Visit the Belle Mead Plantation in Nashville This Summer

If you love the Greek-Revival style of the stunning Belle Air Mansion, then you’re going to love a visit to the stunning Belle Mead Plantation in Nashville! The Belle Mead Plantation is one of the most popular historic landmarks in Nashville and makes for an excellent afternoon away from the busy crowds of Broadway Street. As an added bonus, it also serves as a winery – the perfect addition to a summer afternoon!

The Belle Mead Plantation is located just southwest of downtown Nashville and is about a 20-minute drive from our Nashville Bed and Breakfast. We’re well-situated near downtown Nashville, and offer 15 guest rooms and 6 acres of space on which to spread out and relax – all within a few minutes of the top attractions in downtown Nashville.  It’s no wonder we’re rated as one of the best places to stay in Nashville!

A getaway to Nashville is the perfect opportunity to mix pleasures. From shopping and entertainment to great food and plenty of history, Nashville really does have it all. Book your room at our stunning Nashville Bed and Breakfast today!

The carriage house and well at the Belle Mead Plantation in Nashville

Visit the Belle Mead Plantation in Nashville

The Belle Mead Plantation is located just seven miles southwest of downtown Nashville and sits on a stunning 250-acre parcel of land. The original Federal-style home was built on the property by William Harding on the property in the early 1800s, and the land was used for the family’s legendary racing horses.  The Belle Mead Plantation as it stands today in its Greek Revival glory wasn’t built until the 1840s by William Giles Harding.

The Harding family was one of the wealthiest families in the Nashville area and at one time owned more than 130 slaves. Apart from this early history, the Belle Mead Plantation is the most well-known for its legendary Thoroughbred racing horses. Many of the Kentucky Derby’s top winners, not to mention eleven triple crown winners, are descendants of Bonnie Scotland, one of the most legendary sires to be held at Belle Mead Plantation.

Later, the famed Thoroughbred stud, Iroquois, was purchased and brought to the Belle Mead Plantation. This land also supported a dairy farm, though that was secondary to their Thoroughbred racing business.

Today, you can visit the Belle Mead Plantation and learn about its incredible history on one of two tours. The Mansion Tour tells the history of Belle Meade through the stories and experiences of the Harding and Jackson families. The Journey to Jubilee Tour explores the stories of the enslaved African-Americans who once lived at the Belle Mead Plantation.

The Belle Mead Plantation also operates a winery, where you can enjoy a delicious wine and food pairing. This is Nashville’s first winery and well-worth the visit. Another great feature of the property is an ice house, dating back to 1802, where you enjoy a unique and informative bourbon-tasting experience. 

Three friends drinking wine at the Belle Mead Plantation and winery in Nashville

More Things to do in Nashville This Summer

Visiting the Belle Mead Plantation is one of many fantastic things to do in Nashville this summer. Truly, in a city this diverse and vibrant, there are plenty of things to do to keep you busy. Below, we’ve compiled some of our top recommendations for things to do in Nashville this summer – but this list in no way is exhaustive.

We never seem to run out of things to do in Nashville. As always, we’re also happy to offer you personalized recommendations throughout your stay with us, too.

  1. Exploring Broadway Street in Downtown Nashville is easily one of the top things to do in Nashville!
  2. Eat at the best Nashville restaurants and enjoy the delicious tastes of the south.
  3. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, one of the top things to do in Nashville.
  4. No visit to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry.
  5. Tour is the historic Ryman Auditorium.
  6. Visit Nashville’s top museums, including the National Museum of African American Music, the Johnny Cash Museum, and the Historic RCB Studio B.
  7. Visit local craft breweries and distilleries – a great way to get a taste of Nashville!
  8. Watch some live music, which you can find just about everywhere you turn. It’s one of the top things to do in Nashville!
  9. Cool off underground at Lost River Cave and Cumberland Caverns.
  10. Enjoy some of the best shopping in Nashville.

With so many great things to do in Nashville, you’re going to need a few days to enjoy it all. Luckily, we’re here to help you find fabulous accommodations at our Nashville Bed and Breakfast, rated as one of the best places to stay in Nashville.  Don’t forget to plan some downtime to enjoy our exquisite Inn, too!

Just like the beautiful Belle Mead Plantation, Belle air Mansion is a Greek-Revival Style home that has been meticulously restored and stands as a beautiful tribute to Nashville’s storied past.  Check our latest availability, and book a room at our Nashville Bed and Breakfast today!

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