A romantic horse drawn carriage ride may be just want you need when visiting Echo Brooke Farm in Walland, Tennessee. Walland is a small community located in Blount County within Miller's Cove, a valley that sits in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy a getaway at a Walland bed and breakfast, and be sure to get out and experience all this small town has to offer, from horse drawn carriage rides to hiking and fishing. This outdoor oasis will keep you coming back for more.
Echo Brooke Farm
117 Flynn Road
Walland, TN 37886
What could be more relaxing than a horse drawn carriage ride through the countryside? Make memories as a couple or as a family as you take in the beauty of the foothills. Make any event even more special with a carriage ride, whether you plan on proposing to that special someone or are celebrating a wedding, birthday, anniversary or honeymoon. Reserve a picnic or romantic candlelight dinner at the nearby Tea Room as well, but you have to call to make a reservation. Slow down and enjoy life as the scenery passes by complete with flowers, brooks and wildlife. The Romance Ride at Echo Brooke is $250, as of May 2011, while the wagonette or hay ride is $400.
Knoxville Zoological Gardens
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
Knoxville TN 37914
Located about 20 miles from Walland, the Knoxville Zoo is an obvious choice for people with small kids. Check out the adorable red panda cubs, for which the zoo ranks as one of the top two on the planet when it comes to breeding of these endangered animals. Wee Play Zoo is an interactive exhibit for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary school-aged kids. They can dress up in various roles or be a zookeeper for a day, stacking hay and meeting animals that live at the zoo. Children under 2 are admitted free, while adults pay $9.95, as of May 2011. See white alligators and reticulated pythons, along with traditional zoo animals such as giraffes, gorillas, birds, penguins and black bears.
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
700 Hall of Fame Drive
Knoxville, TN 37915
With children under 5 admitted free and adults paying only less than $8 as of 2011, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame is an economical choice when deciding what to do near Walland. After enjoying breakfast at your Walland inn, head here to learn all about the world of women's basketball. Opened in 1999, this Knoxville facility features 32,000 square feet of exhibits, one of which is the world's largest basketball, weighing in at 10 tons. Browse artifacts, photographs, medals, trophies, scrapbooks and old uniforms that highlight the history of women's basketball, then head to the State Farm Tip-Off theater for an informative video called Hoopful of Hope.
In between rest and relaxation at your Walland inn, treat yourself to some of the area's best attractions.