Upon traveling through West Tennessee, the iconic tours are inevitable and vital for Memphis, Jackson and the road in between; however, these "hidden gems" unfold the local, artistic talent of Tennessee-grown families and fixtures, from savory and sweet culinary options to antique and interactive art.
Five in One Social Club – Midtown Memphis
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This isn't the kind of social club with ladies who lunch or polo tournaments; this is the social club in Memphis for those who appreciate local art in a colorful and honest environment. Known locally as "kindergarten for grown folks," Five in One offers weekly art workshops, parties, bingo, and musicians. It's open daily for the public to browse and purchase local art and apparel.
The Dirty Crow Inn—Downtown Memphis
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The Dirty Crow Inn opened just before Beale Street Music Festival as a combination of a favorite bourbon, Old Crow and owner Atkinson's nickname for it, "Dirty Bird," at the corner of Crump and Kentucky in Downtown Memphis. Described as a "five-star dive bar," the menu includes smoked chicken wings, a catfish basket, Crispy Fried Pickle Chips, and Poutine Fries (covered in smoked chicken gravy and mozzarella).
Sally Lane's Candy Farm – Paris
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Since 1958, Sally Lane's has been a sweet and steady fixture in the Paris, Tennessee community. The shop has become a place where older generations reminisce while a new generation becomes introduced to the timeless treats. Known for its popular pink and white mints—which find themselves at parties, showers and weddings all over the region— Sally Lane's offers scrumptious chocolates and confections of all shapes, styles and flavors.
The Vintage Market on Church Street – Jackson
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A vintage antique mall in the heart of downtown Jackson, The Vintage Market parallels its surroundings' rich history with a fine selection of furniture, paints and accessories for an entire home or a stop-in travel token. Vendors take over three floors with items from candles and art to armoires and signage. Don't miss this trip on Church Street.
Green Frog Farm – Alamo
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Two miles away from Tennessee Safari Park, Green Frog Farm is a place of historic buildings, barbecue and shopping. Stay at the quaint bed & breakfast and peruse the cotton museum to learn of the area's rich history. Enjoy the natural beauty of the farm and, even consider it as the perfect Made in Tennessee venue for your wedding.
Discovery Park of America – Union City
Located in the midst of Tennessee fields, a giant 70,000 square-foot museum, gardens, and outdoor exhibition attraction seems to simply appear into sight. The area's natural history is told through a large aquarium, exhibits, and an interactive story of how an earthquake created Reelfoot Lake (feel the quake tremors yourself!). World history, from dinosaurs to cultural dieties, is shown among the many rooms and turns of the museum. See aircraft from World War II, race cars and a knight's armor. Meander outside to walk through Japanese gardens, visit a century-old church and see the farm equipment from days gone by.