Last week I had the opportunity to take a day trip to a city I’ve only ever driven by. My extended family lives in Jamestown, TN but on our drives up there we always passed by Cookeville. When the Tennessee tourism board asked if I wanted to take a day trip to Cookeville, TN I jumped at the opportunity.
Cookeville, TN is about an hour from Nashville and has an estimated population of 32,622. But after spending time in this city, you realize that it feels much smaller than that since it appears everyone knows each other.
The drive to Cookeville, TN was a pretty one with leaves changing and minimal traffic. Friday morning was the perfect time to drive up since weekend traffic came later and all the University of Tennessee fans were heading to Knoxville the next day.
The trip started with coffee at Poet’s. Poets had a laid-back vibe that almost made it feel like time stood still. There were people at tables having business meetings, students writing midterm papers and men in the corner cutting up over the others football team. I decided to sit next to the window and people watch as I enjoyed my hot chocolate and blueberry muffin.
After a light breakfast it was time for some shopping in Cookeville, TN. I hit the shop next to Poet’s called The Market on the Square. Upstairs was full of different types of foods, condiments and cute kitchen decor. The downstairs though is where I died and went to heaven. So much cute home decor and a Christmas room! I did a little Christmas shopping and got a Nutcracker coffee mug for myself.
The rest of the morning was spent in all the cute boutiques. We started at 31 Twenty-Five Boutique, but they were closed for the weekend. I saw so many things I loved from the window!
Next up was Cigi’s. This boutique had such a great selection and a wide range of sizes. They also had the cutest accessories and decor.
Then we headed to a strip with the cutest boutiques. We started at Caravan. Caravan was probably my favorite since they carried some of my favorite brands like Free People, Knot Sisters and Show Me Your Mumu. They also had the best selfie lighting in their dressing rooms.
In the same strip you’ll find other boutiques like Broadway Boutique Mall, Luxe Boutique and Old Town T-Shirt Company. The best thing about this strip of shops is that there’s something for everyone. No matter your age or style, one of these shops will speak to you and you’ll find a great local item.
Shopping works up an appetite. So next door to these shops is Cream City Ice Cream & Coffee House. They have snacks, ice cream, coffee and smoothies. I ordered a yummy strawberry banana smoothie and it was just the fuel I needed.
Across the street is the Cookeville Railroad Depot and event area. There was live music playing and you could come bring your lunch and enjoy the day! You can also walk around and see the cool trains.
After a busy morning it was time for lunch. Seven Senses was where I landed on and there enjoyed a yummy meal of mashed potatoes, green beans and fried chicken. I wish I was enjoying this right now!
After a yummy lunch, I headed to the Outdoor Experience. This is your go-to place for all your outdoor equipment and gear. They literally have anything you could think of for your outdoor experience.
There was some time until dinner so I took a short drive to Monterey to see Bee Rock. It’s a short hike up to Bee Rock and they view is gorgeous. The leaves hadn’t reached peak fall season but there was some color scattered in the view. There were couples up there hanging out, picnicking and enjoying the epic scenery.
After Bee Rock, I was in the mood for some more fall fun, so I headed to Crossville to Autumn Acres. This family friendly place has something for everyone including hay rides, a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and so much more. It was a quiet Friday since the school field trips had just left and there was some time until the Friday night crowd came. Autumn Acres also had food, a general store, and the prettiest barn area. I could so see a gorgeous wedding and reception being held there!
I decided to do the corn maze, and they had different questions and clues to guide you around the maze. They also had different categories. Being a Disney lover, I picked the Disney songs. I had the best time singing the songs around the maze and trying not to get lost!
After some fun at Autumn Acres, I headed to Char for a meet-up with some other influencers. I met Techno Paul, Jared Whitney and Josh from Nashville Explorers Club. These guys were so cool and funny, and it was great getting to know them over a meal.
Lastly, one of my favorite things about Cookeville, TN was the cool murals I saw. I took about an hour to go hunt for murals around town and found some great ones. Next time I’m here I’m going to do a huge mural guide!
I’ve also put together a fun video to show some snippets of my trip to Cookeville, TN. Take a look!