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The Perfect Day In Chattanooga

By Amy Bailey — March 24, 2019

There’s a place where the mountains tower above, the river runs deep below, and the cool vibe is present almost everywhere you go – that place nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is Chattanooga. We have the scoop on the perfect day in Chattanooga.

Where To Stay

The Dwell

Looking for a hotel that screams cool? The Dwell Hotel in Chattanooga is out of this world. The decor will make you swoon, the food will leave your taste buds shouting, and the drinks are top notch.  This is a hotel you will not want to leave. Conveniently located in walking distant to many attractions. We enjoyed the Tropicana Suite with private balcony and huge soaking tub.

kingroomchattThe Chattanoogan

Another nice and convenient option, The Chattanoogan is a luxury hotel convenient to downtown located in walking distance to many attractions and restaurants with rooms that are well furnished and a top notch spa. The hotel also offers an indoor pool, a fitness center, steam and sauna rooms. Each month guests can enjoy spa specials like January’s rejuvenating Ginger-Lime Body Glow and a skin brightening facial. Its convenient location, nice rooms, and great service make it a place you will want to book again and again.

Where To Eat

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-3-30-04-pmMilk & Honey

Start your day off with a visit to Milk & Honey and your day is sure to be one to remember. This jewel of restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, coffee, gelato, and more. I highly recommend the Lox Bagel with a cappuccino and if you have room the lavender honey gelato.

Urban Stack

Gourmet burgers of all kinds plus a fantastic craft cocktail list make Urban Stack a must on your to do list. Great locally sourced ingredients and a lively atmosphere will make this restaurant one you will look forward to dining at again and again.

Easy Bistro

Easy Bistro is a fabulous restaurant located in downtown Chattanooga. Enjoy slurping tasty bivalves while sipping on a craft cocktail then move along to small, medium, or large plates using fresh, local ingredients.


Mouthwatering fare with an Italian theme and a cocktail list that will make you swoon, Alleia is an ideal spot for dinner. The contemporary decor and romantic lighting make it great place to snuggle up with a date too.

Embargo 62

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-3-32-44-pmEmbargo 62 brings Havana to life in Chattanooga with handcrafted cocktails and classic Cuban fare. I great spot to eat or simply enjoy a cocktail like the Hemingway Royale.

What To Do

Screen Shot 2016-10-12 at 9.39.49 AMHiking

A hiker’s paradise, Chattanooga is the place to explore the outdoors in fall. Finding an awe-inspiring trail in Chattanooga is easy to do in this city bordered by mountains and carved by the Tennessee River into a ‘Moccasin Bend’, two of my favorites are Cravens House to Sunset Rock and Rainbow Lake to Signal Point, both offer vistas for miles that are sure to mesmerize your mind and give your body a healthy workout. Signal Point offers a sunset view that will leave your mouth gaping with its beauty. Read hike details at .

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-3-35-08-pmBluff View Arts District

The Hunter Museum of American Art in the Bluff View Arts District is a must visit offering some of the Southeast’s best exhibits. A stroll through the Bluff View Arts District is a treat in itself as you pass by the blown glass exhibit overlooking the Tennessee River and stroll through the garden art exhibit on the bluff. Rembrandt’s cafe offers coffee, breakfast and lunch. Make a stop in the River Gallery which features many local and Southern artists for a piece of art to take home with you.

chattaquariumTennessee Aquarium

Chattanooga is home to America’s best aquarium with a wide range of exhibits to explore and creatures to discover, this is a must for anyone with children. Not only will the kids become mesmerized, so will you!

sunsetpaddleL2 Outside

Paddle boarding and kayaking is offered daily along the magnificent Tennessee River Gorge by L2 Outside. It is easy to do from downtown Chattanooga. For a real treat, book a sunset tour for only $40.