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You know when you hear a great tune and you can't get it out of your head? Nashville is like that - once you hear its song, you'll never want to leave! Music city plays so many beats, you're sure to find one that moves you, whether it's the live music and concerts that Nashville is known for, or the other great Nashville history, events and attractions the city has to offer. VisitMusicCity.com has everything you need to plan your legendary trip to Nashville, including information on things to do, the Nashville music scene, Nashville hotels, Nashville tours, the Nashville International Airport, the Music City Bowl and much more.
Nashville enjoys four distinct but mild seasons with average yearly temperatures of about 70 during the day and 49 at night, which is approximately the range both spring and fall. Summer daytime average highs reach 88 with lows of 67, while winter highs may only average 50 with average lows around 30. All seasons have an abundance of sun.

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The Country Music Hall of Fame (800-852-6437; www.countrymusichalloffame.com) is a big part of the revitalized downtown. The architecture itself is eye opening, spanning an entire city block and soaring more than 107 feet into the new skyline. The building is shaped like the musical notation, bass clef, with the dot of the clef called the rotunda-a rounded tower with a 225-seat theater on the lower level and the Hall of Fame above it. The $37-million building has 40,000 square feet of exhibit space for an elegant display of the artifacts of country music and a slice of American history. High-tech and highly interactive, there is a daily menu of activities for visitors, including live performances and broadcasts and the opportunity to compile a personal CD of favorite tunes.
Fair weather will lure families to the Nashville Zoo (615-833-1534; www.nashvillezoo.org). The zoo is located on the grounds of Grassmere Historic Farm, only ten minutes from downtown.
The town of Lynchburg (population 361) may not ring a bell, but the name "Jack Daniel" may. On the National Register of Historic Places, the country's oldest registered distillery now features a 15,000-square-foot visitor center that houses more than 30 exhibits and displays in addition to being the nucleus of the personal guided tours that attract 250,000 visitors each year. Jack Daniel's Distillery (931-759-6180; www.jackdaniels.com) is on Route 55, which is exit 111 on Interstate 24, about 70 miles from Nashville.
One of the country's most important and most interesting National Historic Landmarks is located only 12 miles from Nashville. The Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson and his beloved wife Rachel, has been completely restored to its 1837 appearance and contains almost all original furnishings. The daily tours include a biographical film; a tour of the mansion, grounds and formal gardens; the 1804 log cabins; and the Tulip Grove mansion, church and confederate cemetery. There is a restaurant, gift shop and ample parking (4580 Rachel's Ln., Hermitage; 615-889-2941; www.thehermitage.com).

Surrounded by the convention center, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Gaylord Entertainment Center Arena, the Hilton Suites Hotel (121 Fourth Avenue South; 800-HILTONS; www.Nashvillehilton.com) with 330 suites is a convenient choice. Three dining spots, an indoor pool and fitness center and complimentary hot breakfast and cocktails make Hilton Suites even more welcoming.

Out in Music Valley, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center (2800 Opryland Dr.; 615-889-1000; www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylordopryland) is a world of its own with nearly 3,000 rooms, numerous restaurants and shops and nine acres of indoor tropical gardens and waterways.

This is the place to buy country music and country wear. Downtown in the District stop by the Ernest Tubb Record Shop (417 Broadway) for an incredible selection of new and old country music. Just across the street you'll find western gear at Robert's Western World (#416). Downtown also has numerous specialty shops with gifts galore.
As befits "Music City USA," there is nightlife aplenty in Nashville. Don't miss the Downtown/Lower Broadway (known as the "District") scene that still retains its authentic flavor. Of course many styles of music are popular these days, including crossover, R & B and Americana; but it's country music-loud and live-that folks expect. Start at Legends Corner (428 Broadway), one of the city's coolest honky tonks featuring live country and rockabilly music. Then head next door to the famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge (422 Broadway), where performers used to pop in from the adjacent Ryman Auditorium for a cool beverage between shows through the purple back door. The third in the trio of tawdry must-see places is Robert's Western World (416 Broadway) whose live music includes popular performers. Just around the corner is the grand and glossy Wildhorse Saloon (120 Second Ave., N.; 615-902-8200), part of the Grand Ole Opry Group. Big name stars both visit and perform here, and complimentary dance lessons ready guests for the nightly country dancing. Don't leave town without enjoying a performance of the Grand Ole Opry in Music Valley. Call (615) 889-3060 for tickets.
Nashville is served by major airlines including American/American Eagle, Continental, Delta, Southwest, and United. Taxis to downtown are available on the ground level of the airport. The city is accessible by car on Interstates 24, 40 and 65.

Capitol Grille

The historic Hermitage Hotel is home to the award-winning Capitol Grille, one of the finest restaurants in the country serving fusion Southern cuisine. Seafood starters include pan-seared crab cakes, fried soft shell crabs and seared rock shrimp with Andouille sausage in a Tasso gravy. Soup of the day may be Champagne, Vidalia onion and Brie, garnished with blackberry coulis or a smoked tomato soup with cilantro Chantilly. Entrees include grouper with fresh spinach, Jack Daniel's strip steak, Tennessee Nut Cave trout and cornmeal encrusted shrimp, and smoked double cut pork chops. End your feast with the white chocolate chip bread pudding with white chocolate sauce.

Capitol Grille
231 Sixth Ave. N.
(615) 345-7116
www.thehermitagehotel.com


Flyte World Dining and Wine

Voted the Best New Restaurant in 2007 by Nashville Scene and still going strong is Flyte World Dining and Wine, a comfortably casual, yet elegant spot in west Nashville. "Flytes"—small samples of wine—may bring you here, but the New American menu will get you to stay beyond the bar scene. A three-course prix-fixe menu is popular. On the regular seasonal menu you can choose from an appetizer of scallop mousse, with bay scallops, chanterelle mushrooms, truffle oil, and tarragon cream, and for an entree try the braised lamb shank, served with mushroom-whiskey risotto, braised carrot and green beans. Desserts are comfort food all the way with sweet potato pie and Karma Apple. Interesting wines, fine beers and good, locally grown food—what more could you want?

Flyte World Dining and Wine
718 Division St.
(615)255-6200

www.flytenashville.com


F. Scott's

With live jazz seven nights a week and a contemporary American menu in a casual, yet sophisticated setting, this Green Hills neighborhood spot stays true to its roots. With a menu changing from top to bottom four times a year with the seasons, the original concept of F. Scott's is maintained. Local, fresh ingredients are the mainstay of a menu that offers soup of the day along with pizza of the day. The menu can include duck breast with roasted sweet potatoes, braised Swiss chard, rhubarb chutney, pepper jelly, and caramelized onion biscuits or chicken breast lightly dusted with Porcini mushroom, pancetta and tomato braised leg and Parmigiano-Reggiano polenta. Comfort foods included macaroni and cheese with bacon (as a side) or vegetable lasagna.

F. Scott's
2210 Crestmoor Rd.
(615) 269-5861

www.fscotts.com


Jimmy Kelly's

If dinner at Jimmy Kelly's feels like an evening in a Southern mansion, that's exactly what it is. Nashville's dining landmark since 1934, the cluster of dining rooms around the center staircase all feature the same hearty choices. Although veal, chicken and seafood distinguish the menu, most regulars—and savvy visitors—choose beef. The aged, hand-cut steaks come in several cuts and sizes and all are delicious. Fortunately, the famous corncakes are served with every meal.

Jimmy Kelly's
217 Louise Ave.
(615) 329-4349
www.jimmykellys.com


Loveless Cafe

If you can't resist a legend, you'll find the trip outside of town to the Loveless Cafe worthwhile. This great choice for breakfast, lunch and brunch serves some of the best Southern specialties in the state including country ham, fried chicken, scratch biscuits (with or without gravy or homemade preserves), and grits. The Nashville tradition is open daily and you won't leave hungry.

Loveless Cafe
8400 Highway 100
(615) 646-9700
www.lovelesscafe.com


Midtown Cafe

True to its name, the Midtown Cafe is located near Music Row, Vanderbilt and downtown. The friendly staff, large portions and Mediterranean influences are not the only reasons for its popularity. Good food keeps patrons coming back for appetizers, which may be lemon artichoke soup, polenta crusted Brie, spinach and goat cheese strudel, and marinated Portobello mushrooms with fried leeks. Pastas will feature pesto, shellfish, duck confit and figs, or hearty vegetables; while entrees include breast of duck Calvados, catch-of-the-day in parchment, saltimboca, and grilled lamb chops and steaks. Too bad diners seem to have no room left for the homemade desserts.

Midtown Cafe
102 19th Ave. S.
(615) 320-7176
www.midtowncafe.com


Sunset Grill

Sunset Grill is that rare combination of extensive menu and top quality. Fortunately, the bistro ambiance has not been lost to recent expansion. The American-international menu has something for everyone, including vegetarian specialties. The late nite menu, served until 1:30 a.m., is as comprehensive as most restaurant's regular offerings. Appetizers include fried pepper calamari, smoked duck quesadilla, beggar's purse, and sesame crusted yellow fin tuna. Entrees include marinated pork tenderloin with herb potato cake, tequila lime salmon and grilled veal chop over gnocchi with wild mushrooms and port reduction. More than 20 desserts are offered.

Sunset Grill
2001 Belcourt Ave.
(615) 386-3663

www.sunsetgrill.com




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