If you and your significant other are searching for the perfect little get away, Jonesborough, steeped in history and tradition, has some wonderful options, including the iconic Blair-Moore House Bed and Breakfast. Built in 1832, the Blair-Moore House, located in the heart of Jonesborough’s historic district, is ideal for a romantic weekend and is overflowing with Southern hospitality. The spectacular restored home features a private garden and three guest rooms with private bathrooms. You can enjoy the Victorian Room, American-Native Room or another suite that is decorated with period antiques. The Victorian Room features period clothing, pictures and more, while the Native-American Room has its very own porch that overlooks Main Street. The suite features a sitting room and private entrance. All guest rooms feature canopy beds, vintage linens, carefully chosen art and period furniture, most of which is antique. Owned by Jack and Tami Moore, the Blair-Moore House has been named by Inn Traveler Magazine as one of the top five B&B’s in the United States and Canada for the last five years. Featured several times in Southern Living Magazine, Blair-Moore was also named the Reader’s Choice by Blue Ridge Country Bed and Breakfast. Tami, who has studied at four of the most prestigious culinary schools in the world, including Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France, prepares a multi-course breakfast for guests that is beyond amazing. How good are Tami’s creations? Southern Living Magazine said it was “What Might Be The World’s Best Breakfast,” and Inn Traveler Magazine said it was the “#1 Best Breakfast in the Southeast." All meals are served in the dining room and only the freshest, finest seasonal ingredients are used to create memorable cuisine. Should you choose to, you can also dine in the English/French country-style garden. Since Blair-Moore is located in the downtown area, guests can walk out the front door to plenty of shopping, eating, antiquing and the old charm of Tennessee’s oldest town!
Once Memorial Day rolls around in Jonesborough, it’s hard to keep up with all the activities going on throughout town. Just a few things to keep in mind if you’re visiting, whether it’s for a day outing or for several days: Wetlands Water Park – Open now through Labor Day, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from noon-6 p.m. Day passes for adults (ages 13 and over) are $12, children (ages 4-12) are $9, Seniors (age 55 and over) are $9 and children aged 3 and under will be admitted free. If you’re a late arriver, tickets are half price after 3 p.m.! Wetlands features a rain tree, an 80-foot, 100-foot and 200-foot fiberglass slide, lazy river with tube rental, water bubblers, tumble buckets, zero depth wading area, children’s otter slides, shaded pavilions, lounge/deck chairs, sand volleyball court, covered dining area and shower facilities and restrooms. Music on the Square – Every Friday evening, beginning at 7 p.m., from now through September, Main Street is blocked off to through traffic and everyone is invited to attend and enjoy the concerts. This is a free event but donations are appreciated and don’t forget to bring a chair! Movies on Main – Select Saturdays through September at 8 p.m., kick back on Main Street for a free family movie in front of the Lollipop Shop. The evenings begin with Candy Bingo and the movie at dusk. Main Street Brews and Tunes – Every Sunday from 3-5 p.m. through September at the International Storytelling Plaza, a local craft brewery will be featured, along with live music and a featured food truck. Bring a chair and enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon in downtown. Storytelling Live! Teller-in-Residence – Now through October, you can visit the International Storytelling Festival and hear some of the world’s finest storytellers. Taking place each Tues. – Sat. at 2 pm, tickets are $12 per person and reservations are recommended. There are several evening performances schedules throughout the season so be sure to check the schedule for more information.
We’ve also got plenty of great dining, shopping and historical attractions you won’t want to miss, so make sure historic Jonesborough is part of your summer!
In this very budget-conscious world, people are always looking for ways to cut corners and save money. If you’re worried about coming up with a lot of cash for a little day trip, Jonesborough’s the perfect spot to visit. Why? Not only is it full of history and offers a myriad of cool stuff to do but there are also plenty of great things to do for under 10 bucks – and lots are even free. Since most of us are always interested in free activities, let’s start there. If you have little ones, Wetlands Water Park is a great place to visit, particularly during the hot and humid summer months. Kids age three and under get to enjoy the park at no cost at all (and it’s just $12 for adults).