Staff Picks

  • Smoky Mountain Magic

    Smoky Mountain Magic

    You may have heard that hiking is a year-round activity in Knoxville (and it is), and now that spring has arrived, the call of Smoky Mountains is just too sweet to ignore. With so many great hiking trails around, it can be difficult to choose, so here are a few of our favorites to get you started....

    Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area

    At easy to moderate difficulty, this trail stretches on for approximately 8 miles and is known for the beautiful flowers that bloom in summer.


    C. King Park

    This one is actually located in the city itself. So convenient! You can take an easy stroll along Flenniken Branch, an inlet of the Tennessee River, or opt for the elevated trails to get a more strenuous workout.


    House Mountain

    At 10 miles outside the city, it takes a little longer to get there, but it’s well worth the drive. As you hike along the main trail, lush forests give way to spectacular views on the highest peak in Knox County.

    When you’re too tired to go any farther, head back to the Oliver, where the comfort of your room, and Tennessee’s finest bourbons, will be waiting for you.

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  • Knoxville Knows its Historic Culture

    Knoxville Knows its Historic Culture

    It’s good to know, Knoxville ranks high among Tennessee’s most historic cities....

    Meanwhile a diverse community of cultural institutions has sprung up in Knoxville, which you’ll discover in the Arts District.

    The East Tennessee Historical Center

    An anchor of downtown Knoxville, the East Tennessee Historical Center is the crossroads of continually changing exhibits that seek to introduce the public to their shared heritage. Fascinating lectures and tours take place at all hours of the week.

    Knoxville Museum of Art

    Knoxville likes to thank its lucky stars for this fabulous museum of art dedicated to preserving the rich natural legacy of the region as well as art from abroad. Currently on view is Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee.

    McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee

    From its serene location on the University of Tennessee campus, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is a treasure trove of archeological digs, decorative art, carefully preserved specimens, and local lore.

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  • Knoxville Watering Holes Within a Stone's Throw

    Knoxville Watering Holes Within a Stone's Throw

    Find out the source of Knoxville’s good humor....

    Put away that dowsing rod. To find the source of Knoxville’s good humor it’s as simple as checking out these recommendations.

    Balter Beerworks

    Balter refurbished a long neglected service station into the one-of-a-kind craft beer and dinner experience Knoxville locals know and love. This venue artfully combines an urban aesthetic with the original structure to create a place that is truly comfortable. Balter features a great selection of food and drink with its spacious front porch and a beer garden in the back.

    Bearden Beer Market

    Supporting an active community of friendly, beer-loving folks, the market is a solid bet for laid back vibes. Make new friends or bring your own to the expansive beer garden where there’s a few rounds of left cornhole to be played, while the retail section in the front is fully stocked with wine, delicate cheeses, and tasty snacks. And Bearden specializes in hard to find brews.

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  • Sipping the Wine Away in Knoxville

    Sipping the Wine Away in Knoxville

    Knoxville has been named America’s most romantic city, again! For couples looking to strengthen the bonds of love that could only mean you’re already in the right place. Take a tip from a Knoxville local, these recommendations are great for date night....

    Wine and Canvas

    If you’ve never participated in an evening of paint-while-you-drink, then Wine and Canvas is where you’ll want to head. As the name implies this is a fun way for couples to create a masterpiece of their own while sipping the wine away.

    The Tennessee Theatre

    The Tennessee Theatre is an artistic staple in the city and a grandly entertaining venue, based in a 1920s-era movie palace. With an always interesting program of musicals, concerts, and shows, there’s something here for all tastes. Click here for the Tennessee Theatre’s event calendar.

    Knoxville Food Tours

    Don’t let your appetite direct you to just any old eatery. Find out how diverse the Knoxville restaurant scene really is with Knoxville Food Tours. They offer four different options to find you the perfect plate! This beat goes on rain or shine.

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  • A Bear Hug for Tennessee Brunch

    A Bear Hug for Tennessee Brunch

    Knoxville is a charmingly active city that rose in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains....

    Oliver Royale

    Chicken and biscuits, crab cake Benedict, chorizo and eggs? Check, check, check. And those are just three reasons Oliver Royale is Knoxville's new favorite for leisurely weekend brunching. Served from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

    Cafe 4

    One of the first establishments join the brunch train was Cafe 4, located in Market Square. Their heat-lamp equipped patio is your perfect breakfast spot this month, though the interior space is comfortably minimal, too. Enjoy lobster flatbread, tomato bisque, and plenty of unique breakfast fare here.

    Knox Mason

    If you’re in love with food then Chef Matt Gallaher is prepared to steal your heart with alarmingly good twists on brunch, using only local ingredients with some spicy inspiration from the southern kitchen. How does a griddled honey bun sound? Shrimp and grits, anyone?

    The Plaid Apron

    Drew and Bonnie McDonald are working hard to please their devoted breakfast fans, sourcing local ingredients whenever possible. Check out this treasure in the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood and prepare your taste buds for mood-altering sourdough French toast, fresh eggs Benedict, and Canadian bacon for starters.

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