The Armstrong-Lockett House (Crescent Bend) & W.P. Toms Memorial Gardens in Knoxville features a historic home that was built in 1834 by Drury Paine Armstrong. Spend a day with your loved one perusing the featured 18th-century collections of American and English furniture, decorative arts and fine English silver (as described on the town of Knoxville's website). Pack a lunch and choose a spot in the three acres of Italian-terraced gardens where you can watch the Tennessee River as you eat.
Ijams Nature Center
Spend Valentine's Day in the outdoors touring Ijams Nature Center, a 275-acre wildlife sanctuary in Knoxville. Partake in the center's extensive biking and hiking trails for adventure and bonding with your beloved. The trails feature woodlands, meadows, ponds and a boardwalk with impressive viewpoints, all ideal spots for a romantic picnic and breathtaking scenery. There are also ample ponds, gardens and a greenhouse to see.
The Tennessee Theatre
Put a new spin on the classic dinner and a movie date with a visit to the Tennessee Theatre. The historic and architecturally impressive Tennessee Theatre makes for a creative and memorable Valentine's Day date in a place that has likely been a hot spot for dates since the early 1900s. View a performance, listen to classical music, watch a classic film, enjoy a performance by the Knoxville Opera or simply tour the facility with your date and marvel at the Spanish architecture for a vintage Valentine's Day date.
The Knoxville Museum of Art
The Knoxville Museum of Art can become your venue for a Valentine's Day that evokes contemplation and discussion of the various masterpieces the museum presents to its visitors. Browse the many frequently changing exhibits that feature a variety of art forms including paintings, sculpture and furniture. Partake in a guided tour of the museum, a lecture, workshop or concert with your loved one in the impressive, modern 53,200-square-foot facility.