Where will the road take YOU?

Destination Diaries

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By Angela Ash

Nashville is a city packed full of attractions, museums, great food and a phenomenal music scene. "Music City" welcomes guests at all times of the year, embracing its exciting culture and stimulating nightlife.

Any visit to Nashville should begin with the perfect hotel in a convenient, thriving locale.


Set just 15 miles from downtown Nashville and just down the road from the Cool Springs Galleria, this bustling Holiday Inn Express offers its guests a hideaway, just far enough away to avoid the crowds, yet close enough to be convenient to all of Nashville's best attractions.

The trendy rooms come complete with microwaves and refrigerators, plus free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. With comfortable beds and high-pressure shower heads, the plush rooms have everything that a weary traveler could want.

But that's just the beginning of what this fantastic hotel has to offer! There's a free breakfast buffet, an outdoor pool and a fitness center, along with meeting rooms for those wanting to host a banquet or a business event.

For more information, please visit the Holiday Inn Express online or call (615) 309-8860.

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When arriving in a new city, the first check on the "to do list" should be to take a bus tour. Tours provide visitors with an overview of the city, providing plenty of helpful information and insight on what the city has to offer. And no one offers tours quite like Gray Line.

Gray Line offers educational, fun tours across the country, and Nashville is lucky enough to boast several tour options. The Discover Nashville tour ensures that its guests see Nashville's important landmarks, paired with insightful narratives provided by expert tour guides. The tour also includes stops and admission to the Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Other tours include a peak into celebrity homes or an exciting glimpse into the world of ABC's hit television show, Nashville. There's even a hop-off hop-on trolley, mixing an informative tour with convenient, reliable transportation.

For more information on Nashville, please visit Gray Line of Tennessee online or call (615) 883-5555.


Feel like a short drive away from the hustle of the city? Just ten miles away, the Hermitage offers visitors a peak into the life of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States.

Offering guided tours of the mansion, guests may see just how the Jackson family lived and thrived in what was then rural Tennessee. Audio-visual wands are also available, providing guests with the opportunity to walk through the additional buildings and outdoor areas to gain even more insight into what life must have been like at the Hermitage. Visitors may also view Andrew Jackson's tomb.

For more information, please visit the Hermitage online or call (615) 671-2827.



When hunger calls, wonderful eateries are located close by. In a city known for its southern specialties, Hadley's Southern Kitchen offers visitors delicious, diverse menu options at fantastic prices!

Mornings are a great time to visit Hadley's, with favorites like the High Cotton Breakfast, including steaming morsels of eggs, bacon, country sausage, grits or potato hash, and a flaky biscuit or buttery toast. The Chicken Tenders or Country Fried Steak and Eggs are also both delicious picks.

For lunch and dinner, regulars rave about the Fried Chicken, Hand-pattied Burgers and the Turkey and Dressing. There's also a wonderful children's menu, offering Mac & Cheese, Chicken Tenders or Grilled Cheese.

And be sure to save room for dessert! Do not leave without trying the homemade Banana Pudding!

For more information, please visit Hadley's Southern Kitchen online or call (615) 739-6622.


Now, if you are looking for big fun and regionally-inspired dishes all in one place, Puckett's is the place to dine!

Reminiscent of a general store, Puckett's is just steps away from the Ryman Auditorium, countless other attractions and thrilling nightlife. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, any time is a great time to dine at this delicious eatery, even offering a huge stage with exciting musical acts.

The breakfast menu boasts favorites like French Toast, Eggs Benedict and fluffy omelets filled with tasty ingredients. Plates lunches are available for both small and larger appetites, offering specials like Meat and One, Meat and Two and Meat and Three, with a wide range of vegetables and other sides.

Dinner ushers in unique appetizers like Cherry Smoked Hot Wings and Fried Green Beans. The main entrees feature tasty options like Grilled Hanger Steak, Southern Fried Catfish and Puckett's BBQ Platter.

Also be sure to sample the homemade desserts, like the Chocolate Chess Pie and the Deep Fried Brownie Sundae.

For more information, please visit Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant online or call (615) 770-2772.