You'll find a kaleidoscope of intriguing
special events and charming small town attractions 'most any
time you're in Middle
Tennessee and the Upper Cumberland area.
Tour Falcon Rest Mansion, the 1896 Victorian mansion where history is fun, then stay a while to explore its beautiful gardens.
Lunch in the Victorian Tea Room and shopping for 1800s treasures in the Victorian Gift Shop are available daily with or without a tour.
Explore magnificent Cumberland
Caverns, Tennessee's largest cave. It's a must-see for
anyone traveling in this area. Located just outside of McMinnville,
it is open daily to the public year round. Enjoy great music in a unique venue, when Cumberland Caverns hosts Bluegrass Underground concerts.
See Monty Wanamaker's Southern
Museum and Gallery of Photography, History and Culture
on Main Street in McMinnville. Open from 10 to 4 Wednesday,
Friday and Saturday, it's a treasure of local history. Call
Monty for details: 931-507-8102.
Enjoy other fascinating downtown locations such as the Warren
County Heritage Center and more Main
Street McMinnville treasures.
Swim at Rock
Island State Park's natural sandbar beach or fish in its
famous "Blue Hole," only a few miles from McMinnville
on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake. (See Rock
Island's Facebook page for activity schedules.) Find out
class kayakers love Rock Island's water.
For a tamer adventure, make advance reservations with Smooth
Rapids for a lazy river kayak float.
Hike, bicycle, or play golf at nearby Fall Creek Falls, the "crown jewel of Tennessee state
parks." (For a mountain getaway near Fall Creek Falls Park, check out Cozy
Cabins and Cottages or Mountain
Glen RV Park & Campground.)
If you prefer, hike the unspoiled Savage
Gulf. Golfers can enjoy mountain scenery just a few miles
from town at the Willowbrook Golf Club.
Combine yoga and meditation and hiking at Isha Institute of Inner Sciences.
Select trees and shrubs at one of the multitude of nurseries
here in Warren County, the "nursery
capital of the world."
Don't forget "Jack
Daniel's country" in Lynchburg, less than an hour's
drive, explore the quaint town of Bell
Buckle and other attractions in Tennessee's
Treat yourself to a first-class play at the Cumberland
County Playhouse, "Tennessee's Family Theater,"
just an hour away in Crossville.
Retrace troop movements in the Civil War battles for Tennessee.
Some 15,000 Federal soldiers camped just down the road for
a year, and the Union and Confederacy swapped control of this
area numerous times. Civil War buffs will want to visit Stone's
River Battlefield about an hour northwest of McMinnville
and the Chickamauga
and Chattanooga National Military Parks just a little
further to the southeast.
Take in Nashville's Hermitage
and Grand Ole
Opry; or Chattanooga's Aquarium,
City; and Ruby
Falls -- all just an hour and a half away. For more information,
see sites for the Convention and Visitor's Bureaus in Chattanooga
Or drive less than three hours to the Smokies' Pigeon
Forge and Gatlinburg.
If you're heading west between Nashville and Memphis, plan
a stop at the Tennessee
River Freshwater Pearl Farm, the only freshwater pearl-culturing
farm operation in the North American continent.