OT: Going to Knoxville, TN this weekend for stop #2 of college football roadtrip

Same questions as last time when I went to Stillwater (HIGHLY recommend checking out that campus/area), looking for suggestions on where to go, eat, drink, etc... I've already been told definitely check out "Stock & Barrel" for good burgers and bourbon/beer selection.

Thanks in advance!

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The day after the game, go do the drive through Cades Cove in the National Forest. Access is from the town of Townsend, TN. That valley is beautiful and the history is interesting. The colors this weekend will be outstanding! You will see a bear.

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Second this. You definitely will see a bear. But much like scoring a TD, act like you've been there before. You're fine to fanboy/girl from the car. But don't be a dumbass. Don't approach the bears. When you're done with Cades Cove drive to Clingman's Dome (you can drive ALMOST all the way to the top). Even if you're too hungover to hike the short rest of the way, you'll have a killer overlook from the parking lot. Bonus points if you get there at sunrise. If you have time, drive down the backside through Cherokee and Maggie Valley. You'll likely see an elk. Same rules about the bears. But it's beautiful. And if you still have time, go to Asheville for tons of great eats and brew.

As far as Knox Vegas goes...wear the correct color orange and make sure you tell the locals their orange sucks. I used to live there, but I haven't been back since 2012. So, I have no idea what's still there and what isn't.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

But much like scoring a TD, act like you've been there before. You're fine to fanboy/girl from the car. But don't be a dumbass. Don't approach the bears.

I second this. Usually the sightings are at a distance, but we've had them walking along the road within 20 ft as well. Take a tailgate lunch and find a great spot to get off the road - there are many places (its an 11 mile one way, one lane loop). The views are magnificent. The picture below is a short walk on the last few miles of the loop. The picture is from the small parking lot on the left of the road. There is a cemetery in the trees in the middle of the field. We took our chairs and just sat under those trees (cemetery has a fence around it - we respected that) and had lunch. Incredible.

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

I swear, the people that settled there had to have thought they found heaven. That place is perfect. Protected by mountains on every side, flat land to settle and farm, fresh water, abundant wildlife, beautiful AF...

*My bear PSA was purely for the dumb fucks that stop, hold up the entire line of traffic, and try to get as close as they can to the bears to take pictures. If you do that and momma bear fucks up your day, that shit's on you!

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

You know anybody with a sickass yacht?

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Ha... if only... would love to experience a tailgate on the river before the game.

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

I'd be puking the entire day.

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

This story is much longer than I'll tell here, but looong story short, once took a ferry from Holyhead, Whales to Dublin, Ireland on only what I could describe as a 1980s riverboat casino and thought I was gonna have the time of my life. As it turns out, I do not have any sea-legs whatsoever. Awful experience.

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I was in Knoxville last year for a wedding. Did the reception on a riverboat that chugged up and down, through downtown for a few hours. It was a nice, smooth ride.

Next day, we explored downtown Knoxville. Market Square was actually really cool, along with another main drag parallel to it (can't remember the street name). There were several different cool looking eateries. I regret that we only had time to try one for brunch, but it was really, really good. I had a hot chicken dish. Sat on a patio on Market Square. I even bought a to go meal and gave it to this homeless dude out in the square (of which there were a lot out that day).

Overall, cool town. Hoping to go back one day.

Is Downtown Knoxville/Market Square the place to go for bars that aren't all riddled with college kids? I don't mind college kids in the bar, just not trying to go to a Hokie House on a saturday night kinda bar. Just looking for some sports bars/restaurants to watch games (and VT's) after the UT/UK game.

I ask because I was able to find a solid amount of bars in Oklahoma State that were apart from the frat college bars, almost like two different strips

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I went down to Knoxville for Tenn-Kentucky when I lived in Bristol in 2014. Market Square was not overrun by undergrads when we were there. Managed to watch the VT-Duke game from Downtown Grill & Brewery (I believe). Fun time.

I don't really know the answer. Wasn't football season when we were there. School was out too (was early August before they came back). There was a lot of orange around. We also weren't there for night life, though. We did the reception cruise, were stuffed with food and booze from the open bar, and I think we the ended back in our hotel and crashing early. We went to Market Square the next morning and stuck around until after lunch, ditched out on the wedding group brunch to go do our own thing and see downtown.

It's a big city, UT is obviously a big thing there, but it's not like Blacksburg / Hokie House on a Saturday night. Being in a big city makes it very different. There might be a "college kid" strip somewhere, but I doubt any of it is comparable demographics in a bar compared to a night out in Blacksburg.

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Listen to Rocky Top about 200 times between now and tomorrow night. Find some rednecks wearing orange overalls in your area and get them to cuss you out and tell you whoever you root for sucks. Stare at a large orangeish yellow plaid banner until you're nauseous. Pay your neighbor 50 bucks to kick you in the nuts. Watch the game on TV and pocket the other $$ you would've spent on the weekend.

You're welcome.

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

whether there is a story behind this or not, I laughed too hard at this lol

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Well, since I live 35 miles south of Knoxville (Vonore), guess I should give my perspectives. Cades Cove, no brainer. We actually only go on Wednesdays, when they now close the park to cars all day and you can bike or walk around it. Any time visitors come, I am down for that one, always enjoy it.
Dining - best dining in Knoxville was Club Leconte, private club in the tallest building in Knoxville. Oddly, it closes permanently this week thanks to pandemic. Ate there many times, top floor, great food and service while you watched the sun go down on the smokies and all of Knoxville including the football stadium (really hope someone opens a public restaurant there soon). With its closing, my favorite upscale dining is now in nearby Maryville, the Foothills Milling Company. Actually better food, but none of the ambiance of Club Leconte. For watching football games and eating drinking, you might consider a local ribs/steak chain, Calhoun's. Lots around, including one on the river near the stadium
https://calhouns.com/menus-and-locations/tennessee-river/ Might be a little tough getting in that one on game day though.
Although before my double bypass my favorite place for ribs was Jake's place, your basic country bumpkin fall off the bones shack (and it is out in the country)
Another restaurant that I love going to in Lakeside Tavern, for lunch on a nice day it is a little piece of heaven.
And no, I don't have a yacht, just a 19 foot ski and fish boat, but thanks to covid, no, ain't taking no one nowhere but if it weren't for covid, yeah, I got a nice little 16000 acre lake in my backyard. It is one long long trip to Neyland in the boat though.

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Do you have a linke for Jake's place? Sounds right up my alley. could only find https://scrambledjakes.com/

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If it weren't for my double bypass, I'd meet you there for dinner....Must be doing good, cause his home page says he's opening up a new place in Hendersonville, and I can't name another restaurant expanding in these covid days. Says Maryville but actually south of it.
http://www.jakesplacerestaurant.com/
https://www.yelp.com/biz/jake-s-place-maryville

By me this place is tied with 12 bones in asheville NC as my top two places to get ribs. Still remember those blueberry chipotle ribs with some local brewery beer.
https://www.12bones.com/locations/

The LewDew, Professional Golf Bum

Whatever you do, don't ask AZHokie22 their opinion. /s