Family Fun WilCo Weekend Getaway

WilCo Family 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


Wilco Feast Week in WIlson County November 2 9 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

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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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