By Jennifer Bailey and Krin Mims
1. Wine tasting – Beachaven Vineyards and Winery offers free samplings of their delicious wines, and they give complimentary tours to show you how that wine got from vine to glass. The winery and gift shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
- Jazz on the Lawn – Also at Beachaven Winery, Jazz on the Lawn is a good time for the whole family. Grab a lawn chair, pack some snacks and listen to some good music. This event is free, unless you want to buy wine or pay for VIP parking. No outside alcohol is allowed. Find the JOTL schedule on their website.
2. Moonshine tasting and distillery tours – MB Roland Distillery offers free tours, starting every hour on the hour 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Visit the tasting bar inside the gift shop for free samples of the distillery’s 13 ‘shines, such as St. Elmo’s Fire, Pink Lemonade, Apple Pie, Black Dog and Mint Julep, just to name a few.
- Picking on the Porch – Also at MB Roland, it’s a perfect ending to a beautiful day. You can bring your own food, non-alcoholic drinks, the family (plus the dog) and blankets to enjoy local music. There will be food vendors there as well. A schedule can be found on the MB Roland website.
3. Bicycle tours – Take your bikes and head off for a romantic journey at any location around post, Hopkinsville, Clarksville or even around your own neighborhood.
4. Picnics and sunset watching – All you need is a blanket, food and your significant other. Heavy on the romance or just to unwind, nothing beats the sheer beauty of a sunset.
5. The 2015 U.S. Army Soldier Show – The Soldier Show is a live Broadway-style variety performance featuring some of most talented soldiers across the country. This year, Fort Campbell two soldiers were chosen to perform with the traveling troupe. The show comes to Fort Campbell at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. August 2 and 6 p.m. August 3. Don’t forget that it’s free and would be a great event for the whole family.
6. Romantic walks – Fort Campbell is surrounded by pretty locations to take a relaxing stroll. The Cumberland River Walk and Clarksville Greenway seem to be the most popular for a romantic walk. The Hopkinsville Greenway has entry points near the Hopkinsville-Christian Public Library and North Drive. If you want to stay on post, take a walk through another neighborhood.
1. Camping – There are many local campgrounds you can visit for a weekend getaway, such as Clarksville RV and Campground and Land Between the Lakes. You can rent camping equipment from Gear To Go on post.
- MWR activities – Fort Campbell MWR and Outdoor Recreation have programs for couples who want to wine and dine or those who want to paddleboard, ride horses or rock climb. Check out the website for a list of upcoming activities that could get your heart pumping — and not just in the name of love.
2. Painting – Swirlz Art Studio in Clarksville and Griffin’s Art Studio and Store in Hopkinsville both offer painting events for artists of any skill level and age. Swirlz has couples’ nights and Griffin’s has art camps for children. If you want to stay on post, the Fort Campbell MWR offers wheel throwing and stained glass art classes for a small fee.
3. Amusement parks and fairs – Many people would be surprised, but there are a couple of amusement parks within driving distance of Fort Campbell. Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green is free to military members year round with a valid military ID. Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville has a yearly military appreciation day. Holiday World, in Santa Claus, Indiana, and Nashville Shores also offer military discounts. State fairs sprout up during the summer and are a perfect place for a date or family night. Be sure to catch the Independence Day fireworks show on post, in Hopkinsville at Western Kentucky State Fairgrounds or in Liberty Park on July 3.
4. Fishing – No better way to connect with nature and your loved one than to spend some quiet time fishing. You can even catch a fish for a romantic dinner after, maybe. Be sure to get your fishing permits at the local MWR or other locations in the area.
5. Berry picking – McCraw’s Strawberry Ranch and H & S Farms offer berry picking. Availability depends on this year’s crops and season. Be sure to call ahead to see if they are open.
1. Baseball – You can head down to Hopkinsville to see the Hoptown Hoppers baseball team or take a 45-minute drive to First Tennessee Park to watch the Nashville Sounds.
2. Festivals – Summer is known for many many music festivals, especially the CMA Festival in Nashville and Bonnaroo in Manchester this June. Food festivals are a great way to try new food without breaking the bank. Check out the Taste of Music City this month and the Soul Food Fest in August. Listen to local radio stations for more upcoming events.
3. Dinner by the River – Jeffers Bend is home to 40 acres of grassland, a small lake and nearly 3 miles of walking trails. Events span throughout the year but summer brings gorgeous new growth and bright colors. Dinner by the River is an annual fundraiser for the upkeep and ongoing environmental education at Jeffers Bend. Aside from this event, Jeffers Bend is spectacular for couples who want a quiet place to enjoy a picnic, a leisure stroll through the garden or a backdrop for summer photography.
4. Road trips – The possibilities are literally endless. Gatlinburg is a couple hours away and host to breathtaking views and many attractions.