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Enjoy the Holidays in Chattanooga 15 Nov 2015, 2:00 am
Like many people the world over, the holidays are a wonderful time of year to gather with friends and family, to keep up with long-standing traditions, and to make memories that will last a lifetime. Though this is one of the busiest seasons for many families, it’s also a wonderful time to getaway from the hectic rush of our over-scheduled lives, and to enjoy those things that truly matter. Maybe this year is a time to discover new traditions and make new memories. Getaway to to the magical holiday season in Chattanooga this winter, and you’ll find a festive atmosphere everywhere you turn this season. Book your room at our highly-rated Bed and Breakfast on Lookout Mountain today.
Celebrating the Holidays
One of the top holiday attractions in Chattanooga is right here on Lookout Mountain, across the street from our luxurious Bed and Breakfast. The Enchanted Garden of Lights at Rock City Gardens is a magical journey that shouldn’t be missed during the holidays. This year, this stunning visual display is celebrating its 21st year of operation, and promises to leave you filled with all the joy and wonder of the holiday season you’ve been looking for. Running nightly until January 2nd, this light display features over 30 individual scenes of the holidays. Not only will you enjoy the lights, but you’ll also be able to visit with Santa, his elves, and other holiday characters, enjoy gingerbread cookie decorating, sip on hot cocoa, get Sugar Plum Fairy Makeovers, and listen to the sounds of the season with the nightly entertainment in the North Pole Lodge. While there, you’ll also want to visit Ruby Falls’ Christmas Underground. As you journey through the ice cave, you will watch gemstone miners play, catch a view of the Northern Lights and journey through the Sugar Plum Fairy Village, until you finally reach Santa at the end. Families can also look forward to a visit from Santa aboard the popular North Pole Limited.
The holidays in Chattanooga aren’t all about families and santa sightings, though. Every year, Chattanooga offers Ice on the Landing. The ice skating takes place at the beautiful outdoor setting of Ross’ landing on the waterfront. This unique, wintertime recreational experience is a highlight in Chattanooga during the holiday season, as ice skating isn’t offered nearby throughout the year. Chattanooga’s beautiful waterfront is also the site of this timeless parade of boats decorated for the holidays, complete with music, lights and lots of fun. You can also take a river cruise with Southern Belle Riverboat’s Christmas Carol Dinner Cruises, or a special ride with Tennessee Valley Railroads and their Christmas Dinner Train, where you’ll savor an exquisite 4-course dinner in a vintage train car that dates back to 1924. No matter how you choose to enjoy this magical holiday season in Chattanooga, we know you won’t be disappointed. Book your room at our beautiful Bed and Breakfast today, so you can start planning those new holiday traditions.
Plan a Romantic Fall Getaway in Chattanooga 27 Oct 2015, 2:00 am
Chattanooga has long been regarded as one of the top outdoor destinations in the US. With access to some of the best venues for hiking, biking, rock climbing, and water sports around, Chattanooga’s popularity with adventure enthusiasts isn’t surprising. However, there is so much more to this beautiful city on the Tennessee River than meets the eye. Sometimes, nothing is more needed than a relaxing, romantic getaway for two in order to recharge our batteries. Chattanooga happens to be a wonderful destination for a romantic fall getaway. From great dining and eclectic shopping, to new adventures and beautiful art, Chattanooga has it all. There is much more to see and do in this vibrant, hip city than meets the eye. Stay with us at our luxury Bed and Breakfast this fall, and enjoy all of the fun and romantic things Chattanooga has in store.
Perfect Fall Getaway
There is, of course, nothing wrong with spending a little time during your fall getaway outdoors, especially if you’re the kind of couple that likes to work up a sweat together. Chattanooga’s a great place to go on an adventure, whether it’s hiking, biking, caving, rock climbing, or another adventure you dream up. There are several quality hiking trails on Lookout Mountain worth exploring, but for greater variety, and maybe a little romantic inspiration, check out the limitless Tennessee Trails and Byways. Many of the vistas at the top of trails provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic picnic lunch, or maybe even a dramatic sunset over the Chattanooga Valley. For something a little more laid back, test your climbing skills at Chattanooga’s High Point Climbing and Fitness center. Afterwards, stroll along Chattanooga’s beautiful Riverwalk and work your way to the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge and into the Northshore District, where you’ll find great shops and galleries worth browsing.
If you’re an art lover, you won’t want to miss a stroll through the beautiful Bluff View Art District, followed by a visit to the Hunter Museum of American Art. For a unique spin on your romantic fall getaway, why not enjoy a 2 hour pub crawl on wheels with Chattanooga’s popular Pints and Pedals? It’s definitely an adventure you won’t soon forget. Drinks and appetizers are always good at Easy Bistro & Bar or Bluewater Grille, followed by dinner with a view at Back Inn Cafe, which has consistently been voted as Chattanooga’s most romantic restaurant. End this perfect romantic day in Chattanooga with coffee and dessert at nearby Rembrandt’s Coffee House, which features artisan chocolates and other sweet treats. All of this and more is possible when you plan a fall getaway to our Chattanooga Bed and Breakfast. Book your room with us today so you can enjoy the romantic ambience of our Inn, whether it’s sitting in front of our gas log fireplace, enjoying the lush gardens, staying in our private and luxuriously appointed guest rooms, or waking up to wonderfully romantic views of the Chattanooga Valley.
Lookout Mountain Attractions 16 Oct 2015, 2:00 am
One of the most popular places to visit near Chattanooga is Lookout Mountain, which is home to popular attractions including Rock City Gardens, Ruby Falls, Incline Railway, Civil War Battlefields, and the spectacular 7-states view from the tip of Lover’s Leap. Though Lookout Mountain is located a short 6 miles from Chattanooga, it is conveniently located right across the street from our luxury Chattanooga Bed and Breakfast. Stay with us this fall, and this beautiful natural setting, which features massive ancient rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plant species, and breathtaking panoramic views, will be at your fingertips. Book your room at our Chattanooga Bed and Breakfast today, so you can enjoy everything Lookout Mountain has to offer.
Explore Lookout Mountain
Rock City Gardens, located on top of Lookout Mountain, truly is a spectacular sight and a definite must-see attraction when you’re in the Chattanooga area. Nearly 500,000 visitors form all over the world come to visit this beautiful natural attraction, which features a 4,100-foot walking trail. Along the way, you’ll see soaring rock formations, beautiful caves, and lush gardens. Located at 1,700 feet above sea level, you’ll see why Lover’s Leap, Observation Point and Seven States Flag Court are considered to be the best and most expansive views out over the Chattanooga Valley. In good weather, you’ll also see how it became known as the “See Seven States” view. Another popular attraction on Lookout Mountain is Ruby Falls, famous because it is the country’s deepest cave and largest underground waterfall that is open to the public. Visitors will enjoy a guided tour through the cave, marveling at its rock formations, and then viewing the 145-foot underground waterfall.
Lookout Mountain’s Incline Railway is a fantastic 1 mile journey up the world’s steepest passenger railway. This iconic railway has been in operation since 1895, and is a marvel to behold. The Machine room, where the giant gears that pull the railway operate, is an interesting addition to your trip. Civil War history enthusiasts should not miss a visit to both Lookout Mountain Battlefield and Chickamauga Battlefield, where the Battle of Lookout Mountain took place. This battle is widely considered to be a major turning point in the war for the Union Army. After your fun day of exploring the beautiful attractions on Lookout Mountain, come back to our romantic Bed and Breakfast for an evening of relaxation. Enjoy all of this and more when you Book your room at our luxury Bed and Breakfast.
Fall Colors in Chattanooga 28 Sep 2015, 2:00 am
Fall has fully descended upon us here in Chattanooga, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Fall is, perhaps, our favorite season in the Chattanooga area, which has long been a favorite outdoor destination for adventure enthusiasts. With a tremendous variety of things to do in the great outdoors, from hiking, biking, and rockclimbing, to boating, caving, and whitewater rafting, we can’t think of a better place to get out and have a little fun, all while enjoying the specatcular fall color that paints the horizons this time of year. Though there is no exact science to predicting the peak of Chattanooga’s fall foliage, things are definitely well underway, making October the perfect time to visit the scenic city of Chattanooga. Book your room at our luxury Tennessee Bed and Breakfast, so you can get out and experience Chattanooga is all of its fall colored glory.
See Fall Color in Chattanooga
Whether you choose to experience the vibrant fall color in Chattanooga by bike, boat, train, foot, or car, you can’t go wrong. If you’re up for getting out the city, you can’t go wrong hiking or biking your way along the ridges at Stringers Ridge Park or Enterprise South Nature Park. We can’t talk about fall color without talking about the miles of beautiful trails and stunning viewpoints from the top of Lookout Mountain. Atop Lookout Mountain you’ll find not only one of the most famous views of Chattanooga, but arguably one of the most beautiful, especially during the brightly-hued autumn months. For an easy to do activity in downtown Chattanooga, we recommend borrowing a bike from Chattanooga’s popular bike share system and heading along the scenic and colorful 13 mile riverwalk. Better yet, if you’d rather travel down the river through the beautiful colors of fall, hop on board the Southern Belle Riverboat and enjoy their guided tour of the Tennessee River.
For something a little more unique to enjoy, hop onboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad. Take a ride on the Summerville Steam Special in October and November, you’ll be riding a vintage train through some of the most spectacular areas of fall color in all of Tennessee and Georgia. Of course, you can always just hop in your car and drive the roads in and around Chattanooga and still be rewarded with falls most colorful show. The newly minted Pie-in-the-sky trail is perhaps the perfect scenic byway to choose to maximize your fall color tour. This wonderful tour is the best way to see the the peaks and valleys of beautiful Southeast Tennessee. Take a little extra time to explore the many great attractions along the way, such as state parks, Civil War sites, African American heritage sites, live music venues, farms, and more. No matter what it is you do, we know that the brilliant fall color will delight even the wariest traveler. Book your room at our luxury Lookout Mountain Bed and Breakfast today.
Planning Ahead of Fall Activities in Chattanooga 15 Sep 2015, 2:00 am
There’s never a dull moment in the vibrant city of Chattanooga, and fall is no exception to this. Chattanooga has long been hailed as an outdoor mecca for adventure enthusiasts. With a tremendous variety of options for outdoor recreation, from hiking, biking, and rockclimbing, to boating, caving, and whitewater rafting, Chattanooga’s popularity comes as no surprise. However, there is so much more to Chattanooga than spending time in the outdoors. The scenic city has plenty of exciting and fun fall activities planned to be enjoyed by visitors and residents alike. To get in on some of this fun, book your room at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast on nearby Lookout Mountain today.
Fall Activities in Chattanooga
Though it would be extremely difficult to take part in all of the fun fall activities happening in and around Chattanooga, you can certainly enjoy a good variety of them. During the first weekend in October, music lovers can enjoy the 3 Sisters Music Festival at Ross’ Landing. This popular festival has been ranked as one of the 5 best bluegrass festivals in the country, and definitely is worth attending. For a little fall-themed fun, join our neighbors, Rock City Gardens, in celebrating their annual Rocktoberfest. This fun event celebrates Rock City’s German heritage with German music, polka lessons, German food, specialty beer, costumed characters and fun for the whole family. Other fall activities that you shouldn’t miss are Oktoberfest at the Chattanooga Market, the enchanted maze at Blowing Springs Farm, Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern, Rock City’s Blowing Screams Farm Haunt Complex, the Aquarium’s ODDTober, the Halloweeen Eerie Express on the Tennessee Valley Railroad, and the Boo at the Zoo.
If there are two fall activities that shouldn’t be missed in Chattanooga, they are the 2015 RiverRocks Games and the Head of the Hooch Rowing Regatta. RiverRocks Adventure Sports Games is a highly anticipated event for outdoor adventure athletes that takes place on multiple dates throughout the month of October. Events include road & trail running, open water events, rock climbing/bouldering, and mountain biking, live music, and plenty of athleticism and fun. The annual Head of the Hooch rowing Regatta takes place November 7-8th this year, and is one of the world’s largest rowing Regattas. Spectators can watch this exciting event from several places along the Tennessee River. As you can see, it’s going to be a busy fall in Chattanooga. Book your room at our luxury Bed and Breakfast early, so you can participate in these exciting fall activities.
Explore Tennessee Whiskey at Chattanooga Distilleries 28 Aug 2015, 2:00 am
Are you looking for a travel destination that has a variety of fun and excitement? Chattanooga is exactly that. Combine Chattanooga’s incredible scenic beauty and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation with the diverse range of attractions, parks, restaurants, arts, and shopping destinations, and you have a recipe for a truly unforgettable vacation. Spend a fun-packed day either exploring downtown Chattanooga or thrill-seeking in the great outdoors, then end your day with a perfect tasting or tour of a local Tennessee Whiskey distillery. Chattanooga has a long and storied history when it comes to making famous Tennessee Whiskey, so book your room at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast today to learn all about Chattanooga’s distilleries.
Tennessee Whiskey Distilleries
The Tennessee Stillhouse, which is where famous Chattanooga Whiskey is produced, is a micro-distillery and tasting room in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. The Tennessee Stillhouse, located across the street from the Chattanooga Choo Choo, is deeply rooted in Tennessee whiskey traditions. Thanks to laws that dated back to the days of prohibition, whiskey production in Chattanooga was illegal until 2013, when the owners of this distillery helped to rewrite laws and bring Tennessee whiskey back to Chattanooga. Today, this beautiful distillery is the perfect place to stop in before or after dinner–or maybe both–to try some of their 1816 Whiskey. You have the choice of stopping in for some tastings at their bar or getting a behind the scenes look at the process that makes this smooth yet spicy drink.
If you’d rather dig deeper into the history behind the Tennessee whiskey industry, then we recommend heading to the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg. The Jack Daniel Distillery is the oldest registered whiskey distillery in Tennessee, and offers daily tours to guests on a first come-first served. There are even small sampling tours available to those who are interested. The George Dickel Distillery is also a fun place to visit for a tour. No matter where it is you choose to visit, we know that you will enjoy every sip of the smooth whiskey Tennessee is known for. Book your room at our Bed and Breakfast on Lookout Mountain, and experience a small piece of Chattanooga’s history at local whiskey distilleries.
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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!