Episode 1117

Day Trip: Columbia, Tennessee

Embark on a delightful day trip from Nashville, Tennessee, to Columbia, TN, and indulge in the charming offerings of this historic town. Start your morning at Mule Town Coffee, where aromatic brews and delicious pastries await. Explore the quaint shops in the square, filled with unique finds and local treasures. Immerse yourself in history at the James K Polk house, a beautifully preserved landmark. Finally, treat yourself to a sweet finale at Hattie Janes Creamery, where handcrafted ice cream creations will tantalize your taste buds.

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A Charming Day Trip from Nashville to Columbia, Tennessee

Nestled just south of Nashville, Tennessee, lies the enchanting town of Columbia. Steeped in rich history and brimming with delightful attractions, Columbia makes for an ideal day trip destination. Join us as we explore the town’s historical landmarks, local culinary gems, and vibrant cultural offerings. From sipping artisanal coffee at Mule Town Coffee to indulging in scrumptious ice cream at Hattie Janes Creamery, there’s something for everyone in this hidden gem of a town.

Mule Town Coffee: Kick-start your day trip with a visit to Mule Town Coffee. Located in the heart of Columbia, this cozy coffee shop is a beloved local hotspot. Savor a perfectly brewed cup of java alongside delectable pastries, and take in the friendly ambiance that embodies the town’s warm hospitality.

Shopping in Downtown Columbia: After energizing yourself with a dose of caffeine, explore the charming downtown area of Columbia. Stroll along the historic streets lined with unique boutiques, antique shops, and art galleries. From handmade crafts to one-of-a-kind treasures, you’ll find plenty of delights to take home as mementos of your visit.

James K Polk’s House: History buffs will be enthralled by a visit to the James K Polk House, the ancestral home of the 11th President of the United States. Step back in time as you tour the beautifully preserved house, gaining insight into the life and legacy of this influential leader.

Asgard Brewing Co: Quench your thirst and explore Columbia’s craft beer scene at Asgard Brewing Co. This local microbrewery offers an array of artisanal beers with unique flavors. Sample a flight of their brews and discover new favorites, all while enjoying the cozy atmosphere and friendly conversations with fellow beer enthusiasts.

Ollie and Finns Counter: When hunger strikes, head to Ollie and Finns Counter, a beloved eatery known for its sandwiches. This family-owned restaurant prides itself on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, ensuring a delectable dining experience that captures the essence of Southern comfort food.

JJ’s BBQ: No trip to Tennessee would be complete without savoring some authentic barbecue. Stop by JJ’s BBQ, where you’ll find succulent smoked meats, flavorful sauces, and a cozy atmosphere. From ribs to pulled pork, let your taste buds revel in the smoky goodness that has made Tennessee barbecue famous.

Hattie Janes Creamery: Indulge your sweet tooth at Hattie Janes Creamery, a delightful ice cream parlor that serves up homemade frozen treats bursting with flavor. Choose from a variety of creative and classic flavors, and experience the joy of artisanal ice cream made with love.

Riverfront Park: Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Riverfront Park, located by the Duck River. Enjoy the tranquility of nature, breathe in the fresh air, and take in the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The park also offers picnic areas, walking trails, and a playground, making it an ideal spot for relaxation and family fun.

Natchez Trace Parkway: Extend your day trip by exploring the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway. This historic roadway offers breathtaking views, abundant wildlife, and numerous hiking trails. Immerse yourself in nature’s splendor as you drive along this ancient path, which traces the footsteps of Native Americans and early European settlers.

Mule Town Festival: If you plan your day trip during the right time of year, you might be fortunate enough to experience the lively Mule Town Festival. This annual event showcases the town’s proud heritage, featuring parades, live music, local cuisine, and a variety of entertaining activities. Immerse yourself in the community spirit and celebrate the unique charm of Columbia.

From its rich history to its culinary delights and vibrant culture, Columbia, Tennessee, offers a perfect day trip destination from Nashville. Whether you’re exploring the historic landmarks, indulging in delicious food, or immersing yourself in the town’s festive atmosphere, Columbia will leave you with lasting memories and a desire to return to this charming southern gem.

Get Some Coffee at Mule Town Coffee


Welcome to Mule Town Coffee, the heart and soul of Columbia, Tennessee. This cozy and inviting coffee shop is a local favorite, offering a warm and friendly atmosphere that instantly makes you feel at home. As you step inside, the irresistible aroma of freshly brewed coffee envelopes you, tempting your taste buds. Indulge in their artisanal blends, carefully crafted by passionate baristas who take pride in delivering the perfect cup of joe. Pair your coffee with their delectable pastries, creating a delightful harmony of flavors. Mule Town Coffee is not just a place for a caffeine fix, but a community gathering spot where friendships are formed and memories are made.

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Shopping in Downtown Columbia


Immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant atmosphere of historic downtown Columbia and its captivating Town Square. Prepare to be amazed by the array of delectable dining options, hidden gems, and leisurely pursuits. Discover a world of vintage treasures at Bleu 32 Antique Marketplace, where three levels of vendor booths await. Step into Duck River Books, a cozy haven that transports you to a place of literary enchantment. The Faded Farmhouse, The Linen Duck, and Smith & York Co. offer a stunning selection of vintage-inspired home decor. And don’t forget to visit Tallgrass Meat Company, a community-focused market renowned for its finest meats. Uncover the magic of exploration and indulge in the pleasures that await you in downtown Columbia.

Learn about the life of James K. Polk by visiting his home

Step into history at the James K. Polk Home, the sole surviving residence of the 11th President of the United States. This beautifully preserved landmark showcases a remarkable collection of presidential memorabilia, transporting you to the early 1800s on America’s Western Frontier. Experience the extraordinary story of Polk’s unlikely rise from a sickly frontier youth to a powerful leader. Witness the beginning of America’s westward expansion, as Polk’s presidency transformed the nation into a continental powerhouse, stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Immerse yourself in the authentic artifacts and captivating narrative, capturing a pivotal era in American history in just 100 words.

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Get a beer from Asgard Brewing Co


Experience the essence of craft beer at Asgard Brewing Company, located in the heart of historic downtown Columbia, TN. With a focus on exceptional quality, Asgard Brewing Company crafts and serves a wide range of exquisite brews to delight its patrons. Beyond its brewery operations, the company also distributes its meticulously crafted beers to local vendors, restaurants, and off-property events. But Asgard Brewing Company aspires to be more than a brewery; it seeks to become a thriving destination attraction. With plans for hosting special events, gatherings, and offering captivating tours of its production facilities, Asgard Brewing Company is committed to bringing its dreams to life in the vibrant town of Columbia.

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Have a sandwich from Ollie and Finns Counter


Located in the Arts building of Columbia, Tennessee, Ollie and Finns Counter is a delightful sandwich shop that satisfies both taste buds and aesthetic cravings. With mouthwatering burgers, sandwiches, and hand-cut chips, this charming eatery serves up a delicious blend of flavors in a creative and inviting atmosphere.

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Or get some BBQ from JJ’s BBQ


Owned by the passionate Julie Webster, JJ’s BBQ is a labor of love that brings joy to both the owner and customers alike. With over two decades of experience, Julie’s dedication shines through as she opens the doors each morning, creating a welcoming atmosphere. Leading a team of exceptional individuals, they collaborate to serve quality, mouthwatering food. The satisfaction of bringing the food, team, and customers together is the ultimate reward. Grateful to all who have dined with them, JJ’s BBQ eagerly looks forward to welcoming you soon.

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Have a frozen treat from Hattie Jane’s Creamery


Experience the artisanal delights of Hattie Jane’s Creamery, a beloved small-batch creamery and scoop shop rooted in Tennessee. Their menu showcases a harmonious blend of Southern traditions and contemporary flavors, with tempting options like Nana Puddin’, Brown Butter Pecan, Goo Goo & Jack, and dairy-free Strawberry Jam. Using a proprietary ice cream base crafted from locally sourced milk from Tennessee cows, Hattie Jane’s creates velvety and visually stunning ice cream. Their philosophy revolves around the belief that Ice Cream Makes You Happy, inviting visitors to indulge in a scoop (or two) or take home a pint of their favorite flavor for pure bliss.

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A day trip from Nashville to Centerville, Tennessee, offers the perfect opportunity to escape the city and immerse yourself in the charm of a small town. Just a short drive away, Centerville awaits with its quaint town square, friendly locals, and a variety of unique attractions. Embark on this day trip and explore the hidden gems, indulge in local flavors, and create lasting memories in this delightful Tennessee destination.

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