Summertime Staycation

Enjoy a Girlfriends Getaway Downtown

Life is busy—sometimes too busy for a much-needed vacation. Why spend hand over fist to get out of town when there’s plenty to do right here in Knoxville? Our hometown is perfect for a group of friends who need a night or two away from the stress and responsibilities of home and work. The downtown area is booming, and when summer rolls around, there’s barely a weekend without a festival, concert or parade to liven things up. With myriad restaurants, bars and shops to choose from, a weekend in Knoxville is easy to accomplish, and no road maps are needed.


Union Ave Books

517 Union Ave., Knoxville, TN 37902 | 865.951.2180 |

This locally owned independent bookshop is a must-see for readers and perusers. Stocked with New York Times best-sellers and classics, Union Ave Books has something for everyone.


The Oliver Hotel

407 Union Ave., Knoxville, TN 37902 | 865.351.0987 |

Located on the corner of Market Square, The Oliver Hotel offers a luxurious stay with walkability to everywhere you want to go.


Not Watson’s Kitchen + Bar

15 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902 | 865.766.4848 |

Created with heart and a dash of nostalgia, Not Watson’s Kitchen + Bar offers a menu made of locally sourced ingredients and environment made for fun. Whether for lunch or dinner, the Southern flavors run deep and wide.


Market Square Festivals and Concerts

Before booking a weekend downtown, check out the local events calendar to see what’s going on.

The Knoxville Asian Festival is planned for August 26 and is free to the public.


Maple Hall

414 S. Gay St., Knoxville, TN 37902 | 865.249,8454 |

Enjoy a post-dinner drink—and a couple of rounds of bowling—at Maple Hall, an 11-lane bowling alley that’s adults only after 9 p.m. The full-service bar and lounge areas create an inviting space to linger, chat and improve your bowling average.