The Two-Day Getaway You Deserve: Visit Dickson County
As spring finally approaches and we can finally come out of winter hibernation, we could all
use a little weekend getaway. Dickson County, situated in the northeastern part of
Tennessee, is the perfect place to spend the weekend while staying socially distanced. While
it offers a wide variety of attractions and activities, you’ll really fall in love with the
charming, small-town nature and Southern charisma. Exploring the town’s rich history, good
eats, and shopping are a great way to kick off the spring.
Here’s how to make the absolute most of 48 hours in Dickson County:
8am: Breakfast at House Blend
Conveniently located downtown, this coffee shop makes a great cup of joe to-go, and its shelves full of fresh pastries are a serious bonus. Don’t miss out on House Blend’s signature frozen drink, the Monkey Mocha, a delightful blend of espresso with banana and chocolate. Pop in for your caffeine fix and a scone or a muffin before you begin your first day out on the town.
9pm: Shopping in Historic Downtown Dickson
Downtown Dickson has a great collection of local shops, including Buff City Soap, quickly becoming famous (and totally Insta-worthy!) for its walls of rainbow-colored soaps and brightly-hued bath bombs. At Home on Main is another great stop. This is a cute boutique with clothes, home décor, and much more to offer. For a great selection of vinyl records and music memorabilia, check out Zak’s Music, and for book lovers, Reading Rock Books has something for everyone to add to their reading pile.
12pm: Lunch at House of Brews
House of Brews has great burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas—something for everyone—and creative mixed drinks like the chipotle-pineapple margarita and the ginger old fashioned. The fried Oreos are a sweet punctuation to any meal.
1pm: Visit the Museum and Try the Town Scavenger Hunt
Clement Railroad Museum is dedicated to celebrating the life of Frank G. Clement, who was only 32 when he became governor of Tennessee. They’re offering a new game, the Dickson Hunt, which you can participate in any time the museum is open. In this real-life scavenger hunt, you’ll collect your clues at the museum and follow where they lead around Main Street as you learn more about Dickson’s rich history.
5pm: Beer on Tap at Furnace Brewing
Before you dig into dinner, check out Furnace Brewing and kick back with some of the area’s best locally brewed beers, including the “Puh-con” Porter (a pecan-forward sip you’ll swear by) and the Mayor Weiss, which is (you guessed it) named in honor of the city mayor of Dickson.
6:30pm: Dinner at Lugo’s
Walk over to Lugo’s for a tasty meal to warm your soul. This local favorite is right in Downtown Dickson and has a colorful menu featuring delicious dishes from pastas to shrimp and grits to homemade lamb meatballs. The plantain chips with cilantro lime dip are a must-try and an all-time favorite among regulars.
9am: Take a Walk around Historic Downtown Charlotte
Start your second morning with a stroll through the charming streets of Downtown Charlotte, home to Tennessee’s oldest operating courthouse, built way back in 1804, among several other beautiful historic buildings and shops.
10am: Check Out the Local Goods at Country View Market
You could spend ages going through this local Mennonite market and all its homemade goods. From candies and old-school sorghums to original artwork and unique home décor, it’s a treasure trove of special items made with love. The people are friendly, the food is awesome, and the rocking chairs are oh-so-comfy!
12pm: Lunch at Country View Market
Luckily, the market makes food to order, as well. Grab lunch after you’re done perusing the endless homemade foods and crafts. The deli makes great sandwiches using farm fresh ingredients, cheese, and meats, and they have melt-in-your-mouth seasonal soft serve ice cream.
1pm: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Sweet Charlotte
This town gem has fifteen different flavors of gourmet popcorn, ranging from buttery caramel pecan to fruity rainbow, cotton candy to dill pickle—there’s a popcorn snack for EVERY vibe! Beside the popcorn, they also offer sweet treats like taffy, old-timey candy, and custom soda floats with old-fashioned sodas.
3pm: Golf at Greystone or hike at Montgomery Bell State Park
Burn off your lunch and post-lunch treats with some outdoor activities! Enjoy a round of golf on the rolling hills at Greystone Golf Club or go for a hike at Montgomery Bell State Park. The park has over 3,800 acres of pristine land, including three lakes where you can sunbathe on the shores or paddle a kayak through the waters and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
6pm: Dinner at Salt and Pepper Grill
This restaurant makes a great burger among other sandwiches and classic fried Southern foods, but their pickle fries are the real reason to show up. Indulge in the golden fried wonders on offer at Salt and Pepper—just be sure you save a little room for a post-dinner treat.
7pm: Dessert at Sweet T’s Ice Cream & Food
End your visit on a sweet note at Sweet T’s. They make homemade gelato, milkshakes, and all kinds of amazing things. For the cherry on top, they also have pinball and other fun family games for you to enjoy before you head home.
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Once you head home, your trip may have ended, but your getaway vibe doesn’t have to! With your rainbow of self-care products from Buff City Soaps, your stash of flavored popcorns from Sweet Charlotte, and your old-fashioned candies from the County View Market, your relaxing weekend can last a little longer.