In the news again? We aren’t surprised! Our favorite small towns, Franklin, Leipers Fork, and Arrington, were the focus of a recent Southern Living Magazine article, ‘Franklin, Tennessee, Is a Magical Fall Destination.’
The Best of the Best
Throughout the article, we are reminded of the magic of Franklin and all the kind words it has received from locals and visitors alike. The name ‘Franklin’ is usually embellished with flattering descriptors such as “the prettiest,” “most charming,” “friendliest,” “most romantic,” as well as a “Southern dream town” and the “nicest place in the South.”
As mentioned by Southern Living, Franklin may be small in comparison to its northern neighbor, Nashville, but that hasn’t stopped this flourishing city from being named one of the fastest-growing cities in America from 2010 to 2019 by the U.S. Census Bureau.
A Day in Town
Upon the first arrival to the quaint, 16-block historic downtown district, you’ll stroll upon Main Street and its array of small, local businesses occupying restored, historical gems such as The Franklin Theatre. Some of those timeless favorites received a well-deserved mention by Southern Living Magazine, including White’s Mercantile, Biscuit Love, and Landmark Booksellers. A few of our other favorites are the award-winning Merriddee’s Breadbasket (a can’t miss breakfast and bakery), and Gray’s on Main. Gray’s is in one of the most historic buildings on Main Street, dating back to 1876, originally the Gray Drug Co. In addition to great local music and great food, we love the original elements that have been preserved throughout, like the hallway papered with original, handwritten prescriptions.
Miles and Acres of Beauty
Franklin, as well as throughout all of Middle Tennessee, is in no short supply of fall foliage this time of year. Southern Living suggests grabbing your walking stick and heading to some of the local’s favorite hiking paths, including Timberland Park or Preservation Park.
If you’re more in the mood for a scenic drive, roll your windows down, enjoy the sights and sounds of the Natchez Trace Parkway, and don’t forget to have your camera ready when you approach the architectural masterpiece that is the Double Arch Bridge.
A Drive Outside Town
Close to Franklin is the quaint town of Leipers Fork with antiques, art galleries, and more to discover. Also, close by is Arrington with its rolling countryside and 16 acres of grapes at the main attraction in the area, Arrington Vineyards. Listen to the advice of Southern Living and “purchase a flight of four types of wine and then enjoy it outside on the lush, green property, which is a perfect spot for picnicking.”
South Living says it best, “Whether you’re dreaming of a quiet cabin in the woods, antiquing in a quaint town, leaf-peeping on a hike, or finding fresh apple cider doughnuts at a farm stand, it doesn’t get much better than a weekend trip to Franklin in Middle Tennessee.”
Franklin, Tennessee, and surrounding small towns offer a unique combination of history and culture best experienced in person. We invite you to come to visit the magical fall destination, and be sure to stop by The Grove while you’re around!
Read the full Southern Living Magazine article here.