Located 20 miles outside of Nashville is Franklin, the quintessential Southern town — oozing with charm and Southern hospitality. From the city’s charming downtown Main Street, ample parks and trails and creative scene, the possibilities are endless here. Franklin is a city that loves to celebrate and is known for its many annual festivals, including Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival and their Dickens of a Christmas celebration. Once a sleepy, rural community, Franklin has experienced rapid population growth in recent years and is a STEM workers’ paradise. In addition to its endless opportunities for workforce development, Franklin is home to one of the best school districts in the state.
Top Industries and Employers: Franklin’s economy is largely centered around manufacturing, tech and healthcare. The city is also home to headquarters of major corporations like Nissan and MARS Petcare.
Best Coffee Shop: Honest Coffee Roasters
Best Local Beer/Brewery: Coffee and craft beer lovers rejoice at Curio Brewing.
Must-Have Meal: Anything from Meridee’s Breadbasket. Everything here is made from scratch the old-fashioned way and the restaurant’s bakery is really something special.
Best Co-Working Space: The Lodge Franklin is a seriously spectacular space that can be used for longterm co-working, single day spaces and even serves as an event space.
Best Meetup Spot (When Meeting Up Is a Thing Again): Originally a private residence, today JJ’s Wine Bar is a local favorite offering nearly 30 types of wine served by the glass and dispensed in your choice of size.
Creative Hub: Originally built in the 1930s, the Franklin Theatre was the first air-conditioned building in town. Today, the building is home to a 300-seat music venue, movie theater and hosts live theater and comedy acts throughout the year.
Favorite Weekend Activity: Pack a picnic and head to Arrington Vineyards. Nestled on 75 acres of picturesque rolling hills, the vineyard produces nearly 20 award-winning varieties of wine and guests can enjoy tastings, snacks and live music.
Free Way to Have Fun: Take a drive down the Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444-mile scenic byway and National Park, connecting Nashville to Natchez, MS. Along the way, get out and enjoy the numerous waterfalls, hiking trails and scenic views the Trace has to offer.
Local Dream Job: A tour guide for Franklin on Foot’s Haunted Franklin Tour, which highlights several of the city's historical buildings that date back hundreds of years.
- Cara Sanders