Arts

artIn addition to the lovely outdoor scenery and fun things to do in the outdoors, East Tennessee is also full of great places to enjoy live music, the arts, and even theatre performances.

While staying with us on your East Tennessee Vacation, you can tour the Gray Fossil Museum, one of the country's largest fossil deposits, or enjoy learning about Bristol and the large, historic role the city played in helping the country music genre to begin.

Theatre lovers delight in visiting both Theatre Bristol and the legendary Barter Theatre, both of which are historic theatres that feature excellent summer programs. If you enjoy live music, venture to downtown Johnson City and enjoy the live music that fills the outdoor decks of the city's many restaurants. Down Home is an especially neat one to visit. Years ago, this small club helped begin the careers of not only Alison Kraus, but also Kenny Chesney.

If you are looking for Tennessee Mountain Cabin Rentals in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains then look no further. Our East TN Cabin is located right on the Watauga River and is surrounded by picturesque mountain scenery. Here you can rest, relax and just enjoy the day, or enjoy a thrilling adventure in the outdoors. Browse through our site to learn more about all of the great Tennessee Mountain vacation activities and things to do in our area.

Many visitors to our East TN Cabin Rental visit Johnson City, Bristol, and Kingsport to enjoy the phenomenal arts and cultural atmosphere found here. The downtown areas abound with neat galleries, charming theatres, and fun things to see and do. Check out some of the great places listed below.

  • Barter Theatre
    East Main Street
    Abingdon, VA 24212
    276-628-3991
    The Barter Theatre is one of the oldest theatre's in the country. Drawing record crowds each year, 160,000 visitors passed through the Barter Theatre's doors just last year. Featuring a variety of musical acts and theatre shows, the Barter Theatre is always a family favorite.
  • Down Home
    423-929-9822
    Down Home is located in downtown Johnson City and is a great place to go for live music. Featuring local artists, Down Home has long been a local favorite and a great watering hole.
  • Farmhouse Gallery & Gardens
    Johnson City, TN 37601
    423-743-8799
    The Farmhouse Gallery & Gardens is a gigantic farm located right outside of Johnson City. This sprawling estate is the host of the Fiddler's and Fiddlehead's Festival and a great place for the whole family to enjoy. The gallery is the private gallery of wildlife artist Johnny Lynch.
  • Gray Fossil Site & Museum
    Gray, TN 37615
    866-202-6223
    The Gray Fossil Site & Museum is a great place to check out. The fossil deposit is very large, roughly 5 acres, and contains fossils that are well preserved from around 4-8 million years ago. Visitors can tour the museum and learn more about the new discoveries being made each day.
  • Hands On! Museum
    315 E. Main Street
    Johnson City TN 37601
    423-434-HAND
    Hands On! Museum is a child's play-land and a great educational museum that really excites children of all ages. Interactive exhibits such as the Discovery Lab, the Get Moving Car exhibit, and the Wings Airplane exhibit are really neat and help children learn through hands on experiences.
  • Jonesborough
    423-753-1010
    Live bands play in Jonesborough every Friday night. Just call the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 423-753-1010, and ask about music on the square.
  • Nelson Fine Art
    423-926-2931
    Nelson Fine Art is located in downtown Johnson City and features the artwork of various community artists. The first Friday of every month Nelson Fine Art features a wine, art and mingling party where locals, artists and patrons gather to enjoy the afternoon and the art.
  • The Birthplace of Country Music Museum
    510 Cumberland Street, Suite 103
    Bristol, VA 24201
    276-645-0111
    Bristol Virginia is commonly known as the Birthplace of Country Music and the museum celebrates this tradition with neat historic exhibits, and information. Discover the great Appalachian Mountain heritage that helped begin the country music recording boom.
  • The Paramount Theatre & Center for the Arts
    518 State Street
    Bristol, TN 37620
    423-274-8920
    The Paramount Theatre & Center for the Arts is the Tri-Cities newest entertainment facility and premier events location.
  • Theatre Bristol
    512 State Street
    Bristol, TN 37620
    423-968-4977
    Theatre Bristol originally began as Bristol Children's Theatre in 1965. In 1980 it began featuring adult shows and performances and has been operating ever since as Theatre Bristol. The company and troupe regularly features classes and youth theatre workshops as well.