Ever want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Well, I (City Editor Dylan here 👋) recently visited Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage (~20 min drive from downtown) to explore its 1,120 acres steeped in history, nature, and activities for all ages.
Summer is around the corner (read: time to start making outdoor plans), so follow along to learn more about mansion tours, walking trails, wine tastings, and how you can Try This.
What we tried (with pricing):
During my visit, I experienced everything The Hermitage has to offer with the Mansion Tour + Grounds Pass.
Embrace your inner history buff with the Mansion Tour ($24 for adults; see youth + senior prices) for an interpreter-led tour of Jackson’s home. Plus, the ticket includes self-guided tours of the gardens, grounds, farmland, and other historic buildings.
For leisurely days with the family and Fido (did I mention the grounds are dog-friendly?), choose the Grounds Pass ($11+) to explore the garden, field quarters, historical markers, wildlife, walking trails, and historic buildings on your own time. Both passes include a discounted wine tasting, but more on that later. 🍷
Click the button to find out my favorite parts + what not to miss.
What not to miss:
Cool off with a lightly chilled glass of wine at the onsite tasting room at Natchez Hills Winery at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. As part of the wine tasting, I tried three wines for $3 (choose from dry or sweet).
Pro tip: Order a glass of wine or wine slushee + go for a stroll around the property. (Hint: It’s allowed.)The bartender recommended mixing the red + white frozen wines for a delicious twist.
Wine tasting, anyone? The Traminette was a personal favorite. | GIF by NASHtoday team
What we’re still talking about:
The expansive grounds. I arrived an hour before my tour of the historic mansion and headed straight for the nature trail (be sure to stop at historical markers on the way). The 1.5-mile trail takes you through the woods and field quarters, and we recommend pausing along the creek to listen to the water flowing.
Back at the mansion is the historic English-style garden, where you can walk among annuals, perennials, heirloom roses, and other summer blooms. You may even see some wildlife during your visit — I spotted a few turkeys, and the garden was a popular destination for butterflies.
Breathe in the smell of roses and other flora during summer months. | GIF by NASHtoday team
How you can experience this:
The Hermitage is currently open Thurs.-Mon. and offers tours from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (the last ticketed entrance is at 5 p.m.) — reserve your ticket online anytime or onsite upon arrival.
Bonus: The Hermitage hosts a variety of virtual and in-person events throughout the year — get more info on their website.
Things to know if you go:
- Experience: Summer adventures at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
- Price: $18+ for adults
- Website: https://thehermitage.com/
- Address: 4580 Rachel’s Ln., Nashville, TN 37076
- Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
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