Nashville--escape from the Gaylord Opryland?
I will be staying at the Gaylord Opryland with my 15-year-old son for te next two days, and would *love* be be able to break out of the bubble. Problem is that we won't have a car. Any suggestions for delicious, fun, low-key eating that's not too far from the hotel? Thank you!
There's a city bus line that stops at the hotel, I think. It's worth checking. And there's definitely a shuttle from the hotel to the Wild Horse on Second Avenue. You could catch that and be in the heart of the historic district -- lots to see and do, good restaurants, the Hall of Fame with its very good cafe. Second Avenue has a Hard Rck Cafe, there's a Big River Brewing Company, Pied Piper creamery on lower Broad, the Palm steakhouse, Jack's Barbecue (now all the barbecue snobs are gonna jump me, but it's reasonably good 'cue), Joe's Crab shack, Koto Sushi on Union at about 5th. There's a Demos on Fourth at Commerce or right about there, and it's good. All these are chains, but if you're willing to spend a little more, go to Sole Mio, about a five-minute walk from the Hall of Fame. Superb Italian food. Good luck!
ebecker is spot on. Nothing notable in the Opry Land desert. We've had a couple of good meals at Caney Ford Fish Camp but bottom line, it's fern fare. The Country Music Hall of Fame down town is a world class museum and they have a great lunch spot with a very talented roving guitarist and you don't have to be a country fan to enjoy it.
E, you really need a car in Nashville. Spring for a one day rental, you can probably make arrangements where it can be delivered/picked up from the hotel. As you son is in high school, would plan to visit Vanderbilt Unviversity, start with breakfast at Pancake Pantry, just off campus. If he isn't into shopping, maybe a trip to the Parthen on would interest him or just a drive on West End Ave. through the beautiful old neighborhoods (say hit to Al & Tipper!), maybe hit Belle Meade plantation. There is a small lunch cafe there or run by the Loveless Motel for platter of fried chicken & biscuits.
Or, supposing you will rent a car, drive down to Lynchburg, visit the Jack Daniels distillery, and make reservations at Miss Bobo's Boarding House for the lunch bugget (again fried chicken). This could be a whole day trip as well.
Downtown Nashville has a great history musuem with lots on the development of the area, the State House, etc. There is also the Hermitage, Pres Jackson's home, not too far away.
Check with hotel and see if they will transport you to anywhere you want to go. Priceline is agreat option for a cheap rental, would imagine you could get a mid size car for $25-30 by bidding.