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2014 NCM 20th Anniversary Celebration
August 27 - 30, 2014

Road Tours

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As part of the festivities for our event we have teamed up with surrounding area tourism professionals to offer both guided and unguided road tours.

Guided Road Tours

Guided Road Tours will be offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the event and are designed for people who are not traveling with a group that would like to make new friends! Participants can sign up for the road tours at the Museum upon arrival, and it is $5 per car to reserve your spot. This money goes to the community organizing the tour to pay the tour leader. The sign up table will be available within our "Rest Stop" tent on the grass circle. To accommodate as many guests as possible each car may initially sign up for only one road tour.

Driving the Dixie: Three Tours on US 31W

(brought to you by the Horse Cave / Hart County Tourist Commission and Munfordville Tourist Commission)

They called it the “Dixie Highway”. It’s the historic trail to the South, and there are remnants of southern culture and tourism all along the way. Built in the 1930s when the automobile was young and the excitement of driving tours was fresh, US 31W has been a vital link in the thoroughfare for travelers from the Lakes to the Gulf.  Join us on 3 tours that give you a taste of “Kentucky” the Dixie way!
A Blast From the Past Tour (8am-4pm)
Cruise the beautiful Kentucky countryside along Dixie Highway, historic US 31W. Stops include: Wigwam Village, Hidden River Cave (Caving, zipping, rappelling, a museum tour and an above-ground cell phone tour), a Civil War town, cell phone tour, and battlefield, a replica of Stonehenge, and more.  (Includes some gravel parking areas ---Come on, it’s rural Kentucky!)
Access this driving tour map on Google here.
Wigwam Village
Nature's Beauty Tour (8am-4pm)
Take the scenic back roads, and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature in rural Kentucky. Stops include: Wigwam Village, Hidden River Cave, a Civil War battlefield, a replica of Stonehenge, an Amish general store, a tour of Cub Run Cave (one of the nation’s most spectacularly beautiful and accessible caves), and Nolin Lake. (Includes some gravel parking areas ---Come on, it’s rural Kentucky!)
Access this driving tour map on Google here.
Hidden River Cave
Kentucky's Lincoln (and more) Tour (8am-4pm)
Cruise through Kentucky history on scenic US 31W and 31E. Stops include: Wigwam Village, Hidden River Cave, Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace, a new Lincoln sculpture, a roadside market, a replica of Stonehenge, and barbecue!! (Includes some gravel parking areas ---Come on, it’s rural Kentucky!)
Access this driving tour map on Google here.
Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace

Cave City, Kentucky Tour

(brought to you by the Cave City Tourist Commission)

A quick drive up the 31W highway will offer fun around every corner!
Cave City Guided Tour (9am-3pm)
Travel just over 30 minutes to Park City for a visit to the haunted Mentz Hotel and Bell Tavern before traveling to Mammoth Cave National Park - the longest cave system in the world. Guests will enjoy a guided cave tour, then lunch at the hotel's restaurant followed by time for shopping their great gift shops. Afterwards, travel to Kentucky Action Park for your choice of activities including a zip line, go karts and horseback riding.
Kentucky Action Park

Franklin, Kentucky Tour

(brought to you by the Franklin/Simpson Tourist Commission)

Take the roads less traveled south to Simpson County.
Simpson County Guided Tour
Travel through the quaint communities of Plano, Drake, Temperance, Gold City, Hickory Flats and Rapids - passing some of the best of rural America. This tour will make a pit stop at the Gold City Store for a RC Cola and Moon Pie, a visit to the Kenny Perry Golf Course, a restored 1820s Stagecoach Stop, Civil War-era Octagon Hall and some optional gaming time at Kentucky Downs.
Kentucky Downs

Un-Guided Road Tours

Whether you have a Club or group of friends looking to take a side trip during the event, or if you are a lone car looking for fun things to do off-site, here are some popular road tours with maps and turn by turn directions!

Scenic Drives

Four County Loop (75 Miles Round Trip)
This scenic drive takes you up the Duncan Hines Scenic Highway, through Edmonson County, passing attractions lush farmland, historic homes, beautiful Mammoth Cave National Park and more. Don't miss a sweet treat from Bertie's in Brownsville, souvenir shopping in Cave City, and awesome ladies' apparel at V&R Enterprises just off Highway 70.
Bertie's
Clifty Hollow (53 Miles Round Trip)
Known for its outdoorsy recreational opportunities, a drive to Clifty Hollow offers views of rocky formations, sweeping hilly views, a creek and smoky mountain type scenery.
Clifty Hollow
Hadley (62 Miles Round Trip)
Similar to the Clifty Hollow route, see countryside, farmland, country roads and other scenes unique to our part of the country.
Hadley One Stop
Roller Coaster(69 Miles Round Trip)
There's a reason this tour is called "roller coaster." Experience the curvy, hilly, winding roads through Kentucky's scenic countryside.
 

Drives with Lunch

Barren River State Park (63.5 Miles Round Trip)
This scenic drive will take you past Barren River Lake to one of Kentucky's grand State Parks for lunch at the Louie B. Nunn Lodge. The Lodge offers a salad bar and hot buffet, or choose your favorite dish - like the famous Kentucky Hot Brown - from their menu.
Barren River State Resort Park
Chaney's Dairy Barn (33 Miles Round Trip) or (51.6 Miles Round Trip - scenic version)
Known for their homemade ice cream, Chaney's also offers hot grill items, sandwiches on homemade bread and more. While there, consider taking a hayride to their dairy farm to learn about milking cows and all things bovine. Don't miss their great gift shop with Kentucky made products!
Chaney's Dairy Barn
Dovie's (126 Miles Round Trip)
A classic off-the-beaten-path restaurant, Dovie's has been frying up some of the best burgers for over 60 years.
Dovie's
Federal Grove (64 Miles Round Trip)
This Bed and Breakfast serves lunch with the option to order off the menu, or evening dinner served family style. Open 11am-2pm and 5-8:30pm.
Federal Grove
Glendale (128 Miles Round Trip)
Glendale is a quaint railroad town, much like what you would imagine in the movie or book "Fried Green Tomatoes." The town is known for their cute antique and collectible shops that dot the street, offering ample browsing opportunities. There are two excellent choices for a meal - The Whistle Stop and Tony York's. They are both so good you might want to make two visits here!
Glendale
Lighthouse (98 Miles Round Trip)
Located in Sulphur Well, KY you'll meander through the countryside until reaching this mom and pop restaurant serving meals family style - including country ham, fried chicken and catfish. Be sure to try a homemade pie! View their hours and complete menu online here.
Lighthouse
Mammoth Cave (68.4 Miles Round Trip)
The ultimate trip to serenity, a drive through Mammoth Cave National Park is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The adjoining hotel offers the Travertine Restaurant offers popular local dishes in a casual atmosphere and is open 7am-7:30pm. While there, don't miss their Kentucky Home Gift Shop with beautiful items from Kentucky artisans and craftspeople.
Mammoth Cave
Porky Pig Diner (71 Miles Round Trip)
Home cooking in a family style atmosphere is what you'll find at Porky Pig. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, and even have a full buffet on Friday nights from 4-8pm.
Porky Pig Diner
Split Tree BBQ & Chaney's Dairy (67 Miles Round Trip)
Good 'ole Kentucky barbeque is what you will find at Split Tree! Pork, chicken, burgers and more along with slaw, potato salad, baked beans and chips will have you full to the gills. If you don't spring for a slice of their pie or other desserts, you can continue your road tour to Chaney's Dairy for a scoop of homemade ice cream.
Split Tree BBQ

Drives with an Attraction/Activity and a Meal

Antiques & Crafts Tour (135 Miles Round Trip)
Similar to the "Glendale" lunch road tour, this trip makes a pit stop on the return route in Cave City for some antique and craft shopping - in addition to the opportunities that are available in Glendale.
Glendale Antiques
Barton Distillery & Rick House Restaurant (197.5 Miles Round Trip)
Located in Bardstown, Kentucky (known as the "Bourbon Capital of the World" tours are available at this distillery Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm and Saturday 10am-2pm ET. The tours offer a look at the entire bourbon making process, from mash to barrel aging. Tours and tastings are complimentary. 502-331-4879 or 866-239-4690. The Rick House Restaurant is open for dinner Tues.-Thurs. 4-9pm and Fri.-Sat. 4-10pm ET. Reservations are recommended by calling 502-348-2832. For lunch options in the area, click here to go to the Bardstown Tourism website's dining page.
Barton Distillery
Bourbon & Wine (194.4 Miles Round Trip)
This tour takes you for tastings of two of Kentucky's finest - Maker's Mark Bourbon and White Moon Wine. Maker's is open Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-3:30pm ET and Sundays 11:30am-3:30pm ET. The tour and bourbon tasting is $9 per adult. WhiteMoon is open Thursday-Saturday, 11am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm. For a meal, travel just 6 miles down Highway 49 to Lebanon's Cedarwood Restaurant for country cooking, or try Ragetti's Fine Italian dining downtown.
White Moon Winery
Antiques & Wine (80 Miles Round Trip)
Venture south to a 35,000 square feet of "nothing but antiques and unique finds" at Bright's World, then grab some lunch at 5 Chefs (open 11am-2pm Monday-Saturday) before taking a tour of Sumner Crest Winery (open Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm CT).
Sumner Crest Winery
Kenny's Cheese & Barren River Lake (81 Miles Round Trip)
As the advertising campaigns say, good cheese comes from happy cows... and when you tour Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese you'll learn exactly why this is true, and get to see the process step by step. Advanced reservations are recommended for guided tours. After your tour and tastings, venture just down the road for a hot meal at the Louie B. Nunn Lodge on Barren River Lake. If you want to shop for some "funky junk" don't miss Paradise Point Marketplace, mere minutes from the Lodge... and just before you get to Kenny's, overlooking the lake. It's open Friday, Saturday and Sundays 8am-5pm.
Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese
Maker's Mark & Glendale (193 Miles Round Trip)
Take a tour of Maker's Mark Distillery, then enjoy lunch at one of two favorites in Glendale.
Maker's Mark Distillery
Park Mammoth & Diamond Caverns (57 Miles Round Trip)
Enjoy a meal at the quaint Park Mammoth Resort (also home to a shooting range and golf course), then visit one of the most beautiful "show caves" in the region - Diamond Caverns.
Diamond Caverns
Shaker Museum at South Union, Just Piddlin' Farm & Federal Grove (98 Miles Round Trip)
Take a step back to simpler times at the South Union Shaker Village. Several of the original buildings have been restored, and includes a museum of Shaker folk life and material culture plus a unique gift shop. Next, swing by Just Piddlin' farm to stock up on some fall favorites and try out their Corvette themed maze with trivia! Cap off your visit with a southern meal at Federal Grove.
Shaker Museum

South to Scenic Simpson County (65 Miles Round Trip)
Visit Gold City Grocery for a Moon Pie and RC cola, tour "haunted" Civil War Museum Octagon Hall and have a meat 'n' three lunch at the Hot Plate.

 

Octagon Hall

Nashville Road Tours

(brought to you by the TravelHost of Greater Nashville)

The Sumner County, Lake, History and Paranormal Tour (66 miles Round Trip)

White House, Gallatin and Hendersonville of Sumner County, TN. Presented by TravelHost Nashville, www.travelhost.com/nashville
One of Middle Tennessee’s blessed areas to be surrounded by Old Hickory Lake, where you’ll find marinas, offering water sports rentals, on the water dining and more. On your way into the area, stop off in White House, TN for lunch at the Hollywood Grill, where you’ll find a lot of choices, including hibachi, in a historic house in the heart of town. Sumner County also has many historic home museums like Cragfont and Rosemont for those who love to tour the plantation homes of the past. One stop we would recommend is experiencing the Gallatin Historic Square, where you can shop, dine, enjoy free wi-fi, get a haircut, enjoy coffee and sweet treats and enjoy libations, dine or just hang out.

Access this driving tour map on Google here.


Trinity Music City

The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin and Franklin Square Tour

Fourteen miles and 100 years from Nashville, Downtown Franklin, Tennessee is an oasis of Southern hospitality housed in a 16-block National Register district of antique shops, gift and book stores, art galleries, boutiques, lovingly restored homes and more. It boasts an award-winning Main Street, brick sidewalks, a stunning collection of Victorian buildings and a host of “Best of“ accolades, including Garden & Gun magazine’s 2014 “Best Southern Town.” Since its founding in 1984, the Downtown Franklin Association has spearheaded this revitalization of Franklin’s historic downtown core. How about seeing a movie at the historic Franklin Theatre, for the taste of yesteryear, or shop and dine at the historic Franklin Square? It is a beautiful place and parking is easy around the Square, offering you many unique, eclectic and chic shopping options, antiquing, art galleries and more. There’s something for everyone in your group.

Access this driving tour map on Google here.


South of Nashville--Columbia's Food, Wine, Antiques & Historic Square Tour

This suggested tour will offer you many experiences. Located just 45 miles south of Nashville, TN, historic downtown Columbia is easily reached by taking US Hwy 412 (off I-65 south of Nashville) to US Hwy. 31 and following it south. If you enjoy the rich beauty of the past and like antebellum home tours, on your way to Columbia, stop off at the Historic Rippavilla (15 minutes before entering Columbia). If will be a great pit stop on the way. From this, head 15 minutes further south to the historic Columbia Square. There you will find plenty of fun options for shopping, antiquing, snacks and more! For a taste of the South, choose Christy’s 6th Street Restaurant, located only one block from the Historic Square for lunch. From meatloaf to fried chicken and chess or pecan pie to brownie ice cream, there’s something for everyone at Christy’s! For the New Orleans flavors and flair, we suggest River Terrace, a fireplace lit environment in an old rustic cabin (hours: 4pm-9pm, Mon-Sat) or Landry’s New Orleans Style Dining. This little café is a diamond in the rough, with authentic food and ownership (hours: 11am-2pm & 4pm-8pm, extended hours on weekends). These restaurants alone are worth the trip, so create a memory at one of these great places! Here’s a few other businesses near or on the Square that you should drop by while there, Variety Record Shop, The Old Curiosity Book Shop, Pie Sensations, Wall Candy Framing and the Columbia Antique Mall. Each of these businesses will offer you the TravelHost Welcome! Once you leave the area, head down Hampshire Pike to Hampshire, TN about 20 minutes away and enjoy the Natchez Hills Winery and the Amber Falls Winery to cap off your fun trip.

Access this driving tour map on Google here.




The Whites Creek/Briley Region "Fontanel" Fun Tour (20 miles)

Grab a taste of the Country Music industry only 10 minutes from Nashville in the Whites Creek community. Known for its beautiful landscape and scenic drives, one of the jewels of the area is the Fontanel Mansion and Property. Tour the amazing 27,000 sq. ft. log home, Fontanel Mansion that was the home of Barbara Mandrell for many years and is still decorated the way it was when she lived in it. It is a destination that is miles from ordinary! During your stay, enjoy numerous options for tours, shopping, dining and outdoor activities available onsite. In 2013, Southern Living built their Idea Home on the Fontanel property, which has now been converted to the amazing Inn at Fontanel, a luxury boutique hotel, with five structures connected by 2,700 feet of deck. It highlights a stunning courtyard of gardens, overlooking Porter’s Pond. Enjoy lunch at Café Fontanella, with an award-winning menu of Italian and American dishes, take the scenic zip line tour of the property at Adventureworks Music City Ziplines, sing along with major concerts at Woods Ampitheater, participate in special scheduled events at Pepsi Studio Gallery and four miles of hiking and biking trails on the property. Let’s not forget shopping! Check out the Farm House Store and Coffee Shop, the original home to the property and temporary home of Barbara Mandrell while Fontanel Mansion was being built. Also on the property is Goo Goo’s Outpost, the only Goo Goo outpost retail store for your enjoyment in the area, nestled in the century old barn on the property. The most recent addition is Prichard’s Distillery, makers of handcrafted and award-winning spirits distributing in 48 states and eight European countries. Enjoy an up close glimpse of the copper alembic still used in the distilling process and includes a gift shop and packing store.

Access this driving tour map on Google here.





The Nashville Downtown District, Music Row & Honkytonk Row Tour

Nashville has plenty of nightlife options. This tour highlights three or four areas of Greater Nashville where you can enjoy the music, honky tonks, shopping and food of the area. If you wanna dance, grab a drink, hear some of Nashville’s talent and dine at fun places, this is the tour for you.

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Rutherford County "Where Hip Meets Historic" Tour

Destination Smyrna and Murfreesboro, TN presented by TravelHost Nashville, www.travelhost.com/nashville. Make sure you tell them TravelHost sent you!
If you’re looking for a trip to the past and then a rocket to the future, Rutherford is the place to go. Charge down I-65 S, loop to I-24 E. for authentic Tennessee experience. Return to the vestiges of the Civil War at Sam Davis Home and Museum in Smyrna or tour the Stones River Battlefield, where you will find heritage abound. Other great stories of the past include the Oaklands Historic House Museum, Bradley Academy, and Cannonsburgh Village. Historic Cannonsburgh Village represents approximately 100 years of early Tennessee life from the 1830s to the 1930s. Within the village is a gristmill, school house, telephone operator's house, the University House, the Leeman House, a museum, a caboose, the Wedding Chapel, a doctor's office, a general store, a blacksmith's shop, a well, and other points of pioneering interest.


If shopping is of interest, you can visit either the Avenue or Stones River Mall. Our local favorite is the Downtown Square business district. Here you find great dining at the Gondolier or Maple Street Grill, quaint shops with Tennessee made goodies from the Country Gourmet, World War I & II antiques at Smotherman’s, great coffee at Reveille Joe’s, music at 3 Brothers, or you can just grab a cigar at The Humidor or a smoke and drink at Liquid Smoke. Right around the corner is the Little Shop of Records where you can find many hard to get and new released vinyl for all you audiophiles. If you want style, you can try Trendy Pieces or Bella Boutiques. If you want some of the best in local brews you can try Mayday Brewery or a little bit of Ireland at O’Possum’s Irish Pub. Mayday Brewery hosts some great local music acts on the weekends from blues to indie while O’Possum’s fixes fresh Irish cuisine and brews. You can stroll the square getting great pictures and have an authentic experience. For the head shop crowd, you can find some rare incense and fun pieces at Enchanted Planet or you can grab a relaxing couple’s massage at the Nurture Nook Day Spa. Last but not least, for great Tennessee barbecue, the best is at Kirkenburts.

Access this driving tour map on Google here.

 

 

 

Downtown Nashville Museum, Culture Segway Tour

If you enjoy going down memory lane with the history of Nashville’s legends and state history and a little fun learning to ride a segway as you trail through downtown on one, you will love this tour! This TravelHost recommended tour takes you downtown Nashville to enjoy several different options for food, fun and shopping.

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Nashville’s Hip Shopping and Dining Tour – Gulch and Marathon Village

If you’re looking for an intense shopping, dining and entertainment tour that brings you to a lot of options in a walkable area, this tour is for you!  For the downtown Nashville experience that’s hip and urban, head to the GULCH and MARATHON VILLAGE. 

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