Nashville Off The Beaten Path

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  • Nashville dudes on bikes with video cams

    by cberry Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Just got back from Nashville and had a great time -- Blue Bird Cafe is about as intimate a music venue gets. Also, try "the Five Spot" for proven singer/songwriters as well as great local talent.

    This is a bit bizarre but was very useful to us:

    Check out www.andysvideoride.com for an entertaining way to see just about anything in Nashville before you go there. These guys ride their bikes with high def video cameras and will film anything you want. Kind of useful if you are not sure about a hotel or area, or I guess if you just can't wait to see something.

    Hope that helps -- cberry

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  • The South meets the East

    by Sarahindia2002 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you happen to be wandering around Nashville and enter the Bellevue area, check out the Sri Ganesha Temple, a Hindu temple which has ocupied the area for over 10 years now.

    Depending on when you come, the temple maybe hosting an Indian cultural event. These are also sometimes held on the campus of Vanderbilt University.

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    Adventuer Science Center

    by gkitzmil Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Great for kids with lots of science adventures!

    From Downtown Nashville (West End Area)
    Take 4th Avenue South
    Go one block south of the interstate overpass
    Turn right on Oak Street beside the City Cemetery entrance
    Go about 500 yards and take a 90 degree turn to the right and then immediately turn left onto Bass Street
    Bass Street becomes Ft. Negley Blvd.
    Adventure Science Center will be on your left.

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    sam davis home

    by doug48 Updated Nov 10, 2010

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    1810 sam davis home
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    the sam davis home and museum is the birth place of sam davis the "boy hero" of the confederacy. sam davis was a confederate courier who was captured by union troops near pulaski tennessee in 1863. davis had union battle plans in his possession and was tried as a spy. davis was convicted by a union court and sentenced to die by hanging. union officers told davis that they would not carry out the sentence if he would disclose the name of the person who gave him the plans. davis replyed that "if i had a thousand lives to live, i would give them all rather than betray a friend". up to his execution union officers begged davis to devulge his contact. davis replyed "officer i did my duty now do yours". after the execution davis was known as the "boy hero of the confederacy". the sam davis home is an execellent example of a pre civil war middle class plantation and is a very worth while site to visit in the nashville area for students of civil war history. see the attached web site for admission and times.
    the sam davis house is located at 1399 sam davis road a half a mile east of n. lowery road in downtown smyrna.

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    franklin

    by doug48 Updated Nov 8, 2010

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    downtown franklin

    franklin tennessee is located 20 miles south of nashville on I-65. this charming town has much to offer the tourist visiting the nashville area. franklin has a beautiful town square with a number of shops, restaurants, and bars. franklin has scores of beautiful antebellum homes for those interested in southern architecture. for the student of civil war history franklin has a number of well preserved civil war battle sites. when in the nashville area i highly recommend visiting franklin. see my frankln page for more information.

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    murfreesboro

    by doug48 Updated Nov 8, 2010

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    rutherford county courthouse

    murfreesboro is an interesting place to visit when in the nashville area. just some of the attractions of murfreesboro are it's historic courthouse, stones river national battlefield park, cannonburg village, and the sam davis home. murfreesboro is located on lowery road about 30 miles south east of nashville. for more information see my mirfreesboro page.

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    Take A River Cruise

    by horsinround2 Updated May 22, 2010

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    Blue Heron Cruises in Ashland City provides an inexpensive and relaxing way to spend an afternoon cruising the Cumberland River. This is a family friendly cruise. Lifejackets, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, and waterguns are provided. No, you do not have to get wet. There are plenty of seats out of firing range. Mostly the kids just have a great time aiming at sticks floating in the river. You can bring your own food or drinks and alcohol is allowed (just not provided). There is a restaurant at the dock that provides typical American fare for reasonable prices. My sister and I each had a grilled cheese sandwich w/fries and a soda for a whopping total of just under $10. The boat seats 24 and there is a small restroom on board. Ashland City is approximately 20 minutes northwest of Nashville on Hwy 12.

    Call for reservations several days in advance. Odds are you'll have to leave a message and Captain Jim will call you back.

    **Due to the flooding over the weekend of May 1st & 2nd, 2010, the river is currently closed to pleasure cruises. There is still too much debris and the water is still too high for navigation to be safe. Captain Jim's boat is just fine and he will resume river cruises just as soon as officials allow it. Hopefully, this closure will be a very short one!

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    Take a day hike around Radnor Lake

    by Bunsch Updated Jul 31, 2009

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    Tha boardwalk at Radnor Lake (not my pic)

    We had a few hours to kill between our wonderful lunch and flight, so we coaxed my niece to drive us out to a place where we could work off a few calories and enjoy some scenery. She opted for Radnor Lake, which has a variety of interesting trails. We simply ambled around the lake's circumference, but in the process we got to see deer coming down to wade in the boggy surrounds, and a large variety of birds and small woodland critters. It was great to stretch our legs, but I could see there was plenty more to explore (including a waterfall, apparently, although it was too far for us to venture).

    Park: 6:00 a.m. to Dark
    Visitors Center: daily
    Sunday-Monday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Tuesday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Friday-Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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    Zanies Comedy Club

    by TravellerMel Written Jun 30, 2009

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    Came here tonight (6/30/09) for the Owen Benjamin Comedy Tour. The venue is "off the beaten path" in that it is not downtown, but rather out by the fairgrounds and Greer Stadium, but distance-wise only about 2 miles from downtown. Anyway, the venue is older, but nice by comedy-club standards. It was PACKED tonight, and the show was really good. By walking in the door, you agree to a 2 beverage/food item minimum - my cheese n chicken basket and LI Iced Tea set me back $20 - again, standard comedy club fare and prices. Overall, it was fun, and I will be back next month to see Henry Cho!

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    The Hermitage

    by Rabbityama Written Apr 14, 2006

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    The Mansion

    The Hermitage is the home of America's seventh president, Andrew Jackson. The mansion that exists there today has remained the same since 1836. The original French wallpaper, chosen by Andrew Jackson, is still on the walls and in good condition. In order to enter the mansion, you must have a guided tour. No one is permitted to roam freely in the mansion. Outside however, in all of the other buildings, you may go inside and explore without a guide. Each building has information about it to read, if you want to learn the historical significance of the building and what it was used for. In the garden, you'll find Andrew Jackson's actual grave. He is buried beside his wife. The hermitage is a great historical trip for anyone interested in American history.

    (for information on prices, guides, etc. please visit the website I've listed below)

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  • Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club

    by peach93 Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club
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    I'm listing this club as "Off the Beaten Path" because it's a private club and being such I guess the average person can't just waltz in. It is located in the Gaylord Entertainment Complex in downtown Nashville across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame. Incidentally, the Gaylord Entertainment Complex also houses Nashville's NHL hockey team, The Predators, and this club is often used by members of the team, as well as its management and season ticket holders.

    I managed to end up here at a private Super Bowl Party during my stay in Nashville and I have to say that it's rather nice, so if you ever have the chance to go, go!

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    Don't forget the Ryman Auditorium!

    by maryinutopia Written Aug 8, 2004

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    This is where it all began!

    Ryman is the site of the original Grand Ol' Opry! For you people who are over 49...you'll remember it on TV...when TV was young! I've never been to a show there but I know that they have totally renovated it and there's going to be a show that is only $10 for all tickets. Check out the website!

    It's located at: -----116 Fifth Avenue North
    Boxoffice Hours-----9:00 am - 4:00 pm - 7 days a week.

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    Nashville Farmers Market

    by travelmad478 Updated Aug 9, 2003

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    It may not be a typical tourist sight, but this farmers market is worth a stop if you have time. There are several pavilions: a great vegetable market, a swap meet section, a gardening and nursery area, and an extremely impressive international food market that serves all of Nashville's immigrant communities.

    And no, I don't think the Spam truck is a permanent feature of the farmers market! But I couldn't help taking a picture of it...up north, we don't see this sort of thing very often.

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    Plantation

    by gkitzmil Written Jul 22, 2003

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    Belle Meade

    Known as the “Queen of the Tennessee Plantations,” this 1853 Greek Revival mansion was world-renowned as a thoroughbred stud farm and nursery. Today, tours of the mansion, grounds and colossal Carriage House include guides lavishly dressed in period costume.

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    The Hermitage

    by travelmad478 Updated Apr 5, 2003

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    The Hermitage is the preserved estate of Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the US. It's located about twenty minutes outside Nashville (drive out I-40 north, get off at Old Hickory Blvd., and follow the signs to the Hermitage). At the site, you can get guided tours of Jackson's home, see the attached gardens and outbuildings, and take a nice walk around the plantation. There's a small museum where you can see items from the Jackson household and the era. Most of this is pretty standard stuff and not terribly fascinating unless you are a real presidential history buff. However, what I found most interesting was an archeological dig of the slave quarters area located in the fields behind the main house. Take the path leading back away from the house, and you'll run into a modest exhibit describing the ongoing excavations here. Finally, the lives of the workers who built and maintained this plantation are getting a bit of attention, after getting ignored for the last 180 years.

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