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Explore the Best Chattanooga Markets 17 Aug 2015, 2:00 am
Chattanooga is one of the South’s top travel destinations, in part thanks to abundance of fun and interesting things to do in this vibrant city. Whether you’re into adrenaline-filled outdoor adventure or want to explore a rich culture filled with amazing restaurants, live events, great shopping, art and other world-class attractions, you’ll find plenty to love about Chattanooga. Though Chattanooga has some truly spectacular shopping districts with something for everyone, there is perhaps nothing better than a weekend afternoon spent browsing through local Chattanooga markets. The local markets are wonderful places to experience some great Southern traditions like crafts, music, food and the farm grown produce that is central to Chattanooga’s delicious cuisine. Summer’s best markets are just minutes away when you stay at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast on Lookout Mountain.
Unique Shopping at Chattanooga Markets
There are two distinct and wonderful Chattanooga markets that should be on anyone’s shopping itinerary when visiting. The first of these markets is the famous Chattanooga Market, which has been listed as one of the top 10 public markets in the nation. This market is truly spectacular, and should be on the top of the list for anyone visiting Chattanooga from April through November. Here, you’ll find 50 regional farms that bring a beautiful variety of produce, meats and cheeses to the market on Sunday’s and Wednesdays. The Chattanooga Market also houses over 130 artisans that share their unique crafts, arts, farm-fresh goods, and other locally made specialties. If that’s not enough, weekends at Chattanooga markets are filled with the sounds of live music from regional bands, and food is never on short supply with the glut of food trucks on hand to share their tasty treats.
The second of the main Chattanooga markets is the Saturday Chattanooga River Market. This market takes place at the First Tennessee Pavilion at the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza. Set admist the beautiful backdrop of the Tennessee River, this market is a great place to pick up some local art. The unique talents that frequent this market offer a variety of goods, including jewelry, photography, apparel, woodworks and much more. If you love the market scene, you may want to try out the East Ridge Flea Market as well, open every Saturday and Sunday. With over 200 vendors, this is one of Tennessee’s largest indoor flea markets. There’s never a dull moment in Chattanooga, and shopping at these exciting markets proves it. Book your room at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast on Lookout Mountain today.
Visit Audobon Island Wildlife Sanctuary 30 Jul 2015, 2:00 am
Having recently been dubbed the “Best Town Ever” by Outside Magazine, there couldn’t be a better time to visit the thriving city of Chattanooga. Even before receiving these top honors, Chattanooga was hailed as a top outdoors destination, with venues for a wide variety of activities, such as rock climbing, white-water rafting and paddling, road and mountain biking, hiking, caving, hangliding, and so much more. With so many truly wonderful, and some definitely heart-pumping activities to enjoy in this awesome city, a favorite activity of many of ours guests is to enjoy a peaceful day on the Tennessee River, stopping at the Audobon Island Wildlife Sanctuary. Book your room at our luxury Chattanooga Bed and Breakfast, and enjoy a peaceful day spent on the water.
Audobon Island Wildlife Sanctuary
Audubon Island Wildlife Sanctuary is found in the middle of the Tennessee River near downtown Chattanooga, and is a unique 18 acre wildlife sanctuary. Though the Veteran’s Bridge goes over the island, the only way to access this beautiful and serene destination is by water. The best way to do this is to either rent a kayak or a stand-up paddle board from L2 Outside or River Canyon Kayak and Paddle Adventures, and pick your route along the Tennessee River. If you haven’t tried it before, we recommend taking a SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) out to the island. It is currently the world’s fastest growing watersport, it’s easy to learn in one day, it’s a great workout, and it’s incredibly fun.
Audobon Island Wildlife Sanctuary, once inhabited by Native Americans and later farmed by settlers, is a wonderful place to enjoy a relaxing picnic, taking in the sights and sounds around you. On the island itself, you’ll find an incredible range of plants, animals, and birds, including Muskrats, Geese, Kingfishers, Songbirds, Turkeys, Raccoons, Owls, Possums, Fox, Woodpeckers, and more. You may even have a chance to see nesting Osprey and Great Blue Heron. Around the island, you’ll find 1.5 miles of trails suitable for birdwatching, hiking, and relaxing. There is also a campsight that is by reservation only. To enjoy a peaceful day on Chattanooga’s Tennessee River, book your stay at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast today.
The Ironman Competition Comes to Chattanooga 10 Jul 2015, 2:00 am
The Ironman Competition series is an iconic athletic event, known to attract some of the most elite athletes in the world. With access to some of the best outdoor recreation in the country, we think Chattanooga is the perfect host for one of the Ironman competitions. Chattanooga has long been a premier destination for those seeking adventure and adrenaline-pumping fun in the outdoors. The Scenic City is home to some amazing venues for rock climbing, biking, hiking, white-water rafting, boating, and so much more. This September, Chattanooga takes its love of extreme sports one step further, and becomes the 11th race in the iconic 2015 Ironman U.S. Series. If you want in on the action, whether you’re participating or just watching, now is a great time to book your room at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast on beautiful Lookout Mountain.
Chattanooga’s 2015 Ironman Competition
Set amidst the dramatic scenery of the Tennessee River Valley, Chattanooga is arguably one of the more beautiful destinations for the Ironman Series. This year’s race will begin with a 2.4 mile swim down the rapid currents of the Tennessee River. If you’d like to see these brave athletes in action, head to Chattanooga’s beautiful Riverwalk. Afterwards, competitors will hop on their bikes and take off on their 112-mile tour through Chattanooga’s most scenic mountains and valleys. If that’s not enough to exhaust even the toughest of competitors, the race will end with the usual 26.2 mile run through beautiful downtown Chattanooga, the south side, Riverview, and the Northshore District, before finishing on Ross Landing. There are many great places to enjoy the action along the courses. A crowd favorite place to watch the race is along the iconic Walnut Street Bridge, but head just beyond and you’ll find yourself in the North Shore District, where you can grab a bite to eat or a cold drink as you cheer on these amazing athletes.
If you’re looking to train for this event, there are 2 exciting Ironman races happening before the series comes to Chattanooga. The first happens on August 9th in Benton Harbor Michigan, followed by one in Gilford, New Hampshire on August 16th. The top 50 participants of this spectacular event will earn the privilege of heading to the 2016 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. No matter your reason for visiting Chattanooga, the Ironman Competition is always an exciting event to watch and enjoy as you explore the greater Chattanooga area. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Book your room at our luxury Bed and Breakfast during this busy weekend today.
Dive into These Chattanooga Water Activities 26 Jun 2015, 12:55 pm
Summertime is officially here, and it’s definitely heating up outside. Luckily for us, water flows through the very heart of Chattanooga, making it that much easier to cool off on a hot summer day with a great variety of water activities. Chattanooga has long been hailed as a top outdoor destination. Here, you’ll find access to some of the very best rock climbing destinations, amazing opportunities for both road and mountain biking, incredible diversity in hiking trails, and a variety of different ways to enjoy a cool dip into Chattanooga waters. Book your stay at our Bed and Breakfast Inn on beautiful Lookout Mountain, and start planning all of the different ways you’ll enjoy the water activities of Chattanooga.
Chattanooga’s Top Water Activities
Beginning in the beautiful mountains of Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia, the Tennessee River watershed provides the Chattanooga area with an abudance of water activities to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for some adrenaline-pumping white water rafting, or whether you’re rather take a more laid back approach to the waterways in and around Chattanooga, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. There are quite a few places around Chattanooga where you enjoy either a white water paddle in your kayak, or go on a more extensive white water rafting journey with local guides. To the east, you’ll find two of the most beautiful and iconic whitewater rafting destinations, the Ocoee and Hiwassee rivers. The Ocoee River is best for thrill-seekers, where you’ll find class III-IV rapids, while the Hiwassee river offers rafters a more laid back experience with Class II chutes and wave trains. If you’d rather leisurely float down the river, then you’ll find commercial rafting, kayaking and tubing outfitters offering class I and II tubing trips down both of these rivers as well.
Perhaps you prefer hopping on a kayak, canoe or even standup paddleboard and exploring the inner reaches of Chattanooga’s waterways on your own. The Tennessee River Blueway system, including North, South and West Chickamauga Creeks and Lookout Creek, is the perfect place to enjoy these more relaxing water activities. You can take a paddling trip right from the heart of downtown Chattanooga along the gorgeous Tennessee River. Leave from Chattanooga’s Coolidge Park and wind your way through the Audobon Island Wildlife Sanctuary, where you’re likely to spot Great Blue Heron, Osprey, and even River Otters. You’ll also enjoy the beautiful views of Chattanooga’s Bluff View Arts District, the historic Ross’ Landing, and of course the city’s beautiful downtown bridges. The waters around Chattanooga are also perfect for a little summer fishing, as Tennessee is home to more species of freshwater fish than anywhere else in North America. As you can see, the waters in and around Chattanooga truly do offer some of the most diverse and exciting water activities around. There’s no shortage of fun in Chattanooga. Book your room with us now, and come cool off with an exciting dip into the waters around Chattanooga!
Our Guide to the Best Chattanooga Shopping Destinations 12 Jun 2015, 2:00 am
Ranked as one of the South’s top travel destinations, and having recently won the contest for the “Best Town Ever” for the second time, Chattanooga should be at the top of your list when considering where to spend this year’s summer vacation. Whether you’re here for the tremendous variety of outdoor adventures, the fabulous foodie finds, and the vibrant festivals and events, or whether you’re just looking for a fun and new city to explore, Chattanooga has it all. No matter what it is that brings you to the scenic city, make sure to get a little shopping in while here. Book your room at our luxury Chattanooga Bed and Breakfast today, and start exploring the eclectic neighborhoods of Chattanooga.
Shopping Districts in Chattanooga
Like most modern cities these days, one of the most interesting ways to explore Chattanooga is to learn the distinctive style and personality for each of it’s shopping areas. In Chattanooga, you’ll find a variety of shopping destinations, from unique bargain shops to the high end shops your inner fashionista craves. If you’re the kind of shopper that enjoys one-stop shopping, then Hamilton Place’s 200+ stores and restaurants should be high on your list. However, if you want something with a little more local flavor, then we recommend heading to the trendy North Shore District, where “hip meets historical”. The North Shore area is a fun and exciting place to explore, with a variety of independently and locally-owned boutiques featuring vintage and antique goods, beautiful jewelry and clothing, and so much more. With the fantastic parks, restaurants, art galleries, and coffee houses to enjoy along the way, you can easily make a day of it in the North Shore.
Another fascinating area full of charm and history is Warehouse Row. Here, you’ll find old buildings that were built in the early 1900’s, on the site of an old Civil War Fort. Today, you’ll find that Warehouse Row is a top shopping destination, including stores featuring distinctive home furnishings, artisanal goods, fashion and design boutiques, and restaurants. Finally, no shopping trip would be complete without a stop at the world famous Chattanooga Market. Labeled as one of the 10 best markets in America, you cane expect great things from your time here. You’ll find over 50 different farms that bring their goods here, along with over 130 local artisans offering unique hand-made specialties. The weekly market occurs on Wednesdays and Sundays at the First Pavilion, or on Saturdays at the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza. There is always something fun happening at the market. Make sure to book your room at our Bed and Breakfast today, so you can enjoy the great variety of shopping in Chattanooga.
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Top Scenic Hiking Trails in Chattanooga 29 May 2015, 2:00 am
Did you know that Chattanooga is currently in the running to be named the “Best Town Ever” by Outside Magazine? For those people that live here or visit frequently, that really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, because it’s won this title before. Chattanooga is a fascinating city to visit for a variety of reasons, but perhaps none more popular than the exciting and dynamic opportunities for outdoor recreation that can be found in the Scenic City. While Chattanooga offers residents and visitors unique opportunities for outdoor adventurers of all varieties, including rock climbing, road and mountain biking, hiking, white-water rafting, paddle boarding, caving, etc., we think a day spent on the many scenic hiking trails around Chattanooga is one of the best ways to spend a day (or more) in this beautiful city. Make sure to bring you hiking boots when you book your room at our luxury Bed and Breakfast on Lookout Mountain.
Explore These Hiking Trails in Chattanooga
Given that our Bed and Breakfast is located at the top of stunning Lookout Mountain, we’d be remiss to mention the spectacular hiking trails that are located right here, just steps outside your cozy bedroom at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast. Lookout Mountain is home to over 30 miles of hiking trails ranging in difficulty levels. As you move along these trails you’ll be reliving the stages of years past, where once upon a time the Indians hunted, Settlers logged for timber, and even where significant Civil War events took place. These hiking trails are historically interesting, but also lead to rewarding views out over Chattanooga and the Tennessee River Valley. Popular trailheads on Lookout Mountain include the Guild Hardy Trail, Point Park, the Bluff Trail, Sunset Rock, and Glen Falls. When you’re done hiking for the day, of course you’ll want to check out all of the other attractions on Lookout Mountain, including Ruby Falls, Rock City Gardens, and the Incline Railway.
Once you’re off Lookout Mountain, you’ll have access to dozens of hiking trails in the Chattanooga area, all together totaling over 400 miles. Of these fantastic hiking destinations, a popular favorite is Cloudland Canyons State Park. You won’t have to go far to get there, as it’s located in Georgia on the Western edge of Lookout Mountain. It’s one of the most scenic parks in the State of Georgia, where it straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek. The best view in the park is easily accessible from the picnic area, but hiking trails will also lead you along the rim trail or to the canyon floor by a series of staircases. Other popular day hikes near Chattanooga include Enterprise South Nature Park, Racoon Mountain and Stringers Ridge. With no shortage of trails and exciting places to explore, you’ll see firsthand why Chattanooga is in the running as the “Best Town Ever” again. Pack your hiking boots, and book your stay at our luxury Bed and Breakfast today.
Let These Chattanooga Restaurants be your Guide to the City 15 May 2015, 1:38 pm
Chattanooga has been hailed as one of the South’s top travel destinations. For those of us that live here, that’s not a surprise. Not only is Chattanooga beautiful, tucked in between the mountains to the southeast and the stunning Tennessee River Valley, but it also offers an incredible and diverse range of attractions and activities to keep us busy. There is definitely something for everyone in this Scenic City, from exciting outdoor adventure and shopping, to world-class restaurants and beautiful art. Of course, as with most popular travel destinations these days, visitors and residents alike have the good fortune to enjoy the many spectacular restaurants and food experiences that our city has to offer. Stay at our Lookout Mountain Bed and Breakfast for a few days this summer, and let the amazing tastes at local Chattanooga restaurants be your guide around our wonderful city.
Top Chattanooga Restaurants
Many Chattanooga Restaurants offer you an out-of-this-world food experience, with tastes ranging from traditional southern cooking and BBQ, to tasty ethnic foods and fine dining establishments. Start your first day off right with a tantalizingly good homemade breakfast at the Chanticleer Inn, where we feature an array of fresh fruits, cereals, sweet breads and cakes prepared daily, in addition to hot specials, including Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, Assorted Frittatas, Belgian Waffles, and more. Afterwards, head into the city for a little shopping and to peruse the art galleries along main street. You can even try your own hand at glass blowing at iGNiS Glass Studio, all the while working up your appetite for a wonderful lunch at Lupi’s New York Style Pizzeria. Foodie’s will love this hand-crafted slice of pizza heaven, which uses all local ingredients, including the ground beef, tomatoes, and the house-made mozzerella. Afterwards, you may as well visit the nearby Tennessee Aquarium. After your fill of sea life, enjoy a walk along the riverwalk, enjoy the views from Walnut Street Bridge, or burn off some of those calories you’ve eaten with a paddle board or kayak along the Tennessee River. When you’re ready for dinner, you won’t want to miss a favorite Chattanooga restaurant, St. Johns, or their sister restaurant The Meeting Place. A meal from Chattanooga’s only James Beard nominated chef, Daniel Lindley, will definitely not disappoint even the most avid of foodies.
There’s no better way to start your second morning in Chattanooga than with a delicious brunch at FoodWorks, as evidenced by the often jam-packed weekends in this former knitting mill. Afterwards, you’ll be perfectly situated in Chattanooga’s hip NorthShore Neighborhood, where you’ll find plenty of fun shops, boutiques, and art galleries to peruse. As the afternoon wanes on, consider a visit to the stunning Hunter Museum of American Art. As the day ends, enjoy a tasty dinner at the popular 212 Market, a restaurant known to be at the forefront Chattanooga’s local food movement. End your evening with cocktails featuring house-made seasonal liquor infusions at Easy Bistro & Bar. Hopefully you have at least a second, if not a third and a fourth day in Chattanooga to continue exploring the city and the best food experiences it has to offer. All of this and more is at your fingertips when you stay at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast.
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Looking Forward to Another Summer in Chattanooga 25 Apr 2015, 2:00 am
With so many fun and exciting things to do in Chattanooga, it’s never too early to start planning for summer. This is especially true when you consider the popular events and large crowds that are common during the summer months. Whether you’re looking for a little fun in the sun, an adrenaline-pumping adventure, a romantic getaway, or a weekend of fun in the Scenic City, our romantic Bed and Breakfast on Lookout Mountain is the perfect place to spend some time this summer. Book your luxurious room on Lookout Mountain today, and start planning your summer in Chattanooga.
A Fun Summer in Chattanooga
The summer months in Chattanooga are filled with friendly faces enjoying festivals and music events, exploring beautiful downtown Chattanooga, enjoying the arts, and of course participating in plenty of outdoor recreation on Lookout Mountain and beyond. A Perennial favorite for Chattanooga residents and visitors alike are the spectacular music festivals held throughout the summer. Join us this year for the 9-day Riverbend Music Festival in June, or starting May first, enjoy spectacular Friday Nights on the River with the 5-month long Nightfall Concert Series. The Riverbend Music Festival features over 100 bands, including classic rock, jam bands, country, urban and bluegrass music. The Nightfall Concert Series brings 2,500 people to downtown Chattanooga each Friday, and features a huge range of talent, from local to international acts. There is no better time to celebrate the fantastic community that is Chattanooga than at these fun events.
Spend the rest of your summer in Chattanooga exploring everything this great city has to offer. Explore the world-renowned Tennessee Aquarium, hop on a beautiful cruise along the Tennessee River, bike around this eco-friendly city with Chattanooga’s free bikes, or explore Rock City Gardens and Ruby Falls on Lookout Mountain. When you’re ready for a little oudoor adventure, Chattanooga won’t disappoint. Test your rock climbing skills at Chattanooga’s High Point Climbing and Fitness, kayak, canoe, or paddle board along the river, hike the hills surrounding the Scenic City, or go underground at the regions many interesting caverns, including Raccoon Mountain Caverns. Summer is an exciting time in Chattanooga. Don’t miss your chance to stay in our luxurious Bed and Breakfast during these peak travel times to Chattanooga, and book your room with us now.
These Chattanooga Adventures Bring Excitement to the Scenic City 10 Apr 2015, 2:00 am
The rugged, rocky tabletop mountains of the Cumberland Plateau and the rolling hills of the Tennessee River Valley, coupled with the vast playground of the Tennessee River make Chattanooga a top destination for outdoor adventure. Here, you’ll find access to some of the nation’s top venues for rock climbing, road and mountain biking, hiking, boating, and so much more. With all of this and more, it’s no wonder that Chattanooga has earned a reputation as a fun metropolis with abundant outdoor activities and natural beauty. This spring, there are plenty of Chattanooga adventures to enjoy, as we kick off yet another season of exciting outdoor adventure in the Scenic City. Book your stay with us at our luxurious Lookout Mountain Bed and Breakfast, and get excited about these upcoming Chattanooga Adventures.
A Guide to Upcoming Chattanooga Adventures
Starting next weekend, there will be a calendar packed with exciting outdoor adventures and activities throughout Chattanooga. On Saturday, May 2nd, the city of Chattanooga will be alive with excitement, as we celebrate two exciting events. The first event is the 28th annual 3 state 3 mountain Cycling Challenge. Starting at 8am, fans and cycling enthusiasts can start cheering on riders as they begin the full century ride, which will once again take them in and out of three different states,Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia, and over 3 different mountains, including our very own Lookout Mountain. While this event is not billed as a race, there is a competitive portion of the race called the Suck Creek Climb Challenge, where riders will earn prizes for their speed over the climb. Donations from this great event also go to support Bike Walk Tennessee, the state’s only statewide bike and pedestrian advocacy organization. Also that day are the exciting Dragon Boat Races on the Tennessee River. Dragon Boat Races attract passionate teams from all ove the country, and are spectacular fundraisers for local charities. This year, join the racing teams in the 9th annual Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Festival at TVA Park at Chickamauga Dam.
In late May, cycling enthusiasts will get another chance to show their support for USA Cycling, when the 2015 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road, Time Trial, & Para-cycling National Championships comes back to Chattanooga. This Memorial day weekend, you’ll have the chance to see the top road cyclists in America challenge themselves on the hilly roads of Tennessee. This race will not only showcase beautiful downtown Chattanooga, but will also bring riders to our doorstep, on their tough climb up Lookout Mountain. Our location on Lookout Mountain is not only beautiful, but it also puts you in the center of excitement during some of the best Chattanooga Adventures this Spring. Book your stay with us now to get in on this incredible fun in the Scenic City.
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The Top Civil War Attractions in Chattanooga 25 Mar 2015, 2:00 am
Chattanooga is one of America’s most breathtakingly beautiful cities to visit, and offers guests a tremendous variety of fun activities to enjoy. But do you also know that Chattanooga has a fascinating history, including many Civil War attractions that draw thousands of visitors each year? Not only was Chattanooga the site of a major Civil War Battle, it is also home to the nation’s first and largest military park, world-class history museums, and variety of other unique historical attractions. The name “Chattanooga” itself means “rock coming to a point,” referring to Lookout Mountain, the site of the famous Battle Above the Clouds. Book your room at our Lookout Mountain Bed and Breakfast today, and start exploring Chattanooga’s top Civil War Attractions.
Relive the Civil War Battle of Chattanooga
Thanks to Chattanooga’s strategic position near both the Tennessee River and vital Railways, it was considered to be a valuable gateway into the Deep South during the Civil War. Therefore, some of the hardest fought battles of the Civil War happened during the fall of 1863 on Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. A key battle in the Civil War, the Battle of Chattanooga, often referred to as the Battle Above the Clouds, happened on Lookout Mountain during this time. In an effort to lift the Confederate siege of Chattanooga, General Ulysses S. Grant led the Union Army to ultimate success on Lookout Mountain, winning a battle that has frequently been called a major turning point in the Civil War, and a battle that ultimately led to the Union’s invasion of the deep south, and to the defeat of the Confederate Army in 1865.
In 1895, the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park was dedicated, marking it the first national park established to preserve a Civil War battlefield. This beautiful park spans the borders of Georgia and Tennessee, and features Civil War Attractions and points of interest at Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Orchard Knob and Signal Point. Start your visit to this park at the visitor center, which features extensive exhibits, the Fuller Gun Collection, an orientation film and fiber optic map, maps of hiking and biking routes, and information on how to best experience this portion of Civil War history. Other fun things to do in Chattanooga that are related to Civil War history include the Buttonwillow Civil War Dinner Theater, the Chattanooga National Cemetery, the Lee-Gordon Mansion, and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. With all of these great things to see and do in Chattanooga, don’t hesitate to book your room at our luxury Bed and Breakfast on Lookout Mountain today.