July 3

Stopping Along The Way

Posted by lori . 12 Comments


I’m going to spend the next few weeks (on Wednesdays and Saturdays) writing about the road trip I took with my mom and one of my sisters. I love going to different destinations, and it’s also fun stopping along the way.

Cracker Barrel

One of my favorite stops along the way is Cracker Barrel.

Cracker Barrel Front Porch

Cracker Barrel is always a treat because they not only offer country cookin’…they all have a cool gift shop.

Cracker Barrel Blue

The first Cracker Barrel opened in 1969 in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Cracker Barrel Cutie

Today, there are over 600 stores in 42 states.

Another roadside stop that I remember as a kid was Stuckey’s. I didn’t think Stuckey’s was around any more, so when I saw this sign in Pelham, Tennessee, I had to check it out.


From the late 1930’s to the early 1970’s, Stuckey’s was a popular stopping place known for souvenirs, cold drinks, hot snacks, and pecan candy.

Stuckey's Interior

In the late 1970’s, Stuckey’s was purchased by a large corporation and of the 350-plus locations operating in their heyday, the number dropped to fewer than 75.

Stuckey's Pecan Log Rolls

It looks like Stuckey’s may be coming back. They currently have over 200 locations spanning 19 states.

What is your favorite place to stop when you’re traveling?

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12 Responses to " Stopping Along The Way"

  • Sue says:

    Love the rocking chairs. Glad you found Stuckey’s is still trading and actually expanding now. The Pecan candy reminds me of Peanut Brittle.

  • Daisy says:

    Stuckey’s is STILL around…..amazing!!!

    SHE loves looking through the gift shop part of a Cracker Barrel. Sees lots of great stuff, but comes out empty handed, but full-stomached.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  • They look like great places. We have no particular favourites. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  • Patty says:

    Stuckey’s was always a stop on road trips when I was growing up. Great memories!

  • Sistertex says:

    What a great road trip! Looks like you had a nice time. Thank you for stopping by my blog from time to time. I really appreciate you leaving a message there.

    I hope you have a wonderful 4th! Stay safe and enjoy.

  • Madi and Mom says:

    Lori I have very similar memories. Especially of Stuckey’s especially as a child.

    Cracker Barrel is one of my favorite stops asn an adult. I don’t think they have been in NC more than 25 years. We have a map of all the locations so we always try to stop for breakfast or supper going and coming from trips.
    Hugs Cecilia

  • They look like very good places to stop and spend half your money 🙂
    Lynne x

  • Urban hounds says:

    Stuckeys looks very cool I love the retro sign
    Urban hounds

  • Stopping by to wish you a Happy 4th and to thank you for your friendship.

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  • Oh wow, the pecan candy looks awesome! I have a lot of favorites along the way. Usually they are just random local shops though. We love antiques, and the quirky stuff.

  • houndstooth says:

    There’s a fantastic Stuckey’s that we stop at on our way to Dewey Beach!

    As far as places we stop when we’re traveling, now it’s often a drive through because we usually have dogs with us. But if we don’t, Shoney’s is a good one, along with Steak N Shake!

  • Martha says:

    Love that photo from the Cracker Barrel gift shop <3 all sorts of glassy/ceramic knick-knacks always draw my attention 🙂
    Looks like you've had a lovely trip with your family 🙂

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