Have you ever been to Chattanooga, Tennessee? I have passed through many times on my way to Florida for family vacations as a kid and as an adult. I even stayed the night there once while on the way to Daytona Beach many, many years ago, but that was only to grab a few winks before making the rest of the trip. This time it was our destination; 24 hours in Chattanooga.
My husband has been on vacation for a week, with another week ahead. We decided to get out of town for a mini vacay…very mini, but a fun trip nonetheless. I knew my plans were a little ambitious with the amount of time we had to spend but hey, I’m always up for a challenge.
We arrived at Ruby Falls on Lookout Mountain early afternoon on Sunday. We knew we were going to visit all three attractions on the mountain so our best bet was to purchase the three tickets together. This helped to offset the cost of the attractions.
Sunday we took in the sites of Rock City. What an amazing place that was, walking around on the top of the mountain looking at all the lovely vegetation with views of the valley below. There were also sightings of gnomes. I don’t get the whole gnome thing they have going on, however, it works, so why mess with it?
One of the fun things we did was walk across a swinging bridge. It was an experience all its own. It was safe and sturdy but a swinging bridge in those altitudes was a bit daunting.
One of the best surprises was Café 7 tucked away on the top of the mountain. We knew we were going to stop and dine al fresco on the edge of Lookout Mountain, regardless of the fact that we weren’t really hungry. We decided to settle for a bit of libation until the waitress told us how good the food was. We were thinking she could have been a little biased but the Fried Green tomato BLT with avocado, and Chipotle mayo was to die for. And the fries? I must confess, I do enjoy a good fry more often than I care to admit. We could have stayed all day but we knew we had to keep moving.
Another added attraction in Chattanooga is the Tennessee River that winds itself around the city. With that thought in mind, we knew we wanted a room with a view so we set about searching for just the right place. And found it we did, Springhill Suites Marriott at Cameron Harbor.
A few more random shots: