Ain't Nothin' Better
Trip Start May 13, 1996
16Trip End May 14, 1996
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The drive from the freeway to Tullahoma takes you past Arnold Engineering Development Center; since its dedication in 1951 AEDC has been involved in the development of all high performance military jet aircraft, missiles and space systems; over 50 test facilities ranging from wind tunnels to space chambers; group tours are available but MUST be scheduled at least 7 working days in advance. Tour includes video presentation and major facilities.
In Tullahoma, arts and sports lovers will enjoy the Tullahoma Fine Arts Center/Regional Art Museum, where southern artists are showcased, the regional collection rotates and they have national exhibits, workshops, classes and an annual Fine Arts Festival; and a visit to Worth, Inc. If you play ball, you know the name; 6 million baseballs and 300,000 aluminum bats are manufactured here each year; see how cores are made, covers sewn on, and aluminum bats come into being.
Relax at the peaceful Nut Cave Trout Farm, 8 miles north of Tullahoma on Shippmans Creek Road, where a catch is guaranteed; a family spot, no license or poles required. Granny Fishes' House restaurant serves trout fresh from the farm.
Drive towards Normandy on S269 and watch for signs to Cascade Hollow. Cascade Hollow is on the highland rim of the Cumberland Plateau, and hidden in the Hollow is the George A Dickel Distillery. Guided tours show how Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey is still made the way George Dickel made it over 100 years ago. Water for the whiskey comes from Cascade Spring, still the same quality as when George found it in 1870. Signs will tell you there "Ain't Nothin' Better" than this Tennessee Sippin' Whiskey; shop in the General Store and collect some unusual middle-Tennessee recipes; mail your postcards back home from their very own post office.
Stay at Steeplechase Inn on Jackson Street, or Holly Berry Inn on Atlantic, a turn of the century setting. Eat at The Stuffed Goose where you can get lunch weekdays or dinner by reservation, they also have collectors items for sale; Alexanders on Lincoln serves steaks and seafood with live entertainment; at already mentioned Granny Fishes' you can get fresh trout from Nut Cave Trout Farm, catfish, frog legs, homemade desserts, if you're there Thursday-Saturday.