Many businesses talk about reducing their carbon footprint, but Nashville B-cycle actually replaces the footprint with bike tire tracks. They do this by hooking up B-cycle members with their fleet of sturdy, modern bikes. More bike riders mean less car emissions, more healthy people, and exactly the same number of moons orbiting the Earth. Determined to make a difference in the community, the bike-sharing company is also partnered with the Nashville Mayor’s office and the Metro Nashville Health Department.
The staff members at Segway of Nashville share their enthusiasm for the eco-friendly pedestrian device by leading tours and selling the Segway PT to interested gliders. Though the compact vehicle's gentle speed and acceptance on sidewalks is part of its draw, Segway team members also like to discuss the eco-friendly benefits they've discovered through various case studies. Since the two-wheelers are fueled by lithium-ion batteries, they don't pollute the environment or cause their drivers to waste money on candy and chips during each gas-station stop. The Segway of Nashville crew also sizes up customers, fitting them with the proper transporter for patrol work, factory jobs, or leisure outings.
Gray Line's Homes of the Stars trip includes a cruise past downtown, historic Second Avenue, the State Capitol, Fort Nashborough, and Ryman Auditorium. The tour lasts about three hours, and you will be able to see the homes of such stars as Alan Jackson, Ronnie Milsap, Dolly Parton, the late Hank Williams, Lorianne Crook, Little Jimmy Dickens, and several others—with the exception of Roger Moore, who lives in a station wagon floating in the river. Gray Line is an established Nashville business that organizes several tours, shuttle services, and group trips, providing guests a hassle-free way to explore the city's rich celebrity history.
Featured on NewsChannel5 for its conspicuously old-fashioned appearance, Nashville Pedal Tavern takes pub crawlers on its 16-seat bicycle-powered trolley, which allows them to drink as they pedal. With this deal, you’ll be a part of a two-hour foot-powered stroll along an adult-beverage-populated route. With speeds of about 5 mph, the pedal tavern goes slightly faster than a normal pub crawl. Ample snack storage space allows you to load up on pork rinds between stops, and bumpin’ iPod speakers pump up the jam for you and nearby dancing Thomas Jefferson impersonators. Crawlers can continue whetting their whistles at one of several establishments along the mobile pub’s route, including Whiskey Kitchen and Tootsies Orchid Lounge, ideal stops for crawlers wanting to stretch their legs and having another brewsky.
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.
There are city tours, and then there's the Music City Rollin' Jamboree. A far cry from the typical monotone tourist-trap travelogues, the Rollin' Jamboree is a rolling comedy club that serves up Nashville's biggest sights, captures its rambunctious spirit, sings some of its most famous songs, and shares some city secrets that most guides aren't privy to. Jamboree host Jessie, trained by the revered comedy institution The Groundlings, keeps the bus in stitches while leading sing-alongs, while fellow host Jenny, who hails from Nashville, is the resident "country music expert." She shares the inside scoop on Nashville's biggest stars and narrates the adventure through the city. One of Nashville's top country crooners, Devon Cox, is also along for the ride, forming a trio that keeps tour-goers laughing and singing throughout. Hot spots on the tour include favorites such as Music Row, The Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, and the city's slew of historic honkytonks. It also covers new turf, including the Johnny Cash Museum, shooting sites for ABC's Nashville, and American Pickers' star Mike Wolfe's Antique Archeology shop.
He was a semiretired bus driver and she was a chauffeur the night their paths crossed, and since then, the two owners of B & D Transportation have been inseparable. So it's no surprise that after their 2010 nuptials, the power couple behind B & D wanted to find a way to make a living together.
A bingo bus trip to Alabama planted the seeds of what would become their fun and lucrative business. Even after Alabama put a stop on all bingo games, the couple was able to reinvent the business, this time toting vacationers from the Nashville area to the hotels and casinos of Mississippi—including Bally’s and Harrah’s—on overnight sojourns, weekday jaunts, corporate outings, and newly reinstated bingo trips.