Traveling through West Knoxville, you’ll notice that there are a lot of hotels around the Cedar Bluff and Lovell Road areas. This stretch collects quite a bit of traffic coming from all directions.
It’s just 10 miles west of this area that Interstates 40 and 75 split, where Interstate 40 snakes its way westward toward Nashville, while Interstate 75 heads down toward Chattanooga. Pellissippi Parkway also criss-crosses through this stretch of land; Pellissippi takes travelers toward Oak Ridge, Maryville and, ultimately, the Great Smoky Mountains.
That means that if you’re driving through the Volunteer State on your way north, east or southwest, you’re going to travel through this corridor. Bleary eyed, under-caffeinated drivers may want to stop somewhere along this stretch for a comfortable bed and a hot meal.
Most of the hotels in the area are located off the Cedar Bluff and Lovell Road exits of Interstate 40/75. You’ll find some others just to the west, off of the Campbell Station Road interstate exit, and a few more just to the east, at the West Hills interstate exit. Because there are so many hotels directly off the interstate, you’ll find a wide variety in terms of quality, services and amenities.
Hotels in the Cedar Bluff area include Best Western, Candlewood Suites, Clubhouse Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Econo Lodge, Red Roof Inn, Sleep Inn and several more. Depending on the hotel you choose, you can expect to stay for anywhere from $60 to $130 or more. Some hotels offer little more than free breakfast, cable and a swimming pool. Others offer a more comprehensive experience, including meeting facilities, restaurants, health club privileges and airport transportation to McGhee Tyson Airport, which is about 16 miles south. Check with individual hotels for more specific information about pricing and amenities.
Dining and entertainment near the Cedar Bluff area is varied. Restaurants are plentiful. Fast-food options are limited only by your imagination. But there are also local specialties. Puleo’s Grille, for instance, is a culinary marriage of American, Italian and Southern-style food. The Baker Peters Jazz Club is both a restaurant and, um, jazz club. You can get a cigar, some scotch and aged Angus beef there. Entertainment options include Zuma Fun Center, The Comedy Zone and several sports bars. Dead Horse Lake Golf Course is also only a few miles away.
If shopping is your thing, Cedar Bluff offers quite a few strip malls, including Windsor Square, Franklin Square and Kingston Overlook. West Town Mall is a few miles east. There are also a couple of movie theaters nearby to keep you occupied. Regal Cinemas is based in Knoxville, so you’ll often find independent movies released here earlier than would normally be the case in a city this size. Regal’s Downtown West 8 - on Downtown West Boulevard off of Kingston Pike, between the Cedar Bluff and West Hills exits — is an eight-screen multiplex specializing in art, foreign and indie films.
Further west of Cedar Bluff is the Lovell Road/Campbell Station Road area. Hotels here include Baymont Inn & Suites, Best Western, Country Inn & Suites, Days Inn, Holiday Inn, Motel 6 and more. As with Cedar Bluff, you can expect a range in hotel amenities and prices. Parts of the Lovell Road area are a bit more truck stop-ish, so some hotels there are a bit less expensive, but also offer less in the way of services and amenities. You might find a room for as little as $50. Then again, there’s a major shopping center called Turkey Creek nearby, so you’ll find more upscale hotels, too.
Probably the best reason to stay closer to Lovell Road is indeed for the Turkey Creek shopping experience. Turkey Creek is 300 acres of retail shopping, theaters, hotels and restaurants. Book a room there and you’ll pay more. But you’ll also be close to stores like Super Walmart, Super Target, Borders Bookstore, Belk, World Market, Best Buy and the gigantic 18-screen Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 & IMAX. There are numerous restaurants near Lovell Road and Turkey Creek as well, including a few more upscale restaurants. The abundant restaurants and fast food places serve up plenty of chow, including seafood, steak, chicken, ribs, pizza and Italian and a number of other ethnic cuisines, from Greek to Thai.
Other nearby entertainment includes the Prince Deli and Sports Bar, which features live bands and karaoke, and Cotton Eyed Joe, a popular dance spot with a mechanical bull, country music concerts, line dancing and bikini contests.
© 2008, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
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