2.22.2011

Road Trip: Tennessee Sweet Spots

{LISTEN: Happy Days are Here Again, by Ben Selvin and his Orchestra}

It was one of those mornings. Bored with our surroundings, and itching to get out of the house. So, we hit the road, Jack. And we found ourselves on a mini-roadtrip, headed north. 

We followed the curving two-lane roads through the rolling hills of Southern Tennessee, driving through spotty rain showers that wet the windshield just enough to turn on the wipers. Our destination was the tiny town of Lynnville, Tennessee. We were in search of a little taste of Roadside Kitsch, in the form of a real, live, retro soda shop. 

Soda Pop Junction, located right in the middle of Lynnville's sleepy downtown in a brick building that appears to have changed little since it was built in the 1880's, was featured on The Food Network show Unwrapped. Not only is it an authentic soda fountain, but it was also voted as having Tennessee's #1 burger. As foodies, we couldn't pass up the short 60 mile drive to check out the place to grab a bite, and simultaneously introduce Hudson to a blast from the past.  

Upon entering Soda Pop Junction, it quickly became clear that the Mayberry-esque lifestyle is still alive and well. Families sat in mismatched chairs, eating BLT sandwiches and slurping down milkshakes. Three elderly men squeezed around the closest table to the tiny television, to talk weather and watch Tennessee basketball. We found our way to our own little spot, close to the back, wedged between a vintage player piano and a wall full of Elvis memorabilia, and perused the menu which featured lots of ice cream, and some Southern favorites.....fried bologna sandwiches, anyone? Will, of course, decided to try out the famous burger, while Hudson and I opted for the grilled cheese.

 It was a neat place, and after a friendly goodbye from the young waitress, we went on our way. As we drove back towards home, we couldn't help but pull off the main road, onto a gravel entryway, under a massive iron sign reading: Milky Way Farms. While in Lynnville, we realized from the memorabilia, that the little town possessed one other claim to fame....

Milky Way Farms was built in the swingin' 1920's, by Frank Mars. A king of confections, Mars was the founder of The Mars Candy Company and creator of Milky Way and Snickers bar among others. In addition to the beautiful property, there sits atop the hill a magnificent, 25,000 sq. foot manor house. There is no one currently living there, so we found our way up the gravel path to take a look around at the massive home. Huge and beautiful, it's a perfect Tudor Revival-style mansion. Mr. Mars died shortly after the estate was established, in 1934, but his wife went on living there, raising thoroughbred horses....one of them was Gallahadion, the winner of the 1940 Kentucky Derby. 

Soda Pop Junction was great, and Milky Way Farms was grand. We had a wonderful day, visiting two of Tennessee's sweetest spots. 


























51 comments:

Eva Marie said...

sounds like blast! Spontaneous trips always turn out the best because of the minimal expectations attached to them. I love how you told the story so perfectly it felt like I was there.
You look stunning as always, and Hudson oh Hudson, what a strapping young lad :)

Candy Bar Eater said...

What a fun little travel we had. I am amazed at the neat things and places that are so close to our home. Soda Pop Junction was great and really neat but I would love to get back to Milky Way Farms and spend a day or two just walking around and exploring the estate. Maybe even spend the night. I look forward to many more fun little road trips.

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Haley K said...

What a fantastic day!!! The Soda Pop Junction looks like it has some wonderful personality, and the pictures you took helped tell such a cute story :) I loved how you described the people around you guys...isn't people watching the best? :) And Mr. Mars' home is gorgeous! I loved the yellow English tutor siding :)

And your outfit Ashley! I'm dieing over those lovely, big eyelets on your dress...and I'm on the lookout for a good pair of floral leggings, love love love yours! Looking gorgeous as always :) :) :)

Jeannie said...

What a neat little town. Never heard of it. That looks like a fun little road trip. Hudson and Will look like they are deep in conversation in picture #3, so cute. Your pictures tell the story so well, I feel like I have been there. Love your cute outfit. Can't wait for the next adventure.

Meri said...

What a fun place to visit! I love your description of the drive, and your pictures are so charming!

Staley Mc said...

This place looks so fun! Your pictures are always so gorgeous and definitely make me want to go there!!

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mmmk, i'm just going to say it. i'm kind of obsessed with your blog. every time i come over here i read/see something delightful. thank you for including this song to listen to while i read your post.

your family is SO adorable.

Rach said...

Ahh! I so want to go here now! Good thing it's only a couple of hours away from me! I see a day trip in the future. :)

Cole said...

I love little day trips like that! And the farmhouse is gorgeous!

Kari said...

So much fun and such great memories made!

Natasha said...

I loved this story..and all the pictures...too cool!!
I also quite love your outfit...you always mix prints so fabulously!

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The Pepper. said...

Looks like a wonderful adventure! I love spur of the moment road trips, they always are the best!

Diana Smith said...

What a great day!! Looks so fun to just get up and go somewhere random and spontaneous, if only I had some cool place like Tennessee around, I would do that all the time! haha we only have Idaho and Nevada...I guess that is cool to some people, but I am sick of Vegas!

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Kristen said...

What a perfect way to spend the day! You look so gorgeous in that color blue, Ashley, and Hudson looks like his usual precious self.

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Ollie Things Beautiful said...

Very cool! That house is so pretty! and what a cute little restaurant :)

Claire said...

What a fun trip! My hubby and I love to watch food network too and find the restaurants they go to (his fave is "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives"). LOVE your outfit. You mix patterns perfectly!

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lisa said...

i seriously love all the colors you wear.. they're so whimsical and pretty and especially striking against your gorgeous dark hair!!

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vanessa said...

looks like you had a lot of fun! :) i love taking random road trips...and i LOVE your dress! the color is so pretty! :)

Sophie said...

it looks legen-wait for it-dary! haha i saw your comment on megans blog and was like YESSSSS I LOVE HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER! has to be one of my all time fave shows!
your road trip looks awesome! you guys are such a beautiful family. xx

Sophie said...

p.s you are so stunning! and i love all your photos. what camera do you use? x

Cindy P said...

Beautiful pictures! I love quaint, old fashioned places. If I ever find myself in that part of TN I'll definitely be visiting the soda shop!

Cat said...

How cute you are! How do these sweet spots do it...they are so full of goodness yet they don't look clutter, just cool! Definately CHARMING :)

charminglychesney said...

oh my gosh! i live in tennessee, born and raised lol! i love the cute little soda shop!

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Jenni Austria Germany said...

omgosh take me there NOW.

Moniek said...

Great post, beautiful pictures!

Libbie said...

Oh that soda fountain! Looks so cute! What a fun day!!! I really had fun looking through your fun day! Lots of smiles & yummy food! that is the perfect day! :)

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

how awesome it that, Soda Pop Junction. Does that really exist?! Love it. The pictures are awesome and your outfit is so darn cute. Love the tights.


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Janette said...

I love cute and quaint places! Man! I wish there were more places like this where I live. They are hard to come by! Glad you had a great time! You look stunning in all your pictures...but then again..im not surprised.You're a true beauty!

Courtney B said...

What an amazing little road trip!! How fun :) And I love your outfit, especially the tights :)

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Design Elements said...

lovely! lovely! lovely!

Renée said...

Your family is so beautiful, looks like you had an amazing time!

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

I think you guys have too much fun :) haha

Krystal said...

that almost looks like out of a movie!!! that is such a cool place!

Angie said...

oh, my goodness, sister-girl!! The pic of you and lil prince (next to the locomotive)...that one is priceless!!! Don't you guys just LOVE the south? Cute tights...just saying!

thedemuremuse.com said...

I love your eyelet dress with those floral leggings. Although I'm sad you didn't do the 30 for 30 challenge this season, I am still lovin' your outfits!

kelsey said...

This is so awesome. Your photos rock! Seriously. Wow.

And I love how colorfully your family is dressed. Perfection, my friend! :)

Cait said...

just came across your blog! what a fabulous post :) i love it! what wonderful pictures xoxo

kileen said...

this soda pop spot looks so cute and quaint. i love the pictures of hudson in the little locomotive and on the toy horse. it looks like such a wonderful time!

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ML said...

That steam train is so cool... you are so lucky you can just up and go! It's a little hard to go on road trips here right now, it is so cold!

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Francesca said...

That ole' restaurant looks awesome! Your son is too cute :)

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Brooke said...

I love how many trips you guys take. That's exactly what I want to do once we're all together!! I love your dress too :D

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I feel educated now! And maybe just a tad bit jealous.

stephanie said...

What could be better than an impromptu road trip!? And I love your outfit :) What a lovely blog!

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Jooz. said...

You looks so nice! Most Moms don't dress so cool. They don't have time and stuff. But you are amazing! (:
And you have such a cute boy. <3

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

SWEEEEET-spots! yessuh lades and your musical interlude is the perfect accompaniment too.

everything is so bright and beautiful. fun day, wish i coulda been a tag along but that's pretty much the case wherever you 3 go.

oh my gosh...do you think that artist could have made mr. man's nostrils any bigger?! they look like huge quotation marks. yikes ; )

i love your lacey cut out dress and flowered tights with those killer stomps. tough but sweet and you rocked the look total.

i wanna go to mayberry-esque ville now please?

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Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

your family seriously has the best outings together. wow.