So What Makes Christmas in the City a Top Twenty Tourism Event?

While I haven’t run a poll, I think it is safe to assume that every city in the U.S. has holiday celebrations of various sorts starting this time of year. No doubt many of them are wonderful. So, why would the Southeast Tourism Society name Knoxville’s Christmas in the City as a “Top Twenty Event,” […]

Downtown Art Wraps by the Knoxville History Project Appear Around the City

This past summer as the Urban Clan drove around the wild west, we stopped over in Missoula, Montana. I snapped a photo though the car window as I drove (don’t do this at home, children) of a buffalo “painted” on an electrical box. We’d noticed them in other cities as well across Montana and Wyoming […]

Bike Boat Brew and Bark – And That Doesn’t Come Close to Covering It

It’s really almost too big to wrap my head around for a small article. Knoxville is known for many things and we aspire to be known by others. Cycling, water sports, craft breweries and being dog friendly are increasingly part of our DNA. Bike Boat Brew and Bark is an annual event sponsored by Visit […]

Urban Guy Takes a Ride in a (Semi) Autonomous Vehicle (AKA Driverless Car)

I recently took a field trip, thanks to Visit Knoxville, outside my normal habitat of downtown, in order to take a ride in Olli, the autonomous vehicle developed by Local Motors. The current version is a prototype and is awaiting mapping of routes in order to be fully autonomous. It’s the first of two vehicles […]

The Tennessean, Knoxville’s New Luxury Hotel, Officially Opens

In its soft opening last weekend, Nicholas Cazana, president of the company which owns the property, said The Tennessean Hotel was filled to capacity giving his new staff a good sample of what they anticipate will be a very successful launch. The occasion was a ribbon cutting by Cazana, Mayor Rogero and Visit Knoxville’s Kim Bumpas, […]