April and I took an early anniversary trip to Chattanooga, TN this weekend. Our anniversary is actually August 17th, but we couldn’t get away any other time. I’m sad to say that we haven’t been away just as a couple in about seven years! I’m so gratefull that my parents were willing to keep the kids. I think Chattanooga has gotten a bad rap of the years, but they have really done a great job of renovating the riverfront area. We stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn downtown and couldn’t have asked for a better place. It was within walking distance of just about everything you could think to do. Here are a few links to some of the things we did:
- Residence Inn – got a great deal on Priceline.com
- Chattanooga Ducks – a fun ride and interesting WWII history rolled in one
- Tennessee Vally Railroad Missionary Ridge Local – a must do experience if your a rail fan like me
- Horse Drawn Carriage Ride Downtown – would have been more romantic if the driver didn’t talk so much
- Bluff View Art District – the highlight of our trip: great food, romantic walks, awesome views of downtown and the river, interesting art
- Coolidge Park – beautiful park on the north shore. Take an incredible walk across the Walnut Street Bridge and enjoy the view of the river as you cross to the north shore.
- Chattanooga Choo Choo – I was so disappointed by this attraction. I rode the train from Birmingham to Chattanooga as a kid and was looking forward to seeing the place. It was very run down and didn’t feel safe. Skip this one.
- AT&T Field – home of the Chattanooga Lookouts. We didn’t see a game, but were treated to a fireworks show out our hotel window on Saturday night. Tickets were $4. Seemed like a great family activity.
- Sticky Fingers – awesome barbeque
- The Blue Plate – quirky organic menu and atmosphere on the riverfront. We loved the chicken salad and turkey sandwich.
- Tony’s – the best Italian we’ve ever eaten plus a romantic atmosphere. Our favorite meals were at Tony’s (we ate supper and lunch)
- Big River Grille – my Cajun pasta was delicious but April’s steak was tough as leather…
We had a great time and felt that we discovered a little gem of a city. Although Chattanooga still has it’s rough edges, the overall experience was wonderful. People were friendly. The riverfront was beautiful. There was plenty to do for a couple or a family. We can’t wait to take the kids up there to experience some of the attractions we skipped this time.