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A Generous Helping of New Adventures

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I believe that the recipe for a life well-lived includes equal parts love and laughter, sprinkled with plenty of learning moments, a hardy scoop of gratitude and a generous helping of new adventures. I have most of the recipe licked, but I’m working on that last ingredient a little more these days after moving cross-country from California to Tennessee this last summer. With this new adventure came a whole new way of life, including a new job.

I’m the newest addition to the Wilson County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. My name is Crystal, and I’m excited to bring my office management and fundraising experience to an already stellar team of driven, young professionals, who strive to keep county tourism thriving.

I was born and raised in New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment, in a small oilfield town near the Four Corners. I remain a Southwestern girl through and through, even after living in a multitude of states over the years. But I am already heavily under the influence of Tennessee’s charm. Good ole Southern hospitality, great food, and beautiful, green landscapes have me sold.

I am a big fan of local history and love to explore antique stores and museums, so if you have a favorite, or maybe know of a new one opening, I want to know! There is something magical about being able to connect to the past through relics left behind. Wilson County is rich with history that I am eager to explore!

Another thing I am a big fan of? Shopping and family recreation! I love the boutiques, attractions and parks in Wilson County, but I am positive I have yet to put even a small dent in the long list of area offerings. So, put a bug in my ear (I know this state has plenty to share, but please don’t take that literally!) about places you and your family love to frequent. My husband and our bank account might not thank you, but I sure will!


4Th Of July Happenings In WilCo


Wilson County Tennessee is ready to celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4th! Here are some fun ways to celebrate at events happening around the county!

City of Lebanon’s 4th of July Celebration

City Of Lebanon 4th of July Celebration

The festivities begin at 5:00PM on Wednesday, July 4th at the James E. Ward AG Center grounds with FREE Hot Dogs and Watermelon until 6:00PM. The celebration continues with live music, face painting, food trucks, and National Guard Displays. Performances by Fred VanHook, The Harmoneers, Evermean Evergreen Cloggers and Michael Neal.

Fireworks will light up the sky at 9:00PM, so grab the family and head to the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on July 4th to end your Independence Day celebrations with a bang!

Providence 4th of July Celebration

Providence 4th of July Celebration in Mt Juliet

Head to Providence Marketplace in Mt. Juliet for live music, inflatables, face painting, balloons, putt-putt golf and more family fun this 4th of July! Fireworks are a “one size fits all” to end your shopping day at Providence!

Stars, Stripes and Squirt Gun Parade

Sars Stripes and Squirt Gun Parade in Watertown, TN

Head to Watertown, TN for the insanely fun Stars, Stripes and Squirt Gun Parade! Hosted by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce, bring your squirt guns down to the Watertown Square to celebrate the 4th of July. The parade encourages its participants and spectators to get wet by squirting each other with water guns! Of course, there is a section of the parade reserved for those participants who do not wish to get wet, but other than that, squirt at will! Parade begins at 3:00PM on Wednesday, July 4th.

Photo credit: Lebanon Democrat

Top 5 Ways to Beat the Heat in WilCo


The summer sun shines bright here in WilCo, but we know how to beat the heat by visiting some of the best watering holes around! Here is our top 5 ways to make a splash this summer in WilCo!

1. The 2018 Splash Day at Charlie Daniels Park!

On Saturday, July 28th from 11AM – 2PM, Charlie Daniels Park in Mount Juliet, TN will transform into a mini water park for children! In addition to the splash pad that is located inside the park all summer long, the event boasts inflatable water slides and an inflatable slip-n-slide! The event is recommended for children ages 5 – 12, and all children under 18 must have their legal guardian sign a waiver to participate – Learn More

2018 Splash Day at Charlie Daniels Park - VisitWilCo

2..Cedars of Lebanon State Park Pool

The Cedars of Lebanon State Park is home to an Olympic-sized pool right here in Wilson County! Complete with diving boards and a two foot wading pool for little ones, this is one BIG way to make a splash with the family this summer! The pool is available for pool party rentals as well, all you have to do is contact the park for pricing and availability. The pool is open from Memorial Day to August 1st (closed on Mondays!) and admission is $5 (ages 2 and older) or $2.50 for campers or cabin guests – Learn More

Cedars Of Lebanon Pool - VisitWilCO

3. Don Fox Park Wading Pool

This 60 ft. wading pool is the BEST place to bring the kiddos this summer! Admission is FREE and the wading pool includes fun splash features to make cooling off this summer fun for all ages! As an added bonus, the park itself has two beautiful playgrounds that have been recently updated and complete with handicap accessible swing sets and shaded areas with musical play equipment! – Learn More from Wilson Post Story

*Photo Credit Wilson Post

No More Waiting On Wadding - VisitWilCO

4. Bryant Grove at Long Hunter State Park

This small swimming hole located inside of Long Hunter State Park is a great way to visit one of our awesome WilCo Parks, while also beating the heat! Complete with a beach area, sand volleyball court, and tables, grills and a playground area, this is a great opportunity for the family to enjoy a picnic and make a splash this summer!

Bryant Grove at Long Hunter State Park - VisitWilCO

5. Laguardo Recreation Area

Located on Old Hickory Lake in Lebanon, TN, Laguardo Recreation Area has fishing, boating and swimming to turn your hot summer days into fun-filled adventures for the whole family! There is a fee of $5 per car to enter the recreation area or $2 for walk-ins! In addition to swimming, Laguardo offers a nice sandy beach area as well as picnic tables, a pavilion, bathroom facilities and a playground!

*Photo credit Nashville Fun For Families

Laguardo Recreation Area - VisitWilCo


Fun In The Sun – Get Outside in WilCo This Summer!


Now that winter is behind us, it’s time to get outside and discover everything that WilCo has to offer for those seeking outdoor fun and adventure! Here are some of our favorite ways to explore the WilCo wilderness and have fun with your friends and family outside this summer.

Pine Creek Golf Course

Located in Mt. Juliet, TN, Pine Creek Golf Course offers a quiet, picturesque escape to hit some drives and grab some libations with your fellow golfers. The log cabin clubhouse welcomes you as you shop their fully stocked pro shop, eat at their bar & grill, and enjoy the views on the outdoor deck area before you hit the course! Pine Creek boasts an 18-hole course with pristine fairways, smooth greens and weekly entertainment sure to keep your summers fun and your golf swing straight!

Horseback Riding

There’s no better way to take in the WilCo wilderness than by horseback! The Cedars of Lebanon Riding Stables located inside Cedars of Lebanon State Park is a fun way to enjoy the local flora and fauna on your guided trail or gather your friends and head to Juro Riding Stables in Mt. Juliet for a relaxing ride! Horseback riding is a MUST this summer to create lasting memories with your loved ones.

Horseback Riding Cedar of Lebanon - VisitWilCo

Disc Golf

Cedars of Lebanon offers a disc golf course that was one of the first in the state! This 18 hole course winds through the cedar forest and is an absolutely gorgeous way to spend time outdoors with your friends and family this summer! The course was designed by Ed Headrick (known as the father of disc golf!) in 1977. The best part? It’s FREE!

Disc Golf At Cedars Of Lebanon - VisitWilCo

Cedar Creek Sports Center

Located in Mt. Juliet, Cedar Creek Sports Center has everything you need for fun with the whole family this summer! Go karts, putt-putt, driving range, arcade, batting cages, even bumper boats – Cedar Creek Sports Center has it ALL! We know its hard to keep the kids entertained when they are out for the summer, so head to Cedar Creek Sports Center for a fun filled day with the kiddos!

Cedar Creek Sports Center - VisitWilCo

Star Dust Drive-In

What is more nostalgic than an evening at the drive-in on a cool summer evening? Head to Watertown’s Star Dust Drive-In for a unique date night idea this summer!  With double features and two different screens each night, the Star Dust Drive-In offers entertainment all summer long, seven days a week! Admission is $8.50 per person (ages 12 and over) or $6.50 for kids (ages 6 – 11.) Not only does Star Dust Drive-In offer an array of food and beverage options, they even allow patrons to bring in outside food and beverage for a small fee! So load up the car and head to Watertown for this unique WilCo offering!

Star Dust Drive In - VisitWilCo

Batch & Bushell Farmer’s Market


It just isn’t summer without all the fresh fruits and veggies that Wilson County has to offer! And where’s the best place to stock up on all the great produce? The Batch & Bushel Farmer’s Market at the Wilson County Expo Center!


Batch and Bushell At Wilson County Expo

This summer, you can purchase homemade products like soaps, salsas and marinades, as well as farm fresh fruits and a variety of vegetables at the Batch & Bushel Farmer’s Market from 4PM – 7PM every Thursday from May 31st thru July 26th. Let someone else do all the planting, while you sit back and enjoy the farm-fresh taste in every bite – and there’s no need to check sell by dates, as every item just arrived from your neighbors’ farm and gardens! The Batch & Bushel Farmer’s Market is a family event, so bring everyone out to enjoy live music, shopping and food trucks!

Batch and Bushell At Wilson County Expo

To experience everything homegrown and homemade, stop by the Batch & Bushel Farmer’s market this week!

Batch and Bushell At Wilson County Expo

Batch and Bushell At Wilson County Expo

Batch and Bushell At Wilson County Expo

Batch and Bushell At Wilson County Expo

I Scream For #WilCo Ice Cream


In anticipation for warmer weather, I decided to make a trip around Wilson County to restaurants that are known for serving sweet treats on warm spring days! Here’s the scoop on some places to go in Wilco if you’re a softie for some soft serve!

Adelita's Ice Cream Shop Located in Lebanoin TNAdelita’s Ice Cream Shop Located in Lebanoin TNMy first stop was Adelita’s Ice Cream Shop located in Lebanon. This ice cream shop is unique because of its Hispanic flair and hospitality. First, I walked in and my eyes were drawn to a wall that is popping with color. Greens, pinks, purples you name it; arranged in a way that’s both exciting and inviting. My eyes were peeled away only to find a wall of ice cream and popsicles. At first, it’s a bit overwhelming; There were so many different colors and flavors, but the staff was very charming and happy to help me decide what flavors to get. I was able to narrow it down to two types of ice cream: vanilla with M & M’s and chocolate with Kit-Kats. I sat down to enjoy my frozen treats at their cute tables, perfect for a small group of people. I took a spoonful of both flavors and was blown away. This place puts the cream in ice cream. Seriously y’all, the Kit Kat was delicious and chocolatey, and the vanilla with M & M’s was a pair made in heaven. Adelita’s Ice Cream Shop is a hidden icy gem that is definitely not vanilla.

Snow White Drive-in in Lebanon, TNSnow White Drive-in In Lebanon, TNThe second stop, Snow White Drive-In on West Main Street, was a step back in time. A typical 1950’s diner complete with a jukebox and spunky waiting staff.  I decided to keep the sweet theme going by ordering a banana split. This banana split was to die for! Underneath the mountains of whipped cream were walnuts, strawberries and even more ice cream, which was quite the pleasant surprise! Other patrons were also eating a banana split, and they were enjoying it just as much as I was. The sounds of town chatter and laughter filled this homey restaurant, making it the perfect place to take the family, or your lunch break. As I was leaving, one of the waitresses told me they served milkshakes. Worried I’d go into a sugar coma if I had anything else sweet, I told them I’d absolutely be back to try one.

adalitas image 1 297x300Today was a sugary adventure I plan on attending more often. Adelita’s Ice Cream Shop and Snow White Drive-In are unique places that call Wilson County home. One gives you scoops of yummy Latino culture, while the other is a historical trip for both you and your taste buds. They are the places to go if you’re looking for a tasty and fun time with your friends and family. Only in #WilCo will you find such frozen fun!

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Foodie Friday: #WilCo Donuts


Is it just me or are there a LOT of donut shops here in WilCo? I don’t mean Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts (not that I don’t also frequent those stops as well). I mean made-from-scratch, mom-and-pop, fresh out of the oven, melt in your mouth donut shops.

Since I’m new to the area, I felt like it was my duty to officially taste test those donut shops – it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

Stop #1: Donut Time (Lebanon)

Donut Time In Lebanon, TN Donut Time In Lebanon, TN Donut Time was my first stop on and did not disappoint! The staff was super friendly, and with a steady stream of customers entering while I was there, I could tell that this was clearly a local favorite. I tried an obscene amount of donuts here (for research purposes of course), but my favorite was the apple fritter! I’m usually not a big apple fritter person when I’m in a donut shop but upon the prompting of fellow customers and staff I tried one – and will definitely be getting them more frequently here at Donut Time!

Stop #2: Donut Palace (Lebanon)

Donut Palace In Lebanon, TNDonut Palace In Lebanon, TNDonut Palace is actually on my way to work every day, and what’s even MORE convenient, is their DRIVE THRU WINDOW! That’s right, I don’t even have to get out of my car to stock up on these sweet, glazed babies! Although, I decided for my first trip, to go inside and check out all the donuts they had to offer. The selection did not disappoint and I left with my “traditional” favorites: glazed, blueberry and chocolate with sprinkles. Delicious!






J. Clayborn's in Lebanon, TNStop #3: J. Clayborn’s (Lebanon)

I’ve been hearing about J. Clayborn’s ever since I moved to #WilCo so I was excited to finally try it out! It definitely won my heart by it’s nostalgic café atmosphere where the smell of fresh brewed coffee and sweet baked goods welcomes you as you enter this tucked away gem. I decided to let the staff at J. Clayborn’s pick out two donuts I should try, which ended up being a pumpkin cake donut with a maple frosting and a classic cake donut with chocolate frosting. J. Clayborn’s isn’t playing around when it comes to their donuts – the frosting was rich and the cake texture was thick but fluffy! This is definitely a place I will continue to visit!




Stop #4: Gourmet Donuts (Mount Juliet)

Gourmet Donuts 3 300x225Gourmet Donuts 3 300×225My last stop on this “Tour de Donuts” was Gourmet Donuts located in Mount Juliet. This time, I had a helper with me (my 18-month daughter Lucy) to help me taste test! The staff was super friendly and the donut selection was substantial. We decided to pick up a dozen (plus a couple…) to take to Lucy’s daycare as a treat! It was so hard to choose which one I was going to try, but at the end of the day, I thought I’d try a traditional glazed (ok, I also had a few donut holes but who’s counting…) Since I live in Mount Juliet, Gourmet Donuts has now become my weekend “go-to” morning treat!

So if you are looking for a sweet start to your day in #WilCo, try one of our amazing donut shops (or all of them – I won’t judge!)

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