Understanding What Makes Knoxville Tick: A Made in Tennessee Journey

Understanding What Makes Knoxville Tick: A Made in Tennessee Journey

Culture, creativity, and a wealth of music options, Knoxville beckons with its laid back sophistication.

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In a state where the largest cities are known for country music and the blues, we were interested in finding the heartbeat of Knoxville, and how the third largest city in Tennessee was making a name for itself.

Our adventure starts only an hour south of Knoxville, where we wake up in the Cades Cove campground. Knowing we have a full day ahead of us, we wake up early to get into Knoxville, but decide to make a quick stop to the Look Rock Fire Tower to get some early morning fog views. Look Rock is on Foothills Parkway which provides miles of breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Once we made it in town, the culture started parading around us in the form of glass blowing and beer from our new friends at The Pretentious Beer Glass Company. We hung out and sipped on their hand crafted beer, while watching them make art out of glass. I really had no idea what all went into making things out of glass, so it was a great learning experience. It really started to define the culture of Knoxville. Fine Arts.

After lunch at Good Golly Tamale, we headed out to get a good workout at Navitat Zipline Canopy Adventure. They recommended we leave the cameras behind as we climbed through most of the 60 elements on their course. 

The fine arts show continued in the form of Knox Brew Tours. We were party bused around town sampling a handful of Knoxville's best craft breweries.

They might say beer before liquor will make you sicker, but after the brew tour we had to continue the fine arts and crafts with Knox Whiskey Works where we sampled the best gin and whiskey created in Knoxville.

Once we had lost all our inhibitions, we headed into the ultimate fine arts event, Big Ears Festival. I must say this is not your normal festival. From the film features to the band selection, to the sophisticated crowd, we definitely felt like we were surrounded by culture and creativity.

We capped off the night at Suttree's High Gravity Tavern to enjoy a late-night bowl of ramen before heading back to our hotel for the night. After a much needed sleep, we headed to Old City Java for our morning coffee, where we slowed down and enjoyed a relaxing morning.

Before heading home for the weekend, we decided to stop at the bluffs that overlook the city where they have a tree swing that goes and makes for a great shot.

Thanks for following along on our adventures!