This post is written in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Made in Tennessee. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you’re married or in a relationship, you know that every once in a while you need a romantic getaway. Life gets busy, stuff gets in the way, you need to unplug and focus on each other.
A few weeks ago, Tim and I traveled five hours to East Tennessee to the historic Jonesborough. We got there around 8 p.m. Eastern Time and got a chance to walk around the town during golden hour. Today I’m going to share about all the things we did in the Historic Jonesborough, TN.
The Historic Eureka Inn: One of the first things you read, when you go to their website, is that The Historic Eureka Inn was one of the first lots purchased once Tennessee became a state in 1796. Isn’t that a cool fact?
We stayed in the room called “The Cook’s Room”. It had recently been renovated and had the most comfortable bed in the world (which come to find out is locally made). The owners Blake and Kaitlyn were so kind and helpful. They recommended places to eat ad all the cool things to do!
The Eureka Inn offered such a yummy breakfast in the mornings and complimentary water, soda and sweet treats throughout the day.
In the evening, the Inn offers a 3-course interactive murder mystery dinner called “The Family Reunion.” The Eureka Inn offers different interactive dinners throughout the year so make sure you ask about it when you book your reservation!
EAT AND DRINK
Main Street Cafe & Catering: Open since 1982, Main Street Cafe is located on the main street in an old bank building. Monday through Thursday they’re only open for lunch, but Friday and Saturday are open for dinner. In addition to the Cafe, they also offer floral services, event decor, and cakes for special occasions. They also cater for parties and business luncheons! When we stopped for dinner, we feasted on hamburgers, pasta salad, and the Athena wrap.
Depot Street Brewing: A fun place to hang on a Saturday night, Depot Street Brewing has been open since 2004 and has several different types of brews for you to enjoy. Go upstairs and play games like Apples to Apples and Candyland or go outside for Bocce Ball.
The Lollipop Shop: If you have a sweet tooth and are shopping on Main Street, pop by the Lollipop Shop. In addition to sweets, they have toys, stuffed animals and other items for purchase. I enjoyed a giant bag of Jelly Bellies and M&M’s!
The Corner Cup: For a midday pick me up, drop in the Corner Cup. All the coffee is roasted locally and their space is so cozy and welcoming. They have great coffee and pastries and if you’re in the mood, order a crêpe! The Nutella Banana was my favorite.
Let’s Taco Bout It: Jonesborough’s local food truck, Let’s Taco Bout It was at the weekly Brews & Tunes gathering. Try their queso, quesadilla, and tacos, it’s perfect outside on a beautiful day!
THINGS TO DO
Historic JonesboroughFarmers Market: Every Saturday starting at 8 a.m., Jonesborough has a Farmer’s Market in the City Square. Walk around, talk to all the different vendors and shop for these local goods. I can guarantee you’ll find some yummy items!
Storytelling: The International Storytelling Center is located on Main Street and has a long tradition in the history of Jonesborough. Jonesborough basically revived the art of storytelling in the 1970’s and is known as the Storytelling capital of the world. You can attend storytelling Monday through Saturday and tickets are $12. We had the best time listening to the storyteller and recommend this as part of the Jonesborough experience!
Hike at Persimmon Ridge Park: If the day is nice, go for a hike at Persimmon Ridge Park! There are several different trails to choose from, just look at the map near the entrance and pick the distance and difficulty. If you prefer biking, they have several bike trails as well!
Shop and Antique on Main Street: There are several great places to shop on Main Street. It’s fun to go to all the different stores because each store carries something different and no one place is the same. We enjoyed the Christmas store and found some great items in the antique shop. Just take your time and look around!
Historic Walking Tour: If you love hearing the history of towns, you need to sign up for the walking tour! They offer them every Friday from now until October, and costumed guides tell you about the history of the town. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Chester Inn Museum.
Brews and Tunes: From now until mid-September, head to the Storytelling Center for Brews & Tunes on Sunday. There are different artists that play as well as different breweries that are featured. Sit, drink and enjoy the day and good music! There’s also a rotation of food trucks that come, so you know you’ll be eating well!
Historic Jonesborough is a slower way of life. Most businesses are closed on Sunday and on weekdays close earlier than they would in another city. During our visit, we got to slow down, rest, relax and just enjoy this quaint, historic town. The residents are so friendly and welcoming and we want to come back and visit for the holidays!
If you love historic towns, definitely stop by and visit Jonesborough. You’ll be glad you did!