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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

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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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4Th Of July Happenings In WilCo

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Wilson County Tennessee is ready to celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4th! Here are some fun ways to celebrate at events happening around the county!

City of Lebanon’s 4th of July Celebration

City Of Lebanon 4th of July Celebration

The festivities begin at 5:00PM on Wednesday, July 4th at the James E. Ward AG Center grounds with FREE Hot Dogs and Watermelon until 6:00PM. The celebration continues with live music, face painting, food trucks, and National Guard Displays. Performances by Fred VanHook, The Harmoneers, Evermean Evergreen Cloggers and Michael Neal.

Fireworks will light up the sky at 9:00PM, so grab the family and head to the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on July 4th to end your Independence Day celebrations with a bang!

Providence 4th of July Celebration

Providence 4th of July Celebration in Mt Juliet

Head to Providence Marketplace in Mt. Juliet for live music, inflatables, face painting, balloons, putt-putt golf and more family fun this 4th of July! Fireworks are a “one size fits all” to end your shopping day at Providence!

Stars, Stripes and Squirt Gun Parade

Sars Stripes and Squirt Gun Parade in Watertown, TN

Head to Watertown, TN for the insanely fun Stars, Stripes and Squirt Gun Parade! Hosted by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce, bring your squirt guns down to the Watertown Square to celebrate the 4th of July. The parade encourages its participants and spectators to get wet by squirting each other with water guns! Of course, there is a section of the parade reserved for those participants who do not wish to get wet, but other than that, squirt at will! Parade begins at 3:00PM on Wednesday, July 4th.

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Top 5 Ways to Beat the Heat in WilCo

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The summer sun shines bright here in WilCo, but we know how to beat the heat by visiting some of the best watering holes around! Here is our top 5 ways to make a splash this summer in WilCo!

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Fun In The Sun – Get Outside in WilCo This Summer!

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Now that winter is behind us, it’s time to get outside and discover everything that WilCo has to offer for those seeking outdoor fun and adventure! Here are some of our favorite ways to explore the WilCo wilderness and have fun with your friends and family outside this summer.

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Batch & Bushell Farmer’s Market

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It just isn’t summer without all the fresh fruits and veggies that Wilson County has to offer! And where’s the best place to stock up on all the great produce? The Batch & Bushel Farmer’s Market at the Wilson County Expo Center!

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I Scream For #WilCo Ice Cream

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In anticipation for warmer weather, I decided to make a trip around Wilson County to restaurants that are known for serving sweet treats on warm spring days! Here’s the scoop on some places to go in Wilco if you’re a softie for some soft serve!

Adelita's Ice Cream Shop Located in Lebanoin TNAdelita's Ice Cream Shop Located in Lebanoin TNMy first stop was Adelita’s Ice Cream Shop located in Lebanon. This ice cream shop is unique because of its Hispanic flair and hospitality. First, I walked in and my eyes were drawn to a wall that is popping with color. Greens, pinks, purples you name it; arranged in a way that’s both exciting and inviting. My eyes were peeled away only to find a wall of ice cream and popsicles. At first, it’s a bit overwhelming; There were so many different colors and flavors, but the staff was very charming and happy to help me decide what flavors to get. I was able to narrow it down to two types of ice cream: vanilla with M & M’s and chocolate with Kit-Kats. I sat down to enjoy my frozen treats at their cute tables, perfect for a small group of people. I took a spoonful of both flavors and was blown away. This place puts the cream in ice cream. Seriously y’all, the Kit Kat was delicious and chocolatey, and the vanilla with M & M’s was a pair made in heaven. Adelita’s Ice Cream Shop is a hidden icy gem that is definitely not vanilla.

Snow White Drive-in in Lebanon, TNSnow White Drive-in In Lebanon, TNThe second stop, Snow White Drive-In on West Main Street, was a step back in time. A typical 1950’s diner complete with a jukebox and spunky waiting staff.  I decided to keep the sweet theme going by ordering a banana split. This banana split was to die for! Underneath the mountains of whipped cream were walnuts, strawberries and even more ice cream, which was quite the pleasant surprise! Other patrons were also eating a banana split, and they were enjoying it just as much as I was. The sounds of town chatter and laughter filled this homey restaurant, making it the perfect place to take the family, or your lunch break. As I was leaving, one of the waitresses told me they served milkshakes. Worried I’d go into a sugar coma if I had anything else sweet, I told them I’d absolutely be back to try one.

adalitas image 1 297x300Today was a sugary adventure I plan on attending more often. Adelita’s Ice Cream Shop and Snow White Drive-In are unique places that call Wilson County home. One gives you scoops of yummy Latino culture, while the other is a historical trip for both you and your taste buds. They are the places to go if you’re looking for a tasty and fun time with your friends and family. Only in #WilCo will you find such frozen fun!

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Foodie Friday: #WilCo Donuts

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Is it just me or are there a LOT of donut shops here in WilCo? I don’t mean Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts (not that I don’t also frequent those stops as well). I mean made-from-scratch, mom-and-pop, fresh out of the oven, melt in your mouth donut shops.

Since I’m new to the area, I felt like it was my duty to officially taste test those donut shops – it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

Stop #1: Donut Time (Lebanon)

Donut Time In Lebanon, TN Donut Time In Lebanon, TN Donut Time was my first stop on and did not disappoint! The staff was super friendly, and with a steady stream of customers entering while I was there, I could tell that this was clearly a local favorite. I tried an obscene amount of donuts here (for research purposes of course), but my favorite was the apple fritter! I’m usually not a big apple fritter person when I’m in a donut shop but upon the prompting of fellow customers and staff I tried one – and will definitely be getting them more frequently here at Donut Time!

Stop #2: Donut Palace (Lebanon)

Donut Palace In Lebanon, TNDonut Palace In Lebanon, TNDonut Palace is actually on my way to work every day, and what’s even MORE convenient, is their DRIVE THRU WINDOW! That’s right, I don’t even have to get out of my car to stock up on these sweet, glazed babies! Although, I decided for my first trip, to go inside and check out all the donuts they had to offer. The selection did not disappoint and I left with my “traditional” favorites: glazed, blueberry and chocolate with sprinkles. Delicious!






J. Clayborn's in Lebanon, TNStop #3: J. Clayborn’s (Lebanon)

I’ve been hearing about J. Clayborn’s ever since I moved to #WilCo so I was excited to finally try it out! It definitely won my heart by it’s nostalgic café atmosphere where the smell of fresh brewed coffee and sweet baked goods welcomes you as you enter this tucked away gem. I decided to let the staff at J. Clayborn’s pick out two donuts I should try, which ended up being a pumpkin cake donut with a maple frosting and a classic cake donut with chocolate frosting. J. Clayborn’s isn’t playing around when it comes to their donuts – the frosting was rich and the cake texture was thick but fluffy! This is definitely a place I will continue to visit!




Stop #4: Gourmet Donuts (Mount Juliet)

Gourmet Donuts 3 300x225Gourmet Donuts 3 300x225My last stop on this “Tour de Donuts” was Gourmet Donuts located in Mount Juliet. This time, I had a helper with me (my 18-month daughter Lucy) to help me taste test! The staff was super friendly and the donut selection was substantial. We decided to pick up a dozen (plus a couple…) to take to Lucy’s daycare as a treat! It was so hard to choose which one I was going to try, but at the end of the day, I thought I’d try a traditional glazed (ok, I also had a few donut holes but who’s counting…) Since I live in Mount Juliet, Gourmet Donuts has now become my weekend “go-to” morning treat!

So if you are looking for a sweet start to your day in #WilCo, try one of our amazing donut shops (or all of them – I won’t judge!)

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Springtime in #WilCo

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Spring weather is finally here! I know I’m new to the area and you may be saying “Amy, we will still get frosty mornings and cold fronts before we can officially welcome spring.” And to that I say, stop raining on my parade and let me wear my flip flops.

So in honor of this early warm-ish weather, I present to you a SPRING theme for this week’s #WilCo happenings!


This weekend marks the beginning of the Stardust Drive-In season! I have heard about this place and I have to say I am SO EXCITED to check this spot out! Short of drinking a bottled coca cola while watching a Yankees game and eating a hot dog, there is nothing more “Americana” than a drive-in movie. Also, where else can you see TWO movies for $8.50. You can stop by their concession stand of course, OR, you can bring your own food for a charge of $6.00 – which is a pretty cool concept and totally worth me begging my husband to grab a Pizza on our way to Stardust!


Since it’s finally nice outside, we can start being more active outdoors! Head to Charlie Daniels Park in Mount Juliet on Saturday, March 3rd for the “Paws For A Cause” 5K race benefiting the New Leash on Life organization! The race is sponsored by Tito’s Vodka and registration includes all sorts of fun goodies (t-shirt, medal, race photos, and other fun items!) After the 5K, there is a post-race party at the Corner Pub – and get this, the whole event is DOG FRIENDLY! So register HERE and bring your furry friend with you (your dog of course, not your friend who still hasn’t prepared for wearing shorts after the winter months…)


On Sunday, March 4th at 1:00PM, head to Long Hunter State Park for their Spring Hiking Tour. The hiking tour will include a one-mile hike along the inland trail and will be Ranger-led. Leashed pets are permitted, so bring the whole family. You will turn onto the third road (on the right) after turning into the park to meet the Ranger and fellow hikers! For more information and to register, click HERE.


A nation-wide initiative called “Weed Wrangle” is a program where volunteers from the community gather in public parks to help eradicate exotic, invasive plants in preparation for the spring and summer seasons. So come to Cedars of Lebanon State Park on Saturday, March 3rd from 9AM – 1PM to help us wrangle those weeds! This is a great way to give back to the community, and if you have any kiddos, bring them to help too! To register for the event, click HERE.


I’m not a “country girl” by any stretch of the imagination, but I LOVE horseback riding! One of my favorite memories from visiting Ireland was riding horseback through Killarney National Park. I believe horseback riding is a MUST when visiting a new area, as it is a fun way to get a sense of the natural beauty of a destination. So definitely check out Juro Stables when you are visiting #WilCo. Juro Stables is located in Mt. Juliet, and they offer group trail rides as well as private rides and lessons. For more information or to reserve your ride, call (615) 773-7433.

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Catch A Show In #WilCo

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There is nothing better than live entertainment, especially live THEATRICAL entertainment! So check out some upcoming shows here in #WilCo – and don’t just save the drama for your mama, bring the whole family!

StageStruck Productions Presents: “Mayberry, Maybe?”

This weekend, StageStruck’s “Come Laugh With Us” comedy series begins with their production of “Mayberry, Maybe?” Audiences will enjoy this hilarious comedy of Deputy Dooley and the town folks preparing for an armageddon while the Sheriff is out of town. The show will take place at the Westland United Methodist Church located at 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon, TN 37087. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased HERE.

Wilson Central Wildcat Theatre Presents: “Shrek the Musical”

Shrek the Musical - Wilson Central High SchoolShrek the Musical - Wilson Central High SchoolWilson Central High School’s Wildcat Productions presents “Shrek the Musical” February 22nd – 25th at the Wilson Central High School Wildcat Theatre. Join fairy tale characters and your favorite grumpy, green ogre, Shrek, as they attempt to rescue Princess Fiona in order to restore order to Shrek’s swamp. Shrek the Musical will delight as it transforms the popular animated film into a high energy musical that is sure to delight audiences of all ages! Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE.

Audience of One Productions Presents: “Singin’ In The Rain”

Singing In The Rain - Capitol Theatre Lebanon, TNSinging In The Rain - Capitol Theatre Lebanon, TNHead to the Capitol Theatre February 28th – March 4th to catch “Singin’ In The Rain!” The story of famous movie stars Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont trying to hold on to their fame as their industry moves from “silent” to “talkies.” Lina, who’s voice is not suited for the task, struggles with the transition until the musically inclined chorus girl Kathy Selden is brought in as her voice double. This is one of my all-time favorite shows, so you can bet I’ll be grabbing my family and heading to the Capitol Theatre to catch this show before it ends! You can purchase your tickets today by clicking HERE.

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#WilCo Happenings This Weekend

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Sing your heart out!

Head to the Woodfire Grille in Mount Juliet on Saturday, February 17th at 7:00PM for a Karaoke Night with DJ Krazee D! Try some of Woodfire Grille’s famous Nashville-style hot chicken, and then hit the stage with some equally hot tunes!

Have a “far out” time at a 60’s themed event.

The Roast will be having a 60’s night featuring the band “Feelin’ Groovy.” Guests are encouraged to dress in their 1960’s best! The event will take place on Saturday, February 17th at 7:30PM at The Roast in Lebanon, TN.

Grab your partner and do-si-GO to The Mill!

The Mill will be hosting a line dancing event with Instructor Dorothy Bard this Saturday from 2:00PM – 4:00PM. Don’t forget to check out the shops at The Mill with your dance partner after the class is over!

Check out the latest Centerstage production “The Piano Lesson.”

Centerstage Theatre Company proudly presents “The Piano Lesson.” The production tells the story of a brother and sister’s struggle to determine the fate of a piano that has been in their family for generations. The story shines a light on the struggle between keeping your heritage while also focusing on the future. You can catch “The Piano Lesson” this week or next. For more information and to purchase your tickets, click HERE.

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Valentine’s Day in WilCo!

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Love is in the air here in #WilCo!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but no need to panic, we are here to help make your Valentine’s Day easier with our guide to a fabulous WilCo Valentine’s Day!

Treat your Valentine to a spa day!

Body Kneads, Etc. in Lebanon, TN is offering a 5-hour spa package that includes a 60-minute massage (complete with a vanilla spice coffee back scrub), Image O2 Oxygen facial, and a chocolate / peppermint pedicure! The package also includes a toasted marshmallow latte before your treatment and a mid-day lunch! For more details, click HERE. Aqua Bella Day Spa in Mt. Juliet, TN is offering a couple’s massage complete with champagne and chocolates! Why not give your Valentine (and yourself) the gift of pampering? Forget the World Massage Therapy in Mt. Juliet, TN may not be offering a special just for Valentines, but we couldn’t miss the opportunity to point out that they have been voted the “Best Massage” in Mt. Juliet for both 2017 and just recently the 2018 title! You can check out their Facebook page HERE for a list of services and pricing.

Give your Valentine a sweet treat!

Sweet Biscuit Co. in Mt. Juliet, TN is offering a special Valentine’s package where you can mix and match their popular mini dessert biscuits. Choose from strawberry lemonade, cherry cordial and white chocolate raspberry for your sweetie! You can mix and match flavors in packs of 4 ($3) or 9 ($7). You can call 615-288-3649 to place your order. Stop by Short Cakes Cakery in Mt. Juliet, TN to place an order for cake pops or chocolate covered strawberries for your “cupcake” on Valentine’s day! Clayborn’s bakery in Lebanon, TN has special Valentine’s Day heart cookies as well as gorgeous heart-shaped donuts that are sure to make your Valentine’s morning!

Head to a Valentine’s Day event!

The Goat will be hosting an “Anti-Valentine’s Day” event for couples and singles alike for those who don’t get all mushy for the typical Valentine’s Day activities. So if a traditional Valentine’s Day isn’t your style, come to the Goat where they will have games, food, drinks and activities such as exercise Jenga and raffles! This is a free event from 6PM – 9PM on Valentine’s Day, but they do ask that you register in advance by clicking HERE. Take your Valentine to the Heart of Tennessee 3rd Annual Antique Show at the Wilson County Expo Center! The cost is $20, but the ticket will be good for the duration of the show (three days total). Have some wine and some finger foods as you stroll through the show to see and shop the fabulous antiques! Bloom Yoga Studio in Lebanon is offering a special Valentine’s Day couple’s yoga class led by Leighanne Buchanan. The class will cover partner yoga poses as well as Thai yoga massage techniques. The cost is $25 per couple, but the space is very limited – so make your reservation online today by clicking HERE.

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Business Spotlight Saturday: New Leash On Life!

There are many reasons to visit Wilson County: the parks, boutique shopping, dining, the local attractions, or for the many historical sites. However, many times we find ourselves in a new town or city not necessarily for leisure purposes, but because a product or service is available there that is difficult (or maybe impossible!) to get elsewhere. The businesses that offer these products and services play an important role to our tourism industry, so we would like to put a spotlight on those businesses in a segment called…

Business Spotlight Saturday!

This week’s spotlight is on the New Leash On Life organization located in Lebanon, TN. New Leash On Life is dedicated to improving the welfare of companion animals in the community through shelter, placement, spay/neuter, and education and awareness opportunities. The organization boasts three main programs: The Adoption Center, The Joy Clinic, and the Paw Pantry.

Buddy the Chihuahua

The Adoption Center is where our tour begins and is the longest-standing operation of the New Leash On Life organization. The Adoption Center provides shelter, food, basic medical care and training to rescued animals. The Adoption Center is a no-kill shelter that last year helped over 550 companion animals.

Monkey the cat who roams the halls during the evenings

The Joy Clinic is the spay and neuter servicing area of the New Leash On Life organization. The Joy Clinic is a proud partner with the National Spay / Neuter Response Team. This means that the Joy Clinic has been trained at the National Training Center of the Humane Alliance (a program of the ASPCA). The quality of care that companion animals receive at the Joy Clinic, coupled with the affordable pricing, is what sets this program apart from any other spay / neuter facility in the area. The surgery price range is between $35 – $75 (WELL below the industry average!).

Smelling all the visitors who pass by!

The Paw Pantry program provides monthly assistance with pet food for Wilson County residents (this may also be available to people in surrounding counties if supplies are available). The first time assistance is needed, they have a “no questions asked” policy. However, beyond the first time use of the program, the Paw Pantry asks that you provide proof of need as well as proof that your companion animal is spayed or neutered. Proof of need can include: unemployment, government assistance, fixed income, veteran services or referral from another nonprofit.

The Joy Clinic’s mascot, Bandit, getting up-close and personal with CVB Director Amy Nichols

Our visit with the New Leash On Life organization was a powerful one – full of people who are passionate about providing quality care and improving the lives of animals in need. The love that is felt for these animals from those who volunteer their time with New Leash On Life is powerful, but love is not the only thing needed to keep these valuable programs running! Visit the New Leash On Life website to see how you can help through donated items, donated time, and monetary donations.

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