Downtown Nashville

Going back home after 20 years was quite the experience.  I was very disappointed in the commercialization of Brentwood and Franklin.  Gone were the 2 lane country roads and farmland replaced by malls, hotels and restaurants.

Downtown Nashville has changed drastically also but, in my opinion, for the better.  The downtown area used to be an unwelcoming place full of peep shows and dives.  Nashville has gotten smart and embraced the Country Music and transformed the downtown area into a beautiful thriving tourist attraction.

From Tootsies to “Crazy Arms”

Thirty years ago I spent a lot of time on Broadway (Lower Broad) in Nashville fostering my love for live music and country music. Especially at a very famous old Honky Tonk called Tootsies. Lower Broad is much different today from when I was there in the mid-eighties. I would bravely and cautiously venture into Nashville… Continue reading From Tootsies to “Crazy Arms”

Opryland Hotel

When I lived in Nashville 25 years ago, I often frequented the Opryland Hotel.  During the off season, it was quiet and soothing.  During the Holidays it becomes a Christmas delight decked out with lights, toy soldiers, poinsettias and every thing merry.  And lots of people.

It is one of the few things that has not changed in the long time I have been away except for the $21.00 (+ tax) parking fee.  For a few minutes I felt at home.

At over 4 million square feet, the hotel is the largest non-casino hotel in the Continental United States outside of Las Vegas.  It has 9 acres of lush indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls with  6 floors , 2,711 rooms and 171 suites.

Marriott Marquis – Atlanta, Georgia

Whenever we have visitors from out-of-town visiting who have never been to Atlanta we always take them to the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.  It is a 52-story, 554 feet hotel and it is the 14th tallest skyscraper in the city. The building was designed by Atlanta architect John C. Portman.

Looking at this building from the outside you would never guess what awaits you on the inside; its large atrium.  When I first saw this 30 years ago, I was in awe.  It was the largest atrium in the world upon its completion in 1985, at 470 feet high. The atrium spans the entire height of the building and consists of two vertical chambers divided by elevator shafts and bridges.

A ride to the top and a look down will give almost anyone vertigo with the way the shape and expanding floor draw you down.  It is a true masterpiece of Architecture and Beauty.