Travel Advice: Opryland In Recovery

Q: We are driving to Florida this fall. Can you tell us how Nashville is doing after the flood this spring? We hope to stop by Opryland Hotel and the Grand Ole Opry. Are both up and running?

A: At the moment, those venues are not open, but they will be soon — and perhaps in time for your trip. The record floods in May walloped the city, but most of the tourist attractions recovered quickly. Unfortunately, the two you mention did not. The Gaylord Opryland Resort, which is still recovering from a deluge of 10 feet of water, will reopen Nov. 15. The Grand Ole Opry will reopen for tours Oct. 3 (; 1-615-871-6779). By the way, the Ryman Auditorium is going strong, as is the Country Music Hall of Fame; neither was damaged by the flood.

If you do go late enough for an overnight at the Opryland Hotel, be prepared for a Christmas extravaganza. Decorating for the holiday has already begun, even as restoration of the building continues. The resort's popular "A Country Christmas," features 2 million tea lights, gingerbread houses, visits with Santa and several shows, including "Radio City Christmas Spectacular," starring the Rockettes.