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Maintain love’s spark this holiday season in Tennessee

Christmas always seems to encourage blossoming romance despite the chilling temperatures outdoors. Maybe it’s the cold air that welcomes oversized coats, hats, and mittens; or the songs that sing of being “close together like two birds of a feather.” Whatever the reason, Tennessee has a romantic Christmas ready and waiting. From fun, getting-to-know-you activities to tucked away lovers’ getaways, the state welcomes couples with open arms.

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New love always feels fresh, exciting, and adventurous. Get to know the one you’re falling slowly for by escaping to Middle Tennessee for outdoor activities in the Upper Cumberland. Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, taking over 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, awakens the sense of love and adventure with backpacking, hiking, kayaking and canoeing along the Obed River, nature walks, ATV riding, and even horseback riding. Other destinations for exciting outings include Pickett State Park, Frozen Head State Park, Historic Rugby, and historical sites like Cordell Hull Birthplace in Byrdstown.

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Plateau Eco-Sports, located in Cookeville, specialize in high-adventure eco-sports. The company offers an outdoor education and adventure while promoting the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the wilderness. Guided and unguided trips are available for every ability level and outdoor interest – from backpacking and climbing crags to canoeing and kayaking.

From first kiss to wedded bliss

Escape to West Tennessee with the love of your life and experience the region’s lush countryside as it’s surrounded by the Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers. This tranquil backdrop is the perfect setting for a taste through Tennessee wine country. Travel to Crown Winery in Humboldt for free wine tastings and Friday nights feature live music from 7-10 p.m. Vineyards stretch south and west, creating a beautiful sight for the Tuscan-style villa on the grounds. Reserve a tour of the grounds and be sure to take home a bottle of the Crown Winery’s award-winning Tiara Tennessee Sparkling wine which is perfect for a wedding toast or the Crown Gold, a mature Chardonel/Cayuga wine with a sparkling, extra dry “champagne” taste, to celebrate your union.

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Paris Winery in Paris, Tenn. is designed with Venetian-style architecture and produces 26 varieties of wine. Tours and tastings occur daily and offers customized labels for their wines. Started in 2008, the vineyard started with 5,500 vines and now has over 9,000 vines comprised of 23 types of grapes. Toast to your love with the Paris Winery Spumante which creates an exciting fizzy sensation on the palate and relaxes the taste buds with a sweet finish. Enjoy an evening snuggled up by a roaring fire with the Ruby Red that has the texture of liquid chocolate with rich black cherry and raspberry tones.

For love that’s stood the test of time

Say “I do” in Gatlinburg, the gateway to the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains and one of the top wedding destinations in the country. The area makes wedding planning easy with wedding chapels and cabins, florists, caterers and more.

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Picture your perfect day at Gatlinburg’s Little Log Chapel, Gatlinburg’s premier wedding chapel, set against a scenic mountain setting with a beautiful pond and outdoor gazebo, which make wonderful photo opportunities. Located just six feet from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the chapel is a replica of the earliest churches of the area constructed nearly 100 years ago.

You’ll be inspired to sing the dynamic country music group, Little Big Town’s “Little White Church” song when you see the property at Sugarland Weddings. The white wedding chapel is picturesque with its floral decorations and candelabras. Stained-glass windows and antique church pews add to the romantic setting.

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Or, celebrate years of adoration and amour with a getaway to Gatlinburg. Find your perfect love nest in the Great Smoky Mountains as cabins, chalets, and rustic lodges are available as a place to fondly look back on the years of love and the many more to come. Named the prettiest town in America by Forbes, Gatlinburg is full of shopping destinations, restaurants, and attractions like the Great Smoky Mountains Arts and Crafts Community, home to the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Enjoy spectacular views on one of America’s largest aerial tramways that has two 120-passenger counter-balance cars and takes its passengers on a breathtaking 2.1-mile ride up to Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s premier ski resort. Whatever activity you choose, opportunities to maintain the spark felt since the beginning of your relationship are waiting around every corner of this charming town.

Where do you and your love interest go in Tennessee for a romantic getaway? Let me know in the comments below!

Hey! I’m Amanda Stravinsky, a born-and-raised Jersey girl who now makes her home in the awesome, musically-inclined city of...Read on

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    Tom Lamb

    Great blog Amanda!

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