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Daytrips and Staycations in Monroe County, TN

If you only have a day to explore our county, how can you make the most of this brief trip? Or if you live here and want to be a tourist in your own home, where should you check out?

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The best place to start your day is at Donna's Old Town Cafe in downtown for some breakfast. You can also see the historic courthouse across the street. If you need to walk off breakfast, Houston Park is a 2 minute drive (or 7 minute walk if you really want to burn those calories) away from the main street. Don’t forget to check out the murals across downtown and do some shopping.

Photo of bottle of Tsali Notch Wine

After your morning in downtown, you can head west to visit Tsali Notch Vineyard. Just a 10 minute drive from downtown, here you can sample wines, juices, and jellies made from muscadines, an indigenous grape. If you want something savory, head east onto Highway 411 for about 15 minutes to visit Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams & Bacon, one of the last producers of traditional country ham in America. While on Highway 411, head south for 15 minutes to enjoy the natural beauty at Kefauver Park.

Once you got some more steps in or finish lounging by the lake, head back to town for some supper to wrap up your day. If you want to return to downtown, enjoy a meal at the Patio. There are also several restaurants along Highway 411 including Berts, Sol Azteca, and The Lamppost. While on Highway 411, you can do some more shopping at The Shops of Monroe.

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Photo of visitors in the Lost Sea
Photo of shopping in downtown Sweetwater

Downtown Shopping
Lost Sea
Duck Park

Photo of the Cherokee National Forest
Photo of Tellico Grains Bakery
Photo of visitors in the Charles Hall Museum

Cherokee National Forest
Charles Hall Museum
Cherohala Skyway
Downtown Shopping

Photo of a statue of Sequoyah at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum


Photo of Kayakers on Tellico Lake
Photo of men in historical clothes at Fort Loudon State Park

Fort Loudon State Park
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum

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