Category Archives: Rural Tourism

Right turn on LOCAL CITIZENS WHO SUPPORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STREET

I started this blog on August 7, 2007, nearly ten years ago, and after over 1,100 posts, I still find it a challenge to frequently write posts that meet my standards – that I enjoy writing the blog post and … Continue reading

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Travel and tourism revenue increases in Cheatham County again for 2014

The Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee Counties 2014 from the Research Department of the U.S. Travel Association in Washington, D.C. was recently released by Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.  In the report, Cheatham County, Tennessee exhibited a 3% increase from 2013 to 2014 in Direct Domestic Traveler Expenditures … Continue reading

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Riverbluff Triathlon & Festival canceled for 2015

We just learned that the 5th Annual Riverbluff Triathlon and Festival scheduled for August 8, 2015  has been canceled. For more information on the race cancellation, go to the  Riverbluff Triathlon website. The race in the past began at the Ashland City … Continue reading

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Plan to attend Pleasant View Cruise’n and Groove’n every 3rd Friday

Pleasant View, Tennessee hosts Cruise’n and Groove’n every 3rd Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. during the warm months of the year on their old town Main Street. Come see vintage cars, enjoy outdoor cooking and hear local bands play.  

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Ashland City Summerfest at Riverbluff Park June 23-27, 2015

Come to Summerfest at Riverbluff Park on the banks of Cumberland River/Cheatham Lake on June 23rd to June 27th.  See live music, fireworks, artisan and craft booths, mouth-watering food with rides and fun for the whole family! Chose to come on … Continue reading

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Ashland City, Tennessee hosts Riverbluff Triathlon on August 8th

We hope you will join us on August 8, 2015 for the 5th Annual Riverbluff Triathlon and Festival.  The race begins at the Ashland City Riverbluff Park and runs, bikes and swims over several miles of scenic Cheatham County and Cheatham Lake.  Whether you are coming … Continue reading

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Riverbluff Triathlon September 6, 2014

We hope you will join us on September 6, 2014 for the 4th Annual Riverbluff Triathlon and Festival beginning at 7:00 am.  The race begins at the Ashland City Riverbluff Park and runs, bikes and swims over several miles of scenic Cheatham County and Cheatham … Continue reading

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Wall Street Journal: Check out country music in Nashville then check out the country

This weekend’s The Wall Street Journal has a great article on visiting Nashville, “Pitch-Perfect Nashville: A long weekend filled with biscuits, barbecue, country couture, hipster hangouts and all the live tunes you can handle“.  I have been to many of … Continue reading

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For summer’s best, come to Summerfest!

Mark your calendars on June 24-28 for Ashland City’s annual Summerfest 2014 celebration.  Summerfest will be held at Riverbluff park in Ashland City, Tennessee on the bank of the Cumberland River. Summerfest features a family-friendly carnival, lots of good food, … Continue reading

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Fun and affordable experiences in the Nashville area

In a recent article by The Tennessean newspaper’s Ms. Cheap (Mary Hance), “GET ON THE WATER: Take a canoe float, rent a pontoon or enjoy a nature cruise — for less than you might expect,” Cheatham County tourism destinations were … Continue reading

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West 70 Arts Cruise

This past Saturday morning, I had the pleasure to visit the West 70 Arts Cruise in Pegram, Tennessee.  A few miles down U.S Highway 70 just beyond the Nashville/Davidson County line into Cheatham County, the West 70 Arts Cruise has local artists showing and … Continue reading

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Nevada to introduce smartphone app for rural tourism

What a great idea! The app is specifically designed to continue to work in rural areas that may not have the best cellular data availability.  According to the article “App Will help travelers explore Nevada’s rural attractions” on VegasINC.com, “…. … Continue reading

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Training to help existing rural business

We had a great workshop today on internet marketing for small tourism-related businesses. Part of a regional economic development initiative by the Buffalo/Duck River RC&D Council, Joanne Steele of Rural Tourism Marketing Group facilitated the workshop in Centerville, TN.

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Attracting group tours to your small town

“Attracting group tours to your small town” from the Small Biz Survival blog has lots of ideas about attracting tour groups and giving them a great rural experience they will tell their friends about.

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History and Tourism

I am attending the2010 Tennessee Sesquicentennial Civil War Signature Event in Nashville today and tomorrow. Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Dept. of Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker are among the speakers today. The Civil War Sesquicentennial will commemorate the 150 year … Continue reading

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A Radio Hour on Television?

A radio hour on television? Yes, and if you come to visit in person (every Saturday morning at 10:00am at the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce) , it is such a bargain that the radio hour lasts for about an … Continue reading

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Is Your Small Town Tourism Destination Featured on Trazzler?

RuralTourismMarketing.com had this post, “Is Your Small Town Tourism Destination Featured on Trazzler?” I’ve got to check this out… looks like a great tool for communicating with people looking for those tourism experiences that your community has.

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Rural can provide great shopping experience at a good value

An article in today’s The New York Times, “But Will It Make You Happy?“, provides a lot of ideas on rural tourism and rural retail, even though that isn’t even the main point of the article. Spending less and spending … Continue reading

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Quilt Show in Centerville, TN

You are invited to the Quilts… Homeward Bound, Centerville and Hickman County’s 5th quilt documentation show. Each year, quilts are displayed, documented and published in a quilt book. Come see 200 dearly loved, heirloom and contemporary quilts at the First … Continue reading

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Hickman County on Nashville’s Trace

The Tennessean newspaper’s travel section highlighted Nashville’s Trace, part of Tennessee Dept. of Tourism Trials and Byways program. Nashville’s Trace connects you with Music City, the Natchez Trace Parkway and a lot of the country that made (and is making) … Continue reading

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Tennessee Trails and Byways

If you are visiting Nashville this summer, take an excursion down the Nashville’s Trace Trail: Backstage to Backroads. One of the loops on this trail (don’t worry, it’s all paved highways), takes you to Hickman County, the birthplace of some … Continue reading

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Why would anyone come here?

Nancy Roland, Executive Director of the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce, played the role of a tourist and told the audience at today’s session of the chamber’s Customer Service Training Series about some of the things, places and people that … Continue reading

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Run for fun

If you you are running, watching, or avoiding the Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee on April 24th, you could complete your day with a trip down the road to Hickman County, Tennessee – about an hour southwest of downtown … Continue reading

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A short drive

If you were like me, you wanted to go but missed South by Southwest (SXSW). However, check out Hickman County, Tennessee – about an hour south and southwest of downtown Nashville – for music every weekend. For more info on … Continue reading

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Rural towns have buildings with many stories and they’re interesting, too.

Not only does this post “Everybody’s got a story” on ReImagine Rural have a good story helpful to active rural areas like Hickman County, Tennessee, but it also mentions Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard, one of … Continue reading

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Blame Canada

Through a Tweet from Becky McCray, I found this rural tourism blog, Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development, from British Columbia, Canada. Interesting because there are lessons that we can learn from each other. (I had a conversation this week about … Continue reading

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Holiday events for those who are nice…

Come visit a holiday event. While you are here, take some time to sample some of the food and shopping in Hickman County. Yes, it is looking and feeling a lot like Christmas! The Centerville Christmas ParadeDecember 6, 2009 at … Continue reading

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Take a break from the mall and try small… small towns, that is

December 1st. I will be breaking out one of my collection of Christmas ties this morning and officially declaring that it is looking a lot like Christmas. There are plenty of shopping days left, so why not make one of … Continue reading

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Economic Impact of Travel on Hickman County

Looking at the The Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee Counties 2008, a study prepared for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development by the Research Department of the U.S. Travel Association in Washington, D.C., showed that Hickman County is improving … Continue reading

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How Tennessee, USA Uses Scenic Byways to Draw Urban Visitors to Its Rural Town Delights.

Wow, the word of this Tennessee Dept. of Tourism initiative is getting around fast. This post was on http://www.ruraltourismmarketing.com/: How Tennessee, USA Uses Scenic Byways to Draw Urban Visitors to Its Rural Town Delights. Just this week, I became part … Continue reading

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