Tennessee is a beautiful place, but sometimes you just need to get out of your small town or the rush of Music City or the light-infused streets of Memphis. There’s no shame in that, unless you don’t know where to go. In which case, we have ten stunning spots to stay or visit scattered across the state, from the waterways of Chattanooga to the suburbs of Nashville. Close your eyes, pick a place and get away.
10. Urban Cowboy B&B - Nashville
Established by their first Brooklyn location, the Urban Cowboy has since become a hipster must stay, a place that proffers the stunning, fun atmosphere of East Nashville a gorgeously curated rooms of New York. You can book a suite, each one aptly named in ways like, "The Lion's Den," or, "The Muse." Rates run between $195 and $395. (1603 Woodland Street, Nashville)
9. Arrington Vineyards - Arrington
Arrington Vineyards is a top spot for folks who are looking for swathe of green grace to picnic during the summertime. It's great for those of you looking to enjoy a moment away, as opposed to a weekend, and serves as a stunning wedding or event venue. Plus, there's nothing out of place with a little wine tasting, wouldn't you say? (6211 Patton Road, Arrington)
8. Butterfly Hollow
This darling bed & breakfast gives a new name to Tennessee's garden variety inns and hotels. Surrounded by the beauty of rural Tennessee, you'll wake up in a flower ensconced wonderland rife with wildlife. Butterfly Hollow is also known as one of the best places in the state for a wedding, especially elopements - hint, hint. (28 Bussell Road, Gordonsville)
7. Ledford Mill - Wartrace
Another bed & breakfast of a different variety, Ledford Mill is tucked away in the forest and crowned with two gorgeous waterfalls, just outside the door. Enjoy great conversation and delicious cooking by the owners, John and Mildred, and enjoy and intimate evening away. (1195 Shipman Creek Road, Wartrace)
Sewanee is one of the most underappreciated places in Tennessee, home to the architecturally stunning University of the South and the Sewanee Perimeter Trail. You can easily take a day trip out here, walking the campus graveyard, grabbing coffee downtown and getting your hear pumping with a hike down the trail.
5. Watauga Lake
Stay in the tiny town of Butler or rent a cabin on Watauga Lake if you have the chance to visit this stunning East Tennessee gem. The community is small and the people are kind, with sweet neighborhoods that cling tight to the edge of the water. It's a hidden treasure, one the locals hold close.
A visit to Bristol is great for those of you country music enthusiasts. Although Nashville tends to be the bully on the block in more ways than one, Bristol holds the title as the home of country music and even has the HUGE guitar to prove it. Pictured here is the historic E.W. King House.
3. Cherokee National Forest
Head out to east Tennessee for a visit to the Cherokee National Forest, a stunning and protected natural area that proffers gorgeous views and beautiful seasonal colors. With 655,598 acres to wander, you could be out here a long while. (Elizabethton)
2. Blackberry Farm - Walland
This luxury resort in Tennessee is one of the most beautiful places in the eastern side of the state, perfect for a stunning (if pricey) couple of days away. The farm offers stunning views and a property to die for, and you can always enjoy a high class dinner in the the Barn if you'd rather make your getaway a one night engagement. (1471 W Millers Cove Road, Walland)
1. Land Between the Lakes
Land Between the Lakes is often forgotten by Tennesseans, mainly because it lies smack dab in the middle of the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. We forget it's ours too, and by leaving it out miss out on views like the gorgeous haze over the water we've pictured above. Say goodbye to Percy Priest or Radnor and instead head up to the northernmost part of the state for an empty park with picture perfect moments for days.