Ridgetop, Tennessee 

Robertson County

Autumn seems to invoke a childlike excitement in most people, after the dog days of summer have more than worn out their welcome. The season provides a renewed energy, recharging the creativity of the weary masses, be it in decorating with mums and pumpkins, or simply trying to create the perfect chicken wing for the Saturday tailgate party. Weekends are filled with football, barn sales, and the gathering of family and friends around bonfires to revel in the beauty of Autumn. 

October brings in the harvest from the farms and gardens that includes pumpkins, cabbage, squash, and beans. Farm stands are brimming with bright oranges and yellows, and clamoring  children running from pumpkin to pumpkin trying to choose the perfect future jack-o-lantern. Fall is my favorite season, especially in the South, particularly in Tennessee. 

In Ridgetop, Tennessee, which is about 20 minutes from downtown Nashville, my favorite farm stand sits aside Highway 41. Smiley's Produce is a miniature version of a farmer's market (they actually have a stand at the Nashville Farmer's Market), featuring vegetables, plants and flowers, jellies and preserves, and other seasonal delights, all of which are made locally. 

Smiley Produce in Ridgetop, Tennessee



Smiley has a wide variety of pumpkins, including the popular pastels and whites.


The kids can choose their perfect jack-o-lantern.


Smiley has just about everything you need for Fall.

 October in the South is magical. Go exploring! Get a map and take a Sunday drive to discover what lies beyond the interstates. You may discover wonderful secrets.

Have a great Sunday! :)



Gaylord Opryland Hotel Nashville, Tennessee

thursday, december 4, 2014


If you love Christmas lights, then I have just the place for you! The Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee is nothing less than spectacular at Christmastime. Every year, over two million lights are strung to illuminate the grounds of the hotel in such magical fashion. 

The Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee

You can take a stroll through the enchanted gardens that are so beautifully lit, or you can take in the scenery on a carriage ride around the grounds to see the lights from a different                                                                               perspective. 

The interior of the hotel is even more breathtaking, with dazzling decor at every turn.

The hotel draws visitors from all over the world who come to marvel at the beautiful decor. 

The hotel offers a variety of events during the Holidays, including "ICE!", an incredible dreamland sculpted from two million pounds of delightfully colored ice enclosed in a 40,000 square-foot refrigerated events center. Contact the Gaylors Opryland Hotel at 615-889-1000 for more information.

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