Bridgestone Arena, located at the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Broadway, has a gift shop and wireless café with a large selection of Nashville souvenirs. Open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 150 Fourth Ave. N. (615) 259-4730 The VIC in the US Bank Building, at the corner of Fourth Avenue North and Commerce Street, features music-themed giftware, art and accessories, as well as free maps. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Japan Tour Service Sekisui International Tours 2941 Michigan Ave. St. Louis, Mo. 63118 (314) 773-4100, Fax: (314) 773-4109 Receptive operator specializing in custom Japanese tours for business or pleasure.

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health-care services
3rd and Church Healthcare 301 Church St. (615) 255-7902

relocation services
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce 211 Commerce St., Ste. 100 (615) 743-3000 Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 40541, 37204 (615) 216-5737 Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce 4121 Clarksville Pike, Ste. 8 (615) 876-9634 Nashville Downtown Partnership 150 Fourth Ave. N., Ste. G150 (615) 743-3090

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City maps are available at the VIC, the Nashville International Airport, the Nashville Convention Center, the Metropolitan Courthouse and in most hotel lobbies.

disaBility services
Disability Information Office Howard Office Building, information and referral office: (615) 862-6492 MTA Access Ride Wheelchair-equipped van service: (615) 880-3970 Call in advance for reservations. $2.50 flat rate.

international services
foreign CurrenCy exCHange Regions Bank Downtown and most branches: (615) 748-2941 Nashville International Airport Wright Travel Business Center: (615) 275-2660 transLation serViCes Foreign Language Institute 404 James Robertson Pkwy. (615) 741-7579

Weather
Nashville is blessed with four distinct but mild seasons and an abundance of warmth and sunshine. avg. Daily high/loW spring (march-may) summer (june-August) fall (september-november) Winter (december-february) 70 f/47.7 f 88.7 f/67.3 f 71.3 f/49 f 49 f/29.7 f

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• The Nashville Visitor Information Centers, located at the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Broadway (in the glass tower of the Bridgestone Arena) and at the corner of Fourth Avenue North and Commerce Street (in the US Bank Building), offer motorcoach groups a 10 percent discount on merchandise. • The Nashville CVB also has discount ticket packages for individuals through the Visitor Information Centers. Call our Marketing Department at (615) 259-4793 to inquire about Nashville attraction tickets. The discounted ticket program is perfect for your individual packages, FITs, wholesalers and AAA offices.

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Once your tour dates are set, the Nashville CVB can act as your local connection to availability, rates, event and attraction options, and more, saving you from having to make multiple phone calls.

itinerary planning
Let the Nashville CVB help you customize itineraries to meet a group’s specific needs, or see the itinerary ideas in the front of this guide. Call the Nashville CVB or visit us online at www.visitmusiccity.com for more information.

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• Overall tour themes such as Nashville by Night; Historic Nashville; Arts, Gardens and Antiques; Students and Youth; Multicultural Tours and many others can help you set the tone for individual tours. • Themed itinerary ideas – such as a mint julep break at the Belle Meade Plantation, a Tennessee whiskey-sipping tour with Jack Daniel and George Dickel distilleries, barbecue cookout at Jack Daniel, group line dancing lessons at the Wildhorse Saloon – add special memories for clients. The Nashville CVB staff has the latest information on special offerings for groups at the city’s various attractions. Call or visit the Groups section of our website.

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proMotional Materials
• Nashville video footage: A promotional video is available for loan on DVD, or may be downloaded from our website. Limited dub copies of Nashville b-roll footage are also available in VHS and Beta-SP formats. • Artwork: Digital images are available to enhance your printed pieces and may be downloaded from our website or ordered on a CD. These images are cleared for out-of-market use to promote Music City as a premier tour and travel destination. See pages 22-23 for a selection of images. • Additional items: A variety of promotional materials is available to build excitement for your Music City tour. A minimal charge is required for some items.

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representing a broad spectrum of museum-quality collected artists. we welcome visitors to view our rotating exhibits of beautiful art. we are in the heart of downtown near easy parking. Credit Cards:

for groups looking to strengthen relationships, communicate better and work smarter. arrington vineyards 6211 Patton Rd., Arrington 395-0102, www.arringtonvineyards.com founded by Kix Brooks in 2005. Av is located 25 minutes south of nashville among the beautiful hills of Arrington. we invite you to come experience our award-winning wines, spectacular vineyard views from our covered deck and breathtaking sunsets. tastings are free. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Guided tours available. belle meade Plantation 5025 Harding Pk. 356-0501, (800) 270-3991 Ext. 25 www.bellemeadeplantation.com tour, shop, wine and dine in three hours and only six miles west of downtown nashville. we offer a large variety of lunch packages, and free wine tastings are included with every group package. In the late 19th century, the farm encompassed 5,400 acres and was one of the largest private estates in nashville. Admission fee. discounts: AAA, Military. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 15. Guided tours available.

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adventure science Center 800 Fort Negley Blvd. 862-5160, www.adventuresci.com Brings science to life through interactive exhibits such as the Adventure tower, Body Quest, the Sudekum planetarium shows and daily science programs. encourage your child’s imagination and curiosity through the wonders of science at the Adventure Science Center. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 12:30-5:30 p.m. Sun. Closed thanksgiving and Christmas. Credit Cards: adventureworks P.O. Box 58614 297-2250, www.adventureworks.com featuring adventures and challenges for individuals, families and groups of all types. experience the thrill of riding nine ziplines as you glide through the canopy tour, or test your skills on the high Challenge Course. Climb up 30 feet and take the Quantum leap, or have your friends pull you up to soaring heights, then fly through the air on our giant swing. facilitated team-building programs available

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the arts Company 215 Fifth Ave. N. 254-2040, www.theartscompany.com A prime art destination in downtown nashville since 1996. located in a historic building with a welcoming environment featuring fresh, original, contemporary artwork. new exhibits monthly, opening during first Art Saturday receptions. Curatorial and project service. Credit Cards: kraus gallery at loews vanderbilt hotel 2100 West End Ave., #105 321-0500, www.krausgallery.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. free. leQuire gallery 4304 Charlotte Ave. 298-4611, www.lequiregallery.com the gallery features contemporary paintings, drawings and sculpture with an emphasis on figurative work. exhibits change quarterly. work from sculptor Alan leQuire, best known for Musica and Athena Parthenos is always on view. Studio tours available. Credit Cards: rymer gallery 233 Fifth Ave. N. 752-6030, www.therymergallery.com nashville’s largest contemporary gallery, featuring works by more than 40 artists from all over the world. located on fifth Avenue of the Arts, in the epicenter of nashville’s central business district. Credit Cards: sarratt gallery at vanderbilt university Vanderbilt Pl. near 24th Ave., Sarratt Student Center 322-2471, www.vanderbilt.edu/sarratt Gallery features changing exhibits of contemporary art by regional and national artists. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Summer months, holiday and semester breaks: the gallery closes at 4:30 p.m. each day and is closed on weekends. tinney Contemporary 237 Fifth Ave. N. 255-7816, www.tinneycontemporary.com nashville’s premier modern art gallery, All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted.

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belmont mansion 1900 Belmont Blvd. 460-5459, www.belmontmansion.com Completed in 1853, Belmont was recognized as one of the most elaborate and unusual homes in the antebellum South. the home’s mistress, Adelicia Acklen, secretly conspired with both Confederate and union forces to emerge from the Civil war with her fortune intact. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. discounts: AAA, Military, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 15. Group capacity: 150. Guided tours available.

bicentennial Capitol mall state Park 600 James Robertson Pkwy. 741-5280, (888) TNPARKS www.tennessee.gov/environment/parks/Bicentennial/ tour tennessee via a 200-foot granite map, a walkway featuring the 95 counties, 31 fountains representing the major rivers of tennessee and an extraordinary history wall. the park also includes a large carillon, world war II memorial, 2,000-seat amphitheater and visitor center. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. free. Carnton Plantation 1345 Carnton Ln., Franklin 794-0903, www.battleoffranklintrust.org

home of the New York Times bestseller The Widow of the South, Carnton was a field hospital after the 1864 Battle of franklin. Restored garden and Confederate cemetery on-site. Guided tours available. Joint ticket offered with the Carter house. Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m.; Closed most major holidays. advertising Partner, p. 25 the Carter house 1140 Columbia Ave., Franklin 791-1861, www.carterhouse1864.com Built in 1830 by fountain Branch Carter, the Carter house is nationally known for its role in the Civil war. the house was caught in the center of

for the young at heart
Nashville is a city with a wealth of activities for active seniors. The city’s mild climate makes it easy to spend time outdoors. If you’re into animals, the Nashville Zoo showcases exotic creatures from around the world in natural habitats with nice walking paths that meander through the grounds. Speaking of strolling, you won’t want to miss the beautiful gardens and sculpture trail at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. When it’s time to head inside, there are just as many options. While at Cheekwood, check out the rotating art exhibitions and permanent displays in the Cheek Mansion, which is worth seeing for its stunning architectural features. Other attractions worth a visit include the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Carl Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk University, the Parthenon, Lane Motor Museum, the Upper Room Chapel and Museum of Christian Art, and the many art galleries that call Nashville home. Country fans will enjoy stargazing at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, too.

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the Battle of franklin and still bears the scars of the battle, with more than 1,000 bullet holes still visible. Joint ticket offered with Carnton plantation. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Closed most major holidays. Admission fee. discounts: Military. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 25. Guided tours available. advertising Partner, p. 25 Chaffin’s barn Dinner theatre 8204 Hwy. 100 646-9977, (800) 282-2276 www.dinnertheatre.com nashville’s first professional theater. Serving up great buffets and Broadway plays for more than 40 years. evening buffet: 6-7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. Sun. buffet: noon-1:30 p.m., show 2 p.m. Admission fee. discounts: AAA, Military, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted.

admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 12. Cheekwood botanical garden and museum of art 1200 Forrest Park Dr. 356-8000, www.cheekwood.org A 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. the attraction boasts nationally recognized collections of American and contemporary painting and sculpture, a botanical garden named in the top five by Southern Living magazine and year-round family-friendly activities. Admission fee. discounts: AAA, Military, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 15. Group capacity: 127. Guided tours available. Cooter’s Place nashville 2613 McGavock Pk. 872-8358, www.cootersplace.com

Dukes of Hazzard museum and theme store operated by Ben “Cooter” Jones. featuring the General lee, props, memorabilia and personal appearances by original cast members. discounts: Military. Credit Cards: advertising Partner, p. 28 Corsair artisan Distillery 1200 Clinton St., #110 321-9109, www.corsairartisan.com An independent craft distillery handcrafting small batches of spirits and whiskey using classic pot stills. Corsair welcomes visitors for tours of the distillery with tasting room visits for those 21 and up. 4-8 p.m. thu.-fri., 2-8 p.m. Sat. Country music hall of fame® and museum 222 Fifth Ave. S. 416-2001, (800) 852-6437 www.countrymusichalloffame.org In the heart of downtown nashville’s vibrant entertainment district, the 130,000-square-foot museum offers breathtaking views of the city and

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is conveniently located within walking distance of major downtown hotels and the nashville Convention Center. event space includes an 11,000-square-foot glass-roofed conservatory, four theaters, the elegant hall of fame rotunda and 40,000 square feet of gallery space. on-site catering is available for groups of 30 to 2,300. Admission fee. discounts: AARp, AAA, Military. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 15. advertising Partner, p. 1 a Cowboy town and meadowlark lodge 3665 Knight Dr., Whites Creek Weekdays: 242-6201, Weekends: 876-1029 www.acowboytown.com Go back in time to experience all the fun of the old west. enjoy horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, hayrides, fishing, cowboy singing, gunfights, bonfires, wild west shows and campfire suppers. Call for reservations. Admission fee. Credit Cards:

stop and smell the roses
Located in Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville (corner of Fourth Avenue and Demonbreun), the Nashville Music Garden is a “living” walk of fame filled with more than six dozen breeds of roses and daylilies named in honor of the music and artists synonymous with Nashville. The garden, created as a way to recognize these artists, their songs and other music industry leaders – and also beautify Music City – is the first to assemble all the flowers of the Nashville Music Garden Collection in one place for the public to enjoy. The idea for the Nashville Music Garden was born when country music legend Barbara Mandrell gave her namesake rose to garden founder and friend Pat Bullard. Since that fateful beginning, both the collection and support for the garden has continued to grow. World-renowned hybridizers regularly name roses to honor those artists and songs in need of recognition, while already recognized celebrity friends of the garden such as Barbara Mandrell, Pam Tillis, Brenda Lee and Lynn Anderson lend a hand to spread the word about the garden to their fans. Walk of Fame Park is not the only place to “stop and smell the roses” of the Nashville Music Garden Collection. Visitors can also find the flowers in Centennial Park, at Owen Bradley Memorial Park, on the grounds of Belmont University, at the famous Loveless Cafe, and soon at The Fontanel Mansion & Farm. The garden is funded by LifeWorks Foundation and is supported by MetroParks, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, the Hilton Downtown Nashville and the Nashville Rose Society. For more information or to donate, visit www.nashville musicgarden.com.

Cumberland Caverns 1437 Cumberland Caverns Rd., McMinnville (931) 668-4396, www.cumberlandcaverns.com discover tennessee’s largest show cave and u.S. natural landmark. open year-round, seven days a week, with daily scenic walking tours, daytime adventure trips and overnight spelunking with camping in the cave for groups. every Saturday at 1 p.m. wild caving without reservations. tours conducted daily. May-Aug. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept.-April 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission fee. discounts: AAA, Military, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 20. Group capacity: 500. falcon rest mansion 2645 Faulkner Springs Rd., McMinnville (931) 668-4444, www.falconrest.com Bring your groups to tour, shop, eat and laugh at the victorian mansion where history is fun. three interactive entertainment shows, based on the real history of falcon Rest and its area, make stars of the audience. delicious homecooked meals, tours of the mansion, called tennessee’s Biltmore by pBS, and shopping for victorian treasures in an award-winning gift shop round out an unforgettable group experience. lunch available. Admission fee. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group requirement: 20. Group capacity: 115. Guided tours available. fontanel attractions 4225 Whites Creek Pk., Whites Creek 724-1600, www.fontanelmansion.com located on a sprawling 130-plus acres is a unique entertainment venue offering tours of Barbara Mandrell’s former mansion, private events, an

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outdoor music venue, the farm house Restaurant, a museum and hiking trails. advertising Partner, p. 31 fort nashborough Riverfront Park 862-8400, www.nashville.gov/parks/historic/ fortnashborough.asp nashville was founded when James Robertson led his group of pioneers across the frozen Cumberland River and built fort nashborough. this replica of the original settlement reflects the lifestyle of frontier pioneers in the late 1700s. Self-guided tour. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. tue.-Sun., weather permitting. free. fort negley Adjacent to Adventure Science Center and Greer Stadium 862-8470, www.nashville.gov/parks/ historic/fortnegley listed on the national Register of historic places, fort negley was the largest and most important union fortification built after nashville fell in 1862 during the Civil war. the complex design was built primarily by slaves and free black workers conscripted into service. free. frist Center for the visual arts 919 Broadway 244-3340, www.fristcenter.org the family-friendly frist Center is a world-class art cheekwood botanical garden and museum of Art

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complex dedicated to an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions from local, regional, national and international sources. the center also features the interactive ArtQuest gallery, educational programs, gift shop and cafe. youth 18 and under free. Admission fee. discounts: AAA, Military. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 80. Guided tours available. general Jackson showboat 2812 Opryland Dr. 458-3930, www.generaljackson.com Climb aboard for a unique entertainment experience. this 300-foot paddlewheel riverboat cruises the Cumberland River and offers fantastic shows and delicious meals. Special-event cruises are offered throughout the year with holiday shows beginning in mid-november. lunch and dinner cruises; call for schedule. advertising Partner, inside front cover and p. 28 george Dickel Distillery & visitor Center 1950 Cascade Hollow Rd., Tullahoma (931) 857-3124 Ext. 229, www.georgedickel.com visit the distillery to discover George dickel’s award-winning whiskey and its time-honored traditions. the visitor center is filled with antiques and special memories. advertising Partner, p. 32 grand old golf & go karts 2444 Music Valley Dr. 871-4701, www.grandoldgolf.net this award-winning miniature golf complex with three courses and a large game room is also the mid-state’s largest go-kart track. near Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center in Music valley. year-round. Admission fee. advertising Partner, p. 28 grand ole opry 2802 Opryland Dr., Grand Ole Opry House 871-OPRY, www.opry.com the Grand ole opry is the show that made country music famous. Country’s best – including the new stars, superstars and legends of the genre – share the stage several times each week. opry members include giants in country music, such as loretta lynn, vince Gill, Carrie underwood and Brad paisley, to name just a few. Shows at 7 p.m. fri.-Sat.; additional seasonal performances at 9:30 p.m. Sat.; tue. shows March-dec. Admission fee. discounts: Military, web. Group rates available. Group capacity: 4,400. Guided tours available. advertising Partner, inside front cover and p. 28 hatch show Print 316 Broadway 256-2805, www.hatchshowprint.com owned and operated by the Country Music hall of fame® and Museum, hatch has been in All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted.

business since 1879 and is one of the nation’s oldest-known letterpress poster shops. hatch has created original art for vaudeville, circuses, Grand ole opry stars, concerts and sporting events. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. free. the hermitage, home of President andrew Jackson 4580 Rachel’s Ln. 889-2941, www.thehermitage.com experience an American adventure at the home of our nation’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Guides in period costume welcome guests to this grand 1837 mansion. enjoy our audio and wagon tours highlighting slave life on this 1,120-acre farm, and explore the many other historic structures, heirloom garden and tomb where the president

and his wife are buried. Admission fee. discounts: AAA, Military, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 15. Group capacity: 400. Guided tours available. advertising Partner, p. 33 historic franklin www.visitwilliamson.com this beautiful 15-block downtown district features century-old buildings restored with breathtaking architecture and beautiful brick-lined sidewalks. Go back in time with more than 70 retail and specialty shops, art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and more.

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historic rCa studio b Tours depart from Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum 416-2001, www.countrymusichalloffame.com Get an up-close look at the home of 1,000 hits, where elvis, Chet Atkins, dolly parton and many more made music. from the 1950s through the 1970s, more than 35,000 songs were recorded here, including It’s Now Or Never and I Will Always Love You. hours vary, call for details. Admission fee. Jack Daniel Distillery 182 Lynchburg Hwy., Lynchburg (931) 759-6357, www.jackdaniels.com the oldest registered distillery in the country and among the most prestigious listed on the national Register of historic places. visitors can enjoy distillery tours and observe the famous whiskey-making

process perfected in 1866. Multilingual brochures. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. Closed thanksgiving, Christmas eve, Christmas, new year’s eve and new year’s day. Group sales number: Corporate conference facility available (seats 100, classroom style). advertising Partner, p. 26 kenny and the krooners oldies show 1122 Eastdale Ave. 585-2966, www.nashvilleoldies.com Moments to Remember is the mid-South’s most authentic oldies show. Get lost in the music of the 1950s and 1960s. lane motor museum 702 Murfreesboro Pk. 742-7445, www.lanemotormuseum.org

Cars with two heads, two engines or three wheels. these and other oddities make up this unique collection of 150 cars and motorcycles at the home of the largest european collection in the united States. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. thu.-Mon. Closed thanksgiving, Christmas and new year’s day. Admission fee. discounts: AAA. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 15. Guided tours available. laser Quest 166 Second Ave. N. 256-2560, www.laserquest.com An interactive adventure game for ages 5-85. unbeatable fun for social or group outings, student trips, sports teams, family reunions and corporate team-building events. private bookings available. lotz house 111 Columbia Ave., Franklin 790-7190, www.lotzhouse.com Guided tour of the Civil war house, which is on the national Register of historic places, with fine antiques and stories of the lotz family during the Battle of franklin. the houses sits on the center of the battlefield and still bears the scars from the battle. we also offer a guided walking tour of the franklin battlefield. Admission fee. discounts: AARp, AAA, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Guided tours available. maker’s mark 6200 Dutchman’s Ln., Ste. 103, Louisville, KY (502) 459-7884, www.makersmark.com Seeing is believing. If you’re ever out in our neck of the woods, stop by the distillery to see your whiskey being made in person. there’s nothing like it. tours every hour on the half-hour 10:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. March-dec., 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sun. All times are eastern time. free. military history branch of the tennessee state museum Fifth Ave. and Deaderick St., War Memorial Bldg. 741-2692, www.tnmuseum.org located in the war Memorial Building as a tribute to veterans, the military museum features exhibits on America’s involvement in foreign wars from the Spanish American war to world war II. exhibits showcase weapons, uniforms and battle histories. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tue.-Sat. free. miss Jeanne’s Dinner theatre Corner of Gleaves and 600 Ninth Ave. S. 902-9566, 242-8000 www.missjeannes.com An interactive mystery play with live music and comedy, plus a served dinner. each table becomes a team to decipher clues, bribe suspects with play money and try to solve the crime. nashville’s only dinner theater downtown. off-site shows available. doors open at 6:45 p.m., show at 7 p.m. every

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Sat. Call for weeknight shows. Admission fee. discounts: AARp, Military. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 25. Group capacity: 150. music valley merchants association 2416 Music Valley Dr. 400-9919, www.visitmusiccity.com/ musicvalleymerchants live music, shopping, camping, food, fun and more. Some of the most unique nashville attractions are located here, too. once home to historic buffalo on Rudy’s farm in the 1960s, the largest herd west of the Mississippi River, Music valley is now the place people roam to have fun nashville-style. with everything at your fingertips and in walking distance, Music valley has more to do than anywhere else in Music City. advertising Partner, p. 28 nashville Children’s theatre 25 Middleton St. 254-9103, www.nashvillechildrenstheatre.org A nonprofit professional theater founded in 1931 by the Junior league of nashville and recognized as the oldest children’s theater in the united States. nashville Children’s theatre was recently ranked one of the top five children’s theaters in the united States by Time magazine. Show times vary, call for details. Admission fee. discounts: web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 500. nashville nightlife Dinner theatre 2620 Music Valley Dr. 885-4747, (800) 308-5779 www.nashvillenightlife.com one of the city’s most popular dinner shows, nashville nightlife showcases The Best of Country Music Show. enjoy songs made famous by legendary artists and today’s superstars. throughout the season, guest stars appear, such as opry star Jeannie Seely and Hee Haw’s Steve hall and Shotgun Red. located approximately one and a quarter miles from the Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center and Grand ole opry. dinner served. doors open at 7:45 a.m., breakfast shows begin at 8:30 a.m. doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner shows begin at 6:30 p.m. discounts: web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. advertising Partner, p. 28 nashville shores 4001 Bell Rd., Hermitage 889-7050, www.nashvilleshores.com A 385-acre family recreation destination located 10 minutes from downtown. It comprises a water park, 20 group event sites, an event management team, festival areas, marina, mini-golf, boat and Jet Ski rental, and other attractions. Admission fee. discounts: AARp, Military, web. Credit Cards: All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted.

Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 15. Group capacity: 127. nashville visitor information Center – broadway 501 Broadway 780-9401, www.visitmusiccity.com In the glass tower of the Bridgestone Arena, this vIC has a gift shop with a large selection of exclusive nashville souvenirs. the information center also offers discounted attraction tickets, special hotel rates, a variety of brochures, coupons, concierge assistance, live music and a relaxing atmosphere. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. free. advertising Partner, p. 18

nashville visitor information Center – fourth avenue 150 Fourth Ave. N., Ste. G-250 259-4768, www.visitmusiccity.com In the u.S. Bank building, this vIC features music-themed giftware, art and home accessories. the information center also offers discounted attraction tickets, special hotel rates, a variety of brochures, coupons and concierge assistance. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-fri. advertising Partner, p. 18 nashville Zoo 3777 Nolensville Rd. 833-1534, www.nashvillezoo.org featuring a wide variety of exotic animals from around the world thriving in beautiful, natural

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habitats. In addition, the zoo offers animal shows, keeper talks, a carousel, historic home and farm, the enormous Jungle Gym playground, gift shops and concession areas. Admission fee. discounts: Military. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 20. Guided tours available. advertising Partner, p. 37 noah liff opera Center 3622 Redmon St. 832-5242, www.nashvilleopera.org nashville opera, tennessee’s largest professional opera company, is among the most successful regional companies in the nation. It plays to more than 45,000 people annually through its main stage and touring performances. opry mills 433 Opry Mills Dr. (877) SHOP-FUN, www.oprymills.com opry Mills is the ultimate shopping adventure, with more than 200 outlet and specialty retailers, dining and entertainment venues under one roof. featuring Bass pro Shops, Build-A-Bear workshoptM, off 5th Saks fifth Avenue, harry and david – just to name a few. Complimentary wheelchair rentals. Stroller rentals available. temporarily closed. please call for further information. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. advertising Partner, p. 28 Parthenon 2600 West End Ave., Centennial Park 862-8431, www.parthenon.org

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In today’s economy, who can resist a bargain? Nashville offers many options to expand your itinerary without spending an extra cent! Museums, historic sites, walking tours, gardens, art exhibits and even live music are all available at no charge. Art lovers will marvel at the stunning collections at Fisk and Vanderbilt universities. The Carl Van Vechten Galley at Fisk University features works by Picasso, Cezanne, Monet and Van Gogh. Vanderbilt’s Fine Arts Gallery has photographs and prints by Andy Warhol. For history buffs, numerous attractions tell the story of the city’s struggles and triumphs through the 20th century, including the Tennessee State Museum, State Capitol and the Civil Rights Room at the downtown Nashville Public Library. Of course, you must experience the city’s world-famous music scene. Discover the history behind this American art form by visiting Hatch Show Print, and then hit the town at night. Several clubs offer live music without a cover charge. For more information on extending your stay for no extra pay, go online to www.visitimusiccity.com.

the world’s only full-scale replica of the famous Greek temple, nashville’s parthenon stands in Centennial park and features the city’s art museum and Athena Parthenos. At almost 42 feet in height, she is the tallest indoor sculpture in the western world. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. tue.-Sat., 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sun. June-Aug. Admission fee. Purity Dairy 360 Murfreesboro Rd. 760-2271, (800) 947-MILK www.puritydairies.com A tasty visit to our ice-cream factory features a 15-minute movie about our milk plant and a viewing of the ice-cream plant process. Admission fee. ryman auditorium 116 Fifth Ave. N. Reservations and ticketing: 889-3060, Administrative offices: 458-8700 www.ryman.com Built in 1892, this famous national historic landmark is a must-see. take a self-guided tour, see the Johnny & June at the Ryman exhibit and have your picture taken on the opry’s most famous stage. Backstage tours are also available,

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and you can record your own Cd in the Ryman Recording Studio. Return at night for a premier concert event. evening show times vary. Admission fee. discounts: AAA, Military. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 15. Group capacity: 2,362. Guided tours available. advertising Partner, inside front cover sarratt Cinema at vanderbilt university Vanderbilt Pl. near 24th Ave., Sarratt Student Center 343-6666, www.vanderbilt.edu/sarratt Cinema features second-run, foreign, classic and independent films fall, winter and spring. Call or visit website for schedule. free. scarritt-bennett Center 1008 19th Ave. S. 340-7500, (866) 420-5486 www.scarrittbennett.org A 10-acre, tree-filled oasis in the heart of the city with award-winning collegiate Gothic architecture. once a college dedicated to the education of missionaries, today Scarritt-Bennett is a conference and retreat center. outdoor labyrinth, art gallery, self-guided and pre-arranged tours available. Credit Cards: Music City Roots show at the loveless barn

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schermerhorn symphony Center One Symphony Pl. 687-6500, www.nashvillesymphony.org this incredible performance venue is among the best acoustically in the world. located in the SoBro district, the Schermerhorn completes a quadrangle of downtown entertainment venues and is home base for the internationally renowned nashville Symphony. Credit Cards: Group rates available. Guided tours available. advertising Partner, p. 35 sumner County Cvb P.O. Box 957, Gallatin 230-8474, (888) 301-7866 www.sumnercvb.com See nine historic sites, two wineries, the former home of Conway twitty at trinity Music City uSA, shop and eat on the historic square and visit the area’s outdoor shopping complex. Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Guided tours available. tennessee agricultural museum Ellington Agricultural Center 837-5197, www.tnagmuseum.org the museum has an extensive collection of home and farm artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Also on the property is a log cabin community with a wooded trail and gardens. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-fri. open weekends for special events. Closed holidays. free. tennessee sports hall of fame & museum 501 Broadway, Bridgestone Arena 242-4750, www.tshf.net visitors can play virtual reality one-on-one basketball, strength-train like an olympic swimmer, hop in a kayak to simulate shooting the rapids on the ocoee River and learn more about tennessee’s sports heroes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Admission fee. discounts: web. Credit Cards: tennessee state Capitol Charlotte Ave. between Sixth and Seventh Ave. 741-2692, 741-0830 www.tnmuseum.org designed by william Strickland, the historic tennessee State Capitol looks much as it did when completed in 1859. one of the oldest working antebellum capitols in the nation, several areas have been restored to their 19th-century appearance. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-fri. Closed major holidays. free. tennessee state museum 505 Deadrick St. 741-2692, www.tnmuseum.org one of the largest museums in the nation. Interpretive exhibits begin 15,000 years ago with prehistoric people, plus special sections on American Indians, pioneers, the antebellum age and the Civil war. Check www.tnmuseum.org for changing exhibitions.

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travellers rest Plantation & museum 636 Farrell Pkwy. 832-8197, www.travellersrestplantation.org Built in 1799 by Judge John overton, travellers Rest is nashville’s oldest historic house open to the public. the site has witnessed more than 1,000 years of history, from the Mississippian Indians to the Battle of nashville. travellers Rest offers both self-guided and guided tours of the grounds and the historic buildings. Special tours and holiday events are also offered. we have a modern meeting facility that can accommodate up to 150 attendees. A full kitchen for use by a caterer is available. Ample parking at no cost. Admission fee. discounts: AAA, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 12. Group capacity: 50. Guided tours available. A Tribute to the KING: Through the Years 1953-1977 2416 Music Valley Dr., Texas Troubadour Theatre 758-0098, (866) 811-2502 www.thenashvilleking.com this high-energy, live musical biography starring John Beardsley has been transporting audiences through six eras of the King’s career. with more than 30 songs and five costume changes, this show thrills audiences of all ages. 6:30 p.m. seating, 7 p.m. show Mon. and thu. March-nov. Box office opens at 10 a.m. day of show. Admission fee. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 40. Group capacity: 127. advertising Partner, p. 28 and 38 the upper room Chapel and museum of Christian art 1908 Grand Ave. 340-7207, www.upperroom.org/chapel features international Christian art, including a life-size woodcarving of The Last Supper. enjoy more than 100 nativity scenes november through January and the passion story in art, plus ukrainian eggs March through May. donations encouraged. free bus & car parking. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-fri., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. Closed Sun. and holidays. free. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group capacity: 160. Guided tours available. advertising Partner, p. 39 vanderbilt university 2201 West End Ave., Station B 322-7311, www.vanderbilt.edu located one and a half miles from downtown nashville, the campus is a parklike setting. vanderbilt is home to more than 300 tree and shrub varieties and was designated a national arboretum in 1988. Buildings on the original campus date to its founding in 1873. All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted.

Wave Country 2320 Two Rivers Pkwy. 885-1052, www.nashville.gov/parks dive into this wave action, freshwater pool and waterslide complex, including two speed slides dropping from a 40-foot tower. packing your own picnic is acceptable. floats can be rented, and there’s plenty of shade. 4-6 p.m. Mon.-thu., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Memorial day-labor day (weekends only after the first day of school in mid-Aug.). Admission fee. discounts: AARp. Wildhorse saloon 120 Second Ave. N. 902-8211, www.wildhorsesaloon.com enjoy delicious dining and learn the latest dance steps on the largest dance floor in town. the full menu showcases Southern and Southwestern taste sensations. 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Sun.-thu., 11 a.m.-2:45 a.m. fri.-Sat. Admission fee. discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, web. Credit Cards: Group rates available. Guided tours available. advertising Partner, inside front cover Willie nelson & friends museum & general store 2613 McGavock Pk. 885-1515, www.willienelsongeneralstore.com A nashville tradition for 30 years. the

attraction features nashville’s largest souvenir shop and a museum dedicated to traditional country music legends. the museum showcases one of the world’s largest collections of personal items from willie nelson and his many friends. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-thu., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Admission fee. discounts: web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. drivers lounge. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 15. Group capacity: 500. Guided tours available. Wilson County Cvb 233 E. Gay St., Courthouse Annex, Lebanon 453-9655, (800) 789-1327 www.visitwilsoncounty.com organization with a mission to positively impact the area economy through external marketing efforts at select markets. free. yazoo brewing 1200 Clinton St. 320-0920, www.yazoobrew.com taste award-winning locally brewed ales inside the historic Marathon Motorworks building. free tours on Saturdays. 4-8 p.m. thu. and fri., 2-8 p.m. Sat.

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berry hill District Bransford Ave. & Thompson Ln. 297-8822, www.berryhilldistrict.com pedestrian-friendly shopping neighborhood with locally owned boutiques and restaurants near downtown. boswell’s music City harley-Davidson – fesslers lane 401 Fesslers Ln. 256-0737, www.boswellsharley.com As a nashville landmark, Boswell’s Music City harley-davidson is located in the heart of historic downtown, supplying the latest in harley-davidson gifts and apparel, along with vintage motorcycles and photographs that display nashville motorcycling heritage for more than 90 years. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun.

if you long for clothes, souvenirs or even home furnishings, spend some time at the city’s many malls and eclectic shopping districts. nashville offers both national chains and unique, independent shops with items to fit any budget.
the Cocoa tree 1200 Fifth Ave. N., Ste. 104 255-5060, www.thecocoatree.com nashville’s own artisan chocolate cafe specializing in award-winning handmade truffles and confections, as well as chocolate desserts and beverages. the cafe is located just north of downtown in the historic Germantown district. Coolsprings galleria 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 771-2128, www.coolspringsgalleria.com CoolSprings Galleria is an upscale shopping mall with five department stores, more than 165 specialty shops and a 500-seat food court. located 15 miles south of nashville, it’s the perfect place to get a little shopping done. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun. Designer renaissance Co. 2822 Bransford Ave. 297-8822, www.designerrenaissance.com women’s consignment, featuring designer and trendy clothing and accessories in fun Berry hill. look for the big red purse. the District 178 Second Ave. N., Ste. 402 400-0178, www.thedistrictnashville.org located on the banks of the Cumberland River, these charming, century-old victorian buildings house chic restaurants, hip nightclubs and trendy shops with everything from jewelry, clothing, local art and nostalgic Americana. ernest tubb record shops 417 Broadway, 2416 Music Valley Dr. 255-7503, www.ernesttubb.com Specializing in hard-to-find classics, traditional country and bluegrass Cds, dvds, books and souvenirs. open seven days a week. downtown location: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-fri., 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. opryland-area location: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-fri., 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Call for winter hours. french’s shoes & boots 126B Second Ave. N. 736-2934, www.musiccityboots.com french’s Shoes & Boots and Bargain Basement on Second Avenue offers the lowest prices in nashville on a wide variety of women’s, men’s and kids’ western and fashion boots, shoes, sandals, ladies’ handbags and western wear. Shop our “buy one get two free” selection.

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The savvy shopper will discover a wonderful array of attractive items at unique area boutiques, ranging from handcrafted items by local artisans to rare recordings and antique treasures. From the unusual shops in Hillsboro Village and on 12th Avenue South to the interesting variety of stores you’ll find in Green Hills and downtown Nashville, it’s easy to go home with a keepsake or two. There’s no doubt that you’ll find the perfect gift for that special someone or an unusual item to call your own at one of the city’s many one-of-a-kind shops.

hartmann factory store 1301 W. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon 449-8000, www.hartmann.com Since 1877, hartmann has handcrafted the world’s finest luggage, business cases and personal leather accessories. Shop for tremendous savings at the hartmann factory Store. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. hickory hollow mall 5252 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch 731-3500, www.hickoryhollowmall.com More than 1 million square feet of shopping, including many national retailers, specialty shops exclusive to the mall and a play area perfect for kids of all ages. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun.

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hill Center green hills 4039 Hillsboro Pk. 252-8100, www.hillcentergreenhills.com located in nashville’s most desirable shopping neighborhood, the hill Center Green hills is a vibrant addition to the city’s shopping scene, offering unusual local boutiques, restaurants, nationally recognized retailers and exciting retail discoveries. Jefferson street shopping District A historic African-American business and shopping district featuring an eclectic mix of options ranging from art galleries to salons. macy’s www.visitmacysusa.com In nashville for vacation or business? A special welcome plus exclusive savings await you. visit Macy’s during your trip, and we’ll help you find the season’s hottest trends. Best of all, you can use our reserved-for-visitors-only Savings pass to save 11 percent on almost everything in the store. with an Id, simply request a Macy’s welcome Savings pass from our gift wrap department. (Some exclusions apply.) the mall at green hills 2126 Abbott Martin Rd. 298-5478, www.themallatgreenhills.com Immerse yourself in the exceptional at tiffany & Co., louis vuitton, Cole haan, BCBG Max Azria, Betsey Johnson, Sephora, Marmi Shoes, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Brighton, Restoration hardware, z Gallerie, Swarovski Jewelry, Stuart weitzman, Ann taylor, Abercrombie & fitch, Macy’s, dillard’s, the Cheesecake factory and 100 other fine shops and eateries. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun. metropolitan Wines 401 Church St. 248-9463, www.metrowinenashville.com located in the heart of downtown, inside the historic l&C tower, Metropolitan wines is a fine wine and spirits store within walking distance of the area’s hotels and residences. we offer a great selection of local tennessee wines. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-fri., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. the museum store at the Country music hall of fame® and museum 222 Fifth Ave. S. 416-2093, www.countrymusichalloffame.com one of the largest inventories of vintage, import and current country music titles anywhere. Also choose from an extensive selection of books related to country music, plus cool clothes and unique items you won’t find back home. Museum admission not required. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Closed tue. in Jan. and feb. nashville farmers’ market 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. 880-2001, 880-2000 www.nashvillefarmersmarket.org the market features restaurants, specialty shops, greenhouses, international foods and open-air All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted. ernest tubb record shop on lower broadway

spaces with fruits, vegetables, plants, artisanal items and more. Cooking demonstrations, classes and sampling events happening year-round in our demonstration kitchen. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. opry mills 433 Opry Mills Dr. (877) SHOP-FUN, www.oprymills.com opry Mills combines 200 discount and specialty retailers, theme restaurants and entertainment venues under one roof. Including off 5th Saks fifth Avenue outlet, Ann taylor loft, Barnes & noble Booksellers, liz Claiborne and Build-A-Bear workshoptM. Special group programs offered. temporarily closed. please call for further information. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. advertising Partner, p. 28 oshi international floral studio 206 Capitol Blvd. 972-5425, www.oshiflowers.com perri Crutcher has been designing for 20 years all over the united States. he returns home to tennessee after decorating around the world, from such diverse locations as new york, paris, Istanbul and Asheville, n.C. Crutcher’s creative design instincts were honed under the tutelage of top international floral designers, including Ronaldo Maia, Robert Isabel and Christian tortu. to understand the unique quality of Japanese floral décor, Crutcher studied under the watchful eye of Setuo Kitono, Master of Ikebana and tea flower design. the Peanut shop 19 Arcade 256-3394, www.nashvillenut.com

located in the Arcade in downtown nashville, the peanut Shop has been serving Music City since 1927. once the home of planters peanuts, the nuts are fresh-roasted and salted daily. Step into the past and enjoy the taste of fresh-roasting nuts, including cashews, almonds, pecans and nuts smothered in milk and dark chocolate. Prime outlets – lebanon One Outlet Village Blvd., Lebanon 444-0433, www.primeoutlets.com More than 50 brand-name outlets, including polo Ralph lauren, tommy hilfiger, Ann taylor factory Store and Coach, an enclosed food court and a children’s playground. Special gift bags can be prepared for groups, and bus drivers eat free. only 25 miles east of downtown nashville on I-40 exit 238. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. rivergate mall 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville 859-3456, www.rivergate-mall.com fashion, fun and food for everyone with four department stores, 150 stores and 15 eateries. located 10 miles north of nashville, RiverGate is a great place to shop. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun. schakolad Chocolate factory 443 Cool Springs Blvd., Ste. 107, Franklin 771-5077, www.schakolad.com our signature chocolates are prepared with the finest ingredients and presented in the time-honored traditions of quality, artistry and innovation.

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BaseBall
nashville sounds 534 Chestnut St. 242-4371, www.nashvillesounds.com triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers offers a great family-friendly entertainment option.

the city’s pro teams give fans a lot to cheer about, and the sec and Asc collegiate games certainly add to the action. if you want to play, head to one of nashville’s many recreational venues to get your game on.

collegiate sports
the nashville area is home to more than 20 colleges and universities that offer sports fans exciting action on nearly a year-round basis, highlighted by Southeastern Conference, ohio valley Conference and Atlantic Sun Conference play. Major athletic programs exist at Belmont university, david lipscomb university, Middle tennessee State university, tennessee State university and vanderbilt university, among others. Contact each school’s athletic department for specific sports schedules and ticket information.

whether to work off the stresses of the day or for pure pampering, Relâche will meet your needs. Guests will enjoy blissful pampering at the opulent 27,000-square-foot european-inspired spa with 12 private treatment areas featuring a full range of massage, skin renewal, facials, body therapies and nail, hand and foot care, and hairstyling. Indoor/ outdoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Spa: 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Reservations strongly recommended. fitness center 24 hours. Indoor pool: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. outdoor pool: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. urban sun tan spa 209 10th Ave. S., Ste. 227 291-6800, www.urbantanspa.com tanning and automated spa services, along with the sale of retail products that enhance the tanning and spa experience.

footBall
franklin american mortgage music City bowl LP Field 743-3130, www.musiccitybowl.com founded in 1998, this annual postseason college football game pits an SeC team against an ACC rival. the game, nationally televised on eSpn, has become a favorite nashville – and national – holiday tradition. tickets go on sale to the general public in September through ticketmaster. tennessee titans – nfl One Titans Way, LP Field Information Line: 565-4178, www.titansonline.com one of 32 teams participating in the national football league, the AfC South tennessee titans play in their 68,800-seat home, lp field. on the east bank of the Cumberland River in downtown nashville, the stadium is widely known for having “the loudest fans.” Regular-season games run September through december.

recreation
Dave & buster’s 540 Opry Mills Dr. 514-1202, www.daveandbusters.com Create your own experience inside a world of entertainment where great food, signature drinks and one-of-a-kind fun can be found under one enormous roof. offering billiards, cosmic bowling and more than 150 video and video-simulated games. More than 6,000 square feet available for private events. temporarily closed. please call for further information. 11 a.m.-midnight Sun.-thu., until 1 a.m. fri.-Sat. discounts: webdisc. Group rates available. metro skatePark at two rivers Park 2320 Two Rivers Pkwy. 862-8400, www.nashville.gov/parks the park offers a state-of-the-art facility for skateboarding, freestyle in-line skating and BMx bike riding. Skaters can perform a range of tricks, from ollies to pop shuvits, on the ramps, pipes, bowls, oververt and other structural components. thomas f. frist Centennial sportsplex 222 25th Ave. N. 862-8490, www.sportsplextennis.com A $20 million, 145,000-square-foot, year-round family center for ice skating, fitness, swimming and tennis (indoor and outdoor courts). Individual passes available.

resort golf
gaylord springs golf links 18 Springhouse Ln. 458-1730, (866) 51-LINKS www.gaylordsprings.com 18 holes; par 72 discounts: AARp, webdisc. advertising Partner, inside front cover hermitage golf Course 3939 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory 847-4001, www.hermitagegolf.com two award-winning championship golf courses offering more than 14,000 yards of challenging golf. the 6,800-yard General’s Retreat Course received the highest rating in tennessee from Golf Digest. playing up to 7,200 yards, the 300acre president’s Reserve was ranked in the top 10 in the state of tennessee. on-site golf instruction and Golf Academy led by Class A pGA pros, full food service, golf shop. 36 holes; par 72 vanderbilt legends Club 1500 Legends Club Ln., Franklin 791-8100, www.legendsclub.com this 36-hole course features a 19-acre practice facility, clubhouse, boardroom, tournament management, club rentals and golf shop. In addition to the outdoor event pavilion, legends Grille is available for evening functions. 36 holes; par 71, par 72

hockey
nashville Predators – nhl 501 Broadway, Bridgestone Arena Tickets & Information: 770-PUCK, www.nashvillepredators.com the nashville predators offer a season of their signature, on-the-edge excitement. Group tickets available at a discounted rate. All-Inclusive zone available with game tickets and all-you-can-eat food and beverage. Suites can also be rented on a game-night basis.

Marathon
Country music marathon & 1/2 marathon (800) 311-1255, www.cmmarathon.com the marathon welcomes more than 30,000 runners the last Saturday of April. In Music City style, the race features local bands every mile and a post-race concert headlined by some of music’s hottest stars. this certified course is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

spas
adagio massage Co. & spa 1300 Division St. 777-0602 provides spa services and serious results-oriented skin care in a most relaxing environment. relâche 2800 Opryland Dr. 458-1772, www.gaylordopryland.com

Metropolitan golf courses
harpeth hills golf Course 2424 Old Hickory Blvd.

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862-8493, www.nashville.gov/PARKS/golf/ harpethhills 18 holes; par 72 mcCabe golf Course 46th Ave. N. and Murphy Rd. 862-8491 27 holes; par 70, par 36 Percy Warner golf Course Forrest Park Dr., off Belle Meade Blvd. 352-9958 9 holes; par 34 shelby golf Course South 19th and Fatherland St. 862-8474 18 holes; par 72 ted rhodes golf Course 1901 Ed Temple Blvd. 862-8463 18 holes; par 72 two rivers golf Course Two Rivers Pkwy. and McGavock, near Opryland 889-2675 18 holes; par 72 vinny links golf Course 2009 Sevier St. 880-1720 youth Golf program, open Memorial day through labor day. 9 holes; par 28

lake activities
old hickory lake US 31 E., Hendersonville 822-4846 on the Cumberland River, just northeast of nashville, you will find plenty of Southern hospitality at old hickory lake. with more than 22,000 acres of water and 440 miles of shoreline, old hickory offers plenty of hiking, fishing, boating, skiing and other lake activities. with no lifeguards on duty, swim at your own risk. no swimming allowed near or from boat launches. old hickory lake was named after president Andrew Jackson. Percy Priest lake 3737 Bell Rd. 889-1975 ten miles east of nashville, percy priest lake covers an area of 14,400 acres and has 213 miles of shoreline, plus an additional 15,000 acres of land used for recreational purposes. Considered one of the finest largemouth bass lakes in the state of tennessee, anglers also will enjoy catching crappie, rockfish, bream and catfish. other activities include camping, swimming, picnicking, boating, canoeing and hiking. radnor lake state Park 1160 Otter Creek Rd. 373-3467, www.radnorlake.org Radnor lake State park is south of downtown

nashville in the oak hill community. wildlife and numerous species of plants are found in abundance. this natural area provides scenic, biological, geological and passive recreational opportunities not typically found in major metropolitan areas. no picnicking or swimming allowed in the park.

Metro parks
862-8400, www.nashville.gov/parks Metro parks and Recreation has a wide variety of facilities and programs across davidson County. presently, there are 113 parks on more than 10,570 acres, offering something for everyone, including both passive and active recreation. nashville’s premier urban park, Centennial park, was the city’s first wireless park and is also home to the parthenon. free.

tennessee state parks
montgomery bell state Park inn & Conference Center 1000 Hotel Ave., Burns 797-3101, (800) 250-8613 www.tnstateparks.com/MontgomeryBell this 3,850-acre state park offers camping, fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, swimming, golfing and many other outdoor recreational activities.

put your game face on
No matter what your sport, Nashville offers a lot of ways to get in the game. Enjoy challenging resort and public golf courses, an array of indoor and outdoor tennis facilities and multiple running events, including the annual Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, drawing 30,000 runners to the starting line each April. If you prefer the action from the sidelines, then the pros with the NFL Tennessee Titans, NHL Nashville Predators and the AAA Nashville Sounds are sure to give you a reason to cheer. For those who like their sports at lightning speed, there are NASCAR, Indy and ARCA races at area speedways. With approximately 20 local colleges and universities, collegiate sports are in play every season of the year. Fans will also want to visit the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, paying tribute to the state’s athletic legends.

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best Western brentwood South/Franklin 5581 Franklin Pk. Cir., Brentwood 373-8585, www.bestwesterntennessee.com/ brentwood-hotels Complimentary, hot deluxe breakfast, spacious rooms with 32-inch televisions. Also offering suites that have a separate sitting area with hardwood floors, as well as 37- and 32-inch televisions. Shopping and several restaurants are within walking distance. 48 rooms, 23 suites. Amenities: best Western Downtown Convention Center Downtown 711 Union St. 242-4311, (800) 627-3297 www.bestwestern.com/downtownconventioncenter A great location at an affordable price located in walking distance to any entertainment or dining venue in downtown. free valet parking, breakfast, Internet and exercise room. Coin-operated guest laundry, AtM, full-service convenience store and restaurant. 101 rooms, 1 suite, 26 king beds, 75 double beds. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Government, web. Credit Cards: Group rates available. best Western music row Downtown 1407 Division St. 242-1631, www.bestwestern.com/musicrow located on Music Row about one mile from downtown, this hotel has a lounge, outdoor pool, and business and fitness centers. Stays include complimentary breakfast, and all rooms have refrigerators and microwaves. free parking and free wireless Internet access also available. 75 rooms. Amenities: best Western suites Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 201 Music City Cir. 902-9940, (888) 994-9940, F: 902-9950 www.bestwestern.com/prop/43134 Conveniently near the Grand ole opry, opry Mills and the Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center, the hotel offers guests a deluxe continental breakfast, microwave, coffee pot, refrigerator, iron and board, on-site laundry and free parking. 100 rooms, 100 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. advertising Partner, p. 28 brentwood suites South/Franklin 622 Church St. E., Brentwood 277-4000, (866) 277-4009 www.brentwoodsuite.com Brentwood Suites is an all-suite AAA threediamond hotel centrally located in Brentwood. 57 suites. Amenities:

Club hotel nashville inn & suites Airport/Elm Hill Pike 2435 Atrium Way 883-0500, F: 889-4827 www.nashvilleclubhotel.com located near the Grand ole opry, nashville International Airport, opry Mills and area attractions. free hot Southern breakfast buffet and manager’s reception (5-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.). high-speed Internet, airport shuttle, fitness center, indoor whirlpool and outdoor pool. 133 rooms, 16 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Comfort inn opryland Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2516 Music Valley Dr. 889-0086, F: 889-0086 www.comfortinnopryland.com Clean, comfortable rooms. located next to Santa fe Steakhouse and just minutes from the Grand ole opry and General Jackson Showboat. 121 rooms, 21 king beds, 100 double beds. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. advertising Partner, p. 28 Comfort inn West West Nashville 412 White Bridge Pl. 356-0888, (888) 443-8357 www.comfortinn.com Conveniently located near all attractions in the nashville area, as well as several malls and theaters. Some of the many hotel amenities include business services, welcome reception, free parking and continental breakfast, as well as a coffeemaker, hair dryer, iron and board, micro-fridge, daily newspaper and data port within the rooms. 65 rooms, 5 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, trucker. Credit Cards: Comfort suites airport Airport/Elm Hill Pike 2521 Elm Hill Pk. 391-3919, F: 391-5995 www.comfortsuite.com/hotel/tn363 enjoy all-suite accommodations with a free, hot breakfast buffet and many in-room amenities. on-site laundry facility, free parking, meeting room and whirlpool suites available. 94 suites, 61 king beds, 25 double beds. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Country inn & suites – airport Airport/Elm Hill Pike 590 Donelson Pk. 874-8040, www.countryinns.com/nashvilletn_airport

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alexis inn & suites Airport/Elm Hill Pike 600 Ermac Dr. at Elm Hill Pk. Corner 889-4466, www.alexisinn.com Conveniently close to nashville International Airport and opryland-area attractions, including the Grand ole opry and opry Mills. featuring spacious, affordably priced rooms. enjoy a hot, deluxe, continental breakfast, newspaper, on-site business services and free parking. 81 rooms, 27 suites. Amenities: Credit Cards: Group contact: info@alexisinn.com. baymont inn & suites – north North Nashville 809 Wren Rd., Goodlettsville 859-1771, www.baymontinns.com this AAA three-diamond hotel near RiverGate Mall is within walking distance of 100 restaurants and lounges. each room has a 32-inch flat-screen hdtv, Sleep Beauty mattress, oversized granite bath and large work area. Complimentary hot breakfast. 47 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government. Credit Cards:

baymont inn & suites – West West Nashville 5612 Lenox Ave. 353-0700, F: 352-0361 www.baymontinns.com Just five miles from downtown nashville off I-40, Baymont Inn & Suites-west is a great place to stay to see all area attractions – Grand ole opry, parthenon, nashville zoo and the Country Music hall of fame® and Museum. Shop the nashville farmers’ Market or Green hills and opry Mills malls. 104 rooms, 6 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted.

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enjoy the convenience of an on-site business center plus hot American breakfast buffet, free parking, newspaper and in-room amenities, including microwave and refrigerator. 95 rooms, 20 suites, 42 king beds, 32 double beds. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group capacity: 100. Country inn & suites – airport east East Nashville 3423 Percy Priest Dr. 277-1099, (800) 456-4000 www.countryinns.com/hotels/tnnasair free, hot breakfast, high-speed Internet and wi-fi, business center, outdoor pool, fitness center, guest laundry, weekday newspaper and in-room amenities, including refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker. 100% smoke-free property. 30 rooms, 33 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Country inn & suites – hickory hollow Antioch/Hickory Hollow 1001 Bell Rd., Antioch 731-8540, www.countryinns.com/nashvilletn_south All amenities: hot breakfast, indoor heated pool and hot tub, airport shuttle, two-room Jacuzzi suites and meeting and banquet space. 100 rooms, 40 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary room for driver or escort. Group requirement: 20. Country inn & suites – opryland Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 210 Rudy Cir. 316-9944, (800) 456-4000, F: 316-0890 www.nashvillecountryinn.com Small, cozy interior corridors. offering a comfortable and convenient place for nashville visitors close to Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center, opry Mills Mall and the General Jackson Showboat. Also offering deluxe continental breakfast, wireless Internet and flat-screen televisions. 53 rooms, 8 suites, 9 king beds, 31 double beds. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Government. Credit Cards: Group contact: (615) 316-9944. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 40. Courtyard by marriott – brentwood South/Franklin 103 E. Park Dr., Brentwood 371-9200, www.brentwoodcourtyard.com located in the Maryland farms office complex. full-service business center, 24-hour deli and market, and Bistro Restaurant open seven days a week for breakfast and dinner – all available on-site. All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted.

145 rooms, 15 suites, 89 king beds, 41 double beds. Amenities: discounts: AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Courtyard by marriott – franklin/Cool springs South/Franklin 2001 Meridian Blvd., Franklin 778-0080, F: 778-0086 www.marriott.com/bnacc A short drive to downtown nashville, shopping and recreational activities. perfect for vacations or business trips, the hotel offers spacious rooms with luxurious bedding, flat-screen hdtv, free wireless Internet, fitness center and refrigerators. 122 rooms, 4 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Courtyard by marriott – goodlettsville North Nashville 865 Conference Dr., Goodlettsville 851-3000, www.goodlettsvillecourtyard.com Come enjoy our 120-room hotel that serves breakfast and lunch daily. Relax and unwind at our indoor pool. At night you can have a drink at our on-site bar. 113 rooms, 7 suites. Amenities: Courtyard by marriott – nashville airport Airport/Elm Hill Pike 2508 Elm Hill Pk. 883-9500, (800) 321-2211 www.marriott.com/bnaca Spacious guest rooms feature separate living area with refrigerator, microwave, mini-bar, sofa bed and additional television, plus upgraded bedding packages and other in-room amenities. Courtyard Cafe is open daily for breakfast, plus room service from outside vendors. lounge on-site. 145 rooms, 11 suites. Amenities: discounts: AAA, Military, Government. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Courtyard by marriott – nashville Downtown Downtown 170 Fourth Ave. N. 256-0900, (800) 321-2211 www.nashvilledowntowncourtyard.com A stunning, century-old high-rise set in the heart of the historic district is the backdrop for this hotel filled with modern amenities, including an on-site restaurant and lounge. Complimentary hSIA. 181 rooms, 11 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA. Credit Cards:

opryland® Resort & Convention Center for a minimal fee. 94 rooms, 7 suites. Amenities: Credit Cards: advertising Partner, p. 28 Courtyard by marriott – vanderbilt/West end West End/Vanderbilt 1901 West End Ave. 327-9900, (800) 321-2211 www.courtyard.com/bnawe Stay at this beautiful limited-service property with full-service amenities, including a restaurant, room service and complimentary local shuttle. 216 rooms, 7 suites. Amenities: Credit Cards: Days inn opryland Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2460 Music Valley Dr. 889-0090, F: 889-0090 www.daysinnopryland.com Clean, comfortable rooms. located within walking distance of multiple restaurants and just minutes from the Grand ole opry and General Jackson Showboat. 86 rooms. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. advertising Partner, p. 28 Days inn stadium Downtown 211 N. First St. 254-1551, (800) 251-3038 www.daysinn.com Conveniently located with many in-room amenities. on-site lounge and restaurant. 180 rooms. Amenities: Credit Cards:

Doubletree guest suites – nashville airport Airport/Elm Hill Pike 2424 Atrium Way 889-8889, (800) 222-8733 www.nashvilleairportsuites.doubletree.com home of the warm chocolate chip cookie and Sweet dreams bed. visit opry Mills shopping and entertainment complex, the Grand ole opry and the Country Music hall of fame® and Museum. enjoy fantastic shopping and dining downtown – all just minutes away. Complimentary wi-fi, complimentary shuttles convenient to surrounding office parks and only two miles from nashville International Airport; doubletree Guest Suites is the perfect combination of location and luxury for business and leisure travelers alike. earn or redeem hilton honors points. 138 suites, 100 king beds, 38 double beds. Amenities: discounts: AAA, Military, Government. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 65.

Courtyard by marriott – near opryland Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 125 Music City Cir. 882-9133, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ bnaco-courtyard-nashville-at-opryland/ we offer free parking, wireless Internet, indoor pool and transportation to airport and Gaylord

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Doubletree hotel nashville Downtown Downtown 315 Fourth Ave. N. 244-8200, (800) 222-8733 www.nashvilledoubletree.com enjoy breakfast or lunch in our plaza Café or our outdoor covered patio, Swank’s Martini & wine Bar featuring live music nightly. try the Meritage Grille for steaks and seafood, Starbucks, gift shop, business center, indoor heated pool and fitness center. 331 rooms, 6 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 300. Drury inn & suites airport Airport/Elm Hill Pike 555 Donelson Pk. 902-0400, (800) 439-1169 www.druryhotels.com/properties/nashvilleairport.cfm free hot breakfast. free cold beverages and hot snacks (5:30-7 p.m.). enjoy one hour of free long distance. Stay connected with free high-speed Internet access in all rooms and wireless Internet in the lobby. Indoor/outdoor pool and whirlpool. 155 rooms, 30 suites, 64 king beds, 61 double beds. Amenities: discounts: AAA, Military, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. econo lodge nashville North Nashville 1412 Brick Church Pk. 226-3230, www.econolodge.com/ hotel-nashville-tennessee-TN556 featuring spacious rooms, easy interstate access, plus a continental breakfast, free parking and wi-fi. 132 rooms, 10 suites. Amenities: Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary room for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 250. embassy suites nashville airport Airport/Elm Hill Pike 10 Century Blvd. 871-0033, (800) EMBASSY www.nashvilleairport.embassysuites.com this luxurious two-room suite hotel offers full cooked-to-order breakfast, nightly manager’s reception, on-site lounge and restaurant, room service, free parking and in-room amenities. 296 suites, 201 king beds, 95 double beds. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary room for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 175. embassy suites nashville at vanderbilt West End/Vanderbilt 1811 Broadway 320-8899, F: 320-8881 www.nashvilleatvanderbilt.embsuites.com

featuring an 11-story atrium with 208 spacious two-room suites. All rates include a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and a complimentary evening manager’s reception. Conveniently located in the west end/Music Row area with free shuttle service within two miles of the hotel. 208 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 100. extended stay america – vanderbilt West End/Vanderbilt 3311 West End Ave. 383-7490, (800) 326-5651 www.extendedstayamerica.com/hotels/ nashville-vanderbilt Conveniently located to downtown and vanderbilt university, and offers spacious rooms with a fully equipped kitchen at a great price. 114 rooms, 14 king beds, 100 double beds. discounts: AAA, Military, Government. Credit Cards: fairfield inn – opryland Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 211 Music City Cir. 872-8939, (800) 228-2800 www.marriott.com/bnaop one mile from the Grand ole opry, Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center, General Jackson Showboat and opry Mills with upscale outlet shops. Shuttle service to Gaylord opryland® Resort (minimal fee). Close to golf courses, great restaurants and nightlife. 109 rooms. Amenities: Credit Cards: advertising Partner, p. 28 fairfield inn nashville – airport Airport/Elm Hill Pike 911 Airport Center Dr. 872-0109, (800) 228-2800 www.marriott.com enjoy a complimentary breakfast, free parking and executive rooms with a microwave and refrigerator. 72 rooms, 21 suites. Amenities: Credit Cards: Group contact: (888) 583-2727. fiddlers inn Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2410 Music Valley Dr. 885-1440, F: 883-6477 www.fiddlers-inn.com Clean, comfortable rooms. next to Cracker Barrel and minutes from the Grand ole opry, General Jackson Showboat and opry Mills. 202 rooms, 2 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. advertising Partner, p. 28

gaylord opryland® resort & Convention Center Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2800 Opryland Dr. 458-2824, (877) 976-2002 www.gaylordopryland.com Combining unsurpassed meeting, convention and exhibition space with exceptional service, innovative regional dining options, unique shopping, golf facilities and on-site entertainment venues, Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center is recognized around the world for its extraordinary service, luxurious accommodations and world-class entertainment. within the resort, cruise down the delta River; experience Aqua – beautiful dancing waters set to an array of music and lights; dance the night away to live music in the lounges and so much more. 2,881 rooms, 174 suites. Amenities: Credit Cards: advertising Partner, p. 46 and 28 guesthouse inn & suites West End/Vanderbilt 1909 Hayes St. 329-1000, (800) 777-4904, F: 329-4890 www.nashvilleguesthouseinn.com one of nashville’s most charming small hotels, located in the fashionable Midtown area near vanderbilt university and west end Avenue, just one and a quarter miles from the center of downtown nashville. Start the day with a complimentary breakfast, including made-to-order waffles. 102 rooms, 6 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA. Credit Cards: guesthouse international inn & suites Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2420 Music Valley Dr. 885-4030, (800) 214-8378, F: 885-4347 www.nashvilleguesthouse.com Several great restaurants and attractions within walking distance. Complimentary shuttle to the airport and Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center. 184 rooms, 13 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. advertising Partner, p. 28 hampton inn – brentwood South/Franklin 5630 Franklin Pk. Cir., Brentwood 373-2212, F: 370-9832 www.nashvillebrentwood.hamptoninn.com A beautifully appointed hotel with refurbished rooms and public space. ten minutes from downtown. free parking on-site and in-room amenities, including coffeemaker. 112 rooms. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available.

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hampton inn – hickory hollow Antioch/Hickory Hollow 210 Crossings Pl. 731-9911, www.nashvillei24.hamptoninn.com enjoy all the fun that nashville has to offer, but from the tranquil setting of nearby Antioch. the hampton Inn hotel off I-24 near hickory hollow is just minutes from major attractions. Also offering convenient access to nashville International Airport. 87 rooms, 53 king beds, 34 double beds. discounts: AARp, AAA, Amenities: Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary room for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 20. hampton inn – vanderbilt West End/Vanderbilt 1919 West End Ave. 329-1144, (888) 880-5395 www.hamptoninnnashville.com Convenient accommodations located one block from vanderbilt university and Medical Center and close to Belmont, tennessee State and fisk universities, Meharry Medical College, major corporations, country music’s leading recording studios, downtown nashville, titans football and the nashville predators hockey arena. 171 rooms, 1 suite. Amenities: AARp, AAA. Credit Cards: Group contact: 620-4854. hampton inn & suites – airport Airport/Elm Hill Pike 583 Donelson Pk. 885-4242, hamptoninn.hilton.com Renovated hotel close to downtown and major attractions. located half a mile from the airport. 111 rooms, 31 suites. Amenities: discounts: AAA. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. discounts:

hampton inn & suites – green hills Green Hills 2324 Crestmoor Rd. 777-0001, F: 986-5200 www.nashgreenhillssuites.hamptoninn.com Boutique, limited-service hotel located within walking distance of a major shopping mall and 15 restaurants. Rates include complimentary, expanded continental breakfast, parking and high-speed Internet access. outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. 71 rooms, 26 suites, 73 king beds, 24 double beds. discounts: AARp. Amenities: Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 50. hampton inn & suites – nashville Downtown Downtown 310 Fourth Ave. S. 277-5000, (800) HAMPTON www.hamptondowntownnashville.com our upscale hotel is located in the heart of Music City. walk to the district, Bridgestone Arena, Country Music hall of fame® and Museum, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, lp field and more than 50 restaurants. Complimentary hot breakfast, USA Today, microwave and refrigerators in all rooms, lCd hdtvs and outstanding service. 154 rooms, 39 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary room for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. hampton inn & suites – nashville/smyrna Outside Davidson County 2573 Highwood Blvd., Smyrna 355-8432, (800) 486-7866 www.hamptoninn.com this beautiful property offers a hot breakfast, on-site convenience store, room service delivery by

Ruby tuesday and many in-room amenities, including laptop desks, newspaper and more. within walking distance to restaurants and 15 miles from downtown. 83 rooms, 20 suites. Amenities: discounts: AAA. Credit Cards: hampton inn & suites – opryland Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 230 Rudy Cir. 620-2500, (800) 426-7866, F: 620-2501 hamptoninn.hilton.com visit this upscale hotel with inside corridors in the heart of the Music valley area. Complimentary breakfast, Internet, parking, fitness center, business center and outdoor saltwater pool for all to enjoy. 122 rooms, 36 suites, 17 king beds, 71 double beds. discounts: AARp, AAA, Amenities: Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 75. hampton inn & suites – vanderbilt elliston Place West End/Vanderbilt 2330 Elliston Pl. 320-6060, (888) 880-5395 www.hamptoninnnashville.com Along with traditional guest rooms, the hotel offers a new concept in lodging by providing spacious residential-style suites. Awarded the Circle of excellence Award by hilton hotels. Continental breakfast, Cloud nine beds, free parking and in-room amenities. 157 rooms, 35 suites. Amenities: Credit Cards: the hermitage hotel Downtown 231 Sixth Ave. N. 244-3121, (888) 888-9414 www.thehermitagehotel.com

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the elegant hermitage hotel is one of only 37 hotels in north America with the prestigious Mobil Travel Guide five-Star rating. It also holds a AAA five-diamond rating and has an outstanding restaurant. 119 rooms, 4 suites. Amenities: Credit Cards: hilton garden inn – nashville airport Airport/Elm Hill Pike 412 Royal Pkwy. 884-0088, www.nashvilleairport.stayhgi.com Just outside the airport and eight miles from downtown. Rooms feature king or two queen beds, large work desk, two phone lines, refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker and much more. Restaurant and lounge on-site. 110 rooms. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group capacity: 100. hilton garden inn – nashville franklin Cool springs South/Franklin 9150 Carothers Pkwy., Franklin 656-2700, www.nashvillefranklincoolsprings.hgi.com located in the heart of franklin, placing you in a historical Southern town filled with plantations, shopping and natural beauty. offering 131 Garden Sleep System guest rooms, meeting facilities for up to 200 people, indoor heated pool and whirlpool, complimentary parking and wireless Internet. on-site catering and bus parking. Group rates available. 131 rooms, 42 suites. Amenities: discounts: AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 100. hilton garden inn – nashville/smyrna Outside Davidson County 2631 Highwood Blvd., Smyrna 355-6262, www.nashvillesmyrna.stayhgi.com Sixteen miles from downtown nashville, this hotel has everything you could need in an upscale, full-service hotel with banquet/meeting space for 250, plus professional catering and great customer service. Guests enjoy our five-hole golf putting green, restaurant, lounge and in-room amenities. 112 rooms, 2 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. hilton garden inn – vanderbilt West End/Vanderbilt 1715 Broadway 369-5900, (877) STAYHGI, F: 369-5901 www.nashvillevanderbilt.hgi.com located in nashville’s west end. Situated less than one mile from downtown nashville’s entertainment All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted.

district, Country Music hall of fame® and Museum, Ryman Auditorium, many other nashville attractions and only steps away from Music Row and vanderbilt university. 194 rooms, 24 suites, 96 king beds, 98 double beds. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary room for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 100. hilton nashville Downtown Downtown 121 Fourth Ave. S. 620-1000, (800) HILTONS, F: 620-2050 www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BNANSHFHilton-Nashville-Downtown-Tennessee/index.do enjoy this AAA four-diamond, all-suite luxury hotel in the center of downtown nashville. expansive atrium lobby, mahogany grand staircase, spacious accommodations, flexible meeting space and more. Beautiful lobby renovation. 330 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government. Credit Cards: Group rates available. advertising Partner, p. 50 hilton suites brentwood South/Franklin 9000 Overlook Blvd., Brentwood 370-0111, (800) HILTONS, F: 370-0272 www.brentwood.hilton.com nestled in the hills of beautiful williamson County, only eight miles from downtown nashville, the hilton Suites is the only full-service, all-suite hotel in Brentwood. Amenities include complimentary wireless Internet throughout the hotel, valet laundry, indoor pool and whirlpool, fully equipped fitness center, state-of-the-art business center and a complimentary shuttle within five miles of the hotel. 203 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. holiday inn – opryland Airport/Elm Hill Pike 2200 Elm Hill Pk. 883-9770, (800) 633-4427, F: 391-4265 www.hinashville.com Minutes from nashville International Airport and downtown, and perfect for your next event or visit. well-appointed guest rooms, plus an on-site restaurant, lounge and meeting space. 383 rooms. Amenities: Credit Cards: Group contact: 316-1041. Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. holiday inn – the Crossings Antioch/Hickory Hollow 201 Crossings Pl. 731-2361, F: 731-6828

www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/hotel/bnacr A full-service holiday Inn located conveniently off I-24 exit 60, hickory hollow parkway. hotel is half a mile from hickory hollow Mall, 10 miles from downtown area and 15 miles from the opryland area. Additionally, we are located seven miles from nashville International Airport with a complimentary airport shuttle available from 5 a.m. until midnight daily. Restaurant and lounge in hotel with room service available. 138 rooms, 83 king beds, 55 double beds. discounts: AARp, AAA, Amenities: Military, Government, web. Credit Cards:

holiday inn – vanderbilt West End/Vanderbilt 2613 West End Ave. 327-4707, (888) HOLIDAY, F: 320-4850 www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/bnavb/ hoteldetail the renovated holiday Inn vanderbilt features an on-site restaurant and lounge. the hotel is near vanderbilt university and minutes from great shopping, restaurants, the parthenon, downtown and Music Row. All rooms feature microwaves, refrigerators and private balconies. 297 rooms, 3 suites, 121 king beds, 163 double discounts: AARp, beds. Amenities: AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. holiday inn express Downtown 920 Broadway 244-0150, (877) 443-7829 www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/ex/1/en/hotel/bnabw Renovated hotel, ideally situated for all attractions, Music Row and nashville’s nightlife. enjoy a continental breakfast and many in-room amenities. the hotel also features 5,000 square feet of meeting space. 287 rooms, 14 suites. Amenities: Credit Cards: advertising Partner, p. 49 holiday inn express & suites – mt. Juliet Outside Davidson County 565 S. Mt. Juliet Rd., Mt. Juliet 553-5200, (888) 465-4329, F: 553-5210 www.hiexpress.com/mtjuliettn our spacious guest rooms and luxury suites are beyond exceptional in decor and privacy, and have everything you expect from an informatively designed hotel. All rooms include refrigerator and microwave, wireless high-speed Internet, work desk, ergonomic chair with ottoman and 32-inch flat-panel tv. 81 rooms, 24 suites, 17 king beds, 30 double discounts: AARp, beds. Amenities: AAA, Military, Government. Credit Cards: Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 50.

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holiday inn express – nashville airport-briley Parkway Airport/Elm Hill Pike 1111 Airport Center Dr. 883-1366, (800) HOLIDAY www.hiexpress.com Conveniently located off I-40 near the airport. enjoy the large glass atrium with fireplace and many other amenities. Complimentary local shuttle service available within a 2-mile radius of the hotel, free parking and daily continental breakfast. 206 rooms. Amenities: Credit Cards: holiday inn express hotel & suites – brentwood north South/Franklin 5566 Franklin Pk. Cir., Brentwood 221-5001, www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/ex/1/en/ hotel/bnahs off I-65 and just minutes from downtown nashville. hotel offers complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, indoor whirlpool, newspaper, free parking and in-room amenities. Stores and restaurants within walking distance. 110 rooms, 47 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government. Credit Cards: holiday inn express hotel & suites – opryland Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2461 McGavock Pk. 829-7777, www.hiexpress.com/opryland with our world-class service and being adjacent to Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center, you’ll discover why guests have selected us as their preferred hotel choice in nashville-opryland. this state-of-the-art, nonsmoking hotel features many special in-room amenities. 113 rooms, 28 suites, 32 king beds, 53 double beds. Amenities: Credit Cards:

www.nashvilledowntown.homewoodsuites.com In the heart of downtown, we offer extensive suites with full kitchens, daily complimentary hot breakfast and an evening reception Monday through thursday. Make yourself at home with our spa, 24-hour convenience store and on-site business center. 113 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. hotel indigo West End/Vanderbilt 1719 West End Ave. (866) 2-INDIGO, www.hotelindigo.com hotel Indigo delivers peace and renewal, with guest rooms boasting as much as 760 square feet with an art gallery-style entrance. on-site coffeehouse, plush bedding and much more. 140 rooms, 1 suite. Amenities: AARp, AAA. Credit Cards: hotel indigo Downtown Downtown 301 Union St. 329-4200, www.hotelindigo.com hotel Indigo delivers peace and renewal to Music City. the $30 million hotel project, across from Regions Center, boasts an 1,800-square-foot penthouse, fitness center, 3,000 square feet of meeting space and 19 extended-stay residences. In addition, there is a full service Starbucks and phi Restaurant and lounge. 97 rooms, 1 suite. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 60. hotel Preston Airport/Elm Hill Pike 733 Briley Pkwy. 361-5900, (877) 361-5500 www.hotelpreston.com this hip, happening hotel offers a new attitude in nashville hospitality with luxurious boutiquestyle accommodations, plush bedding, Starbucks coffee, tazo tea and amenities including lava lamps, a bedtime story, artist-in-training kits and more. on-site restaurant, lounge and room service. 196 rooms, 4 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA. Credit Cards: discounts:

discounts: AAA, Government, web. Credit Cards: Group rates available. Group requirement: 25. hyatt Place brentwood South/Franklin 202 Summit View Dr., Brentwood 661-9477, (888) 492-8847, F: 661-9936 www.hyattplacenashvillebrentwood.com A six-story, 124-room hotel located just off I-65 and five minutes from Maryland farms Business park. Brentwood has shopping and dining all within minutes of the hotel and is just 15 minutes south of downtown Music City. 124 rooms, 70 king beds, 48 double beds. discounts: AARp, AAA, Amenities: Military, Government. Credit Cards: Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. advertising Partner, p. 53 hyatt Place nashville airport Airport/Elm Hill Pike 721 Royal Pkwy. 493-5200, (888) 492-8847, F: 391-3100 www.nashvilleairport.place.hyatt.com this nashville hotel features spacious guest rooms, each with the hyatt Grand Bed and a 42-inch flat-panel hdtv. other amenities include complimentary wi-fi throughout the hotel, complimentary continental breakfast, outdoor swimming pool, 24/7 Guest Kitchen serving made-to-order snacks and entrées, an e-room with complimentary computers and printers and a Bakery Café that serves Starbucks specialty coffees, premium beers and wines. 83 rooms, 51 king beds, 26 double beds. discounts: AARp, AAA, Amenities: Military, Government. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. drivers lounge. Complimentary room for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 83. hyatt Place opryland Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 220 Rudy’s Cir. 872-0422, (888) 492-8847 www.nashvilleopryland.place.hyatt.com A new kind of hotel that puts style, innovation and the hyatt touch® within everyone’s reach. our guests will enjoy a spacious guest room with a 42-inch flat-panel, high-definition television, our signature hyatt Grand Bed, a plush Cozy Corner oversized sofa sleeper that is separated from the sleeping area, and complimentary highspeed wi-fi Internet access throughout the hotel. Gallery Kitchen with 24/7 food service, Starbucks coffee, beer and wine. outdoor swimming pool and indoor fitness center. 123 rooms, 123 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 120. advertising Partner, p. 53 and 28

homewood suites airport Airport/Elm Hill Pike 2640 Elm Hill Pk. 884-8111, (800) 491-6864, F: 884-0011 www.homewoodsuites1.hilton.com this upscale property caters to the extended-stay guest, as well as the business traveler. located one and a half miles from nashville International Airport, firmly in the heart of major corporate office complexes. Complimentary beverage area, complimentary breakfast, coin laundry, gift shop, laundry/valet service, newsstand, on-site convenience store. 121 suites, 106 king beds, 15 double beds. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 85. homewood suites nashville Downtown Downtown 706 Church St. 742-5550, (800) CALL-HOME, F: 742-9949

hutton hotel West End/Vanderbilt 1808 West End Ave. 340-9333, F: 340-0010 www.huttonhotel.com An independent luxury hotel with 248 rooms and 13,600 square feet of meeting space. A unique property providing a wide range of amenities and services specifically created for the hutton guest. 248 rooms, 52 suites. Amenities:

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Jim oliver’s best Western smokehouse Outside Davidson County 850 W. Main St., Monteagle (931) 924-2091, www.thesmokehouse.com Mountaintop getaway for groups and couples/ families. twenty cabins, 85 lodge rooms, restaurant, gift shop and outdoor pavilion. 85 rooms, 3 suites, 10 king beds, 68 double beds. 20 cabins, 10 king beds, 68 double beds. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 450. loews vanderbilt hotel West End/Vanderbilt 2100 West End Ave. 320-1700, (800) 336-3335 www.loewshotels.com/en/Hotels/Nashville-Hotel/ Overview.aspx luxury hits a high note in tennessee’s only AAA four-diamond hotel for 20 consecutive years. loews delivers a true Music City experience, from the lobby jukebox playing songs of celebrity guests to museum displays by the Country Music hall of fame® and Museum. 340 rooms, 14 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA. Credit Cards: mainstay suites brentwood South/Franklin 107 Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood 371-8477, www.mainstaysuites.com/hotelbrentwood-tennessee-TN069 only eight miles from downtown nashville and historic franklin. our suites have full kitchens. we offer free breakfast, evening social and wireless Internet. Catering to both corporate and leisure guests. Rates negotiable depending on length of stay. 100 rooms, 100 suites. Amenities: Credit Cards: marriott nashville vanderbilt university West End/Vanderbilt 2555 West End Ave. 321-1300, F: 340-5142 www.marriott.com/bnaav Adjacent to Centennial park and the parthenon, the hotel is located on the historic vanderbilt university campus on nashville’s beautiful west end Avenue, with its outstanding dining and shopping. free wi-fi in all rooms. 301 rooms, 6 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government. Credit Cards: Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 400. millennium maxwell house hotel – nashville Downtown 2025 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. 259-4343, (866) 866-8086, F: 242-4967 www.millenniumhotels.com/millenniumnashville Music-themed hotel, free parking, complimentary airport transportation, free transportation within All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted.

5-mile radius of hotel. outdoor pool and pavilion area for outdoor events. 287 rooms, 4 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 20. nashville airport marriott Airport/Elm Hill Pike 600 Marriott Dr. 889-9300, (800) 228-9290, F: 871-9167 www.nashvilleairportmarriott.com Conveniently located between downtown nashville and the nashville International Airport, we easily adapt to your travel plans. Complimentary airport transportation, valet parking, car rental services available, full-service business center, Starbucks/

retail store, 2 Rivers Grille and Albert’s lounge. 392 rooms, 12 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Quality inn & suites North Nashville 2401 Brick Church Pk. 226-4600, www.qualityinn.com/hotel-nashvilletennessee-TN337 this renovated hotel has all the extras and is great for corporate, motorcoach, convention and leisure guests. Continental breakfast, free parking, micro-fridge and newspaper offered. 156 rooms. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA. Credit Cards:

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radisson hotel – nashville airport Airport/Elm Hill Pike 1112 Airport Center Dr. 889-9090, (800) 333-3333 www.radisson.com/nashvilletn_airport upscale hotel located one mile from nashville International Airport and convenient to downtown, the Grand ole opry and Country Music hall of fame® and Museum. Guests experience warm hospitality, an inviting atmosphere and top-notch services sure to please business and leisure travelers alike. 180 rooms, 24 suites, 74 king beds, 106 double beds. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Group rates available. radisson hotel – opryland Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2401 Music Valley Dr. 889-0800, (800) 333-3333 www.radisson.com/nashvilletn only 9 miles from the airport and adjacent to the Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center (with free shuttle service), the hotel features a restaurant, lounge, on-site concierge, hertz car rental, sauna, free parking and in-room amenities, including a coffeemaker. 303 rooms, 2 suites. Amenities: Credit Cards:

five reasons to visit nashville right now
Someone is always throwing a great party. Add one of the city’s many festivals or fairs to your itinerary. From 2011-13, Nashville will host the huge National Folk Festival celebrating traditional music and culture. Legends and superstars live here. You just never know who you’ll run into at the neighborhood coffee shop, but if you want to find out more about your favorite performers, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's permanent exhibit, which now features items from today’s hottest stars, including Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. You can find your lost shaker of salt here. Although some might argue Margaritaville is a state of mind, Jimmy Buffett’s famed café and live music venue now has a downtown Nashville address. Shopping doesn't get any better than this. Those who love shoes, as well as clothing from all of the top designers, will want to head to The Mall at Green Hills to check out Nordstrom, opening in fall 2011. You can relive history. The five-year commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War begins in 2011. The story of the war is told through Middle Tennessee's many historic sites and battlefields.

advertising Partner, p. 28 ramada inn & suites opryland-airport Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2425 Atrium Way 883-5201, F: 883-5594 www.ramada.com A moderately priced hotel with a full kitchen in 60 percent of the rooms, and refrigerator and microwave in every room. Some rooms can sleep six. 120 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. ramada inn & suites across titans stadium Downtown 303 Interstate Dr., I-24 between Exits 48 & 49 244-6690, (800) 251-1856 www.ramadainnstadium.com enjoy our world-famous, guitar-shaped indoor pool and convenient location next to lp field. one hundred restaurants and clubs within 1 mile, three within one block. Complimentary breakfast and business center on-site. 115 rooms, 5 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Government. Credit Cards: Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 100.

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ramada inn franklin South/Franklin 6210 Hospitality Dr., Franklin 791-4004, www.ramadainnfranklin.com located near historic downtown franklin. whether your visit to franklin is for vacation, a convention, business or sports, we’ll provide you with great service and accommodations that will exceed your expectations. 121 rooms. Credit Cards: red roof inn South/Franklin 4271 Sidco Dr. 832-0093, www.redroof.com A leader in economy lodging, our focus is to provide great value, consistency and excellent customer service. 85 rooms. Amenities: Credit Cards: red roof inn airport Airport/Elm Hill Pike 510 Claridge Dr. 872-0735, www.redroof.com A leader in economy lodging, our focus is to provide great value, consistency and excellent customer service. 85 rooms. Amenities: Credit Cards: renaissance nashville hotel Downtown 611 Commerce St. 255-8400, (800) 327-6618 www.renaissancenashville.com AAA four-diamond hotel in the center of downtown. experience a musically themed expressive destination, delightful luxuries and savvy service. Business services, restaurant, lounge, room service and many in-room amenities. 673 rooms, 24 suites. Amenities: Credit Cards: residence inn – nashville airport Airport/Elm Hill Pike 2300 Elm Hill Pk. 889-8600, (800) 331-3131 www.marriott.com/bnabn the perfect choice for an extended stay or short visit. the hotel is five minutes from Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center and 10 minutes from downtown. Suites feature full kitchens and living areas. hometouch breakfast buffet, weekday manager’s reception, free parking and on-site laundry. 168 suites. Amenities: Credit Cards: residence inn by marriott – franklin/Cool springs South/Franklin 2009 Meridian Blvd., Franklin 778-0002, F: 778-0034 www.marriott.com/bnacl offering suites with full-size kitchens, flat-screen tvs, high-speed Internet, fitness center, indoor pool and a hot complimentary breakfast. Burn off some stress with a game of basketball on our All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted.

exclusive sport court, or mix and mingle at our weekday (Mon.-thu.) evening social event. 124 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: rodeway inn & suites – smyrna Outside Davidson County 1300 Plaza Dr., Smyrna 355-6161, F: 355-6556 www.rodewayinn.com located off I-24 (exit 66 from I-24w and 66B from I-24e). Go east on Sam Ridley pkwy., past four traffic lights and exit onto hwy. 41/70, then turn left. turn left again at first light. 80 rooms, 6 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. scarritt-bennett Center West End/Vanderbilt 1008 19th Ave. S. 340-7500, (866) 420-5486 www.scarrittbennett.org our sleeping rooms offer a unique, convenient and affordable alternative to standard hotels. on 10 beautiful acres in the heart of nashville, the Gothic-style buildings and grounds offer a peaceful environment. walking distance to Music Row, vanderbilt, restaurants and shops. free parking. 139 rooms. Amenities: Credit Cards: sheraton music City hotel Airport/Elm Hill Pike 777 McGavock Pk. 885-2200, (800) 325-3535, F: 231-1120 www.sheraton.com/musiccity enjoy an authentic Southern experience at this elegant plantation-style hotel nestled atop 23 beautiful acres and just minutes from downtown and the airport. each oversized guest room has a private balcony or patio. Restaurant, lounge, room service, free parking and spa services. 410 rooms, 50 suites, 170 king beds, 240 double beds. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 1,300. sheraton nashville Downtown hotel Downtown 623 Union St. 259-2000, (800) 325-2525, F: 742-6057 www.sheraton.com/nashvilledowntown Come experience the multimillion dollar renovation of our guest rooms and social spaces. each of our 474 guest rooms, including nine executive suites, are nonsmoking and provide a panoramic view of the nashville skyline and scenic countryside beyond. 474 rooms, 9 suites, 230 king beds, 235 double beds. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Group rates available. Group requirement: 10.

sleep inn North Nashville 3200 Dickerson Pk. 227-8686, www.sleepinn.com/hotel-nashvilletennessee-TN464 hotel with meeting space and breakfast. Convenient location to major attractions, stadiums/ auditoriums and universities. Cable tv, air conditioning, bus parking and free continental breakfast. 59 rooms. Amenities: sleep inn – airport East Nashville 3437 Percy Priest Dr. 882-9220, (877) 822-9820, F: 882-9251 www.nashvillesleepinn.com on I-40 exit 219, just nine miles east of downtown and three miles from the airport. our guests enjoy free Morning Medley Breakfast every day, as well as free airport transportation. 59 rooms. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, Government, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. drivers lounge. Complimentary room for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 5. Group capacity: 120. springhill suites by marriott – metroCenter Downtown 250 Athens Way 244-5474, (888) 287-9400 www.marriott.com/bnasm enjoy our convenient location on the outskirts of downtown. hotel offers free parking and continental breakfast. 78 suites. Amenities: Credit Cards: discounts: AAA.

springhill suites by marriott – nashville airport Airport/Elm Hill Pike 1100 Airport Center Dr. 884-6111, (888) 287-9400 www.marriott.com/bnasa each suite is up to 25 percent larger than comparably priced hotels. In-room amenities include coffeemaker, microwave and refrigerator and complimentary Suite Seasons breakfast. free parking. 150 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Military, web. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. super 8 – airport Airport/Elm Hill Pike 720 Royal Pkwy. 889-8887, F: 885-7000 www.super8.com Conveniently located near the airport and interstate. featuring a 24-hour airport shuttle, complimentary breakfast buffet and other amenities. 105 rooms. Amenities: AARp, AAA. Credit Cards: discounts:

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union station – a Wyndham historic hotel Downtown 1001 Broadway 726-1001, (800) WYNDHAM www.unionstationhotelnashville.com A majestic 1900 train station has returned to its original elegance and grandeur with an $11 million renovation. Marvel at the 65-foot original stainedglass, barrel-vaulted ceiling and Romanesque architecture while relaxing in a luxurious room. AAA four-diamond award. 125 rooms, 12 suites. Amenities: discounts: AARp, AAA, Government. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. advertising Partner, p. 56 Wingate inn Airport/Elm Hill Pike 800 Royal Pkwy. 884-9777, (800) 228-1000 www.wingatehotels.com Conveniently located near the airport and featuring free parking, continental breakfast and in-room amenities including coffeemaker, microwave and refrigerator. 101 rooms, 73 king beds, 28 double beds. discounts: AARp, AAA, Amenities: Military, web. Credit Cards: Group rates available. Group requirement: 10.

Daisy hill bed & breakfast West End/Vanderbilt 2816 Blair Blvd. 297-9795, www.daisyhillbedandbreakfast.com elegant accommodations in the heart of Music City. Convenient to west end, downtown, medical facilities and universities. Amenities:

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City, planned weekend activities, nearby golf courses, convenience and gift store, book exchange, primitive tent sites and more. 300 sites, 3 cabins. Amenities: nashville koa kampground Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2626 Music Valley Dr. 889-0282, (800) KOA-7789 www.nashvillekoa.com In the heart of Music valley, two miles from the Grand ole opry and 10 miles from downtown nashville, in a spacious country setting ready for family fun. dump station, ice, lp gas, laundry, pullthrough sites, Rv supplies, recreational facilities, showers, sightseeing tours, sites with no hookups, sites with water and electricity (and some including sewer), store and swimming pool. Amenities: advertising Partner, p. 28

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a Cowboy town and meadowlark lodge Whites Creek 3665 Knight Dr., Whites Creek Weekdays: 242-6201, Weekends: 876-1029 www.acowboytown.com Bathrooms are a five-minute walk from campsites. free parking. experience all the fun of the old west just 10 minutes from downtown. Credit Cards: Jellystone Park Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2572 Music Valley Dr. 889-4225, www.nashvillejellystone.com offering 233 sites (most of them shaded), pull-thru sites (most 30’ x 60’), full hookup sites, water and electric sites, shuffleboard, daily tours of Music

corporate housing
Condos in Cool springs South/Franklin P.O. Box 2588, Brentwood 445-6516, 445-5201 www.CondosInCoolSprings.com three- and four-bedroom fully furnished, all inclusive vacation, executive and corporate condo rentals available.

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Alexis Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Club hotel nashville Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . 45 Comfort Suites Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Country Inn & Suites – Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Courtyard by Marriott – nashville Airport . . . . 47 doubletree Guest Suites – nashville Airport . . 47 drury Inn & Suites Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 embassy Suites nashville Airport . . . . . . . . . . 48 fairfield Inn nashville – Airport . . . . . . . . . . . 48 hampton Inn & Suites – Airport . . . . . . . . . . . 49 hilton Garden Inn – nashville Airport . . . . . . . 51 holiday Inn – opryland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 holiday Inn express – nashville Airport-Briley parkway . . . . . . . . . . . 52 homewood Suites Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 hotel preston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 hyatt place nashville Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 nashville Airport Marriott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Radisson hotel – nashville Airport . . . . . . . . . 54 Red Roof Inn Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Residence Inn – nashville Airport . . . . . . . . . . 55 Sheraton Music City hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Springhill Suites by Marriott – nashville Airport . 55 Super 8 – Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 wingate Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Millennium Maxwell house hotel – nashville . 53 Ramada Inn & Suites Across titans Stadium . . 54 Renaissance nashville hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Sheraton nashville downtown hotel . . . . . . . . 55 Springhill Suites by Marriott – MetroCenter . . 55 union Station – A wyndham historic hotel . . . 56

these nashville-area accommodations have been arranged by area of town. you can refer to the maps on pages 86-88 for more information.
Jim oliver’s Best western Smokehouse . . . . . 53 Rodeway Inn & Suites – Smyrna . . . . . . . . . . . 55

south/franklin
Best western Brentwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Brentwood Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Condos in Cool Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Courtyard by Marriott – Brentwood . . . . . . . . 47 Courtyard by Marriott – franklin/Cool Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 hampton Inn – Brentwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 hilton Garden Inn – nashville franklin Cool Springs . . . . . . . . . . . 51 hilton Suites Brentwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 holiday Inn express hotel & Suites – Brentwood north . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 hyatt place Brentwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Mainstay Suites Brentwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Ramada Inn franklin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Red Roof Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Residence Inn by Marriott – franklin/Cool Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

east nashville
Country Inn & Suites – Airport east . . . . . . . . 47 Sleep Inn – Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

green hills
hampton Inn & Suites – Green hills . . . . . . . . 49

north nashville
Baymont Inn & Suites – north . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Courtyard by Marriott – Goodlettsville . . . . . . 47 econo lodge nashville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Quality Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Sleep Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

opryland area/ Music valley drive
Best western Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Comfort Inn opryland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Country Inn & Suites – opryland . . . . . . . . . . 47 Courtyard by Marriott – near opryland . . . . . . 47 days Inn opryland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 fairfield Inn – opryland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 fiddlers Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center . 48 Guesthouse International Inn & Suites . . . . . . 48 hampton Inn & Suites – opryland . . . . . . . . . 49 holiday Inn express hotel & Suites – opryland . . 52 hyatt place opryland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Jellystone park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 nashville KoA Kampground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Radisson hotel – opryland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Ramada Inn & Suites opryland-Airport . . . . . . 54

West end/vanderBilt
Courtyard by Marriott – vanderbilt/west end . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 daisy hill Bed & Breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 embassy Suites nashville at vanderbilt . . . . . . 48 extended Stay America – vanderbilt . . . . . . . . 48 Guesthouse Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 hampton Inn – vanderbilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 hampton Inn & Suites – vanderbilt elliston place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 hilton Garden Inn – vanderbilt . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 holiday Inn – vanderbilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 hotel Indigo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 hutton hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 loews vanderbilt hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Marriott nashville vanderbilt university . . . . . . 53 Scarritt-Bennett Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

antioch/ hickory holloW
Country Inn & Suites – hickory hollow . . . . . . 47 hampton Inn – hickory hollow . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 holiday Inn – the Crossings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

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Best western downtown Convention Center . . 45 Best western Music Row . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Courtyard by Marriott – nashville downtown . 47 days Inn Stadium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 doubletree hotel nashville downtown . . . . . . 48 hampton Inn & Suites – nashville downtown . 49 the hermitage hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 hilton nashville downtown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 holiday Inn express . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 homewood Suites nashville downtown . . . . . 52 hotel Indigo downtown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted.

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hampton Inn & Suites – nashville/Smyrna . . . 49 hilton Garden Inn – nashville/Smyrna . . . . . . 51 holiday Inn express & Suites – Mt. Juliet . . . . 51

West nashville
Baymont Inn & Suites – west . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Comfort Inn west . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

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friDays anD saturDays year-rounD tuesDays marCh-DeCember grand ole opry Grand Ole Opry House (800) See-Opry www.opry.com what began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live-entertainment phenomenon dedicated to honoring country music’s rich history and dynamic present with a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps. year-rounD metro Parks festivals & special events All Metro area parks 862-8424 www.nashville.gov/parks free concerts, events and performances for all audiences occur year-round across the city’s beautiful park system. Call for schedules. the matilda geddings gray foundation Collection of fabergé Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 356-8000 www.cheekwood.org Among the world’s most significant compilation of fabergé pieces, the collection includes 57 rare pieces highlighted by three Russian Imperial easter eggs and a number of important functional items, fantasy items and floral works. nashville Children’s theatre Performances Nashville Children’s Theatre 252-4675 www.nashvillechildrenstheatre.org An ensemble of professional artists presents meaningful theater for young patrons. performances in 2011 include Jason and the Golden Fleece, Goodnight Moon, Robin Goodfellow and Jack’s Tale. nashville symphony Presents Nashville Symphony Orchestra 687-6500 www.nashvillesymphony.org the nashville Symphony schedule includes more than 200 performances, ranging from a valentine’s day concert with Gladys Knight to Mahler’s Second. advertising Partner, p. 35 tennessee Performing arts Center 782-4000 www.tpac.org the tennessee performing Arts Center presents a series of Broadway shows and special engagements, and administers a comprehensive education program. tpAC is also home to the nashville Ballet and tennessee Repertory theatre. performances in 2011 include Cats, Les Miserables, The Color Purple and STOMP. through may 2011 The Statler Brothers: Havin’ Quite a Time Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum 416-2001 www.countrymusichalloffame.org All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted.

the exhibit traces the quartet’s nearly half-century career, from their early days touring with Johnny Cash to their eventual status as one of country music’s top-grossing and critically acclaimed acts. the Statler Brothers’ unique mixture of humor, showmanship, musical talent and patriotism kept the tradition of quartet singing alive in country music and paved the way for subsequent groups. through June 2011 Tammy Wynette: First Lady of Country Music, Presented by great american Country television Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum 416-2001 www.countrymusichalloffame.org employing a wealth of splendid stage costumes, vintage photos, awards, personal possessions and correspondence, and career-spanning audio and video, Tammy Wynette: First Lady of Country Music explores the life and impact of a legendary performer who became a prototype for generations of female country artists. february music City soul series B.B. King’s Blues Club and Restaurant www.musiccitysoulseries.com the city of rhythm and rhyme has soul, too, and it will prove it in february. nashville’s best R&B and jazz musicians will take the stage every thursday

night throughout the month for nashville’s annual Music City Soul Series. the concert series is open to the public. february 11-13 antiques and garden show of nashville Nashville Convention Center 352-9064 www.antiquesandgardenshow.com for more than two decades, the Antiques and Garden Show of nashville has brought together nationally and internationally renowned experts and exhibitors in the fields of antiques, decorative arts and landscape design. taking its inspiration from Albert hadley of parish-hadley Associates Inc. in new york, the show offers 150 antique and horticultural booths and many innovative landscaped gardens. In addition, special lectures are offered by experts in their fields who are on the cutting edge in home and garden style. february 20-may 29 Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior Frist Center for the Visual Arts 244-3340 www.fristcenter.org Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior will be the first major museum exhibition to focus on vishnu – one of hinduism’s three major deities. Composed of approximately 150 paintings and sculptures made in India between the second century and

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Visitors and locals alike make their way to Nashville’s riverfront year-round to take in star-studded concerts or attend exciting outdoor festivals. Soon, they’ll also be able to engage in recreational activities, stroll through landscaped gardens, run along a new river walk and enjoy picnic areas. A new, family-oriented 6.5 acre play park is set to open this summer along the river’s east bank. It’s all part of Nashville’s riverfront redevelopment plan which was designed to provide new public attractions, parkland and waterfront access.

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aPril 9-DeCember 31 The Model Railroad Garden: Trains! Tennessee in G Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 356-8000 www.cheekwood.org this enchanting outdoor exhibition will take visitors throughout the state with garden-scale trains, miniature representations of tennessee’s historic landmarks and colorful gardens. visitors will get the feeling they are traveling across the state, evoking memories of historic events and places, and train and garden enthusiasts of all ages will be fascinated with the delightful architecture, landscapes and realistic effects in the exhibition. aPril 14-21 nashville film festival 742-2500 www.nashvillefilmfestival.org the nashville film festival is a cultural institution that inspires, educates and entertains through an annual film festival in April, year-round events and community outreach. aPril 30 Country music marathon & 1/2 marathon Throughout Music City (800) 311-1255 www.cmmarathon.com the Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, produced by elite Racing Inc., blends running with nashville’s signature product, music. the event features more than 50 bands on 28 stages to entertain runners, walkers and spectators alike. More music awaits at the post-race concert at Bridgestone Arena. may 6-8 40th tennessee association of Craft artists tennessee Craft fair Centennial Park 385-1904 tACA’s tennessee Craft fair is the state’s premier outdoor showcase for tennessee craft artists. See the works of more than 175 of the state’s finest craftspeople. the fair offers a chance to meet and talk with exhibiting artists, eat and drink from an international food court, enjoy live music, view special exhibits and demonstrations, and purchase a variety of unique works. may 14 2011 iroquois steeplechase Percy Warner Park 322-4814 www.iroquoissteeplechase.org the Iroquois Steeplechase has captivated tens of thousands of spectators from near and far with its traditions, pageantry and energy of sport. Celebrating its 70th year in 2011, it is one of the oldest, most prestigious and most challenging steeplechase races in the country, and tailgating at the races is a springtime tradition in nashville. may 14 a toast to tennessee Wine festival Nashville Shores 889-7050 www.nashvilleshores.com or www.atoasttotennessee.com

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Creativity breeds culture. From the very beginning, Nashville embraced its writers, artists, educators and musicians, and it didn’t take long for the city to earn its nickname as the Athens of the South. For the state’s centennial celebration, Nashville paid homage to its growing reputation with a full-scale replica of the Parthenon. Today, the architectural marvel houses an art gallery downstairs and contains casts of the famed Elgin Marbles upstairs. Other interesting art venues include the Carl Van Vechten Art Gallery at Fisk University, which houses the Stieglitz Collection, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, which is located downtown in a restored art deco building. The Frist welcomes internationally renowned collections and showcases regional talent. Mixed-media works by local artists are also available for viewing and purchase at the many galleries around town.
1900 A.d., this exhibition will serve as a brief survey of hindu art styles as well as an examination of the vaishnava (vishnu-worshipping) tradition. marCh 19-June 19 Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 356-8000 www.cheekwood.org featuring 43 key paintings and sculptures by 31 of the most celebrated artists who came to maturity in the 1950s, Modern Masters examines the complex and varied nature of American abstract art in the mid-20th century. marCh 25-aPril 1 tin Pan south Throughout Music City 256-3354 www.tinpansouth.com Celebrate songwriters and their craft at America’s largest music festival dedicated to them. produced by the nashville Songwriters Association International, the festival brings hundreds of songwriters together for a weeklong educational symposium and approximately 100 performances in various venues around town. aPril awesome april Throughout Music City (800) 657-6910 www.visitmusiccity.com for a ninth straight year, Music City celebrates the month of April with Awesome April, promising a major event each weekend. throughout the month, take in a potential oscar-nominated documentary, listen to songwriters perform their award-winning classic hits and relax to the sounds of acoustic guitars.

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Celebrate tennessee at a toast to tennessee wine festival. this festival features award-winning tennessee wineries offering samples of their favorite wines, live music, gourmet food, free wine and food seminars, and fine artisans. may 20-august 21 Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection Frist Center for the Visual Arts 244-3340 www.fristcenter.org faith and edward deming Andrews were among the first to recognize the unique contributions of the Shakers to American culture. perhaps their primary legacy is two major collections of Shaker materials. these collections, consisting of Shaker manuscripts, printed works, visual art, furniture, textiles and small craft, comprise the most comprehensive collection of Shaker materials ever assembled. June-July bluegrass nights at the ryman Ryman Auditorium 889-3060 www.ryman.com experience the best in bluegrass from the very stage where Bluegrass was born. June 9-12 2011 Country music association music festival Downtown Music City (800) CMA-Fest www.cmafest.com the CMA Music festival is the largest country music party in the world and the ultimate destination for music lovers! the annual, four-day event features more than 70 hours

of live musical performances and 30 hours of autograph signing by more than 400 country music artists and celebrities. Buy tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 255-9600. June 24–sePtember 11 Warhol Live: Music and Dance in Andy Warhol’s Work Frist Center for the Visual Arts 244-3340 www.fristcenter.org the exhibit focuses on the role of music and dance in Andy warhol’s work and life, from the film music warhol discovered in his youth, to the disco scene at Studio 54, where he was one of the most famous regulars. the exhibition brings together some 640 works and objects, paintings, silkscreens, photographs, films and album covers, as well as objects and documents from the artist’s personal archives. July Dive-in movies Nashville Shores 889-7050 www.nashvilleshores.com watch movies in a whole new way, lounging in the pool under the moon and stars. enjoy classic movies on a more than 30-foot-wide, lakeside movie screen. Movies start at dusk, check website for movie titles. Included with nashville Shores water park admission. July 4 music City July 4th: let freedom sing! Riverfront Park (800) 657-6910 www.visitmusiccity.com

enjoy an evening of free entertainment, fun and fireworks. this annual event is nashville’s largest one-day party, attracting more than 100,000 revelers. live music, family activities, food vendors and one of the nation’s best fireworks displays will help you celebrate America’s birthday in style. noon-10 p.m. free admission. July 4 shores & stripes Nashville Shores 889-7050 www.nashvilleshores.com enjoy a fireworks show to celebrate our nation’s independence on the banks of percy priest lake. Admission includes fireworks, beach concert, water park, mini-golf and more. July 4 shores & stripes boat Parade Nashville Shores 889-7050 www.nashvilleshoresmarina.com Sailboats and powerboats will participate decked out in red, white and blue and other patriotic themes on beautiful percy priest lake. august 2010-June 2012 Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum 416-2001 www.countrymusichalloffame.org the museum's cameo exhibition Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player will examine the life and career of one the most significant figures in country music history. As an instrumentalist and recording artist, Atkins influenced generations of country, rock and jazz guitarists with a smooth finger-picking style that earned him the nickname

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Mr. Guitar. In the producer’s chair at RCA’s nashville studios during the 1950s and 1960s, Atkins was a chief architect of the sophisticated fusion of country and pop styles known as the nashville sound. the exhibit will include many rare and unique guitars from Atkins’ personal collection. august 13 tomato art fest East Nashville 226-2070 www.tomatoartfest.com Celebrate all things tomato in historic east nashville’s five points area. this event brings together great art, good music, delectable food and a barrel of fun, making the sweltering days of August just a little more bearable. sePtember 3-5 national folk festival Downtown Nashville www.NashvilleNFF.org or www.nationalfolkfestival.com the national folk festival is the oldest and longest-running multiethnic, traditional arts festival in the nation. for more than 70 years, the festival has provided a way for people to embrace the cultural traditions that define us as Americans. the free, outdoor event celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft, storytelling, food and more. sePtember 9-11 home Decorating & remodeling show Nashville Convention Center (800) 343-8344 ww.nashvillehomeshow.com

this upscale home show, held each fall at the nashville Convention Center, affords the ultimate opportunity for product and pricecomparison shopping. the show features unique merchandise, numerous show specials and many free drawings. this is everyone’s chance to save time, money and gas. sePtember 29-november 4 Scarecrows Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 356-8000 www.cheekwood.org Get ready for some good old-fashioned fall fun at Cheekwood! Scarecrows will showcase dozens of fabulous, weird, funny and traditional scarecrows lurking along the garden’s paths. sePtember 23-25 tennessee association of Craft artists fall Craft fair Centennial Park 385-1904 Celebrating its 33rd year, tACA’s fall Craft fair is the state’s premier showcase for American fine craft artists. See the works of more than 200 of the nation’s finest craftspeople. the fair offers a chance to meet and talk with exhibiting artists, eat and drink from an international food court, enjoy live music, view special exhibits and demonstrations, and purchase a variety of unique works. sePtember 26-oCtober 2 World of bluegrass Nashville Convention Center (888) 438-4262 www.ibma.org

the weeklong bluegrass homecoming includes Bluegrass fan fest and the broadcast of the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show. fans from all over the world gather for hundreds of performances on multiple stages, musical workshops, the Grand Master fiddle Championships and the opportunity to interact with internationally known bluegrass artists. oCtober 1 Celebration of Cultures festival Centennial Park (615)340-7501 www.celebrationofcultures.org Be a part of tennessee’s biggest day for celebrating the cultural diversity of our community! presented by Metro parks and Scarritt-Bennett Center, this popular free event brings the 40-plus cultures of our area together for one extraordinary day of entertainment and education. oCtober 22-february 26, 2012 Visions of the American West: Buffalo Bill Historical Center Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art (615) 356-8000 www.cheekwood.org one hundred years after Buffalo Bill’s wild west show thrilled audiences in nashville, the excitement resounds again at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, where visitors are invited to experience the west through captivating displays of art, plains Indian artifacts, wild west show objects, and firearms – all parts of the quintessential and epic stories of the west.

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november 18-20 ’tis the season holiday marketplace The Factory at Franklin 269-9393 www.tistheseasonshopping.com and www.jlnashville.org presented by the Junior league of nashville, ’tis the Season holiday Marketplace is an upscale holiday shopping experience featuring more than 75 vendors from across the country, offering an exciting array of products, from women’s and children’s clothing to home and garden accents, specialty gifts and gourmet food products. november 18-January 2, 2012 a Country Christmas Gaylord Opryland Resort® and Convention Center (888) 999-OPRY www.gaylordhotels.com this nashville tradition is back with live music, carriage rides, craft shows, photos with Santa and nearly 2 million Christmas lights. It’s everything

Christmas at Gaylord opryland® Resort and Convention Center! thanksgiving-neW year’s eve holiday harmony (800) 657-6910 www.visitmusiccity.com nashville has your ticket to holiday harmony, bringing together the best of entertainment – from club shows to extravaganzas – sports and fine art. you’ll enjoy beautiful decorations, charming traditions and, of course, incredible music everywhere you go. november 25-January 2 2012 season of Celebration Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 356-8000 www.cheekwood.org A holiday wonderland of Christmas trees, decorations, storytelling, cookie decorating, multicultural activities and musical performances.

DeCember music City bowl 743-3130 www.musiccitybowl.com the franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl is an annual post-season collegiate bowl featuring the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conferences. televised nationally to millions of viewers and listeners on eSpn and nevada Sports Radio network, the bowl is nashville’s holiday tradition. DeCember 31 music City bash on broadway Downtown Nashville (800) 657-6910 www.visitmusiccity.com Ring in the new year in true Music City style! enjoy a free, downtown concert and new year’s eve celebration along Broadway, including an exciting fireworks display and an impressive 80-foot Guitar drop® to help count down to the new year!

celebrating diversity
You can learn a lot from music. Just as it takes many different notes to form a melody, Nashville has found that blending cultures and ethnicities allows for a much richer harmony. Fisk University’s beautiful Jubilee Hall was the country’s first permanent structure for the higher education of blacks, and the Jubilee Singers were Nashville’s very first touring group. Numerous historic sites, museums and events offer visitors insight into the diverse ethnic and cultural influences that resonate throughout Music City. Today, the area is home to a variety of ethnic communities, making Nashville a modern model of the American melting pot.

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Destination nashville 835 Wren Rd., Goodlettsville 851-9190, www.destinationnashville.com Downtown 301 Demonbreun St., Ste. 1505 255-9196 Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 301 Demonbreun St., Ste. 1505 458-9190 destination nashville is your door to the exciting sites, attractions, venues and resources that represent the distinct character of Music City. general Jackson showboat 2812 Opryland Dr. 458-3930, www.generaljackson.com Climb aboard for a unique entertainment experience. this 300-foot paddlewheel riverboat cruises the Cumberland River, offering fantastic shows and delicious meals. Special-event cruises are offered throughout the year with holiday shows beginning in mid-november. lunch and dinner cruises; call for schedule. advertising Partner, inside front cover and p. 28 grand ole opry backstage tours 2802 Opryland Dr., Grand Ole Opry House (800) SEE-OPRY, www.opry.com Go behind the scenes of country music’s most famous show with a tour of the Grand ole opry house. walk in the footsteps of chart-toppers such as Martina McBride and Brad paisley, as well as legends including loretta lynn and Jimmy dickens. Guides introduce guests to the opry house’s dressing rooms themed in celebration of country music icons and the many styles of country music, and showcase the opry post office where former employee Alan Jackson once delivered – and now receives – mail. Get an up-close look at the opry’s iconic stage, including the famed circle of wood from the Ryman Auditorium on which folks from patsy Cline and hank williams to taylor Swift and Keith urban have performed.

tours begin at 10 a.m. and are scheduled throughout the day, seven days a week. tours also available following select opry performances. gray line tours 2416 Music Valley Dr., Ste. 102 883-5555, (800) 251-1864, F: 883-6710 www.musiccitytours.com let the local expert take care of all your group needs, large or small. we are a full-service receptive operation with more than 35 years of expertise in the tour and logistics industry in nashville and across the country. from CMA to nfl, new year’s eve to the Grand ole opry, we can make it happen. we offer customized tours and tickets to all major attractions, and with the largest and youngest fleet of coaches in the Southeast, we can handle all your transportation needs. advertising Partner, p. 28, 67 and back cover Johnny Walker tours 2416 Music Valley Dr., Ste. 118 834-8585, (800) 722-1524 www.johnnywalkertours.com with superior expertise and experience, Johnny walker tours highlight nashville attractions and show the client the true meaning of Music City. offering complete package planning with individual and group rates in various hotel categories. Includes attraction tickets and sightseeing tours. nashville express tours 1700 Decatur Cir., Franklin (865) 774-6574, (800) 638-8687 www.nashvilleexpress.com Custom packages for nashville, including Grand ole opry, CMA Music festival, A Country Christmas, Sound & Speed, Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center, and off-season packages.

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all in one Destinations, inc. 107 Music City Cir., Ste. 218 871-7232, (800) 421-4422 www.southernvacations.com Complete group tour packages, including a wide variety of nashville attractions. Great for tour groups, reunions, girlfriend weekends, including the Grand ole opry, CMA Music festival and more. tour packages include hotel, tours, attractions, shows, meals and more. Group rates available. Group Requirement: 10. Group Capacity: 400. Guided tours available. advertising Partner, p. 28 art henry’s tour & receptive P.O. Box 23766 386-9301, (800) 223-4581, F: 386-9332 www.arthenry.com A minute with us can save you hours – complete itinerary planning for groups. we’ve been working with groups since 1978: CMA Music festival, CMA Awards Show, nfl tennessee titans, new year’s eve at Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center, A Country Christmas at Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center, reserved seats to the world famous Grand ole opry. let us be your tour partner. Group rates available. Guided tours available.

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segway of nashville 119 Third Ave. S., No. 100 244-0555, www.segwayofnashville.com Guided Segway tours are the high-tech way to enjoy nashville on a unique personal transportation device. sharin’ nashville tours 3421 White Pine Dr. 846-0867, (800) 636-8687, F: 846-0870 www.sharinnashvilletours.com Share your nashville vacation with a company dedicated to personalized service. enjoy unique tours, scavenger hunts, hotel and attraction packages, and customized itineraries for groups and individuals. Group rates available. Group Requirement: 15. Guided tours available. steve ellis tours and receptive, llC P.O. Box 383, Pigeon Forge (865) 429-5070, www.discountours.com

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Take time to explore the back roads and byways to discover the many sights and sounds just a short drive from Nashville. Historic homes, Civil War battlefields, horse farms, charming town squares and beautiful scenery are all part of the Middle Tennessee landscape. Popular tours include visits to area wineries and distilleries. Arrington Vineyards, co-owned by country music superstar Kix Brooks, is the area’s premier vineyard and offers tours and tastings. Two of the nation’s most famous whiskeys are created just minutes from Nashville – the Jack Daniel and George Dickel distilleries are located just 17 miles apart. Tours showcase the different distilling methods that give each sipping whiskey its distinctive flavor. No matter what the day’s itinerary, it’s an easy drive back to Music City to enjoy a night on the town.
nashville ghost tours & haunted tavern tours 5806 Avalon Ct., Hermitage 884-3999, www.nashvilleghosttours.com explore the haunted history of Music City during this 90-minute walking tour. your historically costumed, lantern-bearing guide will lead you to some of the most haunted locations in downtown nashville, including the Ryman Auditorium, printers Alley and tennessee State Capitol. nashville trolley and City tours Corner of Second Ave. & Broadway, Gray Line Visitor Center 883-5555, (800) 251-1864 www.musiccitytours.com Allow us to show your group the city of nashville on one of our many tours. from our one-hour city tour of downtown nashville, to our half-day discover nashville or homes of the Stars tours, we’ve got it covered. visit historic hermitage and Belle Meade mansions, walk through the homes that were ground zero at the Battle of franklin. Spend time at the Jack daniel distillery or enjoy a day of shopping, food and wine in beautiful franklin. old fashioned smiley hollow hayride and barndance Co., inc. P.O. Box 620, Ridgetop 859-6310, www.smileyhollow.com Authentic party facility in the hills of tennessee, only 20 minutes from nashville. redneck Comedy tour 4624 Skymont Dr. 316-0014, www.theredneckcomedytour.com See the nashville hot spots and laugh along the way!

tour planning is our business. we are a full tour receptive operator with more than 200 years of staff planning experience. wholesale tours, step-on guides. Members of ntA, ABA, oMCA, tAp, AStA. sweet magnolia tours P.O. Box 210247 646-0030, (800) 235-5295 www.sweetmagnoliatours.com Specializing in Southern hospitality, Sweet Magnolia tours offers complete tour planning for groups and individuals. we offer customized itineraries using a wide variety of hotel choices, attraction tickets, meal planning and step-on guide service. advertising Partner, p. 65 tommy’s tours 2120 Lebanon Pk., Ste. 29 335-2863, www.tommystours.com Comedic sightseeing tours of downtown nashville and celebrities’ homes.

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aaa auto Club south 1515 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL (813) 289-1320, www.aaa.com founded in 1902, AAA is one of the largest membership organizations in the world. Committed to providing safety, security and peace of mind to nearly 50 million members, AAA offers an incredible array of outstanding savings and useful services. anchor trailways & tours 3108 Blevins Rd. 860-6800, (800) 476-2841, F: 860-0058 www.anchortrailways.com Complete ground transportation provider available for charter, airport transfers and sightseeing tours. we offer full-size motorcoaches, 25-passenger and executive vIp transportation, along with an

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experienced and courteous staff to make your visit an enjoyable one. advertising Partner, p. 69 broadway limousine 2926 Franklin Pk. 818-5716, www.broadwaylimollc.com Broadway limousine strives to provide the best customer service in our industry. Central Parking 937 Church St. 259-3898, www.parking.com the leader in professional parking management and leasing. CpS operates more than 2,500 parking facilities containing 1.2 million spaces for some of the nation’s largest owners and operators of mixed-use projects, office buildings, hotels, stadiums and arenas, as well as airports, hospitals and municipalities. grand avenue limousine & luxury transport services 460 Metroplex Dr., Ste. 112 866-9073, F: 730-8252 www.grandavenuelimo.com delivering the ultimate chauffeured transportation experience in and around Greater nashville, franklin, Brentwood and Middle tennessee areas. professional, courteous drivers, impeccable vehicles, guaranteed on-time arrival and personal delivery – we see to every detail to make your

travel a pleasure, and treat you like royalty while in our care. gray line of tennessee 2416 Music Valley Dr., Ste. 102 883-5555, www.graylinenashville.com operating the largest motorcoach fleet in Middle tennessee. the average age of the entire fleet is fewer than four years old. for transportation in the city of nashville, the state of tennessee or across the united States, Gray line of nashville can take care of your needs. advertising Partner, p. 28, 67 and back cover inshuttle transportation, inc. P.O. Box 330897 255-3519, www.inshuttle.com offers passenger transportation for any occasion with a fleet of late-model mini-buses and minicoaches. InShuttle offers charters, day trips and shuttle services. Jarmon D & Q transportation 750 Fonnic Dr. 481-0767, www.jarmontransportation.com A premier transportation company servicing nashville International Airport, the downtown area and Clarksville/ft. Campbell. matchless limousine P.O. Box 100229 620-5466, (866) 258-5466, F: 620-5476

www.matchlesslimo.com Committed to providing our clients with a luxurious first-class travel experience. nashville international airport One Terminal Dr., Ste. 501 275-1600, www.flynashville.com Served 8.9 million passengers in 2009, operating an average of 374 daily flights to approximately 75 markets, 48 of which are nonstop. nashville International is utilized by 13 airlines and boasts 61 air carrier gates and up to 78 commuter aircraft parking positions. advertising Partner, p. 68 Premiere transportation 109 International Dr., Ste. 300, Franklin 296-9000, (877) 771-0588 www.myluxurybus.com preferred by royal families, united States presidents and high-schoolers. premiere offers a distinctly unique fleet of luxury coaches. signature transportation 408-B Harding Industrial Dr. (866) 378-1916, www.nashvillelimo.com providing reliable luxury ground transportation service throughout nashville. our reservation and fleet-management software, new limousines, sedans and luxury transportation vehicles such as stretch hummers and excursions, plus highly professional, courteous and experienced

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chauffeurs and efficient and dedicated management staff, combine to make Signature the recognized leader in its field. silver oak transportation 328 Hill Ave. 714-5466, (866) 455-2823, F: 469-7437 www.silveroaklimo.com hundreds of clients have relied on Silver oak transportation to get them to, from and through busy days. Many consider a professionally chauffeured vehicle a necessity rather than a luxury. the peace of mind brought to our clientele is priceless knowing their ride is guaranteed and waiting at the airport to pick them, or their important clients, up and transport them safely and efficiently to a meeting, seminar, hotel or business. drivers lounge. Group rates available. Group Requirement: 1. Group Capacity: 60+. Guided tours available. stewart transportation solutions, inc. 2814 Columbine Pl. 292-6040, (888) 292-6040 www.stewarttransportation.com Specializing in the planning and coordination of all types of transportation. from airport transfers and local bus charters to complex convention shuttle programs. we move people from one to 50,000, utilizing only the best vendors with the highest safety records.

Wise Coaches, inc. 1312 Central Ct., 391-3505, F: 391-3550 www.wisecoachesofnashville.com A family-owned charter bus company. we offer new-model motorcoaches that seat up to 56 passengers. Specializing in corporate outings, church and school groups, sports teams, senior tours, weddings and more.

Continental express (800) 525-0280, www.continental.com Delta airlines/Delta Connection (800) 221-1212, www.delta.com frontier airlines (800) 432-1359, www.frontierairlines.com skyway/midwest express (800) 452-2022, www.midwestexpress.com southwest airlines 402 BNA Dr., Ste. 410 872-7709, www.southwest.com advertising Partner, inside back cover united express airlines (800) 428-4322, www.united.com us airways (800) 428-4322, www.usairways.com

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thrifty Car rental 1201 Briley Pkwy. 361-6050, (800) 847-4389, F: 361-1849 www.thrifty.com Available in the terminal at nashville International Airport and suburban locations on Briley parkway, in Brentwood and Murfreesboro.

airlines
air Canada (888) 247-2262, www.aircanada.com american airlines/american eagle/ american Connection One Terminal Dr., Nashville International Airport (800) 433-7300, www.aa.com Group rates available. Group Requirement: 10.

taxicaBs
Meters (except at the airport) start at $3; each additional mile is $2. there is a flat-fare triangle between the airport, downtown and Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center. Between any two points in the triangle, the fare is set at $25 for up to four passengers. for areas outside of the triangle, the meter starts at $7 from the airport. taxis are available on the ground level of the terminal. american music City taxi 729 Calhoun Ave. 262-0451, www.musiccitytaxi.com nashville transportation (Checker Cab) 221 Largo Dr. 256-7000, F: 331-6215 www.nashvillecheckercab.com taxi usa of tennessee 1510 Lebanon Pk. 242-7070, www.nashvillecab.com Allied, nashville and diamond Cabs. we blend state-of-the-art technology and good old-fashioned service to provide unparalleled service. transportation licensing Commission 862-6777, www.nashville.gov/tlc

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metropolitan transit authority (mta) 130 Nestor St. 862-5950, www.nashvillemta.org provides hourly service between downtown and the airport seven days a week. express trips take only 20 minutes, and local service takes 35 to 45 minutes. one-way fares between the airport and downtown are available for less than $2. In town, MtA provides bus service in and out of downtown and throughout the city. All-day, unlimited-ride passes are available for $4.80. Music City Central, the new downtown transit station, is at 400 Charlotte Ave., between fourth and fifth avenues north. Customer service hours: 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon.-fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sun. exact change only for fares. All-day & sevenday passes available.

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Blast from the past
History really comes alive in Nashville. President Andrew Jackson might have been known as “Old Hickory,” but he clearly had a softer side, too. His tender inscription on his wife’s gravestone at The Hermitage provides just one insight into this multifaceted man. The antics of Adelicia Acklen, mistress of Belmont Mansion, are well documented. This original “Steel Magnolia” is widely rumored to have been the inspiration for the fictional Scarlett O’Hara. Any belle worth her salt knows diamonds are a girl’s best friend, which explains why Selene Harding tested her large engagement ring by scratching her name into the windowpane of her father’s office at Belle Meade Plantation. Nashville’s reputation as a gracious place to visit traces its roots to Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum, where peach brandy and politicians were always welcome. More than just beautiful bricks and mortar, the city’s lovely plantations and historic homes tell the story of a bygone era filled with colorful characters.

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southern/new southern. featuring a variety of great Creole cuisine fused with flavors from around the globe, but with unmistakable Southern roots. Sample catfish bites, fried green tomatoes, ribs or pulled barbecue pork, capped off with banana bread pudding and highlighted by the blues. 11 a.m.-midnight Sun., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-thu., 11 a.m.-3 a.m. fri.-Sat. advertising Partner, p. 75 barefoot Charlie’s North Nashville 125 Sanders Ferry, Hendersonville 431-2859, www.barefootcharlies.net american. escape to the lake to enjoy great food prepared fresh and with a tropically inspired attitude. families welcome. Golden tee, shuffleboard, hdtvs and 110-inch tv for the big sports. live entertainment most weekends, no cover. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-thu., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. big river grille and brewing Works Downtown 111 Broadway 251-4677, www.bigrivergrille.com american. Restaurant/brewery featuring fresh food and fresh beer in a fun, casual atmosphere, including the largest covered patio in downtown nashville. private dining available up to 400 people. Reservations accepted. Credit Cards: the blind Pig no. 55 West End/Vanderbilt 2317 12th Ave. S. 292-2655, www.blindpig55.com american. this 12th South neighborhood hangout features smoked meats, Southern sides and the pig Burger, made with a custom blend of ground chuck, boneless short rib and Benton’s bacon. open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Come by for our daily happy hour specials. the bluebird Cafe Green Hills 4104 Hillsboro Rd. 383-1461, www.bluebirdcafe.com american. Share in nashville’s music history at one of the city’s most famous venues where many artists, from Garth Brooks to taylor Swift, got their start. private events for groups up to 100 offer intimate performances and catered meals. 5:30-11 p.m. Mon.-thu., 5:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. fri.-Sat., 6-11 p.m. Sun. Most early shows are free; most late shows $10. Reservations accepted. Credit Cards: Group capacity: 100. bob evans restaurant Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 200 Rudy Cir. 889-9266, www.bobevans.com american. Country homestyle restaurant with a

unique general store for a completely Southern shopping and dining experience. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. advertising Partner, p. 28 bound’ry West End/Vanderbilt 911 20th Ave. S. 321-3043, www.pansouth.net eclectic/international. with a divine and eclectic menu featuring global cuisine, the Bound’ry is where all borders meet. See the live oak tree growing in the downstairs bar. open-air dining available. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Sun.-Mon., 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m. tue.-Sat. Reservations accepted. Credit Cards: bourbon street blues and boogie bar Downtown 220 Printers Alley 242-5837, www.bourbonstreetblues.com american. live music every day for lunch, happy hour and evening. Great food, great drinks and great times. 4 p.m.-3 a.m. daily. Reservations accepted. Credit Cards: Group capacity: 250. buca di beppo South/Franklin 1722 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 778-1321, www.bucadibeppo.com italian. Authentic Italian restaurant that offers flavorful, family-style Italian dining. buffalo’s nashville Downtown 154 Second Ave. N. 313-7665, www.buffalosnashville.com american. In the district, a favorite watering hole of the locals. look for great food, billiards and more. hdtvs everywhere. perfect location to watch your favorite sport. easy walk to nashville’s most popular spots. historic building looks out on the river and the titans’ lp field. Check us for your party plans. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. daily. Credit Cards:

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the acorn West End/Vanderbilt 114 28th Ave. N. 320-4399, www.theacornrestaurant.com american. Many things to many people, the Acorn features fine dining, two full bars, private events and patio seating. Independently owned and conveniently located in the west end district. 5-10 p.m. Mon.-thu., 5-11 p.m. fri.-Sat. Reservations recommended. Credit Cards: amerigo italian restaurant West End/Vanderbilt 1920 West End Ave. 320-1740, www.amerigo.net italian. Amerigo is a locally owned Italian restaurant specializing in authentic Italian pastas, handmade pizzas, fresh seafood, wood-fired steaks and extensive wine offerings. private dining rooms, group seating, reservations and catering services are available for groups of any size. Reservations accepted. Credit Cards: Group capacity: 130. aquarium Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 516 Opry Mills Dr. 514-8600, www.nashvilleaquarium.com seafood. located in opry Mills, Aquarium offers sensational food in a unique setting. Guests dine around a 200,000-gallon saltwater tank featuring more than 100 species of tropical fish. After dining, experience Stingray Reef, where you can feed stingrays, enjoy exhibits, games and a carousel. temporarily closed. please call for further information. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Credit Cards: b.b. king’s blues Club and restaurant Downtown 152 Second Ave. N. 256-2727, www.bbkingclubs.com All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted.

burger up West End/Vanderbilt 2901 12th Ave. S. 279-3767, www.burger-up.com american. fostering the idea of thoughtful consuming through locally sourced food of exceptional quality in a family-friendly environment. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. fri.-Sat. Caney fork fish Camp Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2400 Music Valley Dr. 724-1200, www.caneyforkfishcamp.com seafood. A family restaurant complete with two fish ponds and two fireplaces. enjoy freshly prepared food and Southern hospitality. advertising Partner, p. 28

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Cantina laredo Downtown 592 12th Ave. S. 259-9280, www.cantinalaredo.com mexican. Serving authentic gourmet Mexican dishes in a sophisticated atmosphere. Capitol grille, hermitage hotel Downtown 231 Sixth Ave. N. 345-7116, www.thehermitagehotel.com/site/ dining_capitolgrille.aspx Continental. Reinventing Southern gourmet cuisine using the freshest regional ingredients served in plush surroundings at the hermitage hotel. hours vary, call for details. Cascades american Café, gaylord opryland® resort & Convention Center Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2800 Opryland Dr. 871-6848, www.gaylordopryland.com american. Surrounded by spectacular waterfalls and lush gardens of the Cascades Atrium at Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center, the menu includes monthly seafood fresh-catch features and seasonal dishes like bistro steak and braised pot roast. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-thu., 7 a.m.-11 p.m. fri.-Sat. Chaffin’s barn Dinner theatre West Nashville 8204 Hwy. 100 646-9977, (800) 282-2276 www.dinnertheatre.com american. nashville’s first professional theater. Serving up great buffets and Broadway plays for more than 40 years. evening buffet: 6-7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. Sun. buffet: noon-1:30 p.m., show 2 p.m. Reservations required. Credit Cards: Chef’s market Café & take away North Nashville 900 Conference Dr., Goodlettsville 851-2433, www.chefsmarket.com Deli/gourmet Deli. offering an amazing selection of daily-crafted soups, market salads, leaf salads, chef-prepared gourmet entrées, sandwiches and bakery items, virtually all of which are prepared in our café and catering kitchens. Semiprivate dining available for groups under 50 people. 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Credit Cards: Cocina mexican grill Downtown 501-A Union St. 255-4570, www.cocinamexican.com mexican. fast, fresh and genuine Southwestern Mexican grill. Marinated chicken, grilled steak and quality ground beef topped with fresh and wholesome vegetables. Great for vegetarians and vegans, too. you can reserve tables for groups, or call for catering or group delivery. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.

Closed Sun. Group reservations only. Credit Cards: Group capacity: 110. Cock of the Walk Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2624 Music Valley Dr. 889-1930, www.cockofthewalkrestaurant.com southern. enjoy great Southern food and hospitality at nashville’s most unique restaurant. offering u.S. farm-raised catfish served family-style. 5-9 p.m. Mon.-thu., 5-10 p.m. fri., 4-10 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Credit Cards: advertising Partner, p. 28 the Cocoa tree Downtown 1200 Fifth Ave. N., Ste. 104 255-5060, www.thecocoatree.com nashville’s own artisan chocolate cafe specializing in award-winning handmade truffles and confections, as well as chocolate desserts and beverages. the cafe is located just north of downtown in the historic Germantown district. Commerce street grill – renaissance nashville hotel Downtown 611 Commerce St. 255-8400 american. In the beautiful Renaissance nashville hotel with a bountiful breakfast and lunch buffet. our dinner menu offers a variety of delicious grill options with a distinct local flavor. Breakfast 6-10 a.m., lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 5-10 p.m., live jazz 5-9 p.m. tue.-Sat. the Cupcake Collection Downtown 1213 Sixth Ave. N. 244-2900, www.thecupcakecollection.com Deli/gourmet Deli. located in the heart of historic Germantown, the Cupcake Collection features daily, made-from-scratch cupcakes and icing. no lard/shortening. At $1.50, this is a cost-effective cupcake. Credit Cards: Dan mcguinness irish Pub West End/Vanderbilt 1538 Demonbreun St. 252-1991, www.danmcguinnesspub.com/nashville/ irish. nashville’s only traditional Irish pub located on the Music Row roundabout and featuring a variety of nashville’s best live music every night. Credit Cards: Dave & buster’s Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 540 Opry Mills Dr. 514-1202, www.daveandbusters.com american. from burgers to new york strip, we serve all your American favorites and have something delicious for everyone. temporarily

closed. please call for further information. 11 a.m.-midnight Sun.-thu., until 1 a.m. fri.-Sat. Reservations not accepted. Credit Cards: Group capacity: 2,500. Demos’ steak and spaghetti house Downtown 300 Commerce St. 256-4655, www.demosrestaurants.com american. featuring pasta and steak, this downtown restaurant is a local favorite. try the buttery rolls and famous chicken and rice soup. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-thu., 11 a.m.-midnight fri.-Sat. Reservations not accepted. Credit Cards: Dunn bros Coffee Downtown 401 Church St., Ste. 100 252-2567, www.dunnbros.com Coffeehouse. fresh-roasted coffee. Great coffehouse atmosphere, soups, sandwiches, salads, pastries, smoothies and free wi-fi. Meeting space also available. Credit Cards: eat, the restaurant at loews vanderbilt West End/Vanderbilt 2100 West End Ave. 321-1990, www.loewsvanderbilt.com american. Gracious service and a diverse menu. open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 1808 grille West End/Vanderbilt 1808 West End Ave. 340-0012, www.1808grille.com american. discover the 1808 Grille, a nashville restaurant ideal for corporate lunches, private dining, romantic dinners or relaxed evenings out. At once elegant, casual, familiar but unique, 1808 Grille is the ideal place to meet, dine and linger. f. scott’s restaurant & Jazz bar Green Hills 2210 Crestmoor Rd. 269-5861, www.fscotts.com american. fine American cuisine with a french influence using local ingredients. live jazz in the lounge six nights a week. 5:30-10 p.m. Mon.-thu., 5:30-11 p.m. fri.-Sat. Bar opens 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Closed Sun. Reservations recommended. Credit Cards: the falls bar & lounge Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2800 Opryland Dr. 871-6848, www.gaylordopryland.com american. within the breathtaking Cascades atrium is the falls, Gaylord opryland’s® signature bar and lounge. here, you can enjoy chilled champagne, signature cocktails, wines and your favorite bottled beer in a leisurely setting with

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complimentary wi-fi access. the falls offers a tapas-style menu, desserts and coffee drinks. the family Wash East Nashville 2038 Greenwood Ave. 226-6070, www.familywash.com american. the wash, as the locals call it, is one of the most unique restaurants and music venues in all of Music City. open five nights a week, from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. tuesday through Saturday. try our fan-favorite Shepherd’s pie and enjoy some live music that changes daily. 6 p.m.-midnight tue.-Sat. findley’s irish Pub, gaylord opryland® resort & Convention Center Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2800 Opryland Dr. 871-6848, www.gaylordopryland.com irish. this victorian-style Irish pub features entertainment most nights and a menu offering delicious Irish staples such as fish-n-chips, corned beef and yorkshire pudding, plus a fine selection of drafts including Guinness® extra Stout, Bass pale Ale and hard Core Cider. located in Gaylord opryland’s Magnolia section. 11 a.m.-midnight. fish & Co. West End/Vanderbilt 1922 Adelicia St.

320-1119, www.fishco-nashville.com american. A low-country and costal-inspired restaurant created by James Beard award winner, louis osteen. fish & Co. provides a relaxed yet refined atmosphere with bar room dining upstairs and a more formal dining room downstairs. five guys famous burgers and fries Green Hills 4017 Hillsboro Pk., Ste. 310 463-0022, www.fiveguys.com West End/Vanderbilt 2020 West End Ave. 320-3678 South/Franklin 330 Franklin Rd., Brentwood 309-5004 South/Franklin 3021 Mallory Ln., Franklin 778-0349 american. Burgers made from scratch: hand-pattied, American beef, never frozen, with all toppings freshly prepared daily. hand-cut fries, twice-cooked in 100 percent pure peanut oil. So good, it’s zagat-rated. Reservations not accepted. Credit Cards: Group capacity: 85. fleming’s Prime steakhouse & Wine bar West End/Vanderbilt

2525 West End Ave., Ste. 220 342-0131, www.flemingssteakhouse.com steak. Creating the magic of a great evening out with an inviting ambiance, 100 wines by the glass and a focus on prime beef. Guests are provided with friendly service, a warm atmosphere and memorable times. 5-10 p.m. Mon.-thu., 4:30-11 p.m. fri.-Sat., 4-9 p.m. Sun. Credit Cards: flyte World Dining and Wine Downtown 718 Division St. 255-6200, www.flytenashville.com american. An elegant, comfortable fine-dining environment that stimulates your passion and curiosity for great food, interesting wines and finely crafted beers. frothy monkey Coffeehouse West End/Vanderbilt 2509 12th Ave. S. 292-1808, www.frothymonkeynashville.com american. A neighborhood coffeehouse with a home-like atmosphere, full breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. local coffee, dairy and housemade offerings. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends. general Jackson showboat Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive

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2812 Opryland Dr. 458-3930, www.generaljackson.com american. Climb aboard for a unique dining and entertainment experience as this 300-foot paddlewheel riverboat cruises the Cumberland River. offering fantastic shows and delicious meals. lunch and dinner cruises; call for schedule. advertising Partner, inside front cover and p. 28 giovanni ristorante West End/Vanderbilt 909 20th Ave. S. 760-5932, www.giovanninashville.com italian. An upscale northern Italian restaurant specializing in fresh seafood and delicious risotto. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon., Sun.; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. tue.-Sat. Reservations accepted. Credit Cards: hard rock Cafe Downtown 100 Broadway 742-9900, www.hardrock.com american. hey, hard rockers – you know who you are – come on down and party like a rock star at the hard Rock Cafe in historic downtown nashville, where rock ‘n’ roll lives. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-thu., 11 a.m.-midnight fri.-Sat. advertising Partner, p. 2 incredible Dave’s North Nashville 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville www.incredibledaves.com american. featuring awesome dining, extreme fun, a 400-seat restaurant, two bars, 100 tvs, bowling lanes, more than 120 video/ redemption games and a stage with live entertainment nightly. Jack’s bar-b-Que Downtown 416 Broadway 228-4600, www.jacksbarbque.com North Nashville 334 W. Trinity Lane 228-9888 barbecue. proudly serving barbecue from pit to plate, featuring the best recipe styles from tennessee, texas and St. louis. Broadway location features the nashville Room, perfect for private dining for up to 100 people. Call individual restaurant for hours. Credit Cards: Jim & nick’s West Nashville 17004 Charlotte Pk. 417-3050, www.jimnnicks.com barbecue. our legendary barbecue is fueled by hickory smoke and complemented by a delicate rub and hard-to-peg sauce that doesn’t cover up the flavor of our meats, but instead enhances them. 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sun.-thu., 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. fri.-Sat.

Jimmy kelly’s West End/Vanderbilt 217 Louise Ave. 329-4349, www.jimmykellys.com steak. this nashville dining tradition has been impressing guests with its hospitality and great food since 1934. located in a historic victorian mansion. 5 p.m.-midnight Mon.-Sat. the loveless Cafe/ the loveless barn West Nashville 8400 Hwy. 100 646-9700 Ext. 3, www.lovelesscafe.com or www.lovelessbarn.com southern/new southern. nationally acclaimed and frequented by celebrities, world travelers and local appetites alike. the quaint country charm and genuine country cooking that have made it a Southern landmark have remained unchanged for 50 years. 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Sat. Closed Christmas day. advertising Partner, p. 77 maggiano’s little italy West End/Vanderbilt 3106 West End Ave. 514-0270, 514-0271 www.maggianos.com italian. there is an old Italian proverb that says, “At the table, no one grows old.” And so it is at Maggiano’s little Italy. time stands still when you share delicious food and drink and good times with family and friends. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. fri.-Sat. Reservations recommended. Credit Cards: Group capacity: 127. margaritaville Downtown 322 Broadway (866) 250-5480, www.margaritavillenashville.com It’s more than a restaurant, it’s a state of mind – and a great new place for groups to party downtown. whether your group is a pre-show dinner for 10 or a restaurant buyout for 650, Margaritaville will show you a good time. advertising Partner, p. 73 merchants restaurant Downtown 401 Broadway, Corner of Broadway and Fourth Ave. 254-1892, 254-3012 www.merchantsrestaurant.com american. located in the heart of downtown nashville, Merchants Restaurant offers three floors of dining – first-floor casual bar and grille; secondfloor fine dining with an intimate/romantic atmosphere; third-floor private group dining. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-thu., 11 a.m.-12 a.m. fri.-Sat., 4-9 p.m. Sun. Reservations recommended. Credit Cards: Group capacity: 135.

miss Jeanne’s Dinner theatre Downtown Corner of Gleaves and 600 Ninth Ave. S. 902-9566, 242-8000 www.missjeannes.com american. An interactive mystery play with live music and comedy, plus a served dinner. each table becomes a team to decipher clues, bribe suspects with play money and try to solve the crime. nashville’s only dinner theater downtown. off-site shows available. doors open at 6:45 p.m., show at 7 p.m. every Sat. Call for weeknight shows. Reservations required. Credit Cards: Group capacity: 150. morton’s – the steakhouse Downtown 618 Church St. 259-4558, www.mortons.com steak. Serving only the finest quality foods, featuring uSdA prime aged beef, fresh fish and seafood, hand-picked produce, delicious appetizers and elegant desserts. 5:30-11 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 5-10 p.m. Sun. BAR 12·21 5 p.m. daily. Reservations recommended. Credit Cards: Group capacity: 90. nashville City Club Downtown 201 Fourth Ave. N., 20th Fl. 244-3693, www.nashvillecity.com american. downtown business club with breathtaking city views, personal service and memorable experiences. Great to host a dinner or special event while overlooking all of nashville. full-service, custom event venue with on-site event professional and executive chef. Reservations required. Credit Cards: nashville Coffee & Co. Downtown 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. 278-8764, www.nashvillecoffeeandcompany.com Coffeehouse. featuring a large variety of locally roasted coffees, specialty coffee drinks and locally made pastries. Credit Cards: nashville Dinner theatre Downtown 209 Printers Alley 889-4000, www.nashvilledinnertheatre.com american. nashville’s only historic downtown dinner theater venue. free parking. dinner and show only $40. nashville nightlife Dinner theatre Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2620 Music Valley Dr. 885-4747, (800) 308-5779 www.nashvillenightlife.com Dinner/breakfast theater. experience a celebration of country music – past and present – while joining us for breakfast or dinner.

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doors open at 7:45 a.m., breakfast shows begin at 8:30 a.m. doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Credit Cards: advertising Partner, p. 28 nashville originals Airport/Elm Hill Pike P.O. Box 120668 386-3940, www.nashvilleoriginals.com the association of independent restaurants. nashville Palace Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2611 McGavock Pk. 889-1540, www.nashvillepalace.net Dinner theater. enjoy dinner in the venue where country superstars Randy travis and Ricky van Shelton got started. Menu includes palace plates featuring fried chicken and ribs, plus our signature steaks. you never know who you’ll see at the world-famous nashville palace. 1 p.m.-2:30 a.m. thu.-tue., 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. wed. Reservations accepted. Credit Cards: advertising Partner, p. 28 neely’s barbecue North Nashville 2292 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. 251-8895, www.neelysbbq.com barbecue. this is the famous barbecue family featured on the food network shows Down Home With The Neelys and Road Tasted With The Neelys. located in Metro Center inside the waterfront plaza. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. fri.-Sat. Group reservations only. Credit Cards: old hickory steakhouse, gaylord opryland® resort & Convention Center Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2800 Opryland Dr. 871-6848, www.gaylordopryland.com steak. winner of the prestigious diRonA Award and the Wine Spectator Award, old hickory Steakhouse offers a widely varied menu – from signature certified Angus steaks to delectable seafood dishes. Inside the delta Atrium surrounded by waterfalls and unparalleled vistas. Also serving an elegant afternoon tea. 5-10 p.m. Sun.-thu., 4:30-11 p.m. fri.-Sat. Afternoon tea 2:30-4 p.m. thu.-Sun. opry mills Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 433 Opry Mills Dr. (877) SHOP-FUN, www.oprymills.com opry Mills offers more than 20 different eateries to satisfy any appetite. temporarily closed. please call for further information. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. advertising Partner, p. 28 the Palm restaurant Downtown 140 Fifth Ave. S. 742-7256, www.thepalm.com All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted.

steak & seafood. Aged prime steaks, jumbo nova Scotia lobsters, Italian entrées, outstanding service and atmosphere like nowhere else. lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-fri., dinner 3-11 p.m. Mon.-fri., 5-11 p.m. Sat., 5-10 p.m. Sun. Pancake Pantry Hillsboro Village 1796 21st Ave. S. 383-9333, www.thepancakepantry.com american. A nashville tradition. try a different breed of pancake at each visit. 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-fri., 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Paradise Park trailer resort Downtown 411 Broadway

251-1515, www.myspace.com/ paradiseparknashville american. located on lower Broadway, the bar is themed after a trailer park, and the 24-hour restaurant features homemade burgers, sandwiches and milkshakes. the Patterson house West End/Vanderbilt 1711 Division St. 636-7724, www.thepattersonnashville.com american. located in a historic former residence at the corner of 17th Avenue South and division Street in Midtown, the patterson house offers a vibe and drink menu that suggests a throwback to the pre-prohibition era when tempting cocktails and stimulating conversation highlighted a cosmopolitan American nightlife. 5 p.m.-3 a.m. tue.-Sun. Credit Cards:

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Puckett’s Downtown 500 Church St. 770-2772, www.puckettsgrocery.com South/Franklin 120 Fourth Ave. S., Franklin 794-5527 american. founded in the ‘50s, people have been congregating at puckett’s for more than half a century. we’ve updated a bit, added some recipes from our family and friends, and thrown in some live music. But it’s still puckett’s Grocery ... nothing too fancy, but everything good. It’s where the locals go for real food, real people and real fun. rainforest Café Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive Opry Mills Mall 514-3000, www.landryrestaurants.com global. escape to a tropical adventure full of exotic ambiance, cascading waterfalls, entertaining animatronic gorillas, trumpeting elephants and whimsical butterflies. Menu contains fresh seafood, crisp salads, delicious sandwiches and enticing entrées. end your journey with a Sparkling volcano. temporarily closed. please call for further information. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. fri., 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. ravello, gaylord opryland® resort & Convention Center Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2800 Opryland Dr. 871-6848, www.gaylordopryland.com italian. take a culinary journey to Ravello in Campania, Italy – a southern Italian restaurant offering delightfully simple specialties, fresh seafood and rustic flavors. Begin your dining experience with a selection of antipastos, artisan cheeses and cured meats. Savor our bold pastas with sumptuous sauces, like spaghetti Bolognese or classic carbonara paparadelle. pizzas are fresh from the oven and include unique delicacies like lobster margherita. no meal is complete without the complement of a great wine. red rooster bar & music hall Downtown 1530 Demonbreun St. 457-2781, www.nashvillerooster.com american. A polished and casual restaurant and bar serving lunch, dinner and late-night. we offer live music, private parties and events. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Mon.-fri., 4 p.m.-3 a.m. Sat. Credit Cards: restaurant 315, Doubletree hotel Downtown 315 Fourth Ave. N. 244-8200, www.doubletree.com american. located at the doubletree hotel. Buy a minimum of two entrées for dinner and receive free valet parking for the evening. Spend the night downtown enjoying dinner, theater or a concert. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

rippy’s smokin’ bar & grill Downtown 429 Broadway 244-7477 barbecue. enjoy live country bands and great barbecue. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. ruth’s Chris steakhouse West End/Vanderbilt 2100 West End Ave. 320-0163, www.ruthschris.com steak. when you visit us, you soon understand that this is no ordinary restaurant. from the u.S. prime steaks, to the expertly executed seafood, new orleans-inspired appetizers, unforgettable desserts and award-winning wine list, this is the steak house to which others aspire. private dining available for 10-75. 5-10:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 5-9:30 p.m. Sun. saffire South/Franklin 230 Franklin Rd., Franklin 599-4995, www.saffirerestaurant.com american. Grab a seat at the antique english bar or at one of the old tables with mismatched chairs. A good view lets you watch chefs perform in the exposed kitchen. from the casual lunch menu and elaborate dinner menu to an amazing wine list and daily dessert menu, there’s a lot to choose from at Saffire. lunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. tue.-Sun.; dinner: 5-9 p.m. tue.-thu., Sun.; 5-10 p.m. fri.-Sat.; Closed Mon. sambuca Downtown 601 12th Ave. S. 248-2888, www.sambucarestaurant.com Continental. dine, drink and dance the night away at nashville’s premier supper club, offering eclectic dining and live music nightly. entrees include mozzarella and prosciutto beignets, crab cakes with sun-dried tomato chips and pan-seared sea bass, just to name a few. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-wed., 11 a.m.-midnight thu., 4 p.m.-2 a.m. fri.-Sat., 4-11 p.m. Sun. savarino Cucina Hillsboro Village 2121 Belcourt Ave. 460-9878 italian. An authentic Italian restaurant and bakery. All foods are made on the premises and from scratch. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Credit Cards: solario, gaylord opryland® resort & Convention Center Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2800 Opryland Dr. 871-6848, www.gaylordopryland.com mexican. with its outdoor patio seating in the beautiful Garden Conservatory atrium, Solario provides bold Mexican cuisine with a flavor that is anything but subtle. the soul of authentic Mexican fare is served up in a laid-back, fun atmosphere. enjoy our signature guacamole, made tableside,

while sipping a handcrafted margarita made from one of our house-infused tequilas. sole mio Downtown 311 Third Ave. S. 256-4013, www.solemionash.com italian. everything handmade. over a decade in downtown nashville. one block from the symphony hall. fresh pastas, chicken, veal and seafood specials. voted top in 25 categories by Citysearch. private dining room available. 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. tue.-Sat., 4 p.m.-midnight Sun. Reservations recommended. Credit Cards: south street original Crab shack and authentic Dive bar West End/Vanderbilt 901 20th Ave. S. 320-5555, www.pansouth.net southern/new southern. South Street is the premier open-air restaurant and bar in nashville. the atmosphere is laid-back and inviting with rollback glass doors for warm-weather fun and a fireplace for cozying up in the winter. walk up the steps to the newest addition, the tree house oyster Bar. 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Sun. Credit Cards: Reservations not accepted. sports Page Downtown 419 Union St. 251-9503, www.sportspageonunion.com american. visit the Sports page for lunch and enjoy one of the best burgers nashville has to offer. Also, the second floor of the Sports page is very private. It can accommodate 80 seated and up to 110 for standing reception. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mon.-fri. Reservations recommended. Credit Cards: the stock-yard restaurant Downtown 901 Second Ave. N. 255-6464, www.stock-yardrestaurant.com steak. named one of the top 10 steakhouses in the united States, and serving nashville proudly since 1979. Serving certified Angus beef, lobster, fresh seafood, ribs and more. private dining rooms available, strolling balladeer. Complimentary shuttle service. 5-10 p.m. Mon.-thu., 5-11 p.m. fri.-Sat., 5-9 p.m. Sun. Reservations recommended. Credit Cards: stoney river legendary steaks West End/Vanderbilt 3015 West End Ave. 340-9550, www.stoneyriver.com steak. A profoundly comfortable and creative combination of upscale service and food in an atmosphere that truly encourages you to relax. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. lunch, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. dinner Mon.-fri.; 4-10 p.m. Sat.; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. lunch, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. dinner Sun. Reservations accepted. Credit Cards:

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sunset grill Hillsboro Village 2001 Belcourt Ave. 386-3663, (866) 496-3663 www.sunsetgrill.com Continental. described as “California cuisine with Southern touches,” by Where the Locals EatNashville. the menu offers seafood, pasta, salads, steaks, desserts and one of nashville’s top wine lists. A late-night menu, wine classes, private-event rooms and an open-air patio are available as well. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. tue.-fri., 5-10 p.m. every day. Credit Cards: Reservations accepted. table 3 Green Hills 3821 Green Hills Village Dr. 739-6900, www.Table3Nashville.com french. offering an authentic brasserie/bistro dining experience in a setting that combines contemporary elements with an old-world atmosphere. table 3 offers an affordable wine list and menu, and strives to use high-quality, fresh ingredients. open daily. lunch 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., dinner 5:30-10 p.m., late night 10-11 p.m., Sun. brunch Credit Cards: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. taco mamacita Music Row 1200 Villa Pl. 730-8540, www.tacomamacita.com

mexican. featuring a modern, eclectic menu where the taco is supreme, and offering a full bar with patio. everything is made fresh in-house daily, including the famous margaritas. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-thu., Sun.; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. fri.-Sat. the tin roof Downtown 1516 Demonbreun 313-7103, www.tinroofbars.com Pub fare/brewery. located on demonbreun Street, at the base of nashville’s famous Music Row. Customers love the laid-back atmosphere and live entertainment – not to mention the madefrom-scratch food served up by the Roof’s friendly and eclectic staff. Additional locations include Cool Springs, Knoxville and lexington, Ky. Credit Cards: 2 rivers grille, nashville marriott Airport/Elm Hill Pike 600 Marriott Dr. 889-9300, www.marriott.com Continental. At the nashville Airport Marriott, 2 Rivers Grille features a contemporary menu of creative cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 6 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-10 p.m. daily. two twenty two grill Downtown 222 Fifth Ave. S. 416-2096

southern/new southern. located inside the Country Music hall of fame® and Museum, two twenty two Grill & Catering is a full-service restaurant proudly serving our visitors and the city. Chef Jeremy foy offers a unique spin on authentic Southern favorites, usually locally grown produce and the freshest ingredients. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sun.-Sat. to-Go: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.-Sat. urban flats Downtown 610 12th Ave. S. 254-0454, www.urbanflatsnash.com american. Contemporary restaurant with full bar and award-winning wine list. the menu features 100% whole-wheat flatbreads topped with fresh ingredients. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-tue., thu.; 11 a.m.-12 a.m. wed.; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. fri.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Wasabi’s, gaylord opryland® resort & Convention Center Opryland Area/Music Valley Drive 2800 Opryland Dr. 871-6848, www.gaylordhotels.com sushi. not only a tantalizing treat for the taste buds ... each plate is a miniature masterpiece! Choose from a variety of sushi rolls, nigiri sushi and sashimi, plus traditional sake, sake cocktails, plum wine and Japanese beer. Inside Gaylord

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opryland® Resort & Convention Center’s Cascades Restaurant. noon-9:30 p.m. Sun.-thu., noon-10:30 p.m. fri.-Sat. Watermark restaurant Downtown 507 12th Ave. S. 254-2000, www.watermark-restaurant.com southern/new southern. An independent, fine dining restaurant in downtown nashville, recognized for its culinary excellence and warm, professional service. 5-9:30 p.m. Mon.-thu., 5-10 p.m. fri.-Sat.

Bar opens at 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Reservations Credit Cards: recommended. Whiskey bent saloon Downtown 306 Broadway 401-2580, www.whiskeybentsaloon.com american. look no further for a great place to relax in nashville! whiskey Bent Saloon is the place to be and we always welcome bachelorette parties, business parties, reunions or just any place to party! we feature lively bands, specialty bourbons, no cover charge, ice cold beer and extra friendly service. 12 p.m.-3 a.m. daily.

Wildhorse saloon Downtown 120 Second Ave. N. 902-8211, www.wildhorsesaloon.com barbecue. enjoy delicious dining and learn the latest dance steps on the largest dance floor in town. the full menu showcases Southern and Southwestern taste sensations. 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Sun.-thu., 11 a.m.-2:45 a.m. fri.-Sat. Reservations accepted. Credit Cards: advertising Partner, inside front cover

seeing stars
Music calls us home – and so do the stars who make the hits. Although Nashville is one of the world’s most famous entertainment capitals, it’s also home base for many artists who live, work and play here. While it’s easy to see entertainers headlining performances at live music venues around town, it’s also possible to do some stargazing while dining out, shopping or sightseeing. Popular restaurants near Music Row, including Pancake Pantry and Noshville Delicatessen, often attract singers, songwriters and music executives. Other possible star-sighting opportunities include a trip to the famed Grand Ole Opry, enjoying a show at The Bluebird Cafe, Tootsies Orchid Lounge or other downtown honky-tonks, shopping in the upscale boutiques at The Mall at Green Hills, visiting the Music City Walk of Fame and even dropping by the Visitor Information Center at the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue, where artists pop in and out for live interviews on Sirius XM Radio. Remember, in Nashville, the stars don’t just come out at night!

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2 Rivers Grille, nashville Marriott . . . . . . . . . . 77 whiskey Bent Saloon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 wildhorse Saloon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

these nashville-area restaurants have been arranged by area of town. you can refer to the maps on pages 86-88 for more information.
old hickory Steakhouse, Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 opry Mills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Rainforest Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Ravello, Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Solario, Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 wasabi’s, Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

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B.B. King’s Blues Club and Restaurant . . . . . . 71 Big River Grille and Brewing works . . . . . . . . 71 Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar . . . . . . . 71 Buffalo’s nashville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Cantina laredo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Capitol Grille, hermitage hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Cocina Mexican Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 the Cocoa tree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Commerce Street Grill – Renaissance nashville hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 the Cupcake Collection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 demos’ Steak and Spaghetti house . . . . . . . . 72 dunn Bros Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 flyte world dining and wine . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 hard Rock Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Jack’s Bar-B-Que . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Margaritaville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Merchants Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Miss Jeanne’s dinner theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Morton’s – the Steakhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 nashville City Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 nashville Coffee & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 nashville dinner theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 the palm Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 paradise park trailer Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 puckett’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Red Rooster Bar & Music hall . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Restaurant 315, doubletree hotel . . . . . . . . . 76 Rippy’s Smokin’ Bar & Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Sambuca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Sole Mio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Sports page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 the Stock-yard Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 the tin Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 two twenty two Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 urban flats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 watermark Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted.

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the family wash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

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the Bluebird Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 f. Scott’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar . . . . . . . . . . 72 five Guys famous Burgers and fries . . . . . . . 73 table 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

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Buca di Beppo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 five Guys famous Burgers and fries . . . . . . . 73 puckett’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Saffire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

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pancake pantry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Savarino Cucina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Sunset Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

West end/vanderBilt
the Acorn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Amerigo Italian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 the Blind pig no. 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Bound’ry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Burger up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 dan McGuinness Irish pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 eat, the restaurant at loews vanderbilt . . . . . 72 1808 Grille . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 fish & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 five Guys famous Burgers and fries . . . . . . . 73 fleming’s prime Steakhouse & wine Bar . . . . 73 frothy Monkey Coffeehouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Giovanni Ristorante . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Jimmy Kelly’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Maggiano’s little Italy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 the patterson house . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 South Street original Crab Shack and Authentic dive Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Stoney River legendary Steaks . . . . . . . . . . . 76

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north nashville
Barefoot Charlie’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Chef’s Market Café & take Away . . . . . . . . . . 72 Incredible dave’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Jack’s Bar-B-Que . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 neely’s Barbecue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

opryland area/ Music valley drive
Aquarium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Bob evans Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Caney fork fish Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Cascades American Café, Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Cock of the walk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 dave & Buster’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 the falls Bar & lounge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 findley’s Irish pub, Gaylord opryland Resort & Convention Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
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Chaffin’s Barn dinner theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Jim & nick’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 the loveless Cafe/the loveless Barn . . . . . . 74

General Jackson Showboat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 nashville nightlife dinner theatre . . . . . . . . . . 74 nashville palace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

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the leading exhibitor of independent, foreign and repertory film programming in nashville, plus a much sought-after and intimate music venue. the Belcourt theatre has been nationally recognized and is an original member of the Sundance Art house project. Showtimes vary, call for details. the big bang 411 Broadway, Second Fl. 747-5851, 747-5853 www.thebigbangbar.com nashville’s only all-request, rock ‘n’ roll dueling piano bar. In the heart of honky tonk Row. 7 p.m. Sun.-thu., 5 p.m. fri., 6 p.m. Sat. Admission fee. Minimum age: 21 Credit Cards: the bluebird Cafe 4104 Hillsboro Rd. 383-1461, www.bluebirdcafe.com Share in nashville’s music history at one of the city’s most famous venues where many artists, from Garth Brooks to taylor Swift, got their start. private events for groups up to 100 offer intimate performances and catered meals. 5:30-11 p.m. Mon.-thu., 5:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. fri.-Sat., 6-11 p.m. Sun. Most early shows are free; most late shows $10. Admission fee. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group capacity: 100. bourbon street blues and boogie bar 220 Printers Alley 242-5837, www.bourbonstreetblues.com

live music every happy hour and evening. Great food, great drinks and great times. 4 p.m.-3 a.m. daily. free. Credit Cards: Group capacity: 250. bridgestone arena 501 Broadway 770-2000, www.bridgestonearena.com the home of the nhl nashville predators is also the site of blockbuster events and headliner concerts. Jonas Brothers, Celine dion, elton John and Billy Joel are just a few of the headliners that have included the Bridgestone Arena on their tour schedule. Call or go online for a schedule of upcoming events. buffalo’s nashville 154 Second Ave. N. 313-7665, www.buffalosnashville.com In the district, a favorite watering hole of the locals. look for great food, billiards and more. hdtvs everywhere. perfect location to watch your favorite sport. easy walk to nashville’s most popular spots. historic building looks out on the river and the titans’ lp field. Check us for your party plans. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. daily. free. Chaffin’s barn Dinner theatre 8204 Hwy. 100 646-9977, (800) 282-2276 www.dinnertheatre.com nashville’s first professional theater. Serving up great buffets and Broadway plays for more than 40 years.

b.b. king’s blues Club and restaurant 152 Second Ave. N. 256-2727, www.bbkingclubs.com live music nightly showcasing special guests and regularly featured bands – the B.B. King’s All Stars, the B.B. Kingsmen and Burning las vegas. Musical performances range from classic blues to smooth jazz to the powerful vocals of the Motown era. 11 a.m.-midnight Sun., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-thu., 11 a.m.-3 a.m. fri.-Sat. advertising Partner, p. 75 belcourt theatre 2102 Belcourt Ave. 846-3150, www.belcourt.org

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it starts With a song
Nashville is one of the nation’s true creative centers. By day, visitors will enjoy learning more about the singing legends, talented musicians and hard-working industry professionals who take an idea from concept to No. 1 hit. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Ryman Auditorium, Music City Walk of Fame and Historic RCA Studio B all provide a behind-the-scenes view of Nashville’s most famous industry. By night, put all that new knowledge to the test in clubs around town. Every genre is well represented in this performance town. Blues, bluegrass, jazz, country, rock, rap, pop, classical – Music City is playing your song.
evening buffet: 6-7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. Sun. buffet: noon-1:30 p.m., show 2 p.m. Admission fee. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 12. Dave & buster’s 540 Opry Mills Dr. 514-1202, www.daveandbusters.com Create your own experience inside a world of entertainment where great food, signature drinks and one-of-a-kind fun can be found under one enormous roof. offering billiards, cosmic bowling and more than 150 video and video-simulated games. More than 6,000 square feet available for private events. temporarily closed. please call for further information. 11 a.m.-midnight Sun.-thu., until 1 a.m. fri.-Sat. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 20. Group capacity: 2,500. f. scott’s restaurant & Jazz bar 2210 Crestmoor Rd. 269-5861, www.fscotts.com traditional jazz and full menu available in the lounge, with fabulous wine and beer. no cover charge. 5:30-10 p.m. Mon.-thu., 5:30-11 p.m. fri.-Sat. Bar opens 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Closed Sun. free. Credit Cards: fuel 114 Second Ave. S. 379-2120, www.fuelbarandnightclub.com downtown’s ultimate party destination, playing top 40 music every night. enjoy free bottled beer from 8-11 p.m. on friday and Saturday. 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Mon.-fri., 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Sat. See schedule online. Cover charge varies. Credit Cards: Minimum age: 18 grand ole opry 2802 Opryland Dr., Grand Ole Opry House 871-OPRY, www.opry.com the Grand ole opry is the show that made country music famous. Country’s best – including the new stars, superstars and legends of the genre – share the stage several times each week. opry members

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include giants in country music, such as loretta lynn, vince Gill, Carrie underwood and Brad paisley, to name just a few. Shows at 7 p.m. fri.-Sat.; additional seasonal performances at 9:30 p.m. Sat.; tue. shows March-dec. Admission fee. Group rates available. Group capacity: 4,400. advertising Partner, inside front cover and p. 28 grand ole opry house 2802 Opryland Dr. 871-OPRY, www.opry.com home to the world-famous Grand ole opry, this 4,400-seat theater is also the site of television specials, concerts and other events. Go online for an upcoming schedule of performances. incredible Dave’s 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville www.incredibledaves.com featuring awesome dining, extreme fun, a 400seat restaurant, two bars, 100 tvs, bowling lanes, more than 120 video/redemption games and a stage with live entertainment nightly. free. kenny and the krooners oldies show 1122 Eastdale Ave. 585-2966, www.nashvilleoldies.com the mid-South’s most authentic oldies show, Moments to Remember. Get lost in the music of the 1950s and 1960s. layla’s bluegrass inn 418 Broadway 726-2799, www.laylasbluegrassinn.com part of honky tonk highway (the clubs of lower Broadway), layla’s Bluegrass Inn is home to country, hillbilly, rockabilly, western, Americana, bluegrass, newgrass and many different styles, appealing to music fans from all over the world. legends Corner 428 Broadway 248-6334, www.legendscorner.com part of honky tonk highway (the clubs of lower Broadway), legends Corner features live music all day and night. Check out the vast collection of music memorabilia, including instruments from around the world and hundreds of record albums on the wall. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. daily. no cover. the listening room Café 209 10th Ave. S., Ste. 200 259-3600, www.listeningroomcafe.com Come enjoy the up-and-coming artists and star songwriters behind the no. 1 hits in what’s been voted the best sounding room in nashville. All ages welcome; full menu and bar available. Catering available. video/audio recording available. free parking. 11 a.m.-close Mon.-fri., 6 p.m.-close Sat., 5:30 p.m.-close Sun. free. All area codes are (615) unless otherwise noted.

the loveless Cafe/the loveless barn 8400 Hwy. 100 646-9700 Ext. 3, www.lovelesscafe.com or www.lovelessbarn.com nationally acclaimed and frequented by celebrities, world travelers and local appetites alike. the quaint country charm and genuine country cooking that have made it a Southern landmark have remained unchanged for 50 years. 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Sat. Closed Christmas day. advertising Partner, p. 77 miss Jeanne’s Dinner theatre Corner of Gleaves and 600 Ninth Ave. S. 902-9566, 242-8000 www.missjeannes.com An interactive mystery play with live music and comedy, plus a served dinner. each table becomes a team to decipher clues, bribe suspects with play

money and try to solve the crime. nashville’s only dinner theater downtown. off-site shows available. doors open at 6:45 p.m., show at 7 p.m. every Sat. Call for weeknight shows. Admission fee. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 25. Group capacity: 150. nashville Children’s theatre 25 Middleton St. 254-9103, www.nashvillechildrenstheatre.org featuring an ensemble of professional artists who bring a unique vision and compelling voice to the creation of meaningful theater for young patrons. Show times vary, call for details. Admission fee. Credit Cards:

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throughout the season, guest stars appear, such as opry star Jeannie Seely and Hee Haw’s Steve hall and Shotgun Red. located approximately one and a quarter miles from the Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center and Grand ole opry. dinner served. doors open at 7:45 a.m., breakfast shows begin at 8:30 a.m. doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. advertising Partner, p. 28 nashville Palace 2611 McGavock Pk. 889-1540, www.nashvillepalace.net this is where nashville country music superstars Randy travis and Ricky van Shelton got started. located across from Gaylord opryland® Resort & Convention Center and Grand ole opry, you never know who you’ll see when you visit the worldfamous nashville palace. 1 p.m.-2:30 a.m. thu.-tue., 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. wed. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. advertising Partner, p. 28 opry mills 433 Opry Mills Dr. (877) SHOP-FUN, www.oprymills.com At 1.2 million square feet, opry Mills combines the best names in retail with the hottest experiences in entertainment. team-building activities, theme parties and buyouts at various merchants. temporarily closed. please call for further information. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. advertising Partner, p. 28 ryman auditorium 116 Fifth Ave. N. Reservations and ticketing: 889-3060, Administrative offices: 458-8700 www.ryman.com nashville municipal auditorium 417 Fourth Ave. N. 862-6390, www.nashvilleauditorium.com Built in 1962, this centrally located downtown facility hosts a variety of concerts, family shows and trade shows. everyone from rock icons to rodeo cowboys has performed in this 9,654-seat arena. See the website for an event schedule. Box office: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-fri. Credit Cards: nashville nightlife Dinner theatre 2620 Music Valley Dr. 885-4747, (800) 308-5779 www.nashvillenightlife.com one of the city’s most popular dinner shows, nashville nightlife showcases The Best of Country Music Show. enjoy songs made famous by legendary artists and today’s superstars. with exceptional acoustics and a unique atmosphere, the Ryman Auditorium attracts worldclass artists ranging from country superstars and legends, such as Keith urban and Merle haggard, to the greats of rock, pop, R&B and jazz such as etta James, Sheryl Crow, Annie lennox and John Mayer. evening show times vary. Admission fee. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 15. Group capacity: 2,362. advertising Partner, inside front cover sambuca 601 12th Ave. S. 248-2888, www.sambucarestaurant.com dine and dance the night away at nashville’s premier supper club, offering eclectic dining and live music nightly. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-wed., 11 a.m.-midnight thu., 4 p.m.-2 a.m. fri.-Sat., 4-11 p.m. Sun.

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Complimentary bus parking. Group rates available. Group requirement: 10. Group capacity: 500. nashville Crossroads 419 Broadway 313-8012, www.nashvillecrossroadsbar.com the real deal in live music. located in the heart of honky tonk Row, Crossroads offers a dynamic mix of country, rock and blues. there’s never a cover charge, so come on down. what happens in nashville starts at Crossroads. 2 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. nashville Dinner theatre 209 Printers Alley 889-4000, www.nashvilledinnertheatre.com nashville’s only historic downtown dinner theater venue. free parking. dinner and show only $40.

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schermerhorn symphony Center One Symphony Pl. 687-6500, www.nashvillesymphony.org this incredible performance venue is among the best acoustically in the world. located in the SoBro district, the Schermerhorn completes a quadrangle of downtown entertainment venues and is home base for the internationally renowned nashville Symphony. Credit Cards: Group rates available. advertising Partner, p. 35 the second fiddle 420 Broadway 252-4818, www.thesecondfiddle.com part of honky tonk highway, the Second fiddle features memorabilia tracing the history of country music, walls that pay homage to the Grand ole opry and dozens of radios all tuned to wSM-AM 650. Join all your rowdy friends for a taste of the real honky-tonk experience. 2 p.m.-3 a.m. daily. the stage on broadway 412 Broadway 726-0504, www.thestageonbroadway.com part of honky tonk highway, the Stage features a western look with a musical soul. A large mural of willie, waylon, hank, Cash and Merle covers the wall. unique guitars hang over the bar. live music daily open to close. 2 p.m.-3 a.m. Sun.-thu., 11 a.m.-3 a.m. fri.-Sat. tennessee Performing arts Center (tPaC) 505 Deaderick St. 782-4028, www.tpac.org

the tennessee performing Arts Center’s three theaters are designed for events ranging from major musicals to corporate meetings to acoustic performances. tpAC is home to the hCA/triStar Broadway at tpAC Series, nashville Ballet, nashville opera, tennessee Repertory theatre and tpAC presents Concert Series. Box office: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-fri. the tin roof 1516 Demonbreun 313-7103, www.tinroofbars.com located on demonbreun Street, at the base of nashville’s famous Music Row. Customers love the laid-back atmosphere and live entertainment – not to mention the made-from-scratch food served up by the Roof’s friendly and eclectic staff. Additional locations include Cool Springs, Knoxville and lexington, Ky. Credit Cards: tootsies orchid lounge 422 Broadway 726-0463, www.tootsies.net the cornerstone of honky tonk highway, tootsies is an original. willie nelson got his first songwriting job after singing here. Mel tillis, patsy Cline and Kris Kristofferson were among early patrons. today, guests enjoy the same spirit while listening to talented singers and songwriters. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. free. Minimum age: 21 Credit Cards: A Tribute to the KING: Through the Years 1953-1977 2416 Music Valley Dr., Texas Troubadour Theatre 758-0098, (866) 811-2502 www.thenashvilleking.com

this high-energy, live musical biography starring John Beardsley transports the audience through six eras of the King’s career. with more than 30 songs and five costume changes, this show thrills audiences of all ages. 6:30 p.m. seating, 7 p.m. show Mon. and thu. March-nov. Box office opens at 10 a.m. day of show. Admission fee. Credit Cards: Complimentary bus parking. Complimentary admission for driver or escort. Group rates available. Group requirement: 40. Group capacity: 127. advertising Partner, p. 28 and 38 Whiskey bent saloon 306 Broadway 401-2580, www.whiskeybentsaloon.com featuring lively bands, specialty bourbons, no cover charge, ice-cold beer and extra friendly service. we always welcome bachelorette parties, business parties and reunions. 12 p.m.-3 a.m. daily. free. Credit Cards:

Wildhorse saloon 120 Second Ave. N. 902-8211, www.wildhorsesaloon.com this famous hot spot features three floors of fun. hear the hottest bands, enjoy delicious dining and learn the latest dance steps on the largest dance floor in town. with five bars under one roof, it’s always a party at the wildhorse. 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Sun.-thu., 11 a.m.-2:45 a.m. Credit Cards: fri.-Sat. Admission fee. Group rates available. advertising Partner, inside front cover

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