McMinnville Tennessee’s best hidden treasures!

McMinnville, Tennessee is commonly recognized as the Nursery Capital of the world.  Trees are big business in this town, but there are a few more things that McMinnville has to offer.


Bluegrass Underground

First, is Bluegrass Underground, an award winning televised concert series held 333 ft below ground in the Volcano room of Cumberland Caverns since 2008. The series is broadcast by PBS and has featured concerts by The Steel Drivers, St Paul and the Broken Bones, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Civil Wars, Jason Isbell  and many more. 2016 features shows by Keller Williams, Allen Stone, Del McCoury and David Grisman, and other incredible artists.  Bluegrass Underground books amazing artists.  Couple the incredible artists with such a unique venue, and you have a concert experience that should be on every music lovers bucket list! Be sure to check you local PBS listings for air times in your area.

Bluegrass Underground McMinnville Tennessee

When not hosting amazing concerts, Cumberland Caverns pulls double duty as a tour cave.  There are 32 miles of cave and beautiful rock formations.  You can take one of the daily walking tours, a longer day time adventure, or if you are a little braver, you can book one of the overnight adventure tours.


Isha Foundation

Second I would mention Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences. Rural McMinnville is hardly the first place you think of when you think of a huge spiritual center, but that is where you will find it.  Tucked away in the mountains, you will find The Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences a beautiful “mountain retreat for stress relief, rejuvenation, and complete well-being”. The retreat offers experiential classical yoga and meditation classes.  There are also amazing consecrated meditation spaces such as the Adi Yogi: The Abode of Yoga and Mahima, the largest meditation and Yoga hall in the Western Hemisphere.



They welcome day visitors, and also have accommodations for people who would like to stay a little bit longer. Be sure to check Isha’s FAQ page to before heading out to this wonderful place.


Falcon Rest Mansion

Falcon Rest Mansion is an 1896 Victorian tour mansion “where history is fun.”

Built by entrepreneur Clay Faulkner to entice his wife to move next to the woolen mill where he made Gorilla Pants, it had all the “modern conveniences” — electric lights, indoor plumbing, central heat and more. The mansion operated as a hospital and nursing home from the 1940’s until 1968 when it was essentially abandoned.  Since its purchase in 1989 by the current owner, it has been restored to  its former glory and awarded by the National Trust.

Falcon Rest Mansion McMinnville Tennesse

You can tour the mansion, shop, and have lunch in the Victorian Tea Room between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special entertainment and meals are available for groups of 20 or more by advance reservation. Check out “Murder at the Mansion” or one of the other great shows that proprietors, George and Charlien McGlothin, entertain their visitors with. If you are in the area around Halloween, participate in one of the Tag a long Ghost Hunts.

Falcon Rest McMinnville Tennessee

Other Places to Visit in Mcminnville Tennessee

Park Theater– A restored 1939 theater that now houses all kinds of different entertainment.  You can enjoy live theater, concerts, and even classic movie matinees.

Black House– the oldest remaining house in McMinnville. Make an appointment to tour this built in 1825.

Rock Island State Park–  is located at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers.  Enjoy the hiking trails, waterfalls, and camping.

Smooth Rapids Outfitters– handles kayak and tube rentals for the Barren Fork River.  They have a 10 acre campsite with river access.  In 2016 they held a Reggae festival on the site!


Mcminnville is a small rural town, but it has a lot to offer.  Visit Isha, catch a show at Bluegrass Underground, or tour a historic Mansion. After that, go for a hike or kayak the river. Tell us what your favorite things in McMinnvile are in the comments.

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19 Comment

  1. Thanks for the post, and for sharing Falcon Rest Mansion’s Tag-Along Ghost Hunt! Love your blog!

    1. Indeed! We look forward to attending!

  2. Bluegrass Underground sounds absolutely great! I would love to go there! Adding it to my bucket list 🙂

    1. It is really such an awesome venue!

  3. Seems like Tennessee is not just Nashville! I would love to come back to America one day and explore this wonderful country! Great post!

    1. Thanks, and yes, as much as I love Nashville, Tennessee has so much more to offer. Each little town has its own special charm.

  4. To Nashville and beyond! There are so many amazingly places in the US that I’d live to explore, my main problem is where to start. My cousin and her partner visit Tennessee every year, but this blog has sold it! Get read!

    1. There is so much to do in TN. You will have a blast!

  5. The bluegrass underground looks like a great venue. I can’t believe it is in a real cave. Adi yogi sounds like a relaxing place to go as well. McMinnville seems like an fantastic place.

    1. It really is an incredible venue! The cave it is in is pretty cool to visit too when they aren’t having shows.

  6. Some really interesting places to visit! I may even make a special trip just to experience the acoustics in the Bluegrass Underground 🙂

    1. It is absolutely worth it! 🙂

  7. Thanks for revealing Isha’s existence, its like a place i’ve been dreaming to visit for a long time, i will find the time to visit Tennessee, thanks for sharing.

  8. I didn’t know McMinnville until this post. What a charming rural town but packed full with interesting places to see and visit! I can tell that I’m interested with all of them and would love to visit the town when I can in the future!

  9. This place looks and sounds great. I love the houses! So typical for this area. that cave looks amazing, I so need to add this place to my list!

  10. I love the idea of a Victorian Lunch and then perhaps an evening of murder. I have always wanted to take part in a properly organised murder mystery event, they look like so much fun!

  11. i’ve always wanted to see a show at the bluegrass underground!

  12. So neat! I wish I knew about this when we lived in the South!

  13. Looks like some fun things to check out. I hope I have enough time while I am in Tennessee to see some of these things!

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