Knoxville Travel Guide
The historic Farragut Building in Knoxville, Tennesee, may be reverted back to its original use as a popular downtown hotel. The Beaux Arts building, constructed in 1919, was the original home of The Farragut Hotel, replacing an earlier hotel on the same site. Northern California-based Halo Hospitality Group has stepped forward with a proposal to convert the building to a 190-room full service hotel.
The hotel’s location, at 530 South Gay Street, sits within a larger historic district in Downtown Knoxville that is recorded in the National Register of Historic Places. The Farragut Hotel was named after Navy Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, a Tennessee native whose 60+ year naval career began when he was nine-years old (so says Wikipiedia. Guess they didn't have any age restrictions back then. Regarded as a hero many times over, why not have a hotel in his honor?
Local news archives say the hotel has hosted some pretty important guests over the years from Babe Ruth to Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. Halo Hospitality has made it clear they wish to restore the hotel to its former glory which is great news for Knoxville locals and visitors alike.
With a symbolic nod to the pilgrims, the Crowne Plaza in Knoxville thanked their clients and vendors yesterday with a Thanksgiving feast aboard the Mayflower. Well, OK, not the Mayflower, but the next best thing: a Mayflower moving van.
The guests of honor were surprised upon arrival with their unconventional venue, which was bedazzled with holiday décor and apparently transformed into a fine-dining area. The hotel held both lunch and dinner events, with about 40 guests at each. Event coordinator and Crowne Plaza director of sales Tammy Knight says she picked the moving van as setting because it "represents the company's willingness to reach out to clients in unusual ways," explaining that Crowne Plaza hotels are all for thinking "outside the box." Tight quarters apparently inspired more fervent networking (or at the very least probably more convivial cranberry sauce passing).
We think it’s a funny idea. But even funnier is the comment on the Knoxville News Sentinel newspaper article left by reader et_vol_fan: “It's called double booking the dining room and they needed a plan fast. I liked it better when it was an episode of "Saved By The Bell." Well played, et_vol_fan.
[Image: Emily Spence for the Knoxville News Sentinel]