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The historic Blythewood Inn Bed & Breakfast in Columbia, TN
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How To Plan A Workcation In Tennessee

Taking a workcation? Be inspired by the hotels, lodges and even treehouses that offer modern amenities and plenty of ways to have fun.

Remote work has become popular this past year. Your office can virtually be anywhere. Choose Tennessee as your workcation location.

What is a workcation?

A workcation is a working vacation. You remote work while you travel. It's not completely a business trip nor completely a vacation. Workcations are a great way to change up your office or work-from-home routine and gather inspiration from new surroundings. Here are a few of the best places to work remotely in Tennessee. 

East Tennessee Workcation Locations

Treehouse Grove at Norton Creek– Gatlinburg 
 

Surround yourself with nature when you book a treehouse at Treehouse Grove at Norton Creek in Gatlinburg. Wireless internet is throughout the treehouses along with a wall mounted fold down desk in the seating area. Work from there or on your covered deck so you can hear the tree leaves rustle in the breeze, birdsong and more while answering emails. Each treehouse comes with two bedrooms, television, refrigerator and heating/air conditioning. After work, drive 4.5 miles to downtown Gatlinburg for shopping at The Village, distillery tours and tastings at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery and attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium, SkyBridge and Anakeesta

Carnegie Hotel – Johnson City 

Settle in to the historic boutique Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City for an unforgettable workcation. Rich wood accents and cozy corners to sit and work are plentiful in the expansive lobby or in your 400-square-foot King Deluxe suite. Rooms include a large work desk, complimentary Fiber Wi-Fi, Tiffany style lamps and in-room Starbucks coffee. After the work day, spend time relaxing at the Austin Springs Spa & Salon, then sit down for a gourmet meal at the award-winning Wellington’s Restaurant. Johnson City is packed with outdoor fun including hiking and biking trails like the Tweetsie Trail or the high-adrenaline Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park; incredible restaurants like Southern Craft BBQ, Timber! featuring American comfort food and Label which is famous for its sushi, cocktails and burgers; and live music at the Down Home

Sewanee Inn - Sewanee

Be enchanted with the mountain lodge aesthetics of The Sewanee Inn in Sewanee. You’re close to Appalachian trails, have access to Sewanee’s 9-hole golf course and the Inn provides complimentary bicycles to fill your day after work. In-room suites include complimentary Wi-Fi and a work desk while the Inn provides a business center with a concierge and morning coffee in the lobby so you can knock out projects and emails on your workcation. Outdoor adventure is plentiful in Sewanee with hiking trails that lead to waterfalls, swimming holes, beautiful wildflowers and wildlife and mountain biking trails. Rock climb, canoe, bird watch, fish and kayak at surrounding parks like South Cumberland State Park and Grundy Forest State Natural Area. For a fun day trip, drive to Chattanooga where you can experience the Tennessee Aquarium, Adventure Sports Innovation which includes water, land and virtual reality experiences, Civil Axe Throwing, Ruby Falls, live music at The Signal and much more.

Middle Tennessee Workcation Locations

Blythewood Inn Bed & Breakfast – Columbia 

A business center and complimentary Wi-Fi make a stay easy at Blythewood Inn Bed & Breakfast in Columbia. The inn has eight luxurious suites, a spacious parlor to have a cup of coffee and marble bistro tables for dining and work. A great work area is also on one of the patio areas outside. Book the Magnolia Suite which features a light and airy room with a writing desk, sitting area, king-sized bed and grand fireplace. Once your work day is done, explore Columbia’s rich art scene. Columbia Arts District is a multi-use building with several businesses inside including working artist studios, a café, a public arts workshop where you can bring your creativity to life and more. You’ll find the authentic Italian cafe Mama Mila's serving delicious pasta dishes, pastries and coffee, Battleground Cigars and Lumberyard Gardens (a beautiful wedding venue) inside. Take a tour of the pre-Civil War home, Rippavilla, 11th U.S. President James K. Polk’s Home & Museum, and The Athenaeum – a famous girl school that flourished from the 1830s until the Great Depression. See art at W7thCo Gallery and Library Art Gallery; listen to live music and have a brew at Asgard Brewing Company; taste the fruit of the vine at nearby Amber Falls Winery & Cellars or Keg Springs Winery; and end your day with a delicious meal from Barino Italian Southern Eatery or Marcy Jo’s Muletown.

Cumberland Mountain State Park – Crossville

Have easy access to hiking trails, the Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain Golf Course and more when you book a cabin at Cumberland Mountain State Park. Cabins come with Wi-Fi for convenient connectivity. Amenities vary per cabin. The standard cabins include a full kitchen, linens, dishes and utensils, TV/Cable and a picnic table so you can spend the work day in nature. After work, tee off at the aforementioned golf course which is one of the most sought-after sites among the Jack Nicklaus designed Bear Trace courses in Tennessee. The 6,900-yeard, par 72 layout has elevation changes, flowing brooks and mature pine trees, making it a great challenge for golfers of all levels. Venture around Crossville and stop in Grinder House Coffee Shop for live music, delicious coffee and an all-day menu full of breakfast items, flatbread sandwiches, soups, salads and baked goods. Enjoy a glass of wine and view from Stonehaus Winery and Chestnut Hill Winery. Take in a performance at Cumberland County Playhouse and hike to Ozone Falls for Instagram-worthy waterfall photos.

Commodore Hotel - Linden

Escape the hustle and bustle of every day life and stay in the quaint town of Linden. At the historic Commodore Hotel, you’ll find spacious rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen HD TVs and DirectTV programming. The Commodore’s Quarters are bigger with an exposed brick wall and an over-sized bathroom with a corner Jacuzzi. Explore the art scene in Linden after your work day. Visit the Buffalo River Artists Cooperative that houses arts and crafts from more than a dozen local artists. The Main Street Marketplace has jewelry, handmade soaps, decorative home goods and more from local makers as well. Set off on a kayaking adventure with one of the local outfitters in the area. Take a hike on the trails at Mousetail Landing State Park. Tour nearby wineries like Amber Falls, Keg Springs and Grinder’s Switch. Go for a scenic drive along the Natchez Trace Parkway and stop of for scenic views, historic sites and more. Have a meal at The Commodore Café which serves locally sourced food and hosts local live music every weekend. The Speakeasy Lounge serves delicious cocktails in a dimly lit, intimate setting.

West Tennessee Workcation Locations 

Lodge at Pickwick Landing – Counce

Enjoy the tranquil views of Pickwick Lake during your work day when you book a stay at the newly renovated Lodge at Pickwick Landing at Pickwick Landing State Park. Get a spacious room with a king-sized bed which includes a work area, spacious tiled bath and shower combo, free Wi-Fi and cable TV. For even more space, call the Lodge to book a suite that consists of two guest rooms, a center parlor room, kitchenette and plenty of space to stretch and work. When you get hungry, amble over to the full-service restaurant, bar and lounge where you’ll find a craft cocktail and delicious meal. Get some fresh air in the park by hiking, teeing off at the Pickwick Landing State Park Golf Course, fishing, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding and disc golf. With so many activities within the state park, you can work hard and play even harder. 

The Memphian – Memphis

Experience the unexpected when you stay at The Memphian. Conveniently located to beloved Memphis attractions like the Levitt Shell, Memphis Zoo, The Hattiloo Theatre and Memphis Brooks Museum of American Art, you’re in the middle of the city’s action. Kick back in one of the 106 rooms and suites where you’ll find complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, work station and artful details that will keep your creativity flowing. Have breakfast and dinner at the lobby level restaurant, Complicated Pilgrim that serves regional and local fare with a Memphian twist. Shrimp and grits, braised lamb shank, steak and frites, overnight oats, the Pilgrim wrap – soft scrambled egg, bacon, avocado, potatoes, cheddar cheese and salsa verde, everything bagel sandwiches and coffee drinks, cocktails and an extensive beer and wine menu will keep you fueled in the morning and relaxed in the evening.

Stillwaters Farm – Henderson

Make friends with farm animals immediately after you clock out for the work day when you stay at Stillwaters Farm in Henderson. Book the cottage for 1,000 square feet of space which includes a furnished living area, fully appointed kitchen, outdoor lounging area, free wi-fi, linens, cookware and tableware and more. You can join in on the farm’s day-to-day activities or schedule one of their workshops. Learn candle making, pasta making, photography or cake decorating. Spend time in the Silo Boutique browsing the local items in the silo converted into an adorable boutique onsite. If you’re looking for a more unique stay, choose to stay in the vintage Airstream that includes free wi-fi, outdoor lounge and grilling area, a kitchenette with cookware and tableware and eclectic décor that’s Instagram-worthy. Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from Stillwaters Farm’s garden, enjoy a free critter tour and opt to join in on the farm activities.

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