Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Weekend Getaway in Leipers Fork, TN

Thank you Pot N kettle Cottages for hosting our stay, The Williamson County Visitor Center, and Eventbrite for sponsoring our entertainment. All opinions are my own as always.

The "Coda" Cottage 

While many people head to Nashville TN for the culture and Broadway fun most locals get sick of the city lights and tourism. I was born and raised in a small town so I can “occasionally" appreciate the small town living lifestyle without all the hustle and bustle. When I spoke with the owner of Pot N Kettle Cottages in Leipers Fork I was thrilled to plan a weekend getaway with my Canadian Husband who has never experienced anything quite as sweet and southern. If you are not familiar, Leipers Fork is about 45 minutes or so outside of Nashville and just a few minutes away from Franklin TN. Franklin is another great spot outside of Nashville with tons of entertainment and history. Franklin is known for its Civil war history and the Battle of Franklin. If you’re not familiar do a quick google search and you will quickly fall in love. Franklin, TN is rated one of the most livable cities in the country. You will have everything you need while visiting Leipers Fork with Franklin right next door. Take a look below and see for yourself.

Downtown Leiper's Fork 

Now more on Leipers Fork…
Leipers Fork is one of the most charming towns you will ever see.
If you have never been, think of this: A cute little village right off the Natchez Trace Parkway, right in the mountains and the smell that goes with. There are cute little shops everywhere, galleries featuring local artist, movie nights on the lawn, restaurants with live music, cafes, ice cream, seating on the river, antiques, etc. All within walking distance of all of the homes and cottages. It’s the perfect weekend getaway for some peace and quiet but you still have the conveniences of Franklin TN if you want just a little more. You will no doubt experience the sweetest hospitality and think you are in a Hallmark movie. Not kidding.. all while drinking the sweetest tea you will ever have.

Where to stay- Pot N Kettle Cottages-
All Pot N' Kettle Cottage properties are within walking distance from The Fork! From a  cozy cottage like Coda Cottage (which sleeps five) or one of the larger homes like Liepers Inn Fork (sleeps 10) your wishes will be met no matter which cottage you choose. 

This place is truly magical and I can’t say enough good things about the owners. They have the sweetest story if you would like to check them out- Pot N Kettle Cottages
They made our stay super easy and even gave us suggestions on things to do in the town..
 Entertainment-There’s so much to do all within walking distance from your fairy tale cottage. If you don’t feel like walking you can always take a stroll on one of the cruiser bikes provided by Pot N Kettle Cottages.

 You can also enjoy the property and peace and quiet-minus the frogs and crickets in the background which we loved. We had a fire every night and had smores to go right along with our experience for the full effect.
Smores by the firepit 

The town has galleries filled with the local artist pieces, coffee shops, Puckett's grocery which is a historic restaurant with live music, movies on the lawn, ice cream, antiques, etc etc.
Local Art Gallery 
 If you want to do some porch sitting and watch/listen to the creek you can do that too as there’s patio seating everywhere you go.
Porch Sitting in Leipers Fork 
 You might even see some local celebrities like Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, Justin Timberlake, etc. I can see why the celebrities live in the area as its one of the most peaceful places all close enough to the city. There’s also tons of history everywhere. The story is the town is very connected to moonshining back in the day.
Take a small drive to the Leipers Fork Distillery or H Clark Distillery

Both of these distilleries are amazing and will give you a great story to go along with your tasting. We spent a rainy day enjoying some tasty beverages and learning a little bit more about the history of this town and the connection.

Hot air Balloon Festival- There’s a huge hot air balloon festival every year just down the road in a darling neighborhood called Westhaven. They have huge hot air balloons on the lawn with tons of eating and entertainment options. The event was rescheduled the weekend we were in town to July 29th, If you would like info check out the link below.  

Arrington Vineyards-If you are a wine drinker you will love this quaint vineyard. They allow you to bring your own wine if needed and many people have picnics on the lawn. This is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. They have the best Blackberry wine... 
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Carnton Plantation-If you are a history buff you will love the story of this house. Be sure to check out the book written about the house- Widow of the South. This is one of my all-time favorites simply because you can read the book then visit the actual house and the book comes alive.
Carnton Plantation Garden 
The Carnton Plantation served as the Confederate Hospital during the civil war and the Battle of Franklin and comes with a lovely little story. The couple that lived in the house cared for all the soldiers and grieved each soldier and wrote letters to the soldiers loved ones… The soldiers are still buried in the yard near the house. It’s a very moving piece of history that you can actually read about and see in person. I have visited this home several times and its one of my favorites. They also have a museum located near the home that has many original pieces and letters from the family that lived there.Carnton Plantation

Downtown Franklin TN-

This lovely town is rated the number one town in TN and like I said before it is known for the Civil War History. It has several original buildings from that time still standing. You can visit several historic churches, The Lotz House, and The Carter House and many other historic sites. You can literally go back in time and see everything in person. I highly recommend making the short drive over to see this piece of history. It’s amazing to see any piece of history in my opinion and you really do get the full experience with all of these homes and buildings.
Restaurants- You have many options downtown and on the square all within walking distance to all the shops and most have a patio with a view. I suggest Greys, The Red Pony, 55 South, Mellow Mushroom-this is right on the roundabout on the square with a lovely patio and view, they have a Starbucks and many Ice cream shops along with a wine bar.
 Lunch at 55 South

There’s tons of shopping, and anything else you will want and need for a charming weekend getaway. There’s no question you will fall in love with this town as well if you visit.  If you have been please let me know your favorite part or any suggestions I left out, I’m always looking for new things to do in the area for the next visit. We will surely be back soon. 



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