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Hi all i have a ? for anyone who has gone to NCM. We are going on the VIP tour in the museum and assembly plant on friday Nov 7th.

What other attractions and things can we do.
Im also staying in Nashville on Saturday night. Any ideas on Hotels and places to go. Would you stay downtown or near the airport. We are leaving back to Fla on Sunday morning.
Thanks for the help
 

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I participated in the NCM Xperience July 29. We did not have time to take in the local attractions. Stayed at the Hotel Sync. Pretty much across the street from NCM. You will find it pleasantly unique. The VIP assembly plant tour was amazing. Have Fun!!
 

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Thanks for the reply. We are staying at hotel sync. We are looking foward to our VIP tour. What are your thoughts regarding the museum after the tour. Was there enough time to accomplish everything? Since we are staying across the street we were thinking about going on our own walk of the museum before the guided tour. It starts at 1:30 pm!

Also any info on Nashville? We are staying there on Sat nite

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LOVE Nashville. Stayed at Gaylord while there last week for NCM Anniversary, incredible! Go down to Broadway and park in one of the lots off the side streets. Parking will cost about 10 bucks/hr on weekends. May be worth it to get a shuttle from hotel. Walk from honky-tonk to honky tonk on Broadway, soak in the sounds and pretty women! Good cheap Southern breakfasts at the Biscuit House on the East side. 20 minute wait on weekends though, very popular. Guided tour does not take too long. I would take the tour to get an overview, and go back for a more detailed look to the areas you found most interesting. Have fun!
 

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I lived in Nashville for 4 years.

Do not stay at the Gaylord Opry Hotel - it's a large hotel with no charm. Stay in a hotel that's close to Broadway (in the downtown) so you can check out the honky tonk bars and walk home afterwards.

Best Restaurants for dinner: Margot's, Eastland Cafe
Best Coffee: Fido's, The Frothy Monkey, Bongo Java's
Best Breakfast: Pancake Pantry, Fido's, Marche
Best Bar (Trendy): Whiskey Kitchen
Best Historic Honky Tonk: Tootsie's

Feel free to ask any more questions. I ran that town. :)
 
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The guided tour of the museum was interesting but I really would have liked to have spent time without a guide and we ran out of time that day. Our tour of the assembly plant lasted longer than planned. The guide never rushed us. Doug was a super guy. ENJOY!
 

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I lived in Nashville for 4 years.

Do not stay at the Gaylord Opry Hotel - it's a large hotel with no charm. Stay in a hotel that's close to Broadway (in the downtown) so you can check out the honky tonk bars and walk home afterwards.

Best Restaurants for dinner: Margot's, Eastland Cafe
Best Coffee: Fido's, The Frothy Monkey, Bongo Java's
Best Breakfast: Pancake Pantry, Fido's, Marche
Best Bar (Trendy): Whiskey Kitchen
Best Historic Honky Tonk: Tootsie's

Feel free to ask any more questions. I ran that town. :)
Josh,

We are staying in the Gulch district... What do you think of that area of the "downtown"
 

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Laguna - the Gulch is a very trendy area of Nashville with lots of cool bars/restaurants.

The Gulch has the "M Street" family of bars and restaurants which are owned by the same wealthy dude: Whiskey Kitchen, Virago (great sushi and NYC-style ambiance), Saint Anejo (upscale mexican), and Kayne Prime (great trendy steak place). These are all great spots where you may spot a country music celeb. You're also very close to the downtown which is far more touristy. Basically locals go to the gulch and tourists go to broadway.
 
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Thanks Josh. Looking foward to going to NCM and BGAP. Cant wait to experience the charm of Nashville.
 

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Well Josh, I wish I had some of your tips for my visit, but saying Opryland has no charm is like saying don't stay in the Bellagio in Vegas because it is just a big hotel. The Wow factor makes up for the fact it does not reflect what I call 'local character'. The gardens alone in that place blew my mind. Only thing I didn't like in Nashville is getting double taxed for everything. I think my nightly room tax was about 35 bucks of my bill!
 

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Hey Ragtop I feel bad about making a negative comment about the Gaylord Opry Hotel (great name, huh?) - of course it's a very nice place to stay ... it's just that it's a bit far from all the action and I want forum members to really experience the city.

Also I should mention that no visit to Nashville is complete without taking in some live music. You can check out visitmusiccity.com or nowplayingnashville.com to find a comprehensive list of local music shows. The Blue Bird Cafe is a very famous spot.... it's a very small venue that has great local singer songwriters.

Also for breakfast spots ... I left out the Loveless Cafe... another Nashville institution.

And... if your wife loves shopping... The Green Hills Mall is the nicest mall in the area.

Any other questions feel free to ask. I was at Vanderbilt for 4 years and had a blast!
 
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