Browsing in Franklin, TN

While in Nashville last weekend, I was actually staying in Frankin, that cute little Southern town that always captures my heart. The first time I went there, I just loved the quaintness of the main street with shops and restaurants, old style theater, beautiful old churches everywhere and the overall small town feel that is Franklin.  It’s sort of Mayberry comes to life and I always love going back for a visit.  I made a weekend of it while up there for the House for Hope event, which I’ll be sharing with you tomorrow!

In the meantime, come along with me for a little browsing in Franklin.  There is great food, music, antiques, and more in this little town.  I’ll share the shopping spots, restaurants, and music venues I got a taste of on my recent visit. It’s such a fun town and there are lots of things to do!

The historic Presbyterian church on the corner has always captured my eye with its beauty and stateliness. It was cool, but perfect for afternoon strolls.

Lunch at 55 Main was a treat as well and I had a wedge salad and do you see those fries?  Oh my goodness, Garlic Crab Fries were delicious. That’s crabmeat in a garlic sauce drizzled over those fries and they were about the tastiest thing I’ve ever had.  Who knew that French fries could taste THIS good?!  Highly recommended.

There are plenty of shops to browse and White’s Mercantile is a cute little shopping spot.

Love the old timey feel of this big display cabinet filled with pretty things.

A big clock on the wall makes a grand statement.

Another favorite shop that I have been in before, The Iron Gate, is always pretty and inspiring with its French Old World decor.

Wasn’t that a cute shop, The Iron Gate?

Another delicious meal at Grays on Main was wonderful too. They have live music a lot of nights and you just can’t beat music and dining together. My shrimp and grits were delicious!

Another shopping venue, Scarlett Scales is always a fave too.  I bought a few Spring things for my decor this year so you’ll be seeing a Spring home tour from me this year.  I’m getting out my bunnies and all things Spring, cause I am in the mood and have Spring Fever!

This shop has a lot of eye candy and lots of inspiration to be found.

They are definitely in a spring mood too.

These birch logs hollowed out for tea lights were really cute.

And they always have a great collection of old white ironstone available.  I just don’t have room for more.

If you can stand it, one more delicious meal at Cork and Cow, another fave restaurant in Franklin.  I had a scallop and shrimp gnocchi which was really delicious. I don’t usually eat this rich food often, but boy was it good.

Merridee’s Bakery is a fun place to stop in too, lots of sweet treats to be found like chocolate French silk pie.  Yummy!

Now for another exciting stop, the Franklin Theater. There was a show there on Friday night, a group of acapella singers called Street Corner Symphony from Nashville and they were SO talented.  Loved  their concert so much and it was so much more than I would have expected out of a group with no instruments. Their voices were their instruments and they played them perfectly and it was such a good show. I’d highly recommend seeing them too.

And another stop for live music at Puckett’s in downtown Franklin. Puckett’s is well known in the Nashville area and they have several restaurants around Franklin and surrounding areas.  This night there was a group of 3 songwriters and they were so entertaining with sharing their hit songs that other Country artists have recorded.  It was a great way to spend a Saturday night in Franklin.  I had the Brisket taco salad and it was fabulous.

You do have to make reservations for most of this, because if you wait until the last minute, you probably won’t get in.  So, make reservations online if you are going to Franklin and you’ll have it all lined up when you get there.  It was such a fun weekend and I’m glad I got to enjoy the ambience of this quaint little town while I was up there for the weekend.  I’d definitely recommend a trip to Franklin if you haven’t been.

I stayed at a cute and quaint bed and breakfast called the Magnolia House and the couple that runs it are really nice and welcoming with the most wonderful breakfast served every morning.  I love bed and breakfast experiences and this might be one of the few in Franklin. It’s a little gem of a place and within walking distance of downtown Franklin.

Hope you enjoyed this little visit to Franklin with me.  I also did more antiques shopping in Nashville and drove around looking at the historical houses in Franklin too that I’ll be sharing later.


- Rhoda


  1. Sounds so wonderful! Did you take a pic of the bed and breakfast?

  2. Garlic crab fries??!! I have never heard of that and I live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Total yum, I want some!

  3. Buffie Baril says:

    Being a long-time fan and reader of your blog, I so wanted to meet you Rhoda at the House of Hope this past weekend but we had a wedding to attend. Praying there will be another time you will come this way. Franklin is my family’s new hometown and we love it in every way. White’s Mercantile is a particular favorite – it is owned by country singer Holly Williams – daughter of Hank Williams Jr. Next time, you’re up this way, I’d love to give you a tour of The Factory – it’s filled with lovely vintage shops along with Five Daughters Bakery and Walker Creek Confections.

    • HI, Buffie, I would love to meet you one day too! You’re always so sweet and supportive. I did get into The Factory last year and it was a lovely spot to visit.

  4. What a charming town! Will definitely add to my “want to visit” list…I already check the mileage!

  5. I always love to read and see what you find beautiful, delicious and interesting in my home town. Your perspective is so fun!! oxxoxoxoxoxo

    • Hey, Dana, I bet it is fun to read what an outsider does in Franklin. It’s always a fun little town to hang out it and so pretty too.

  6. Rhoda, I love Franklin and visit a couple of times each year, loved walking around with you. Your foods looks delicious!

  7. Franklin has been on my list of places to visit for awhile. Thank you for showing some of the places we should visit when we do finally get to go (hopefully this year!) The shops look precious and your food looked delicious!!

  8. Thank you for this post. I wanted to go to Frankln last year on the way to visit my niece in Nashville. I couldn’t seem to find a lot about it online. But what you wrote is so much more helpful. It always is better info from someone who was actually there. Maybe we’ll make it this year.

  9. I love going to the Factory too. They have a couple of great antique shops there! There is also a bakery the called The Five Daughters, they make delicious cronuts. They also have a great Farmer’s Market there on the weekend with yummy food trucks! I love Franklin!

  10. Franklin has been on my “want to visit” list as well. Thanks for all the recommendations!!

  11. Franklin is so adorable! Glad you enjoyed your visited. That food looks so good.

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