There are several nice restaurants close by for lunch or dinner. Most do not require reservations, unless you are planning a dinner with more than 6 guests. The closest restaurant that we recommend is called the Timberloft. The restaurant is about ten minutes away and offers a relaxing atmosphere with a bar and a delicious menu with the all the favorites from great steaks to smoked BBQ. There is a great restaurant about 25 minutes away called Blue Water Grill that floats on the water of Center Hill lake and offers a romantic ambiance, a delicious chef designed menu and great music on select weekends. There are many other chain dining establishments as well as some great family owned Meat and Three's within a ten to twenty minute drive too. We won't list all of these here, but can certainly point you towards them when you arrive. For a fun evening of music and dinner, there is a wonderful old general store that has been renovated into an amazing museum and on weekends hosts an evening of live bluegrass music that is broadcasted on the radio. You'll feel like you have stepped back to the days of the original Grand Ole Opry.
(10 minutes away)
The Timberloft in Gordonsville - 615-683-5070
The Cornerstone Cafe in Gordonsville - 615-683-8211
El Corral Mexican Restaurant in Gordonsville - 615-683-8877
(20-25 minutes away)
The Galley in Silverpoint (Floating restaurant on the lake) - 931-858-2424
Outback Steak House in Lebanon — 615-444-7193
The Blue Water Grill (floating restaurant on the lake) 931-858-2275
Demos Steak House in Lebanon- 615-443-4600
The Sutton General Store in Granville - 931-653-4151
(Family-style dinner with a live radio-broadcast bluegrass music performance every Saturday)
There's all kinds of exploring to do on the other side of the gate into Butterfly Hollow. Flowing through the foothills and into our closest small town of Carthage, is the Cumberland River. River Paddle boats and fishing boats travel the river that eventually winds it way past the shores of Nashville. The river also creates the beautiful Cordell Hull Lake a few miles down stream. A couple minutes to our south lies the picturesque Center Hill Lake and Caney Fork River, which twists and turns across the Cumberland Plateau.
The Caney Fork River is said to have the best trout fishing this side of the Mississippi. Picture yourself on a summer afternoon floating lazily down a river. There is a canoe rental and outfitter close by to drop you off and pick you up or if you would really like to bring home dinner be sure to make reservations for a guided drift boat fishing excursion. If your envisioning catching something a little bigger...like a 40-50lb Striper, your hosts can help arrange for a day or half day with a local fishing guide.
For you Antique lover's we have created a little treasure map that will take you along the back roads and through the country side to over a dozen antique shops. The map will take you to quaint little towns like Gordonsville and Watertown and eventually lead you to the square in historic Lebanon. There's a suggestion or two along the mapped journey for restaurants and cafes.
The hollow is close enough to Nashville... but far enough away. You're only 45 minutes from Music City USA. Spend evening to remember listening to some of the best country music at the Grand Ole Opry. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Nashtrash Tours are not to be missed either. For the shopper Lebanon Premium Outlets and Providence Marketplace are just twenty five minutes down the road on the way to Nashville.
The Cumberland Plateau is home to several wilderness areas and natural parks spread across the mountains. The newest national park The Big South Fork can also be found here, with over 150 miles of hiking trails, more than 100 miles of horse back riding and mountain biking trails and about 80 miles of navigational white water for rafting, canoeing and kayaking. Fall Creek Falls State Park, Savage Gulf Wilderness Area, and several other state parks are also within an hours drive.
For you horse lovers... Avans Farm is just ten minutes down the road. They have seven wonderful horses and a great 1 hour trail ride through some beautiful country side. This is truly a personal riding experience that you won't forget. There is also horseback rides about twenty minutes away at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park
There are several vineyards and winery's on the plateau and a wonderful day can be spent driving around some of the most serene country roads through the mountains and foothills searching for the best tasting Tennessee wine. So point your compass in any direction from here, and find an adventure, a natural treasure, an experience that can only be Tennessee.
An Intimate Country Getaway.