The Best of Franklin, Tennessee

If you choose only one day trip from Nashville, Franklin lies about 20 miles from Music City and has something for everyone—history, charming shops, and excellent restaurants.

110 4th Ave S, Franklin, TN 37064, USA
Everything’s made from scratch at this homespun lunch spot in downtown Franklin with weathered hardwood floors and blue and white checked tablecloths with options like homemade pimento cheese and chicken salad. But be sure to save room for pies by the slice (also available whole should you want to take one home).
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2506, 1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
The exterior of this Midtown lodging won’t win any design awards—the building previously housed an insurance company—but that’s what makes the art-filled, wood-accented lobby such a pleasant surprise upon arrival. With its plush leather sofas and moody interiors, the Hutton exudes down-home charm with a modern touch: A friendly sit-down check-in coupled with swift service at the lobby’s WestEnd Kitchen & Bar make the hotel a favorite of touring musicians and visiting celebrities. Oversize guest rooms (some of Nashville’s largest) feature soft blue and gray tones, fabric-covered walls, and vibrant artwork. At the 5,000-square-foot on-site music venue Analog, you can sip creative cocktails while listening to some of the city’s top performers, but if you’d like to see the view from the other side of the microphone, the hotel’s Writers Studios is stocked with state-of-the-art equipment for laying down your own tracks.
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