Thursday, February 15
Belle Meade Plantation Tour/Wine Tasting
9 – 11:45am
Belle Meade Plantation consists of 30 remaining acres of what was once a thoroughbred horse farm. The plantation includes a winery, visitors’ center and gift shop, and original outbuildings (including the Harding cabin, dairy, carriage house, stable, mausoleum and reconstructed slave quarters). Enjoy stories about the family and the workers of the plantation.
Johnny Cash Museum & Patsy Cline Museum
9 – 11:40am
Many never-before-seen historical documents, letters, awards, costumes and instruments will take you on a three-dimensional journey through Johnny Cash’s life. Plus, you’ll get an extensive look into Cash’s non-entertainment-related life, including his childhood and early adulthood and his service in the United States Air Force.
The Patsy Cline museum celebrates the legacy of one of country music’s most important and influential singers and is located just on the second floor of the Johnny Cash Museum. Artifacts are on display from every stage of Cline’s life, including a porch seat from her childhood home in Winchester, VA; a booth from Gaunt’s Drug Store, where she worked; and the rec room from her family home.
Ryman Auditorium & George Jones Museum
8:40 – 11:50am
Begin your Ryman tour immersed in its state-of-the-art “Soul of Nashville” theater experience, a rollicking journey through the Ryman’s magical history and its impact on American music. See historical artifacts that tell the story of how the Ryman’s very existence came from divine inspiration.
The voice of George Jones continues to reign as one of country music’s most hallowed instruments. You will have a chance to look into the life and career of the musical icon, as well as view many of his awards, career memorabilia and even his famous lawn mower.
Country Music Hall of Fame
9:30 – 11:30am
The Country Music Hall of Fame Museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music, allows visitors to be immersed in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. The story is revealed through artifacts, photographs and text panels with a rich overlay of recorded sound, vintage video and interactive touchscreens.
Friday, February 16
Fontanel Mansion Tour/Wine & Whiskey Tasting
9 – 11:35am
The Fontanel Mansion was built for Barbara Mandrell and her family back in the 1980s, and they owned the 136-acre property until 2002. Country music fans might recognize the mansion from the CMT hit show “Gone Country” or from a number of other photo and video shoots. The Fontanel Mansion itself is, of course, filled with plenty of unique Mandrell family items (right down to a family Bible), but it is also filled with tons of country music memorabilia that its current owners have garnered over the years. Unlike many other home tours, guests at Fontanel actually get to explore, relax in and enjoy the home. You can even touch the items and play the guitars on the wall. Also visit the winery, distillery and gift shop.
Grand Ole Opry Tour & Madame Tussaud’s Nashville Museum
8:20am – 12pm
Walk in the footsteps of country music superstars at the Grand Ole Opry House and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous. You will hear stores about the Opry and about country music stars from past and present. You may have the chance to step on stage and into the famous wooden circle as decades of great artists have done.
Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and Beyoncé are among 50 wax figures that are part of the new Madame Tussaud’s Nashville. The “wax attraction” is completely dedicated to music stars and features 30 figures that were specially made for Nashville. These include a brand-new figure of Trisha Yearwood and figures of stars from the TV show “Nashville.”
Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery Tour/Tasting & Marathon Village Shopping
9am – 12pm
The Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery tour takes you through the past, present and future of this historic distillery. It starts with a journey through the history of Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, which is followed by a walk-through of the production floor, where the processes that go into making the products are shared. The tour wraps up in the Tasting Room, where guests can enjoy a complimentary sample.
Marathon Village, a unique hotspot of 100-year-old warehouse buildings (including the manufacturer of the original Marathon automobile from the early 1900s), today houses creative shops and companies with a complex for artists, photographers and studios. The village includes Antique Archeology, the Nashville shop featured on “American Pickers.”
Arrington Vineyards Tour/Wine Tasting
Roundtrip commute is 1.5 hours.
9am – 12:15pm
Arrington Vineyards opened its doors on July 1, 2007. Since then, it has been providing a “wine country experience” of many award-winning wines set among the picturesque rolling hills of middle Tennessee. Owned by country music artist Kix Brooks, winemaker Kip Summers and entrepreneur John Russell, Arrington Vineyards has truly become “Nashville’s wine country.” You will tour and taste incredible wines in a beautiful setting.
Saturday, February 17
The Hermitage Mansion
9:30am – 12:00pm
The Hermitage Mansion tour and exhibit bring to life the rich story of Andrew Jackson’s meteoric rise, from his humble beginnings to his presidency, through bold visuals and a series of interactive displays. The exhibit focuses on the three pivotal stages of Jackson’s astonishing life: his modest origins as an orphan, his resiliency as a general and his visionary leadership as a president.
The Carter House & Carnton Plantation
8:15am – 12pm
On November 30, 1864, residents of Carter House witnessed one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. While the modest brick home was commandeered and used as a Federal command post, the Carter family, as well as the Lotz family, sought refuge in the basement during the fighting that erupted on their property. The Carnton Plantation home, built in 1826 for the McGavock family, was directly impacted by the Battle of Franklin. The home was used as a field hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers. Carnton became the largest hospital in the area following the battle.