SOURCE: Marriott


April 29, 2011 13:15 ET

Model A Enthusiasts Kick Off Their Excursion at Hotel Near Nashville, Franklin Marriott Cool Springs

Historic Parkway Perfect for Touring Events, Relaxed Vacation Travel

FRANKLIN, TN--(Marketwire - Apr 29, 2011) - Move over Route 66, the Natchez Trace Parkway has rolled out its smooth 444-miles of scenic roadway to welcome Model A Ford owners for their annual tour. Beginning at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, one of the most distinctive hotels near Nashville and the Trace route, nearly 200 Model A Fords took to the roadway April 11-15 to experience the byway's exceptional scenery and slow 1900s pace.

Driving cars commissioned from 1928-1931, these Model A enthusiasts, all members of the Model A Ford Club of America, beckoned the historic Natchez Trace as the ultimate "Model A Road," as no commercial vehicles are allowed and the speed limits vary between 40 and 50 miles per hour -- perfect for enjoying their magnificent vehicles and the tree-lined highway. In addition to spectacular driving, the Natchez Trace holds 10,000 years of North American history as it was used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," settlers and future presidents during the early years of the United States. Offering two spacious lanes, drivers find no Stop signs or red lights to deter from the scenic vistas.

Taking advantage of Franklin and Brentwood hotel deals, these Model A tourists came from 32 states and Canada to unite at the Marriott Cool Springs and ignite enthusiasm for the weeklong event which ambled its way through the Mississippi towns of Tupelo, Canton, Natchez and Philadelphia, before heading back to Nashville.

Extending a gracious welcome to the car owners and visitors who came to the hotel to view and take photos of the vehicles as well as visit with the owners, the Cool Spring Marriott's convenient location near upscale shopping, dining and local attractions, made it a perfect choice for the association's annual event. In addition to meticulous accommodations, the Marriott offers a 29,000 square foot conference center which makes it a standout among meeting and wedding locations in Franklin, Tennessee. The hotel's flexible event space, professional event managers and full-service catering are perfect for planning any type of event, including weeklong tours on the Natchez Trace. Event planners will find a full menu of online services available detailing hotel facilities and a great offering of group packages and hotel deals near Brentwood; and the hotel's event managers are always ready to assist with details to help create a successful experience.

About the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs

The Franklin Marriott Cool Springs is a stylish hotel property offering travelers opulent accommodations, gracious amenities and unsurpassed service for a warm and inviting Tennessee hotel experience. Guests will find a saline indoor pool, whirlpool and on-site fitness center available for relaxing at their convenience, and the hotel is home to Lorraine's Restaurant where outdoor terrace dining is an option for enjoying great American cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere.