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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Beyond Country in Nashville


5. Oddball Day

Travel along the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, a route that was forged by Native Americans.   

Set out on a country road trip to soak up some Southern charm and scenery. Begin with a gut-busting breakfast of ham, eggs, biscuits, and red-eye gravy (gravy spiked with a bit of black coffee; $9.95) at the Loveless Café, a former fifties motel where the waitresses call everyone “honey.” Drive through the lush greenery along the northernmost ten miles of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, a tri-state parkway that follows an ancient Native American route. Exit at Milepost 427 and tiny Leipers Fork, where you can work off your biscuits hiking through rolling woodlands along the 24-mile Leipers Fork Trail. Double back for lunch in Leipers Fork, a historic nineteenth-century village where the specialty is the fried bologna sandwich at Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant ($3.50). Continue ten miles east to Franklin to browse its cache of affordable antique shops, including the Audubon prints at Rare Prints Gallery and the 30 dealers at Arbor Antique Mall. Wind east for a free tasting at Arrington Vineyards (founded by country star Kix Brooks of country-music duo Brooks & Dunn), where the bar keeps pouring until 9 p.m. on the weekends. Take a bottle of the Chardonnay ($21.99) out on the grounds at sunset and snag one of the picnic tables for overlooking the hillside vines.

Published on Jun 10, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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