Spring Break 2014: 12 Ways to Spend It in Middle Tennessee
After a long, hard winter, take a break this spring and start planning some getaways to satisfy spring fever. You deserve it!
Spring Break is not just for students and families. We all need some sun, fresh air, a change of pace and a chance to rest and regenerate. Reward yourself as you celebrate the rites of spring. Life is all about balance.
Middle Tennessee is brimming with escapades and activities to celebrate every day of Spring Break. No need to travel long distances from Nashville — adventures are right on our doorstep, so let’s go exploring.
1. Take a whistlestop tour on a Tennessee Central Railway 1950’s vintage passenger train from Nashville to Watertown or Monterey, and watch the countryside slip by as the train whistle blows around every curve. Are you ready for an adventure? Perhaps a Murder Mystery excursion to Watertown, a wine tasting trip to DelMonaco Winery, or experience a genuine Train Robbery, where bandits on horseback hold up the train. Make sure you leave your valuables at home!
2. Spend a night in luxury at the Inn at Fontanel in the historic district of Whites Creek, then tour the Mansion that was originally the home of country music legend Barbara Mandrell. The Inn was last year’s Southern Living Idea House, filled with inspirational design elements and to die for comfort.
Fontanel is a complete destination for the whole family, with zipline tours and hiking trails through the hills, a Frisbee golf course, Italian restaurant Café Fontanella with the added touch of singing waiters, and Pritchard’s Distillery coming this spring.
3. Rent a cabin at Nashville Shores lakeside resort on the shores of Percy Priest Lake The Treetop Adventure Park opens March 22, offering ziplines, rope challenges, suspension bridges, Tarzan swings and hanging nets. Water activities open in May, with family-friendly events continuing throughout the summer.
4. Follow 12 miles of hiking and biking trails through scenic Percy Warner Park. Sign up for an educational program at the Warner Park Nature Center and take a workshop or a field trip with environmental experts.
5. Rent a pontoon boat from Nashville Boat Rentals and explore the coves and islands on Percy Priest Lake.
7. Add a sweet touch to your spring excursion downtown at Savannah’s Candy Kitchen on Broadway. You’ll feel like a kid in Candyland, surrounded by an overwhelming array of every imaginable type of candy. Watch mouth-watering fudge being made, sample fresh-made pralines, bite into a caramel apple, or cool off with hand-dipped ice cream.
8. Soak up a week of great films at the Nashville Film Festival, April 18-25, rub shoulders with celebrities, and choose from a marathon screening list of over 250 films from 48 nations around the world.
9. Take a trip east of Nashville to Edgar Evans State Park for a Celebration of Spring on April 12. This free day of activities for all ages begins at 8 a.m. with kite flying, pontoon boat rides, nature hikes, living history demonstrations, sack races, wagon rides, face painting, wild animal shows and lots of live entertainment. Sign-ups open at 8 a.m. at the Visitors Center.
10. Visit Historic Downtown Clarksville April 24-26 for the Rivers and Spires Festival and enjoy a weekend of free concerts, 100+ entertainers, talent shows, international exhibits, and children’s events. Special tributes will be given to the soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division at nearby Fort Campbell.
11. Step back in time to the days of the early frontier at the Goodlettsville Heritage Day on April 12, or the Middle Tennessee History Fair in Spring Hill April 25-26. Living history camps will have hands-on interactive events, with demonstrations of early cooking, weapons, crafts and dance.
12. Explore the hiking, biking and horse riding trails at Milky Way Farm and tour the 20-room Manor House built by Frank Mars, creator of the Milky Way candy bar. Follow all the events on the farm on Facebook. You may decide to sign up for a painting class, come for the summer horse racing picnics, attend a storytelling dinner, or bring the kids for a hayride. Milky Way Farm is nestled on 1,000 acres in the rolling hills of Pulaski, Tennessee, and hides many unexpected treasures. Follow some of the trails and you may discover spectacular stone and timber barns in various stages of restoration or decay, living testament to the days when Milky Way Farm produced some of the world’s horse racing champions.
What’s on your itinerary for Spring Break?