A pair of national publications are raving about Knoxville for very different reasons.

The New York Daily News published a story this weekend touting Knoxville's "Southern graciousness" as the perfect place for a weekend getaway. The Daily praised the Happy Holler district and the Knoxville Museum of Art, among other places around town.

And National Geographic listed the city as one of the 31 best places to live and play. The magazine praised Knoxville's proximity to the Smoky Mountains and its lively music scene.