Winter doesn’t get the best rap when it comes to the ‘favorite season’ tirade, but down here in Tennessee we’re big fans of our snowy end-of-year months. Whether it’s December joy or February love, winter in the south is snapping with excitement and color. Here are ten reasons why you can’t miss the winter months.
10) You can hunker down in a cozy coffee shop.
Although Nashville is known for their newly streamlined coffee culture, you can find darling shops with an overstuffed armchair to read in for HOURS. Check out Remedy in Knoxville or Crema in Nashville for an unforgettable experience.
9) Let the hot chocolate tour begin.
Fido in Nashville and Tamp & Tap in Memphis make a mean cup of hot chocolate. Stop in to your favorite mom 'n pop shop for a warm mug.
8) The gorgeous lights at Opryland Hotel.
The lights at Opryland in Nashville are KNOWN around the state for their stunning holiday cheer. The line is usually long, but the experience is more than worth it.
7) It's Ober Gatlinburg's time to shine.
The best (and only) ski spot in the state, Ober Gatlinburg attracts thousands of tourists yearly.
6) Christmas music tours are SOLID.
Tennessee is known for its music scene, and many of your favorite stars play a couple of shows studded with warm Christmas music. Make sure to check their tour schedule to get in on a fantastic underground show.
5) Time to bake up those Christmas pastries.
Christmas wouldn't be the same without a warm moment in the kitchen, and the womenfolk of the south can bake up a storm of wonderful.
4) And pie. Winter is pie time.
Pecan pie? You can't eat this in the summer.
3) Wintertime bookstore dates are killer.
Rhino Books, McKay's, even your local Barnes & Noble are great for winter dates.
2) You can't beat a good Tennessee rainstorm.
Tennessee storms are KILLER. Make sure to grab some of that hot chocolate and curl up by the window.
1) Winter in Tennessee? Is a wonderland.
Take it from us - it doesn't get any prettier than the Volunteer State.
Are there any other reasons you love Tennessee in the winter? Let us know in the comments below!