Those of you that follow me on Facebook know that I met with a group of my tourism friends from Nashville, TN earlier this week. We had a wonderful visit.
Since many of you have traveled to Nashville with me over the years I thought you’d be interested in learning some of the latest tourism news from Music City. For the latest real gossipy Nashville news you’ll need to ask me personally!
1. Grand Ole Opry
This radio show continues to attract massive crowds. They are considering adding their current running Tuesday night performances year round. Wednesday night summer performances have also been added. So over the summer the Opry has performance 4 times a week!
Charley Pride is the country artist who will be performing at the upcoming Grand Ole Opry’s birthday celebrations.
2. New Opry Retail Space
A new oversize gift shop is under construction at the Opry House. It should be completed by the time my group visits in November.
3. Ole Red
This is a new downtown restaurant (3rd and Broadway) themed after Country Singer, Blake Sheldon’s “Ole Red” song. Its owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties – not Blake Sheldon. This massive restaurant holds 1200 people over 5 stories. You can expect non-stop live entertainment here. There are plans to open another location in Pigeon Forge, TN. There is a phone on the top floor dedication to Blake Sheldon. He calls in periodically so patrons can speak to him and ask him questions.
4. Opryland Hotel
Their newest construction project is a massive 3 level water park that is scheduled to open Dec 1. It will require a separate admission cost and if I understand correctly you need to be a hotel guest to use it. I doubt the water park will attract tour groups but should entice more family’s to stay at the Opryland Hotel.
Country Superstar, Trace Adkins will be the headliner at this Christmas Seasons Dinner Show at the Opryland Hotel. My group will be seeing his Christmas production in November. Can’t Wait!
5. Five Thousand More Hotel Rooms
Nashville has blossomed into one of the top tourist destination in the USA but that has created a major problem including a lack of hotel rooms to meet the demand. There is currently a number of new hotels being built which will add 5000 more rooms. The hope is the addition of these new hotel rooms will moderate hotel room prices throughout the city. Currently Nashville hotel rooms are going for a very pricey dollar!
6. Country Music Hall of Fame
Their newest state-of-the-art display highlights the careers of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
7. The Music Of Nashville
This is a new show in town that celebrates Country Music. Its location is at the Texas Troubadour Theatre, Music Valley, Nashville. There have been many shows in this theatre over the years. This new one is getting very good reviews.
8. Ray Stevens CabaRay Showroom
Ray Stevens theatre has finally opened to rave reviews. His show promises to be excellent and I am hearing positive things about the pre-show meal. You’ll remember and hear some of Ray’s hit songs including, “Everything Is Beautiful” and “The Streak” when visiting this theatre!
If You Love Music – You Need To Visit Nashville
Its certainly one of my very favourite destinations in the USA!