January 7, 2022 USA News No Comments
The start of the New Year often brings new beginnings, goals and resolutions. Kick-off your 2022 with a vacation to Tennessee where you can embrace your resolutions with wellness retreats, outdoor hikes, spa destinations and much more across the state.
Recharge with a Wellness Retreat
Photo Caption: Yoga at Isha Institute of Inner-sciences in McMinnville, Tenn. | Photo Credit: Swami Chitranga
Detox from the year before with a relaxing retreat to the Volunteer State where you can spend the day at the spa, focus on your health and let off some steam in workout classes.
The Wellhouse at Blackberry Farm – Walland
The Wellhouse at Blackberry Farm exudes relaxation from the moment you step through the door as aromatherapy welcomes you, helping to bring an atmosphere of calming refreshment. Thai massages, couples’ massages, deep tissue massages are all on the menu as well as facials and body treatments. Enjoy cycling, yoga, rock climbing on the climbing wall and take art classes at The Hub. Enrich your stay with time in the sauna, steam showers and year-round heated pool.
Tennessee Fitness Spa – Waynesboro
Kick-start 2022 into high gear by booking a stay at the Tennessee Fitness Spa for fitness and nutrition programs that will have you feeling great. This weeklong, all-inclusive program includes lodging, meals, 6-8 hours of workout classes including hiking, water aerobics and yoga and evening classes like music, workshops and special speakers. Swedish and deep tissue massages, hot stone therapy and body scrubs are all available on-site.
Have a full day of wellness in McMinnville. Start off with a yoga session at Twisted Yogis for balance and empowerment. After yoga, head to Juicy’s Wellness Café, a plant-based restaurant where you’ll find soups, salads organic juices and smoothies, plant-based burgers and more. Then take some time to sit by the falls at Rock Island State Park. Afterwards, head to the mountain retreat of the ISHA Institute of Inner-sciences for a weekend of stress relief, mediation and holistic well-being. Classical yoga and meditation classes are offered as well as outdoor recreation activities.
Change Up the Office Space and Book a Workcation
Photo Caption: Petting horses at Stillwaters Farm in Henderson, Tenn. | Photo Credit: Mikaela Hamilton Photography
Looking to change up your office space in 2022? Consider taking a workcation. While working remotely, be inspired by Tennessee’s hotels, lodges and even tree houses that offer modern amenities and plenty of ways to have fun.
The Sewanee Inn – Sewanee
Be enchanted with the mountain lodge aesthetics of The Sewanee Inn. In-room suites include complimentary Wi-Fi and a work desk while the Inn provides a business centre with a concierge and morning coffee in the lobby to help knock out those projects and emails. After work, head to the Appalachian trails or play a round of golf at Sewanee’s 9-hole golf course.
Blythewood Inn Bed & Breakfast – Columbia
A business centre and complimentary Wi-Fi makes the stay easy at Blythewood Inn Bed & Breakfast. The inn has eight luxurious suites, a spacious parlour to have a cup of coffee and marble bistro tables for dining and work. A great work area is also on one of the patio areas outside. After your workday, explore Columbia’s art scene, delicious cafés and rich history.
Stillwaters Farm – Henderson
Make friends with farm animals immediately after clocking out for the workday at Stillwaters Farm. Book the cottage for 1,000 square feet of space which include a furnished living area, fully appointed kitchen, outdoor lounging area, free Wi-Fi and more. You can join in on the farm’s day-to-day activities or schedule one of their workshops. Learn candle making, pasta making, photography or cake decorating.
Eat Clean and Healthy at these Tennessee-based Restaurants
Photo Caption: Carrot Soup at Libro at Laurelwood in Memphis, Tenn. | Photo Credit: Tennessee Tourism/Melissa Corbin
Stick to your resolution of eating clean and healthy at these Tennessee restaurants. From fresh produce to locally sourced dishes and culinary gardens, experience all the tastes Tennessee has to offer while sticking to your new year goals.
Dancing Bear Lodge and Appalachian Bistro – Townsend
Chef Shelley Cooper preaches the gospel of simple seasonal ingredients as the cuisines of the Mississippi Delta and the Blue Ridge Mountains come together at her unique farm-to-table restaurant. Cooper oversees all the details, starting with the planting of culinary gardens on the property to the final artful presentation of each plate.
Fives Senses Restaurant, Bar & Catering – Murfreesboro
Fives Senses Restaurant, Bar & Catering has been a mainstay on the Murfreesboro dining scene since 2004 when the brother/sister team of Mitchell and Mollie Murphree opened the unique restaurant. Today, Mitchell is at the helm as the executive chef/solo owner, procuring food items from area farmers and specializing in seasonal fare.
Libro at Laurelwood – Memphis
Nourish your mind and body at Libro in Memphis’ independent bookstore, Novel. Bathed in natural light, the dining room gives off a warm setting to catch up on a choice read while savouring thoughtful, locally-sourced creations. All-day menus change weekly according to the seasons and are rooted in European flavours while leaving room at the table for Southern hospitality.
Treat Yourself and Destress at the Spa
Photo Caption: Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. | Photo Credit: Dollywood/Steven Bridges
Relax and unwind with a trip to the spa to recharge and get prepared to take on what the new year may bring. These spas are perfect for those looking for a solo vacation, couple’s retreat or a fun weekend with friends.
The Ama Spa at The Edwin Hotel – Chattanooga
The Edwin Hotel blends Southern hospitality and modern touches easily with light-filled rooms, comfortable beds and boutique décor. The Ama Spa helps you fully relax with therapies such as the River Rock Massage with heated rocks, deep tissue massage and the Whiskey & Wellness which includes a Chattanooga Whiskey-infused sugar scrub orange warming body wrap and a full-body custom pressure massage.
Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Sp – Pigeon Forge
Let the stresses of life ease on by when you step into the bright and inviting spa at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa. Book yourself a day of rejuvenation: a DreamMore Signature massage with a hot stone therapy or aromatherapy enhancement, 50-minute body treatment and nail service. You’ll step away feeling you’re very best.
Southall Farms – Franklin
Opening 2022, the 325-acre Southall Farms will be a luxurious getaway just minutes outside of downtown Franklin, featuring an Inn, private cabins, a world-class dining experience from products grown on the farm and a spa. The spa will be an inviting immersive experience for its guests including personalized approaches, ancient therapies and modern techniques.
Immerse Yourself in the Great Outdoors
Photo Caption: Fishing on the lake at Tims Ford State Park in Winchester, Tenn. | Photo Credit: Tennessee Tourism/Katie Kauss
Tennessee’s great outdoors is a playground calling you to its awe-inspiring views and heart-pumping adventures. Whether looking to hike, hike or view wildlife, stay active and outdoors this year in Tennessee.
Outdoor adventure awaits you in Tullahoma. Kick-off your visit with a stroll through Tims Ford State Park on some of the 6.5 miles of unpaved hiking trails. 7 miles of paved biking trails connect to the major areas of the park. Explore the multi-use mountain biking trail that runs along the shoreline of Tims Ford Reservoir. Spend time on Tims Ford Lake which has eight public boat ramps and two marinas. Take a swing at The Bear Trace at Tims Ford, a Jack Nicklaus-designed course with Champion Bermuda greens and 419 Bermuda fairways. Plan your course to Machine Falls, a more than 60-foot waterfall, and enjoy wildflowers and mountain laurel on your way to the view.
Immerse yourself in the outdoor oasis of Cookeville, Tennessee where you can get lost in its beautiful waterfalls, hikes and scenic views. Begin your day at Rock Island State Park where you can experience the breathtaking Twin Falls and from there hike the trail to the overlook of Caney Fork. Then, head to Fall Creek Falls State Park where there are 20,000 acres to explore, hike and chase one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States at 256 feet. After a day of hiking make a stop by The Silver Fern, a new art gallery and handcrafted wellness space offering acupuncture, loose leaf tea bar and curated gifts.
Hit the open road for an outdoor adventure in Henning. Situated in West Tennessee, Henning is home to the Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge, a 17-mile diverse and largely intact ecosystem. Experience it’s phenomenal hiking, birdwatching, fishing and hunting. Afterwards, head to Fort Pillow State Historic Park which is a site rich with history and covers 1,600 across on the first Chickasaw bluff. There are over 20 miles of hiking trails that showcase the earthwork fortifications. Transport through history as the park offers Civil War artifact viewings along with cannon and interpretive displays related to the fort. Rest your head for the night at one of the park’s six campsites.
Learn Something New
Photo Caption: Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tenn. | Photo Credit: Tennessee Tourism/Jasmine Sweet
There is no better time to learn something new than at the start of the New Year. Check out some of these new exhibits and classes coming to popular attractions across the state.
Discovery Park of America – Union City
Take the children and head to West Tennessee for a day full of learning at Discovery Park of America in Union City. For the whole month of Jan., children 17 and under will receive free admission to the museum. 2022 brings exciting new exhibits and opportunities for museum visitors including “The Fascinating Word of Murray Hudson’s Globes and Maps,” the “Southern artist Showcase: Hattie Marshall Duncan,” “Discover Steampunk” A Fantastical Hands-On Adventure,” the Rhythm on the Rails summer Concert Series and much more. For a complete event schedule, visit discoveryparkofamerica.com.
Join the Tennessee State Museum and Tennessee Craft for its introductory classes in rug hooking, jewellery making and printmaking happening this Jan.. Learn from some top artists including Cass Gannaway, Nancie Roark and Ashley Seay. For more information, visit Craft a New Year (tnmuseum.org).
Set your sights on learning a new language this New Year. The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum is offering beginner Cherokee language classes on Mondays in Jan. taught by two members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian, Lou Jackson and Joel Turner. For more information on classes, visit here.
Check Off A Bucket List Item
Photo Caption: Wheel House bikes at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tenn. | Photo Credit: Rebecca Dailey
Check off one of your bucket list items on a trip to Tennessee in 2022. Whether looking to bike a challenging terrain or soar above the state’s sprawling landscape, experience thrills on an action-packed Tennessee vacation.
Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding – Chattanooga
Experience how the birds see Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga’s gorgeous scenery below during a tandem hang-gliding session with some of the best instructors Chattanooga has to offer. Scale to heights of 2,000 ft. for views that will take your breath away.
Nashville SkyDiving – Nashville
Whether it’s your first skydive or looking to get certified, Nashville Sky Diving provides a thrilling adventure as your soar above Nashville and take in the beautiful landscapes below.
Take in the crisp and picturesque landscapes of West Tennessee when you check out Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park’s five-mile intermediate trail. Experience pavement, switchbacks and turns with some elevation gains as you weave through the forest. Next, head to Shelby Farms Park to catch a spin on the 10.85-mile Shelby Farm Greenline or challenge yourself on the mountain biking Tour De Wolf which leads you past hidden lakes and wildlife viewing areas.
Edited by: Stephen Morton