Business travel, an experience that can be extremely satisfying or an absolute chore. Anyone who’s ever been dispatched out of town for a meeting, training, sales, or any other business-related reason, likely has had positive and less than positive experiences, but why? What made it positive or otherwise? Two aspects of business travel can make or break the trip, the reason for business and it’s result or the destination.
A less-than-stimulating day of meetings can be remedied with an eventful evening out and about in an exciting city. The stress of a tough day can be forgotten with a walk through a beautiful urban park nearby. There isn’t much that can be done to affect the outcome of your business trip as far as the business aspect goes, but when it comes to enjoying the leisurely portions of your business trip, there’s one destination that truly stands out.
Knoxville, Tennessee, a city that boasts the perfect blend of culture, cuisine, nature, and a vibrant personality that leaves all who visit with an itch to return.
If Knoxville, Tennessee is the next destination you’re traveling to for business, then you’re in luck. Or, if you get to decide where to plan your company’s next business trip to, look no further than Knoxville. This vibrant city is more than a business trip destination, it’s a bleisure travel paradise.
Bring Your Business Travel to Knoxville – Here’s Why
Pick Your Poison, There’s a Bar For Every Personality and Preference
Craft beer, tasteful wines, and quirky cocktails, you can find it all in Knox. Not just the drinks, but the ambiance you desire too. After a day of meetings, the time is ripe to bond with one another at the local crafted Balter Beerworks. Feeling fancy? Head to the Peter Kern Library for speakeasy vibes. Dying to impress the bunch with your wine knowledge and tastes? Old City Wine Bar is the place to be. Toast to a great day or drown the memory of a stressful day, Knoxville’s got you covered.
Screen Strain Easily Remedied With an Abundance of Nature
In today’s world, a day full of business is a day full of staring at screens (usually). Staring at screens for hours on end is less than great for one’s eyes, head, and general spirit. The best remedy? Nature! Knoxville is an expert at developing urban nature, and the choices of where and how to experience it are abundant. Run, walk, bike, hike, and climb at any of these offerings:
- The Greenway – A collective 86 miles of paved and natural pathways which wind throughout the city.
- Urban Wilderness – Three miles from downtown lies 1,000 forested acres, 50 miles of multiuse trails, Ijams Nature Center, and Navitat Zip Line Adventure Park.
- Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
Insider Tip – these are all also great places to plan team-building experiences if so desired.
Per Diem? Per-fect. Knoxville is Quite The Foodie Town
Recall that one business trip when you felt challenged to use your per diem because the food and drink offerings of the town were sad? Thankfully, not the case in Knox! Knox locals pride themselves on their city’s cuisine, and some of the local favorite spots include:
- Olibea – The go-to brunch spot, locally sourced spot, and perfect ambiance spot. The fare is a combo of southern and latin flavors.
- Knox Mason – A downtown haven for authentic southern cuisine.
- Sweet P’s Downtown Dive – Knoxville and BBQ go to together like PB&J, and Sweet P’s is the place to go for BBQ.
- Wild Love Bakehouse – Need treats for the team? Or just some delicious coffee to switch your brain on? Wild Love Bakehouse has flaky croissants, artisan puddings, freshly made coffee.
Related: Reason One Knoxrocks – Foodie Heaven
Those are the top three reasons why Knox is fabulous for bleisure, and if you’ve yet to select accommodations, let us propose The TENNESSEAN Hotel. When it comes to business travel, the hotel is key. The TENNESSEAN Hotel has been designed and created with the idea of business and bleisure in mind. It’s located downtown in the heart of Knoxville and lies within close proximity to the Knoxville Convention Center, UT Convention Center, and the Park Pavilion.
Within The TENNESSEAN lies The Board Room, an intimate meeting space for up to 16, featuring AV capabilities. Close a deal over drinks, conduct a less formal business meeting, or simply bond over great food at The Drawing Room, conveniently located within The TENNESSEAN. Most importantly, find restful sleep and enjoyable relaxation in any one of the 82 luxurious guest rooms. Combine Knoxville and The TENNESSEAN Hotel and you’ve got a recipe for bleisure travel success. We could say business travel success but, we have a sneaking suspicion that Knox will ensure a bit of leisure makes its way into your trip.