When visiting Music City there are many experiences that your friends and family might classify as “must-dos.” The Country Music Hall of Fame, Hatch Show Print, RCA Studio B, The Grand Ole Opry, The George Jones, and Nashville Underground all may come to mind when creating an itinerary for your visit to Nashville. If you are looking for something a little bit off the beaten track, Google can suggest hidden gems for you, but we have compiled a few ideas of our own. Three, to be precise.
Belle Meade Plantation & Winery
This beautiful property has a rich and unique history. A $24 ticket gets you a tour of the inside of the mansion itself, hosted by an extremely knowledgeable guide who tells a story of the family who lived there through the ages and is ready for any question you may have. Seriously, any question. Unlike other historic mansions, the main rooms are not roped off. You are able to get up close and personal to gorgeous items from all around the world that adorn the home. But, no pictures! The tour ends with a quick stroll over to the winery and a tasting of some absolutely delicious wines which also have some history attached.
Then, you can buy a glass (and a chocolate!) and stroll around the property taking as many photos as you wish and play some yard games over by the chicken-coop-turned-ice-cream-shop. You might even catch a glimpse of some of the local residents, who may or may not be Seabiscuit’s cousins. Yes, they are horses.
Belle Meade is about a 20-25 minute drive from downtown. No need to take any highways! Just let your GPS guide you from crowded city to calm country.
You may have heard of the full scale replica of the Athenian Parthenon, but what you may not know is that the park itself was put together as a sort of “world’s fair” to celebrate Tennessee’s 100th birthday.
The Parthenon is certainly a focal point, but other highlights include a beautiful pond, a statue commemorating the women’s suffrage movement, and an obelisk as an ode to James Robertson, Nashville’s first settler. Parking is free and the park sits right next to Vanderbilt University. It’s a wonderful place to walk around and be a part of history in between your breakfast of biscuits and gravy and your lunch of hot chicken.
Tennessee Brew Works
Nashville is “hoppin'” with amazing breweries. Yee Haw, Yazoo, Jackalope, Diskin Cider, you name it. Another great one? Tennessee Brew Works. Tucked away, yet in the middle of everything, is this urban-oasis-esque building full of great staff and delicious options.
Enjoy State Park Blonde Ale which is brewed with 100% Tennessee grains and a portion of each sale goes to the Tennessee State Park Conservancy. Some fruity seasonal winners include Walk the Lime, Magnifera, and Clineapple. Wash all that beer down with some of the delicious and unique food on their menu such as a grilled cheese sandwich made with goat cheese and strawberry basil jam. Yum! TRY and resist buying a tee shirt on your way out the door, their design is quite catchy.
If you were itching to go to Nashville but weren’t quite sure what to do there, hopefully this article has helped you out! Your Van Zile Travel Vacation Coordinator would love to help you coordinate your next trip.