For years, a favorite vacation spot of our family has been Tennessee. Yesterday I returned from a nice trip with some of my family to the Volunteer State, and thought I’d share a bit about it here.
Home Base: Tracy City
I discovered Tracy City back in 2020 through a cabin I rented through AirBnb for another weekend getaway. I enjoyed it so much the first time that we decided to reserve another cabin on the property for this trip.
Tracy City is a quiet little mountain town that was founded after a few local boys discovered coal while digging around after a groundhog. It has an interesting history and once even elected a dead man as its mayor.
Of the seven venues offered at The Falls at Sewanee Creek, we stayed in the Log Cabin. The rental cabin sits on a sprawling and abundant landscape of about forty five acres, complete with its own nature trails, overlook, creek, and its focal point—a private waterfall.
If you want a scenic and unique stay in south-central Tennessee, look no further. The hosts, Grant and Becky, will make sure you have everything you need (including a private tour of the grounds and welding lessons).
Day 1: Chattanooga
Thursday we ventured out to Chattanooga to explore Rock City, a Tennessee tourist classic.
Day 2: Lynchburg
Day 3: Nashville
Saturday featured a trip up to Nashville, where we checked out Antique Archaeology, home of the American Pickers from the History Channel show. Their shop is located in the old Marathon Motor Works car factory, which has a pretty neat museum inside as well.
After that, we headed to Grimey’s Record Shop before finding a bite to eat.
My favorites from the trip, alphabetically:
Black Tap (Nashville)
Depot Cafe (Monteagle)
Dutch Maid Bakery (Tracy City)
Mountain Goat Market (Monteagle)
A Tip for Fellow Travelers
The next time you travel, consider exploring the smaller towns and spaces in between the usual tourist areas and beaten paths. These are where I always find the most fun, meaningful, and memorable stuff in my travels.
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