9 Ways to Do a Tennessee Weekend Getaway

Don't waste your next long weekend at home. Get out and have some fun in Tennessee.

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1. Taste Local Wines

The rolling hills of Tennessee make a beautiful backdrop for local wineries. Pack a picnic and spend an afternoon touring and sampling wines at wineries, such as the Arrington Vineyards. Wine enthusiasts could map out a multiday visit along one of Tennessee's wine trails

 

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2. Go Biking

The Southern Appalachian Mountains are home to the 600-acre Cherokee National Forest, which is has miles of mountain biking trails coursing through it. The trails are also accessible to hikers and horseback riders. Giddy up!

3. Enjoy the Blues & Barbecue

Beale Street in Memphis gained a lot of notoriety in the roaring '20s for its lively nightlife. Today Memphis' most famous street is still lined with blues clubs, restaurants, and bars. It's also home to great music festivals, such as the Beale Street Music Festival. There are barbecue joints all over Memphis, but few have stood the test of time as well as Charlie Vergos Rendezvous (just a few blocks from Beale Street). Its alley basement entrance transports you back to 1948, when Rendezvous first opened. The dry rub ribs define Memphis-style ribs.

4. Tap Your Toe to Country Tunes

Nashville is nicknamed Music City for a reason. The soul of the city is deeply rooted in American music history. In 2015, the Grand Ole Opry celebrated 90 years of live music magic. What started as a simple radio show has become the launch pad for hundreds of country music artists. Today, country music superstars, pop chart toppers, and up-and-comers still perform live. 

5. View Fall Foliage

The Smoky Mountains are breathtaking in autumn. Capture the moment with a good camera and a trip to Bays Mountain Park near Kingsport. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are also scenic fall destinations.

6. Visit the Past

Civil War history buffs can get a glimpse of life in the 1800s at the Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville. Tours of this Greek Revival home are led by knowledgeable guides. After the formal tour, you're free to discover the other historic buildings, such as the dairy, horse stable, gardens, and log cabin. Included with the tour is a complimentary wine tasting at the Belle Meade Winery.

7. Make It a Girls' Weekend

Grab your BFFs and hit the road. Whether you have your sights set on lively festivals full of great music and delicious food or you're hoping to relax at a luxurious day spa, you'll find it all in Tennessee.

8. Bring the Kids

Pigeon Forge is a family-friendly destination. There are entertainment options for all ages, including the Dollywood theme park and Dollywood's Splash Country water park. 

9. Tour Whiskey Distilleries

Call up your whiskey-loving, bootlegging buddies and go on a Tennessee Whiskey Tour. Hidden stills filled the hills of Tennessee during Prohibition, giving the state a notorious reputation for distilling. On this tour you'll be treated to the best whiskey in the area. Enjoy, and let them do the driving!

Photos courtesy of tnvacations.com

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