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Sprees, Breeze, and Cheese - Farragut

With a headline like that, you might be wondering exactly where is this going? “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” to the Town of Farragut!

The source of this now-famous command uttered at the Battle of Mobile Bay in the Civil War is Admiral David Farragut, for whom the town is named. Farragut was born on the north side of the river, served in the War of 1812, and was a Southern Unionist who opposed secession. While the Farragut Museum, one of many stops on Knoxville’s Divided Loyalties Civil War Driving Tour, is closed for renovations during most of 2024, we hope you’ll consider planning a future visit to this gem. It has the largest collection of items related to Admiral Farragut in the country, simply a must for any Civil War or naval enthusiast.

The Town of Farragut itself, the farthest west neighborhood in Knox County, has so much to offer. It’s an affluent area bordered by Turkey Creek – the largest outdoor shopping development in East Tennessee with everything from big box stores to locally owned boutiques – Fort Loudon Lake to the south, and Loudon County to the west. Shopping shines with Snooty Patootie, October Ninety-Four, Shoppes at Homespun, Euphoric Cheese Shop, and West End Art & Antique Gallery, to name a few.

Those seeking the great outdoors will find fun things to do year-round. Ice skate at Cool Sports in the winter or enjoy several parks scattered throughout – that’s where the pleasant breeze comes in! Options in Farragut include Anchor Park, Founders Park, Mayor Bob Leonard Park, and McFee Park, and there are several greenway connections throughout to take advantage of by walking or biking. This area is also known for convenient water access, and the Cove at Concord Park is a must. Swim, launch your boat, or rent a kayak or paddleboard through River Sports Outfitters. Golfing enthusiasts will want to visit Topgolf®, a surefire way “fore” a great excursion.

You might have trouble picking a place to eat with so many great choices. The French Market is a wonderful way to start the day; no one can resist a freshly made crêpe. Doughnut lovers can choose Admirals Dough Joe (another nod to the town’s namesake and high school’s mascot). Sam & Andy’s is a local favorite – true diner style burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, the whole bit. For daintier fare, it’s the Apple Cake Tea Room. Gluten-free diners will feel especially welcome in Benefit Your Life Bakery & Café.


By now you might be ready to “wine down” with a beverage (and a cheese plate to go with it)! If a sophisticated red or white is calling your name, perhaps Water into Wine would be a nice choice, or if you’re closer to the water, consider Van Edom’s Wine Bar. Savor a glass paired with one of their charcuterie boards, or stick around for entrees and dessert. If you’d really just like the cheese, please, you simply must visit the Euphoric Cheese Shop for selections to-go. Beer + wine + cocktails = Mind Yer P’s & Q’s to enjoy a variety of beer on tap with classic pub fare favorites including Irish nachos, sliders, and wings.

For dinner, you’re going to have the same “problem” of choosing where to go. If you were near the water all day and don’t want to go too far, Lakeside Tavern is the waterfront dining destination. Salads, signature dishes, and seafood should suit all members of your party. If you made it closer to Turkey Creek, Seasons Innovative Bar & Grille is just that. Expect to see familiar items – with a twist!

Sun worshippers and trendy purchasers will all find what they’re looking for in Farragut!


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