Graceland Mansion, the 14-acre estate of Elvis Presley and a National Historic Landmark, mesmerizes tour-goers with the king’s untouched digs, glitzy duds, six museums, and exhibits. The three-hour Graceland Platinum Tour features Elvis's famed Jungle Room with indoor waterfall, music room, and more. The rest of the tour is self-guided and includes stops at Elvis’s two custom jets and the automobile museum housing more than 33 sets of wheels, including the legendary pink Cadillac, a 1975 Dino Ferrari, and the movie-starring red MG from Blue Hawaii. Explore the Elvis Presley: Fashion King exhibit showcasing the king’s handmade shirts, glittery getup, and collection of early 1950's MP3 players, and three special exhibits— Elvis Lives: The King and Pop Culture, ’68 Special, and Elvis in the News —which document decades of Elvis’s history and rise to stardom with interactive elements.
Niki Gauthier has always loved fitness. Some of her earliest memories include watching her mom exercise at home and wishing she could escape from the gym's childcare center to join the grown-ups who were working out. And as a mother of two who lost 50lbs after each child, she knows what it takes to lose weight and tone up. Today, she tailors her boot-camp classes to be more than just a fitness class. One that helps women achieve their fitness goals, whether they'd like to lose weight, tone up, or look more like their favorite marble statue. Trainers work to provide a complete personal fitness programs and keep their students accountable for showing up to class and putting in a good workout, and they offer exercise modifications that help customize the workouts to every ability level. Classes develop camaraderie among participants as they encourage each other through varied exercises, whether they're swinging kettlebells, practicing kickboxing motions, running a mile, or cooling down with yoga poses. Regular body assessments help students see their results, and the trainers bolster the workouts with continual nutrition education.
Larry Schmittou, a renowned minor-league coach, executive, and overall baseball legend, traded diamonds for lanes to become president and co-owner of Strike & Spare Family Entertainment. Bowlers, gamers, and bar-goers can convene at locations across four states, each booming with the thundering sound of balls clashing against pins and confused children tap-dancing down the alley. The center is open 365 days per year, with lights and music enticing adults into the bar for a drink or snack, all while the arcade’s bells and whistles distract young ones until the lanes close. A bowling-rewards card incentivizes trips to the alley with credits for future purchases.
Caylor Stables hosts horse riders in an indoor arena and an outdoor arena, accommodating jockeys of all experience levels. During the one-hour private horseback-riding lesson, an equine expert tutors pupils ages 6 through adult in english and western riding techniques. Students learn to communicate with horse friends through natural horsemanship methods. Caylor's staff tailors the private lesson to bolster the riding chops of both students who have never saddled a horse and experienced riders. Feel free to take steeds for a spin in the rain-averse confines of the indoor arena, or grab the reins in the larger outdoor arena, with abundant room for trotting, optional jumps, and convincing your horse to do the Heisman.
Jump!Zone is an inflatable indoor play center packed with themed play areas, bouncers, and giant slides for children ages 2 to 12. An inflatable replica of a Kracken gives kids a fun way to learn about the sunken birthplace of fish sticks, while an obstacle course guarded by a 16-foot Batman proves it takes more to be a superhero than witty banter and the services of a talented tailor. Time-traveling tots can visit a dino-styled Jurassic Adventure zone stocked with a volcano slide, inflatable animals, and a rope climb like those used by cavemen to escape the stubby clutches of boorishly chatty T-Rexes. Pint sized play timers preferring stationary entertainment can occupy themselves on the free air-hockey table, leaving their adult counterparts free to recite the periodic table of elements backward in peace.
Though he’s worked with juggernauts such as Purina, Animal Planet, and the Discovery Channel, professional shutterbug Don Wright is just as happy to capture images of families, weddings, and historical places. In doing so, he’s able to focus on the storytelling aspect of photography, zooming the lens in on the sweet glances during a married couple’s first dance or using a time-lapse technique to make clusters of stars in the night sky appear to be moving around in circles in an effort to catch each other. To glean a sense of the rich composition of Don’s work, one might look at a cityscape photo of Nashville on his website—red-brick buildings in the foreground contrast with a deep-blue sky, together popping with the electric vividness of police lights.