2014 Best of Tennessee

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The Tennessee Magazine staff thanks everyone who submitted entries to the 2014 Best of Tennessee Readers’ Choice Awards. We received hundreds of online and mail-in ballots nominating the best food, attractions and accommodations our state has to offer.

Congratulations to our grand-prize winners: Mary Ann Holt, Gibson Electric Membership Corporation member; Lesley Anderson, Middle Tennessee EMC member; and Melissa Phenis, Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative member. Each winner, drawn from all qualifying entries, will receive certificates from Tennessee State Parks for up to a four-night stay at any state resort park inn, $250 to spend while enjoying their visit and a basket of farm-direct, locally made artisan foods from Pick Tennessee Products. Allison Haithcote of Jackson, Southwest Tennessee EMC member, also won $250 after her name was selected from online entrants.

Here we proudly present each “Best of.” Thanks again to all our readers for helping us recognize these deserving winners. View the runners-up here.

 

  • Bakery

    West
    Shirley’s Bakery
    621-C Old Hickory Blvd., Jackson; 731-668-1495; shirleysbakery.net

    Middle
    Julia’s Homestyle Bakery
    1911 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro; 615-890-2253; borobakery.com

    East (tie)
    Carla’s Cafe
    613 Main St., New Tazewell; 423-626-4606; carlascafe@Live.com

    East (tie)
    Tellico Grains Bakery
    105 Depot St., Tellico Plains; 423-253-6911; tellico-grains-bakery.com

    Barbecue

    West
    Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous
    52 S. Second St., Memphis; 901-523-2746; hogsfly.com

    Middle (Tie)
    Prater’s BBQ
    9576 Manchester Highway, Morrison; 931-635-2259

    Middle (Tie)
    Slick Pig BBQ
    1920 E. Main St., Murfreesboro; 615-890-3583; slickpigbbq.com

    East
    The Pig & Chick
    5020 Highway 11W, Rogersville; 423-272-4448; pigandchick.com

    Catfish

    West
    Catfish Cabin
    1290 S. Highland Ave., Jackson; 731-422-1001; catfishcabinjackson.com

    Middle
    The Catfish House
    3424 Tom Austin Highway, Springfield; 615-382-1382

    East
    Huck Finn’s Catfish
    3330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge; 865-429-3353; huckfinnsrestaurant.com

    Hamburger

    West
    Bell’s Drive-In
    204 S. Church Ave., Henderson; 731-989-2816

    Middle
    Jiffy Burger
    1001 Hillsboro Blvd., Manchester; 931-728-4452

    East
    Frostee Freeze
    1617 N. Broad St., Tazewell; 423-626-3521; frosteefreeze56.com

    Home/Country Cooking

    West
    Brooks Shaw’s Old
    Country Store, 56 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson; 731-668-1223; caseyjones.com

    Middle
    Sunset Restaurant
    640 S. Cumberland St., Lebanon; 615-444-9530; facebook.com/pages/Sunset-Restaurant

    East
    Carla’s Cafe
    613 Main St., New Tazewell; 423-626-4606; carlascafe@live.com

    Milkshake

    West
    Bell’s Drive-In
    204 S. Church Ave., Henderson; 731-989-2816­

    Middle
    Reeves-Sain Drug Store
    1801 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 615-896-5731; reevessain.com

    East
    Frostee Freeze
    1617 North Broad St., Tazewell; 423-626-3521; frosteefreeze56.com

    Place for a Dessert

    West
    Dumplin’s
    31C Wiley Parker Road, Jackson; 731-664-4959; hrhdumplins.com

    Middle (Tie)
    Miller’s Grocery
    7011 Main St., Christiana; 615-893-1878; millersgrocery.com

    Middle (Tie)
    Julia’s Homestyle Bakery
    1911 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro; 615-890-2253; borobakery.com

    East
    Miss Bea’s Perks and Pies
    109 S. Church St., Rogersville; 423-272-6555; missbeaspies.com

  • Agritourism/Pick-Your-Own Farm

    West
    Green Acres Berry Farm
    158 Medina Highway, Milan; 731-686-1403; greenacresfarmmilantn.com

    Middle
    Gentry’s Farm
    1974 New Highway 96 West, Franklin; 615-794-4368; gentryfarm.com

    East
    Davidson Farm
    993 Carters Valley Road, Rogersville; 423-765-8258; thedavidsonfarm.com

    Camping

    West
    Chickasaw State Park
    20 Cabin Lane, Henderson; 731-989-5141; state.tn.us/environment/parks/Chickasaw

    Middle
    Fall Creek Falls
    10821 Park Road, Spencer; 800-250-8611; state.tn.us/environment/parks/FallCreekFalls

    East
    Cades Cove
    10035 Campground Drive, Townsend; 877-444-6777; nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/ frontcountry-camping.htm

    Golf Course

    West
    Mirimichi
    6195 Woodstock Cuba Road, Millington; 901-259-3800; mirimichi.com

    Middle
    Willowbrook Golf Course
    6751 McMinnville Highway, Manchester; 931-728-8989; golfwillowbrook.net

    East
    Woodlake Lodge, Golf and Country Club
    330 Woodlake Blvd., Tazewell; 877-423-4653; woodlakegolf.com

    Hiking Trail

    West
    Chickasaw State Park
    20 Cabin Lane, Henderson; 731-989-5141; state.tn.us/environment/parks/Chickasaw

    Middle
    Fall Creek Falls State Park 10821 Park Road, Spencer; 423-881-5298;
    state.tn.us/environment/ parks/FallCreekFalls

    East
    Appalachian Trail
    appalachiantrail.org

    Outdoor Adventure

    West
    Reelfoot Lake
    2595 Highway 21E, Tiptonville; 731-253-9652; www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/ReelfootLake/

    Middle
    Fall Creek Falls
    10821 Park Road, Spencer; 423-881-5298; state.tn.us/environment/parks/FallCreekFalls

    East
    Rafting the Ocoee River Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park,
    404 Spring Creek Road, Delano; 423-263-0050; state.tn.us/environment/parks/Hiwassee

    Sporting Event

    West
    Jackson Generals baseball
    4 Fun Place, Jackson; 731-988-5299; jacksongeneralsbaseball.com

    Middle
    Tennessee Titans football
    1 Titans Way, Nashville; 615-565-4200; titansonline.com

    East
    University of Tennessee Volunteers football
    1600 Phillip Fulmer Way, Suite 201, Knoxville; 800-332-VOLS; utsports.com

    State Park

    West
    Chickasaw State Park
    20 Cabin Lane, Henderson; 731-989-5141; state.tn.us/environment/parks/Chickasaw

    Middle
    Fall Creek Falls State Park
    10821 Park Road, Spencer; 423-881-5298; state.tn.us/environment/parks/FallCreekFalls

    East
    Roan Mountain State Park
    1015 Highway 143, Roan Mountain; 423-772-0190; state.tn.us/environment/parks/RoanMtn

  • Art Gallery

    West
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
    1934 Poplar Ave., Memphis; 901-544-6200; brooksmuseum.org

    Middle
    Frist Center for the Visual Arts
    919 Broadway, Nashville; 615-244-3340; fristcenter.org

    East (Tie)
    Hunter Museum of American Art
    10 Bluff View, Chattanooga; 423-267-0968; huntermuseum.org

    East (Tie)
    Knoxville Museum of Art
    1050 World’s Fair Park, Knoxville; 865-525-6101; knoxart.org

    Museum

    West
    Pink Palace Museum
    3050 Central Ave., Memphis; 901-636-2362; memphismuseums.org

    Middle
    Country Music Hall of Fame
    222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 615-416-2001; countrymusichalloffame.org

    East (tie)
    Hands On! Regional
    Museum, 315 E. Main St., Johnson City; 423-434-4263; handsonmuseum.org

    East (tie)
    Museum of Appalachia
    2819 Andersonville Highway, Clinton; 865-494-7680; museumofappalachia.org

    Performing Arts

    West
    Orpheum Theater
    203 S. Main St., Memphis; 901-525-3000; orpheum-memphis.com

    Middle
    Tennessee Performing Arts Center
    505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 615-782-4040; tpac.org

    East (Tie)
    Niswonger Performing Arts Center
    212 Tusculum Blvd., Greeneville; 423-638-1328; npacgreeneville.com

    East (Tie)
    Tennessee Theatre,
    604 S. Gay St., Knoxville; 865-684-1200; tennesseetheatre.com

  • Places to Take the Kids

    West
    Memphis Zoo
    2000 Prentiss Place, Memphis; 901-333-6500; memphiszoo.org

    Middle
    Nashville Zoo
    3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 615-833-1534; nashvillezoo.org

    East
    Dollywood
    2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge; 800-365-5996; dollywood.com

    Weekend Getaway/Town to Visit

    Editor’s note: These appeared as two separate categories on the entry form, but the same cities won in both.

    West
    Memphis, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
    47 Union Ave., Memphis; 901-543-5300; memphistravel.com

    Middle
    Nashville, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau
    150 Fourth Ave. N., Suite G-250, Nashville; 800-657-6910; visitmusiccity.com

    East
    Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau
    811 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg; 800-588-1817; gatlinburg.com

  • Antiques Store

    West
    Yarbro’s Antique Mall
    350 Carriage House Drive, Jackson; 731-664-6600

    Middle
    Miss Lucille’s Marketplace
    2231-A Madison St., Clarksville, 931-896-1700; misslucillesmarketplace.com

    East
    Farm House Antiques
    148 W. Main St., Morristown; 423-581-1527

    Farmers Market

    West
    West Tennessee Farmers Market
    91 New Market St., Jackson; 731-425-8308; www.cityofjackson.net/farmersmarket/main.html

    Middle
    Nashville Farmers’ Market
    900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville; 615-880-2001; nashvillefarmersmarket.org

    East
    Kingsport Farmers Market
    Center and Clinchfield streets, Kingsport; 423-229-9400; kingsporttn.gov/kingsport-farmers-market

    Flea Market

    West
    Friendly Frank’s Flea Market,
    800 S. Highland Ave., Jackson; 901-755-6561

    Middle
    Nashville Flea Market
    Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville; 615-862-5016; nashvilleexpocenter.org/ expo/fleamarket/index.asp

    East
    Sweetwater Flea Market,
    121 County Road 308, Sweetwater; 423-337-3532; thesweetwaterfleamarket.com

  • Arts and Crafts Show

    West
    Reelfoot Arts & Crafts Festival
    P.O. Box 938, Union City; 731-885-7295; reelfootartsandcrafts.com

    Middle
    Webb School Craft Fair
    P.O. Box 222, Bell Buckle; 931-389-9663; bellbucklechamber.com

    East
    Craftsmen’s Fair
    234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg; 865-436-7479; craftsmenfair.com

    County/Regional Fair

    West
    West Tennessee State Fair
    Jackson Fairgrounds Park, 800 S. Highland Ave, Jackson; 731-424-0151; wtsfair.com

    Middle
    Wilson County Fair
    945 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon; 615-443-2626; wilsoncountyfair.net

    East
    Tennessee Valley Fair
    3301 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville; 865-215-1471; tnvalleyfair.org

    Festival

    West
    West Tennessee Strawberry Festival,
    1200 Main St., Humboldt; 731-784-1842; wtsf.org

    Middle
    Tennessee Renaissance Festival
    2124 New Castle Road, Arrington; 615-395-9950; tnrenfest.com

    East
    National Cornbread Festival
    221 S. Cedar Ave., South Pittsburg; 423-837-0022; nationalcornbread.com

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Robin Conover

Robin Conover has spent the last 23 years documenting the people and places of Tennessee with The Tennessee Magazine. After graduating from Murray State University, Robin began working for magazine in October 1988 as a communications specialist and photojournalist. She now serves as TECA vice president of communications and editor of The Tennessee Magazine. Her interest in preserving the environment and Tennessee’s beautiful natural areas has led her down many miles of trails to capture thousands of images. Robin is currently a board member of the Friends of Radnor Lake, a nonprofit in Nashville. Robin’s images can be seen in greeting cards, calendars, books and at a few fine-art shows she participates in each year.

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