Upper Cumberland Plateau Attractions:
We're proud that the Upper Cumberland Plateau, home of our middle Tennessee B&B, offers natural scenic beauty, historical significance, hospitality, and friendliness that are unsurpassed. Here in Monterey you will want to stop in and visit the Monterey Depot Museum, open year round Monday to Saturday, 10a.m. to 4p.m., and on Sundays from 1p.m. to 4p.m. Call 931-839-2111 for more info or to speak with Museum Curator Julie Bohannon. Either before or after your visit to the museum you will find an exceptionally good BBQ restaurant named Rocky Pops here in town. "Uncle Hoss" smokes all his meats on premises and when you stop in please says "Hi" to Annie and Larry (aka Uncle Hoss) - and, of course, Larry's dad - Rocky Pop. They are open year round Monday through Saturday from 11a to 8p. If you need, we have directions here at The Inn.
Crossville TN, The Golf Capital of Tennessee, provides fourteen area golf courses, and the golfer with a diversity of challenges in a variety of mountain settings. The closest golf course to us, Mountain Ridge Golf Course, is minutes away right here in Monterey Tennessee, and golfers who mention The Garden Inn B&B receive a discount off their green fees. After you explore the great outdoors, plan to take in a performance at Crossville's Cumberland County Playhouse. We participate in what we call their "Show and Stay" program and you may each receive a $5.00 discount off your tickets. When you make your reservations at 931-484-5000 mention that you have The Garden Inn coupon then just present the coupon at the box office when you pick up your tickets. You may also want to take in a show at Cookeville Drama Center, or visit one of the many festivals in our area. Every year during the second week of August, the World's Longest Yardsale, also known as the 127 Yard Sale passes through Crossville on it's 690 mile trek from 5 miles north of Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama!
A little later in the year in early October, Monterey is home to their annual Standing Stone Day Festival - which celebrates more than 200 years of local color and history. Featured events include laying of a wreath & tomahawk accompanied by traditional Native flute playing at the foot of the Standing Stone Monument, Native American encampments, as well as, Revolutionary War & Civil War reenactors. Downtown Monterey is abuzz with activity all day as vendors along the town's main street join local shopkeepers in offering local crafts and home-made foods. The Monterey excursion train rumbles past the town's Farmer's Market on it's way into the newly constructed Monterey Train Depot. The passengers from Nashville de-train to enjoy the numerous shops and vendors of the Festival. New passengers board the train as it continues on up the mountain to the Crawford Branch and back before it returns to Nashville.
Not to be missed on the second Tuesday of November every year, is the Monterey Garden Club annual BBQ Lunch. At the Monterey Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (corner of Holly & Crawford) from 10:00 am -1:30 pm. Tickets were $8 last year and can be purchased from Garden Club members or at the door. The Monterey Garden Club for over 30 years has been sponsoring the longest running BBQ lunch fundraiser on the Plateau. The lunch provided is a delicious BBQ sandwich, coleslaw, home-made baked beans, home-made desserts and a drink. All of the funds raised go toward supporting Monterey community projects, school programs, and the Monterey High School scholarship fund. Take out orders accepted and/or delivery available to local businesses. Doors will open at 10:00a.m. for the sale of home canned goods and home baked goods made by the members of the club. The Monterey Garden Club Cookbook also is on sale for some sure fire home cooked recipes. Contact Theresa Pugh-Godsey 931-839-3187 or Franny Ray 931-839-2781 for ticket information.
Cookeville Tennessee, the Putnam County seat, is home to Tennessee Tech University. Fast becoming nationally known for their art and classes is TTU's The Appalachian Center for Crafts, a unique education facility spectacularly located on 600 acres, overlooking Center Hill Lake. Worthy of a special visit to Cookeville TN is the fine Italian food and friendly service that you will enjoy at Mauricio's - 931-528-2456. On "the Square" we recommend Char, a casual grille - speak with the hostess at 931-520-2427. In the Historic Downtown section of Cookeville we recommend Crawdaddy's - a Cajun style restaurant with an outdoor patio in season - also speak with the hostess at 931-526-4660. A short distance away but still in the Historic Downtown area is a hidden gem named India Palace. Open for buffet lunch, if you enjoy authentic Indian cuisine call 931-525-1190 for their current days open. Before or after dining at any of these fine restaurants, you might like to stop at the area's newest winery - DelMonaco Winery - just west of Cookeville in Baxter, TN.
Other local wineries include the Stonehaus and Chestnut Hill wineries in Crossville Tennessee. Both wineries are open for tasting and tours, although we suggest you check with them for seasonal schedules. Chestnut Hill, which is located at Exit 322 of I-40 and is open Monday through Saturday from 9a - 7p, offers live tours by the winemaker, with the last tour suggested to begin no later than 5p. Please speak with either a member of the Stryker family, or Traci, at 931-707-7878.
After your visit to either of these two Crossville TN wineries, we recommend lunch or dinner at The Brass Lantern, located at Chestnut Hill Winery. They are open Monday through Saturday 11a - 3p for lunch and 4:30p - 8p for dinner - or you may phone James, the restaurant's owner, at 931-484-7657 for further information. While having more limited hours, you may also like to dine at Forte's On The Square. Brothers Ken & John Forte are the owners and they open for lunch Tuesday through Thursday from 11a - 2p, and for dinner Friday and Saturday from 4p - 9p.
North of Monterey TN, the Mennonite community of Muddy Pond is well known for its baked goods, quilts and leather work. In the fall, visitors can observe the horse-powered sorghum press and watch the raw syrup processed into Muddy Pond sorghum molasses. If you like Tennessee Antiques, Tennessee Antique Shops, and Antiques in Tennessee then you will most definitely want to visit Middle Tennessee Antique Trail for the latest info about TN Antique Shops near our middle Tennessee B & B.
Rich in history, the authentically restored English community of Rugby began as a settlement of second sons and daughters of English nobility. Pall Mall is the birthplace and home of one of Tennessee's greatest war heroes, Sergeant Alvin C. York. Tennessee's oldest winery, Highland Manor, is located in Jamestown.
The Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast at Bee Rock is located within easy driving distances from numerous parks such as Burgess Falls near Cookeville TN and Fall Creek Falls State Park near Sparta TN, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, and Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness. Right here in our backyard is Discover Tennessee's Promised Land Trail - which includes our very own Bee Rock overlook. This short video briefly explains The Trail, which is one of 16 self-guided driving tours across the state of Tennessee. We have brochures here at The Inn for our guests to use to plan their tour, if they wish.
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