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.

  • On May 7, 2013
    Jordan Lawson answered the question: Jordan Lawson

    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.
  • On May 7, 2013
    Jordan Lawson answered the question: Jordan Lawson

    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.
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  • On May 6, 2013
    Jordan Lawson answered the question: Jordan Lawson

    What is the style of Quartz Crystal Spa?

    Quartz Crystal Spa mimics Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto’s atmosphere of Old World Hollywood with an extra dose of glam and luxe. Here, crystal chandeliers of white and amethyst sparkle over the spa reception desk. In the changing rooms, smooth white marble reflects tiny lights, and showers — roomy enough for two or even three — are outfitted with sound speakers for musical renditions while you bathe. And in the lounge waiting area, comfy black leather club chairs await, with a gas fireplace and TV, so that you are as comfortable as if you were lounging in your own bedroom, wrapped in a soft, white puffy robe lined with velour. But the striking color palette of stark black against pure white is muted in the pool area. Here, the charcoal-gray wood-grain porcelain floors and gray-veined marble wall panels act as counterpoints to the jewel in the Toronto spa’s crown: the 65-foot saltwater infinity pool. Modeled on traditional European quartz baths, the pool shimmers with the color of turquoise as light pours in through tall windows. And by the raised whirlpool, the sound of a cascading waterfall transports one to vacation-style relaxation.
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