Your Recipe for a Perfect Weekend in Coffee County
Like much of small town America, finding something to do on the weekend in Coffee County might seem difficult if one does not look in the right places. But in reality, an adventurous or relaxing weekend can be easily sought out in and around Coffee County.
The next time you leave work for the last time during the week, or when the school bell rings at 3 o’clock on Friday, look into one of these weekend activities located within an hour of Manchester.
For the Caffeine Addict:
For serious coffee drinkers, no work on the weekend does not necessarily mean no need for caffeine. If you are tired of the standard chain coffee shops or excessively hot fast food coffee, check out one of these locally-owned coffee houses in the area for your weekend caffeine fix.
The Celtic Cup Coffee House
106 N. Anderson St., Tullahoma | 931-563-7733
Monday—Friday from 7am-7pm
Saturday from 7am-9pm
Located in a restored and renovated Craftsman from 1928, the Celtic Cup is a café in Tullahoma serving up coffee shop beverages, baked goods and light, bistro-style lunch options. With a Celtic-themed interior, the coffee shop offers plenty of sitting space on two floors, a front porch and a side patio—fitting for both a business luncheon or casual date alike. On Saturday nights, the Celtic Cup hosts live music, which can be enjoyed with one of their numerous ales, a cup of coffee (with beans roasted by Tullahoma’s own Raphael’s Roastery), or one of their many flavors of creamy gelato. The Celtic Cup also has a small assortment of local art and Celtic-inspired gift items for sale: perfect for any coffee or tea lover.
San Miguel’s Coffee Company
18 S. Jefferson St., Winchester | 931-967-9197
Monday—Thursday from 7am-5pm
Friday—Saturday from 9am-6pm
Situated in a spacious building on Winchester’s idyllic town square, San Miguel’s Coffee Company serves hot beverages, pastries, and lunch items such as wraps, salads, soups and paninis. San Miguel’s has a beautiful interior, highlighted by high ceilings and stained glass in the windows that create a warm atmosphere for even the coldest and dreariest of winter days.
For the Film Fanatic:
If you’re a film fanatic looking to watch the latest Oscars nominee or simply seeking the movie for a trailer you saw on TV, Franklin and Coffee counties have options—both indoor and outdoor, modern and nostalgic— for viewing today’s box office hits.
Opened in 2004 on the highway between Tullahoma and Winchester, the Montana Drive In aimed to bring a “new kind of nostalgic entertainment” to the area by providing a unique experience not often familiar to today’s younger generations. The Montana Drive In offers three large screens with spacious parking that each play a double feature every night of the week. Many times the screens offer a variety of movies at one time, making sure that children, teens and adults will all have a movie to enjoy on any given night.
Admission prices at Montana Drive In run at $7 for adults and $6 for children 11 and under, and the drive-in also offers a large array of equally affordable food items, among them fresh hamburgers, hand-dipped chicken tenders and pizza, in addition to classic movie theater food items like popcorn and boxed candy.
Shows at Montana Drive In begin at dark.
115 1st Ave. NE, Winchester | 931-967-2516
The Oldham Theatre is a restored movie theater, established on September 14, 1950, that allows movie-goers to “see a first run movie in the grandeur of the 1950s.” The stately theater with its bright marquee is located in picturesque downtown Winchester and offers both nightly shows and matinees. The Oldham is a unique experience, transporting visitors to a past era, but by showcasing the entertainment of today.
Before your movie showing at the Oldham, grab dinner at John T’s next door, a tasty barbeque restaurant decorated with an abundance of vintage décor.
Regal Tullahoma 8
2221 N. Jackson St., Tullahoma | 844-462-7342
Regal Tullahoma 8 is a Regal Cinemas movie theater with multiple screens that plays current hits and blockbusters. Inside is a concessions stand with standard movie theater food and drink offerings.
For the Nature Enthusiast:
If you are looking to escape the inside of your office or the classroom when the weekend rolls around, step into Mother Nature’s office by heading to one of these two nearby destinations, which are only a small taste of southern Middle Tennessee’s outdoors adventures.
Home to the University of the South and sitting atop the Cumberland Plateau amongst the trees, Sewanee is the perfect destination for a nature lover’s ideal day trip. Sewanee offers miles upon miles of hiking trails around “the Domain,” with countless routes for quick day trips available. Hikers can even start their quest into nature from the Sewanee Memorial Cross, an impressive white cross sitting on a wooded bluff close to the University of the South’s stunning campus. After a hike on some of the Cumberland Plateau’s finest trails, Sewanee visitors can stroll around the campus itself, which resembles some of England’s finest stone buildings and cathedrals.
If you are craving a coffee or pastry after your hike, Sewanee is home to Stirling’s Coffee House, a student-run spot on campus, and The Blue Chair Café, a colorful coffee shop and restaurant with lovely front patio seating and a tavern next door. For dinner, check out Shenanigans, a 44-year-old restaurant serving up fresh burgers, sandwiches and cold beer in a towering red and blue building—the quintessential college town dining spot.
Tims Ford State Park
570 Tims Ford State Park, Winchester | 931-962-1183
Surrounding the 10,700-acre Tims Ford Lake, often considered one of the most striking lakes in Tennessee, Tims Ford State Park is known for its scenic views, natural surroundings and biologically significant wildlife habitats. The park comprises more than 27 miles of hiking trails, including six miles of paved trails that provide sweeping views of the Tennessee wilderness and the sprawling Tims Ford Lake. Elsewhere in the park, visitors can enjoy Tims Ford’s public pool or the kayak, paddleboard and canoe rental services at the Lakeview Marina.
After your hike or paddle on the lake, reward yourself with an ice cream cone at the Hard Dock Café or lunch at the Lakeview Marina’s restaurant, both located within the park. If you want to venture a short distance from the state park for lunch or dinner, stop by the Bluegill Grill (912 Old Awalt Rd., Tullahoma) up the road, which offers grill items, seafood and adult beverages on a lakeside deck during the summer, with occasional live music.
For the Vintage Lover:
If you are sentimental for eras past when cell phones and television didn’t command so much of society’s attention, drive over to the town of Bell Buckle, Tennessee. If you want to avoid the chaos of the interstate in this time-hop, take the hilly scenic route through Tullahoma, past the George Dickel distillery and through the tiny Tennessee towns of Normandy and Wartrace.
Bell Buckle, Tennessee
Located in the hilly Tennessee countryside, Bell Buckle is a railroad town that allows visitors to embrace a true taste of Southern hospitality. Bell Buckle is known for its many thriving antique stores, which offer countless pieces of vintage furniture and décor from past decades. Among these is Phillips General Store, which features a spotless display of country-painted primitives, architectural pieces, hand-painted folk art furniture and perfectly arranged seasonal antiques. A short walk from Phillips is the owner’s parents’ store: Bluebird Antiques & Ice Cream Parlor, which sells homemade fudge and hand-dipped ice cream in homemade waffles cones (including their own signature Purity flavor: white chocolate raspberry). Next door to that is new kid on the block, the Wellness Emporium, which brews up its own kombucha and sells various all-natural tinctures and tonics. If you are looking for the perfect home-style Southern meal after a long day of antique browsing, check out the Bell Buckle Café, a staple of the small Tennessee town.
Though Bell Buckle’s population was under 600 people in 2016, the small town sees a surge in visitors twice a year for two annual events: the RC-MoonPie Festival in June and the Webb School Art and Craft Festival in October. Both of these events make for great family outings and offer impressive displays of Bell Buckle’s renowned craft scene.
For Young Teens (or Nostalgic Adults):
Whether you need the bumpers or not, a trip to the bowling alley is always a fun activity for the young and the old.
900 S. Anderson St., Tullahoma | 931-455-1947
The only bowling alley in the area, Tullahoma Lanes is open seven days a week and until midnight on the weekends. With 20 lanes available to book, it makes for a great activity for large groups and children’s birthday parties. Tullahoma Lanes also hosts “Cosmic Bowling” on Friday and Saturday nights, providing a unique bowling experience with laser lights, black lights, disco lights and loud music. For those who can’t quit throwing gutter balls, Tullahoma Lanes also has a small arcade and a grill serving sandwiches, burgers, salads, pizza and beer for the adults.
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