If you’re interested in Tennessee history, the Civil War, architecture, or decorative arts, Belmont Mansion is a convenient, beautiful way to incorporate those into your itinerary. Built in the 1850s by Adelicia Acklen, then one of the wealthiest women in the country, her Italianate villa is the city’s most elegant historic home open to the public, and its grand salon is one of the most elaborately decorated rooms in any antebellum home in Tennessee. Belmont Mansion was originally built as a summer home, yet no expense was spared in its construction. There are also tours that cater to specific interests including gardens and grounds, art, and a progressive dinner or lunch tour that offers a meal at Belle Meade Plantation and dessert at Belmont Mansion. The gift shop is excellent.