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Nashville: Walking Horses, Plantations, Barbecue and Music

Program Number: 14681RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/20/2013 - 5/25/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Price starting at: $1,055.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Join us to discover how and why Nashville has become a crossroads of popular American culture. Learn from experts about local history, heritage, and horses since the town’s founding in 1779. Immerse yourself in the ante bellum era at Belle Meade Plantation and the home of President Andrew Jackson, The Hermitage. Then enjoy a traditional Southern barbecue with all the fixings. It wouldn’t be Nashville, of course, without music, and we’ll get an insider’s perspective on the local scene.




Highlights

• Take a field trip to the Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville, home of the World Championships for Tennessee Walking Horses, and meet trainers, riders and staff at a working horse farm.
• Explore the Jack Daniel’s registered distillery, oldest in the U.S., with an opportunity to taste Tennessee’s most renowned sippin’ whiskey.
• Meet an accomplished Nashville musician, learn how to create your own country music song, and go backstage at the Grand Ole Opry House to see what happens behind the scenes.



Activity Particulars

Walking of up to a mile on sometimes uneven terrain. May have walks through some dirt and grass paths.



The focus of this program is the broad scope of Nashville’s history, heritage, and popular culture. We include a field trip backstage at the Grand Ole Opry House, a show, and meeting a songwriter, but this program is not primarily about the music scene. Other Road Scholar programs focus on music and if that is your main interest, we encourage you to take those programs.




Date Specific Information

5-20-2013

Accommodations for May will be at the newly renovated Inn at Opryland formally the Radisson Opryland.




Nashville

Visitors have long flocked to the top-notch music industry hub of Nashville for country crooning and boot-stomping energy, but the city offers much more than just music. Nashville is also a beacon of education, culture, industry and recreation in the South, boasting fine arts galleries, antebellum mansions and sculpture-filled botanical gardens.



Accommodations
Full-service hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Inn at Opryland
  Nashville, TN 5 nights
 Inn at Opryland
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located a short distance from the Opryland Hotel. Transportation in provided to the Opryland Hotel and Opryland attractions. This hotel just completed a multi million dollar renovation.
  Ship Information: None
  Contact info: 2401 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214 USA
phone: 615-889-0800
web: www.radisson.com
  Room amenities: Spacious Nashville Hotel Rooms and Suites at the Radisson at Opryland The Radisson Hotel at Opryland offers 303 stylish, beautiful and well-appointed hotel rooms in Nashville, including suites and Sleep Number® bed rooms. 24-hour security 37" flat screen color television, Coffee maker with supplies replenished daily Hair dryer Complimentary high-speed Internet access Iron/ironing board Safes (available in select rooms) Self-controlled heating and air conditioning Smoke-free atmosphere USA Today newspaper (complimentary on weekdays)
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a swimming pool, business center, high speed internet, on site restaurant.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $99 - $129.00 Will need to call provider for rates and availability.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $99 - $129.00 Will need to call provider for rates and availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 PM - Hotel Lobby You will be staying at Inn at Opryland that night.
  End of Program:
Ends at 11:00 AM following morning session. You will be staying at Inn at Opryland the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. None
  Parking availability:
No charge for parking at the Inn at Opryland.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Nashville, TN
  Nearest city or town:  Nashville
  Nearest highway: Interstate 65
  Nearest airport:  Nashville
  From End of Program
  Location: Nashville, TN
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Nashville Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Opry Transportation
phone: 866-972-6779

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28.00 one way $38 round trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

Participants 65 and older receive a rate of $15 one way and $28 round trip.

 
Driving Directions
  From Nashville International Airport Leave the airport complex west on Interstate 40. Proceed to Exit 215 and take Briley Parkway - 155 North. Go to and exit the parkway at Exit 12. Turn left exit ramp onto McGavock Pike. The Inn at Opryland will be on the right and resort on the left.
  Interstate 24 East from St. Louis Go east on Interstate 24. Proceed to Exit 43 to Briley Parkway - 155. Go east on Briley Parkway and exit at Exit 12. Turn right off the exit ramp onto McGavock Pike. The Inn at Opryland will be on the right and the resort on the left.
  Interstate 24 West from Chattanooga Go west on Interstate 24. Proceed to Exit 54B to Briley Parkway - 155. Go north on Briley Parkway and exit at Exit 12. Turn left off the exit ramp onto McGavock Pike. The Inn at Opryland is on the right and the Opryland Resort on the left.
  Interstate 40 East from Memphis Go east through Nashville on Interstate 40. Proceed to Exit 215 and take Briley Parkway - 155 North. Go to and exit the parkway at Exit 12. Turn left off the exit ramp onto McGavock Pike. The Inn at Opryland is on the right and the Opryland Resort on the left.
  Interstate 40 West from Knoxville Go west on Interstate 40 Proceed to Exit 215 and take Briley Parkway - 155 North. Go to and exit the parkway at Exit 12. Turn left off the exit ramp onto McGavock Pike.
  Interstate 65 North from Birmingham Go north on Interstate 65. Proceed to Exit 90B to Briley Parkway - 155Go south on Briley Parkway and exit at Exit 12. Turn right off the exit ramp onto McGavock Pike. The Inn at Opryland is on the right and the Opryland Resort is on the left.
  Interstate 65 South from Louisville / Bowling Green Go south on Interstate 65. Proceed to Exit 90B to Briley Parkway - 155. Go south on Briley Parkway and exit at Exit 12. Turn right off the exit ramp onto McGavock Pike. The Inn at Opryland is on the right and the Opryland Resort is on the left.
Elevation Note: No

Equipment Requirements: None
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check in and registration/Program orientation
(Monday, May 20)
   
 Arrive To: CHECK-IN: Please arrive at the hotel between 3:00-5:00pm. Check into your room at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. At this time you'll be given a welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date itinerary and other useful information.
 Dinner: A delicious three course dinner is served at the Inn at Opryland in a private banquet room.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner we will have our Orientaion. This will provide you with information about the hotel, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff.
   
Accommodations: Inn at Opryland
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Backstage and Horticultural Program at Hotel
(Tuesday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: A breakfast is included at the Inn at Opryland. Includes: Cereal, fruit, breakfast sandwiches, juice and coffee.
 Morning: This morning we take the Opryland Hotel Shuttle to the Opryland Resort property. Local facilitator Linda Bradshaw will lead you on an exploration of the 2881 room Gaylord Resort Hotel. PRESENTATIONS: Next we enjoy a Green Leaf Experience led by the Gaylord Horticultural Department Staff. Green Leaf Department gives a potted plant arrangement experience.
 Lunch: You will have a meal voucher that is good at either Stax Burgers or Pisano's Pizza and Italian.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: This afteroon we meet with the Gaylord staff as they lead us on a behind the scenes look at the Gaylord Hotel which is the largest non-casino hotel in the world. We will explore the housekeeping, room service and banquet departments at the hotel.
 Dinner: A three course dinner is included this evening at the Aquarium Restaurant located a short walk to the Grand Old Opry House.
 Evening: We will provide a shuttle transportation schedule for the week. FREE EVENING: Evening is free to enjoy one of the hotel's many entertainment venues. The hotel is chuck full of evening entertainment and your Road Scholar staff is happy to help you with suggestions. Discounted Grand Old Opry Tickets are available through the provider of the program. Dinner is being served within a short walk to the Grand Old Opry. Your coordinator will walk you to the performance following dinner. The show begins at 7:00 PM and ends around 10 PM. Shuttles will return you to the hotel following the performance.
   
Accommodations: Inn at Opryland
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The Hermitage and Belle Meade Plantation
(Wednesday, May 22)
   
 Breakfast: A breakfast is included at the Inn at Opryland. Includes: Cereal, fruit, breakfast sandwiches, juice and coffee.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Today we explore the home of Andrew Jackson. To Andrew Jackson The Hermitage meant more than just the mansion; it meant his entire farm. It also meant refuge from the trials and frustrations of public life. But before Jackson purchased The Hermitage, the property was owned and settled by Nathaniel Hays. In 1780, Nathaniel laid claim to a 640- acre preemption land grant comprised of heavily forested level land with rich soil served by natural springs and creeks. The Cumberland and Stone’s rivers were less than two miles away from Hays’ land that would eventually become The Hermitage.
 Lunch: Enjoy a traditional southern lunch served at the Belle Meade Plantation.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit Belle Meade Plantation. In 1807, Virginian John Harding bought 250 acres and a log cabin known as Dunham Station, a trading post on the Natchez Trace. In 1853 John Harding’s son, William Giles Harding, completed the Greek Revival mansion, doubling its size and adding the front porch and columns, which are solid limestone. Harding was very wealthy and very pro-secession and donated $500,000 to the Southern cause. When the Federals occupied Nashville in February 1862, Harding was arrested and sent north to Fort Mackinac in Michigan to be imprisoned. His wife, Elizabeth I. McGavock, was left to tend their farm in his absence. In September, Harding was released on parole and returned to Belle Meade. Belle Meade was headquarters to Confederate Gen. James R. Chalmers of Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry command prior to the Battle of Nashville in December 1864. On the first day of the battle, Union soldiers burned the Rebel wagons parked at the racetrack while Chalmers was elsewhere. Returning to Belle Meade, Chalmers’ men charged the Yankees and drove them back before running into an enemy infantry camp. The Yankees fired as the cavalry galloped back past the mansion, where Selene Harding, 19, waved a handkerchief despite the bullets flying around her. Bullet holes can still be seen in the porch columns. After the war, William Harding turned over control of the farm to his son-in-law, William Jackson, a West Point graduate who had commanded a cavalry division under Gen. S.D. Lee in Mississippi and Louisiana. Under Jackson’s tutelage, Belle Meade (French for “beautiful meadow”) became an internationally renown thoroughbred farm and showplace. The farm sold breeding stock of ponies, Alderney cattle, Cotswold sheep, and Cashmere goats. The vast estate also featured a 600-acre deer park. Conclude our day with a drive through downtown Nashville with our local facilitator Linda Bradshaw.
 Dinner: Dinner is not included as we will be having a very large lunch at the Belle Meade Plantation.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Evening is free to explore the area, visit the Opry Mills or the Opryland Hotel.
   
Accommodations: Inn at Opryland
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Lecture on Gaylord Family & Entertainment, Backstage exploration at Grand Old Opry
(Thursday, May 23)
   
 Breakfast: A Quick Bite breakfast is included this morning at the hotel.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: This morning we take the shuttle to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel to enjoy a presentation on the history of the Gaylord Family, the Opryland Hotel and the new Marriott relationship.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Backstage exploration of the Grand Old Opry House. We will visit the entire complex with a local expert. The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee that has presented the biggest stars of the genre since 1925. It is also among the longest-running broadcasts in history since its beginnings as a one-hour radio "barn dance" on WSM-AM. Dedicated to honoring country music and its history, the Opry showcases a mix of legends and contemporary chart-toppers performing country, bluegrass, folk, comedy, and gospel. Considered an American icon, it attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and millions of radio and Internet listeners. The Opry, today part of the American landscape, is "the show that made country music famous", and has been called the "home of American music" and "country’s most famous stage."
 Lunch: Today you will receive a lunch voucher that will be good at either Stax Burgers or Paisano's Italian Eateries located in the Delta Wing of the hotel.
 Afternoon: FREE TIME: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Nashville or other area attractions. Your Road Scholar staff is happy to help you with suggestions. The resort offers many tour options through Opryland Tours or Gray Line of Nashville.
 Dinner: Tonight we visit the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater where we will enjoy a traditional Southern Buffet Dinner with a live country music show.
   
Accommodations: Inn at Opryland
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Celebration Grounds, Clearview Farms, Lynchburg
(Friday, May 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is included this morning that includes breakfast sandwiches, juice, cereal and fruit,
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning we travel to Murfreesboro where we visit MacGregor Stables, a Tennessee Walking Horse farm where we enjoy a presentation on the Tennessee Walking Horse followed by a riding demonstration. Next we visit the Celebration Grounds, home of the World Championships for Tennessee Walking Horses.
 Lunch: Lunch included at the Parkway Café Restaurant in Shelbyville.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: This afternoon we visit the Jack Daniel's Distillery for a guided exploration of their working facility. The Jack Daniel's Distillery – the oldest registered distillery in the U.S. – is where it all happens. It’s where Mr. Jack first crafted the recipe for Old No. 7. It’s where the pure, iron-free cave spring water flows. And it’s where every drop of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Sippin’ Whiskey is still made today.
 Dinner: A farewell dinner is included this evening at Ellendales Restaurant.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Free to explore one of many entertainment venues
   
Accommodations: Inn at Opryland
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Depart and check out
(Saturday, May 25)
   
 Breakfast: A breakfast is included at the Inn at Opryland. Includes: Cereal, fruit, breakfast sandwiches, juice and coffee.
 Morning: FINAL PROGRAM: What would a visit to Nashville be without meeting a singer/songwriter? This morning you will meet with a professional singer and songwriter as you write your own song. Class to be held at the Inn at Opryland or at Opryland Hotel. Your Program Coordinator will give you an updated itinerary upon arrival.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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