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6872 Smithville Hwy. • Silver Point, TN 38582

877.402.5253 • 931.858.2258


450 Cove Hollow Cir. • Lancaster, TN 38569

615.548.4315 •


482 West Broad • Smithville, TN 37166

888.903.5253 • 615.597.8488


299 Dewey Burks Rd. • Jamestown, TN 38556 • 931.879.2776


Featuring the Condominiums at Trout Hill

125 Trout Hill Rd. • Spencer, TN 38585

855.878.4455 •


2685 Casey Cove Rd. • Smithville, TN 37166

615.597.8800 •



358 Relax Dr. • Smithville, TN 37166

888.839.4799 • 615.597.4298


6323 Jefferson Rd. • Smithville, TN 37166

615.597.4807 •


16139 Smithville Hwy. • Silver Point, TN 38582

931.858.2234 •


350 Sligo Rd. • Smithville, TN 37166

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299 Dewey Burks Rd. • Jamestown, TN 38556 • 931.879.2260



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Burgess Falls State Natural Area

Burgess Falls State Natural

Area is a beautiful park with

magnificent cascading waterfalls

located southwest of Cookeville,

TN. The Area has more waterfalls

in the shortest distance

than any other park around. It

is an awesome day trip destination

to hike down some easy to

moderate trails and see some of

the most beautiful waterfalls and spectacular overlooks on the

Falling Water River. The Burckhard family loves to come here

for the day with a picnic lunch in the backpack to hike down to

the granddaddy of falls - the 136 ft. high waterfall - where you

can stand at the bottom and feel the mist on your face. On a

recent excursion with the Jordan family, the expectations were

high and the excitement accelerated every step down the trail

to see the wonder of God’s hand in this beautiful setting. With

four active boys running down the trail and the parents following

behind, the crescendo of reaching the bottom of the falls was

nothing less than awesome. (Please take note that the Tennessee

State Park system classifies the hike to the bottom of the falls as

very strenuous.) We took lots of pictures on this mild February

day and stopped to enjoy our picnic lunch on some rocks next

to the river. The park is home to over 300 species of trees and

plants. Even during the winter, I saw some wonderful ferns that

I hadn’t seen before, luscious moss growing everywhere, and the

signs of impending spring in the air were exhilarating. This park

also has a historical and cultural significance that we discovered

while walking along the edge of the river and along the trail.

We tried to guess what the old, rusted out motors and the signs

of pulleys and piping systems were used for. We guessed right -

electricity, logging and a gristmill. One of the first white settlers

to the area was Thomas Burgess, a Revolutionary War veteran.

He settled in the area in the late 18 th century when he received

a land grant for payment for his service during the war. By the

late 19 th century a gristmill and sawmill were in operation on the

river. This area was rich in logging and the Falling Water River

played a key role in providing electricity to the many loggers,

farming families, and citizens of nearby Cookeville. Today,

Burgess Falls is just a marvelous place to come and let the children

play on the playground while the family enjoys the picnic

pavilions with 16 open sites with tables, grills and bathroom

facilities. The park also boasts of a spectacular Native Butterfly

Garden. The Native Butterfly Garden was the winner of the

2006 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award in Excellence

in Parks and Recreation. The overlook to the first waterfall

is just a short walk from the parking lot. For those that find

walking a bit of a challenge, this is a great opportunity to enjoy

the area. Due to the proximity to Center Hill Lake, this is a

perfect trip for the family on a slightly rainy day or first thing in

the morning before hitting the lake. The park opens at 8:00AM

and closes ½ hour before dark each day. The park is closed

when the river is high or when ice or snow is on the roads and/or

trails. Be sure to stop at the nearby MMKM Family Produce

on your way in to pick up some delicious fresh produce to make

the most of the picnic you are sure to want to bring. Take time

to stop to enjoy nature by listening to the sounds, smells and

sights of God’s beautiful creation. The park is located at 4000

Burgess Falls Drive, Sparta, TN 38583. You can reach the park

office at 931-432-5312 or visit their website at Happy Trails!



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Lakeside Resort

Lakeside Resort is an awesome lodge resort overlooking beautiful,

scenic Center Hill Lake. Randy Shelton, the charismatic

marketing and sales manager, knows the meaning of southern

hospitality and service, which is exhibited by his very polite

nature and radiant smile. His exuberance rubs off on the team

at Lakeside Resort. They all pride themselves in offering a very

special environment for weddings, family reunions, corporate

retreat, church groups, business meetings and special occasions.

Lakeside has the facilities to accommodate any type of gathering

and customize the facilities to your event.

The amazing views and Lakeside’s lakeside

amphitheater and banquet hall (which gives

an amazing backdrop for memorable photos

and an enchanting evening) make this is an

ideal destination for a wedding or other special

occasions. The Lakeside facilities also offer

a special greeting area, perfect for an extraordinary

reception with spectacular views from

the veranda. Catering can be arranged with

Chef Bob Sotis. He can offer a wide array

of culinary delights to treat your guests. The

bridal party and guests can easily overnight at

the Lodge which offers 26 units with kitchenettes – 18 having

lake views. The Presidential Suite would make a perfect place

for the bride and the groom to spend their first night as a married

couple. The spacious quarters offer a wonderful environment to

relax after the memorable evening. Lakeside Resort is also accessible

to the many marinas. If you are in for a little adventure

or some day time water activity, JBEEZ is located just down the

road and can accommodate your water activity needs. JBEEZ is

Center Hill’s premier water recreation outfitter and can deliver

a Jet Ski or pontoon boat to Lakeside Resort’s complementary

boat slips. Come out and enjoy Center Hill Lake’s beauty and

what better way than trolling, fishing, jet skiing or swimming

through these clean waters. Lakeside Resort offers a heated

swimming pool overlooking the lake which is open from spring

to late Fall – perfect for a pool party, family gathering, or

families looking to vacation together. Lakeside Resort continues

to add to their sprawling facility and prides itself in offering

new, modern accommodations. They will gladly assist you in

planning your trip, vacation, wedding or gathering with attentive

customer service in mind. There is a long

standing tradition with one of the country’s

top public universities, Tennessee Technological

University (TTU) located in Cookeville.

TTU used to conduct their Biology Research

Center here. Today, TTU uses the Lakeside

Resort Education Facility for their Professional

Resort and Quantity Food Management

Course. This is an eighteen week program

which is taught on-site which counts as continuing

education units towards a certification.

When planning a special church outing, family

reunion, wedding, corporate or business

function, think of Lakeside Resort. Make sure to talk to Randy

Shelton and have him assist you with your event or gathering

- and package pricing. Let him know that “Annie” sent you!

The General Manager Milburn Rodgers has a motto and likes

to say that “It is a beautiful day in paradise at Lakeside Resort”.

Lakeside Resort is easily accessible from I-40 (about 7 miles) on

Hwy. 56 and is close to many of the marinas on the lake. Visit

Lakeside Resort online at, or call

1-888-839-4799, or in person and experience the best southern

hospitality. Happy Trails!



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DelMonaco Winery

The Full Wine Experience

Have you been to Napa Valley or Tuscany and enjoyed

touring the villas and tasting the excellent wines made there?

Did you know that you can enjoy that here in Baxter, Tennessee!

It is now available for all to enjoy at DelMonaco Winery

& Vineyards, just a short drive from Nashville, Chattanooga

and Knoxville, and only minutes from Cookeville. The owners,

David and Barbara DelMonaco want you to enjoy the full wine

experience where “it starts with the vine”. A well cared for

vineyard produces an excellent wine and as Ernest Hemmingway

said: “Wine … offers a greater range for enjoyment and

appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which

may be purchased.”

However, the full wine experience involves a bit

more and DelMonaco Winery & Vineyard fully envelopes this

concept. It starts as soon as you cross the railroad tracks on

Lance Drive and get a glimpse of the breath-taking splendor of

the Tuscany style building. Complete with arches, palladium

windows, balconies ensconced with wrought iron railing, statues

representing the four seasons, and the beautiful five tier renaissance

style fountain.

You are then welcomed by the friendly and knowledgeable

staff. You can browse the large gift shop and enjoy free

tastings of the wine produced by DelMonaco. The staff is glad

to inform you on the wines and is happy to answer any questions

concerning wine and wine making. They also give you ideas

of what foods and cheeses pair well with the different wines.

While enjoying your samples at the tasting bar, you can look

down through large windows overlooking the wine cellar to see

the where the wine is made. Tours of the facility are available

upon request. After purchasing wine, guests can enjoy it on the

back patio or balconies overlooking the scenic vineyards.

The marbled floor has been hand painted in a grapevine motif

which snakes around and draws you into the Bella Room, which

is a grand ballroom, ideal for weddings and special events, comfortably

seating up to 300 people. It features marble columns,

expansive palladium windows, an elegant dual staircase enveloping

the stage area, and three large glass doors that open out

for viewing the vineyards. This two story room has both interior

and exterior balconies. The Bella is complimented by a caterer’s

kitchen and lounge, reserved for bride’s readying for their special

event or for guests of honor to have a place to prepare for

their grand entrance.

Three other meeting rooms on the second level complete

the Bella Rooms. The McNellis Room, capable of seating

80, provides users an excellent view of the 10+ acres of manicured

vineyards. The Johnson Room contains a butler’s pantry

and offers access to both upstairs balconies. This room comfortably

seats up to 50 people. The Jackson Room which seats up

to 25 people is perfect for small business meetings. It too has

access to the smaller upstairs balcony adjoining the Johnson

Room. No matter which area you choose, you are treated to an

atmosphere of tranquility and elegance.

Since opening the facility, many events ranging from

weddings, corporate meetings, fund raisers, to dinner dances,

anniversary parties, baby showers and high school reunions,

have been scheduled. When guests leave these events, they are

still in awe and wonder of the beauty of the facility and comment

that “this is the best thing to happen to Baxter, Tennessee.”

Enjoy a bottle of wine in the manicured vineyards. Currently,

four varieties of grapes are planted. Six more acres will be

planted the spring of 2011. Each type of grape has its own

unique flavor, aroma, and growth habits. You can take a stop on

the bridge between the two vineyards, take a rest at the picnic

table or relax in the swing underneath the huge oak tree while

enjoying the scenery and serenity.

To enjoy the full wine experience year-round, one can

choose from 23 beautiful lots within the Vineyard Estates which

are surrounded by lush foliage. The Vineyard Estates circle the

new vineyard area. Whether you are seeking a luxurious home

or a quiet second home away from the city, the Vineyard Estates

deserves your close attention. This deed restricted community

is spread over 25 acres, and offers an extraordinary opportunity

for families, individuals or retirees. Here you can experience

breathtaking sunrises and sunsets while strolling through the

tranquility of the vineyards.

Benjamin Franklin once said “Wine makes daily living

easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.”

DelMonaco wine and the atmosphere nurturing its existence are

the substance of the full wine experience.

For more information, visit the website: or call 931-858-1177


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The Inn at Evins Mill

The Inn at Evins Mill is a grand historic inn that offers a wonderful escape

with plenty of grandeur, peace and comfort in an environment of old world

stately ambiance. The history of the property likely dates back to 1824 when a

Tennessee Land Grant recorded it as Lockhart Mill. Several families owned it

over the years, including the Lockhart, Lawrence and Webb families. Probably

the best known of previous owners was the honorable Edgar Evins from

Smithville. Edgar Evins was a state senator and successful businessman in

the banking, oil and various other retail businesses. He purchased this

magnificent piece of property in 1937 and built the present mill in

conjunction with another business he was involved in, down in

Lebanon - Martha White flour. The Evins family built the main

lodge using logs from older log homes from Tennessee and North

Carolina. The poplar flooring is beautiful! The Evins family

used the property as their summer retreat for many years. The

location was ideal because it is situated next to the bluffs with

cool streams flowing below – making this a much cooler

spot before the days of air conditioning. Mrs. Evins passed

the property to her son, Joe L. Evins (U.S. Congressman

1946-1976). He used it as a political retreat for some time.

Several governors of Tennessee including Buford Ellington,

Estes Kefauver, and Frank Clement visited the Congressman

here, as did Evins’ good friends Albert Gore Sr. and his son

Albert Gore Jr. In the early 80’s, Evins gave the property to

Vanderbilt University and in 1991 to professional businessman

Bill Cochran of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Mr.

Cochran used it for several years as a private retreat for his family

and business and called it “The Mill.” In early 1994, he and son

William Cochran formed the Cochran Management Company which

acquired the property and today have developed it into one the best kept

secrets in Tennessee. The Inn at Evins Mill offers an all inclusive getaway with

comfortable bluff rooms. All have balconies that overlook the flowing creek.

They are modern, but rustic. Superb. The Inn has been used as a corporate

retreat and for small business meetings - excellent for combining both business

and pleasure. There are several meeting rooms with audio visual equipment and

they can accommodate any group. The forty acres offers ample opportunities

for hiking, swimming, fishing or just relaxing on the sprawling areas next to the

mill. The balconies at the main lodge or at the bluff view cabins all overlook

the beautiful creek. There are some beautiful waterfalls and ravines that

the guests can reach by the trails. The most notable is Carmack Falls which

cascades 90 feet and is surrounded by some steep ravine walls. The beauty

of The Inn at Evins Mill is hard to describe, but the moment you drive into

the limestone pillar entrance, your worries and stress melt away. Head Chef

Tina Clark and charming Christopher Dotson greeted us with a warm smile

and immediately made us feel welcome. The fragrant aromas of this lovely

building put a smile on my face as it reminded me of my “Oma and Opa’s” old

farmhouse in Germany. The flowers left behind from the wedding the night

before were beautiful. Weddings and receptions at The Inn at Evins Mill are

spectacular. The setting is perfect for capturing those special moments

on camera. They host about 20 or so weddings a year. The main

lodge has a complementary library of books, videos, DVDs, games

and CD’s plus an awesome game room in the gristmill which is

sure to keep all children and families happy and content. One

of the most memorable moments of any vacation is the meals.

The Inn at Evins Mill knows how to satisfy their guests. They

are working to transition the menu to locally grown organic

produce and hormone free foods making for better taste and

quality. The evening meal was superb starting with our

decadent appetizer, Benton’s quesadilla, filled with roasted red

peppers, spinach, scrumptious bacon and Colby jack cheese.

The flavors harmonized so well. We topped it off with a very

good Argentinean Malbec red wine. The main course was a

filet topped with a creamy horseradish sauce and scalloped

potatoes. The other choice was prawns served with a red

pepper sauce, grits and creamy scalloped potatoes. Everything

was perfect with candlelight and white linen tablecloths in a very

intimate, cozy setting. The dessert was a key lime tart with fresh

whipped cream. Mmmmmm….. The beauty, splendor and the many

special touches that The Inn at Evins Mill offers are too numerous to

mention. This a perfect place for a special birthday (I celebrated my 49 th ),

anniversary, couples getaway, corporate or business retreat, wedding, family

reunion or a great day trip. William Cochran and his team are here to please

with exceptional service, gourmet food and an amazing place to experience and

enjoy. Part of their American Plan flagship package includes the overnight

accommodation, a delicious breakfast with made-to-order omelets, a four course

gourmet dinner plus hot and cold Hors d’oeuvres prior to dinner. The Inn at

Evins Mill can also accommodate day trippers that would like to drive out and

have lunch and/or dinner. Reservations are required, so please call ahead. Visit

their website or phone William and his team at 800-383-

2349 for more information, prices and packages. Enjoy your stay at The Inn at

Evins Mill and Happy Trails!



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