Tom Brown's first wine didn't quite make it into a barrel. Instead, it aged inside a pickle crock in his mother's kitchen, finally flowing forth in the year 1976. Today, Tom heads up a slightly more sophisticated operation as owner of Beans Creek Winery. Sourcing grapes from eight Tennessee counties, Tom and his team of vintners have created 31 wines, including dry reds, sweet and spicy muscats, and three types of sparkling wine. His concoctions have earned 38 medals in the Indy International Wine Competition, where they were also chosen Best of Class three times.
The staff at Kaitlyn’s Loft bedecks their storefront and virtual shelves with colorful, inimitable gift items designed by name-brand manufacturers and personalized by the shop’s on-site engravers and monogrammers. The Simply Violet tote by Vera Bradley brandishes paisley patterns and ample storage space for well-written novels and unwritten autobiographies ($34.50), and the grapefruit body butter by Archipelago grants skin the gift of softness ($30). Toss around fresh greens with the handmade Soho salad servers ($40), or adorn fashion-forward appendages with glistening beads, charms, and pendants by Chamilia ($20+). The baseball bib shields wearers from spaghetti spills and foul balls, and the rubber duck hand wash swathes mitten fillers in soap and suds.
Nestled into the countryside around the basin of the Appalachian mountains, the Blackberry Ridge Golf Club's championship course undulates through hills, rivers, and dense forest. Despite its changes in elevation, the Club prides itself on maintaining speedy greens and a few less-than-forgiving fairways, as showcased on the signature 600-yard par 5. Though the course displays few hazards aside from the natural bodies of water and sentient trees that offer caddy tips on multiple holes, the subtle gradients of the terrain offer an entirely different set of challenges. Off the course, a driving range provides golfers with a chance to practice their skills, and the clubhouse features a snack bar with homemade barbecue sandwiches, ice cold beers, and other snacks.
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