Most people associate Tennessee vacations with the Smoky Mountains, but Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, is the perfect little-known vacation spot for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, and country music fans alike. It features tours of Loretta Lynn’s home, several museums, six gift shops, and live outdoor concerts in one of the most beautiful parts of the southeast. Located about an hour west of Nashville, it was named one of the Top Family Parks of 2013. Its haunted plantation was featured on the Travel Channel, and the ranch itself received Trip Advisor’s Award of Excellence.
Things to Do at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch
There’s so much going on at the Ranch, a one-day stop probably isn’t enough time to see and do everything. The Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum features memorabilia, awards, and mementos from famous names in music. Frontier Homestead has primitive log cabins fully furnished with antique tools. Loretta’s Haunted Plantation, which has been featured on The Travel Channel, offers a hair-raising tour that might include real ghost sightings. The Grist Mill Museum reveals the methods, processes, and tools used in the late 1800s to make corn meal. The Native American Artifact Museum has over 5,000 artifacts on display. There is also Loretta Lynn’s Fan and Doll museum.
In addition to the museums and gift shops, there’s a wrangler camp, fishing, canoe rentals, and paddle boat rentals to get out on the water, along with live concerts. Sometimes, those concerts feature Loretta Lynn herself.
Where to Stay
There are a few nearby hotels, but staying at the ranch itself is a must. There are several accommodation options: People can bring their own RV’s to stay at the onsite RV park, bring tents for primitive camping, or rent a furnished log cabin. The prices are seasonal, so check the Loretta Lynn Ranch website for updated pricing information and to make reservations.
Make Some Unforgettable Memories
Loretta Lynn’s Ranch is the ideal vacation spot for music lovers and a great place to create unforgettable memories. For a truly relaxing Southern getaway, there may be no better place than this.
One of my own favorite childhood memories is from a family trip to the ranch: I loved to sing, and when I was about 10, my family caught one of her concerts here. To my astonishment, Loretta Lynn invited me to sing onstage with her. (That’s a true testament to how very down-to-earth the Queen of Country is.) I had terrible stage fright, but eventually, I mustered up the courage to get up there with her. In retrospect, I’m not sure it gets much cooler than that.
For More Information:
Loretta Lynn’s Ranch
8000 Highway 13 South
Hurricane Mills, TN 37078