Photo Friday: Knoxville, Tennessee

Even though the Vols haven’t had the most stellar season (*cough, cough*)—let’s attribute that to the fact that the SEC has the hardest schedule ever and every team we’ve lost to is not only undefeated, but ranked in the top 20—it wouldn’t feel like fall if we didn’t make it to Neyland Stadium for a game.

Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TennesseeA week ago, I headed up to Knoxville on Thursday afternoon as I was scheduled to speak in two classes at UT’s College of Communications. Though it was only months ago that public speaking absolutely terrified me, I thought all the talks and appearances I’ve done this year have all but demolished the fear. Following my last class, I had dinner at Sunspot with one of the professors then met up for drinks with pals Lahla and Brian, they of the most incredible wedding I have ever attended, then spent the night at their house.

Knoxville, TennesseeThe next morning, I had breakfast with my former college adviser and friend, Dr. Ashdown, then stopped by the J-School to see some professors. (Yes, I am that dork who keeps in close contact with her teachers even years after graduating.) Sadly, I just missed Peyton Manning, who was on the street directly outside of Circle Park (where I was at the time) for the reunion of the champion class of 1997.

Knoxville, TennesseeI spent the afternoon in Market Square, first paying a visit to Lahla’s pottery studio.

Knoxville, Tennessee

Burning Fork Studio, Knoxville, TennesseeHow gorgeous is her work space?

Knoxville, TennesseeLahla is fantastically creative and opened Burning Fork Studio a few years back after realizing she’d rather make it as an artist than a journalist.

Burning Fork Studio, Knoxville, TennesseeI’d say that was a wise move (given not only the state of the media, but also Lahla’s obvious panache for such a calling).

Burning Fork StudioShe offers one-on-one lessons, as well as workshops and parties (birthdays, bachelorettes, sorority soirees, you name it), plus has an Etsy store from which I will definitely be ordering quite a few Christmas presents. Don’t tell Ella, but she will be receiving a custom-made pet bowl like the below! (P.S. Lahla said that she can create custom orders on any of her items you see that are not listed in the store, so if you’re interested in something, feel free to e-mail her here: burningforkstudio (AT) gmail (DOT) com.

Burning Fork Studio, Knoxville, TennesseeI had lunch at Tupelo Honey Cafe, which had just opened that week, then spent the rest of the afternoon working remotely from Coolato Gelato (yum). Market Square has changed so much in the eight years I have been gone from Knoxville, and every time I’m there, I enjoy discovering yet another local gem.

Market Square, Knoxville, TennesseeSince I’m a new homeowner, I love visiting Bliss even more than I did before and, as usual, did not walk out empty-handed.

Market Square, Knoxville, TennesseeAs happy hour rolled around, I met my sister’s friend Josh and Lahla and Brian for drinks at Knoxville’s own speakeasy, Peter Kern Library. Once Mom, Dad and SVV arrived in town, we all convened for dinner at Cafe 4.

Knoxville, TennesseeThe following day found SVV and me back in Market Square for the weekly Saturday Farmers’ Market.

Knoxville, TennesseeKnoxville’s Farmers Market is fantastic. All booths and products are locally made—a requirement to nab a booth there—and there are a couple food trucks and other deliciousness (cupcakes! breads! baked goods!) scattered about. Plus, Lahla and Brian are also there each week selling her wares.

Burning Fork Studio, Knoxville, TennesseeSince it was a night game, we did a bit of shopping and then brunched at the Bistro before meeting pretty much my entire hometown for a pre-game tailgate.

Market Square, Knoxville, TennesseeFall in the South is my favorite time of year, and the weather couldn’t have been more appropriate for a day of wandering around the square and Gay Street.

Knoxville, TennesseeSeeing as both my sister and I have left Knoxville, my mom got rid of our five extra season tickets and just kept my grandfather’s pair of 40-yard-line seats, which Kari and Josh, who were in from Charlotte, got to use for the Alabama game. Luckily, my college friend the Modern Gal had an extra set, so we had great views from the first low of the upper level with her and her husband.

Knoxville, TennesseeThe outcome of the game was tragic—we weren’t expecting anything less—but it was still, as always, great to be a Tennessee Vol.

Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee

Winning or losing, there are few places I’d rather be on a perfect fall day that sitting among a pulsating crowd in the middle of Neyland Stadium.

Knoxville, TennesseeVol for life.

Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee

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Comments ( 27 )

  1. I love this! My boyfriend went to Tennessee for undergrad and speaks so fondly of his time there and of Knoxville, and now his little bro is carrying on the tradition. I prefer my orange a little more burnt, but I can see why y’all love this place :)
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    • Ha! Oh, that “other UT” =)

      In terms of home decor, we go with a little more burnt ourselves (we’re doing one bedroom in an accent color that’s between the two UT hues). But in terms of sports, BIG ORANGE all the way!

  2. Well, can’t support you as a Vol since my blood bleeds blue as a UK Wildcat but you had me at Tupelo Honey Cafe. We just ate there recently and OMG the biscuits!!
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    • We like UK down here. Definitely root for you guys when we’re not playing each other (versus Florida, who I can NEVER root for…unless they’re in the NCAA championships, not playing another SEC team!).

  3. I love your friends Etsy shop, especially the Maple Leaf Dish. So cool! I also like the bird magnets but don’t see them in the shop.

  4. I love the lace imprints on Lahla’s pottery. I used to collect doilies and such for that.
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  5. Great photos! I really enjoyed hanging out with you at the game too :)
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  6. The only part of Knoxville that I’ve ever visited was my great-grandmother’s house, but you have me intrigued about the rest of the city. (Though I gotta say, her house was a great place for pie…)
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  7. This made me want to be a tourist in my own town, Kristin! Thanks for posting all the great pics you took at the studio and the market. It was so fun to catch upβ€”come back again soon!

    • The good news is that you can be! I’ve been enjoying being a tourist in Nashville every day, even though I grew up (near) to there. Can’t wait to order some stuff from your Etsy shop for wedding and Christmas gifts–it’s all so gorgeous!

  8. I love this post! It’s so typically American with the big game at the stadium, that fantastic looking bar and the cute street market, I warn you now you are just making me all the more determined to visit the South on our next trip Stateside :)
    Also I love Lahla’s work, I’m off to have a look at her Etsy shop right now!

  9. Those pictures of the stadium are incredible! We don’t have anything remotely compared to that level of excitement for our sports teams (minus the Leafs, but even then…they need to win or at least get out of the Lockout). I love the team spirit. Looks like you’re finally at home in Tennessee.

  10. oh yeah i thought taylor swift was my favorite southern belle but really it’s my favorite blogger

  11. The stadium is huge! Must be a daunting experience for the visiting team!!
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  12. Did you notice the orange hues in the sky in the first picture match the school colors? You planned that, didn’t you? πŸ˜‰
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  13. That’s an amazing panoramic picture of the stadium and better luck in the next game.

  14. I love the stadium pics and your friend’s pottery is amazing-I will definitely check it out on etsy.
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