The Hoag family guide to Knoxville

The ability to work remotely gave Dan Hoag the opportunity to end his weekly commute from Nashville to Knoxville. Dan now serves as a senior CRM specialist for the Customer Experience team solely from the downtown Knoxville condo that he shares with his wife. 

If you ask Dan for his number one reason for being in Knoxville he'll tell you that it's his family. Their daughter Beth, son-in-law Tim and five children live less than 10 miles away in the suburbs so there is never a dull moment in their household. Dan’s wife Becky is a twin, and twins run in the family. Their daughter blessed them with grandson James (age seven) and then two sets of girl twins: Annie and Abby (age five) and Maggie and Catie (age one). Though he still enjoys escaping across the pond to visit their son Jon and daughter-in-law Amanda who live in Eastbourne, East Sussex UK.

For his co-workers without familiar connections in the area, he encourages you to take the drive to East Tennessee to experience your own adventures. He offers these insights on his beloved Knoxville to get you started.

See sunflowers and dogwoods

Every year Knoxville celebrates spring with the Dogwood Arts Festival. Then, every other year, the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area plants hundreds of acres of sunflowers only about three miles outside of Downtown Knoxville. They are beautiful sights and offer great photo opportunities as shown below.

Stay Downtown

When considering lodging while in Knoxville, selecting a downtown option can be an ideal choice. Our top floor city view condo sits directly on the Tennessee River and provides a wonderful view of the Knoxville skyline with its iconic Sunsphere. Two popular firework show locations can be seen unobstructed from our balcony.  It is the best firework show spectator seat in town. We enjoy a scenic river walk and the core of everything downtown is about a mile walk away.

Visit World’s Fair Park

Knoxville was the location for the 1982 World’s Fair. The Sunsphere, the show’s moniker, can be toured daily. A trip to the sphere’s 26 floor observation deck provides outstanding views of the city with the surrounding Smoky and Cumberland Mountain ranges. 

Worship at our home church

Each Sunday we walk only a quarter of a mile over the Henley Street Bridge to attend the over 90 –year-old Church Street United Methodist Church. In United Methodist membership size it ranks 150th in the USA.