An Outdoor Adventure
If adventure is your middle name, Cookeville is calling. Cookeville is home to some of the sportiest and most adrenaline-seeking people around. Start your adventure by visiting Outdoor Experience and CMOS (Cumberland Mountain Outdoor Sports) both located in the downtown historic district to gather all the gear you’ll need to truly experience Cookeville. If you’re ready to slow down and enjoy the scenery, start your trip by floating down the Caney Fork River by canoe or kayak. To get your exercise in, spend the day hiking at Window Cliffs State Natural Area, adjacent to Burgess Falls State Park, a natural beauty boasting four waterfalls that cascade down from over 250 feet in elevation. Before closing out your fitcation, take a little time to rest and relax by spending a little hammock time in Dogwood Park, an oasis of lush green, right in the heart of the city.
Start your weekend getaway with a cup of coffee and a fresh muffin made by a local baker at Poet’s on Cookeville’s Historic Downtown Square or a Sweetie Pies scone and a locally roasted coffee at The Broastery on Cookeville's WestSide. Or pop-in at the Downtown Green Market for local goodies, fresh juice and more. While you’re in the heart of Cookeville, take a stroll from boutiques to antiques. Located on the Tennessee Antique Trail, you’ll find a variety of antique stores throughout Cookeville, Algood and Monterey. Be sure to pop in to local boutiques along the way, especially on Cookeville's historic downtown square, e.g. 31TwentyFive Boutique, Market on the Square, Cigi's, as well as the WestSide cultural district, e.g. Poppie's, Pennie's, Broadway Boutique Mall. When you’ve shopped up an appetite, you won’t have to go far. Culinary hot spots and world chefs are sprinkled among downtown Cookeville's shopping destinations. Don’t forget to grab a sweet treat at the famous Ralph's Donuts, known for Tennessee's No. 1 donut or stop in for some #madeintn ice cream at Cream City. After a day of shopping, an entertaining show at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center or live music at one of the local craft breweries will be the perfect way to wind down. The next morning, continue the relaxation with facials, massages, and more at one of the areas many day spas & salons, e.g. Roots, Fringe, Loxx. After a stress-releasing morning, make your way to DelMonaco Winery for a tour of the vineyards and wine tastings. DelMonaco is one of several area wineries, located on the Upper Cumberland Wine Trail.
Cookin’ in Cookeville
Epicureans and sugary sweet fans alike will fall in love with Cookeville, where you'll find everything from fine dining Italian dinners to the basics of baking. With more than 100 restaurants, we’re cookin’ in Cookeville! Start your trip off right at Grandma’s Pancake House with a stack of flapjacks, giant omelet, or apple crepes. For lunch grab a fresh salad and sandwich from the BackRoom Bistro; then for dinner, stop by to say hello to Beard the bartender at Father Tom’s Pub. There, you will find not only a distinguished stock of beverages, but entrees and appetizers to write home about. Complete the dinner by stepping around the corner to get a scoop of Cream City Ice Cream. You can’t leave Cookeville without having breakfast at Ralph's Donuts, named No. 1 in Tennessee and a Top 25 donut shop in the country. It's kind of a local landmark! For a lunch that will have you coming to your senses, stop by 7 Senses Food & Cheer, home to executive chef & World Chef Challenge winner Chad Combs. That's only the beginning of the options for a Cookeville Culinary Crawl through the WestSide cultural district. Blue Pig, Crawdaddy's, World Foods, Taiko, and more await your taste buds.
Guzzling, Guns & Guitars
There is ever a supply of intriguing activities for the gentlemen visiting Cookeville. Start the morning at the famous Ralph’s Donuts for a hearty breakfast at the spot that falls in the top 25 of America’s Best Donuts. Don’t worry about the calories though, disc-golfing at Cane Creek Park, golfing at one of our six courses or shooting guns at the Outdoor Junction’s indoor shooting range is sure work off that butter twist or peanut butter & jelly donut. If pickin’ is more your style, stop by Mountain Music to play and peruse their vast collection of guitars and instruments. In the evening, take in live entertainment plus a savory meal at one of the many restaurants, pubs, or craft breweries featuring local musical talent. Spend the next day becoming acquainted with a few makers of the region on the Wine, Shine & Stein tour. It will have you feelin’ fine. First, stop at Del Monaco Winery to dampen the palette with a variety of locally grown agricultural adult beverages. This will prepare you for the magnificent moonshine awaiting you on Cookeville's downtown square at Tennessee Legend Distillery. Your tour should build up quite the appetite, so plan to take a Cookeville Culinary Crawl on the square and WestSide. From Char to World Foods to Blue Pig to Father Tom's, the fare is more than fair. Lastly, select one or all of the area craft breweries to close out the stein portion of your tour. Hix Farm Brewery and Red Silo Brewing Co. are conveniently located on the WestSide. Located just off S. Willow Ave., Jig Head Brewing Co.'s tap room and awesome beer garden are also making folks "hoppy." *Please drink responsibly. Shuttles, Lyft, Uber and more are available in the Cookeville area.