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Millennium Maxwell Nashville
Stay at Millennium Maxwell House Nashville and experience Southern Hospitality in the Heart of Music City. They say at this hotel they couldn't agree more with President Theodore Roosevelt when he stated that the original Maxwell House Coffee brewed and served in the Maxwell House Hotel was “good to the last drop.” From the rich history of Maxwell House Coffee to the spacious suites and exceptional service, they truly are “good to the last drop”.
Ideally located near the Country Music Hall of Fame, this 287 spacious guest room Nashville area hotel features unique and extensive, music-themed décor. From the spacious standard room that can accommodate up to four guests to the Millennium Suite, which at 625sq ft offers optimum space and luxury, all with modern amenities and home comforts. Plus, their outdoor public space offers a relaxing saltwater pool surrounding by seating and a manicured fenced lawn. Their also ideally located near the Bridgestone Arena, Germantown, Nissan Stadium, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Sounds Stadium, Music City Centre, Nashville Airport, and more. The hotel even offers a complimentary shuttle to Downtown Nashville & Broadway’s Honky Tonks.
Start your day the right way with a hearty breakfast at Pralines, before heading into town. Or soak in views of the city or rolling Tennessee hills in the distance as you dine at Maxwell's Lounge, where fresh meals and innovative drinks are served up all day, just like our Southern hospitality.
Where bigger is better. In the south you’ll enjoy famed hospitality, barbecue cuisine and an iconic soundtrack of Elvis, jazz and country music.
The deep south has been responsible for the birth of America's music, the invention of the cocktail and a world-leading reputation for hospitality. One of its states which is rising to the top is Tennessee, which is home to the music city of Nashville. From its very beginnings, Nashville grew from a foundation built on music. Country music has been the common thread connecting the life and soul of the city and its people. Visitors have ventured here to experience the music that weaves such a fundamental pattern in its cultural, business and social fabric. But Nashville also boasts a wealth of museums, professional sports and of course an exploding dining scene.
Not far from Nashville is the home of Blues, Soul & Rock 'n' Roll. Memphis is home to Elvis’ beloved home Graceland, the iconic Sun Studios which served as a recording base for artists like Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis; plus, its famous Beale Street which was the location of the first ever blues notes.
From Country and blues music to the heart of Jazz. Another iconic southern music city has to be the legendary New Orleans. There is an energy in the Big Easy which is as unique as the architecture and the locals - New Orleans unofficial motto is “Let the good times roll” and with a 24/7 love of life that is contagious, it certainly lives up to that motto..
Along with these iconic cities, we also hold vast amounts of knowledge on other areas in Tennessee and Louisianna. We also love talking about Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and the Carolinas. Our travel experts are always ready to talk southern hosiptality with ya'll.
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Graceland VIP Tour
Explore the personal side of Elvis Presley with an interactive iPad tour of Graceland Mansion, hosted by John Stamos and featuring commentary and stories by Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie. The tour of Graceland Mansion includes the living room, his parents’ bedroom, the kitchen, TV room, pool room, the famous Jungle Room, his father’s office, the newly-enhanced Trophy Building, the Racquetball Building – newly-restored to how it looked in 1977, and Meditation Garden.
A state-of-the-art entertainment and exhibit complex over 200,000-square-feet in size, “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” enables guests to follow the life path that Elvis took, surrounding oneself with the things that he loved, and experience the sights and sounds of the city that inspired him. Experience Elvis’ life and career like never before – his roots, his influences and his artistry. The Elvis Presley’s Memphis experience includes: Elvis The Entertainer Career Museum, Presley Motors Automobile Museum, Elvis Discovery Exhibits, and Exclusive VIP Exhibit. Plus, as part of the VIP tour, guests will receive front-of-the-line Mansion access and a keepsake backstage pass.
Steamboat Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner
Savour the beauty and romance of New Orleans and take a journey back in time aboard the authentic Sternwheeler Steamboat NATCHEZ. Your two-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter takes you back to a time when cotton was king, and life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi. Let us show you New Orleans, one of the world's most active ports, as it can best be seen - from the river. visit our museum quality Engine Room to learn how steam powers this magnificent boat through the "Mighty Mississippi!". Meals are prepared fresh on board. Souvenirs are available for purchase at the Steamboat Gift Shop.
Evening Dinner Jazz Cruise includes casual buffet-style dining with indoor and outdoor seating and features live jazz by the world renowned "Dukes of Dixieland". The buffet includes tossed salad, chicken, pork loin, top round beef, fried catfish, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, bread, and dessert. Iced tea, coffee, and water are included with dinner.
Venture outside the hustle and bustle of New Orleans, where sprawling plantations and ornate antebellum mansions seem to transport visitors to another era. The River Road area is perfect for group outings to remarkable estates along the banks of the Mississippi River. Plantation tours give visitors a glimpse into Louisiana’s rich past and lore as they learn about Voodoo, pirates, slaves and the agricultural history of the South. Learn about the families who lived in these impressive estates and their impacts on New Orleans’ history and economy.
Many tour companies offer a variety of plantations from which to choose, including Whitney Plantation, Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Créole Heritage Site, Oak Alley Plantation, Destrehan Plantation, Nottoway Plantation, San Francisco Plantation and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. A number of these properties also offer on-site restaurants, where groups can enjoy local cuisine in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. A little farther west of New Orleans is Avery Island, home to TABASCO. Tour the hot sauce factory, dine in Restaurant 1868 and visit nearby Jungle Gardens.
Experience the local flavours
Not only can you dine at one of our legendary restaurants, but you can also get some hands-on experience with local chefs, distillers, brewers and culinary experts. Grab a napkin and join us on a journey into the heart of New Orleans’ dining scene. Join one of the many Food Tours and dining experiences available, that go through the French Quarter, Uptown and St. Charles Avenue. Get your fill of foods that originated in New Orleans and venture to historic landmarks.
For lunch or dinner, nothing can be compared to the enjoyment & pleasure of a New Orleans Cooking Class. Learn how to make some our most famous Creole and Cajun dishes, such as Red Beans & Rice, Chicken & Andouille Gumbo, or Jambalaya. And here’s the best part! You get to sample everything at the end of the class! When you return home, you will be able to prepare an authentic Cajun or Creole meal and really impress your family & friends with your world cuisine savvy.
French Quarter Pub and Cocktail Crawl
Take a walk through the French Quarter’s famous bars and restaurants and discover the famous-spirits of New Orleans. It is history… with a twist! From the Sazerac and Pimm's Cup to the Ramos Gin Fizz and Absinthe, you will enjoy a different view of New Orleans through its history of fine dining and drinking. We will entertain you with classic stories of the unique concoctions made famous here and the characters that brought them to life. You will be shaken but not stirred, by the recipes of the city’s most infamous cocktails along the way.
Nightlife and Jazz Music
Experience Frenchmen Street, just steps from the French Quarter. This famous stretch in the Faubourg Marigny neighbourhood offers hot spots such as Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, The Maison and The Spotted Cat Music Club. These are just a few of the city’s best bets for authentic New Orleans music. Mid-City is another great neighbourhood option. You can start at Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘n’ Bowl, a music venue where the sounds of zydeco accompany your strikes and spares.
Classic French Quarter jazz venues include the Palm Court Jazz Café, Fritzel’s Jazz Club and Preservation Hall. Discover New Orleans’ wilder side at Bourbon Heat nightclub, rock and blues at House of Blues and contemporary jazz at The Jazz Playhouse. At the edge of the Quarter is Effervescence, New Orleans’ premier champagne bar.