Winter is a perfect time to curl up in idyllic Tennessee B&Bs or inns where warm beds and hot breakfasts, outdoor activities and beautiful scenery are endless. Take your winter vacation up a notch with a stay at one of these Middle Tennessee accommodations this winter.
Shelbyville is the perfect distance between Jack Daniel Distillery and George Dickel Distillery, not to mention Bell Buckle, Henry Horton State Park, and several other historic Middle Tennessee offerings. Make your base at the dreamy Lane Street Inn, which occupies a grand old Greek Revival mansion near the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration grounds that the owners spent years lovingly restoring.
Let Emily and Eben Bryant pamper you for the weekend with the royal treatment—not to mention, a country breakfast spread each morning fit for a king. In addition to modern amenities like high-speed Wi-Fi, Netflix and gaming consoles, the 7,000-square-foot, three-acre inn boasts themed rooms in each of its five quarters, ranging from the Sammy Davis Jr. Room to a Western-style Sierra Room to the Asian-themed Serenity Room. A bonus for those traveling with pets: It's dog-friendly, too.
663 Coleman Rd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
This stunner of a property in Murfreesboro was originally built in 1886 along Main Street by a former Civil War soldier for his bride, but when the home was at risk for being torn down to make way for Murfreesboro's rapid growth, Cindy and Doyle Boyd stepped in to the rescue.
Piece by piece, the Boyds relocated the seven parts comprising the 6,000-square-foot house over to a 125-acre farm on the outskirts of the city. It took a year to get it ready for removal and another year to put it all back together again, but the end result is Manor at Twin Oaks, a six-bedroom B&B that made its debut in 2011.
The Boyds vowed to maintain the home's authenticity, so they restored everything to its original state—including the molding, trim and doors—and furnished it with a tasteful mix of American and European antiques.
The grounds boast a bevy of wildlife, such as wild turkey and deer, and the couple also fixed up an old barn on the back of the property with six new rooms exclusively for weddings, family reunions, and other group events.
4133 Whites Creek Pike
Whites Creek, TN 37189
After reigning as the Southern Living Idea House in 2013, this piece of Barbara Mandrell's famed estate just 11 miles north of Nashville opened the following year as a six-suite inn beside the Mansion at Fontanel. In addition to impeccably-decorated digs, the four-star property also offers access to Prichard's Distillery, hiking trails galore, a zipline course, two restaurants, a Natchez Hills Winery tasting room, the Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel and, of course, tours of the mansion itself.
1535 Evins Mill Road
Smithville, TN 37166
A scenic luxury destination awaits you at Evins Mill in Smithville, located 1 hour and 18 minutes away from Nashville. Here, you’ll find Carmac Falls, hiking and fishing, concerts, fine dining on locally-sourced food and luxury accommodations that provide ample views. Sink into your king-sized bed at the end of the day and be soothed to sleep with nature’s evening symphony. All creek side rooms include private entrances and decks with creek views, king beds, Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations, coffee makers and private bathrooms.
537 Hutcheson Rd.
Cookeville, TN 38506
Break up the work week with a wintery stay at Saltbox Inn in one of the four suites that include private baths – the Saltbox Suite even has a claw foot bath tub! – Wi-Fi and comfy beds. The Saltbox Suite also includes a queen bed, a master bath, a large front porch with a wrap-around deck, an expansive living area and four large sky lights. Families can stay in the West Side Suite that includes a queen bed, bunk beds and even a loft for the kids to explore. Rustic furnishings complete the suite that welcomes you home after an adventure-filled day exploring Cookeville.
1284 Hitt Lane
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
You don’t have to go to Europe to experience The Chateau Style vibe. Come to Tennessee and book a stay in one of the unique rooms at Thistletop Inn, located on 11 acres in Goodlettsville, 20 minutes from Nashville. From cast-iron staircases to stonework harvested from Old Hickory Lake and the two-story fireplace from a 200-year-old farm, your stay will be truly memorable. Cozy up in the Dauphine King Suite for floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a beautiful Tennessee view, a library of books and a king bed with high thread count sheets and comforter. Amenities include a hot breakfast every morning, complimentary Wi-Fi, DVD library, wood burning fireplace in the rec room and den, toiletry items, pool table and even musical instruments.
Open the door with a gasp of delight at the renowned Commodore Hotel in Linden. This intimate, circa 1939 hotel is a popular romantic escape. Historic details include hardwood floors, original antique hardware, and high ceilings. Any room can be outfitted with the Romance Package that includes rose petals upon arrival, a three-rose bouquet or bottle of champagne or wine, handmade chocolates, chocolate-covered strawberries, cheese, crackers and homemade bread, a four-piece mini-spa kit, and candles. All packages can be tailor-made to your desires. A couple-favorite room is the Commodore’s Quarters which includes a two-person Jacuzzi.
Explore Tennessee's own historic byway, the Natchez Trace Parkway.