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Lovers of American history will not want to miss out on The Hermitage, the home of Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States. Considered to be the most authentic early presidential home in the nation, the Hermitage consists of the Jackson family mansion, garden, slave quarters, and the original log cabin the family occupied in 1804.
The Hermitage was once home to 150 African-American slaves in addition to the Jackson family. A trip through the plantation grounds gives one an idea of what it would have been like to be a member of an elite family - or a slave - in the Antebellum South.
Bored with eating dinner at the same restaurants every night? Want a new way to relax and enjoy Tennessee's warm weather during the day? Then the General Jackson Showboat might be just what the doctor ordered.
The General Jackson is a 300 foot (91.5 meter) paddlewheel riverboat, one of the largest showboats in the country. Harkening back to the days when showboats plied the American rivers in the 19th century, a tour on the General Jackson serves as both a historic and relaxing trip. It boasts four massive decks with a beautiful two-story Victorian Theater located in the center, which serves as the site of live musical performances. Take either a day drip down the Cumberland River or a night cruise and enjoy a dinner under the stars.
Some resorts are practically a destination all on their own. The Opryland Hotel, now known as the Gaylord Opryland Resort, just may be one of them. The massive grounds of this impressive, modern convention center include nine acres of indoor gardens, climate controlled glass atriums, and even an indoor river that visitors can navigate on a real Delta flatboat.
Opryland has nearly 3,000 guest rooms, 17 eateries, three pools, a fitness center, full-service spa and even a world-class golf course. So while there’s plenty to do in Nashville, a stay at Opryland means travelers don’t have to leave the resort to find true southern hospitality and comfort.
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California may be home to Hollywood house tours and the star-studded walk of fame, but for visitors to Nashville, a tour of the Fontanel Mansion gives country music lovers a chance to check out how the famous Barbara Mandrell used to live. The 27,000 square-foot luxury home set on a plot of lush gardens and spacious green lawns, has impressive vaulted glass ceilings, more than 20 rooms, 13 baths, five fireplaces, two kitchens, and in true country style, even an indoor shooting range. In addition to family photos from the Mandrell family collection, Fontanel is also filled to the brim with items from Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson and other contemporary artists the current homeowners manage.
Recognized worldwide for its distinctive black label and square bottle, Jack Daniel's whiskey has become an iconic American symbol. Come visit the place where it all started, the Jack Daniel Distillery, the oldest registered distillery in the United States.
In 1863, Daniel started making whiskey in Lynchburg, Tennessee. The key to the whiskey's success, Daniel believed, was that it was made with cool, pure, iron-free spring water from a cave on the property. To this day, Jack Daniel's is only made using this water. Outside of the cave stands a statue of Mr. Daniel himself, watching over the spring of his secret ingredient. A tour offers an insight into how the legendary No. 7 is made, as you get to observe each step of the distillery process.
In the late 1850s, a German immigrant named Johann Albert Lotz put the finishing touches on a house that he had built in Franklin, Tennessee. A skilled carpenter and piano maker, Lotz used his new home to showcase his work to potential clients. A few short years later, on Nov. 30, 1864, 20,000 Union soldiers fighting in the Civil War marched into Franklin, constructing barricades a mere 100 yards from Lotz's home. The Lotz family sought refuge from the battle in a neighbor's basement, and the ensuing battle raged for 17 hours, becoming the bloodiest day of the entire Civil War.
The Lotz family survived the deadly battle, but they were so scarred from the human wreckage that they relocated to California. Lotz's young daughter, Matilda, went on to become a renowned artist with works still today displayed in prominent venues across the country. The Lotz House was added to the National Historic Register in 1976, and today, the house is a converted museum.
In a city like Nashville where live music reigns supreme, the question isn’t always what to see, but where to see it. There are plenty of venues with plenty of glitz and glam, but it’s the unassuming Bluebird Café that’s become one of the country music capital’s premiere destinations.
This unassuming listening room in a strip mall just outside downtown isn’t much to look at. But then, music is less about what you can see and more about what you hear. For the last 32 years Bluebird Café has been showcasing some of Nashville’s most significant and recognizable talent—country superstars like Garth Brooks and LeAnn Rimes, as well as the songwriters who made them famous. It’s a venue that’s almost as popular as the stars that play there.
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