Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Knoxville, TN: A Great Destination Within a Few Hours of Indy

A couple weekends ago, me, my husband, and our doglet took a road trip to Knoxville, TN. Knoxville is a cute town, most well-known as the home of the University of Tennessee, where Indianapolis Colts quarterback, Peyton Manning, played college football.

We got in on Saturday afternoon and after settling in to our hotel, took a walk to the World's Fair grounds (it was held in Knoxville in 1982). Here's a picture I got from http://www.city-data.com/picfilesc/picc20965.php

It was a hot day, but the walk around the grounds was pleasant. Their canal area reminded me of Indy's Canal Walk downtown. I am not at all biased when say that Indy's is much better. Knoxville has several of fountains that shoot up from the ground. There were lots of kids (and adults!) enjoying the cool jets in the hot weather.

Knoxville has a rather small downtown area, but they did have a really cute little square called 'Market Square':

There were lots of very cute little shops and some really good restaurants. We ate at The Tomato Head and La Costa and really enjoyed them both. I am a vegetarian and I loved that there were several great vegetarian options at both.

There was also a small Arts Garden by Market Square that's dotted with interesting sculptures. It has a pond with a small waterfall and it's a pleasant place to walk through or sit for a bit.

All in all, we had a great time in Knoxville. It's charming and has just enough to offer for a couple days away.

And here's the doglet on the way back from Knoxville:

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