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{Fall} in Love with WilCo


Leaves changing color, crisp morning air, and the smell of fall all around you. There’s no better time to get out and explore somewhere new!

Here are some fun happenings to make you {Fall} in Love with WilCo:

September 28:

Southern Smoke Southern Smoke BBQ Festival: Enjoy live music, kid-friendly activities, handmade crafts, and artisan shopping. General admission is only $5, and kids under 12 are free.


October 5:

Breedens Orchard Farm to Table Breeden’s Orchard Fall Farm Dinner: Edible Nashville’s Fall Farm Dinner will take place at Breeden's Orchard with seasonal produce cooked by Edible Nashville Executive Chef Skylar Bush. It will also feature local spirits, wine, craft beer, music, and many other local artisans and partners. Come enjoy a night under twinkling lights for a memorable evening you won't soon forget.

Tough Mudder Tough Mudder: Tough Mudder is back and better than ever at Neal Farms in Lebanon. With courses from 3 miles to 10 miles, this is the perfect event for any skill level. Running and getting dirty not your thing? Come out and enjoy food, music, and vendors at the Mudder Village Festival. You can even bring your furry friend to participate in the Ruff Mudder obstacle course.

October 6:

Tough Mudder Tough Mudder: Tough Mudder is back and better than ever at Neal Farms in Lebanon. With courses from 3 miles to 10 miles, this is the perfect event for any skill level. Running and getting dirty not your thing? Come out and enjoy food, music, and vendors at the Mudder Village Festival. You can even bring your furry friend to participate in the Ruff Mudder obstacle course.


October 19:

bucket celebration children 1374546 Ghosts in the Grove: Bring the family for a night of history, ghost stories, and spooky trolley rides at Fiddler’s Grove in Lebanon, TN. Enjoy live music by the The Inglewood Old Time String Band, and a special appearance by Tennessee Ghostbusters! Come with an empty stomach and try homemade chili, hotdogs, hot cocoa, and hot coffee available at the Fiddler’s Grove General Store. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 ages 6-12, and kids 5 and under get in free.


October 26:

activity bucket costumes 1406352 2 Halloween Chills and Thrills at Cedars of Lebanon State Park: Come see Cedars of Lebanon in all its spooky glory. Kids can participate in trick-or-treating at Spooktacular campsites. There will also be hayrides and costume contests to enjoy! Cost for non-campers will be $5 per car.


All season long:

Apple Picking You pick apples at Breeden’s Orchard: Grab the family and get outside as you pick fresh apples at Breeden’s Orchard in Mt. Juliet. Make sure to check out the fresh, homemade donuts, apple cider slushies, and local produce at the general store. Don’t forget to bring something to haul your fruitful bounty home at the end of the day!

close up corn field cropland 1137332 Shop Spring’s Creamery Corn Maze: Enjoy Shop Springs Creamery’s first ever corn maze starting on October 2nd! After you check out the corn maze, the whole family can check out the hay rides, shelled corn pit, petting zoo, photo booth, and so much more!

The Glow Nashville: The Glow: Thousands of hand carved jack o’ lanterns will light up the city this fall at Andrew Jackson’s the Hermitage. Bring your family to this enchanting pumpkin wonderland and enjoy fall treats, drinks, family friendly designs and over 5,000 carved pumpkins.

Cheekwood Harvest Cheekwood Harvest: Celebrate the autumnal season at Cheekwood! The changing of the leaves is one of many garden highlights you’ll find as oaks, maples, dogwoods, and other trees greet you with their fall colors. You’ll find activities and experiences for the whole family including Mum Explosion, community-made scarecrows, and a pumpkin patch.
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Fall Fest: Fall Fest at The Hermitage is a spectacular weekend of art, music, and history at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. This year’s family-friendly event includes nearly 50 outstanding artists and craftsmen, live music and the Ajax Family Area where children and adults can participate in historical and cultural activities. Food and drink vendors will also be on-site offering taste-tempting fare to complete your day. Admission is free to the public and proceeds from the Festival benefit The Hermitage.

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Make your July 4th a Firecracker


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The Fourth of July is just a couple weeks away which means it’s time to start making plans for a fun filled day! Here is your guide to the Fourth of July in WilCo.

  1. Wilson County Fireworks: Bring the whole family out to the James E. Ward Ag Center for an afternoon full of fun, food, and fireworks. Enjoy free hotdogs and watermelon from 5-6 PM. You can also choose from the variety of food trucks in attendance, enjoy live music, and then end your night with a spectacular firework presentation!
  2. Stars, Stripes, and Squirt Gun Parade: Celebrate July 4th Watertown style this year! Bring your squirt guns and have a blast during an interactive squirt gun parade featuring some of Wilson County’s favorite people!
  3. Juliet Independence Day Fireworks: For the first time ever, the City of Mt. Juliet and the Mt. Juliet League Baseball/Softball will be teaming up with 94.1 “The Fish” in displaying a firework show completely in sync with music! There will be over 300 premiere parking spots located inside the league’s park. Parking spots will cost $10 per car, and the money will go back to the baseball and softball league.
  4. July 4th Music City Star Excursion: If you are looking for something extra exciting that night, why not ride the Music City Star into Downtown Nashville to watch their celebration! This allows you to be in the middle of all the excitement without having to fight traffic or worry about parking. The first train leaves the Lebanon station at 4:00 PM. The train will leave Nashville 30 minutes after the fireworks end. For a complete train schedule and to buy tickets, click here.

We hope this July 4th is an {explosion} of fun and excitement for everyone in WilCo! Make sure to have fun and be safe!

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5 Things to do in and Around WilCo Memorial Day Weekend


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Have a long weekend but can’t seem to find anything to do to fill your time? Don’t worry because the Visit WilCo team is here to help! Here are 5 things to do this weekend in and around Wilson County.


1. Dog Days at The Hermitage (May 25): Bring out your favorite canine and enjoy the trails and grounds of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage! Our NEW monthly series will allow dogs and their humans to enjoy the acreage of The Hermitage every last Saturday of the month, from May through November.

On Dog Days, visitors can purchase an $8 grounds pass (Members get in FREE!) to walk the grounds, hike the trails and enjoy the preserved natural surroundings and historic 19th-century buildings. OR for a $15 combo ticket ($7 for Members), guests can get an exclusive Hounds Hike the Hermitage Tour with a surprise Hermitage team member.

This 60-minute walking tour will include stories of the Hermitage community and explore the outer edges of the historic area, including untouched fields and enslaved quarter sites. Tours will leave at 10 a.m. from the Andrew Jackson Visitor Center. Space is limited, so guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online and reserve their spot!

2. Pupshop for Old Friends Dog Sanctuary (May 26): AR Workshop Mt. Juliet is so excited for their first ever PUPSHOP workshop as a give back event for the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary.

Pick a wood photo frame project
Bring your best furry friend with you
Photo booth fun
and Old Friends up for adoption you can come love on!

Register for the workshop here.

3. Memorial Day Weekend Workshop (May 25): AR Workshop Mt. Juliet is celebrating Memorial Day Weekend with a free bonus project! Registered guests for this featured workshop will be eligible to make a complimentary 12x16 Hometown USA Plank Map along with your project. You can place the heart right where it fits best! We'll automatically prep your bonus project for completion in this class. Register for the class here.

4. Long Hunter State Park:

a. Hike the Story Book Trail (May 25 from 1:30-2:30): Join Ranger Sweeney on a hike around the Story Book Trail.

The park will be introducing a new story book in June 2019 so now is the time to get your last read about "Miss Maple’s Seeds". Miss Maple will stay within Tennessee State Parks but will be leaving Long Hunter. The new story will be "In the Trees, Honey Bees"

This is a FREE event. Everyone welcome!

b. Wildlife Walk (May 25 from 5:30-6:30): Come join Ranger Fite for a one-mile hike around the Deer Trail. With any luck we will get to see several different types of wildlife and the environments they live in. Please dress appropriately for a moderate hike and bring water and snacks. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center Parking Lot.

5. Cedars of Lebanon State Park:

a. Cedars of Lebanon Cave Tour (May 25): Join Ranger Loewer for an underground exploration of Cedars of Lebanon State Park. We will be going on a tour of three of the most prominent caves inside Cedars of Lebanon State Park and Forest. We will learn about the geology, hydrology, and biology of the cave formations in this area. Participants should bring two flashlights, clothes they don’t mind getting muddy, and sturdy footwear. They should be at least 5 years old (with a guardian) and physically able to hike for two hours, bend, and crawl. This program will last 2-3 hours, and vehicle transport between sites will be required. Space is limited to 15 people. Tickets are $10 a person, and you can purchase them here. This event will begin at 1 PM and participants should meet at the Cedars of Lebanon Nature Center.

b. Paint Americana (May 25): We will have paint and pallets for you and we'll be painting them the colors of Old Glory this Saturday at the Sadie Ford Farm. Come and express you're patriotic for Memorial Day Weekend with the whole family. At the end of the workshop, you can take the pallet you painted home to show off to all your friends! This event lasts from 1-3 PM and tickets are $10. Participants will meet at the Sadie Ford Farm and Art Center.

c. Wagon Ride (May 25): Join the SIRs at the Nature Center from 5-6 PM to take a tour of the park in style. Hopefully see some of our native wildlife as well as our beautiful forest. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased here. Participants will meet the Nature Center.


So, get out and enjoy the sunshine this long weekend in WilCo Tennessee!


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Weekend in Paradise with Your Four-Legged Friend


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The weather is getting warmer, and if you are a pet lover, this means you want to get out and about with your “furry friends!” According to a study done by the American Pet Products Association, 37% of pet owners take their animals on vacation with them. That is up 19% over the past 10 years.So, what is there to do on your vacation in WilCo that is pet friendly? Check out our guide to the pet friendly vacation!

Let’s start with pet friendly hotels

Pet Friendly Restaurants:

**Remember that although you think your dog is a part of your family, not everyone will so always be courteous when taking your dog to a restaurant and to be safe, call the restaurant before going to ensure your pup will be welcomed!**


Exercise Your Pooch:If you need to find a way to let your pup run off some of that energy, WilCo has plenty of trails, greenways, and parks to take your pet on an adventure!

Mt. Juliet Bark Park: This park has 0.75 fenced in acres that will allow your dog to have space to run and play! It has access for big dogs and little dogs so there is something for pups of all sizes!

Lebanon Pet Park: Lebanon’s pet park is the perfect place to let your dogs run around and get that much needed exercise. There are two separate areas (big dog and little dog) for them to play. They also have tunnels, pools, and agility practice!


Charlie Daniels Park: Charlie Daniels Park is in Mt. Juliet, TN, and it is the perfect place to take the whole family. With 9,000 feet of playground area, 2 sand volleyball courts, outdoor basketball court, 4 tennis courts, and a 1 mile long PET FRIENDLY walking trail, there really is something for everyone. So, pack a picnic lunch (or grab lunch to go at any of our Mt. Juliet Restaurants) and make it a day to remember.

Long Hunter State Park: Long Hunter State Park has over 10 trails to hike, and over 2/3 of them are pet friendly!

Cedars of Lebanon State Park: Cedars of Lebanon has 10 miles of hiking trails that are open year-round. They have easy, moderate, and even strenuous hikes, depending on your sense of adventure.

Spoil your four-legged friend: We all know that traveling is hard on anyone (especially a pet) so we wanted to give you options on how you can spoil your pet while on vacation (because everyone deserves to be pampered from time to time).

Three Dog Bakery: This animal savvy bakery is in Mt. Juliet, and they have any goodie you could imagine. And the best part? It’s all safe for your animal to eat! So, go by and grab a cookie, cupcake, or even a whole cake for that special pet in your life!

Nashville Pet Spa: Who says dogs can’t have a spa day? Nashville Pet Spa just opened its doors in Mt. Juliet this year, and pampering animals is their specialty. You can board them, let them attend doggie daycare, or just take them in for a spa day full of bathing, brushing, and trimming!
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Family Fun WilCo Weekend Getaway


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Spring is finally here! The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the entire family collectively sighs, uttering an all too familiar phrase - “We’re booooooored”.  What to do? Wilson County has a wealth of activities and attractions that are sure to cure the family boredom bug.

We all know that it can go from sunny skies to soaking rain in the blink of an eye here. So, if weekend outdoor plans get rained out, families can head to one of our art studios to satisfy their creative sides. Check ahead to register for fun workshops and classes at AR Workshop, Imagine That! Art Studio, Board and Brush, or pop into Fired Up, pick a piece of pottery and make it your own right on the spot. 

Perhaps lower cost/free options that still offer the benefit of tuckering out the younger family members, so they’ll leave you alone to binge-watch your neglected Netflix shows later is more desirable? Check out Charlie Daniels Park or Don Fox Community Park! Both beautiful parks boast multiple playgrounds to accommodate different ages, walking/running/biking tracks, as well as splash pads/a wading pool in the summer, volleyball courts and much, much more. You can even bring a picnic or pick up food from one of our many local restaurants and make a day of it.

Wrap up a fun-filled family day by catching a double feature on one of the big screens at the Stardust Drive-In Theatre. The Stardust Drive-In lends a nod to nostalgia for the past, while utilizing the technology of the present to bring stellar sound and projection quality to every movie. While you're in Watertown, why not try any of their amazing culinary choices before the movie (and popcorn of course!)


We hope you will consider WilCo for your next weekend getaway with your family. If you're in need of lodging while you're vacationing, check out what WilCo has to offer. We really are Near Nashville, Miles from Ordinary!

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WilCo Weekend Getaway for the Outdoor Lover



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Wilson County is home to two beautiful Tennessee State Parks. If you love the outdoors and open air, here are some ideas for a weekend getaway in WilCo.

  1. Long Hunter State Park: Long Hunter State Park’s 2,600 acres is sure to have something for everyone. Whether you want to camp at any of their campsites, hike any (or all) of their trails, fish on Couchville Lake, or swim in the Bryant Cove swimming area, you’re sure to leave with your daily dose of Vitamin D and fresh air. Plan your trip based on their events throughout the year to make sure you get the full Long Hunter State Park Experience!
  2. Cedars of Lebanon State Park: With over 1,100 acres and more than 100 campsites, Cedar’s of Lebanon is sure to accommodate any activity you might want to experience on your weekend in WilCo! Play a game of disk golf on their state of the art, 18-hole course, take a hike on any of their 6 trails, or maybe go birding and just enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife.

Whether you want to spend the weekend in a cabin, a tent, or even a camper, Wilson County’s two state parks offer just what you need for a relaxing, nature filled weekend.


While you're in Wilson County, make sure to stop by any of our restaurants and get a taste of the county too!

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6 Things to do in Wilson County this Weekend


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Need plans for this weekend? Here at the WilCo office, we have made a list of the top 6 things to do this weekend. Check out all the information and how to buy tickets below. We hope to see you out and about this weekend.


  1. AR Workshop Mt. Juliet Grand Opening!!
    1. March 16 from 5-8 PM
    2. Mini Make and Take Project
    3. Sips and Sweets
    4. Giveaways and Promotions
    5. Browse Retail
    6. Register Here!
  2. Vintage Market Days of Nashville- “Roam Free” at the Wilson County Expo CenterVintage Market Days of Nashville- “Roam Free” at the Wilson County Expo Center
    1. March 15-16 from 10-5
    2. March 17 from 10-4
    3. Vintage Market Days® is an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more.
    4. More information on tickets here.
  3. President Jackson's 252nd Birthday
    1. Friday, March 15 from 8:30-5 PM
    2. Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
    3. Half-price admission
    4. Join us to celebrate President Jackson’s 252nd Birthday on Friday, March 15 and receive half-price general admission for the day! The celebration will include our annual wreath-laying ceremony with the Tennessee National Guard and US 7th Infantry at 11 am at the President’s Tomb. In addition, guests will get to enjoy the first day of the War of 1812 Military Encampment program! Guests will enjoy the rare opportunity to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a 19th-century military encampment as General Jackson’s forces are encamped on the grounds of The Hermitage. Wander through the camp to meet with members of the militia, participate in military drills and weapons demonstrations, watch the blacksmith repairing tools of the camp, and step inside the Tavern as citizens of Tennessee debate the politics and cultural issues of the day.
    5. More information about the event here.
  4. Kid’s Watercolor Workshop at Imagine That Art Studio
    1. Saturday, March 16 from 1-2:30 PM
    2. Learn to create your own watercolor masterpiece in this kid's watercolor workshop on Saturday, March 16th from 1pm-2:30pm for $25 per child! Best for ages 6-10.
    3. Buy Tickets here.
  5. Daddy Daughter Date Night at Imagine That Art Studio in Lebanon
    1. Saturday, March 16 from 6- 8 PM
    2. Join us for another Daddy-Daughter Date night on Saturday, March 16th at 6pm! Make a memory that will last forever by painting these two canvases that connect to make one sweet image and enjoy a meal provided by Chick-Fil-A! $60 per pair and an extra $15 for each additional child.
    3. Register here.
  6. 15th Anniversary of Napolean Dynamite at Capitol Theater
    1. Saturday, March 16 from 6-9 PM
    2. Tater tot bar
    3. Tickets can be purchased here.


Get out and enjoy what the county has to offer this weekend! Come and see why Wilson County is such a great vacation destination!

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A Generous Helping of New Adventures

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I believe that the recipe for a life well-lived includes equal parts love and laughter, sprinkled with plenty of learning moments, a hardy scoop of gratitude and a generous helping of new adventures. I have most of the recipe licked, but I’m working on that last ingredient a little more these days after moving cross-country from California to Tennessee this last summer. With this new adventure came a whole new way of life, including a new job.

I’m the newest addition to the Wilson County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. My name is Crystal, and I’m excited to bring my office management and fundraising experience to an already stellar team of driven, young professionals, who strive to keep county tourism thriving.

I was born and raised in New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment, in a small oilfield town near the Four Corners. I remain a Southwestern girl through and through, even after living in a multitude of states over the years. But I am already heavily under the influence of Tennessee’s charm. Good ole Southern hospitality, great food, and beautiful, green landscapes have me sold.

I am a big fan of local history and love to explore antique stores and museums, so if you have a favorite, or maybe know of a new one opening, I want to know! There is something magical about being able to connect to the past through relics left behind. Wilson County is rich with history that I am eager to explore!

Another thing I am a big fan of? Shopping and family recreation! I love the boutiques, attractions and parks in Wilson County, but I am positive I have yet to put even a small dent in the long list of area offerings. So, put a bug in my ear (I know this state has plenty to share, but please don’t take that literally!) about places you and your family love to frequent. My husband and our bank account might not thank you, but I sure will!


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Cellar 53 Winery

Cellar 53 Winery

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We're on Cloud {Wine} about Cellar 53 Winery participating in Watertown is for Lovers this year. Before we get into the details about the wine tasting, let's do a little backstory on this quaint, family run winery.

It all began in 2005 when Rebecca and Scott Pachal purchased the remaining 100 acres of Scott's family farm. They orginally planted grapes to become commercial wine grape growers, but due to some law changes, they had to regroup and decided to open a winery (and boy are we glad they did!)

On the Saturday before Easter in 2015, the Paschal's opened the doors to Cellar 53 Winery to the public. They grow the majority of the fruits used for their wines right there on the eight acres of grape and blackberry vineyards. 

Now moving on to the event, you can taste some of their house favorites on February 9 at Watertown is for Lovers.

They will be doing a wine and chocolate pairing for only $15 at B-Side Gallery (next to Nona Lisa's) from 11-3. You will get to taste a red, white, and fruit wine; these will be perfectly paired with a piece of gourmet chocolate. 

For more information on the event, click here or check out the Facebook event.

Make sure to follow them on social media @Cellar53Winery and tag all your pictures at the event with #LoveArrivesinWatertown


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Get Your Craft On!!

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AR Workshop is a DIY Boutique coming to Mt. Juliet in February. If you can't wait to get your craft on, come on out to Watertown is for Lovers on February 9, and do some make and take crafts with AR Workshop. They are the sponsor of the events happening at B-side gallery this year. You can make a wood sign for your sweetheart for only $12, or you can make 3 wooden magnets for only $10. If these crafts aren't your "style," browse their available retail on site! 


Now, let's get to know the owners of AR Workshop Mt. Juliet.


"Haley is a graduate of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy (2014) and Cumberland University (2016 BA and 2018 MBA). Tina is a long time resident of Wilson County and has been employed at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy as the Development Director for 15 years.

It has always been a dream or ours to work together but we really had no idea what that might look like. We had literally discussed every kind of business we could think of from real estate to clothing boutiques but something keep taking us back to the concept of a DIY type business in general but specifically AR Workshop. As long time Wilson Co. residents we were well aware of the need for some type of entertainment that would appeal to a broad age range and interests. 

Once we decided to inquire about the availability of a franchise with AR WORKSHOP we knew right away this was the perfect fit for us as and we hope the residents and visitors of Wilson Co. and surrounding areas will agree when we open our doors in the very near future in Providence Station (Mt. Juliet). 

We look forward to offering something fun for all ages and interests (including those that do not really consider themselves the DIYer). Anyone that knows Tina knows she is not exactly the most creative person and she completes the projects with great ease all while having fun! This is a place for all groups, ages, men and women, those that do not know anything about DIY and the most experienced crafter. Along with our wonderful workshops of wood projects, chunky knit blankets, and specialty classes, we also offer retail for gifts, home decor, jewelry and more!"- Haley Jones and Tina Pressley


So come on out to Watertown is for Lovers and meet Mt. Juliet's newest shop and remember to use #LoveArrivesinWatertown to show us those awesome crafts you make.


Also, be sure to follow them on Instagram and like their Facebook page to keep up-to-date on all their upcoming workshops!

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WilCo Holiday Checklist

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With the holidays just a few days away, Visit WilCo is making our list and checking it twice – our WilCo Holiday List that is! Check out our top 10 WilCo Holiday Musts below, but remember, you can create your own must see and do’s by checking out our complete Wilson County attraction, shopping and dining directory at!

WilCo Holiday Top 10:

  1. Christmas dinner isn’t complete without fresh, hot out of the oven rolls. This year, pick up some from Bays Bread – a WilCo tradition! 
  2. Need ideas on how to pass the time waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve? Check out one of WilCo’s magical light shows – The Dancing Lights of Christmas or Chad’s Winter Wonderland!
  3. Baked goodies should be on everyone’s Holiday list, and here in WilCo, we know that Sweet Thing Bakery has your sweet tooth covered!
  4. Don’t Forget a sweet Christmas Treat for Fido! Pamper your pooch with dog friendly pastries from Three Dog Bakery in Mt. Juliet.
  5. Wanting locally produced gifts but DIY isn’t your thing? Trust local WilCo artisans like Thornton’s Metals or head to the Basement Marketplace for a large selection of local finds! 
  6. Make plans to go visit Santa at Smoothie King in Mt. Juliet through December 23!
  7. Take a walk at Long Hunter State Park or Cedar’s of Lebanon to work off those holiday meals. You can take an easy half-mile walk on the Cedar Glades trail or make a day of it with Long Hunter State Park’s 4 mile Day Loop trail.
  8. Ran out of time to cook your holiday dinner this year? Call Sammy B’s and learn about their catering options!
  9. Make a great handmade gift (or make something for yourself) with any of Imagine That Art Studio’s holiday workshops!
  10. Last, but certainly not least, plenty of milk and cookies (from J. Clayborns) for that special visit from the Big Guy Himself, Santa!


Happy Holidays WilCo!! Enjoy the season with all we have to offer around the county!

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Get Rid of That Holiday Stress!

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The holidays bring a lot of joy, but they can also bring some stress as well. Visit WilCo has some holiday stress relief tips for you to try this holiday season.

  1. Make lists to ensure you have everything planned out ahead of time. This eliminates forgotten items and last minute trips to the store.
  2. Take a walk on any of WilCo's trails or State Parks
  3. Enjoy a massage at Body Kneads, Etc in Lebanon or Massage Envy in Mt. Juliet
  4. The Dancing Lights of Christmas 
  5. Chad’s Winter Wonderland
  6. Enjoy a calming cup of coffee at Billy Goat Café, Split Bean Roasting Co., or Lulu’s Coffeehouse & Café
  7. Enjoy handmade donuts at J. Clayborn’s or Gourmet Donuts & Café

WilCo is full of ways to relieve stress this holiday season. Get out and explore the county, and if you want more information on things to do, like our Facebook page or visit our website.

The holidays are meant to be full of laughter and family, not stress!

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Come one, Come All!


The holiday season is in full swing as we get ready for “The Big Guy” to make his yearly trip around the world, with a very important stop in Wilson County!

Christmas Parades are a very important part of Wilson County’s holiday season. Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, and Watertown each have unique parades during the month of December.

Lebanon will have their annual Christmas Parade on December 2, 2018. This year’s theme is “Miracles on Main Street.” Participants are encouraged to make their floats focused on a miracle, which can be created by an individual or through an organization. The 2018 Grand Marshals will be Make-a-Wish of Wilson County recipients Joshua and Gabe, and the parade will begin at 2 PM. For more information, click on the picture below.

Lebanon Christmas Parade

Mt. Juliet will be hosting “A Country Christmas” on December 8, 2018. The festivities will begin at 7:30 AM with parade staging and the parade will begin at 11 AM. For more information and the complete list of activities and parade route, click on the picture below.

MJ Christmas Parade

Watertown will be having their 2018 Christmas parade on December 15th starting at 2 PM. Spectators can begin lining up for the parade at 1 PM at the Round Lick Baptist Church. You can find a complete parade route and more information by clicking on the picture below.

Watertown Christmas Parade

So, bundle up, grab some hot cocoa, and see the parades Wilson County has to offer this year!!

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'Tis the Season


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It’s officially the Holiday season! Halloween and Thanksgiving have come and gone, and now it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! Luckily, that’s easy to do with all WilCo’s holiday offerings, including some of the best light displays in the state…or maybe even the country (at least we think so!) Wilson County is home to Middle Tennessee’s largest musical light display called The Dancing Lights of Christmas, where you can find a kid’s ice-skating rink, mechanical reindeer rides, life size snow globe photo booth, and delicious treats. Still can’t get enough of those twinkling lights? Check out Chad’s Winter Wonderland where you can see over 2 million lights, live animals hundreds of Christmas scenes, a live Frosty, and a real Santa Claus!

Need something to help you walk off all the food you ate Thursday and Friday? Don’t forget about Shop Small Saturday! Head on out to Watertown, Mt. Juliet, and Lebanon to see what deals they are having on a great day to support small, locally owned businesses.

Get into the holiday spirit this weekend between the turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie by checking out some of Wilson County’s festive activities!

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Feast Week 2018


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The first ever WilCo Feast Week is here!!!! For any foodies out there, the ultimate week to feast has finally commenced.

Today, November 2, thru November 9, you can go to any of the participating Feast Week restaurants during their normal operating hours, ask for a *SPECIAL* Feast Week menu, and get three courses for one fixed price.

15 restaurants throughout Wilson County have chosen their menus, their price, and have even chosen to give $1 of every Feast Week meal purchased to a Wilson County charity of their choice.

Just like with any event, there are a few rules you must follow (but there aren’t many, we promise):

1. Click this link to see a full list of participating restaurants and their Feast Week menus

2. Show up hungry at one of the participating Feast Week Restaurants and enjoy three courses at one great price!

3. Let your server know you are there for Feast Week to receive the special Feast Week menu and pricing!

4. Leave full of good food and a good feeling knowing you just gave back to a local, Wilson County charity by dining for Feast Week!

5.  Order one meal for each person in your party (no splitting meals please.) Don’t forget to take care of your server! Your beverage, tax, and gratuity will be additional charge to the flat rate, and other coupons or promotions cannot be applied to the Feast Week Pricing.

So, have fun, eat at as many restaurants as you can in 8 days, and remember to tag us in your pictures with the hashtag #WilCoFeastWeek

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All Hallows' Eve

Corn Maze Farmer's Corn Maze

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Halloween is just around the corner, and Wilson County has lots of ways to spend your holiday! Check out some events happening around Wilson County this weekend and on Halloween night.

Make sure to have lots of fun, eat lots of candy, dress up in the best costumes but most importantly, be safe!

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See What's to Come in November


October is coming to a close, but November is right around the corner. Check out this calendar of events happening in November all around WilCo, and, of course, make sure to like our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and check back to our website for more information on these events!


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Spooky Season...Enter if you DARE


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The days are shorter, the nights are creepier, the air is colder….it’s officially spooky season.


There is no better way to spend #spookyseason than screaming at Wilson County’s own haunted woods.


Deadlands Haunted Woods has been in the scaring business for 10 years. With three different options to choose from when it comes to getting scared, they guarantee you won’t leave disappointed.


You can pick from The Curse, The Portal, The Crypt, or if you’re feeling brave enough, take a stab at all 3!


They are open Fridays and Saturdays until November 3 from 7 PM-midnight. They will also be opened on Halloween for a midweek scare!


So get out this weekend, and dive right into #spookyseason.





P.S. It might be a good idea to go over the weekend so the nightmares don’t make you oversleep for work.

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Happy Fall Ya'll


Fall weather is finally here, and whether you’re excited for the timeless fall pieces like flannels and chunky sweaters or want to take a ride on the wild side with trends like flared jeans, popcorn tops, or lace, the Historic Lebanon Square has shopping to fit all your fashion needs.

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There's No Place Like Home

Get to know Ashley Shores Wilson County Tennessee

Ashley Shores at Visit WilCOAshley Shores Joins WC TourismI’m finally back home.

Wilson County is most definitely a familiar place to me. So, sit down, kick your feet up, and relax as I tell you a little about myself.

My name is Ashley Shores, and I am the newest addition to the team over at the Wilson County Tourism Department.

I have been a resident of Wilson County for as long as I can remember (like since I was in diapers).  The only time I’ve been away from Wilson County was to go to school in an even smaller town. I went to The University of Tennessee at Martin where I got to live out my dream of being a radio DJ by day and studying at night. I worked at a nationally award-winning radio station for most of my college career, but it wasn’t until I met our current Chancellor, Dr. Keith Carver, that I fell in love with Social Media and knew I wanted to make a career of it.

Fast forward to August 2018. I have graduated and now I have to enter the real world. I moved back to Wilson County, put my nose to the grindstone, and found the perfect job. Well…

That’s where I am now. I will be that voice behind WilCo’s social media. So, if you see puns, pictures, videos, or anything else, that is all me. I am so excited to be working with such an amazing team, but the most important people to my job are YOU GUYS! Tell me where to eat (I love to try new things), shop (I might have a shopping problem), explore (I love to be outside with my pup), and anything else you love in Wilson County.

I want to find all the hidden gems that Wilson County has to offer, and I plan on doing that along with my {fur}ever friend, Jax.

So, here we go! Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore. Adult world commencing in 3...2...1...

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