Hipster receptionists welcome you to Knoxville's only boutique hotel, boasting 28 modern, stylish rooms with fun subway-tiled showers (with rain-style showerheads), luxe linens, plush throwback furniture and carpets, and gorgeous hand-crafted coffee tables. The Peter Kern Library bar draws craft cocktail enthusiasts by night. The new restaurant, Oliver Royale, is highly recommended (mains $15 to $46).

Tupelo Honey Cafe, an Asheville-based upscale Southern comfort-food chain, is also here (mains $10 to $30). Complimentary bikes for guests.