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Uptown Gallery

The Macon County Art Association’s Uptown Gallery is on Main Street in Franklin, and is a non-profit alliance promoting art in the community. Our gallery is staffed and operated by MCAA members and features ever-changing exhibits by our accomplished local artist. Call 828-349-4607 to join a variety of workshops and classes which are held year-round […]

Tiny Life Homes

Check out our website or stop by our retail center to discover why owning a tiny home may be the right option for you. Our homes have full-size living rooms, kitchens, and baths. Our bedrooms easily fit queen beds with room to move around. With covered porches, mini-split heating & cooling and standard upgrades like […]

The Scottish Tartans Museum & Heritage Center, Inc.

The Scottish Tartans Museum contains the official registry of all publicly known Tartans. A non profit Tartan Museum and gift shop, the only one of its kind outside of Scotland. Available to purchase at the Museum gift shop, Scottish foods, clothing and specialty items. Entry to the Museum cost $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for […]

Bent Willow Baking Co

Here at Bent Willow we specialize in offering fresh roasted espresso, handcrafted batches of slow fermented, wild yeast cultured breads + authentic handmade baked goods. Our products are created with the most simple ingredients and a bit of magic. We believe in honoring each ingredient and the processes we use and feel that food is […]

Smoky Mountain Host Visitor’s Center

While you’re in the area, visit the Smoky Mountain Host Visitor’s Center, located on US Hwy 441 South in Franklin, North Carolina. Our regional travel information center is staffed year-round, seven days a week. Picnic area and restroom facilities on-site.

Slanted Window Tasting Station

Come visit the Slanted Window Tasting Station offering a unique tasting experience, featuring locally grown Estate wines, local North Carolina beers and bourbons alongside a delicious menu that further showcases our enchanting Appalachian Mountains and sure to satisfy all palates. We also have a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, a kids menu, and even a “Barkuterie […]

Southern Belles Glamping

Welcome to Southern Belles Glampground Welcome to Southern Belles Glampground, an exclusive retreat for adults (and their four-legged fur babies) seeking an escape to the heart of the Smoky Mountains. Located in Franklin, NC our vintage camper paradise offers a serene experience amidst the tranquil beauty of the region. With six lovingly restored campers, adorned […]

Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum is located downtown in the historic 1850’s jail. There are eight rooms that are filled with fossils, Indian artifacts, flourescing minerals and a huge collection of speciens and minerals from around the world including North Carolina. The gift shop includes jewelry crafte by local artisans, books on mining, gem/mineral-related […]

Gemstone Village

  Gemstone Village: A 55+ Active Adult Community in Franklin NC Are you looking for a retirement or get-away home in a beautiful mountain setting? Look no further than Gemstone Village, a 55+ active adult community in Franklin NC. Gemstone Village offers a variety of options for manufactured housing and townhomes, all with stunning views […]

Log Cabin Retreat

Experience the beauty and tranquility of the mountains and creek from this charming log home. Relax on the covered porch and deck with a drink of your choice, or roast marshmallows and smores at the firepit by night. You can also enjoy another firepit by the creek. (Firewood provided) Have some fun with corn hole, […]

Macon County Historical Museum

The Macon County Historical Museum celebrates the heritage of Macon County and the Southern Appalachian area. Displays featuring artifacts, documents, photos, tools, clothing and maps. Many special events are featured involving the museum.

Old Cardinal Gem Mine

Experience the fun and adventure of mining for gems here at Old Cardinal Gem Mine (open since 1900), located in the beautiful Cowee area of Franklin, NC. We help beginners find rare, native Rhodolite Rubies, Sapphire moonstone, and enriched stones. Our flume is partly shaded for those hot summer days and, all the equipment you […]

Highlands Road Gem Mine/The Gemstone Gallery

Come and enjoy our beautiful Smoky Mountain vistas as you gem mine by the Cullasaja river on Highlands Road. It’s the most scenic drive up to the waterfalls. We offer paydirt “loaded” gem buckets. We have onsite jewelry cutting and jewelry mounting by our experienced jewelers. Experienced gem ID. We also offer gem bags “to […]

Rathskeller Coffee Bar and Pub

A cozy hangout, off the beaten path but worth the visit. Surrounded by historical paraphernalia and comfy seating, The Rathskeller has something for everyone; board games and a foosball table; an entertainers deck complete with a mixing machine, speakers, lights and a microphone; awesome coffee and adult drinks. We also have live music every Friday […]

Mountain Rock Wealth MGMT.

Michael’s mission is to help retirees and near-retirees with the difficult task of turning their nest eggs into dependable lifetime income streams. When no income is needed, Michael helps clients to protect and transfer their wealth safely to the next generation.

Yonder Community Market

“A True Hidden Gem!” Yonder is Franklin’s only locally sourced, Real Foods Grocer! Locally owned + operated since 2018. We do not support Corporate Big Food or Big Agriculture. Our purpose is to build community by supporting local, sustainable, organic farmers for In-Season produce and small regional artisan makers of foods + goods based on […]

Whistle Stop Depot RV Park

One of the most well-known landmarks in Western North Carolina, the Whistle Stop Mall is home to North Carolina’s largest antique mall and a selection of fine specialty shops and restaurants. Come shop for furniture, country accessories, clothing, jewelry, crafts and more. Take a break and enjoy three great dining spots, including barbeque, homemade soups, […]

Whistle Stop Depot

Antique mall and specialty shops including furniture, country accessories, clothing, jewelry, crafts and food.