Clarksville, Tennessee

A Weekend In Clarksville, Tennessee

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Clarksville Tennessee


This last weekend was loads of fun. I had an amazing opportunity with the tourism company of Clarksville, Tennessee, Visit Clarksville, TN. I was an Insta-Guest for their Instagram account and was able to do some internal tourism in the city I am currently living in. For those of you that follow me on Instagram probably saw all of my exciting posts throughout the weekend on both @thewalkingmermaidblog and @visitclarksvilletn.

About two months ago Michelle over at Visit Clarksville had reached out to me inviting me to be an Insta-Guest and also to become one of their photography ambassadors. I was super excited and immediately jumped on the amazing opportunity. We scheduled a date and I started doing more research on areas to visit that I haven’t visited before. Luckily my mom was able to watch my daughters so my husband and I can enjoy a beautiful weekend together.

About Clarksville, Tennessee

Clarksville is known as the home of the Screaming Eagles. Ft. Campbell Army Base is located in Clarksville, TN and extends out to Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The Screaming Eagles is one of the well known units in Ft. Campbell. My husband was actually stationed there in the beginning of his military career which is what brought us to this beautiful city in the first place.

The city of Clarksville is also known as the 5th largest and fastest growing city in all of Tennessee. I can definitely vouch for that. We moved to Hawaii and Florida for a few years and when we moved back, new buildings, businesses, corporations, and more were built all throughout the city. Clarksville has expanded and being only about an hour from Nashville, it continues to grow each day.

Our Weekend Touring Clarksville, Tennessee

Now let’s go on to my weekend adventures with Visit Clarksville. I chose this date for two reasons. One was to have a weekend close to Valentine’s with my husband to be able to spend it together. Two, it gave me enough time to make an itinerary. Obviously at the time I didn’t take into consideration that one of those days it would be raining all day but my husband and I managed to work around it and still make the best of the weekend. Here we go!


Breakfast at G’s Pancake House

My husband and I woke up Saturday morning ready to take on the day. The first place we went to check out was a local restaurant called G’s Pancake House on Riverside Drive. We figured we start the day off right with a good breakfast. Well to be honest, this breakfast was more like AMAZING!!! My husband ordered pancakes, turkey bacon, and sunny-side-up eggs with a coffee. I ordered the pancakes, turkey bacon, with scrambled eggs with cheese and a coffee. I mean how can we not order pancakes at a pancake house, right?!

  G's Pancake House, Clarksville, TennesseeBeachaven Vineyards and Winery

After our delicious breakfast (more like brunch) we then headed off to Beachaven Vineyards and Winery. The rain prevented us from doing the tour but we did do some wine tasting and left with a bottle of Governor’s Red Wine. It’s one of their top sellers and one of our favorites. We did return Sunday to do the tour.

wine tasting at beachaven winery

In search of #STARRYNIGHTCLARKSVILLE By: Olasubomi Bashorun

After some delicious wine tasting, my husband and I headed home for some lunch and then off to drive around downtown. It was pouring rain but once it cleared up a little we decided to hunt down the new mural everyone has been waiting to see completed. This gorgeous gem is called Starry Night Clarksville and was created by Olasubomi Bashorun who graduated with an art degree. You can learn more about him and his work here.

Starry Night Clarksville Mural

Sweets before Dinner at Golly G’s Coffee, Ice Cream & Sweets

After our drive through historic downtown Clarksville, we decided to try a local ice cream shop. We headed up through Madison Street all the way till we reached Golly  G’s for a delicious treat. This cute little coffee and ice cream shop has tons of ice cream selections, baked goods, and coffee options for you to try. I went for the Triple Brownie ice cream and it was so amazing. I loved all the little chunks of brownies in it.

Golly G's Clarksville Tennessee    Golly G's Ice Cream Coffee

Dinner at Woody’s Pizza

After our little treat we decided to get dinner. Yes we tend to do dinner and desserts backwards sometimes. We ended up going to Woody’s Pizza. We used to go to the location off of 101st Blvd but sadly they closed recently so we headed off to Tiny Town to their other location. This location was a little different than what we were used to but the pizza was still very good. They also have a location out on Woodlawn, TN which is not too far. We prefer that location over this one though. We ordered some beer and a pizza with chicken, onions, and green peppers. Check out their website for their menu items and other locations around the area here.

After we ate dinner we wrapped up our day and headed home.

Woody's Pizza


It was a rough weekend physically as I was dealing with another sinus infection. I was lucky Sunday morning to wake up to my sweet husband making turkey bacon and cinnamon pancakes with a delicious cup of coffee. He even let me sleep in some so I can get my rest. He is always so sweet and caring. I love that handsome man!!! After wrapping up breakfast we headed out to Beachaven Winery to take the tour. It was a beautiful day and we wanted to take full advantage of it, plus do some more wine tasting.

Beachaven Vineyards & Winery

We returned to the beautiful winery on this beautiful Sunday. No rain today! Just sunlight and a clear blue sky. Once we got there we did the tour and learned about the history of the winery, about the owners, and even the process of how to make wine. They even have a wine lab. Like a chemistry lab but for wine! How cool! I wish my chemistry class had wine involved. I would of definitely made an A+.

Beachaven Winery

After doing some wine tasting, taking some photos of the vineyard and their premises, checking out their champagne cellar, and buying some delicious cheese to eat with our wine, we then headed off to our next local spot.

Downtown Clarksville, Tennessee

We headed off to walk downtown and found some more murals, some historical architecture, museums, local shops and much more. Majority of the places were closed on Sunday but it was nice to walk the streets without having a large flow of pedestrians. We will definitely be back of course to visit the shops. Here’s a few of the places that we found that we really liked.

First was the Roxy Regional Theater. They do still have plays and shows which would be really cool to see. You can view here to see when their next event is.

Roxy Regional Theater

Right next to the Roxy Regional Theater is the mural of Clarksville. Not too sure about the artist or it’s history but it’s a beautiful mural of the city.

Clarksville Mural

We continued to walk down Franklin Street till we reached this beautiful church, The Trinity Episcopal Church.

clarksville trinity church

We continued to walk through the streets downtown taking pictures of all the beautiful buildings and streets.

Roux Clarksville Tennesse     clarksville tennessee

customs house museum

I was also able to snap this picture of the beautiful Customs House Museum & Cultural Center. I think the architecture of this building is very creative and intriguing.

historic courtshouse clarksville

And then right across the Customs House Museum you can find the Montgomery County Historic Courthouse. The statue pictured above of the man sitting on the bench is on the same corner of the street where this courthouse is found

Valleybrook Park

After roaming downtown Clarksville, we headed off to a new park near by. It’s really cute and perfect for a walk, to take the kids to the park, or even to just have a picnic. I can’t wait to see how green and beautiful this park gets during the spring and summer seasons. It seems to not get crowded and have plenty of picnic tables to choose from to enjoy a family picnic. You can also bring a large blanket and picnic the old fashioned way.

Valley Brook Park Clarksville    Valley Brook Park Clarksville

Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center

After our little stroll through the park we decided to look for a good lookout point of the city. I immediately remembered Michelle from Visit Clarksville telling me about Fort Defiance and the amazing view of Clarksville and the Cumberland River from their visitor center, so off we went to visit another park that we haven’t visited before.

This park has a beautiful trail and gorgeous scenic views. The visitor center is packed with history and cool artifacts plus it’s a pretty cool architecture to look at. Definitely a place I would recommend checking out during your visit here. They do reenactments as well of the Civil War which is pretty cool to see. You can view on Visit Clarksville’s Event page to see when their next reenactment event is here.

Fort Defiance

Clarksville City

This was our last stop before heading home. We really had a blast. One thing that we did learn was that it is good to take a day and do some internal tourism. Sometimes you don’t have to travel far to find new and exciting things to explore. Exploring where you live can teach you a lot about your city, it’s history, local shops and restaurants, and so much more. It was truly a great learning experience and I can’t wait to explore more of Clarksville. Till next time!

Check out the locations below.

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clarksville tennessee


G’s Pancake House

803 S Riverside Dr.

Clarksville, TN 37040

(931) 648-4939


Beachaven Vineyards and Winery

1100 Dunlop Lane

Clarksville, TN 37040



Starry Night Clarksville Mural

Created by: Olasubomi Bashorun

420 Madison St.

Clarksville, TN


Golly G’s Coffee, Ice Cream & Sweets

2622 Madison Street

Clarksville, TN 37043

(931) 919-1105


Woody’s Hand Tossed Pizza

3402 Cainlo Dr. Suite 500

Clarksville, TN 37042



Valleybrook Park

213 Crossland Ave.

Clarksville, TN 37040



Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center

120 Duncan St.

Clarksville, TN 37042


Clarksville Tennessee


Hi, I'm Jessica!

I am a wife and mother to three amazing kids. A coffee addict and wine lover. I also have a huge love for the mountains and the the ocean. Through my blog I hope to inspire families to spend more time outdoors. 


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10 Responses

  1. SO COOL how you were able to be an insta-guest!! 🙂 You know you are making big strides when you are asked for this unique opportunity. Have never been to Tennessee, but I felt like I was walking the streets with you. HA!

  2. Had the best time exploring Clarksville this weekend thanks to Visit Clarksville, TN! 🌟 Got to be their Insta-Guest and boy, did we pack our days with adventure. From being an Insta newbie to snapping pics all over, it was a blast. Plus, getting to do this with my hubby by my side made it even more special. 😍 Clarksville’s growth is no joke – came back to find it all spruced up with new spots to check out! Missed some of the fun on IG, so curious – what are your must-visit places in Clarksville? 📸👀 Any hidden gems or favorite spots we should know about? Drop your suggestions!

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