Hey, y’all! I’m so excited to be sharing the next installment in my Travel Northeast Tennessee Series with y’all today!
As Old Crow Medicine Show famously performed:
“But he’s a’headed west from the Cumberland Gap…
To Johnson City, Tennessee!”
And while I headed south instead of west, all that matters is that I landed in beautiful Johnson City — I quickly became infatuated with the city!
Surrounded by beautiful mountains, Johnson City is a gem of the region. The people are kind, the Americana spirit is strong, and as is important to me, the food is finger lickin’ good.
While I would recommend that you stay longer than an evening in Johnson City, I also understand that time is of the essence. I often find myself only able to stay an afternoon + one night in a location; thus, I try to keep that in mind when crafting itineraries for y’all when I travel.
1. Visit Yee-Haw Brewing:
126 Buffalo St.
Johnson City, TN 37604
There’s no better place to kick off your afternoon that Yee-Haw Brewing Company. I’m not going to lie — the name immediately drew this country boy in; however, don’t let that fool you. Their brews stand up to their name; one sip and you’ll want to yell, “Yeeeeeee-hawww!”
Yee-Haw Brewing Company started in downtown Johnson City in 2015; in just a few short years – and with a lot of work and devotion, as is clear – they quickly situated themselves to be a powerhouse of the region.
My favorite thing about Yee-Haw was the variety in their beers. They bridge the gap between traditional, classic brews and hip, innovative brews.
This enables there to be a drink for all palates in the tasting room – which, as a consumer, I appreciate.
Oh, and if you need a snack – fear not! Located in the distillery is the White Duck Taco Shop. I might’ve enjoyed one (or three) of their delicious tacos… you have to keep your energy levels up, am I right?
2. Visit Gourmet & Company:
214 E Mountcastle Dr.
Johnson City, TN 37601
After having a drink at Yee-Haw, you must have dinner at Gourmet & Company! Locally owned by the same restauranteurs for 30 years, Gourmet & Company is a Johnson City legacy. They have set the tone for the dining scene in the city — and while I entered with high expectations, they were met and surpassed.
The menu at Gourmet & Company is seasonal and rotational; they incorporate fresh, organic ingredients into their well-created dishes, while also utilizing local ingredients when in season.
When I visited, they had the most delicious lobster entree on the menu. It was rich and decadent – which is, of course, why lobster is my favorite food. I also had a salad with fried goat cheese balls, which was a standout to me. That said, the menu is very well-rounded. Diners can enjoy dishes from the likes of charcuterie boards, seared diver scallops, fried chicken, filet, veal medallions, and so much more.
They also have an expansive cocktail list + wine selection (with great flights!), if you are looking for another libation with dinner.
3.Visit The Carnegie Hotel/Wellington’s:
1216 W State of Franklin Rd.
Johnson City, TN 37604
End your night (and stay!) at the Carnegie Hotel. This luxury hotel is the perfect mix of modern amenities + classic Southern charm.
After your delicious meal at Gourmet and Company, you need a night cap and potentially dessert, am I right? Located inside the hotel is Wellington’s Restaurant — and it’s simply gorgeous! I felt especially lucky to be there on a night with jazz music; it made the ambiance and experience so special.
The menu at Wellington’s is chock-full of southern favorites, paying homage to its Appalachian and Southern roots, while also incorporating other high-end culinary inspirations.
While I was full, I did manage to find room for banana’s foster + a gin martini (with a lemon twist, of course).
Now I know y’all are planning your trip to Johnson City — but, heed my warning: come hungry!
I’m already wanting to plan my next visit back…
As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!
Y’all come back now, ya hear?
FTC: This is a commissioned post; however, as always, all expressed opinions are my own.