Honker down! This is one long post and definitely one that’s probably best grabbing yourself a cup of tea and biscuits (or a cheeky glass of wine) before jumping in.
Ready? Okay – let’s go explore Knoxville together.
Knoxville was the smallest of the 3 cities we planned on visiting in Tennessee and to be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew of certain places I wanted to visit here but I had no clue what the general vibe or feel of the city would be.
Let me just answer this head on – Knoxville may be smaller but it’s such an interesting city that packs a surprising amount of stuff for its relatively smaller size.Knoxville Museum of Art – a relatively small but perfectly formed space with views overlooking the city and intriguing art at every turn… including The Tennessean Hotel – our ‘home’ while in Knoxville!
The art is quite diverse too – with sculptures unlike anywhere else we’ve been to (that one – see below – of the top part of a man is just freaky as it moves and changes and you walk around it – there are even fine hairs on it).> Weaving Rainbow Mountain Mural… Instagram! (Thanks!!!)
Luckily, the rain subsided almost with the same immediacy it started off with and by the time we’d parked – the clouds had already started to part ways.
There’s a side street in Knoxville’s city centre worth checking out, by the way, if you’re into street are – that street’s called Strong Alley.
I’m not sure what the policy is on the art here but it’s down a street you probably wouldn’t think to go down and for the most part is a lot grittier than some of the other street art dotted across town.Stock and Barrel for a good old fashioned fill-your-tummy up lunch. Burger for Lloyd (with a milkshake) and chicken and waffles for me. >Somehow, our lazy amble meant that we ended up right in front of the Oliver Hotel – at which point, Lloyd and I remembered a message we’d been sent on Instagram about a speakeasy – Peter Kern Library – that was on the side street next to the hotel. (You could also access it from a hidden door – which looks like a wall – in the hotel).
The plan was originally to pop by the speakeasy later that evening but seeing as we were right there – we figured we might as well pop in for a drink or two!
The speakeasy had literally just opened (I mean this was shortly after lunch time) but this didn’t stop us from jumping right into their cocktails menu.