Long-term travel to Nashville doesn’t mean you have to spend your whole time in the city. Why would you, when there are so many charming towns in Middle Tennessee that are less than an hour away? And while these towns are certainly charming any time of year, there’s a special magic to them during the fall.
If you get some time to get away on the weekend, pack up the family or just take your significant other for a romantic outing in one of these adorable Nashville area towns.
It’s easy to understand how Franklin made this list. After all, it’s known as America’s Favorite Main Street. The square and main street are packed with coffee shops, boutiques, upscale restaurants like Gray’s on Main, pizzerias, offices, and the historic Franklin Theatre that shows live music and classic movies throughout the year.
Sure, this little town can get packed on occasion, but it’s worth the trip anyway, especially in the fall. As the leaves begin to change and a crisp chill fills the air, all the shops switch to their autumn decorations. You’ll love every moment you’re here.
And don’t forget to check out some of the ghost tours in and around Franklin. What better time to spook yourself silly than October?
This tiny town is barely more than a widening of the road, but it’s become a favorite destination for visitors to Middle Tennessee. You’ll love wandering the shops with craftsman and artisan pieces, from wood turning to jewelry.
A couple of famous eateries are located in town, too—the Country Boy Restaurant and the world-famous Puckett’s Grocery. While there are a few other Puckett’s locations around the Nashville area, this one here in Leiper’s Fork is the original.
During the fall months, fire pits line the streets, where shoppers and locals can gather to keep warm and have a chat. You’ll love the smell of crisp leaves in the air mixed with wood smoke.
This little town about an hour southeast of Nashville gets a lot of attention during the summer when it fills with visitors for the Moon Pie and RC Cola Festival. The rest of the year, it’s sleepy and sweet. During the fall, you can wander the antiques shops without the need for a hand-held fan.
Take a moment to notice the huge quilt painted on the main street, duck into the Bell Buckle Café for some pie and coffee, or get an ice cream cone from the historic Blue Bird Antiques and Ice Cream Parlor.
This should keep you busy for this fall, but if you need a couple of other options, be sure to check out Lynchburg, home of the famous Jack Daniel’s distillery. You can also spend an afternoon on the square in Lebanon or wander through the Amish store in Nolensville. If you’re looking for a real fright when Halloween rolls around, the tiny town of Adams northwest of Nashville is the home of the Bell Witch Cave.
We hope you have the best fall here in Music City, complete with small-town charm and all the friendly folk you can find. As always, if we can help you find anything in Nashville while you’re staying with us, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask.