Fun painting parties in an up-and-coming area! Check out the calendar and select the day with the painting you want to do. Bring your own beverages and snacks (you seem to paint better with wine!), and let the painting instructor walk you through creating your own version of the painting, step by step. This is a fun activity for a "Girls Night Out", or even a date night. I have absolutely NO artistic ability, and I am pleasantly surprised by how well my paintings come out! Classes are $30 for the 2 hour class, or $40 for the 3 hour class (class length depends on the picture).
This is a great location - walking distance to several nice restaurants (Cantina Laredo and Music City Flats, to name just a couple), and there is safe, secure parking lots nearby.
The original Silver Dollar Saloon was located at 100 2nd avenue at the corner of Broadway. The original was designed by Julian G. Zwicker in 1893, it catered to the riverboat men coming up from the wharf at the foot of Broadway, which is now Riverfront Park. The saloon earned its name for the hundreds of silver dollars as decoration and in the floor which was formally the ground floor bar room. It has been a variety of businesses in the storied career, everything from a saloon, to a bookstore, to the now Rock Shop which is part of Hard Rock Café’s Gift Shop. The Gift shop today still has remnants of the original floor of the Silver Dollar Saloon.
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I've been on this tour three times, and enjoyed it each time. Tommy is an absolute HOOT and will keep you laughing while showing you the sights in and around Nashville. My favorite part of the tour is when we go by the homes of the stars! The bus was comfortable and air conditioned, and there were several stops for "potty breaks". Tommy's Southern humor and charm make this tour totally worth your while!
As noted above, Memphis is about a 4 hour drive from Nashville, so hardly a day trip. That being said, there is much to see and do in Memphis as well as in Nashville. Without knowing your particular interests, I can say it's hard to think of Nashville without thinking country music. When I have visitors, they always want to visit the Nashville Honky Tonks (which are lined along Broadway downtown) which feature live country music. The Grand Ole Opry (with shows on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday) is a "must do", in my opinion. Centennial Park is a beautiful oasis, and a visit to the Parthenon (modeled after the one in Athens) is very pleasant. There are several bus tours which will take you around town and to see the homes of the stars - not everyones cup of tea, but I love them. I particularly enjoyed Tommy's Tours (www.tommystours.com) as he was very funny, and we got to see a lot of the area. The Bluebird Cafe is wonderful, and famous for their Songwriters Nights (Reservations are recommended, but the admission is very inexpensive and sometimes FREE). So much more - I recommend you pick up a Nashville Scene newspaper to tell you all that is going on the week you are here - concerts, festivals, art, theatre, etc. Plus, your family friend probably has an itinerary worked out for you. I hope you have a wonderful time here in Nashville!
The subject line tells most of it. There east side pedestrian and bicycle path along the stadium is well worth the time for views across the river also. For those who parked the truck or RV at the TA Truckstop, this is a path back home.
They give 2 tours one is around town the other is a mystery dinner at Monel's soulfood.
I took the hilarious tour around downtown, music valley, germantown. You spend more time laughing then looking at the sites. There is improv but not heavy. Each trip is going to be different so you will want to take this tour everytime you visit Nashville. If you are prudish you may not like it because some jokes are on the sexual side and they do make fun of everyone including people on the street. I did not feel they went over the top like some comedians do though. There was no cursing. Children under 12 are restricted from this tour.
The views are very relaxing along the Cumberland River and view of downtown on water at night is nice. There is a decent band onboard that plays while passengers are comming on to the ship.
The entertainment in the Victoria Theatre on board was similar to seeing a Broadway musical. It is gospel and country music. The food was good but I was still hungary when I left.
There are elevators and ramps on board for the disabled and elderly
Its funny and the performers sound just like the people that they are impersonating, however, they rely too much on the audience creativity to keep it moving. It would be better if they limited the amount of improv. The food was very good too.
The homes are not spectacular by any means. Most are really very simple. A lot of homes are hidden by a lot of trees so you can not see them anyway.
Its best to do this in the late fall when the leaves have fallen from the trees or in the winter when they decorate the area for Christmas.
I am not big on country music but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The music was great, the comedian was very funny, and the food was really good. It only costs $35 per person and it was more than worth it. The food is buffet style so you get to take as much as you want as many times as you want. They give you a salad bar, desert area, and of course entrees. I highly recommend this place
The Grand Ol Opry is the real deal. They are recording the radio show during the performance. Yes... it is a very popular tourist attraction but it is pure country. Yes, there are other music venues. And the hopefuls there are hoping they will someday be playing THE Grand Ol Opry.
That being said, you could stay a week in Nashville depending on what your interests are. There is the Country Music Hall of Fame. Some great eats. For a bit of history there is Andrew Jackson's home. Several other historic Civil War era homes are open for tours. The Nash Trash tour is a hoot (that is very touristy but so funny).
Sometimes referred to as "the naked statue", this sculpture is by the same artist who realized the Pallas Athena statue at the Parthenon. Prominently displayed (i.e. hard to miss), this statue caused quite a stir when it was unveiled in 2003 - the full frontal nudity is a little much for some sensibilities. However, I think it is beautiful - the faces reflect joy and a freedom, as if each of them are frolicking in a park while listening to music. The faces were sculpted from life and reflect the multi-cultural makeup of the city and of music in general - Caucasian, African-American, Asian, Latino, and Native American.
*UPDATE 5/6/11 - an unknown group of people have taken to "clothing" the statues in honor of certain holidays. For St. Patrick's Day, they were dressed in beer mug hats and shamrock shirts, and most recently for the Nashville Predators hockey playoffs, they were dressed in "Stand With Us" t-shirts! I'll try to get a photo!
The Nashville Zoo is one of the nicer zoos I've visited. A real effort has been made to keep the place clean and beautiful. There's a wide variety of animals, all of which appear healthy and well cared for. Park maps are provided, and are accurate. Apart from all the usual animals, there is also a reptile house and a few exotic bird exhibits. There is a pretty nice playground for children, and a gift shop (though it's pricey).
If you go during the summer, take a bottle of water. Refreshments are available inside, but they're expensive.
Plenty of parking.
Hours: March 15 - Oct. 15: 9am - 6 pm / Oct. 16 - March 14: 9am - 4 pm
Prices: Adults $14, Children (2-12) $9, Seniors (65+) $12, Under 2 Free
I LOVE these painting classes! This one is in Nashville, off Nolensville Road. The instructors are very friendly and the classes are fun. No artistic experience or talent is required - after only two hours, you will walk out with your very own masterpiece, and have a wonderful time while creating it. The instructors will walk you through every step of recreating that nights image. Check out the calendar at the link below and pick the picture you like best. Perfect for a "Girls Night Out", or for a date night. Heck, I've gone by myself, and by the end of the night I was laughing along with those people seated around me. Lots of fun - give it a try!
This charming two-story log house was begun in 1807. It has evolved through the years into a unique historic property which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is built of chestnut logs with poplar floors. Original limestone fireplaces provide focal points for the parlor and bedroom.
James Buchanan (not to be confused with President James Buchanan), an early settler in Davidson County, married Lucinda East in 1810. The first log addition to the home was in 1820, to accommodate their growing family, which eventually numbered SIXTEEN children. The next addition to the house occurred in 1900.
Two historical prominent residents were Judge Thomas N. Frazier who purchased the home in 1867, and his son, James Beriah Frazier. Judge Frazier was Criminal Court Judge for Rutherford and Davidson Counties, and was impeached during the Reconstruction Days because of his so-called interference in the ratification of the 14th Amendment. (He was later restored to office in 1870). James Beriah Frazier spent his teenage years in this home. He was a popular governor 1903 to 1905, and was a U.S. Senator 1905 to 1911.
The Historic Buchanan Log House OPEN to visitors for free tours on Tuesdays (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) and Sundays (1:00 - 5:00 p.m.) only, and is available to rent for Weddings and special events.
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