b'SMALL BUSINESSI love this town and thought this would help create a weekend experience and bring people to Nashville.Historic Stay: Southern Landing has brought the home away from home experience to Nashville, Georgia.- DARLLA TREVINO-BENNETTWelcome to NashvilleAn Airbnb with Southern CharmT he Airbnb experience is quickly transforming the travel industry as people seek alternatives to aNow with a stream of reservations on the books, Trevino-traditional hotel experience. Bennett has started on a second rental unit. The upstairs had two apartments, and we started with the smaller and Darlla Trevino-Bennett brings the home away from home trend to Nashville, Georgia are now renovating the larger space that will be a two-population less than 5,000with a stunning new loft apartment for guests to enjoy a ruralbedroom rental.town experience.As a way to give back to the community, Trevino-Bennett In 2019, Trevino-Bennett and her husband, Casey Bennett, purchased a two-story building says, I love this town and thought this would help create a constructed in 1900and opened Southern Landmark, a local vendor shop on the first floor.weekend experience and bring people to Nashville.The following year, the couple started on the second-floor renovation to include a studio loftSituated in the heart of downtown Nashville with shops and for short-stay rentals.restaurants within walking distance, Southern Landing is a perfect choice for weekend getaways.In keeping with the buildings turn of the century architectural charm, the loft features a high ceiling and the original wooden beamsSmall towns like Nashville offer city dwellers an escape from accented by exposed brick walls.the crowds and are the perfect place to slow down and unwind. It has a vintage farmhouse feel, says Trevino-Bennett. I spent a year looking at local antique shops trying to find the right pieces. Just steps from Southern Landings front door, theres an abundance of locally-owned restaurants and shops.With a perfect view of the town square, the loft includes a king-size bed, a luxurious bathroom fitted with an antique sink and rainfallLocated in Georgias Scenic Southwest region, Nashville is shower, and a mini-kitchen complete with stove and refrigerator. convenient to Horse Creek Winery, which offers wine tasting events and tours. About 20 miles west is Reed Bingham After finishing renovations in October 2020, Trevino-Bennett wasState Park, a 375-acre lake for fishing and boating. The park ready to start booking business. It was slow at first, but I left it allhas canoe and kayak rentals and multiple trails for biking in Gods hands and never worried. I found the more I trusted Godand hiking.Cozy Loft: Darlla Trevino-Bennett, and her husband, Casey through the process, everything fell into place from getting the rightBennett renovated Nashville Georgias second oldest building contractors to each particular piece. Southern Landing is available to rent through Airbnb.com. into a trendy loft apartment, perfect for short-stay rentals.38 SG MAGAZINE | SPRING 2021 BUSINESS + CULTURE 39'