Slow Down and Savor It All

Away from the hustle and bustle of city life you’ll discover a community where friendly folks run local shops, and mom and pop restaurants treat you like a regular. It’s easy to feel at home in Unicoi County, because it’s filled with real, welcoming experiences. And if you’re looking for a bit more excitement, just up the road in Johnson City, or over the mountain in Asheville, you’ll find a larger variety of local and national retailers, and an array of dining options.

15 Minutes to Johnson City

45 Minutes to Asheville

Local Shops

Mom & Pop Dining

Discover Something Special

The best part about a day of shopping are the unique stores, unexpected discoveries, and friendly people you encounter. Unicoi County has plenty to offer in the way of memorable local spots you’ll enjoy frequenting on your shopping excursions. And a day of shopping wouldn’t be complete without something delicious to fuel your day. Here you’ll find an array of charming restaurants where you can recharge your batteries and satisfy your cravings.

Whether you’re on a mission to find a specific item, or just looking to have a laid back day visiting shops, you’ll find your heart’s desire in Unicoi County and the surrounding region. Start your day off right with a coffee and some breakfast from Steel Rails Coffee House, then head out on your shopping adventure. Bring a part of the community into your home with a visit to Stegall’s Pottery for some hand-crafted pieces, or head to Valley Beautiful Antique Mall to peruse and discover treasures from the past. Stop into the unique Choo Choo Cafe for a fresh, delicious lunch in a quaint, friendly atmosphere.

If you’re looking to expand your shopping adventure you can make the short drive to Johnson City where you’ll find a variety of local and large retailers to visit. Wanting to find even more items for your home or unique gifts? Head downtown and visit Reclaimed. And if fashion’s on your mind, Monkee’s is a fun boutique with many on-trend styles to choose from. Much like the variety of shops, Johnson City offers something for everyone when it comes to dining. From french fare at Cafe Lola to Mediterranean cuisine from Red Meze and everything in between, there are many local spots to find a delicious meal, as well as a variety of big name restaurants. And if you’re looking to make a day of shopping and dining, the bustling city of Asheville, North Carolina, is a mere 45 minute, scenic drive away from Unicoi County.

Just a short drive up the road from Unicoi County is Johnson City, a city teeming with rich flavor and authentic Southern-style cooking that’s sure to draw you back.

Up for a scenic, 45-minute drive? Vibrant Asheville, North Carolina offers a unique mix of boutiques, eclectic shops and colorful galleries tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Our festivals wouldn’t be complete without our vendors. Which is why you’re sure to find something that piques your shopping interest, from arts and crafts to local goods.

Farmers markets, produce stands, and farm-to-table galore. Unicoi County is proud to provide fresh, local flavor while supporting small businesses in the process.

Whether you need a warm coffee or a fluffy bed of pancakes, here you’ll find just a few of the many local breakfast spots that are sure to satisfy your hunger.

While our region provides quality shopping and dining, that’s not the only thing that makes it stand out. Discover why more and more folks are calling Unicoi County home.