For more than 65 years, the Loveless Cafe has been offering families and friends a place where they can enjoy a scratch-made Southern meal and reconnect with each other around the table.
Our story starts in 1951 when Lon and Annie Loveless opened their front doors to serve fried chicken and biscuits to hungry travelers on Highway 100. Their homemade Southern dishes became so popular that they converted their home into a restaurant and built a 14-room motel for overnight guests. Lon stayed busy managing the motel and curing and smoking country hams, while Annie whipped up made-from-scratch biscuits and preserves in the kitchen.www.lovelesscafe.com
The creative climate of Leiper’s Fork is thanks to a quiet, distinguished force of local artists. Galleries such as The Copper Fox, Leiper’s Creek Gallery, and David Arms draw visitors from around the world. Antiques lovers and collectors will find area shops a refreshing, regional mix of history, story, and style. The Fork’s curious mix of swank and come-sit-a-spell charm is contagious and echoes in boutiques like Serenite Maison, West and Company, and Suzanne Fitch.visitfranklin.com
Duck River (Bakers Bluff and Jackson Falls)
The Duck River is 284 miles long and is the longest river located entirely within the state of Tennessee. It originates in the “Barrens” on the Highland Rim in middle Tennessee and flows through seven middle Tennessee counties before reaching its confluence with the Tennessee River near New Johnsonville. The river is characteristic of long deep pools and shallow stretches of mini-rapids not to mention Normandy Dam and smaller drops. It’s boundaries include caves, cliffs, waterfalls, farmland, developed communities, two state parks and the Yanahli WMA. It supports more than 50 species of mussels, over 20 species of snails and more than 150 species of fish. The Duck River is one of the most bio-divers rivers in the U.S. yet only 32.7 miles are included in the scenic river program. The scenic river stretch is bordered primarily by the Yanahli Wildlife Preserve and is part of the Duck River Blueway.www.tn.gov