Situated among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northeast corner of Tennessee, Kingsport is just a few minutes from Virginia and less than an hour from North Carolina. In the late 18th century, the town was considered America's frontier and was frequently visited by Davy Crocket, Daniel Boone and suchlike. Today, the love affair with the outdoors continues for visitors, with abundant settings for hiking, camping, fishing, white water rafting and more. Kingport event venues are happy to cater to any groups' thirst for adventure.
Kingsport is 14 miles from Tri-Cities Regional Airport, which offers nonstop flights to four major hubs. Allegiant has nonstop flights to Orlando and Tampa, Delta Connection flies nonstop to Atlanta and US Airways Express flies nonstop to Charlotte.
Chief among convention venues in Kingsport is the 195-room Marriott MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center. Included in the 35,000-square-foot facility are two ballrooms that can be divided into 13 meeting rooms, a 96-seat amphitheater, and a trade show area that can accommodate 200 booths. Complementing the MeadowView Marriott are several Kingsport hotels used for overflow. Those within a mile of the convention resort include the 115-room Hampton Inn and Suites, the 79-room Holiday Inn Express, the 77-room Comfort Suites and the 55-room Jameson Inn.
Several Kingsport venues can handle special events and activities for up to 400 people, depending upon set up and time of year. At Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium, an event can include a barge ride, dinner with music in the museum or nature center and a state-of-the-art planetarium show. At NASCAR's Bristol Motor Speedway, a party can include track tours with laps either in a bus or riding with track employees, along with the speedway's new Fan Zone, which has interactive videos, a replica of the track's 36 degree banking, drag-race simulators and cross-sectioned stock cars. As part of an event at Gray Fossil Site guests can see the ongoing fossil dig of the five-million-year-old site. Three of the most popular historic venues for Kingsport groups are the Allandale Mansion, which offers the option of a Murder Mystery dinner; Exchange Place, a 19th-century living history farm where an event can feature a costumed guided tour and demonstrations on spinning, basketry and rope-making; and the circa 1802 Netherland Inn, the original home of William King and the only registered historical site in the nation that was both a stage stop and a boatyard.
Dining in Kingsport means both predictable local favorites and the unexpected. Riverfront Seafood is a locally owned restaurant with outdoor seating on the water; Phil's Dream Pit is a locally owned establishment known for its award-winning barbecue; and Biggie's is Northeast Tennessee's only clam bar. Stir Fry Cafe is an Asian Fusion restaurant with an upstairs banquet room overlooking downtown Kingsport and Giuseppe's is a fine-dining Italian restaurant owned by two Kingsport brothers.