music city series: Opryland

This area of town is very important to me because I work at the Grand Ole Opry House. When people come into the Opry Shop, they always assume that there isn’t a lot to do in that area of town, but that’s far from the truth. If you stop by the Opry, be sure to take my tips on other things to do in the area.

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center

(2800 Opryland Dr)

If you haven’t already, check out my previous blog about the Gaylord. In this post, I’ll share all the things to do in the Gaylord. Descriptions are directly from the Gaylord Opryland website.


Cascades American Cafe (American)

“Cascades American Cafe serves modern versions of classic American dishes in a dramatic atrium setting surrounded by soothing waterfalls. Start or end your day in Nashville in this one-of-a-kind restaurant where parking is validated.”

Fuse Sports Bar (American)

“Watch the big game at Fuse Sports Bar, which offers more than 100 high-definition TVs and a variety of tailgate-inspired dishes. Parking is validated at this eatery.”

Delta Marketplace (American)

“Perfect for on-the-go guests, our marketplace in the Delta Atrium serves a wide array of coffee and beverages, breakfast items, salads, sandwiches, snacks and more to help you start your day in Nashville satisfied.”

Conservatory Cafe (Continental)

“This restaurant offers breakfast, sandwiches, wraps, salads and desserts at the Magnolia entrance to the Garden Conservatory Atrium. We also proudly serve Starbucks® beverages.”

Jack Daniel’s (Southern)

“Experience the fine tradition of the great Southern food Nashville is known for. Sample hand-selected “Tennessee Sippin’ Whiskey” from the distillery, located in Magnolia section. Parking is validated here.”

Findley’s (Pub)

“Findley’s features an antique wooden bar and wide selection of craft beers, making it the perfect place to unwind in Magnolia. Parking is validated.”

Old Hickory Steakhouse (Steakhouse)

“A nod to President Andrew Jackson’s nickname, our signature steak restaurant features 1855 Black Angus Beef seared to perfection, plus artisan cheeses and an extensive wine list in Delta Atrium. Parking is validated. Reservations required.”

Ravello (Italian)

“Enjoy an Italian dinner inspired by the coastal city of Ravello on the lower level of our Garden Conservatory Atrium. Parking is validated.”

Paisano’s Pizzaria & Vino (Italian)

“This festive yet casual restaurant serves up Tuscan-style pizza and pasta, freshly baked bread sticks and fresh salads on the Delta Island.”

Stax (American)

“Create a juicy, one-of-a-kind burger or sandwich just the way you want it when you choose the size and sides at this restaurant on the Delta Island.”

Solario Cantina (Mexican)

“Enjoy bold Mexican flavors, signature margaritas and more than 100 tequilas at this festive bar and restaurant. Located in Garden Conservatory Atrium. Parking validated.”

Wasabi’s Sushi (Japanese)

“Japanese-style sushi and a broad selection of traditional sake and beer are served amidst lazily swimming koi and the soothing sound of waterfalls inside the Cascades American Café. Located in the Cascades Atrium. Parking validated.”

Cocoa Bean (Coffee House)

“Choose from premium coffee drinks, fresh bakery and pastry items, and gourmet sandwiches at our signature coffee bar overlooking the twin falls in the Cascades Atrium. Located off the Cascades Lobby. We Proudly Serve Starbucks®.”

The Falls Bar & Lounge (Tapas)

“Enjoy a tapas-style menu, wines, hand-crafted cocktails, bottled beer and chilled champagne in a breathtaking setting overlooking twin waterfalls. Located in the Cascades Atrium.”

Conservatory Wine Bar (Other)

“Conservatory Wine Bar offers a diverse selection of domestic and international wines in a sophisticated, chic setting. Located in Garden Conservatory Atrium.”

Library Lounge at Old Hickory Steakhouse (American)

“Sip on classic and modern cocktails, cognac, whiskey, wine or beer at this unassuming yet decidedly upscale speakeasy. Located in the Delta Atrium.”

American Craft Tavern (American)

“Taste authentic American beer, wine, whiskey and snacks in a modern, industrial themed bar setting. Located in the Delta Atrium.”

Delta Delight Frozen Yogurt (Other)

“Pick your frozen yogurt and pile on the toppings to create a one-of-a-kind sweet treat. Located in the Delta Atrium.”

Bravo Gelato (Other)

“Satisfy your sweet tooth with Italian gelato. Located at the Magnolia entrance to the Garden Conservatory Atrium.”


If your staying at the Gaylord, there is really no reason to leave. The hotel features boutiques, a boot store, it’s own Opry store, Nashville/Gaylord gift shops, plus more.


Gaylord Springs Golf Links (18 Springhouse Ln)

“Gaylord Springs, designed by US Open and PGA champion Larry Nelson, offers challenges for golfers of any skill level. The links-style course demands accuracy to stay clear of the deep bunkers, water hazards and rolling grass mounds but also requires creativity and a soft touch around the undulating, MiniVerde Bermuda grass greens. Carved from the banks of the meandering Cumberland River and bordered by limestone bluffs and wetlands, Gaylord Springs Golf Links will test and enthuse you from the moment you tee off until you pull your ball from the cup.”


“Shake off your preconceptions and your old expectations and get in tune with the nation’s first truly upscale indoor/outdoor resort water attraction. SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville is an unexpected aquatic attraction for hotel guests that unites extraordinary environments, exclusive upscale amenities and relaxing water features with energetic rides, immersive music and an extraordinary oasis for people of all ages to enjoy.”

Relâche Spa

“Experience harmony of body, mind and spirit at Gaylord Opryland Resort’s award-winning Relâche Spa. From soothing massages to firming body wraps and tropical manicures, you’ll receive world-class pampering at our hotel’s 20,000-square-foot Nashville spa. Choose a spa package just right for you.”

General Jackson Showboat (2812 Opryland Dr)

The Grand Ole Opry House (2804 Opryland Dr)

The Grand Ole Opry House was built in 1974 to double the space of the Ryman Auditorium and provide heating and air to the 4,400 fans in the audience. It is the Opry’s sixth home in 95 years. The Opry House offers backstage tours, where you get the opportunity to stand and have your picture taken in the infamous, wooden circle. Tours continue to fill up quickly on a daily basis, so I recommend buying your tickets at least a day before. At the end of the tour, you’ll exit through the Opry Shop and you’ll get to see me!

Additionally, for a limited time, we are selling Luke Combs merchandise in the store!

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Music Valley Dr

Cooter’s Place (2613 McGavock Pike)

Grand Old Golf & GoKarts (2444 Music Valley Dr)

The Inn at Opryland (2500 Music Valley Dr)

Nashville Palace (2611 McGavock Pike)

Opry Backstage Grill (2401 Music Valley Dr)

Texas Troubadour Theatre (2416 Music Valley Dr)

Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and Nashville Souvenirs (2613A McGavock Pike)

Opry Mills Mall (433 Opry Mills Dr)


Sit-down RestaurantsAdditional Options
Aquarium Restaurant (Seafood)
Bavarian Bierhaus (Nightclubs & Bars)
Chili’s (American)
Chuy’s Mexican Food (Mexican)
Claim Jumper (American)
Dave & Buster’s (American)
Mission BBQ (BBQ)
Rainforest Cafe (American)
Romano’s Macaroni Grill (Italian)
TGI Friday’s (American)
Auntie Anne’s
Burger King
Charleys Philly Steaks
Dairy Queen/Orange Julius
Johnny Rockets
Kelly’s Cajun Grill
Maki of Japan
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Panda Express
Popeye’s Chicken
Starbucks Coffee
Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen


Many of the stores in Opry Mills are outlet stores, which means you can find a good deal. My favorite store is the Kate Spade Outlet. They sometimes have purses marked at $80 that are originally $300 plus. Another store offered in Opry Mills is Bass Pro Shop. When you have time, it’s fun to explore Bass Pro and look at the fish.


The Escape Game

Madame Tussauds

Regal Cinemas

Smith Creek Distillery


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