Don't Come to Nashville (right now)

Old May 4th, 2010, 04:50 PM
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Hi. I am so happy that I found this forum and am hoping to get some sound advice regarding my upcoming trip to Nashville. I feel so terrible for the residents of this beautiful city - what a devastating thing to go through. I have never been to the city and booked plane tickets months ago to come there with 9 girls for my bachelorette party next weekend. I am wondering if we should still proceed with plans or if everything will likely be shut down? I am asking since we will be traveling from all over and if plane tickets need to be refunded I should act quickly. We planned on line dancing at Wild Horse Saloon (which i know is closed) and visiting all the fun honky tonks in the city. Can anyone offer me some advice about what I may expect after the flood? We planned to come next Friday (the 14th). Thank you in advance! Bachelorette or bust, Erin
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Old May 4th, 2010, 07:05 PM
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Erinkath - according to their web sites, the honky-tonks on Lower Broad are still open. (This surprises me a little because Nashville Electric is saying the power is off in the block where they are, so you may want to call them. Even if they're not today, hopefully power will be restored by next weekend. NES is saying that it will be at least this Friday before they can get to the problem, but obviously the tourist and business district is a high priority.) The water is receding from downtown and hopefully by next weekend things will be closer to normal. One other thing to check on is the water situation. Only one of our treatment plants is working and we're under water conservation orders. It's possible that there could be a shortage. Hopefully that won't happen, but keep an ear out.

In short, I'd still plan on coming. The honky-tonks should be open, the interstates and airport are open, and now that the floods are receding, we'll need your tourism dollars!
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Old May 4th, 2010, 07:08 PM
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My son is graduating next week from Vanderbilt, so crazy. The university will have a lot to do to clean up and get ready for it I imagine. Even with the business that graduation would bring into the city, I hope things are somewhat back to normal.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 07:39 PM
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Juldie, I work at Vandy and actually campus is more or less fine (there may be some residual water in some basements, I'm not sure, but overall things are good). Hillsboro Village seems fine as well. SO thankful - we need people supporting our local businesses, and a lot of them are in that area! Hopefully downtown and our second water treatment plant will be back to normal soon.

Things are very bad for a lot of people in town, and we definitely will need months of work and help. But in terms of the most visited areas by out-of-towners, once water and power are fixed, things will be largely back to normal fairly soon, I think. The main exceptions will be the Opry House and Opryland - Gaylord has confirmed that the hotel will be closed for months. The Opry is planning to move performances to other venues while the Opry House is taken care of.
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Old May 5th, 2010, 04:03 AM
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jent103, what you wrote is real helpful to give perspective. There will be 9 in the family coming to graduation so we will help the economy. I was hoping to bring them downtown one night but we will have to see how things are next week. I think I was most concerned about water shortages or contamination problems.

Hopefully not too many graduation families had reservations at Gaylord because at this late date they will be scrambling to find somewhere else to stay.

You live in a wonderful and fun city. I will miss not coming to visit. My husband and I really looked forward to coming to Nashville the last four years. We bring away fabulous memories of our son's college years, as does he.
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Old May 5th, 2010, 04:23 AM
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Good Morning all. Similar situation as Erinkath626 here. My fiance and some of our friends have planned for about 2 months to come to Nashville for a girls weekend/bachalorette party this coming weekend the 7th thru the 9th. She called the hotel that they have reservations at and they said everything is fine. I don't know the name of the hotel. I do know that it is within walking distance of the honkey tonks. She is really concerned about getting there and having nothing to do. No offense to the hotel, but she doesn't want them to tell her everything is fine when it's not just because they would loose money. From what people are saying on this site, she's got a 50/50 shot. Can anyone give some better incite on what the latest is? (An Air Force guy in ATL)
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Old May 5th, 2010, 06:09 AM
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eaglewingz - streets downtown are still closed, but the water is receding. The honky-tonks are open, according to their web sites. Your fiance's trip may be a little different than she expected, but if her hotel is open, there are still some things they will be able to do. If they need restaurant recommendations, etc., I would start a separate thread and there will be lots of suggestions. Even if downtown isn't quite as fun as they hoped, the Vandy/West End area and other parts of town have several of places that would be fun for them, I think.

The biggest concern right now, as Juldie mentioned, is water. If people will conserve, Davidson County will be okay - they are asking us all to cut water usage by half. However, some rumors went around yesterday (completely false, by the way) that Metro was planning to cut off the water, which led to people filling their bathtubs and hoarding what we do have. Right now I'm praying that we will all relax - if we can do that, our one treatment facility can provide us all with safe water and things will be fine. So anyone coming to town, I would keep an eye on that situation.

And Juldie, you are so right - this city is wonderful. Aside from the water issue, every story we've heard has been so encouraging. There have been practically no reports of looting (the only one I heard was at the Farmer's Market - that food wasn't getting sold anyway!). People are helping neighbors they didn't know. Relief efforts are going on all over the place. My church organized an amazing response team practically overnight, and we're not the only ones. The organization Hands On Nashville is coordinating volunteer efforts all over the city, and their web site is slow as Christmas because people are always trying to volunteer. It's really incredible to see. They don't call us the Volunteer State for nothing.
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Old May 5th, 2010, 06:45 AM
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Awesome. I also have been looking at the link from above that seems to be real helpful, <http://www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/floodinformation>. It doesn't show everything, of course, but it does seem to show major attractions situations. We'll continue looking at everything. Thanks again for the info.
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Old May 5th, 2010, 07:55 AM
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Ugh, sorry about the typos above. That's what I get for trying to type while eating cereal. Yep, the CVB has been doing a great job of keeping visitors updated.

Just as another example of how things are getting back to "normal" as much as possible - the Opry went on last night, even though the Opry House is under several feet of water. The show moved to War Memorial downtown, and it sounds like it was a good one.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20...ST0501/5050369

Shows the rest of this week will be at the Ryman - aka the "Mother Church of Country Music."
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Old May 6th, 2010, 11:58 AM
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Thank you for the advice everyone!
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Old May 6th, 2010, 07:57 PM
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Just talked to my DH - he's staying downtown Nashville tonight at the Hampton Inn. No problems with the hotel other than the parking garage (which is below street level) and the elevators are out of order. He said he ventured uptown to the honky tonks and while most places are open for business, the downtown is pretty quiet. Road was blocked off around 2nd Ave by the Wild Horse but open just north of there. Not so much that it's flooded but more that they're pumping water out of the low areas. If you're headed to Nashville for the weekend you shouldn't have any problems getting around.
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Old May 10th, 2010, 04:34 AM
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Well, she came back anti-waterlogged! LOL! They had a blast. Hit the dueling piano bar, a karaoke bar or two, and ate at several places. Wanted to go to Tootsie's. Got there and couldn't get in it was so packed. Was at the hotel bar and was mentioning Coyote Ugly as a place to go. Bartender said to be careful. Told them not to get anything with ice there at Coyote Ugly. She felt like they opened way too quick and felt like they had to have water contamination due to location. They chose to go somewhere else. For the most part, they had a great weekend.
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Old May 10th, 2010, 06:22 AM
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What?! I can't speak to the state of Coyote Ugly, but the water supply is fine. Metro actually told us yesterday that we can do essential laundry/dishes - they've been doing a good job of updating us via their Facebook page, so people coming over the next few weeks, this might be helpful:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...?v=wall&ref=ts

That said, I'm so glad your fiancee had a great time! And I'm also really glad to hear that Tootsie's was packed and people are coming back. Sometimes lack of media coverage has a plus side, I guess - I think a lot of people out of state think all that was lost were Brad Paisley's guitars!
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Old May 10th, 2010, 10:03 AM
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>>jent103: “They don’t call us the volunteer state for nothing”
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