Walking through Belmont Mansion's Victorian-era plantation is like exploring an alternate history. The stories presented by the 2,000 artifacts that fill the 18 rooms are all true, but in place of the 19th-century South's traditionally male-dominated household, tour takers witness evidence of a plantation controlled, enlivened, and energized by a woman. After inheriting a fortune from her first husband, Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham oversaw the construction of the mansion with her second husband, basing the style off an Italian villa and completing the project's first phase in 1853. Over the years it would change appearances as dramatically as a caterpillar on Halloween—sometimes by her hand and sometimes not. She commissioned a Prussian-born architect to expand and embellish the house six years after completion, and fled as the Civil War's Battle of Nashville destroyed most of the plantation's outbuildings, including the greenhouse, bear house, and zoo. After Adelicia sold her home in 1887, it transformed into a girl's school, then a girl's academy and junior college, and, in 1952, became part of the Belmont University campus.
Today, Belmont Mansion is the largest house museum in Tennessee, inviting visitors to wander past cast-iron neoclassical statues in the gardens, to cross the fountain courtyard, and to study the original water tower and few remaining gazebos. Stoic marble busts, decorative boxes, and a four-post bed fill the interior's 10,000 square feet, alongside more than 120 works of art. During a themed art tour, which is not included with this Groupon, expert docent Mancil Ezell introduces visitors to these masterpieces, including two 400-year-old Flemish paintings. And for those bright-eyed visitors captivated by the surroundings, the staff also coordinates weddings, building on a tradition established when Adelicia married her third husband on the grounds in 1867.
With a stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, you'll be minutes from Grand Ole Opry Museum and Grand Ole Opry. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Opryland Hotel Gardens and Opry Mills.
Make yourself at home in one of the 2,881 air-conditioned rooms featuring CD players. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while video-game consoles and cable programming provide entertainment. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as multi-line phones with free local calls and voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. If you're looking for recreational opportunities, you'll find a nightclub, an outdoor pool, and an indoor pool. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the resort's 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and business services. Event facilities at this resort consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge at scheduled times, and parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
A stay at Holiday Inn Nashville - Vanderbilt - Dwtn places you in the heart of Nashville, walking distance from Parthenon and Vanderbilt University. This hotel is within close proximity of Centennial Park and Belcourt Theatre.
Make yourself at home in one of the 297 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Cable programming and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Conveniences include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as multi-line phones with free local calls and voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
DonÃât miss out on recreational opportunities including an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can get around on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 3 mi.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, audiovisual equipment, and secretarial services. Planning an event in Nashville? This hotel has 4700 square feet (423 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Self parking is available onsite.
In 1991, Jimmy and Regina Huggins opened a dog-grooming salon. Sensing the duo’s bond with canines, customers began asking if their dogs could stay for the weekend. The Huggins decided to build a mini dog hotel in their backyard, a place where they felt comfortable keeping their own four-legged best friend, Miss Kitty.
Today, in a larger location, caregivers pamper pups with creative grooming services, baked pet treats, and loving overnight or midday boarding. Humans observe from the lobby as nationally certified master groomers comb, cut, and coif coats according to each canine's personal style. Along with their grooming, stylish pets enjoy playtime and a leisurely walk to flaunt their new looks around the area's hottest fire hydrants. Bakers craft wholesome doggy confections, such as homemade pitter-pat cookies, from whole-wheat flour, eggs, carob, peanut butter, honey, and cheese. Jeweled collars and accessories line the elegant boutique for owners to gild pooches in preparation for dog-show red carpets.
During doggy daycare, pet nannies place four-legged wards with compatible canine friends for playtime in a large, tree-filled yard. At the boarding hotel, pups head outdoors for 20 to 30 minutes five times a day, rain or shine, to prance, socialize, and discuss timeless questions, such as, “Who’s a good boy?” Separate wings host dogs of different sizes and temperaments and each canine guest has free run of a cheerful, private room with linoleum floors, eye-level windows, and cloth curtains. Throughout dogs’ stay, caring staffers administer medication, food, and veterinarian-approved levels of tender loving care.
One in, one out. This must be Curious Heart Emporium's policy for managing inventory. Colorful, handcrafted lawn sculptures seem to spill out from the yellow-and-green cottage, whose interior shelves are packed to capacity with artisan gifts and novelty pieces from across North America and Europe. Kathy Corley hand selects everything that guests see in her shop, including jewelry, greeting cards, and sarcastic wall art. Corley, who left her career in the film industry as an art director, likens the shop's character to "Willy Wonka's on steroids." When shopping around, Corley often gravitates toward items that remind her of her family members. For example, tin toys remind her of her father, and flamingo-inspired pieces represent her sister, who spent her third year of life standing on one foot. Corley also enjoys handcrafted and designer Christmas ornaments and trees, and dedicates an entire room in the store to them during the holidays. Throughout the spring and summer, her partially enclosed patio and lawn feature garden décor, including metal folk-art roosters and solar-powered paper lanterns.
Professional sportsman Chris Nischan chaperones the curious through the majesty of local nature as a wilderness, hunting, and fishing guide. A previous winner and many-time selected competitor of the Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge, he has mastered knowledge of diverse ecosystems from North Carolina to Belize. After earning a degree in wildlife management years ago, Chris moved on to a stint in the retail sporting goods industry before becoming a full-time guide and teacher. His guiding resum? now stretches 30-plus years and includes escorting big game hunters and Ernest Hemingway impersonators through the woodlands of Montana for 11 years. Upon touching wading boots down in Tennessee, he promptly decoded the way of the state's trophy bass, trout, and other warm- and cold-water species and now puts that knowledge to use for his clients. All these years as an outdoorsman have given Chris many soul-sustaining encounters with Mother Nature, including a life-changing encounter with Leisha, his wife of 14 years, whom he met on a guide outing.