On behalf of Wilson County, Tennessee, I’d like to officially welcome the BMW MOA Motorrad Fest to our beautiful (and musical) Volunteer state! We are so excited for you to experience all that Wilson County and the Nashville area have to offer, and we are here to provide you with some insider tips and local favorites to help make the most of your Tennessee getaway!
Located just east of Nashville, Wilson County (lovingly known as WilCo) is home to the cities of Mount Juliet, Lebanon and Watertown. Upon arrival at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, make sure you stop by the Visit WilCo booth inside the Exposition Center to pick up a WilCo Visitors Guide, Shopping Guide and Dining Guide to help you navigate the area. With a huge selection of boutique shops, diverse dining experiences, lakes, caves, state parks, horseback riding and so much more, you will soon discover what makes WilCo “Near Nashville, but miles from ordinary!”
Lebanon (pronounced “Leb’nun”) will more than likely be the first area you explore during your stay. This charming city embodies the term “southern hospitality.” Make sure to try out some local dining favorites, such as the Voodoo Smokehouse, (which boasts the #12 burger in the nation according to the James Beard Foundation), Sunset Diner for some true southern comfort foods, or the Town Square Social located on the Lebanon Square for some adult beverages! For history buffs, make sure to check out the many Civil War Trail sites throughout town; you can read more about where to find these historical markers and the story behind each location in the Visit WilCo Visitor’s Guide.
For the shopaholics in the group, Lebanon has a bustling shopping scene with a variety of boutique stores, an outlet mall and antiquing experiences. As a matter of fact, Lebanon used to be known as the antique capital of the south!
During your stay, take a stroll through Fiddler’s Grove, a historic pioneer village located on the James E. Ward Agricultural Center grounds or learn about our country’s service men and women at The Wilson County Veteran’s museum, located just off the Lebanon Square. To cap off your Lebanon experience, enjoy a day outdoors at the gorgeous Cedars of Lebanon State Park where you can explore caves, enjoy a game of disc golf, hike, bike, swim in an Olympic sized pool and even go horseback riding!
As you make your way toward Nashville on I-40, you will discover our bustling city of Mount Juliet. Known as the city between the lakes, Mount Juliet is home to Long Hunter State Park, Percy Priest Lake, Couchville Lake, the Cumberland River, and so much more. For the outdoorsy folk, rent a pontoon, kayak or canoe for the day and explore one of the many waterways in the area, or head to Fishtales Bar & Grill at Cedar Creek Marina for food, drinks and music overlooking the water. Golfers will be eager to hit the links at Mt. Juliet’s Pine Creek Golf Course nestled among rolling hills and beautiful greenery. And we can’t forget Mt. Juliet’s fair share of shopportunities! With Providence Marketplace’s premier shopping district, along with Mt. Juliet’s many boutique stores, Mt. Juliet is a shopper’s paradise. Make sure to hit up the popular restaurant The Goat for creative cocktails and handcrafted eats, Burger Republic’s out of this world burger selections (paired with boozy milkshakes!), or the new Catch 22 Gastropub to cap off your fun filled day in Mt. Juliet.
Hop on Sparta Pike (Highway 70E) out of Lebanon to get to the quaint, Mayberry-esque city of Watertown. Here you will find a historic town square with art galleries, a coffee shop, hand crafted jewelry store, and a local boutique. Watertown is also home to some of WilCo’s favorite eateries! Make sure to visit the popular Nona Lisa’s Pizzeria for one of their famous pizzas and Nona bread, then stop by Jim’s Antiques for a rare-find souvenir to remember your trip! If you find yourself in Watertown at dusk, ride on over to the Stardust Drive-In theatre, a local, summer “must-do” for a double feature under the stars.
WilCo’s proximity to Nashville makes a trip into Music City easy and convenient! While visiting Music City, make sure to explore our famous Honky Tonks on Broadway, grab a ticket to a show at the famous Ryman Auditorium or take a tour of the Grand Ole Opry. You can even hop on the General Jackson Riverboat for dinner and a show or enjoy a day at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
We know M'Fest will be one for the memory books, full of great food, Music City must-see’s, southern hospitality and of course, beautiful, scenic drives throughout our countryside. Stop by the Visit WilCo booth inside the Exposition Center during your Rally for maps, guides, and attraction information. You can start planning early by visiting our website at VisitWilCo.com, and get ready to “Scoot, Boot’n Boogie” in WilCo!