Century Farm orchestrates a bright spectrum of dry wines, semisweet wines, and fruit wines in a charming country shop surrounded by acres of shady arbors and southern grape vines. Only 4.5 years old, the blossoming winery proved its mettle at the 2011 Wines of the South Competition by collecting three awards—the Best of Tennessee Fruit–William O. Beach Award for its 2009 vintage traminette; a silver medal for its 2009 Norton; and a bronze for its 2009 red muscadine. While guests peruse bottles, a complimentary tasting introduces palates to the subtle notes and intricacies of varieties such as the dry, oaked 2010 Norton ($12.95) or the semisweet 2008 traminette ($12), with fruity layers and a spicy finish. Century Farm also hosts musical performances on select Saturdays from late April to September, during which visitors may enjoy wine tastings, picnics, and slow dances with graceful vines.
The ride-revitalizing technicians of King Cotton AutoPlex spruce up vehicles of all sizes inside and out with attentive detailing services. Technicians scrub down cars by hand, ensuring every crevice gets sudsed and polished, then buff and wax the paint job until it's as shiny as a disco ball at a flashlight convention. Tires enjoy a thorough shining, and dusty dashes relinquish their grimy coatings during a wipe-down as a vacuum suctions out loose crumbs to create a clean palette for a deep steam cleaning. Staffers then meticulously evict stains while deodorizing interiors to give cars that new-car smell without hiding another, smaller car in the trunk.
Dedicated to the legendary train engineer, Casey Jones Village features shops, attractions, and a museum rife with artifacts and anecdotes about Jackson's railroad history. Three authentic railcars are displayed prominently as mainstays from a different era, and children are encouraged to climb up on the engine and ring the train bell. A short film detailing the life of Casey Jones plays in the museum's theater, and a children's area entreats kids with wooden train sets so they can imagine they're piloting the first locomotive to shoot missiles at Saturn. After viewing the museum's offerings, guests can engage in other village attractions, such as mini golf, woodcarving demonstrations, and traditional treats at the antique-laden Brooke Shaw's Old Country Store. Before leaving, visitors can nosh on old-fashioned milk shakes and ice-cream sodas at the 1890s-inspired Ice Cream Parlor and Fudge Shoppe, voted one of the best 50 ice-cream parlors in the country by USA Today.
At Hub City Bicycle Co., staffers don't just sell the cycling lifestyle—they live it. In addition to manning the shop, employees host weekly rides that cover 21 to 26 miles of terrain and warmly welcome novice cyclists, fitting them with the right cycle using the Fit Kit system. They’ll also help bikers navigate racks of Giant and Haro bikes mixed with bikes from brands born in Tennessee, such as Lynskey Performance and Cysco Cycles. After complementing fresh rides with the proper gear, accessories, and apparel, patrons can steer bikes home, confident that any future flats incurred by rusty nails or jaywalking porcupines will be expertly handled by the shop's service department.
An eclectic boutique that showcases a continually rotating stock of stylish items and artifacts to outfit homes and gardens, The Potter’s Garden also treats patrons to complimentary gift wrapping with any purchase. Shoppers can pick up Wind & Willow cheeseball mixes ($3.99+) to whip up in case a child's cherished baseball goes over the fence, or they can store a selection of hot dips and salsas for spontaneous get-togethers ($3.99+). Fire pots in an array of sizes ($13.99–$100+) safely contain and cradle flames on an outdoor patio, and a palatial birdhouse ($14.99+) extends a respectable gesture of goodwill toward humankind’s feathered friends. A soy candle can set the mood for a dinner party, imbue a room with a pleasant scent, or distract a visiting fire-breathing dragon while you call 911.
With secure storage spaces ranging in size from 5’x5’ to 10’x30’, Storage Towne of America hosts treasured belongings and allows for easy access in its clean and secure facility. Possessions indifferent to the weather can claim territory in non-climate-controlled units ($35–$145/month), and temperature-controlled units ($40–$165/month) tender refuge to such sensitive items as books, electronics, and snowmen bearing a strong likeness to William Taft. Units remain secure with fortress walls and individual security codes, and 24-hour access to the facility eases midnight longings for teddy bears mistakenly resigned to storage. Courtesy carts facilitate easy transport of items between the car and the unit.