From exciting big cities to charming Southern small towns, Tennessee has it all. Spend a weekend exploring the country music scene in Memphis, or cuddle up with your sweetheart in front of the fireplace of your Tennessee vacation rental after a fun-filled day of skiing. When it’s time to spend quality time with that special someone, plan a weekend trip to one of the eight most romantic places in Tennessee.
Nestled along the shores of the Mighty Mississippi River, Memphis is home to all your favorite country honky tonks. While in town, visit the Peabody one morning and stare in awe as the Peabody ducks leave the elevator and walk the red carpet to the lobby’s fountain, where they spend the day swimming. On Beale Street, stop at Beale Sweets Sugar Shack for a treat for your sweetie. In the evening, hit the club scene on Beale Street, and enjoy a romantic dinner at the Blues City Cafe, or enjoy some of that famous Memphis barbecue at the Pig on Beale.
Tucked away in the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is a great spot any time of year. In the winter months, hit the ski slopes at Uber Gatlinburg, which offers equipment rental and lessons. No matter the time of year, you can cuddle together as you ride the Uber Gatlinburg Tram for an afternoon of shopping, ice skating, and shopping. In the summer months, ride the mountain coaster for amazing views. The Gatlinburg Space Needle also offers stunning views from more than 400 feet above the town. Enjoy a romantic dinner at the Park Grill with your favorite American dishes.
Enjoy a low-key romantic weekend in the city of Knoxville. See if you can schedule your trip during one of the city’s many festivals, such as the Mardi Growl Dog Parade. Wander around the Market Square District with its gorgeous historic buildings and cute selection of shops including Earth to Old City and Bluetique. Sample a large selection of craft beers over a romantic dinner at Tupelo Honey, or opt for something a little more upscale at Echo Bistro and Wine Bar.
Take your sweetie out for a night at the Grand Ole Opry while visiting Nashville, or take a tour of this historic home of country music. On a warm afternoon, enjoy a picnic lunch in Centennial Park. In the park is a full-size replica of the Parthenon; however, this one isn’t in ruins like the original in Greece. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers a look at the history of country music and makes a great alternative to the park on rainy days. Try Etch Restaurant for a romantic upscale dinner with a great selection of unique cocktails.
Bristol is a small town with a lot of heart, and it’s also considered the birthplace of country music. Your first stop should be the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for a tour. In the 1920s, some of the first country music records were recorded in this location; you can see some of the equipment and memorabilia during your visit. Stay close to your sweetie for warmth when you tour the Bristol Caverns and the Appalachian Caverns. In the evening, dine together at Machiavelli’s Italian Restaurant.
Just south of Nashville, you can spend a romantic weekend with your honey exploring nature in the small town of Franklin. This area was a hot spot during the American Civil War, and there are several antebellum homes and plantations to explore while visiting. The Lotz House or Carton Plantation both offer tours with a guide who shares all the details of daily life in the early and mid-1800s. Another popular home to tour is the Carter House. Covering 16 blocks, the downtown area of Franklin is a great place for strolling in the early evening before having dinner at the Wild Ginger Restaurant.
7. Pigeon Forge
For the thrill-seeking couple, Pigeon Forge, nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, makes a great weekend getaway. This resort town is home to the Appalachian-themed amusement park, Dollywood, which is filled with daring wood roller coasters as well as slick twisty modern coasters. Hold hands as you ride around the park on the train. In the evenings, visit the Islands at Pigeon Forge, and cuddle close together as you take a turn on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel with views that seem to go on for miles. This is also a great location for shopping and enjoying a meal together.
Along the border with Georgia is the mountain town of Chattanooga. Ride around the downtown area on a Chattanooga Hop On/Off Trolley. Head up the mountain to explore Rock City and Anna Ruby Falls. Go underground for a view the amazing falls deep inside a mountain. As you get closer to the falls, the lights go out, and the tour guide illuminates just the falls for your delight. For a romantic dinner, check out Public House Restaurant with its locally sourced ingredients, or opt for to-die-for onion rings and a hot sandwich at Ankar’s Downtown.
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