Halfway between Nashville and Knoxville lies Livingston, where neighbours know each other names, and strangers say hello on the street. The appeal of the town starts as you arrive into town and notice the charming brick buildings and central town square.
The town square is a gathering place for those in Livingston. Walk through in spring to see flowers bloom, or listen for Christmas bells in winter. Residents gather to meet with friends and tell Civil War tales.
Shops and restaurants line the square, and each unique shop offers visitors something different. Before you shop, start your day at Wired Coffee with a fresh muffin and piping hot coffee.
Classic, old-time toys and oddities are available at the 1806 General Store, while the Antique Market offers crisp, refreshing drinks from an old fashioned Coca-Cola cooler. Finish off your time in the square with dinner at the Steel Coop, and make sure you order the catfish.
A jet charter airport in Livingston takes visitors only miles from Dale Hollow Lake and Standing Stone State Park. Dip your toes in the shallow streams, or bring your binoculars to catch a glimpse of the many cardinals and chickadees in the area.
If visitors need a dose of live music, Nashville is less than two hours from Livingston. The Grand Ole Opry always has country music’s biggest stars on stage. If you prefer a more intimate concert, watch up and comers at The Bluebird Cafe, where stars like Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift all got their start.