Jordan Lawson

Correspondent

  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Jordan Lawson is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent based in Atlanta. After discovering a love for journalism at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, he honed his abilities at Country Living, Men’s Journal and EuroCheapo.com. He’s visited everywhere from Las Vegas to Florence and is always looking for a new favorite destination. When Lawson is not writing or editing, you can usually find him playing (or watching) tennis.

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  • On May 8, 2013
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    What is Memorial Day like at The Broadmoor?

    Start summer off on the right foot this Memorial Day at the foot of the Rocky Mountains at The Broadmoor. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel offers the Memorial Day Family Escape package, giving you a three- or four-night stay in a guest room with a $200 dining credit (with three nights) or $300 credit (with four nights). You’ll also receive a bicycle and paddleboat rental, free access to the movie theater, a horseback trail ride or Jeep tour, discounted adult tickets at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and 15 percent off some purchases in The Broadmoor-owned shops. The Memorial Day Family Escape deal starts at $585 per person for three nights and $770 for four. Want to upgrade to a suite for your stay? You can receive a 40-percent discount on suites with this deal as well.

    While you’re there, partake in the family celebration activities starting May 24 and lasting all weekend through the 27. The Broadmoor’s concierge will lead activities ranging from fly-fishing lessons, scavenger hunts and paddleboat races to bingo and jewelry-making courses.
  • On May 7, 2013
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    When is the best time to visit Knoxville?

    There’s no doubt you’ll want to visit Knoxville during the fall. Summer is hot and muggy, with a lot of high humidity (though I don’t mind it too much) and while winter is mild, the fall and spring seasons fill Knoxville with energy. Cooler temperatures, stunning mountain scenery and football in the air make fall East Tennessee’s most popular season. With the golden brown, orange and yellow leaves everywhere you turn — and especially in the Great Smoky Mountains, just a short drive away — the changing colors are an attraction all their own. And take advantage of the cool weather to explore some of downtown Knoxville’s attractions like the restaurants and shops in Market Square.

    Can’t make it for the leaves? Try to stop in for the blooming flowers of the colorful spring. You won’t want to miss the Dogwood Arts Festival in April. The main feature, as you can probably guess, are the beautiful dogwood trees blooming around Knoxville. Explore the trails that cover more than 60 miles around town. An art fair, concerts, exhibits and more are also incorporated into this annual event each spring.

    One of the best ways to take advantage of spring or fall (and maybe an early morning in the summer) is by going taking a less than two-hour driving trip to Cades Cove. The drive up there is scenic, but the 11-mile loop is the real treat. It is a gorgeous sampling of the beauty in East Tennessee’s nature that you can drive around, or take a walk or bike ride — it’s restricted to foot and bike traffic from May until late September until 10 a.m., so get there early if you don’t want to share the road with cars.