Meetings & Events

6 Crucial Considerations to Make When Selecting Your Meeting Event Hotel

When planning your next big meeting or corporate event, it can be all too easy to focus on the destination and forget to also focus on the hotel. Yet, with most meetings, the hotel plays a crucial role in the overall event.

For starters, the actual meeting or event is going to be held at the hotel, right? If so, then the hotel is more important than the destination and should be chosen on the merits of its amenities, which will be key.

Without a doubt, choosing a hotel that is both ideal for accommodations and for the event will save time, energy, and resources. As you shop for such a place, there are a few key amenities to keep in mind and look for along the way.

Things to Do

Your Guide to a Complete Sensory Experience in Knoxville, Tennessee

Looking for the perfect weekend escape? A place where in a mere 36 hours you can satisfy and indulge every single sense?

Look no further than one of the best-kept secrets of Tennessee – Knoxville. Knoxville is the kind of city that evokes a sense of discovery in its guests. Situated in a state which features a handful of well-known cities, i.e. Nashville and Memphis, the spotlight isn’t on Knoxville. As a result, Knox (as it’s fondly referred to) has been able to grow into whatever it wants to be. And grow it has!

From urban jungles to southern BBQ, Knoxville is as unique and quirky as they come, and we’re positive you’ll have an epic time discovering all of its delights. Few cities are as sensory oriented as Knox, and to give you a deeper sense of that, here’s a sense-driven weekend itinerary.

Leisure Travel

Knoxville, Tennessee Might Just Surprise You With Its Plethora of Exciting and Unique Neighborhoods

What makes a city great? Beautiful buildings, renowned museums, acclaimed universities? Certainly those features all help, but the main feature that helps makes any city great, is if it has a wide variety of unique and diverse neighborhoods.

Instead of Chinatown, Little Italy, Greenwich Village, The Flatiron District, etc., imagine if New York City was all the same, each neighborhood an exact replica of the next. Thankfully, that isn’t the case, and nor is it the case for numerous other U.S. cities.

Let’s take a look at one of the greatest cities in the American Southeast – Knoxville, Tennessee. Prized for its abundance of culture, cuisine, and outdoor adventure offerings, Knoxville is a true gem of a city. Comprised of more than 15 distinctive, unique, and diverse neighborhoods, Knoxville is a city full of discovery.

The question is not if you should visit but rather when, and then of course, where. Where, as in which neighborhoods out of the many should you spend the bulk of your time. We can help with that!

Food & Beverage, Things to Do

Drink in Style at Any One of These 6 Trendy Knoxville Bars

What can help ensure any trip to a new city is excellent? Ease of transport, comfortable accommodations, delicious food… sure all of the above, but also the perfect place to grab a drink.

After a day of sightseeing and exploring, or meetings and work, relaxing with a drink in hand, surrounded by travel companions is a wonderful way to end the day. Except, you’re in a new city, with no idea which bars sell craft beer, which wine bar has the coziest atmosphere, or which bar is the most elegant. Sure, Yelp, TripAdvisor, and other internet sources exist that can help lead you towards a bar, but it’s the local knowledge, the insider point of view that you need.

We may not be able to give you that insight for most cities, but one city we know like the back of our hands is Knoxville, Tennessee, and here in Knoxville we love our bars.

No matter the vibe of the bar or type of drink you seek, Knox has the ideal bar for you, and we’ve compiled a quick guide to help you discover it.

Meetings & Events

Three Easy Reasons Why Knoxville Will Seamlessly Turn Your Business Trip Into a Bleisure Trip

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.

Leisure Travel

Stay Fit in 2017 With These Knoxville Fitness Trends

After the mouthwatering meals, countless cookies, assorted goodies, and cheerful libations that inevitably come with the holidays, many are eager to incorporate some exercise back into their routine.

Plenty of people frequently dedicate their new year’s resolutions to fitness-oriented goals. Whatever the reason may be, it’s safe to say that once again January will be the month of health-related activities.

Whether you are a current resident of Knoxville looking for a new workout hotspot or intend to visit and want to ensure you can carry on your fitness routine, we have listed some of Knoxville’s top fitness options for you. You can find the type of workout that fits your needs whether you are popping in for a business trip or have roots planted in Knoxville already.

Leisure Travel

Getting to Know Knoxville, Tennessee: 10 Fascinating Facts

Every city has a personality, and truth be told, some are simply more vibrant, quirky, and alive than most. Knoxville is one such gem, and if you ever have the chance we highly recommend visiting Knoxville – it’s truly a treat.

Many of us are acquainted with some of the more well-known facts and trivia about iconic cities such as New York, Los Angeles, or New Orleans. We suppose that most people’s Knoxville trivia knowledge is slim to none. 

For your reading pleasure, and so you can impress the locals when you do choose to visit our fine city, here are some favorite odd bits of Knoxville trivia.

Leisure Travel

Finally! A Destination so Pet-Friendly, You’ll Be Inspired to Take a Trip With Your (Real) Best Friend

Have you ever dreamed of going on a trip just you and your dog? We bet if you’re a real pet lover, this will resonate. Imagine, a few days of uninterrupted, quality time with Fido. Dining out on the town, exploring, and testing out some of the finest dog parks in the nation. Knoxville, Tennessee has quickly become one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country, and it’s worth bringing your “real” best friend on your next visit. 

Imagine, jetting off for a weekend filled with wagging tails, ball chasing, and all-natural dog treats. Knoxville is the place to go. The city has a deep love for dogs, and as a result, its dog friendliness is on another level.

Knoxville isn’t just a city with a handful of dog parks or pet-friendly restaurants, the love and affection for dogs in the city is much deeper than that. In 2009 the city of Knoxville aimed to become The Most Pet-Friendly City in The Nation in conjunction with the organization PetSafe. Being friendly and welcoming to four-legged friends isn’t just a goal of the citizens, but also of the city government. 

For those who fancy the idea of a pet getaway, we’ve compiled a list of the most fun and exciting pet-friendly places in Knoxville.

Leisure Travel

Reason Three “Knoxrocks” – Events Year Round

With 2016 coming to a close, giddy excitement is beginning to bubble up and over our champagne glasses in anticipation for the New Year. 365 days of new possibilities, experiences, and adventures are hovering just out of sight. For all of the wanderlusters, weekend adventurers, foodies, festival junkies, and explorers, we’re ready to present you with reason #3 that Knoxrocks: Events Galore.

First came food, then came nature, and last but certainly not least, comes the deluge of Knoxville celebrations. Because our unique town is a haven for artists, nature lovers, chefs, businessmen and more, Knoxville has events to satiate every taste.

We cordially invite you to add Knoxville, Tennessee to your list of choice cities to visit in 2017, so you can discover why #Knoxrocks. Using our hashtag, you can join our Knoxville family by sharing your favorite Knoxville memories on social media.

Leisure Travel, Things to Do

Reason Two “Knoxrocks”- Outdoor Adventures Abound Within City Limits

What makes any city truly great? Beautiful buildings? A diverse and delicious dining scene? Scads of lively events? All of the above! But what other single factor can put a city on the map for seasoned urban enthusiasts?

Urban nature. Venture outside of most city limits and you can find limited outdoor activities, but few cities boast more than a standard park or two. Knoxville, Tennessee, on the other hand, is virtually exploding with unique, entertaining and scenic natural adventures in the heart of the city, not to mention the abundance of trails, hikes, mountains and national parks just outside the city.