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       WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Friday, March 21, 2008
    Make The Most Of Your Vacation - From Coast to Coast!

Greetings Getaway Lover,

This weekend we're off to Music City U.S.A. Nashville
Tennessee...Good Ole' Country Music. Have Fun!!!!

Heralded as Music City, USA, and the country-music capital 
of the world, Tennessee's fast-growing capital city also 
shines as a leading center of higher education, appropriate-
ly known as the Athens of the South. Nashville has prospered
from both labels, emerging as one of the South's most 
vibrant cities in the process. The Gaylor Entertainment 
Center (formerly Nashville Arena), a 20,000-seat facility 
spanning three blocks at 5th and Broadway, opened in 1996. 
Connected to the city's convention center by a tunnel, the 
Arena hosted the U.S. Figure Skating Championship in 1997. 
A successful drive to land both a National Football League 
and a National Hockey League franchise, coupled with a 
population gain that has pushed Nashville ahead of Memphis, 
has put Nashville into the major leagues of American cities. 

Nashville's Grand Ole Opry radio program, which began as 
station WSM's Barn Dance in 1925 and thrived throughout the 
Great Depression right into today's MTV years, established 
the town as a music center. The Opry now performs in a sleek 
$15 million Opry House. An infusion of new talent is attract-
ing another generation of fans. The Opry is still as gleeful 
and down-home informal as it was when ticket holders used to 
jam into the old Ryman Auditorium. 

Happy Trails,


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--DESTINATION: Nashville, Tenneesee

Bolstering Nashville's reputation as a music town are 
dozens of clubs, performance stages (including the revital-
ized Ryman), and television tapings open to the public, as 
well as memorials to many country-music stars. The District, 
the downtown area along 2nd Avenue and historic Broadway, 
has emerged as another destination for tourists and locals 
alike, with restaurants, specialty shopping, and entertain-
ment options. And, of course, legendary Music Row continues 
to beckon aspiring singers, musicians, and songwriters with 
stars in their eyes and lyrics tucked in their back pockets. 

Much of Nashville's role as a cultural leader, enhanced by 
the presence of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, is 
derived from the presence of 16 colleges and universities, 
two medical schools, two law schools, and six graduate 
business schools. Several, including Vanderbilt University, 
have national or international reputations, and many have 
private art galleries. As ancient Athens was the "School of 
Hellas," so Nashville, where a full-size replica of the 
Parthenon graces Centennial Park, fills this role in the 
contemporary South. The historic sites throughout the city -- 
such as the Hermitage, Belle Meade Plantation, and Travel-
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 
Museum/Gallery, Nashville 
This tribute to country-music's finest, among them Hank 
Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash, 
reopened in 2001 in a new facility across from the Gaylord 
Entertainment Center. A block long, the museum contains 
plaques honoring country greats, a two-story wall with 
every gold and platinum country record, a theater that 
screens a digital film on the industry, and daily live 
entertainment. Not to mention Elvis Presley's solid-gold 
1960 Cadillac limo. A digital film presentation surveys 
country music around the world. COST: $14.95. OPEN: Daily 

Address: 5th Ave. S and Demonbreun St., Nashville, TN, USA
Phone: 615/416-2001
Fort Nashborough 
Military Site, Nashville 
High on limestone bluffs along the river, a crude log fort, 
whose original was built in 1779 to protect and shelter 
early settlers, overlooks Nashville. This painstaking re-
creation, built in 1962, serves as a monument to courageous 
city founders. In five log cabins, costumed interpreters 
evoke the indomitable spirit of the American age of settle-
ment. COST: Free. OPEN: Daily 9-5. 

Address: 170 1st Ave. N, Downtown, Nashville, TN 37201, USA
Phone: 615/862-8400

Grand Ole Opry 
Arts/Performance Venue, Nashville 

This enormously popular radio show, performed in the Grand 
Ole Opry House, has been broadcasting country music for 
more than 70 years. You can see superstars, legends, and 
up-and-coming stars on this stage. The Opry seats about 
4,400 people and is broadcast live on WSM AM 650 every 
Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 and 9:30; buy tickets 
well in advance, particularly during Fan Fair week in June. 
COST: $20.50-$22.50 for weekend lineups, $27.50 for special 

Address: 2804 Opryland Dr., Opryland, Nashville, TN, USA
Phone: 615/889-6611 for ticket information 

Other Places of Interest:

Riverfront Park 
Park, Nashville 
Though considerably smaller, the Cumberland River has been 
as important to Nashville as the Mississippi has been to 
Memphis. This welcoming green enclave on its banks has an 
expansive view of the busy barge traffic on the muddy river. 
The park serves as a popular venue for free summer concerts, 
block parties, and picnics, as well as a docking spot for 
riverboat excursions. 

Address: 100 1st Ave. N, Downtown, Nashville, TN, USA

Ryman Auditorium and Museum 
Arts/Performance Venue, Nashville 
A country-music shrine, the Ryman Auditorium and Museum 
was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. The 
auditorium seats 2,000 for live performances of classical, 
jazz, pop, gospel, and, of course, country. The museum 
displays photographs and memorabilia of past Ryman 
Auditorium performances that provide a history of both the 
facility and country music. COST: Tours $8. OPEN: Daily 9-4; 
call for show schedules and ticket prices. 

Address: 116 5th Ave. N, Nashville, TN 37219, USA
Phone: 615/889-6611 for tickets

Belmont Mansion 
House/Mansion, Nashville 
This 1850s Italian-style villa was the home of Adelicia 
Acklen, Nashville's answer to Scarlett O'Hara, who married 
"once for money, once for love, and once for the hell of it." 
On Belmont College's campus, it's a gem right down to its 
sweeping staircase designed for grand entrances and cast-
iron gazebos perfect for romance. COST: $7. OPEN: June-Aug., 
Mon.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-5; Sept.-May, Tues.-Sat. 10-4. 

Address: 1900 Belmont Blvd., Belmont, Nashville, TN 37212, 
USA Phone: 615/460-5459


Loretta Lynn's Ranch 

Loretta Lynn's Ranch encompasses the entire village of 
Hurricane Mills. The singer's personal museum is here, and 
you can take tours of the first floor of the coal miner's 
daughter's stately antebellum home, of a simulated coal 
mine, and of a re-creation of her simple childhood home. 
Camping, canoeing, paddleboats, trout fishing, and swimming 
are among the many recreational activities available here. 
44 Hurricane Mills Rd.,Hurricane Mills, PHONE: 931/296-7700. 
COST: Tour $10, museum $10, camping $17-$22 per night for 2 
people. OPEN: Apr.-Oct. 


75 mi southeast of Nashville. 

Lynchburg has been depicted worldwide in ads for its best-
known product: whiskey. The quaint town is home to the Jack 
Daniel's Distillery, the oldest registered distillery in 
the country, where you can observe every step of the art of 
making sour-mash whiskey. On TN 55, PHONE: 931/759-4221, 
www.jackdaniels.com. COST: Free. OPEN: Guided tours daily 


18 mi south of Nashville. 

The town of Franklin rivals Natchez, Mississippi, in charm 
and Civil War history. A self-guided walking tour begins at 
the town square and covers several antebellum homes plus 
the meticulously restored downtown business district, which 
has more than 50 shops, including several antiques shops 
and art galleries. The Carnton Plantation, where some of the 
Civil War's bloodiest battles were fought, and Confederate 
Cemetery are nearby. Also in the area is the entrance to the 
Natchez Trace Parkway (off I-40), which wends its way through 
gorgeous scenery in three states. For more information on 
Franklin and its attractions, contact Williamson County / 
Franklin Chamber of Commerce (City Hall, Franklin 37065, 
PHONE: 615/794-1225, www.williamsoncvb.org). 
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Carole's Yellow Cottage 
$70 to $160, Nashville 
This 1902 Victorian house, in the Edgefield community, is 
on the National Register of Historic Places and within 
walking distance of the Nashville Convention Center, 
Adelphia Football Coliseum, and Gaylord Entertainment 
Center. Rooms have 12-ft ceilings with ceiling fans, 
original pine floors, and European furnishings. Old maps, 
original paintings, and other artwork hang on the walls. 2 
rooms. Cable TV, in-room VCRs; no smoking. AE, D. 

Address: 801 Fatherland St., Nashville, TN 37206, USA
Phone: 615/226-2952

Fiddlers Inn 
Under $70 to $110, Nashville 
Fiddlers is directly across from the Grand Ole Opry. 202 
rooms. Cable TV, pool, business services. AE, D, MC, V. 

Address: 2410 Music Valley Dr., Nashville, TN 37214, USA
Phone: 615/885-1440
Fax: 615/883-6477

Opryland Hotel 
Over $160, Nashville 
This massive plantation-style hotel adjacent to Opryland 
has a 2-acre glass-walled conservatory filled with 10,000 
tropical plants and a skylighted indoor area with water 
cascades and a half-acre lake. The 18-hole golf course was 
designed by Larry Nelson. www.opryhotel.com. 2,883 rooms. 
7 restaurants, pools, gym. AE, D, MC, V. 

Address: 2800 Opryland Dr., Nashville, TN 37214, USA
Phone: 615/889-1000
Fax: 615/871-7741

Continental, $20 to Over $50, Nashville 
This restaurant is in the stylishly renovated Union Station, 
where an upscale hotel has taken the place of the train 
terminal. The seven-course meals are dazzling (à la carte is 
also available) and the ambience romantic. The menu changes 
daily, but specialties include rainbow trout, duck, and lamb.
Save room for dessert: the bananas Foster is especially good. 
The decor is lush, with lace curtains, velveteen-upholstered 
chairs, white linen, and fine silver service. AE, DC, MC, V. 
No lunch. 

Address: Union Station, 1001 Broadway, Downtown, Nashville, TN, USA
Phone: 615/255-1494

Elliston Place Soda Shop 
American/Casual, Under $20, Nashville 
Come to this old-fashioned soda shop for great burgers and 
frothy ice cream sodas. The chocolate shake is Nashville's 
best. MC, V. Closed Sun. 

Address: 2111 Elliston Pl., Nashville, TN, USA
Phone: 615/327-1090

Hermitage House Smorgasbord 
American, Under $20, Nashville 
No need to be shy about helping yourself to the bountiful 
spread of salads, meats, vegetables, and desserts here. 
Don't miss the apple fritters. No dinner Sun. MC, V. 

Address: 3131 Lebanon Rd., Nashville, TN, USA
Phone: 615/883-9525

The Merchants 
Contemporary, $20 to $50, Nashville 
This restaurant is housed in the former Merchants Hotel, 
built in 1892. The first-floor dining room offers a casual 
bar/grill atmosphere and menu, while the second floor 
features formal dining in a room with hardwood floors, 
brick walls, and ceiling fans. Many of the old hotel's 
original elements have been incorporated into the decor, 
including fireplaces, wainscoting, and custom sconces. AE, 
D, DC, MC, V. 

Address: 401 Broadway, Nashville, TN, USA
Phone: 615/254-1892 


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