Autumn is almost upon us with its colorful leaves, cool breezes and the endless craving of pumpkin spice everything. Tennessee is simply magical in the fall with its mountains and rolling hills beckoning travelers from around the world to experience a memorable fall getaway Made in Tennessee. Here are a few ways to experience the season to its fullest:
Scenic Fall Drives
It's time to fill up the gas tank, crank up the tunes, and follow the map to Tennessee's hidden gems landscaped by brilliantly colored autumn leaves, mighty mountains, rolling hills and budding cotton fields. The Cherohala Skyway is a great Sunday (or any day of the week) drive as it showcases endless miles of Tennessee beauty. Before embarking on your journey, stop in the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains for maps, souvenirs and gifts. Once you're ready, hop in the car and turn the music up for a scenic drive filled with vibrant colors and curving roads. The more than 40-mile stretches through the Cherokee Naitonal Forest. Stop off and stretch your legs on a hike and while bird watching. See foliage by waterway in a kayak or canoe.
Old Country Store, Casey Jones Village – Jackson (Photo: Americana Music Triangle)
Learn some music history while enjoying fall color along the Americana Music Triangle or "Gold Record Road," which includes Brownsville, Franklin, Memphis and Nashville in Tennessee. The Triangle is a collaboration of cultural attractions across the South, a culmination of work by a multi-state team of historians, musicians, tourism professionals and digital media experts.
Tennessee's Autumnal Symphony
BRISTOL RHYTHM & ROOTS REUNION – BRISTOL
Bristol TN/VA is known for its deep-rooted music history as it was the site where the "Big Bang of Country Music" took place. Celebrate this history Sept. 16-18, 2016 with a slew of artists like Loretta Lynn, Marty Stuart, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Houndmouth, Indigo Girls, Buddy Guy, Mike Farris, Steep Canyon Rangers and many more. Weekend passes are $80 in advance, with individual tickets ranging from $40 to $45.
PILGRIMAGE MUSIC & CULTURAL FESTIVAL – FRANKLIN
(Credit: Pilgrimage Festival)
Amp up your autumn Sept. 24-25, 2016 with Beck, Jason Isbell, Grace Potter, Kacey Musgraves, Cake, The Arcs and more at this year's festival. Happening at The Park at Harlinsdale, a century-old horse farm, the rolling hills and natural amphitheaters of this property enhance fall vibes at the festival. Get ready for the mix of artists, genres and sounds that will rise from Franklin.
GONERFEST – MEMPHIS
Bands from as far as Australia will come to Gonerfest, Goner Records' annual international music festival Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Hear bands like Chook Race from Australia, Nots from Memphis, Archie & The Bunkers from Cleveland, Ohio, and Iron Head from New Orleans, Louisiana among others. Tickets are available from $5 to $75.
Bluff City Coffee, Memphis (Credit: Bluff City Coffee)
A pumpkin-flavored pilgrimage through Tennessee can start in Memphis at Bluff City Coffee where the shop serves pumpkin duffins, a cross-over pastry of a cake, donut, and muffin; spice up fall at Corsair Distillery in Nashville with their pumpkin spice moonshine. Ellie's Old Fashioned Doughnuts in Franklin and Ralph's Donut Shop in Cookeville serve seasonal pumpkin donuts.
(Credit: Ole Smoky Moonshine)
Have some autumn in a shot glass with Ole Smoky Moonshine's pumpkin pie moonshine that tastes like a dessert in Gatlinburg and at the Island at Pigeon Forge.
Finally, relax and rejuvenate at Oak Haven Spa in Sevierville where guests can take advantage of fall-inspired packages like the pumpkin spice facial with warm stones, or a pumpkin latte manicure and pedicure.
Tennessee Fall Style
(Credit: L.C. King/Pointer Brand)
For more than 100 years, L.C. King Manufacturing Co. has been producing fashions for men and women since 1913 in Bristol, TN/VA. The makers of Pointer Brand Workwear have also made coats, womenswear ranging from jeans to skirts, and accessories like wallets and aprons. Find comfortable, affordable clothing that will last for many autumn seasons ahead.
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Vintage tee, jeans, and chic dresses are calling every fashionista to Billie Jeans in Gallatin. This is the place to go if flowy fabrics and fashion forward designs are on the shopping list. The store even has an eyebrow bar for that last-minute touch up. The store is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.