It’s here! Part 2 of the Off the Duck trip to Winchester, TN. Winchester, TN is a quaint little town at Tim’s Ford Lake that is chock full of character, and most importantly, it’s only 1.5 hours from Maury County! According to the TN State Parks website, “The Tims Ford Lake is considered one of the most picturesque lakes in Tennessee and is regarded as one of the top bass fishing and recreational lakes in the Southeast.” I have to agree! Today I’m going to show you what the town has to offer, and tomorrow I will give you a behind the scenes look at the newest lake front development, Twin Creeks Marina!
Tims Ford Lake is 34 miles long and dotted with lake homes that range from simple ranches to modern recreational getaways. Technically the TVA owns up to the shoreline of lakefront property, so if you are interested in buying a home, make sure it has a grandfathered dock permit. Everyone wants a few of the lake in the morning over coffee, but the TVA strongly monitors any aggressive landscaping that removes waterfront trees. Just two little tips to know before you head down to house hunt.
The lake is enjoyable year-round (we live in TN after all), and offers breathtaking sunsets and endless entertainment on the water. You can find the perfect getaway on the lake or even a quiet farm nearby to enjoy with friends and family.
If you are heading down for a day trip, or just want to get out and about while spending a weekend in town, head over to the town square. This is where I spent most of my day enjoying lunch, talking to shop owners and just standing in awe of the buildings that not only beautiful, but well maintained.
The first thing I noticed when I parked my GMC Terrain was the vintage movie theater! What a treasure and fun way to escape. The Oldham Theatre shows first run movies every evening and matinees Saturday and Sunday. The theatre retained the original look of the 1950s inside and out.
I decided to circle the square to see what shops they had to enjoy, and I found so many great options! First I’ll start with the food. I parked in front of Reggie’s Fish-and-Chicken and had my mind set on eating there, but they weren’t open for lunch that day. For breakfast the square has San Miguel’s Coffee Company, and for lunch/dinner/desserts I saw Scallywags Uptown Grill, John T’s BBQ and Designer Cakes. John T’s was recommended to me so I headed over to place my order.
The restaurant is the ultimate bbq joint with unique décor and a menu to satisfy everyone at the table. I still had my mind on catfish so I ordered a catfish sandwich with a side of fried green tomatoes. I could have easily shared this meal as the portions are generous. Alas, I ate it all and sadly didn’t save any room for the banana pudding I spied on the menu.
After lunch, it was time to walk it off and check out the boutiques on the square. I found everything a girl could want in the first lap. I started off at The White Rabbit Gift Boutique and Registry. Everything in there was adorable from the kids toys and clothes, to the collections of entertaining pieces to the perfect fun hats, jewelry and home décor to enjoy at the lake.
Next, I went over to Winchester Antique Mall to see what treasures I could find. This is where I snagged two vintage maps- one of the old proposed Columbia Reservoir Project, and another about the Duck River Watershed. They also had some cool vintage items like water skis ~how amazing would they be as wall art?!
I continued my search for vintage finds by heading into Orr Décor where I regretfully didn’t get this amazing vintage brass floor lamp with marble base. Next door to Orr Décor is a women’s boutique called, Above Average Boutique. Above Average has all the colorful, comfy and stylish outfits you need for a relaxing lake weekend.
The square in Winchester is full of more amazing shops like Red Plow Gallery where you can find vintage inspired signs like this one hanging in the Twin Creeks Marina lodge. Tune in tomorrow for more on Twin Creeks Marina and how you can enjoy all their amazing amenities as an owner or a guest!