Why You Should Visit Columbia, Tennessee
If you grew up cheering at Friday night ball games, attending Main Street parades lined with homemade floats, and running into no less than 15 childhood friends every time you went to the grocery store, Columbia, Tennessee, will stir up something deep within you.
Because it's not just a place where people are from; it's home. Here, you won't pass by under-the-radar, no matter how badly you might wish to. Here, people are always going to say hello, goodbye, and how's the family.
Located about 50 miles south of Nashville, Columbia (aka Muletown) feels old-fashioned and undeniably drowsier than Music City. The town still holds true to tradition—the annual Mule Day celebrating Columbia's long-ago status as a mule-trading center still takes place the first week of April.
Unlike so many historic squares that sit idle, its storefronts aren't left collecting dust and fading in color. Downtown Columbia is alive and kicking, thanks to an up-and-coming business community that still values its Southern roots.
Within a half-mile radius of the town center, you can find beautifully handcrafted tobacco pipes at BriarWorks, a new store that made its home in an old tobacco warehouse. You can scoop up handsewn quilts at Needle & Grain, a millennial-owned home goods store that's bringing back the retro patterns. Grab at least two scoops at Hattie Jane's Creamery, Columbia's modern take on an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Then choose your spot to hang out with the locals: Muletown Roasted Coffee or trendy new Asgard Brewing Co.
Now just relax and enjoy a place where craft beer, hipster quilts, and Friday nights at the high school get along just fine.