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Fall in East Tennessee: Our Favorite Places

(Published on - 11/10/2021 9:24:51 PM)

Fall in East Tennessee: Our Favorite Places


Home Sweet Knoxville – Fall Edition 


When the air turns crisp and the leaves change – that is when Knoxville truly shines! 


Beautiful shades of reds, greens, oranges, and bright golden yellows blanket the trees to signal the changing of the seasons and form a backdrop that is truly breathtaking. One of greatest things about Knoxville is that there is something here for everyone here to enjoy, and fall is certainly no exception! 


For locals (and even those who are not) fall is synonymous with some of the greatest words – IT’S FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE. It doesn’t take long to realize that Tennessee Football and being a Vol is not just something you do every Saturday in this town, it truly is a way of life. There is nothing better than driving down Neyland Drive on a Saturday taking in the sights of the Vol Navy, the sea of orange covering campus, the smells and tastes of delicious tailgate food, and hearing Rocky Top. Gameday on Rocky Top is something I believe everyone should experience at least once in their life. The passion and experience of it all is second to none. Not a fan of the elements and inside events more your speed? Catching a Tennessee Basketball game inside Thompson Bowling arena is an event that is fun for all ages! The possibilities (and fun) are endless!


Maybe sports aren’t your thing, but live music is. Knoxville has you covered! There are so many great venues to catch a show with up and coming artists all the way to some of the biggest names in music. The Mill and Mine, The Bijou Theatre, Thompson Bowling Arena, and the Historic Tennessee Theatre are some of my favorite places experience a great show. If you are catching a show in downtown Knoxville, I always suggest making an evening of it and grabbing a bite to eat and some drinks beforehand.


When it comes to great places to get food and delicious drinks, Knoxville has hit the jackpot!  Almost everywhere you go downtown, you will find a must try spot with a great atmosphere to enjoy the fall. Tupelo Honey, Café 4, and Downtown Grill and Brewery are some of my favorite staples in the area. If you are looking to try out some new spots, Vida, Osteria Stella, and A Dopo are some new faces in town that are making quite the splash. Fall is also the perfect time to enjoy the views from Downtown Knoxville, which can best be seen from one of the rooftop bars. The Radius Rooftop Lounge and Five Thirty Lounge are two of my favorites. I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention where to get what is in my opinion the best burger in town – the Abridged Burger at Abridged Beer Company. Abridged is the perfect place to enjoy fall weather and catch up with friends over some great bites. I also recommend the pot roast nachos to share!


Knoxville also prides itself on being a family friendly city! If you are a family that loves to cook together, the Market Square Farmer’s Market every Saturday is the perfect place to pick up some fresh ingredients for all those fall recipes. Love to decorate for fall? Pope’s Creekside Nursery is a great place to bring the kids to pick out pumpkins, mums, and other goodies to spruce up your entryway for the season. You can also find an abundance of Fall Festivals filled with tons of fun activities for all ages throughout the fall months as well. My favorite annual family tradition is to make the short drive to Gatlinburg to view East Tennessee in all of its fall glory. Taking the scenic drive along the Foothills Parkway or exploring Cades Cove are my top must dos to take in all of the beauty and brilliant colors of fall. 


With so much to do and see, Knoxville really has it all. Each year millions of people flock to East Tennessee to experience all that the area has to offer – the fun, the food, and the natural beauty that surrounds it all!


There truly is no place I would rather be than enjoying the Fall season in Knoxville, Tennessee!



Written by: Catherine Jones, REALTOR





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