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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Concert-Hop in Knoxville

From weekly jazz performances to lo-fi indie shows, this once-decaying football town has become a new hot spot for music. Here’s what to tune in to this fall.

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1. Where to Stay


Enjoy a private candlelit jacuzzi at the Vsotel (left) or go for friendly budget accommodations at the Knoxville Hostel.  

Book the Presidential Suite for a private deck and Jacuzzi at the luxurious Vsotel (800 W. Hill Ave.; 865-523-7773, from $299), a former inn completing major renovations this month. Each room comes with its own Mac.

Carbo-load in your dreams at the Hotel St. Oliver (from $75), a 24-room hotel in a former bread factory. Rooms include wet bars and mini-fridges to raid before you step out to see a show at a club in nearby Market Square.

Be thrifty—and friendly—at the Knoxville Hostel in the Old City district (404 E. Fourth Ave.; 865-546-8090) where bunkmates, clean linens, towels, Internet, and breakfast fixings are provided in the $17 room fee. Ask manager Al to draw you a map to nearby music venues like Pilot Light and Barley’s Tap Room.


Published on Oct 22, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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