Rutherford County's amenities, attractions and advantages are second to none
The secret is out: Rutherford County is a top spot for those interested in living a full, fun life.
Situated just outside of Nashville, the community offers a low cost of living and affordable housing along with highly rated schools and seemingly countless restaurants, watering holes, outdoor amenities and entertainment destinations. Plus, thanks to the area’s light, easy traffic flow, there’s more time to enjoy everything that makes Rutherford County a great place to live, work and play.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
When it comes to drinking and dining, Rutherford County has plenty of options to choose from.
For example, the community recently welcomed Avian Glen Winery – Smyrna’s first winery – which is located on Almaville Road and produces several varieties of wine, including one made with Tennessee honey. Avian Glen Winery offers live music and special events on weekends, along with daily free wine tastings, making it a must-visit destination for the 21-and-up crowd.
“Smyrna is a great city,” says Reeju Davis, Avian Glen Winery’s director of marketing and events. “It has a strong sense of community, and the same is true for Rutherford County. The area is booming and very up-and-coming, and we love how welcomed and accepted we are by everyone. It’s a proud to place to call home for our family-owned winery.”
Rutherford County also lays claim to places like Mayday Brewery, which is located in Murfreesboro and offers craft beer, special events, food truck nights and live music. Slated to open in late 2018, the new agritourism destination Hop Springs , will feature the Steel Barrel Brewery, offering the largest tap room in the state. The Hop Springs complex will feature a 3,000-square-foot fermentation lab for Middle Tennessee State University fermentation science program students, along with a 2,000-seat amphitheater, a 10-acre hop field, dog parks and scenic hiking and biking trails.
Another local craft brewing company is Panther Creek Brews, a Murfreesboro-based business creating small-batch, privately brewed beers. The operation, established in 2015, will eventually include a taproom, beer garden and more – all in Rutherford County, of course.
“The market is wide open here,” says JT Gowen, Panther Creek Brews’ co-founder and head brewer. “There is plenty of market space to support us. Rutherford County is perennially one of the fastest growing counties in the country, and our proximity to Nashville puts us in contact with tons of tourists as well.”
In addition, the community has its fair share of places to grab a bite, including eateries like Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, Peter D’s and Five Senses, as well as markets stocked with fresh, locally grown produce such as the La Vergne Farmers Market and Murfreesboro Saturday Market.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Rutherford County is also known as a great place for outdoor recreation as it’s home to several parks and trails like the Murfreesboro Greenway System, which consists of the Stones River and Lytle Creek trails and connects historical sites, parks, neighborhoods and businesses.
Those looking to tee up a ball and take a swing have several golf courses in easy reach, including Old Fort Golf Club and Indian Hills Golf Course in Murfreesboro and Smyrna Golf Course, where players have access to an 18-hole track as well as a nine-hole executive course and a spacious practice facility.
Residents and visitors will soon have even more outdoor amenities and attractions to enjoy. The Murfreesboro 2035 Comprehensive Plan – a 20-year plan that specifies policy, program and project initiatives for the community – includes a chapter dedicated to parks, recreation and open spaces that proposes greenway extensions, plus additions and enhancements to the city’s approximately 1,110 existing acres of parkland. With the majority of the plan officially adopted by the Murfreesboro Planning Commission in 2017, it also addresses economic development, housing, historic preservation and public facilities.
“The Murfreesboro 2035 Comprehensive Plan was created to make sure the city is developing in ways that meet infrastructure needs as well as the public’s needs,” says Mike Browning, City of Murfreesboro public information officer. “We’re planning ahead, working to expand development of the things that will be required to satisfy the population growth we expect to see.”