Jan 19, 201208:16 AMThe Telegraph
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Tantalizing Travel: A Night at the Opry
Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry is one of the true strongholds of traditional country music, offering on any given show night a wide range of veteran performers, newcomers, and superstars. Everyone who takes the stage there feels a sense of history and the desire to live up to the legends who came before.
If you’ve never experienced the Opry or its surrounding family-friendly resort, the Gaylord Opryland, you can remedy that today and save a little money in the process. The Gaylord is advertising a “flash sale” on a show-hotel package that ends tomorrow. For $106 a person, you can get a night in the resort’s hotel and preferred seating at one of the selected show dates through the end of March. The flash sale is only bookable over the phone; more info here. Performers scheduled to take the stage at those discounted shows include Guy Clark, Opry staple Ricky Skaggs, Gary Morris, Steve Wariner, Marty Stuart, and Wynonna Judd.
If you’d rather try to squeeze into a non-discounted show – say, Keith Urban’s much hyped debut post-throat-surgery performance on Feb. 3 – you can always peruse the ticket prices (not too steep, considering average concert-ticket rates) and find your own lodging.
Whatever you do at Opryland, you won’t be limited to just R&R and music. You’ve got shopping, food, steamboad rides, recreational sports, and historic tours to consider. And for the Cowboys & Indians set (that’s you), the Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art has teamed with the Buffalo Bill Historical Center on a show called “Visions of the American West.” In the exhibit, you’ll find paintings, firearms, saddles, spurs, Native artifacts, cowboy tools, and even Buffalo Bill’s Spider Studebaker Buggy.
Nashville’s sounding better and better for an off-season jaunt, right? We can already hear the music in our heads.