Make a lifetime of memories with the influential woman in your life whether it’s mom, grandmom or another strong female by planning to spend time in Tennessee at the many B&B’s, spas, shopping destinations and more across the state once travel is possible again. You’ll find experiences you’ll both love in Tennessee’s small towns and big cities. Read more for a few businesses you can support by buying gift certificates to use later and places to stay in the near future.
Browse fashion boutiques, home furnishings, a gourmet food shop and boot store in the Historic Collierville Square. The Brooks Collection is a must-stop to find unique and collectible treasures, distinctive gifts, accessories, furnishings and accents for your home, lawn and garden. Other shops include C.J. Lily, Patricia’s, the Bizarre Food Shop, Southern Farm House and Hewlett & Dunn Boot & Jean Co. You can also find Southern comfort food, fine dining, mom-and-pop eateries, pizza and coffee shops. Zopita’s on the Square features sandwiches on daily-baked bread, salads, desserts like homemade eclairs, pavlovas and chocolate salami. Nestled beneath century-old magnolias, the elegant bed and breakfast Stratton House is one of Collierville’s most historic homes, built in 1859. Learn about Collierville’s 150-year history in the free, Morton Museum of Collierville History, inside a restored church that dates back to 1873. Be sure to visit the train display and original coach cabin around the square.
Raise a glass on the rooftop at Old Dominick Distillery to taste vodkas, whiskeys and the 60-proof Memphis Toddy. Tours, cocktail hours and live music are also on tap. Sip classy brunch cocktails while you dine on beignets, fried oysters and Egg Sardou while seated under vintage hairdryers at The Beauty Shop. Located in the hip Cooper-Young neighborhood in what used to be Priscilla Presley’s styling salon, the restaurant’s motto is “Look Good. Eat Good.” Relax and escape with a session at RelaxH2O Aqua Massage Therapy and Oxygen Bar in downtown Memphis. Listen to piano and live bands play soul, jazz and blues and be sure to order the Soul Burger at Earnestine & Hazel’s. Stay in downtown’s Central Station Hotel just a mile from Beale Street. The converted 1914 rail hub features a listening room with daily curated playlists and podcasts, a vinyl record wall, an in-house DJ and room speakers.
Shop to your heart’s content in downtown Paris among antiques, jewelry, clothing and gift shops. Be on the lookout for murals and catfish statues while you browse. Plan your trip around Paris’ annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry each April where more than 12,500 pounds of catfish are fried and served. Satisfy your sweet tooth with white chocolate popcorn, pink & green mints, fudge, chocolate bark, homemade candies and treats at Sally Lane’s Candy Farm. Snap a photo in front of a scale-size replica of the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy the playground, tennis courts, swimming pool and walking paths in Eiffel Tower Park. Make a toast by a roaring fire at Paris Winery. Tours and tastings occur daily in the winery designed with Venetian-style architecture.
Take a journey through the scenic Upper Cumberland region, about 80 miles east of Nashville. Stop by the tasting room for a glass of Whistle Stop Red or try delicious dishes at the new on-site restaurant Toast at DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards in Baxter which sits on 52 acres full of vineyards in Putnam County. Shop for the perfect bag at Urban Southern in Monterey. Founder Regina Bauman wanted to create timeless leather handbags that would fit everyday lifestyles of women from all walks of life. Rest in style at The Saltbox Inn in Cookeville. The rustic inn made with reclaimed timbers, barn board and bricks sits on a 22-acre farm with landscaped gardens, outdoor patios, fire pits and an outdoor pool. It’s just a short drive from Rock Island State Park. Satisfy your hunger at Seven Senses Food & Cheer in Cookeville. Executive Chef and World Chef Challenge Winner Chad Combs creates unique and memorable Southern flavors.
Stay at the chic and stylish downtown hotel, Bode within walking distance to some of Nashville’s popular spots. Head to 12th Avenue South, a half-mile shopping and dining destination full of restaurants, coffee houses, bakeries, bars and boutiques by local designers and makers. Make sure to stop at White’s Mercantile and Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James for the latest fashions and snap an Instagram-worthy photo at the “I Believe in Nashville” mural. Top it off with a popsicle at Las Paletas and a stroll around Sylvan Park. Sample celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan’s creations you’ve seen on shows like Food Network’s “Chopped” at her quartet of globally-inspired restaurants – Chauhan Ale & Masala House, The Mockingbird, Chaatable and Tansuo. Rejuvenate mind and body with massage therapy, advanced skincare, body treatments, hydrotherapy and relaxation at Escape Day Spa and Salon.
SUMNER COUNTY: Gallatin & Hendersonville
Gallatin, about 30 miles from Nashville, is thriving with unique shopping boutiques, delicious dining, festivals and a historic downtown square. Everyone gets a special treat at Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cafe in Gallatin, which serves sandwiches, gourmet soups, salads and quiche with a chocolate covered strawberry. Save room for one of their other tempting desserts. Taste a creative menu and sip on a glass of wine at Rosie Food & Wine in Hendersonville. Get inspired browsing art exhibits at Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center. Learn how to kayak in three hours at Nashville Kayak Lessons with an American Canoe Associated Certified Instructor. Relax for the night at The Cabin at Spring Haven in Hendersonville. Located on the property of Spring Haven Mansion and Estate, the historic cabin is a great location for music fans, history buffs and anyone looking for a quiet, private getaway.
Savor rustic Italian cuisine at James Beard nominee, Chef Daniel Lindley’s Alleia. Dishes like the wood-fired pork shoulder with strawberry and balsamic glaze incorporate regional flavors of Southeast Tennessee with ingredients imported from Italy’s local farms. Satisfy your sweet tooth with artisan chocolate truffles, hot chocolate, pastries and desserts at The Hot Chocolatier. Stroll Bluff View Art District filled with restaurants, a coffee house, an art gallery and gardens with breathtaking views of the Tennessee River. Vinyasa to relaxation with a yoga class at Hunter Museum of American Art. Afterwards, spend some time among the galleries browsing the extensive collection of national and internationally-acclaimed artwork. Relax in luxury at the Chattanoogan Hotel, an urban oasis within walking distance of shops, restaurants and a block away from the city’s complimentary electric shuttle. At Warehouse Row, you’ll find a collection of upscale boutiques with items for your home, kids, clothes and shoes. Gallery 1401 features fine art from more than 30 nationally and world-renowned artists.
For an adrenaline boost, take a ride with Pink Adventure Tours which conducts off-road expeditions in pink Jeeps through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the country’s most visited national park. Unwind and breathe in the mountain air at the full-service Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa. The salon and spa offer customized treatments for the ultimate pampering session. Explore Pigeon Forge’s newest entertainment, dining and shopping destination, The Tower Shops at Mountain Mile. Junction 35 Spirits & Restaurant, a distillery and full-service restaurant, blends the tradition of distilling spirits with a contemporary railroad-themed atmosphere. Cream & Sugar Sweet Shoppe offers ice cream and homemade treats and the family-owned Currahee Vineyards Tasting Room offers hand-crafted wine. Relax around the fire pit with beautiful mountain vistas at The Lawn at the Tower Shops. When it’s time to call it night, settle in for a glamping experience in safari-inspired tents with pristine mountain views at Under Canvas.
The significant impact Memphis and Nashville had on the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s can be learned when traveling along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail.