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A Charming Weekend Getaway to Franklin, Tennessee

A weekend trip to Franklin, Tennessee and the village of Leiper's Fork.

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North AmericaUnited States3 days / July 2022

Highs & Lows

The Historical Tours and the Franklin Farmers Market

Due to rain, we missed the electric bike tour with Pedego Bikes

Itinerary Overview

Driving from Indianapolis to Franklin, Tennessee gave me about five hours of building anticipation for the girls trip I had been waiting for! I would be reuniting with my four closest friends from high school and we were all looking forward to eating and drinking our way through Franklin and Leiper's Fork. In years past, we've always reunited in Nashville, but this year we were eager to trade the endless bachelorette party scene and busyness of Nashville for the charming and historic city of Franklin.

Although we stayed at Pot n' Kettle Cottages in Leiper's Fork for our entire trip (amazing choice!), we spent most days exploring Franklin since Leiper's Fork is quite small.

  • 3 Nights: Franklin
    Historical Tours, Boutique Shopping, and the Farmers Market
  • Day trip: Leipers Fork
    A Musician's Hideaway and Wine and Whiskey Tastings

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    If I could've changed anything, it would have been to add one extra day to our trip in order to catch the Fox and Locke open mic night or to have a sunny day to explore outside or bike along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

  • How was the food?

    I recommend Culaccino or 1892 for a fine dining experience. For a good affordable lunch spot I suggest Fox and Locke or GRAY'S on Main. For pastries, Triple Crowne bakery was both delicious and well decorated.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Definitely do as many historical tours as possible! I didn't expect to enjoy these tours as much as I did but they truly were a great way to get to know Franklin. There are so many ways to do a historical tour as well!

  • Any surprises?

    Given the conservative nature of the town and the mostly caucasian population, I had written off Franklin, TN as a place I didn't think I would enjoy. After exploring Franklin and its surrounding areas, I began wishing I had budgeted for more time! I didn't expect to like it as much as I did but it is a fascinating city to explore.

  • Booking details?

    I booked our stay directly with Pot N' Kettle Cottages located in Leipers Fork. They have partnered with BamFoods catering so you can get delicious food delivered straight to your cottage. If booking online for any of the historical tours, ask if they offer discounts or package deals if you plan to do a few at a time.


  • Tin Roof Cottage in Leiper's Fork. A beautiful cottage with character. One of the 5 Pot n' Kettle Cottages.