TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28th (Dinner included)
Depart for Bristol VA Arrive for a visit to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. It celebrates the historic 1927 Bristol Sessions, which recorded some of earliest country music in America when the Carter Family and Jimmie Rogers and several other musicians recorded for the first time before gaining prominence.
A live station WBCM-LP broadcasts from a station within the museum. The original site of the Bristol recordings is marked by a plaque several blocks from the museum.
5.00 p.m. Check into the Hampton Inn, Bristol TN. Unwind in an inviting guest room with a clean fresh Hampton bed®. Each guest room is equipped with free WiFi and a 25-inch TV. Wake up to freshly made coffee prepared just the way you like it in from your guest room coffeemaker and get to work using the convenient lap desk.
6.00 p.m. Dinner at the 620 State Restaurant, on the Tenneessee / Virginia State Line.
8.00 p.m. Enjoy the lights during a driving tour of the Virginia Motor Speedway. Presented by Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights Powered by TVA is the largest holiday light show in the South. Speedway in Lights benefits programs and organizations supporting the needs of children in the Tri-Cities region by producing one of the largest holiday light shows in the country. A route of approximately four miles and two millions lights provides entertainment for thousands and raises money for children charities.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29th (Breakfast & lunch included)
Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel to begin your day. Depart for Depart for Whites Creek TN. Arrive for a visit to Barbara Mandrell's Fontanel, one of the most beautiful homes in the world, beginning with . Then tour the mansion, a three story, 27,000 square foot log home, that sits on 136 acres. Fontanel mansion is definitely something that should be on your Nashville Bucket List. Barbara Mandrel – hit maker of the mid 70's through 1995 - was known for "I was Country when Country wasn't Cool" and "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed" She picked this name because she wanted this home to be the soft spot for the family, that would always bring them together. This is where she and her husband Ken Dudney raised their family.
Though the family only lived here for 14 years, you can still feel the presence of Ms. Mandrell, and the love that her family shared at Fontanel. If these logs could talk, they would tell the tale of the guests that once stayed here. Dick Clark, Minnie Pearl, Eunice and Sargent Shriver, Bob Hope and Oprah Winfrey just name a few of the people that passed through this beautiful home. Fontanel encourages you to strum Buck Owen's guitar, try on Kenny Chesney's tour jacket and eat 'Crackers' in Barbara Mandrell's bed. Touch memorabilia from artists such as Alabama, Gretchen Wilson, The Eagles and DeFord Bailey and others.
A tour of the Mansion is guided in small groups, room by room, with amazing sights, special stories and maybe even some music along the way. Tour guides escort guests from the moment they walk into the front door through the entire home starting in the Great Room and ending in the glorious sunlit pool atrium. Every tour is unique. Her daughter Jamie is a guide at Fontanel, and was Miss Tennessee Teen USA 1993. She placed in the semi-finals at Miss Teen USA 1993. Then there's time for shopping and wine tasting at the estate's winery.
4.00 p.m. Check into the Gaylord Opryland for two nights. There is no better place to be this holiday season than Nashville's iconic Gaylord Opryland Resort with 2 million twinkling lights, acres of larger-than-life decorations, shopping, dining and holiday spirit.
The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center offers guests all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. Nestled in a bend of the meandering Cumberland River, this resort features an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping and recreational activities underneath our signature glass atriums — the perfect setting for a complete getaway. The luxurious guest rooms feature comfortable beds with thick mattresses and fluffy down pillows, mini-refrigerators and 32" LCD cable television with CNN, ESPN and HBO. Room service is available 24 hours a day. During downtime, enjoy Opryland hotel's nine acres of lush indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls, or unwind in Relâche Spa & Salon, the on-site spa offering massages, facials and more.
Dinner is on your own at the resort. There's a variety of choices, depending upon your appetite.
Then explore the complex. DON'T MISS the following:
Get in the spirit of the season as you discover more than two million dazzling Christmas lights around every bend of our Opryland hotel! Don't miss the magic of the new lights and festive décor Santa's Elves have added for 2017.
The Outdoor Nativity Display, on the Magnolia Lawn, features special lighting effects and an audio rendition of the biblical story of the birth of Christ.
Take a free self-guided tour of stunningly decorated Parade of Christmas Trees throughout the resort. Numerous country artists and other celebrities will have specially decorated trees featured. Each tree's decorations and prizes are available to the highest online bidder as a way to benefit favorite charities.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30th (Full Hot Breakfast & light dinner included)
A full hot buffet breakfast at the hotel to begin your day, at Cascades American Café, located in the middle of the Opryland Resort, and surrounded by lush tropical plants and flowers with rivers and waterfalls all around...it's like a little bit of heaven.
9.30 a.m. Depart for the nearby Grand Old Opry.
10.00 a.m. There's nothing like a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry House - it's a must-see for everyone, to get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous! Bask in the excitement of this unique opportunity — a must-have, bucket-list item experience for all fans of country music.
Your knowledgeable guide will share stories about the Opry and country music greats, past and present (from Minnie Pearl to Carrie Underwood, you might say), show you photos from the Opry's biggest moments in history and take you to the artist entrance - where legends, new artists, and superstars alike enter the Opry House on the night of an Opry show.
12.00 p.m. Lunch on own at the adjacent Opry Mills.
1.30 p.m. A visit to the nearby Madame Tussaud's world famous wax museum (newly opening in the Spring of 2017). This is the seventh U.S. location, the first music themed one, and the only location in Tennessee.
3.30 p.m. Return to the hotel for a break.
5.30 p.m. Enjoy an early light dinner.
7.30 p.m. Enjoy the Amy Grant / Vince Gill Christmas at the Ryman, one of the area's most sought after holiday shows. Reserved prime seating tickets on reserve. In their two hour program, the Grammy-winning husband-and-wife team will present cherished standards and as well as newer seasonal fare.
Amy Grant's career spans over 30 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into her experience as an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. Grant has sold more than 30 million albums boasting one five-time Platinum album, one triple Platinum and one double Platinum album, as well as six platinum and four Gold albums. Amy has won six GRAMMY® Awards in multiple categories, beginning with the platinum selling Age to Age in 1982 and 25 GMA Dove Awards. She also has six No. 1 hits – including "Baby, Baby" and "Every Heartbeat" – and is one of only two Christian artists to be awarded a star on the legendary Walk of Fame in Hollywood. In 2003, she was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. While continuing to tour to enthusiastic audiences, Amy also released her first studio album of all new material in 10 years, the critically acclaimed How Mercy Looks from Here, in May 2013, which debuted at No. 1 on the Christian charts and No. 12 on the Billboard Pop Top 100. The debut at No. 1 at Christian retail extended Amy's record for the most No.1 album debuts – 16 – for the genre.
One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill has a love for country music, top-notch songwriting, and world-class guitar playing, all wrapped in a warm tenor and a quick and easy wit. Gill achieved his big breakthrough with "When I Call Your Name," which won the Country Music Association's Single of the Year award. Since then, he has won 17 more CMA honors, including Song of the Year four times – making him the most-awarded artist in that category in CMA history. The Academy of Country Music has handed Gill 8 awards, including their prestigious "The Home Depot Humanitarian Award" and the 2011 "Career Achievement Award." Since 1990, Gill has received 20 GRAMMY® Awards and has sold more than 26 million albums. Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry. In August 2012, Gill was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is a member of the four-time Grammy-nominated band The Time Jumpers. In July 2013, Gill released his first duet record with legendary pedal steel guitar player and fellow Time Jumper Paul Franklin. Entitled Bakersfield, the record paid homage to two of Gill and Franklin's musical heroes: Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1st (Breakfast & dinner included)
A full hot buffet breakfast at the hotel to begin your day, at Cascades American Café
9.30 a.m. A visit to the Patsy Cline Museum, opened in early 2017. Patsy Cline, was a key part of the 1960s sound, broke barriers in Nashville as the first female to successfully record and chart "crossover" pop hits while mirroring the level of stardom of male peers Jim Reeves, Cash and Elvis Presley. She died in a 1963 plane crash at age 30.
This new museum will host the largest collection of rare Patsy Cline artifacts, including many of the "Walking After Midnight" singer's personal possessions, costumes, awards, letters, furniture and photographs. The exhibits will feature interactive cutting-edge audio and touch screen video technology. A gift shop is also on sight.
11.00 a.m. Depart for Kodak TN
4.00 p.m. Check into your hotel, the Fairfield Inn, Kodak. The beautifully appointed guest rooms feature free high speed wireless internet access, well lit work desk, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and remote control cable TV with free HBO. The hotel also features an indoor pool.
5.00 p.m. A driving tour of Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland The WORLD'S LARGEST drive-through, fully synchronized, LED Christmas light and music show of its kind!
The Shadrack Christmas Wonderland shows have gotten national media attention, and won a series of awards for their inventiveness and elaborate choreography." Forbes Magazine.
7.00 p.m. Dinner at the Chop House, across from the hotel. Established in 1992 by Mike Connor with the help of family and friends, The Chop House has become one of the premier casual restaurant concepts in the Southeast, with 12 locations spread across 4 states.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2017 Breakfast at the hotel to begin your day. Depart for home.
This itinerary is approximate. The exact times, days and destinations may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.