Fall Experiences in Leiper’s Fork You Can’t Miss
With the air turning crisp, the skies sharpening to technicolor blue, and millions of hardwood trees bursting into fiery color, autumn in Tennessee is truly a wonder to behold. I can think of no better place to experience the season than Leiper’s Fork.
Although this gem of a historic village is a quick drive from Franklin, you’ll feel like you’ve abandoned the hustle and bustle of city life for a warm and friendly place that time has truly forgotten. Spend an autumn day or even a weekend in Leiper’s Fork and savor all the feels of fall.
Spend the day shopping
In general, I’m not much of a shopper — unless I’m in Leiper’s Fork! The small but exquisitely curated selection of shops here is absolutely worth your time and your surroundings will be especially beautiful on a lovely fall weekend. I honestly recommend stopping in every shop on Leiper’s Fork’s main drag because there’s not a bad one in the bunch.
Still, my special favorites include David Arms’ Gallery for unforgettable works of art and whimsically masculine accouterments, Serenité Maison, which has a vibe I’d describe as sophisticated European shabby chic, and Creekside Trading Company, which literally has something for everyone.
Eat under the stars at 1892
Locals love eating outdoors at 1892, a romantic Leiper’s Fork restaurant housed in a historic home that was constructed in, you guessed it: 1892. I’m not sure how this restaurant manages to feel upscale, romantic, and delightfully casual all at the same time, but the folks here have nailed that particular aesthetic.
The cocktails are delicious, and the food is beautifully plated. Our favorite dish is the Bear Creek Burger topped with white cheddar and caramelized onion. It’s a showstopper! Other than that, the menu changes seasonally, so prepare to order some fall favorites for your big night out.
Cruise down the Natchez Trace Parkway
Fall is the best time to take in the natural beauty of the Natchez Trace Parkway. This 450-mile-long scenic drive runs from Nashville through Leiper’s Fork and right on to Natchez, Mississippi.
Whether you get on it for 15 minutes or five hours, you’ll be amazed by the display of fall colors — In fact, as far as locals are concerned, this parkway is easily the most popular fall color drive in Middle Tennessee.
Leiper’s Fork Distillery
Autumn and whiskey make a wonderful pair, don’t you think? It’s an opportune time to head to Leiper’s Fork Distillery, where you can tour the stillhouse and enjoy a tasting afterward.
Following Tennessee’s rich tradition of whiskey distilling, Leiper’s Fork Distillery has brought back the art of small-batch whiskey production using local ingredients and limestone-filtered water. The results are distinctive, and you’ll just have to taste for yourself to truly understand.
Enjoy a staycation in a Pot N’ Kettle Cottages
For a truly unforgettable fall staycation, I enthusiastically recommend Leiper’s Fork’s Pot N’ Kettle Cottages. Owned and operated by Leiper’s Fork residents Eric and Samantha Coghlan, these exquisitely decorated cottages can hold anywhere from six to 10 guests, and they are the epitome of comfort and laidback Tennessee charm.
My family and I stayed at the Leiper’s Fork Inn, the largest of the rentals, on a visit last summer, and honestly, I didn’t want to leave. The cottages are especially ideal for Tennessee’s beautiful autumn weather, with cozy porches and outdoor fire pits surrounded by Adirondack chairs.
Head to the patio at Puckett’s for an outdoor concert
We get so excited about fall here in Middle Tennessee because the weather is generally very pleasant right through November. This allows us to sit outside at restaurants and bars most nights, especially if there are heating lamps or fire pits nearby.
That’s why listening to music on the patio at Puckett’s of Leiper’s Fork is an ideal way to spend an autumn evening. The Tennessee restaurant staple actually started right here in Leiper’s Fork, and it has stayed true to its OG small-town grocery store roots, offering fried bologna sandwiches, cold beer, and great local music. Puckett’s is very popular, so reservations are recommended for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night shows.