Start your day with a jolt of energy from Yada Yada Yada, a New York deli with a full coffee and smoothie bar. Shop for unique merchandise at Downtown Artists Co-op and Journey’s Eye Studio, where you’ll be wowed by all the clever locally-designed creations! Don’t miss the street art as you’re walking around. See bronze sculptures of Founding Father John Montgomery, Clarksville Native Frank Sutton (Sgt. Carter in Gomer Pyle, USMC), and more. Take a selfie and tag us #visitclarksvilletn. At the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center, learn about the history of the region, see rotating art exhibits and let the kids enjoy hands-on activities in the Explorer’s Gallery. Kids of all ages love the massive model train exhibit. Grab lunch at Hot Pita, where you’ll enjoy a fresh ingredient, made-to-order pita. The Philly Cheesesteak and Grilled Falafel are hard to beat!
For the afternoon, don your walking shoes and stroll the RiverWalk. (In winter months, enjoy Christmas on the Cumberland.) Connect to the Upland Trail and take the extension back to Franklin Street, or continue on the Spur Line Trail to the Historic Dog Hill Residential Neighborhood. Turn on your creative juice while you paint your own pottery at Horsefeather’s. For dinner, check out Roux Americajun (there’s a Speakeasy vibe upstairs.) Catch an evening performance of live, professional theatre at the Roxy Regional Theatre. If you’re not quite ready to retire, head to The Gilroy for a nightcap and live music.
Day 2 Plumb Line Coffee will get you started today. (If you’re here on Sunday, try brunch at the Blackhorse Brewery & Pub.) On Saturday mornings from mid-May through mid-October, wander through the open-air Downtown Market where you’ll find local farmers and artisans offering locally-grown fresh produce, food items and handcrafted products. Monday-Friday, visit the elegant Smith Trahern Mansion, built in 1858 for wealthy tobacconist Christopher Smith, or schedule a tour at Emerald Hill Mansion. Take a walking tour and enjoy the architecture of two churches on the National Register of Historic Places: Trinity Episcopal and First Presbyterian. Across from APSU, you’ll find the best hamburgers around at Johnny’s Big Burgers, where they’ve been serving fresh off the grill since 1965. If you can handle it, order the honeybun and ice cream too! Rent a B-cycle for the afternoon at Public Square, the RiverWalk or Liberty Park and tour downtown by bicycle. In winter months, enjoy an afternoon or evening of ice skating at Downtown Commons. For dinner, turn on the romance at Edward’s Steakhouse where you’ll often hear live piano music. You can pair certain Roxy performances for dinner-and-a-show combo pricing. If you’ve not yet made it to Blackhorse, stop in for an afterdinner craft brew. During summer months, experience outdoor events on Strawberry Alley or at Downtown Commons.