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Places to Grab a Drink in Johnson City

Whether you’re sharing beers with your friends while watching the game, enjoying a handcrafted cocktail while out on a date, or relaxing with a crisp glass of wine after a hard week at the office, the occasional drink can be a truly enjoyable and...

We Are Just Right for… Festival-Goers

Festivals and Events In the mood for festivities? Looking for a reason to celebrate? You won’t have to go far or wait long; Johnson City has a whole lineup of yearly festivals and celebrations for anyone and everyone to enjoy. Our festivals honor...

Degree Trends

Now more than ever, postsecondary education is becoming a necessity for young people in America. More than 21 million students attended colleges and universities in 2016, meaning that more people attended college in 2016 than ever have before....

The Seasons of Northeast Tennessee

The mountainous landscape of Northeast Tennessee can cause fluctuating, unpredictable weather patterns. In fact, you’ll often hear it said that “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a day!” However, the Tri-Cities region typically features mild...


History comes to life in this 18th century town. Its well-preserved Main Street will take you on a beautiful journey through the past. Dotted throughout Town you’ll find ma and pop shops, friendly faces, farm to table foods, plenty of “y’alls” and...

“I think, being from East Tennessee, you’re kinda born with a little lonesome in your soul, in your blood. You know you’ve got that Appalachian soul.”

Ashley Monroe

Framed by the Appalachian Mountains to the west, the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east, the Nolichucky River to the south, and the Watauga River to the north, Washington County is as pretty as a picture, a region abounding in both natural beauty and cultural heritage. American legends Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett once walked our rolling hills and valleys, and their pioneering spirit still pervades the area, imbuing its people with liveliness and fortitude.

We mountain men and women may have lonesome souls, but we’re seldom lonely. Washington County is the oldest incorporated area in Tennessee and the fastest-growing county east of Knoxville. More than 126,000 people live in Washington County, including residents of Jonesborough, the state’s first and oldest town, and students living on the campuses of Milligan College and East Tennessee State University (ETSU).

Today, Johnson City is home to more than 65,000 residents, a thriving urban center that has consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best and most popular small metro areas for raising a family, starting a business, or retiring.