A Southern Sweet Tooth Cure

May 26, 2017
Trip Ideas
DSC_0887 The pink and brown walls, simple cake pan décor, and cases filed with goodies immediately told me that I was in the right place for a sweet tooth cure. I stumbled across this little gem during my stay in Jonesborough and I couldn’t be happier about it. Another Touch Bakery has a girly flare with true southern hospitality. I could smell a combination of sweet buttercream and rich chocolate over my shoulder. How could I ever choose? Dreamy cream cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies bigger than my head, and other bright goodies were calling my name. So. Many. Options. In the midst of gazing at this sweet tooth paradise, I remembered I had actually come in for lunch and not dessert. The lady behind the counter greeted me with a warm smile and a “so glad you stopped in, what can I get you, hun?” She made me feel as if I stepped into her home for a dinner with family and friends. I choose the white buffalo chicken panini, it just looked too tasty to pass up. She then explained that dessert came with my meal- I was esthetic to say the least. After contemplation, I decided on an oversized red velvet cupcake. Luckily, before temptation could win, she brought my Panini to the table. It was piping hot with melting cheese oozing out the side. It smelled fresh and delicious and it tasted even better. DSC_0871As I was leaving Another Touch I smiled, knowing sincere hospitality and handmade food like this is a rare find. I nibbled on the cupcake and decided to save half for later. The cream cheese icing was some of the best I’ve ever had, it was undeniably made from scratch. The cupcake was simply perfect, just like the bakery.

A Cherry on Top; JJ’s Eatery & Ice Cream

Picture1 If there’s one place in this town that makes me wish I were born in a different decade, it’s JJ’s Eatery and Ice Cream. I’m an ice cream lover anyway and am always looking for a new place to stop – this one certainly didn’t disappoint. Usually, in modern ice creameries, the ice cream is served in paper cups or a cone of some kind; gone are the days when it’s scooped into a glass dish. At JJ’s however, that’s just how it comes. They’ve got the classic milkshake and float glasses and two sizes of bowls for ice cream. I chose my favorite: chocolate ice cream with rainbow sprinkles, complete with a cherry on top.2 I couldn’t help but notice the old-fashioned soda pop bar with stools. The pinks, teals, whites, and silvers decorated the entire shop. The tables had small vases of fresh flowers and the chairs looked like they were straight from an old diner. Towards the back was an awesome wall graphic, and beside it, a glass-front refrigerator complete with glass bottle soda. I felt like all I was missing was a poodle skirt. 3 Although I didn’t try anything except their ice cream, they served burgers, hot dogs, Philly’s, fries, salads, and both hot and cold sandwiches.  Their menu was hand written on the wall above a classic black and white checkered floor. You could tell they took great care in keeping the quality of the diner top notch.5 As I peered out the window, older gentleman passed walking two dogs. A mom pushed a stroller by. Two businessmen appeared to be walking to lunch or a meeting. It was as though I had slipped into a little piece of the past, and the rest of the world continued as normal. The next time you’re looking to stop, and slow life down for a moment, JJ’s Eatery and Ice Cream is certainly the place to go. It is truly the cherry on top of a beautifully nostalgic town. No poodle skirt required.  

Storybrook Farm: A Perfect Wedding Venue

January 15, 2017
Trip Ideas

Every woman dreams of the perfect setting for her wedding and I was certainly no different. After months of searching, a friend told me about a wedding she had attended at Storybrook Farm in Jonesborough.

She went on and on about how beautiful it was so I just had to check it out. Making the short trip to Jonesborough, which is such a charming and beautiful town, it took me all of two minutes to fall completely in love with the venue. And after meeting the owners, John and Diane Vogt, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that this was where I was getting married.

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Chocolate Fest is Feb. 11

January 5, 2017
Trip Ideas

So, confession time… I am a certified chocoholic. Always have been and I don’t see that ever changing.

And as someone who has long eaten dessert before the entrée – lets face it, life is too short not to treat your taste buds to the sweet stuff first – being able to enjoy last year’s inaugural Chocolate Fest in Jonesborough was nothing short of a dream come true.

Think about it. Sweet treats everywhere you look, all through downtown Jonesborough. And, it also happens around Valentine’s Day, which also makes it a perfect outing for you and your significant other to enjoy together. OK, so Chocolate Fest is actually Feb. 11 this year but who says you can’t celebrate the holiday over the course of four wonderful, chocolate-filled days?

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Christmas in Olde Jonesborough Starts Nov. 26

November 10, 2016
Trip Ideas, Uncategorized 1
With the holidays just around the corner, Jonesborough will be kicking off Christmas in Olde Jonesborough with a series of fun activities on Saturdays, beginning Nov. 26, that my family can’t wait for!
Every Saturday will feature a bunch of free activities that truly get me in the holiday spirit. Santa will, of course, be on hand – sitting in his sleigh ready to take photos – and no matter how old my kids get, they can’t wait to see jolly old St. Nick. And it’s not just the little ones – my husband and I love having our picture taken with Santa ever year!
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39th Annual Jonesborough Progressive Dinner Dec. 3

Jonesborough is ready to ring in the holiday season and Tennessee’s oldest town does it up right with the 39th Annual Jonesborough Progressive Dinner, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 3.
Sponsored by the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, this is a must-attend event for me. Like many in the region and in surrounding states as well, my husband and I look forward to this every year and always circle the date on the calendar.
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October Means the National Storytelling Festival and Much, Much more!

September 10, 2016
Trip Ideas
Fall is just around the corner and in Jonesborough that means all sorts of amazing things are about to happen. The National Storytelling Festival returns for its 44th edition during the Oct. 7-9 weekend. The world-renowned event gives visitors – about 10,000 of who flock to the event each year - the chance to experience a weekend full of stories and tales from yesteryear.
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September Means Music, Theater, and Much More

September 3, 2016
Trip Ideas
September is quickly approaching and that means plenty of special activities will be going on in Jonesborough, along with our usual amazing schedule of storytelling, music and tours.
First up will be the Labor Day celebration on Sept. 5, which features the Johnson City Community Concert Band. The all-volunteer, nonprofit concert will take place at the Visitors Center, giving folks the chance to listen to some wonderful music from 6-7 p.m. as they enjoy the holiday.
Earlier in the day, you can celebrate the end of summer with a trip to Wetlands Water Park. Open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., you’ll want to take advantage of the day because it’s the final day the park will be open this summer!
Beginning Sept. 9 and running through Oct. 2, the Jonesborough Repertory Theater presents Camelot, an Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical, based on the King Arthur legend.
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Blair-Moore House – Perfect for a Romantic Getaway

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.
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Jonesborough’s Summer Activities

July 15, 2016
Trip Ideas
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.
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