Forged by Native Americans centuries ago, the well-worn path known as the Natchez Trace stretches 440 miles, from Mississippi to Tennessee, and encompasses some of the most picturesque scenery in the United States. Along the trail, the community of Leiper’s Fork offers a picturesque stopping point.
This featured destination from our September issue, offers a bucolic getaway just a short drive from Nashville. Explore horse farms, roam rolling hills, and peek inside local shops, galleries, and charming places to stay.
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The village’s rustic setting fosters a sense of tranquility and old-fashioned values. As summer days fade to dusk, families bring blankets and folding chairs to Leiper’s Fork’s Lawnchair Theatre for evenings of movies or musical entertainment. The venue is just behind Leiper’s Creek Gallery, where the work of nationally acclaimed artists is represented in an eclectic collection.
At Shelter + Roost, a peaceful country retreat, mornings begin with cheerful birdsong, invigorating breezes, and the promise of a day well spent. Each idyllic property in this collection of six provides a respite from the busyness of everyday life. In the enchanting cottage christened Brigadoon, the bucolic surroundings take on a decidedly British ambience. Located just minutes from area restaurants and shops, the post-bellum house has retained its erstwhile character while offering a host of modern amenities.
A brick walkway leads from the village’s Main Street to a meticulously restored circa-1860 cottage—home to the Copper Fox Gallery. Creations by more than 40 artisans grace the interiors, where large windows draw in sunlight, illuminating the wares that fill each airy room. Unique jewelry, copper serving pieces, and hand-thrown pottery are interspersed with carved boxes, woven textiles, and bespoke clothing. Visitors are encouraged to touch each item and take time to truly appreciate its craftsmanship.
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