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Photo Friday: Chattanooga, Tennessee

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The city of Chattanooga, Tennessee has long been a favorite day trip of mine from Atlanta. Less than two hours from my house, we skipped school one day to visit when Sammi was still in high school and then came back to check out The Crash Pad Chattanooga. Everything came full circle when, after she graduated from her master’s program at Appalachian State University, she jumped headfirst into a job with the Tennessee Aquarium.

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So after a quick move into the trendy Southside, the family loaded up the car with a few items she needed to come for a visit. I quickly fell in love with her neighborhood and building, a former hotel right across the street from the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, a former train station. While my parents stayed at trendy The Chattanoogan, I stayed with my sister. On upcoming trips, I hope to check out new places like The Dwell Hotel and En Root House Hostel Chattanooga.

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A lot had changed since my last visit. There was much more street art and many trendy bars and eateries. Nashville favorites had opened second locations like Frothy Monkey coffee shop and Two Ten Jack ramen bar. The craft beverage industry even made its mark with breweries Hutton & Smith Brewing Co. and OddStory Brewing Company and even whiskey distilleries. I also loved catching live music at the Choo Choo, a regular event.

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We basically never stopped eating, starting with hip coffee at VELO COFFEE ROASTERS, LLC and breakfast sandwiches at Niedlov’s Breadworks. For lunches, it was burgers at Urban Stack and Delta tamales at Champy’s. Dinners were found at Main Street Meats and The Bitter Alibi. Family brunch was spent at Bluegrass Grill on one visit and Beast + Barrel another, both of which were delicious. And the Chattanooga Market is a must-visit on Sundays for live music, fresh produce, and local artisans.

I see many more impromptu visits in my future!

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If it’s your first time visiting Chattanooga, I recommend starting with the Aquarium and the Hunter Museum of American Art before exploring the North Shore. It’s easily walkable from downtown via the pedestrian bridge or you can take the free downtown shuttle. There are also bike rentals if you’d rather see the city on two wheels.

Have you ever visited Chattanooga?

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  1. The Crash Pad Chattanooga
    Hotel in Hamilton County Tennessee

    29 Johnson St
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 648-8393
    http://www.crashpadchattanooga.com/
  2. Tennessee Aquarium
    Attraction in Chattanooga Tennessee

    201 Chestnut Street
    Chattanooga Tennessee
    Chattanooga
    tnaqua.org
  3. Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
    Restaurant in Hamilton County Tennessee

    1400 Market St
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 266-5000
    http://choochoo.com/
  4. The Chattanoogan
    Hotel in Chattanooga Tennessee

    1201 South Broad Street
    Chattanooga Tennessee
    (423) 756-3400 ‎
    chattanooganhotel.com
  5. The Dwell Hotel
    Hotel in Hamilton County Tennessee

    120 E 10th St
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 267-7866
    http://www.thedwellhotel.com/
  6. En Root House Hostel Chattanooga
    Hotel in Hamilton County Tennessee

    1206 Duncan Ave
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 504-4408
    http://enroothouse.com/
  7. Frothy Monkey
    Restaurant in Hamilton County Tennessee

    1400 Market St
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 680-6343
    http://www.frothymonkey.com/
  8. Two Ten Jack
    Restaurant in Hamilton County Tennessee

    1110 Market St
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 551-8799
    http://twotenjack.com/chattanooga/
  9. Hutton & Smith Brewing Co.
    Attraction in Hamilton County Tennessee

    431 E M L King Blvd
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 760-3600
    http://huttonandsmithbrewing.com/
  10. OddStory Brewing Company
    Restaurant in Hamilton County Tennessee

    336 E M L King Blvd
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 682-7690
    http://oddstorybrewing.co/
  11. VELO COFFEE ROASTERS, LLC
    Attraction in Chattanooga Tennessee

    509 E Main St
    Chattanooga Tennessee
    (423) 718-8161
    http://www.velocoffee.com/
  12. Niedlov's Breadworks
    Restaurant in Hamilton County Tennessee

    215 E Main St
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 756-0303
    http://niedlovs.com/
  13. Urban Stack
    Restaurant in Hamilton County Tennessee

    12 W 13th St
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 475-5350
    http://urbanstack.com/
  14. Champy's
    Restaurant in Hamilton County Tennessee

    526 E M L King Blvd
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 752-9198
    http://champyschicken.com/
  15. Main Street Meats
    Restaurant in Hamilton County Tennessee

    217 E Main St
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 602-9568
    http://www.mainstreetmeatschatt.com
  16. The Bitter Alibi
    Restaurant in Hamilton County Tennessee

    825 Houston St
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 362-5070
    http://thebitteralibi.com/
  17. Bluegrass Grill
    Restaurant in Hamilton County Tennessee

    55 E Main St
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 752-4020
    http://bluegrassgrillchattanooga.com/
  18. Beast + Barrel
    Restaurant in Hamilton County Tennessee

    16 Frazier Ave
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 805-4599
    http://beastandbarrel.com/
  19. Chattanooga Market
    Restaurant in Hamilton County Tennessee

    1829 Reggie White Blvd
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 648-2496
    http://chattanoogamarket.com/
  20. Hunter Museum of American Art
    Attraction in Chattanooga Tennessee

    10 Bluff View Ave
    Chattanooga Tennessee
    (423) 267-0968
    http://www.huntermuseum.org/

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3 Responses to Photo Friday: Chattanooga, Tennessee

  1. Kathy Brown June 30, 2017 at 8:46 pm #

    Wonderful job highlighting the city I love…

  2. Lisa @ NatureImmerse June 30, 2017 at 11:09 pm #

    The aquarium at Chattanooga is one of the best I’ve ever visited. The freshwater building alone is worth the money. My family (all adults including one with a walker) spent almost the entire day at the aquarium. The river otter exhibit was wonderful and since it was the 1st day of summer, they had some extra exciting enrichment for them–we sat watching for nearly an hour as the otters played and figured out how to get to fish embedded in ice. The special exhibits on jellyfish and seahorses were both informative and beautiful.
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