DEVELOPMENTS AND RENOVATIONS
Four Points by Sheraton Nashville - Brentwood
760 Old Hickory Boulevard
Brentwood, TN 37027
The new Four Points by Sheraton Brentwood opened on December 21, 2011. With a convenient location on Interstate 65 just 9 miles from downtown Nashville and close to the popular Cool Springs shopping area, the Four Points boasts a full-service hotel experience with a trendy and uncomplicated environment. Amenities at the hotel include 212 spacious guest rooms, including 32 Executive Suites equipped with 42-inch HD flat screen TVs, 3,800 square feet of meeting space, complimentary internet, gym, and business center, on-site laundry facility, and full-service restaurant, lounge, and room service. Unique to the Four Points brand of hotels is offering Simple Pleasures® candy, apples, coffee, and a sample of local craft beer every evening with their Best Brews™ program.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center reopened the 2,881-room hotel on November 15, 2010 following a massive reconstruction and renovation project that took place following major flood damage in May. Although the damage to the hotel was extensive, with approximately 70 percent of the common areas and 100 percent of the subterranean areas under water, the property reopened with a number of improvements and redesigns to enhance the guest experience. These include the addition of five new restaurants and a wine bar, the redesign for improved comfort and luxury of hundreds of hotel rooms that were untouched by the flood, an upgrade of both the technology and the layout of the lobby area for a better entry experience, and improved meeting rooms and equipment, among other modifications. The company also invested in superior energy efficiency and sustainability in its power generation and HVAC systems, as well as its laundry facilities.
New restaurants include Ravello, Solario, Cascades American Café, The Falls, and Jack Daniel’s Saloon.
West End Courtyard by Marriott
1901 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Noble Investment Group is investing $7 million into the 226-room property Courtyard by Marriott. They will add on a Courtyard Bistro restaurant and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Updates include furnishing and installing high-tech amenities to rooms and other areas of the hotel.
Omni Nashville Hotel
Scheduled to open in 2013
Omni Nashville Hotel will operate as the headquarter hotel for Music City Center, Nashville’s new downtown convention center. The $250 million multi-story hotel will feature approximately 800 guest rooms and suites and over 80,000 square feet of meeting and event space and will integrate with the expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The Omni Nashville Hotel’s design and décor, culinary, lifestyle, and retail venues will stem from and become reflective of Nashville. The hotel is expected to boast several restaurants, bars and lounges, as well as retail space, a pool, fitness center, and a Mokara signature spa – all in keeping with the strong cultural persona of Music City. The groundbreaking was held in June of 2011 and the hotel will open in late 2013.
Radisson Hotel at Opryland
2401 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
The Radisson Hotel at Opryland, owned and operated by Gaylord Hotels, finished its $7 million renovation in June 2011. The renovation features an attractive new contemporary design of the hotel’s 303 guest rooms and its lobby, meeting rooms, banquet areas, guest corridors, and indoor pool.
New to the property is the Opry Backstage Grill, a full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests in the 200-seat restaurant are immersed in an exciting environment including servers both performing country favorites on the Backstage Grill stage and sharing details about daily specials prepared using Opry member recipes. Songwriters’ nights, themed brunches, and special group amenities including private meals with country artists will also be offered at the restaurant.
Home2Suites by Hilton
1800 Division Street
Nashville, TN 37203
AA new Hilton-brand hotel has opened its doors in Nashville’s Midtown neighborhood. The 66,000-square-foot Home2Suties includes 119 rooms over seven stories. The hotel contains several sustainable components such as dual-flush toilets, lobby accent walls produced from recycled materials, energy-efficient lighting, and high-efficiency windows. Home2Suites shares the parking garage with the current Hilton Garden Inn at Vanderbilt.
Downtown Hyatt Place
301 Third Avenue
A new Downtown Hyatt Place is set to open December 2013. The 255-room, 13-story hotel will include 3,580 square feet of meeting space and a 175-space parking garage.
Music City Center
The new, state-of-the-art Music City Center (MCC) is currently under construction and will be built out at 1.2 million square feet and feature a 353,143-square-foot exhibit space with multiple flex space, 90,000 square feet of meeting rooms/breakout space, 57,000-square-foot ballroom with built-in stage and an 18,000-square-foot junior ballroom. In keeping with the city’s commitment to sustainable development, the MCC will boast a green roof and is committed to LEED Silver Certification. The project is scheduled for completion in May 2013.
433 Opry Mills Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
Opry Mills has re-opened! Accompanying its post-flood re-opening comes more than 60 new and returning retailers and dining options, including Brooks Brothers Factory Store, J. Crew Factory, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Tommy Bahama Outlet.
Other new stores like Crazy 8, Express, Jones New York Outlet, and Sunglass Warehouse will accompany returning retailers Bath & Body Works, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Yankee Candle, Fossil, and many more.
Additionally, shoppers will have many casual dining options including The Cookie Store, Kelly’s Cajun Grill, Maki of Japan, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, and Which Wich. Full-service dining options include Macaroni Grill, Rainforest Café, and the Aquarium Restaurant. Five major anchors, Regal Cinemas Opry Mills Stadium 20 & IMAX, Dave & Buster’s, VF Outlet, Bass Pro Shops, and Sun & Ski Sport, opened in time for the 2011 holiday season and are already enjoying success at Opry Mills.
The Frontier Room at Whiskey Bent Saloon
This new multi-level venue offers a full-service saloon/bar with daily live music on the main floor, including a private loft that provides a unique VIP experience. This space is used for private parties of up to 300 people.
Music City Trolley Hop
Customer Care: 800-251-1864
The new Music City Trolley Hop, operated by Gray Line of Tennessee, travels to 11 locations around town and gives riders the option of either staying on board the trolley for the entire narrated tour, or hopping on or off at various points along the route. The trolley tour operates seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Stops include the Ryman Auditorium, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Bicentennial Park, the Farmers’ Market, Hillsboro Village, Music Row, The Gulch, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Tickets are honored for 24 hours from time of purchase. The tour originates at Gray Line’s downtown ticket office located at the Hard Rock Café on Second Avenue and Broadway downtown.
New multi-million dollar renovations at LP Field will happen in time for the 2012-2013 Titans season that will include new speakers, new high-definition video boards (that will be among some of NFL’s largest for outdoor stadiums and four times larger than the current screens), elevators to provide service for upper deck seat holders and general improvements to LP Field infrastructure. A new 30’x27’ performance stage will also be constructed at LP Field.
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art
Cheekwood has opened a new literary garden called The Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden; it features an amphitheater which will be used primarily for poetry readings and book discussions.
Nashville International Airport
One Terminal Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
Nashville International Airport (BNA) has completed the second phase of its terminal renovation project, which includes the renovation of baggage claim and enlargement of its ticket lobby. The terminal renovation project was the first interior renovation since BNA’s existing terminal was built in 1987. The first phase of the terminal renovation project, began in October 2006 and completed in January 2009, welcomed more than 30 new food and beverage and retail vendors, opened a central passenger security checkpoint, and added concourse skylights and flight information displays.
Although Phase II is complete, additional maintenance improvements are forthcoming by the Authority, including escalator replacement, glass and soffit (located on the apron level of the terminal) repairs. The Authority has recently completed the largest construction project in its history, a 1.2 million-square-foot consolidated rental car facility that opened November 1, 2011. The new facility, which is larger than the airport terminal, is located across from the terminal. The creation of this three-level building frees up an additional 600 spaces in the Short Term garage, increasing its capacity by 30 percent. The facility also increases the airport’s rental car capacity to a total of 2,400.
ATTRACTIONS & VENUES
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
The 140,000-square-foot museum is currently home to the largest collection of country music artifacts in the world. In 2013 it will more than double in size and will integrate with the new Omni Nashville Hotel. The expansion will include a beautiful 20,000-square-foot glass-enclosed ballroom with a breathtaking view of the skyline, and an incredible new state-of-the-art 800-seat theater. This remarkable expansion will enhance current spaces that include the 11,000-square-foot Curb Conservatory, the hallowed Hall of Fame Rotunda, and the intimate 213-seat Ford Theatre.
The museum’s major new exhibition The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country opened in March 2012 and will run through December 2013. Narrated by Dwight Yoakam, the exhibit explores the roots, heyday and impact of the Bakersfield Sound, the loud, stripped-down and radio-ready music most closely identified with the careers of Country Music Hall of Fame members Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
Honky Tonk Central
The long-vacant Seanachie building in the heart of Nashville’s downtown strip is now a honky-tonk. Steve Smith, owner of Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, partnered with Hardin Ross of Broadway Brewhouse and Rippy’s to buy the building earlier this year. With live music on three levels and a full bar, you are in for a good time.
Marathon Music Works
1402 Clinton Street
Nashville, TN 37203
Nashville’s newest music venue and event space is Marathon Music Works. The locally-owned venue is committed to socially responsible business practices and hosting and supporting the Nashville community’s local music scene. Marathon Music Works was designed to accommodate a range of uses including private events, fundraisers, concerts, corporate events, and video shoots. The building, located in the Marathon Village neighborhood just north of downtown, was originally built in the early 1900s and has been completely updated to provide a top-notch event experience.
1305 Clinton Street
Nashville, TN 37203
Nashville has long been known as a creative town, well now there’s a new neighborhood becoming known as “Nashville creative neighborhood.” Marathon Village, a unique neighborhood of sorts that is becoming quite a Nashville hotspot is made up of a group of 100-year-old warehouse buildings which was originally where the Marathon, a car made in the early 1900s, was built. The buildings sat vacant for decades before a gentleman named Barry Walker purchased the buildings 25 years ago with a vision of making it “Nashville’s Creative Neighborhood.” Fast forward to today, and it has become just that.
Barry rents the space out to creative companies with the belief that creative minds feed off each other. It’s become a complex for artists’, photographers’, and designers’ studios. Additionally, Antique Archaeology, Mike Wolfe’s store made famous on “American Pickers,” recently opened there, as well as Corsair Artisan Distillery, which makes small, craft batches of spirits by hand from production to bottling. The Corsair Brewery pours only crafts beers, and features a changing roster of sixteen craft beers from microbreweries around the country. Another local favorite is Bang Candy Company, a company that uses high quality ingredients and imagination to create gourmet marshmallows half dipped in Belgian chocolate and rolled in your favorite topping.
If you are looking for a hand cut and sewn items, look no further than Emil Erwin and Otis James. They focus on every piece with impeccable detail, as Emily creates high-quality belts, satchels and wallets while Otis designs caps, neckties and bowties.
The Woods at Fontanel Mansion
4225 Whites Creek Pike
Whites Creek, TN 37189
The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel, situated on the old estate of country music legend Barbara Mandrell, is an outdoor music venue with a capacity for 4,500 guests. Featuring state-of-the-art sound along with a cozy wooded setting, the natural amphitheater space of the Whites Creek valley is a must-see (and must-hear!) venue in the greater Nashville area. Many seats are general admission lawn seats, and guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Even the VIP boxes are carved into the side of a hill, so everyone can feel as if they are surrounded by nature. The Woods Amphitheater is also be available for corporate picnics and events.
With the Farm House at Fontanel, a ‘farm-to-fork’ restaurant on property, a family friendly atmosphere, free activities like disc golf and two miles of beautiful trails, Fontanel is a hidden gem located just minutes from downtown Nashville.
The National Underground
Nashville, TN 37201
Owned by Gavin DeGraw and Joey DeGraw, The National Underground is Nashville’s sister music club to the original location in New York City. Featuring live authentic American roots rock, pop, and country music seven days a week, you are guaranteed to catch some of the best national and local talent. The music and vibe of this tavern sets up a laid back and friendly atmosphere.
4001 Bell Road
Hermitage, TN 37076
Nashville Shores Water Park and Marina opened on May 22, 2010 after having undergone a total transformation. The multi-million dollar program focused on expansion as well as on improving the current facilities. The expansion included a 25,000-square-foot wave pool, a 30,000-square-foot deck and food lounge, and a 1,000-foot-long lazy river. The wave pool is filled with 400,000 gallons of water, creating up to five different types of waves that can reach up to four feet high. Also, visitors can enjoy a relaxing float down the state’s widest lazy river. On hot days, the geysers, waterfalls and sprays are available to cool you off as you float around the park.
New in 2012, Treetop Adventure Park features five huge aerial ropes courses and two giant zip lines over 600 feet long, the longest in Nashville. The series of aerial adventure courses allows individuals to navigate close to 100 different obstacles. Course challenges include suspended bridges, 10 zip lines, cargo nets, scrambling walls, ladders, Tarzan jumps and many other thrilling elements.
The Gulch Continues Growth
Nashville’s historic Gulch District, originally the home of the downtown railroad terminal, has developed into a hot spot for your urbanites. The Gulch has perfectly combined its industrial background with modern contemporary style-warehouses, which have been renovated into residential and office space, sit side by side with brand-new mixed use condominiums that also house shops and restaurants. In 2009, The Gulch became the 13th neighborhood in the world and the first in the South to receive LEED certification.
Visitors to The Gulch have casual yet sophisticated dining options at restaurants like Urban Flats, Cantina Laredo, Sambuca, and Watermark. Shopping options also abound: Urban Outfitters, Bullets & Mullets, Apricot Lane, and Two Old Hippies.
The Gulch is anchored by its large multi-family condominium developments: Icon in the Gulch, Terazzo, and Velocity. Local developer MarketStreet Enterprises plans to break ground this fall on the new Pine Street Flats, a 305-unit, five-story apartment complex that will be tucked in between the Icon and Velocity buildings. It will feature one- and two-bedroom units and a fitness center, pool, cabana, and courtyards in an “E” shaped building.
4580 Rachels Lane
Nashville, TN 37076
The Hermitage, historic home to President Andrew Jackson and wife Rachel, has undergone interior restoration work that included plaster restoration in Jackson’s library, the farm office and dining room. Workers also conserved 176-year-old wallpaper and conducted a general cleaning. Additionally, several rooms were repainted, including the library.
Metro Cumberland Park
Cumberland Park, Music City Bikeway
Located on the East Bank near the Cumberland Bridge, Nashville’s riverfront play park has opened. Created in the shape of a figure-eight, the 6.5-acre public park will help make the river more of a central point of Nashville. The park is very family-friendly and features everything from walking trails, a wading pool, picnic areas, an amphitheater with seating for approximately 1,200 people, oversize sandboxes where kids can dig for “fossils,” a rock wall, interactive splash pods, and plenty of green space.