ideal-LIVING.com ideal-LIVING • FALL 2015
ideal towns >>> knoxville, tn
Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville is the perfect blend of Southern hospitality, abundant nature and a thriving world of culture. The Tennessee River provides a stunning backdrop to this diverse and
historic destination that was originally the state’s first capital.
Settled in 1786, Knoxville finally enjoyed an economic
boom following the arrival of the railroad in 1855. After
a varied history riding the waves of both loss and success,
Knoxville hosted the 1982 World’s Fair and its rejuvenation
has been on the rise ever since.
Downtown Knoxville offers a mixture of architectural styles,
ranging from the 1786 hewn-log James White House to the
modern Knoxville Museum of Art that was completed in 1990.
Its 53,200-square-feet of display space honors regional talent
with its permanent exhibits that are complemented by temporary
exhibits celebrating both national and international artists.
Art Deco buildings stand side by side with Victorian rep-
resentations in this hubbub of business, culinary delights and
artistic expression. Having access to food from around the
world is one of the many treats that Tennessee’s third largest
city has to offer, alongside an abundance of live music.
Bluegrass has its roots in east Tennessee as the early settlers
from Ireland, Scotland and Wales added their musical spice
to the burgeoning American music pot. Knoxville is packed
with live music venues and hosts year-round festivals, proudly
supporting this acoustic tradition.
Heading out of town just a few miles lies another great
reason to check out Knoxville and it comes in the shape of the
Ijams Nature Center. Developed by Harry Ijams who was a leading bird expert, and his wife Alice Yoe Ijams, the Ijams has been
home to numerous species of birds for over a century. These
two former quarries that once provided Tennessee Pink Marble
have been transformed into a nature haven. Key spots include a
25-acre lake, stunning overlooks, unique boulder fields and an
amazing man-made stone structure known as the Keyhole.
So if you’re looking for the cultural buzz of the city, a wide
choice of cuisine and the beauty and adventure of nature,
Knoxville, TN, has it all.
Green Grass in
by Nancy Gross
• Cocoa Moon Market Square provides
the best in Asian-fusion cuisine, Mexican and
Latin American options and is located in the
heart of downtown.
• Just Ripe boasts local, regional and
independently-owned products in each
of their made-to-order meals with plenty
of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
• Nama Sushi Bar is a unique dining
experience for the sushi lover. A fusion of
are created from the freshest ingredients.
• Oodles Uncorked’s motto is, “Keep it
fresh,” and this restaurant o;ers 60 types
of wine by the glass and a limited liquor bar.
TOP THINGS TO DO
• Alive After Five
One of the many live music
venues that provide quality
live music every Friday
evening a;er 5 p.m.
• The Climbing Center
Fun for every age and ability,
try out indoor rock climbing in
a safe and guided environment.
• Knoxville Museum of Art
;e museum is host to a beautiful
display of local, national and
international artists, with a
number of ever-changing exhibits.
• Knoxville Zoo
Hundreds of animals roam
within their natural habitats
in this well-run and educational zoo.
• Sharp’s Ridge
Get a great view of the city and
the Smoky Mountains at sunset
from this superb lookout point.
• Solway Observatory
Enjoy the majesty of the stars from
this state-of-the-art observatory.