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A Guide To The Perfect Evening in Johnson City, Tennessee

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JC Phelps
JC Phelps

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Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, there’s a destination that combines big-city amenities with small-town southern charm: Johnson City, Tennessee. A perfect destination for those that love outdoor recreation, family-friendly adventures, and foodies — Johnson City has something for everyone. If you’re planning a visit, look no further than my guide to the perfect evening in Johnson City, Tennessee!

The Perfect Evening in Johnson City, Tennessee

While I would recommend that you stay longer than an evening in Johnson City, I also understand that we often only have an afternoon + evening in a location. With that in mind, I created the perfect itinerary:

1. Drinks at Yee-Haw Brewing: 126 Buffalo St. Johnson City, TN 37604

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There’s no better place to kick off your afternoon than Yee-Haw Brewing Company.

Yee-Haw Brewing Company started in downtown Johnson City in 2015; in just a few short years, they positioned themselves as a powerhouse of the region. You’ll be impressed with the variety in their beers, as they offer a taste for all palates.

Oh, and if you need a snack while at Yee-Haw, fear not: located in the distillery is the White Duck Taco Shop, which serves everything from Korean Beef Bulgogi to Jamaican Jerk Chicken to Bangkok Shrimp tacos.

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2. Dine at Gourmet & Company: 214 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 dishes, while also utilizing local ingredients when in season.

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Diners can enjoy dishes from the likes of charcuterie boards, seared diver scallops, fried chicken, filet, and veal medallions. I had a rich, decadent lobster entree + a salad topped with fried goat cheese balls, both of which were phenomenal.

Gourmet & Company also has an expansive cocktail list + wine selection (with great flights!), if you are looking for another libation with dinner.

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3. End Your Night at the Carnegie Hotel/Wellington’s: 1216 W State of Franklin Rd. Johnson City, TN 37604

When in Johnson City, end your night (and stay!) at the Carnegie Hotel. A luxury hotel, the Carnegie provides the perfect mix of modern amenities + classic southern charm.

After your delicious meal at Gourmet and Company, you’ll need a night cap and potentially dessert. Look no further than Wellington’s, which is located inside the hotel. Order the bananas foster!

Enjoy your perfect evening in Johnson City, Tennessee — my guess is that once you visit, you’ll plan to return for a longer stay!