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Day trips from Nashville - Part 1

Tennessee Whiskey
Cindy Bolton

From Music City USA you can enjoy a multitude of different day trips. Over the next few weeks some of these day trips will be highlighted. Some of the trips to be highlighted will be Jack Daniels in Lynchburg Tennessee, The Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky, Charit Creek Big South Fork near Oak Ridge Tennessee, and Lookout Mountain in Georgia. With Tennessee being as narrow as it is you can hit Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia all within 3 to 4 hours.

The first day trip is Jack Daniels in Lynchburg Tennessee. If you are not familiar with Jack Daniels, it is the premier Tennessee Whiskey. The only place that makes Jack Daniels is here in Lynchburg. Located about an hour and a half south of Nashville on hwy 24 you find the sleepy little community of Lynchburg. The population of Lynchburg is just over 6000 people, making it the largest city in Moore County and the county seat. It is also the only place in the world where you can make Old No.7 Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey.

Once you arrive at the Jack Daniels Distillery you can enjoy a free tour and learn the finer points of whiskey making. Tours happen 9am until 4:30pm and last about an hour and forty-five minutes. After your tour you might expect to end in the tasting room like most tours you might enjoy for a food or beverage facility. Unfortunately Lynchburg is located in a dry country. This means you cannot drink alcoholic beverages, you cannot buy alcoholic beverages and there are defiantly no free samples. Have no fear the surrounding counties all sell Jack Daniels and would be more than happy to sell you a bottle or two.

After the tour make a stop at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House and enjoy a heap of southern hospitality and even more southern comfort food, all served family style. It is said that Jack Daniels himself was known to enjoy his mid-day meal at Mary Bobo’s place. Mary’s place is located on the town square just blocks from Jack’s making is a natural lunch stop before heading back to Nashville.

While you are on the main square take a leisurely walk around and check out the old shops to see if you might find one of those must haves before you leave. You can find cookbooks that specialize in recipes that include Jack Daniels, any amount of souvenirs with the Jack Daniels logo em-blazed upon it, and for those who are really big fans there is a furniture shop that takes the old barrels from Jack Daniels and makes them into everything from tables and chairs to full bars. Even if you don’t purchase one they are really fun to see.

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