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The 2019 Franklin, Tennessee Visitor Guide

The best way to plan your vacation to Franklin

It’s that time of year again – January! It’s bleak and gray and maybe even a little bit snowy. But don’t let the weather get you down! There’s no better way to beat the winter blues than by daydreaming about a trip to Franklin, Tennessee. If you like what you dream, start planning your trip with our brand new 2019 Visitor Guide! Here are 10 reasons you should start your vacation planning with a 2019 Visitor Guide.

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An illustration of The Factory at Franklin in Franklin, TN by Kayla Stark.

Be Inspired by Illustrations

You may have noticed we have an all-new look here at Visit Franklin. Well, the look has inspired our new Visitor Guide! Thanks to our dear friend Kayla Stark, the Visitor Guide features beautiful illustrations to inspire your travels.

Get a primer on the Battle of Franklin

Before you travel to Franklin, Tennessee, get to know a little bit about our history! On pages 20 & 21, you’ll find the story of the Battle of Franklin prepping you for your visits to CarntonCarter House, and Lotz House.

There is a brand new icon system in the 2019 Franklin, TN Visitor Guide

Find Live Music Everywhere

Quite literally everywhere you turn! On each page you turn, you’ll find a new icon system throughout the guide that highlights featured attractions, live music, admission fees, and more. Plus, you can stay on budget with our pricing key featured in the dining section of the Visitor Guide.

An illustrated map of Franklin, TN and the surrounding areas

Plan Your Route

The brand new map featured on pages 18 & 19 of the visitor guide features some of the highlights of each unique community in Williamson County. You can plot your route from scenic hikes at Bowie Nature Park in Fairview to delicious food at Nolensville Feed Mill and everything in between!

Save the Date

We know you’re looking forward to Whiskey Warmer, Main Street Festival, and Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, so we included those and many more events in the 2019 Events calendar on pages 28 & 29.

Pot N' Kettle Cottages in Leiper's Fork, TN offer vacation rental homes near Franklin, Tennessee.

Find the Perfect Place to Rest Your Head

With beautiful vacation rental properties like Pot N’ Kettle Cottages and modern hotels like Hilton Franklin Cool Springs, you’ll find accommodations that fit your needs and your budget. Even Fido has a place to stay in Franklin – just check out My Second Home or one of our many pet-friendly hotels, like Aloft Nashville Franklin.

Illustration of a Five Daughters Bakery donut and southern food at Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant in Franklin, TN.

Discover a Favorite Restaurant

You asked, and we listened! We’ve rearranged our dining section of the Visitor Guide to feature restaurants by cuisine type and neighborhood. So next time you’re wandering the streets of Franklin looking for a place to chow down on some barbeque, just turn to page 3 of your guide where you’ll find Barbeque restaurants in Franklin. Looking for a place to grab a pint on a patio? Check out the Franklin bars on page 5 & 6…and let us just say, it’s always a lovely day for a Guinness at McCreary’s Irish Pub & Eatery!

Get Creative With the Arts

Franklin and Williamson County, Tennessee has become a creative hub for artists, which is why we’ve added a brand new Arts section to the guide. You’ll find a mix of contemporary and traditional art at Leiper’s Creek Gallery, handmade goods at The Copper Fox, and original works from David Arms at David Arms Gallery. If you’re looking for live entertainment and theatre – look no further than the iconic Franklin Theatre!

Shop for Days!

It’s no secret that Franklin is a shopper’s paradise! Check out our new and improved Shop section on page 30 & 31 for an overview of all the shopping destinations in Williamson County – like CoolSprings Galleria in the heart of Cool Springs and Tin Cottage, which has recently moved to Main Street in downtown Franklin.

Find What’s New in Franklin

Is this your second (or third or fourth) time visiting Franklin? Then you’ve got to check out what’s new in the area! Look for our “Coming Soon!” notes throughout the guide to experience Franklin’s newest dining and accommodation options like Ruby Sunshine (opening Spring 2019) and Harpeth Square, which includes a boutique hotel from Hilton’s chic Curio Collection (opening Fall 2019).

Want even more recommendations on what to do while you visit Franklin, Tennessee? Look for the star icon throughout the guide to find some of Visit Franklin’s favorite accommodations, restaurants, attractions, shops, and more!


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