The temperature dropped to the low 60s after all that rain. The air feels cool, clean and dry now.
We eat breakfast at the Hampton, then check out of the hotel. Today we're driving to Nashville, where we're spending the next three nights.
On the way we stop at Stonehaus Winery in Crossville to taste some Tennessee wines. Crossville is situated atop the Cumberland Plateau amidst the headwaters of the Obed River, which slices a scenic gorge north of Crossville en route to its confluence with the Emory River to the northeast.
The winery is very nice and, best of all, wine tasting is free! (You won't find that in Northern California. We're used to paying from $5 to $15 for tasting at most wineries.) I must say the wines here in Tennessee are right up my alley! I love sweet wines and pretty much all the wines we sample are sweet and fruity. I love the Blackberry wine and its deep red color.
They also have wines made from Muscadine grapes which are native to the southeastern United States and have been extensively cultivated since the 16th Century. Muscadine is new to us, and W. doesn't like the taste of it. I do like it. We're also given some cheese, crackers, and chocolate to sample. I buy a bottle of their Homestead brand and a cute little wine glass with the Stonehaus Winery logo on it.
Our next stop is the Stone River Battlefield near Murfreesboro. We take a little walking tour to the sites of interest.
In the late afternoon we check in at the Opryland Hampton. We're disappointed to learn that Opryland no longer exists. It was shut down after a major flooding in May 2010. Bummer! No wonder the Hampton gave us such a good rate!
We have a BBQ sandwich for dinner at a nearby Sports Bar and then watch a movie at the local theater.