There are those moments when the city life, in all its excitement, bustling crowds, and bumping music, needs to be in the rearview mirror for a few days. Travelers may yearn for a bit of rest, a place just outside of Nashville but feels a world away, and locals become quick friends. Some of Tennessee's most authentic moments are made along the curving roads and gently rolling hills of its rural communities.
Pack up the car.
Leave your stresses behind.
And, embrace the small town charms of Linden, Tennessee.
Your weekend stay is planned below:
Where to stay
The 22-room, historic hotel welcomes its weary travelers with friendly faces, quiet atmosphere, and plush bedding just waiting for its guest to curl up in. The Commodore has been highlighted by PBS, the Travel Channel and was named one of "Six Great Places to Stay in Tennessee." Your time travel stay waits only for you.
(Courtesy of The Commodore Hotel)
Stay in the spacious 1930s boarding house with its oversized rooms, most with granite kitchenettes, large bathrooms and hardwood floors. Free WiFi, comfortable beds and some rooms come with views of the charming downtown area.
The oldest building in the downtown area, the bank can currently sleep 7 people, perfect for a girlfriend getaway or bachelorette party. Families can stay in one spacious room for more quality time. Measuring more than 1,200 square feet, the room is home to historical details in the original, restored woodwork. Be transported to another time with its 14-ft. ceilings and 7-ft. windows that allow the sunlight to dance on the original hardwood flooring.
Coming soon: Commodore at Clifton
Renovations and planning are in store for the recently-acquired The Commodore Inn at Clifton. IT will be the ultimate Victorian wedding destination, corporate retreat or a memorable overnight stay. With the Tennessee River minutes from the establishment, it's destined to be a picturesque, relaxing stay.
What to do
Walk around the charming downtown area and marvel at the many murals painted around downtown as part of the beautification process spurred on by Perry County Council of the Arts. Step into their store-front for a look at the works of as many as 12 local artists ranging from painting, glass blowing, woodwork, spinning and weaving.
Other shops include Milkberry, a soap shop with lotions, candles and essential oils; Sparkey & Ringo's, a boutique that carries relaxed fashion choices. Stop in and say hi to Terry, a New York state-native and owner of Custom Creations, a store that carries exquisite jewelry Terry makes by hand. You can easily spend hours looking closely at the fine jewelry from pendants to engagement rings and men's jewelry.
Since Linden is located near the Buffalo River and the Tennessee River, fishing is abundant in its many waterways. The Clifton Marina offers boat rentals ranging from 50 mph to 85 mph with rates going for $150-$185. Many of the boats are rented out already for the upcoming spring season, so be sure to make a reservation soon for summer fun.
With Mousetail Landing State Park and Lady's Bluff Nature Trail a quick drive away, you can enjoy a fitness getaway in Linden's backyard. Five trails weave through Mousetail from easy to difficult. The longest hiking trail is Eagle Point Trail at eight miles along natural surfaces.
Lady's Bluff takes its guests along an easy to moderate hike among the bluffs as they climb to the top for breathtaking views of the Tennessee River.
Where to eat
(Courtesy of The Commodore Hotel)
Southern comfort food is the norm in the European-styled café inside The Commodore Hotel. Choose from succulent dishes like chicken marsala, a ribeye steak with baked potato and vegetables, or buttermilk fried chicken that is marinated in buttermilk, battered and fried in-house. Have a signature drink across the way at the Speakeasy bar across the way that specializes in signature cocktails like The Commodore: vodka, lemon and lime, and a dash of blue curacao or the Skittlez which tastes just like candy. Sip on Elvis' Pink Cadillac: a dash of cranberry, orange liqueur and tequila.
Walk over to this cute restaurant with its eclectic collection of historic artifacts and trinkets for children. The menu boasts fresh fruit salad, a selection of sandwiches, salads, and Dimpleccino's: frozen coffee drinks in chocolate, caramel and turtle flavors.