Break out the picnic basket because it’s time to get ready for some day tripping! I love a day trip when we explore new places.
Love old barns.
And one of the best parts of living in Middle Tennessee is that you can literally drive anywhere! That’s new for me and something I’ll never take for granted.
Tennessee is brimming over with cool adventures and over the next few weeks I’m going to bring you some awesome day trips!
Let’s begin in our own backyard. When was the last time you treated yourself to breakfast at Loveless Cafe? Who cares if you have to wait for a table if the reward is their world-famous, fresh-from-the-oven biscuits? I don’t, plus there’s plenty to do while you’re waiting.
Take a walk around the grounds; do a little bacon shopping or play a few games of corn hole. The time flies by. (Hint: Arrive early and you won’t have to wait or better yet…if you can, do this day trip on a Wednesday or Thursday and avoid all the crowds.)
Once your breakfast is finished, you can jump on the Natchez Trace. Turn west out of the parking lot and about a half a mile on the right is the ramp to the Trace. This drive is majestic especially in the spring. Mosey along and pull off wherever you can to just take in the beauty that surrounds you. Natchez Trace is a photographer’s paradise. Be sure you stop at the bridge. It’s not your typical bridge.
Continue on the Trace until you see signs for Leiper’s Fork and exit there. Y’all know how I feel about Leiper’s Fork. It was the place that sealed the moving deal for me. I’ll never forget how I felt when I visited Leiper’s Fork…it truly changed my life.
Drive on into town and park wherever and wander in out of the shops and art galleries. Take your time…slow down. If music is playing sit a bit and listen. Hang out on a porch in a rocker. Leiper’s Fork beckons us to just feel life’s goodness. It’s always fun to grab something to drink at Puckett’s cuz you never know who you’ll run into.
If you have time…but I don’t recommend rushing…head back to Downtown Franklin and pay a visit to some of the great antique shopping on 2nd Avenue and Margin Street. Stop in at the delightful and ecclectic Scarlett Scales Antiques located at 246 Second Avenue S. You never know what you’ll find because the inventory changes all the time.
Photo courtesy of Scarlett Scales Antiques.
And finally, you absolutely cannot miss a stop at one of my very favorite Franklin shops, The Barn Door, caddy corner from the Antique Mall and located at 109 S. Margin Street on the other side of the railroad tracks. You can’t miss it because it’s red.
The Barn Door carries antiques, repurposed anything, home decor, accessories, artwork by local artists and a plethora of great gifts. Don’t miss this store.
I cannot even tell you how many things I’ve purchased here and when I need to get something framed, this is my go to place. Kevin King is your guy for all things framed.
Plus…I’m proud and honored to tell you that Franklin Flannels are sold here.
By now, you’re probably ready for refreshment and light meal, so head to Downtown Franklin and grab a bite to eat.