If you go: Northeast Tennesee

If you go: Northeast Tennessee
Oklahoman Modified: February 9, 2014 at 12:13 am •  Published: February 9, 2014

Great music

• Bellamy Hardware, Surgoinsville. Bluegrass concerts the third Saturday of every month.

Down Home music room and restaurant, Johnson City. An intimate venue where you can hear singer-songwriters such as Amythyst Kiah, a graduate of and ambassador for the Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music studies program at Eastern Tennessee State University.

• Downtown Bristol. The city was recognized by Congress in 1998 as the official birthplace of country music, and live music can be heard most any night of the week. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian, is scheduled to open in August.

Great food

• The Dining Room, offering Cuban food in downtown Jonesborough.

• Gourmet and Company, elegant organic dining in Johnson City. Don't miss the squash soup.

• Timeless Elegance Tea Room, Morristown, operated as a labor of love by the widow of the woman who founded the restaurant.


• Bristol Motor Speedway, “The World's Fastest Half-Mile.”

• Gray Fossil Site at Eastern Tennessee State University in Johnson City.

• Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium, Kingsport, one of the nation's largest city parks. Beautiful mountainous setting with such offerings as a barge ride on the lake, an adventure course, hiking and mountain biking trails and interpretive animal habitats. Listening to elementary students “ooh” and “aah” at the planetarium show was a lot of fun.

• Appalachian Trail. More than 50 of the most scenic miles, with six trailheads, are located in Unicoi County.

• Carter Mansion, Elizabethton. The oldest frame house in Tennessee. Take the guided tour and learn about the once-lost landscape paintings.