Trip Start Apr 03, 1996
11Trip End Apr 04, 1996
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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.