Nashville Journals

Christmas in Nashville

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A December 2009 trip to Nashville by MilwVon

Radio City Christmas Spectacular  Photo, Nashville, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: It's Christmas . . . and time for another holiday road trip. This one, however, was planned as a driving trip from Milwaukee.

Belmont Mansion

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Attraction | "Interesting Bit of History"

Belmont Mansion Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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The Belmont Mansion is a snapshot back into the 19th century south, a magnificent antebellum home that stayed with Adelicia Acklen through three marriages in pre/post Civil War Tennessee.The home was completed in 1853. Receiving a widow's inheritance which included several Louisiana plantations, She sheltered her riches from subsequent spouses through "marriage agreements" . . . the early day pre-nup.The 16 room house has many original pieces to the home; as much as 40%. Most other furnishings are original period items, just not from the Belmont Mansion. Some of the more ornate items include the hand-crafted furniture items, beautiful china and marble sculptures that Adelici...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 28, 2009

Belmont Mansion
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
+1 615 460 5459

The Hermitage

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Attraction | "US President Andrew Jackson's Tennessee Home"

The Hermitage Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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The Hermitage is located about 20 minutes outside of Nashville and is well worth a morning or afternoon visit. Andrew Jackson was the seventh US President, and served two four-year terms. Upon his retirement from public service, he returned to the Tennessee cotton plantation he loved.There are a number of original buildings on the 1,100+ acre grounds of this US National Historic Landmark including the Greek Rival era mansion built in the 1820's.After purchasing your admission tickets ($17 for adults, $14 for seniors and kids $11 or $7 depending on their age), there is a short 20 minute movie telling Jackson's story as Revolutionary War hero, his role in the Battle of New Orle...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 29, 2009

The Hermitage
4580 Rachel's Lane
Nashville, Tennessee 37076
(615) 889-2941

Jack Daniel's Distillery

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Attraction | "Another Outstanding Visit to Mr. Jack's Place"

Jack Daniel's Distillery Photo, Lynchburg, Tennessee
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I had been here back in 2005, so returning was something I wanted to be sure we did so that David could see where his beloved Jack Daniel's is made. Since my visit five summers ago, they have added to their visitors' center while still keeping the tour free of charge. A very nice gesture especially considering today's economy.They take folks in groups of around 20-24 along with a personal guide. As you wait for your group's turn to head up the hill, there are a number of displays and exhibits in the visitors' center. The general process of whisky distilling is explained, along side interesting facts about life in rural Tennessee during the time of Jack Daniel's life in the 1800's....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 30, 2009

Jack Daniel's Distillery
Route 55
Lynchburg, Tennessee
(877) SPIRITS

George Dickel Tennessee Whisky Tour

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George Dickel Distillery Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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The George Dickel Company distillery is about 20 minutes from the more well known one of the area, Jack Daniel's. We thought we would add this to fill out our day trip from Nashville. I had researched their location and information necessary to add this tour to our day.When we arrived, we learned that they were not in production for the week between Christmas and New Year's and that while tours were being offered, there was really nothing much to see. Add to that, we were told "it's cold in there" which led us to believe they were trying to disuade folks from wanting to take the tour.We were happy to oblige since we had just had a wonderful experience up in Lynchburg, and un...Read More

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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Attraction | "Fabulous Show - Great Family Entertainment"

Radio City Christmas Spectacular  Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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As I started planning for our Nashville holiday, I read with great interest about the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world famous Rockettes. I was happy to see that their run at the Grand Ole Opry House would conclude after our arrival to Nashville.The 90 minute show was beautifully choreographed with wonderfully bright costumes, holiday songs and of course, the high-kicking Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. The 11 scenes covered all of the season's favorites including the light hearted and spiritual. One special musical scene was "The Carol of the Bells" which included bells large and small, with the Rockettes playing the bells on the backs of the dancer in front of them ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 27, 2009

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214

Ryman Auditorium

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Attraction | "Worthwhile Tour of Nostalgic American Icon"

Ryman Auditorium Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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The Ryman Auditorium was built in 1892 as a tabernacle for a local preacher. Today, it is a National Historical Landmark and some would say "must see" attraction when visiting Nashville.Between 1904 and 1943 the venue was used for a variety of first class events including the opera, jazz recitals and such acting greats as Rudolph Valentino, Katherine Hepburn and Bob Hope. It was the fluke opportunity of renting out the auditorium on Saturday nights for a local radio show that would give way to the venue that became known for world class music and country music in particular.The Ryman had been the home of country music for over three decades, from 1943 until 1974, as the locat...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 28, 2009

Ryman Auditorium
116 Fifth Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37219
(615) 254-1445

Wyndham Nashville

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Hotel | "Another First Class Wyndham Timeshare Resort"

Wyndham Nashville  Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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As owners of several Wyndham affiliated timeshares, we are fortunate to be able to travel relatively inexpensively for first class accommodations. For this trip, we exchanged our Williamsburg timeshare through RCI (Resorts Condominiums Int'l) back last spring.Wyndham Nashville is one of the larger resorts in the Wyndham family, with over 250 units ranging from 1BR up to a 4BR Presidential Suite. For us, we were in a 2BR deluxe unit that is equipped to handle up to eight guests. For the three of us, it was nice to have private bedrooms with individual bathrooms connected to the bedrooms.Like other timeshares in the Wyndham group, there are nice furnishings throughout includin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 26, 2009

Wyndham Nashville
2415 McGavock Pike
Nashville, Tennessee
(615) 902-8211