Start your day with genuine country cooking at Loveless Café, 8400 Highway 100, Bellevue. Nationally acclaimed, the café has been a landmark for more than 50 years, made famous by its homemade biscuits and jams that melt in your mouth. It’s well worth the half-hour drive southwest from Nashville.
On your return to the city, stop to stroll along woodland and sculpture trails at the 55-acre Cheekwood Botanical Garden, 1200 Forrest Park Drive. Tour the Cheek Mansion, owned by the Maxwell House coffee family, which houses contemporary works of art and studio space.
Drive through East Nashville, a neighborhood of antebellum buildings that is currently being redeveloped.
Lunch at Burger Up, 2901 12th Avenue South, in the newly revitalized eclectic neighborhood and shopping district. Browse some of the funky shops on 12th Avenue and pick up a cute souvenir to take home.
If you’re not staying at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Drive, take time to explore the fabulous hotel complex with its indoor river-boat ride, covered gardens, pools, and restaurants.
Visit Grand Ole Opry Museum, 2802 Opryland Drive, with exhibits honoring early stars like Little Jimmy Dickens, Marty Robbins, and Patsy Cline as well as contemporary performers like Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire.
Check out the General Jackson Showboat, 2812 Opryland Drive, where you can see an excellent country music show on lunch or dinner cruises.
Dine at one of the many restaurants in the Opryland/Music Valley Drive area before attending the highlight of your Nashville stay, a performance at the Grand Old Opry, 2804 Opryland Drive. No matter who is playing at the world’s longest running radio show (there will be multiple acts), the talent is always exceptional, and you’ll see the show as it is broadcast live over 650 WSM-AM, Sirius Satellite Radio, and Opry.com.