With so many towns in the surrounding area of Nashville to choose from, this month’s day trip takes us to one that’s close to home – the picturesque town of Leiper’s Fork. This magical community serves as the perfect spot for an enjoyable day for all walks of life, whether you’re a parent with kids or exploring somewhere new on your own.
Even the drive to get to this quaint little area is a valued part of the experience, taking you past endless farmland and beautiful southern houses that you wish you could call home. When you spot an old-fashioned cop car that acts as a replica of Barney Fife’s from “The Andy Griffith Show,” you would think you’ve stepped back in time to Mayberry itself, with Leiper’s Fork boasting all the charm and personality of time gone by. The peace and serenity of the town is immediately recognizable, such as demonstrated at David Arms Gallery that looks like a cabin in the woods, but inside boasts high-end artworks by the artist himself, David Arms, along with beautiful journals, notecards, portraits and even candles that embody the scent that Arms uses in the studio where he paints. The lovely shop also has a stunning view, which they allow visitors to take advantage of with the presence of wooden lawn chairs outside the gallery underneath a beautiful weeping willow tree that overlooks the field of green – a spot where time stands still that makes you want to take in the view forever.
A pit stop at Puckett’s for lunch is a must, a restaurant and grocery that dates back to the early 1950s, serving up some of the best southern food in the area. This staple in the Leiper’s Fork community offers all the country classics like fried chicken, country ham, gravy and biscuits, barbeque and catfish sandwiches and so much more. Along with the mouthwatering food, Puckett’s is also famous for their live music that never stops – and you never know who will show up (rumor has it Vince Gill made an appearance one time). Follow up lunch with a sweet treat at the new Sugar. A bakery. that offers everything from strawberry and cream scones, Bundt cakes and professionally decorated cakes, brown sugar meringue brownies, muffins, cookies and several other desirable goodies. After your sugar rush, walk two steps to the right and you’ll find yourself inside Wanderlust Boutique, a fabulous clothing store that houses all sorts of styles and accessories, whether you’re on the hunt for a suitable-for-work look or casual and beachy.
If you’re looking for something a little different, make sure to visit Finds in the Fork, an eclectic shop that offers up many musical treasures for country and rock fans alike from a room full of records by artists including Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Johnny Cash and countless others, to amazing instruments, antique memorabilia and so many other unique finds. Other engaging spots to visit include the wondrous Serenite Maison, which keeps all sorts of French antiques, furniture, gift items, books and a wide variety of products to explore from all around the world. West & Company also has plenty of antique gems, in addition to high-end bags and luggage, jewelry, home décor and other goods that add an authentic country feel to your home.
From a sweet little bakery to a historic restaurant with the best country cooking, Leiper’s Fork is the kind of destination you just can’t get enough of and will find yourself longing to go back to time and time again. This town has managed to retain its authenticity and beauty, both of which are captured in the humble stores that have set up shop and the wonderful people that call it home – we can guarantee that once you visit, you’ll feel just as at home too.
If you’re interested in learning more about the town, check out our story on it from our neighborhood series.