This last week was my college’s spring break, and to celebrate the sunny days ahead, I took a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, for a couple of days! I’d like to share a few highlights of the trip in this article series, and hopefully it’ll inspire you to check out these great sites if you ever vacation to Nashville!
Once I got to Nashville and got a bite for lunch, the first stop was the Belle Meade Plantation. This plantation was one of the largest estates in Nashville. It operated as a Thoroughbred farm, and lineage from infamous racehorses such as Secretariat and Seabiscuit can be traced back to the farm. In fact, a majority of Kentucky Derby winners can trace their bloodlines back to Belle Meade!
This site rests on 30 acres of land, and has 10 outbuildings to explore, including a children’s playhouse, the original 1807 log cabin, two-room slave cabin, and more. You’re also able to explore the mansion itself, though pictures are not allowed on the inside. Our tour guide informed us that the furniture and decorations are either original, from the family’s descendants, or from the same time period. I have to give a kudos for the commitment these people show to keep the experience and history as authentic as possible.
This site offers a variety of tours, and also has a restaurant on-site and a small winery. I chose to get a tour of the mansion, as I mentioned above, and to wander the rest of the grounds without guidance. I would highly recommend taking the tour of the mansion, I think there are a lot of details and information in the mansion that could get overlooked. While I enjoyed walking the grounds on my own, I could see how a guided tour of the entire ground would be enjoyable as well.
Afterwards, I hit the Hard Rock Café for a gluten-free bite to eat, walked the strip, and got some caramel corn from Savannah’s Candy Kitchen! In my next article, I’ll share another mansion to explore, and the original reason for Nashville as a spring break destination! For more articles, check out my gluten-free Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake mix review here or my Spring Starbucks Favorites here! For updates and more content, make sure to follow my Instagram @tarynstales here! Thanks for reading!
A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.Oliver Wendell Holmes