The Tennessee Whiskey Trail Itinerary — Middle
Welcome to Music City, USA!
Nashville is a lively hub for everything music. The city is home to the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, and Johnny Cash Museum, as well as dozens of rollicking live music venues on Honky Tonk Row sounding everything from country to jazz.
After arriving and checking into your hotel, you’ll no doubt have a hankering for some good Nashville grub. In the mood for some local fast-casual? Try Nashville’s world-famous hot chicken at Party Fowl or Hattie B’s or some “Nashville-style” BBQ at Edley’s or Martin’s.
Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery is the revival of a pre-prohibition era family distillery that dates back to the mid-1800’s. Tours at Nelson’s Green Brier includes fascinating insights about the family’s storied past and resurrection of the age-old family distillery. Corsair Distillery, now with two locations, was founded by two childhood friends turned innovative distillers with pioneering flavor profiles like quinoa, tarragon and hibiscus.
No trip to Nashville would be complete without a stroll down Honky Tonk Row. Soak in the lively sights and sounds emanating from the live music venues along Broadway before turning in for the night.
Day 2 — Nashville
After a night on the town, you might be on the hunt for a hearty Southern breakfast. Try one of Nashville’s favorite hot-spots, like Biscuit Love in the Gulch or trek down to Loveless Café (23 miles south of downtown) for some scratch made biscuits ‘n’ gravy and down-home country cookin’.
After breakfast, you can spend the day checking out some of Nashville’s many famous music venues, such as the Ryman Auditorium or Grand Ole Opry, before heading to the historic Nations neighborhood for a coal-fired pizza at Nicky’s, followed by one of Pennington Distilling Company’s unique whiskies, such as its flavored rye whiskey or flagship Tennessee Sipping Cream. Explore even more of what the Nashville music scene has to offer with trips to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame, or Johnny Cash Museum.
To soak in every distillery greater Nashville has to offer, head northwest to Clarksville, just over a 30 minute drive from downtown Nashville, to check out Old Glory Distilling Co., a small batch artisan distillery right off of Interstate 24.
Before dinner, stop by one of Nashville’s newest distilleries, Nashville Craft Distillery, in the hip, new Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood and pop into the uber-modern speakeasy-style bar and lounge, Bastion, afterwards to keep the party going.
Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery
Pennington Distilling Company
Old Glory Distilling Co.
Nashville Craft Distillery
Lynchburg & Tullahoma
Only a short drive away, you’ll also find more hidden countryside gems around Tullahoma, Tennessee. Start your day at the George Dickel Distillery hidden away in Cascade Hollow surrounded by 600 protected acres of forest and crystal-fresh springs. Since 1870, the distillery has been faithful to the recipe George A. Dickel created and perfected and they continue to craft George Dickel Whisky just as it was made then — Handmade the Hard Way. You’ll see grains being mashed, watch the spirit come off the stills, and the chill-charcoal mellowing process that gives Dickel that extra bit of smoothness.
While you’re in the area, stop by the world-famous Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg. Be sure to make time for their 1.5-hour Angel’s Share Distillery Tour. You’ll hear stories about their history and sample some of their limited-edition single barrel whiskeys.
By now, you’ve likely worked up an appetite! Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House in Lynchburg offers a truly unique dining experience. Southern lunch fare is served “family style” in an elegant, antebellum-style mansion. Be sure to make a reservation before you go, as this place fills up quickly! Or, another option for lunch, stop by Barrel House BBQ where pulled pork, ribs and chicken are served hot off the pit every day.
After lunch, head south towards Fayetteville to Southern Pride Distillery near the Alabama border. If you like moonshine, this is the place for you. Using an old family recipe that is fiercely protected, they use locally grown corn milled at the distillery to produce their premium distilled spirits.
Just an hour’s drive northwest is Tenn South Distillery, a perfect spot to try some of Tennessee’s best hand-crafted, small-batch artisan spirits, which are entirely produced and finished on-site.
George Dickel Distillery
Jack Daniel Distillery
Southern Pride Distillery
Tenn South Distillery
Franklin & Leiper’s Fork
You’ll definitely want to make a stop in the historic towns of Franklin and Leiper’s Fork near Nashville – home to some of the Civil War’s most dramatic battles that offer a rare glimpse into America’s storied past.
Start the morning with a fresh hot coffee at one of Franklin’s charming coffee shops, like Frothy Monkey or The Coffee House, then take a stroll around Franklin’s main square — a picturesque, 16-block area filled with boutique shops, bistros, and the historic Franklin Theatre. Spend the early afternoon sightseeing at historic venues, including Carnton Plantation and The Carter House, both of which were home to dramatic battle scenes during the Civil War and open daily for guided tours.
If you’re in the mood for some hand-crafted whiskey in a quiet, yet vibrant, town, head over to Leiper’s Fork Distillery – a destination that focuses on bringing back the lost art of small-batch distillation using premium, local ingredients. Just a mile west is downtown Leiper’s Fork, a charming stop where you can find farmers, tourists, songwriters, and country music stars alike roaming the streets. In the heart of downtown Leiper’s Fork is a 1950s restaurant and store called Puckett’s, which offers lively music and Southern staples from its kitchen and country store that is worth a visit.
Another gem amid the rolling hills and pastoral countryside is H Clark Distillery in Thompson’s Station, where their aim isn’t to make a lot of spirits, but to make a few really good ones. Be sure to try one of their small-batch creations that pays homage to the state of Tennessee, including its Tennessee Bourbon, Tennessee Dry Gin, Tennessee Rye Whiskey, Tennessee Black & Tan, New Whiskey and other seasonal spirits.
For dinner, you have plenty of restaurants to choose from throughout Williamson County. From upscale eateries like Cork & Cow and 55 South in downtown Franklin to a historic farm-to-table dining experience at Homestead Manor in Thompson’s Station, there’s no shortage of quality food around town.
Leiper’s Fork Distillery
H Clark Distillery