And we're off, making our way to sunny Greenville, SC for a wedding weekend for a close friend of Jeremy's. Although the drive was sunny and nice, more than 7 hours in the car gets to be too much so we decided to stop in Knoxville, TN for the night. This helped to break up our trip and give everyone a rest; including Jeremy's booty ;-) Traveling in the car for extended periods of time can cause concern for pressure sores.
Crown Plaza - 401 W Summit Hill Dr SW, Knoxville, TN 37902
After getting settled in, we decided to go to the hotel bar to celebrate the beginning of our vacation. The high top tables were excellent for allowing Jeremy's chair to roll right up to. Prices of drinks were reasonable and the bartender was quite friendly and helpful in suggesting beverage options. Mackenzie had the Coconut Cream Pie which was heavenly!
PROS: bed height, hotel bar, staff, valet parking, location to restaurants/Market Square
CONS: space in accessible rooms
Pete's Restaurant -540 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902
On the morning of 9/14/18, the concierge recommended Pete's Restaurant. It had a diner like feel with memorabilia of Tennessee football. The restaurant was very busy and quite narrow but was wheelchair accessible. All of the patrons and staff were accommodating in helping us get in to the bar area. Service was excellent and the owners were sitting in the bar and thanked us as we left.
Their food can only be described as southern homestyle deliciousness! So basically it has great flavor and probably isn't all that good for you but we're on vacation so calories don't count, right?! We would absolutely recommend this place to others! We are unsure if the restrooms were wheelchair accessible, again because we are writing this all from memory which is 60+ years between the two of us. However, we did note that the restrooms were quite close in proximity to the storage closet, which provides great comfort in case there are toilet paper shortages ;-)
PROS: food, service, location
CONS: narrow space
With limited time in the area, we made sure to visit Charles Krutch Park and Market Square. Charles Krutch Park is a small park in the middle of town. It has a great walking path that follows along a winding stream. Perfect for an afternoon walk or a calm place to sit in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle. Next we made our way to Market Square which is known for its restaurants, shopping and outdoor mall entertainment throughout the year. We stopped to grab ice cream at Rita's and checked out the stage before heading on our way to Greenville, SC.
Fun Fact: Market Square was where Elvis's music was played by a local shop owner before he was signed to a record label. This "radio play" allowed his music to be recognized by RCA executives which ultimately signed him.