A Cherry On Top: JJ’s Eatery & Ice Cream

May 15, 2017
Trip Ideas
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.
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Storybrook Farm: A Perfect Wedding Venue

January 15, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Jonesborough on a Budget

May 12, 2016
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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).
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