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Nashville is a great city, but it can be overwhelming. With the traffic, the crowds, and seemingly never-ending sprawl competing for your attention, it can be hard to find a moment of peace. That is why we give you this list of 8 small town weekend getaways from Nashville. Each one of these small towns has a unique charm that make them worth visiting. If you love small towns and need a getaway from the rush of Nashville, read on my friend.

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8 Small Town Weekend Getaways from Nashville

Tennessee is filled with charming small towns, each with its own special character. It would take a lifetime to explore them all, and as delightful as a lifetime of exploring rural Tennessee sounds, we still want to make things easier on you. To do that, we have compiled a list of our favorite 10 small town weekend getaways from Nashville (in no particular order. We love them all!).

Woodbury, Tennessee

Tree and Barn set in the rolling hills of Woodbury Tennessee an amazing small town weekend getaway from Nashville

Just a short drive from Nashville, Woodbury is nestled in the rolling hills of Cannon County. A rural town dotted with farms and open spaces, the scenery around Woodbury is unbelievable. This is the perfect place to spend a quiet weekend recharging.

Driving Time From Nashville: 1 Hour

Where to Stay: 

Bring the Whole Family to this Secluded Getaway

Spend the weekend in this gorgeous Country Paradise

What to Do:  

Travel Back in Time at the Readyville Mill

Spend an Afternoon at Short Mountain Distillery

Catch some entertainment at the Arts Center of Cannon County

Shop for Antiques on the square

Where to Eat:  

Stillhouse Restaurant

Readyville Mill

DJ’s Pizza & Steakhouse

More Information: For more information on Woodbury and the surrounding area, check out our post from our visit to Short Mountain Distillery, and also visit Cannon County’s Website


Sewanee, Tennessee

Valley View from Sewanee Tennessee. Farm field make a patchwork of greens and Browns. Blue Skies and Puffy white clouds hang above.

One of my favorite places to get away in Middle Tennessee, Sewanee is breathtaking year round. Home to the University of the South and miles of trails for hiking and biking, Sewanee is an amazing place to explore nature. The fun doesn’t stop at outdoors exploration though, Sewanee also has great shops where you can see and buy local art, and incredible dining.

Driving Time From Nashville: 1.5 Hours

Where to Stay: 

Sewanee Inn – A Stunning stay right on Campus

Monteagle Tree house has incredible views The Eagle  The Dove

A charming older home located on the campus of the University of the South

What to Do:

Hike and Bike on the Perimeter Trail

Watch a sunset at the Cross

Check out the impressive All Saints Chapel

Spend some time in the Sewanee Village Shops

Where to Eat:  



The Blue Chair Cafe & Tavern

More Information: 

Looking for more? Check out our Guide to things to do in Sewanee for more trip ideas


Tullahoma, Tennessee

George Dickel Distillery in Tullahoma Tennessee one of our favorite small town weekend getaways from Nashville

Southeast from Nashville, Tullahoma provides a great place to unwind. Visit George Dickel to set the pace for your trip and enjoy what this wonderful community has to offer.

Driving Time From Nashville: 1.5 Hours

Where to Stay:

Stay in Cascade Hollow at the Cascade Cottage

Holiday Inn Express

Get away from it all at this Secluded Property

What to Do:  

Explore Rutledge Falls and Short Springs Natural Area

Visit Cascade Hollow Distillery and see how George Dickel is made

Take the Kids to the Hands on Science Center

Where to Eat:  

Emil’s Bistro 


One22 West

More Information:

Need to see more? Check out our to do guide for Tullahoma and this site for some more planning ideas


McMinnville, Tennessee

McMinnville is such a surprising town. It is quiet and rural, but it seems like there is always something fun happening there. From live music in the park (or in a cave), to quiet floats down the Barren Fork, you won’t lack for something to do in this charming getaway.

Driving Time From Nashville: 1.5 Hours

Where to Stay:

Spend a Weekend in this gorgeous cabin on the river

Relax at this beautiful Farmhouse

Enjoy some family time at this incredible Log Cabin on the Caney Fork

What to Do:  

Explore an amazing cave and maybe catch a concert at Cumberland Caverns

Kayak on the Barren Fork

Visit Rock Island State Park

Where to Eat:  

Depot Bottom Country Store

Collin’s River BBQ 

Cumberland Biscuit Company

More Information: 

Find out more about this awesome small town by seeing our post, McMinnville’s Best Hidden Treasures,  and by visiting the McMinnville – Warren County Chamber of Commerce


Leipers Fork, Tennessee

Leipers Fork is a different kind of town. It has all the charm of Mayberry, but sometimes you run into Jason Isbell playing at the local Farmer’s Market. It comes as no surprise that Leiper’s Fork is a popular destination, but it is still quiet and cozy enough to be a relaxing place.

Driving Time From Nashville: 1 Hour

Where to Stay:

Take it all in at the unbelievably charming Tin Roof Cottage

Spend some time with the family in a Stone Countryside Getaway

Relax in this Historic Creek side Escape

What to Do:  

Explore the Natchez Trace

Take a tour of Leipers Fork Distillery

Enjoy some local Art at the Copper Fox Gallery

Where to Eat:  

The Country Boy

Puckett’s of Leipers Fork


More Information: 

For a few more ideas, check out Visit Franklin’s post 10 Things to do in Leipers Fork


Lynchburg, Tennessee

Jack Daniels Barrel House in Lynchburg Tennessee next to a small creek

Lynchburg is home to Jack Daniel’s, but it has much more than that going for it. Great food, local wines, and fun little shops all make Lynchburg a great town to get away from it all. It doesn’t hurt that the entire town and most of the surrounding area is gorgeous!

Driving Time From Nashville: 2 Hours

Where to Stay:

Take it easy on the Lake in this House on Tims Ford

Stay Right in Historic Lynchburg at Belle Fleur Cottage

Enjoy some time with the family in this incredible Cedar Cabin

What to Do:  

Jack Daniels Distillery tour is a must

Check out the Shops on the Historic Square

Take a short ride to visit Tims Ford State Park in Winchester

Where to Eat:  

Miss Mary Bobo’s

Lynchburg Fixins

Lynchburg Cake and Candy Company

More Information: Lynchburg is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Nashville. To see a little more about what to do when you visit be sure to check out our post What you should do in Lynchburg


Pegram, Tennessee

Just 30 minutes west of Nashville, Cheatham County is like a little slice of heaven. With Harpeth River State Park, lots of canoe and kayak rental options, it is perfect for an active family to visit while they take a break from the city.

Driving Time From Nashville: 30 Minutes

Where to Stay:

Take in the country side in this stunning Barn Home

Enjoy this wonderful family vacation home

Make some family memories in this charming farmhouse

What to Do:

Fly through the trees on a Zipline adventure with Adventure Works West

Visit Harpeth River State Park and

Get on the Harpeth River with Foggy Bottom Canoe

Where to Eat:  


Skyking Pizza

More Information: 

This area is just west of Nashville, but it seems a million miles away. Check out Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce for more information about the area.


Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

Another of my favorite weekend getaways from Nashville is Lawrenceburg.

Driving Time From Nashville: 1.5 Hours

Where to Stay:

Relax in this Rural Retreat 

Richland Inn

What to Do:  

David Crockett State Park has incredible hiking and a 35 acre lake for fishing

Visit the Amish Heritage and Welcome Center

Take a ride on the Natchez Trace Parkway

Take a side trip to The Farm (be sure to call ahead)

Where to Eat:  

The Brass Lantern

Strikers Steakhouse

Square Forty

More Information: 

Lawrenceburg is a diverse community with a lot of interesting things to do. Learn more at Main Street Lawrenceburg


Weekend Getaways from Nashville

The places listed above are some of our favorite small town weekend getaways from Nashville. The truth is, our list barely scratches the surface of all of the amazing small towns here in middle Tennessee. Did we miss one of your favorites? Tell us about it in the comments. We are always looking for new ideas and places to visit.

8 small town weekend getaways from Nashville. Each one of these small towns has a unique charm that make them worth visiting. If you love small towns and need a getaway from the rush of Nashville, read on my friend. #Nashville #Tennessee #Roadtrip

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