Sally Walker Davies 2017-01-12 12:09:52
When visiting Memphis and Nashville, it’s an easy drive to some of Tennessee’s most charming small towns, whether just for a day trip or for an overnight stay. Museum of Appalachia, Clinton NEAR MEMPHIS: Heading east from Downtown Memphis, Collierville’s historic town square makes for a delightful destination. Lined with shops and restaurants, the thriving square features a gazebo where bands play on summer evenings and folks come to listen to music under the stars. The Stratton House Bed & Breakfast is a lush retreat just off the square, combining antiques and a historic family home with modern touches for a memorable stay. Also east of Downtown Memphis and just a bit north of Collierville is Arlington. A small town that’s experiencing residential growth, Arlington’s town square features clothing and gift stores, as well as one of the area’s oldest retail shops, the S.Y. Wilson & Company, which today features a broad range of clothing and accessories for all ages, and a vast selection of outdoor gear and equipment. NEAR NASHVILLE: Follow the rolling hills outside of Nashville in any direction, and you’re bound to find a small town that meets your fancy. A short drive south finds Franklin, a bustling town filled with shops and gourmet dining (such as Gray’s on Main), Civil War history and weekends full of fun centered in the town square. Nearby Nolensville has the original award-winning Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint. Murfreesboro, home to Middle Tennessee State University, features popular downtown boutique shopping and the historic Stones River National Battlefield. Meanwhile, just northeast of Nashville, Goodlettsville boasts a long history, as well as the longest standing brick structure in the region at Historic Mansker’s Station. Live like a local for a day in Portland, where the Historic Cold Springs School serves as both a one-room schoolhouse and a museum, and Bottomview Farms is a peaceful spot for picking your own locally grown produce. Treasure Hunting Along Highway 127 Home to Tennessee’s portion of The World’s Longest Yard Sale every August, this road winds through Middle Tennessee and is full of great finds. Grab a cup of joe at Coffee Cup Antiques in Pikeville, hit the Cumberland Mountain General Store in Clarkrange, and pop into The Insyde Outsyde Shop and Southside district in Chattanooga for antiquing.
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