Located 21 miles south of Nashville, Franklin is well-worth a visit. The highlight is the 16-block National Register district with wonderful architecture. Here you can explore the large number of boutiques, antique stores, restaurants, cafes and bars. In addition, the area has a number of attractions from vineyards, distilleries, historic homes and civil war battlefields.
I was glad that I made the effort to stop and wander through downtown. My recommendations include:
Puckett’s Grocery: This is a fun spot with a country store atmosphere in the heart of downtown that features classic Southern food, a full bar and live music. 120 4th Ave. South.
Gray’s on Main: This is a popular restaurant, featuring Southern cooking. Plus there is a music hall and bar. Check out their website for the upcoming performance schedule. 332 Main.
Franklin Mercantile Deli: At 100 4th Ave. N, they feature breakfast, coffee and sandwiches in a fun country atmosphere.
Merridee’s Breadbasket: A fun bakery, cafe since 1984 at 110 4th Ave. South. It is a great spot for breakfast and lunch.
For shopping make sure to visit:
White’s Mercantile, 345 Main St.: This is a beautiful store of home accessories and design. They describe themselves as a “general store for the modern-day tastemaker.”
The Iron Gate: Located at 338 Main St., this is a lovely store featuring furniture, accessories, lighting and antiques.
Rare Prints Gallery, 420 Main St.: I really enjoyed looking at their large selection of fine antique prints including: architecture, botanical, history, maps, people, sea life, vintage, wild life and poster art.
For other things to do, there are the:
Franklin Rodeo: You might enjoy the popular Franklin Rodeo, held annually for three nights in May.
Franklin Theatre: From 1937, this popular venue features concerts by such entertainers like Pure Prairie League, Lee Greenwood and Gary Puckett & The Union Gap. They also feature movies and live theater productions. 419 Main St.