This post is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #MadeinTN #TNvacation
If you didn’t know, small towns are in demand in Tennessee. Residents are wanting to leave the hustle and bustle of larger cities like Nashville, Knoxville, and Memphis for a slower pace. Cheers had it right when they said: “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.”
If you want everyone to know your name, Gibson County is the place. A few weeks ago I spent the day exploring Humboldt and Trenton and I loved watching these towns residents interact with one another. In addition to warm and friendly townspeople, these places have a lot going on! See all the cool things you can do on a day trip!
Gibson County Travel Guide
This children’s boutique makes custom infant and children’s clothing. The pieces are on the dressier side and are perfect for a wedding, baptism or holiday
Lyla Lane is another children’s boutique on Main Street but the clothing is more casual. This was the cutest shop and the owner was in there with her adorable baby. Cuteness all around!
A local Hallmark store, City Gift has cards, clothing, pretty much anything you can think of for a gift shop. They’re also the perfect place to stop and get some great items for the Strawberry Festival.
One-third clothing boutique, one-third office supplies, and one-third home decor. Creative Accents has it all. They have the cutest spring pieces right now!
A family-owned business, Brasfield’s Jewelry has been in business since 1959! They have something for anyone there from costume jewelry to fine jewelry. They also had the prettiest engagement rings.
Another family-owned business, Simmons is off of Main Street and has such a wide variety of shoes! I could have spent hours in there trying on all the different styles and enjoying the employee’s company. They were so friendly and helpful!
This boutique may be hard to find since they don’t have a sign-up but they’re located right next to The Coffee Shop. They carry ABLE leather goods, fun statement earrings, and great clothing pieces.
Work from home and need to get out and work with coffee in hand? Head to The Coffee Shop. This is a huge space and you can find locals working around the fire or girlfriends catching up over lunch. They have coffee, milkshakes with Bluebell Ice Cream, sandwiches, soups, and salads.
Crown Winery is the “it” place on a weekend. They have delicious wines, homemade pizza, and their Cranberry Rosé is to die for. They can also set up private events in the vineyard for bachelorette parties or girl’s nights. They’re closed Monday and Tuesday and open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 p.m to 5 p.m.
Pottery class at Alsobrook Art Supply
Recently relocating to Main Street, Alsobrook is the new kid on the block. You can take pottery classes there or go and watch the potters work. When I stopped by they were working on pieces for the upcoming Strawberry Festival!
The Plaza is a family-friendly theatre located on Main Street. They keep family at the center and don’t allow movies with nudity and vulgar content and are the place where local schools come during the holidays for movie field trips.
If you’re looking for some unique art from local to well-known, established artists, you’ll find it at WTRAC. The curator, Bill, is so knowledgeable and gives a great back story on each and every piece. Start at the top with the art gallery and work your way down. There’s great art in every nook of the building! They’re also the only museum with a permanent fine art collection between Nashville and Memphis.
Humboldt is home to the Strawberry Festival in May, but did you know that strawberries currently don’t grow in Gibson County? This was one of the things I learned while touring the SFHM. They’re open Monday – Wednesday from 2 p.m – 4 p.m. or by appointment.
Debbie’s in Trenton’s one-stop-shop for children’s clothing. They have something for the girly girl with frilly, floral dresses and the active boy with Under Armor tees and basketball shorts. They also have adorable accessories like bows, sunglasses, shoes, stuffed animals, and more.
Connected to Debbie’s, Ivy Gate has kitchen utensils, plates, socks, garden decor, Hobo wallets and bags, candles, figurines, anything you can think of! While talking with the owner, Debbie Finch, she said her family owned a department store in Trenton and she played there as a child and later worked there as an adult to help with buying and merchandising. After the department store closed she opened her own respective boutiques and raised a family in Trenton. Fun fact, her daughter is the new Commissioner for the Department of Health!
A little while ago, a California native moved to Trenton and decided to open a restaurant/coffee shop with her husband. Lori, the owner, was such a ray of sunshine and was so funny telling me how the locals felt about her “California” food when she first opened. TTLD has yummy panini sandwiches, coffee drinks, and fruit smoothies. I also heard from a few people that their breakfast burritos are the bomb.
Did you know the world’s largest collection of veilleuses-theieres (aka teapots) are in a museum in Trenton? During my time here I learned all about Dr. Freed, who was from Trenton and a collector of these fun decorative teapots! The bottom section was where you would burn whale oil and it would light up the top part of the teapot where the tea or soup was. You’d find it in doctor’s offices back in the day. There are over 500 teapots and they’re all so different and beautiful. Spend some time walking around and enjoying these works of art.
Next, to The Last Drop Coffee Shop, you’ll find a cool mural that represents Trenton. If you look carefully, you’ll see one of the teapots from the Teapot museum and tells the story of Trenton.
Walk Around the Square
The Trenton square was under construction when I visited, but the town is working hard to update and add in more restaurants and businesses. It’s definitely an up-and-coming place to watch!
By the time I left Gibson County, everyone did know my name. I’m so charmed with these darling towns and their hospitality. You can expect to see me at their annual Strawberry Festival starting on May 5.