Trip Start Apr 03, 1996
11Trip End Apr 04, 1996
Historic Loudon is within easy reach of the water, yet this pretty spot entices those who like to visit interesting buildings and homes too -- many here are on the National Register. The Downtown Loudon Walking Tour is a self-guided tour of the downtown area; blue street banners proclaim the Loudon limits; you'll see pre and post Civil War architecture. Stop in at the Carmichael Inn Museum on Courthouse Square, the 1810 log cabin was used as a stage coach inn during the heyday of river and train transportation, it's now a museum with memorabilia of the county.
Two wineries in the area offer pleasant visits -- the Tennessee Valley Winery annually produces 14,000 gallons of muscadine wines and French hybrids and is open all year. The Loudon Valley Vineyards & Winery has 51 acres on the Tennessee River and offers tours, hikes, and tastings all year.
Drop by in August for the Smoky Mountain Fiddlers Convention and Antiques Festival; there is prize money for bands and individual fiddle, banjo, guitar and dancing and a play area for the kids.
The Mason Place Bed & Breakfast is a family-owned 130-year-old plantation home on the National Register with antiques and feather beds, pool, and garden.