Among the reasons cited: Quaint sidewalk cafes, colorful Victorian architecture, and the nearly restored 73-year-old Franklin Theatre, billed as the “home of first kisses.” In on-line voting on the national website The Huffington Post (www.huffingtonpost.com), Franklin emerged as No. 1 in 2011.
Franklin, Tennessee’s historic downtown has been stealing hearts for years, dating back to 1995 when the National Trust gave the community its coveted Great American Main Street Award. This year, with a nomination from the Heritage Foundation, the Trust sketched out a downtown Franklin “dream date” that includes browsing rings at Walton’s Estate Jewelry, pampering at Serendipity Spa, dress shopping at Haven, and dinner at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant.
Other romantic alternatives: shopping for nostalgic playthings at Main Street Toys; cultivating spring garden essentials at Yarrow Acres; gearing up for adventure at Bink’s Outdoor Outfitters; sipping martinis at the Red Pony Restaurant; and dessert snacking at Sweet CeCe’s.
“Downtown Franklin is a special place,” said Nancy Williams, Franklin’s Main Street Program director. “Young or old, Franklin’s Main Street experience is romantic and unforgettable.”