We love Nashville. We love the live music, the tasty food, the historic buildings and a couple of parks that we’re pretty sure are begging to be filled with honeymooners with a sense of adventure and a crush on picnicking. But it’s also true that this particular cross-section of Tennessee has a whole lot more to offer than only what you can find in Nashville’s streets. From a nearby city to a drop-dead dreamy waterfall, these three escapes get you out of the city and into the heart of Tennessee’s natural beauty and local living.
A quick two hours’ drive from Nashville’s city limits, Chattanooga is no sleepy mountain town. The city is the state’s fourth largest urban residence, but it natural attractions are what really ring our honeymooning bells. Ruby Falls alone is worth the trip whether you visit for a day or a long weekend. This wonder starts with an elevator ride straight down into Lookout Mountain, where a 190 foot underground waterfall drops through a cavernous open space. Rock City is another marvel and features ancient rock formations and lush gardens. A cliff’s edge named “Lover’s Leap” offers up panoramic views of seven different states in the distance.
Fall Creek Falls
Another two hour drive – this time in Chattanooga’s opposite direction – leads you to one more scenic Tennessee location. Fall Creek Falls State Park is strewn with waterfalls, streams, and hardwood forests. One of the prettiest state parks around, the main attraction here is the Fall Creek Falls itself. A 256 foot cascade, the waterfall is the highest in the Eastern United States, not to mention truly picture-perfect.
Pack a lunch and prepare yourselves to sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the finest vintages in Tennessee. Arrington Vineyards is located just outside of Nashville in the rolling hills of Arrington, and the property boasts incredible views along with its award-winning wines. Just FYI: the vineyard is owned by country music star Kix Brooks (or Brooks Dunn), and sampling the Syrah is a must.