May 16 by Alex Hendrickson for StyleBlueprint
Summer is rapidly approaching and school is almost out. We are ready to bid Nashville farewell, even if only for a day or two. Kick off the season with a quick trip to one of these five nearby destinations that require nothing more than a tank of gas. From Leiper’s Fork, TN, to Paducah, KY, these spots are desired destinations for day trips or quick overnight getaways, and all are less than three hours away by car.
Travel time: 40 minutes (36.5 miles) via I-40W
If you haven’t made the 40-minute trip to Leiper’s Fork, put it on your “must-visit” list. If you have, you already know the many reasons you need to make your way back. Settled in the late 1700s, Leiper’s Fork is full of history and character. The community evokes a desire to sit on a front porch in a rocking chair and drink sweet tea, and at the Moonshine Hill Inn, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom cabin, you can do just that!
While in “the Fork,” make sure to squeeze in all of the must-see spots: Find apparel and gifts at West & Company; pick through antique and vintage items at Village Vintage & Homegoods; admire local art at Leiper’s Creek Gallery; discover one-of-a-kind items of all sizes at Serenite Maison; listen to great live music, drink a beer and snack on Southern staples at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant; or grab something sweet — or caffeinated — at Sugar. A Bakery. Mark your calendars, too, because Lawn Chair Theatre begins June 3 and offers family-friendly entertainment in the way of concerts and movies. And each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., a farmers market is held at 4123 Old Hillsboro Road. Be sure to head back around Christmastime, too, for the Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade! Lastly, stay tuned for the opening of Leiper’s Fork Distillery, the soon-to-be site of small-batch whisky production. Most of all, go to experience the welcoming nature of this small Southern community that’s steeped in history and located alongside the Natchez Trace Parkway.