If you stay in hotels on Hwy 96 in Franklin, there is a Cracker Barrel within walking distance to a few of them. There is a Starbucks off Hwy 96 but not a sidewalk on 96 and there is a lot of traffic.
Your best bet would be to pick a hotel in the Cool Springs area of Franklin. There are several hotels and a couple of Starbucks plus there are sidewalks in that area. There is a new Drury that has an onsite restaurant. Hilton Garden Inn is behind Dunkin Donuts.
If you go to the left of the page, you can get a list of hotels in Franklin. You can check out the reviews and check out Google map to get an idea of distance to a coffee shop.
I agree, the Cool Springs area may be your best bet. There's a lot of unwalkable suburban nightmare along the major thoroughfares, but there are lots of new faux-town square developments that have hotels included in the complex. For example, look at the area on the west side of Carothers Parkway, between Cool Springs Blvd and Moore's Lane.
I want to say the Marriott in Cool Springs had a Starbucks inside. There are also Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn in a great location in Cool Springs...several restaurants within walking distance.
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