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Winter in Franklin

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Winter in Franklin

Hello!

We are hoping to have a relaxing winter trip to a cabin in the mountains ... but we also don't want to get cabin fever. Planning to spend 5 nights at a cabin in Franklin - my boyfriend & I, along with our two dogs.

We'll be there in January - are there good winter hikes nearby? Would love any recommendations at all - from where to eat to what to do :-)

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1. Re: Winter in Franklin

Unless there is a rare snow or ice storm, it will be wonderful. Winters are mild and you can do pretty much everything you can do in the other 51 weeks of the year. I love winter because the leaves are off the trees and the views are even better.

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2. Re: Winter in Franklin

Plenty of places to eat in Franklin. The diner is fun. Check here on TA.

Lovely waterfalls and short hikes on road between Franklin and Highlands.

Bryson city part of GSMNP has short hikes also.

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3. Re: Winter in Franklin

If you want very good French food, cash only in a very unusual location - Caffe Rel

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Plenty of places to eat in Franklin, but Highlands is a good suggestion. Several good restaurants, but one of the best is in another very unusual location. Their Sunday buffet is excellent -

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie…

If you want real southern cooking, head south a bit to the Dillard House for all you can eat breakfast, lunch or dinner -

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie…

If you want to eat at one of the top 100 restaurants in the country (per OpenTable readers) drive about 30 minutes south to Clayton GA and Fortify (make reservations!)

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie…

If you want a more casual option that is still outstanding, try Fortify Pi for amazing pizza and very good pasta and salads -

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie…

Also consider taking a day trip to Asheville to see the Biltmore house and estate.

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4. Re: Winter in Franklin

I also agree on the road from Franklin to Highlands. It is real thrill. A good hike near Highlands is Glen Falls. A good photo opp. near highlands is the steel bridge on the Chattooga River. It is on Bullpen Road south of Highlands. It is the headwaters of the famous Burt Reynolds movie Deliverance was filmed on.

Another short hike is to the Wayah Bald fire tower. It is about a 40 minute drive west of Franklin. Great view in ever up there. Check the weather. It is at high elevation and may be snowed in.

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5. Re: Winter in Franklin

We have a seasonal place in Franklin. We shut it down and winterized it until spring. The town has 2 brew pubs that are a good outing. The wife and I like El Charro for Mexican, Sakura for sushi. Café REL was a little disappointing last time we ate there. Head up to Highlands and if it is not too cold, grab a go lunch and head up to sunset rock. Sadly, the Wayah Bald Tower area was burned in the recent forest fires (google it). Check out the Franklin Chamber of Commerce site for maps of local waterfalls and hikes. I would ask the owner of the cabin if they had a crock-pot or bring your own. A hearty chili or homemade stew would really hit the spot after a day of hiking in the cool weather (Ingles has some really good bakery bread too.)

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