Are you looking for a weekend getaway from Nashville, Tennessee? Look no further than the rural communities that are just a short drive away. From historic Belle Meade Winery to Kingston Springs and Jonesborough, there are plenty of charming towns to explore. Cosby, Sewanee, Greeneville, Tellico Plains, Lynchburg, Humboldt, Lynnville and Lexington Vineyard and Winery are all worth a visit. Franklin is one of the closest cities to Nashville and is often voted one of the best small cities in the country.
It has a historic center, quaint shops, great restaurants and cozy accommodation options. It's just a 30-minute drive south of the city, so you won't have to spend a good part of your weekend getaway going back and forth. Belle Meade Winery is one of the most popular attractions near Nashville. Located on the Belle Meade Plantation, about 15 minutes' drive south of downtown, it offers a wide variety of sparkling, white and red wines.
However, their most popular offerings are Muscadine and Blackberry wines. The plantation covers more than 5,000 acres and has a historic house, museum, gardens and more that share the history of this former plantation and the surrounding region. Kingston Springs is another charming town located west of the city on Interstate 40. It attracts artists and people ages 9 to 5 who are looking to settle down and expand on land they can call their own. Jonesborough is the oldest city in Tennessee and was conceived 17 years before Tennessee was officially recognized as part of the union. It's full of historic buildings and sites such as the beautiful Chester Inn built in 1797. The city also hosts “Heritage Days” and the National Storytelling Festival every year.
Despite the influx of tourists, it has managed to retain its relaxed atmosphere and tranquil charm. Cosby is located on the North Carolina border in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's small, relaxed and oozes old world charm out of every pore. More than 100,000 people come to the city every year to enjoy its bluegrass tradition. Sewanee is surrounded by some of the most picturesque natural landscapes in Tennessee. Greeneville was once the capital of the short-lived Franklin State and is where President Andrew Johnson began his political career and spent most of his adult life.
The annual Greene County Fair has been held since 1870 and has been awarded the Tennessee Fair Association's top award, the “Champion of Champions” fair trophy. Tellico Plains is a charming old-fashioned city in southeastern Tennessee that is best known as the “gateway to the Cherokee National Forest”. Fishing, boating, swimming, camping and hiking are available making it an ideal getaway for nature lovers looking to enjoy a simple life. Lynchburg has been named one of the eleven most charming rural towns in Tennessee by Only In Your State and Country Living has included it in its list of the 15 best small cities in Tennessee. Humboldt is home to the 80-year-old West Tennessee Strawberry Festival. Lynnville is an hour south of Nashville with luxurious leather goods at Colonel Littleton's shop where each piece is handmade by fashion designer Colonel Littleton to showcase the beauty of full-grain American leather. Heirloom Glass offers stained glass windows, antiques and timeless glass objects ranging from pieces of glass to pottery and coffee plates.
Soda Pop Junction serves Big “Johnny Burgers” known as the best burgers in Tennessee. Lexington Vineyard and Winery offers tastings of dry wines such as Pinot Gris, Merlot and Cabernet Franc as well as fruit wines such as strawberry, persimmon and lemon. If you're looking for an escape from Nashville but don't want to travel too far away from home, then exploring some of Tennessee's rural communities may be just what you need! From Belle Meade Winery, Kingston Springs and Jonesborough to Cosby, Sewanee, Greeneville, Tellico Plains, Lynchburg, Humboldt, Lynnville and Lexington Vineyard & Winery, there are plenty of charming towns nearby that offer something for everyone. Whether you're looking for a relaxing weekend getaway or an adventure filled with outdoor activities like fishing or hiking - these rural communities have it all! Franklin is one of the closest cities to Nashville with its historic center full of quaint shops and great restaurants - perfect for a weekend getaway! Belle Meade Winery is also located nearby on Belle Meade Plantation which covers more than 5,000 acres with its own historic house museum gardens - perfect for learning about this former plantation's history! Kingston Springs is another charming town located west of Nashville on Interstate 40 - perfect for those looking to settle down or expand their land! Jonesborough is also worth visiting - it's full of historic buildings such as Chester Inn built in 1797 plus it hosts Heritage Days & National Storytelling Festival every year! Cosby is located on North Carolina border in Great Smoky Mountains National Park - perfect for those who love nature! Sewanee is surrounded by picturesque natural landscapes while Greeneville was once capital of Franklin State & where President Andrew Johnson began his political career! Tellico Plains is known as gateway to Cherokee National Forest with plenty outdoor activities like fishing & hiking! Lynchburg has been named one of eleven most charming rural towns in Tennessee while Humboldt hosts West Tennessee Strawberry Festival! Lynnville offers luxurious leather goods at Colonel Littleton's shop plus Heirloom Glass with stained glass windows & antiques while Soda Pop Junction serves Big “Johnny Burgers” known as best burgers in Tennessee! Lexington Vineyard & Winery offers tastings dry wines & fruit wines like strawberry persimmon & lemon - perfect for wine lovers! So if you're looking for an escape from Nashville but don't want to travel too far away from home - exploring some of Tennessee's rural communities may be just what you need! From historic wineries & plantations to quaint towns & outdoor activities - these rural communities have something for everyone!.