In Tennessee, celebrations are encouraged for every occasion. Celebrate moments that will be relived over and over again. The kind that fill your family and friend time with memories and create stories that will be told for years to come. Dance the night away, cozy up in a cabin, enjoy a classic Southern brunch or find one-of-a-kind boutiques. Whether you’re marking a birthday, wedding, anniversary, family reunion, girlfriend getaway, bachelor or bachelorette party or weekend getaway, you can celebrate in style in Tennessee.
Blues and barbecue. Angling for catfish. Side-of-the-road safaris. West Tennessee has can’t-miss attractions, outdoor havens, restaurants and events for everyone. In Memphis, stroll down historic Beale Street and listen to live music at BB Kings Blues Club. Finish it off with a cozy cocktail at Silky O’Sullivan’s. Walk in the footsteps of legends at Elvis Presley’s Memphis at Graceland, Sun Studio and Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School in Brownsville. Savor a creative dish at Gray Canary in Old Dominick Distillery in Memphis or indulge in mouth-watering barbecue at Helen’s Bar-B-Q in Brownsville. Experience wonder at Discovery Park of America in Union City. Choose your own adventure from treetop zip-lining, horseback riding and more at Shelby Farms Park. Explore the culture with a visit to the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, take the family to the Memphis Zoo, or stroll through the Memphis Botanical Garden. Sip and enjoy Tennessee sights at Crown Winery. Finish the day with Southern downhome cooking at Casey Jones Village in Jackson and after dinner indulge in a scoop at the Old Country Store Ice Cream Parlor & Fudge Shoppe.
Middle Tennessee provides genuine Southern hospitality and an unparalleled creative music experience. Explore music along Broadway and tour downtown Nashville by pedal tavern, trolley, Segway or bus. See if you can handle the heat with hot chicken at Prince’s or Hattie B.’s, fresh farm dining at Five Senses in Murfreesboro a slawburger at Honey’s in Fayetteville. Thrill to the music of legends at the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium or pay homage to hometown hero Minnie Pearl in Centerville. Enjoy music in the vineyards while sipping on the best vintage at Arrington Vineyards, Beachaven Vineyards, sip on Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey in Lynchburg or try craft beer and soda at Red Silo in Cookeville. The new craft brewery Hop Springs in Murfreesboro spans more than 80 acres with a taproom, concert venue, wet & dry dog park and an 18-hole disc golf course. Pop into antique shops and historic spots including Carnton and Carter House museums in downtown Franklin. Not far away, check out the rustic atmosphere, antique and vintage items and local art in the charming village of Leiper’s Fork. Rock into relaxation at Evins Mill resort and enjoy a farm-to-table dinner in Smithville, home to the Fiddlers’ Jamboree & Crafts Festival. Explore historic Granville, where you’ll find a pioneer village and weekly live bluegrass show at Sutton Old Time Music Hour. Take in a play about the famous Bell Witch Cave in Adams or visit one of the country’s premiere regional theaters The Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville. Stop for a picnic with local prize-winning goat cheese produced at Bonnie Blue Farm. Test your skills rock climbing and kayaking in the Upper Cumberland.
Take any path in East Tennessee and you’ll end up someplace memorable. Hike the Appalachian Trail. Sing along to the tunes that made Bristol the Birthplace of Country Music. Go whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River. Enjoy wine tastings along the Rocky Top Wine Trail. Find adventure with family-fun activities at Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Anakeesta Adventure Park in Gatlinburg, Bristol Caverns, Cades Cove, The Lost Sea in Sweetwater, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Gray Fossil Site in Northeast Tennessee or the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton. Hear a show at the historic Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, then checkout the art in Market Square downtown. Try the famous bible burger at Tinsley-Bible Drug Co.’s soda fountain in Dandridge, sip a craft beer at Chattanooga Brewing Co. Sip spirits at Sevier Distilling Company.
No celebration would be complete without a Made in Tennessee brunch. Start your morning or afternoon off with a bonut (biscuit dough stuffed with lemon mascarpone and topped with blueberry compote) and a Bloody Mary at Biscuit Love in Nashville. Get a short stack of fluffy pancakes at Pancake Pantry in Gatlinburg, Lola’s Mac and Cheese at Café Lola in Johnson City, a breakfast burrito at The Tomato Head in Knoxville or Beauty Burger from the Beauty Shop in Memphis. Whether it’s sweet or savory, Tennessee has you covered.
From quaint downtowns lined with antique shop and boutiques to booming shopping districts, you’re sure to find everything you’re looking for and then some. Stylists can help match accessories with outfits at Serendipity in Johnson City. Stroll along the historic district while shopping for finds at Pink Whale Boutique, Angela’s Vintage Boutique or Bewitched Boutique in Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town. In Knoxville, you can fill your closet with blazers, chic hats, unique jewelry and racks of clothing from denim to dresses at Elle Boutique. Find your perfect match at Caravan Boutique in Cookeville. Locally-made products at affordable prices can be found at Abednego in Nashville’s Germantown. Franklin, Lebanon, Collierville and Greeneville are four of the myriad of small towns in Tennessee where local boutiques, antiques and other shops featuring vintage and chic clothing and homegrown goodies are the order of the day.
Tennessee is the fifth most-visited state for weddings. If you’re looking to tie the knot, find a cabin rental or chapel tucked into the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Couples can make their vows amid waterfalls and scenic beauty of the 56 Tennessee State Parks or plan a weekend celebration at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee; complete with horseback riding, a concert, a brewery, spa and wellness center and farm-to-table meals. Couples can tie the knot and stay in style at the Saltbox Inn & Stables in Cookeville. Southern weddings and historic homes go hand in hand. Victorians and Antebellums make a gorgeous backdrop for tying the knot, such as Carnton in Franklin. In Nashville, Belle Meade Plantation’s Carriage House, Two Rivers Mansion and Riverwood Mansion are hot spots for receptions. In Memphis, Woodruff-Fontaine House, a well-preserved 1871 French Victorian, is punctuated by manicured gardens and towering magnolias. Others to consider include the Historic Sam Davis Home in Smyrna, Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill, Cedar Hall in Bartlett and Crescent Bend House & Gardens in Knoxville. Tennessee’s wineries set the stage for your special day. Arrington Vineyards provides a stunning spot for outdoor weddings or a sun-drenched family reunion. Other scenic wineries perfect for tying the knot include Crown Winery in Humboldt, Villa Nove Vineyards in Butler, Goodwater Vineyards in Mosheim and Tennessee’s oldest winery, Highland Manor in Jamestown. In Tennessee, you can buy your cattle via auction and also throw a wedding in the same visit at Crazy K Ranch in Michie. Farm weddings are all the rage in Tennessee at beautiful spots like The Barn at Sycamore Farms in Arrington and The Lily Barn in Townsend, which offers a rustic gazebo surrounded by 3 acres of the lovely Smoky Mountains foothills. From east to west, Tennessee offers rustic barns, quaint chapels, cabins, wineries and upscale venues with beautiful views to provide the perfect wedding day and stunning wedding photographs to last a lifetime.
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