Nashville is home to some of the world’s best country music stars – which makes sense why it’s also known as “Music City”, but it also has a rich history, an extensive food scene, beautiful weather for outdoor activities and a variety of shopping opportunities.

Below are some suggestions to get you started around town!

At the Opryland
From American to Italian, to Mexican to Japanese- on site at the Gaylord Opryland offers many different cuisines. For a web version of this list, please visit the Gaylord Opryland Dining site.

Please see below for a list of all restaurants on-site, a menu is linked when provided, should you have any further questions about the restaurants where a separate number is not listed please call the Gaylord Opryland concierge at (615) 871-6169.

  • Cascades American Cafe – AMERICAN, View Menu, Phone: 615-458-6848

  • Old Hickory Steakhouse – STEAKHOUSE, Make a Reservation (required), View Menu

  • Library Lounge at Old Hickory Steakhouse – BAR LOUNGE

  • Conservatory Wine Bar – WINE, Phone: 615-458-6848

  • Conservatory Cafe – CONTINENTAL, Open 24 hrs

  • Jack Daniel’s – SOUTHERN, View Menu, Phone: 615-458-6848

  • Findley’s Irish Pub – PUB, View Menu, Phone: 615-458-6848

  • Fuse Sports Bar – AMERICAN, View Menu, Phone: 615-458-6848

  • The Falls Bar & Lounge – TAPAS

  • Wasabi’s Sushi – JAPANESE/SUSHI, View Menu


  • Cocoa Bean – COFFEE

  • Ravello – ITALIAN, View Menu, Phone: 615-458-6848

  • Paisano’s Pizza & Vino – PIZZA/PASTA

  • Solario Cantina – MEXICAN, Phone: 615-458-6848

  • Bravo Gelato Dessert – GELATO

  • Delta Delight – FROYO

Wow! That’s a lot of places, we know. Download a hotel map to navigate your way around the Gaylord.

Within walking distance, you will find the Opry Mills Mall which has over 10+ sit down and fast food restaurant options. From Johnny Rockets to Dave & Busters, to Romano’s Macaroni Grill-  one of the options is sure to fill your fix! Plus, the mall is boasting with shops should you forget your cowboy boots.

Across the street, opposite of the mail also has many options- here are a just a few to get you started:

Best of Downtown Nashville
Let’s Start with a list of our Top 5 Restaurants for your team to enjoy a nice dinner – all within downtown Nashville. 

  • Kayne Prime -$$$ American, Boutique Steakhouse

  • Bakersfield – $ Casual – Tacos, Tortas, Tostadas & Tequila

  • The Southern – $$$ Wood Fired Meats, Southern Fried Staples & Oysters

  • Husk – $$$ Regional Ingredients served in a Historic Mansion (not walkable from Broadway, but a short cab ride)

  • Merchants Restaurant – $$$ American – Southern takes on Bistro Food

Authentic Spots
Feel like venturing into the depths of Nashville to find not-your-average restaurants? Thanks to Eater Nashville, who put together this great map- we have a list of the 18 Essential Restaurants in Nashville.


Entertainment (Downtown)
Walking up and down Broadway will not disappoint. If you’re taking advice from us… start on one end and bar hop until you can’t hop anymore! A few of our favorites include:

Some other notables:

If you plan on extending your stay and are interested in seeing performance options for the week before and after our conference, visit Now Playing Nashville for a detailed calendar.

Entertainment (Grand Ole Opry)

Take advantage of the fabulous location of our conference venue, and discover the excitement of the Grand Ole Opry. The Grand Ole Opry presents the new stars, superstars, and legends of country music. Please note that artists and schedule are subject to change without notice.

Other Activities

  • Narrowing down the list of attractions in a city that is growing at such a rapid pace but still dedicated to preserving and showcasing historic treasures and landmarks is a difficult task. Depending on your tastes and interests, planning a vacation or long weekend can revolve around music, Civil War sites or even ancient Greece (really). Check out ’10Best’ list of the Top 10 Attractions and Activities in Nashville.


  • Opry Mills – (Walkable!) Tennessee’s largest outlet & value shopping featuring more than 200 stores.

  • The Mall at Green Hills – Known for its upscale shops & unique designer clothing/accessory boutiques you will not be disappointed.

  • East Nashville (Fatherland District) – Located in downtown Nashville, across the river lives a true artist’s haven in one of the city’s most energetic neighborhoods. The store-owners are creative, fun and display merchandise that is totally unique.

  • To see more options, check out the Top 10 Shopping Destinations in Nashville!

Tuesday Night Party

You won’t want to venture off too quickly after Day 2 at the CMA Conference. We will be hosting an in-house kick-off for your evening ‘party’. From hay bales to a full bar, to live music… you won’t want to miss CMA’s Country Soiree.


Josh Gracin

Talent, perseverance and the willingness to work hard to make a dream come true are the cornerstones of any successful music career and Josh Gracin has all those qualities in spades. With his new album, “Nothin’ Like Us,” Gracin reestablishes himself as one of country music’s most compelling voices, a soulful troubadour with an ear for a great song and a passion for connecting with his audience.

Like most artists, Gracin’s career shifted with changes in labels and life experiences that were challenging but ultimately left him in a better place. Gracin is a happy man these days and it shows.  With new music, a new love and a new record label, he has a lot to smile about and it is reflected in songs on his latest project like the romantic “Front Porch Kind of Love”.

2Steel Girls

2Steel Girls first captured the nation’s attention when more than 14 MILLION viewers watched their blind audition on The Voice, becoming the first and only mother-daughter duo to appear as finalists. Personally mentored by country music superstar, Blake Shelton, Allison and Krystal appeared on three episodes of the show before breaking another major barrier: They became the first music artists to ever launch a debut, independent single with a live performance in front of millions of viewers on the Today Show all because of a fan initiated campaign.

Larry Gatlin

On the strength of his songwriting talents, Larry Gatlin, from the ‘Gatlin Brothers’ became known throughout the Nashville music industry. From 1976 to 1992 the brothers toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and overseas.  They racked up hit after hit and banked some of the most prestigious awards in the industry.  Larry penned every Gatlin Brothers hit you’ve ever heard.  He has written songs that were later recorded by Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Barry Gibb, Ray Price, Tom Jones, Roy Orbison, Johnny Mathis, Dottie West and many more. Throughout the next decade, Larry would go on to write an autobiography, All The Gold In California, record a solo album, In My Life, and occasionally tour solo.


The CMA will offer complimentary busing to and from Downtown Nashville in the evening.