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Although the schedule for this year's USEA Annual Meeting and Convention is chock full of activities, we still hope that you can find some time to get out and explore Nashville.
Welcome to Music City! The Music City Sheraton is pleased to offer bus transportation on Thursday and Friday evenings at no charge for your convenience to two destinations both evenings. Check the Registration Desk for exact times the buses will be available.
One short ride will take you to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel to experience the Country Christmas Extravaganza of lighting on the grounds surrounding this destination hotel and the spectacular interior decorations. There are several excellent restaurants and seemingly endless discoveries around every corner of this nine-acre complex with lush indoor gardens and waterfalls. The Opryland Hotel is free for all to enter the hotel and admire the lighting and festive atmosphere and there is free parking for the bus if they are staying with the group.
The other destination is also a short ride to the downtown area where many points of interest and a wide variety of architecture, old and new is located, including the Wild Horse Saloon (dance your feet off!) and the Ryman Auditorium where the Grand Ole Opry performs Friday night. There are several local, upscale restaurants as well as many others to choose from, along with many other attractions. You will find a list of them on the walking tour map available at the Registration Desk.
Here are a couple of recommendations to get you acquainted with the downtown area ...
MUSIC CITY TROLLEY – 7 days/week, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This fully narrated tour is great for first-timers to Nashville, those who have a limited amount of time and want to get acquainted with this fantastic city, or as transportation between locations for a full day of sightseeing. You will get the chance to hop off and explore points of interest such as: Historic Downtown Nashville, the Ryman Auditorium, the State Capitol, TPAC, the State Museum, Bicentennial Park, the Parthenon, the West End, Hillsboro Village, Music Row, The Gulch, the Frist Museum, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Brochures available at the registration desk. Price: $15.00/adult, purchase at several locations downtown, and reservations not required.
DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR – Any time you’re ready!
Though Nashville is a city of the New South and sprawls in all directions with suburbs full of office parks and shopping malls, the downtown area is just waiting for you to do a bit of exploring on foot. Within the downtown area are the three distinct areas that make up the District, an historic area containing many late 19th century commercial buildings that have been preserved and now house restaurants, clubs, and interesting shops. Because Nashville is the state capital, the downtown area also has many impressive government office buildings. The midtown area just west of the city center has numerous eclectic restaurants and is the home to Vanderbilt University.
Check out the points of interest on Frommers link: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/nashville/0019010008.html.
Maps available from the Registration Desk with points of interest and restaurants. Have fun!
Reservations are encouraged.
Downtown – Upscale, historical restaurants
The Hermitage Hotel – Capital Grille (restored historical hotel) ...easy going elegance, five star luxury...
Union Station Hotel – Prime 108 Restaurant (restored railway station) ...a gem that must be seen...lobby atrium reminiscint of the elegant past of rail travel, moving you into the modern day with cocktails and dining in restaurant Prime 108...
Puckett's Grocery – local country store & restaurant 'comes to the city' -
Merchants Restaurant – (restored historical hotel)
Old Spaghetti Factory
Hard Rock Cafe
Downtown County Fun and Eating!
The Wildhorse Saloon turned a three-level historic warehouse into a 66,000 square foot live music and dance destination. The Wildhorse is simultaneously a restaurant, bar, concert site, dance venue and TV studio. Home to hot music and dancing, the Wildhorse Saloon is rooted deep in Country music traditions.
Mid-Town/Vanderbilt Area – local upscale restaurants