In classic Harbor + Home style, I like to blend the refined with the rustic, and my travel is no exception. Thankfully, Chattanooga delivers. Within the city limits and surrounding it are wonderful trails to explore, quaint cafes that are Instagram worthy, and so much fun to be had.
This visit afforded us time to shop Warehouse Row in the downtown area. Our favorite stores wooed us in with fun summertime styles. A popular coffee spot nearby, The Frothy Monkey, refueled us for the next adventure.
Two mountains flank the valley city of Chattanooga: Signal Mountain and Lookout Mountain. While Lookout Mountain hosts touristy spots like the Incline Railway, Ruby Falls, and Rock City, you cannot miss the natural appeal of Glen Falls. So many waterfalls. So much fun climbing the rocky river. On the other side of town, Signal Mountain's Rainbow Lake offers a deep descent into the woods, a swimming hole, waterfall views, a rope bridge, rock formations, a Tennessee River Gorge overlook, and a heart-pumping ascent back to the top. Yes, all that on one trail!
Chatt, as the locals call it, boasts many things to see and to do. Here are a few more: The Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge leads to the North Shore of the Tennessee River. And why do the people cross the bridge? To get a sweet treat! In loyalty to Clumpies Ice Cream, we paid a visit after finishing the most unique hot dog dishes at Good Dog. And we shopped- this time we rummaged the racks of vintage goods at Collective Clothing.
Back on the southside, Bluff View Art District begs a visit. We recommend a table at Tony's Pasta Shop and Trattoria. It was a crowd-pleasing celebration spot in honor of a recent graduate. Our daughter, Jordan, has since left Chattanooga behind upon completion of her master's degree, but the city will forever hold a special place in our hearts.