The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Conference Center
is a giant property that amazes many guests and overwhelms others. There’s a wealth of things to see and do on the grounds.
Gaylord Opryland Hotel
has an abundance of dining options. Steak lovers head to Old Hickory
, the signature restaurant at all Gaylord resort properties. Ravello
features rustic Italian cuisine, and Solario
is the resort’s Mexican restaurant. Breakfast at Cascades
, whether the buffet or off the menu, is excellent, but the lines for a table can be lengthy. Be sure to make a reservation to avoid being shut out of your dinner choice.
Nashville is fast becoming a foodie destination, as scores of new restaurants open every month. One of the hottest chefs in town is Maneet Chauhan, who you may recognize as a judge on Food Network’s Chopped. Her Indian cooking roots are on display at Chauhan Ale & Masala House on 12th Avenue North. She also owns three other neighboring venues: the brand new Chaatable, inspired by her love of Indian street food; Mockingbird, a modern diner; and Tanuso, a Chinese restaurant specializing in Chinese street food and dim sum.
Other restaurants we like are The Tavern, a gastro pub on Broadway; Virago, a hip, chic spot for sushi that has rooftop seating; Kayne Prime, a steakhouse; and Adele’s, for farm-to-table comfort food prepared on a fireplace grill.
For something completely casual, step up to the counter at Taqueria del Sol at 12th Avenue South & Music Row for salads, tacos, and enchiladas infused with spicy southern accents. The Listening Room at 4th Avenue South is a premier music venue that has good southern cooking. For a special occasion meal, consider The Standard at Smith House, an 11-table steakhouse restaurant in the only remaining antebellum-era townhouse mansion in downtown Nashville.
The Gaylord Opryland Resort provides a wealth of things to do, from a fitness center and pool to indoor gardens, fountain shows, and live music. One of the more popular resort attractions is the Delta riverboat cruise on a quarter-mile indoor river in a replica of a boat Mark Twain used on the Mississippi. The hotel’s newest attraction is Sound Waves, a huge indoor-outdoor water park. If all this has you in the mood for some pampering, the full-service Relache Spa features 12 treatment rooms.
Nashville is all about music. The quality of sound coming from little two-bit bars scattered throughout town is impressive, and you never know who might be performing or in the audience. Of course, the heart of it all is Music Row, downtown on Broadway. A couple of places not to miss are Tootsie’s and Roberts. While the musicians on Music Row mostly perform cover songs, Nashville’s songwriters come out to perform their own creations at clubs such as Bluebird Cafe, The Listening Room, Commodore Grille, and the Douglas Corner Café, where Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton jumpstarted their careers.