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Where to Stay: Spotlight on Gaylord Opryland Resort’s SoundWaves

Apprehension grips me as I watch my young daughter climb onto a boogie board amid the rushing waves. I’ve just witnessed full-grown adults wipe out on their surfboards in this same spot.

Where to Stay: Thistletop Inn in Goodlettsville, Tennessee

The historical heft of Thistletop Inn strikes me right at the door. Seemingly every bit of this building has a backstory.

A hearty, vegan dish that showcases the best of fall flavors

Fresh produce plays a starring role in this hearth-roasted cabbage entree, served with agrodulce and squash puree.

Vince Gill talks guitars, grub, golf, and gaining a life after 40 years in the music business

It would be easy for Vince Gill, to quote from his chart-topping 1995 ballad, to “rest high on the mountain” of his forty years of success. Instead, he takes pleasure in the everyday trappings of the life he shares with fellow singer-songwriter Amy Grant.

Lucky Duck: The Peabody Hotel Duckmaster gives us a bird’s eye view of Memphis

The Peabody Hotel truly keeps its ducks in a row. Each morning at 11, its five resident North American mallards depart their “Royal Duck Palace” on the hotel’s rooftop and waddle to the elevator, riding it down a dozen floors until the doors open to reveal a red carpet lined with guests.

Southall Farm & Inn offers an idyllic escape that emphasizes sustainability

Spanning 325 bucolic acres, the luxury retreat is powered by a sustainable working farm in Franklin, Tennessee. Perched on the hillsides among the trees are 16 cozy cottages with porches overlooking the lake and 62-room main inn.

One City, Three Ways: Memphis, Tennessee

Years of revitalization efforts have driven a cultural rebirth visitors will enjoy whether they’re visiting Memphis for the barbecue, the blues, or the King of Rock and Roll.

Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee: Music City’s country cousin

Leiper’s Fork is barely a wide spot in the road, but this village of wood-framed country cottages lures Nashville royalty with its authentic musical offerings.

Ole Smoky Distillery

Johnny Baker’s hillbilly accent is as authentic as the moonshine his family has been making for generations, and he uses it to marked effect as he entertains tourists at their Gatlinburg distillery. “We are making coooorn liquor—moonshine,” Baker says, stretching out the vowel to emphasize the appeal of a distillate with a shady, complicated past.

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