Before moving to Denver this year, I live in Chattanooga, TN for almost 10 years! When I first moved 10 years ago, I rented a loft downtown. Chattanooga was still developing and growing at this point, so there were only a handful of trendy restaurants and maybe 1 or 2 bars. Flash forward to today, when I flew back to have a girls night out with my friends, I was struck by a downtown I almost didn’t recognize – trendy hotels, music venues, a guitar museum, lots of bars, lights strung through the city and endless foodie restaurants to try. It made me think, when did Chattanooga become so cool? I am not sure when it officially happened, but Chattanooga now has a thriving downtown that makes for a perfect spot for a girls weekend or getaway with the hubs. I had so much fun, even in my short visit back, that I cannot wait to come back for some more!
Stay – Moxy Hotel
On my visit to Chattanooga, I stayed at the new trendy Moxy Hotel in downtown Chattanooga. If you are visiting without kids with the intention of having some fun, this is the place to be! The vibe is definitely fresh, they have an incredible bar area with indoor & outdoor seating, games to play and lots of comfy lounge areas to relax in, and the rooms have a killer urban aesthetic while still being comfortable. Not to mention the location is perfect for hitting some amazing restaurants and nightlife within walking distance.
Check in at the hotel is easy and simple – and done at the bar! You also get a welcome Moxy drink upon check-in to start your weekend off right. The rooms all have queen beds, but for a girls weekend or a night out with the significant other, this works perfectly. I LOVED the vibe and aesthetic of the hotel & all the unique decor touches they have around the hotel. I definitely felt like I had walked into a trendy hotel in NYC, and couldn’t believe I was back in my once hometown of Chattanooga.
For dinner, Chattanooga is not short on offering some delectable options. Alleia has always been one of my favorite restaurants downtown. The Italian food is incredible and the drinks might even be better. If you in the mood for some sushi or ramen, I recommend Two Ten Jack, which is also downtown and in a great location. Lastly, I also love Meeting Place. Located right across from the Moxy, this restaurant also has an upstairs lounge & bar area that is worth stopping by.
For brunch the next day, I love Easy Bistro downtown. They have a unique take on some staple breakfast items that are incredibly delicious. If you want something located a little closer to the hotel, within walking distance from the Moxy is The Flying Squirrel. One of my favorite bars in Chattanooga because of their cucumber drink (which I LOVE), this spot also turns into a yummy brunch spot on Sundays.
During the day, there is a lot you could do in Chattanooga to see the town. For shopping, I love a visit to Warehouse Row in downtown. They have a great collection of clothing, decor & beauty stores. If you want to visit one of Chattanooga’s main attractions, I recommend the Aquarium right on the river downtown. You could spend hours here looking at the largest aquarium in TN. If you wanted to see Chattanooga by the water, you could take a River Boat Cruise or a Duck boat tour. No matter what you do, I definitely recommend walking over the Tennessee River on the blue walking bridge to get some incredible views of this gorgeous city.
Chattanooga has an emerging music scene with some new live entertainment venues to check out. We stopped by Songbirds to kick up our heels to a live band and had the best time. If you love guitars or live music, their guitar museum is worth checking out too on a tour. Songbirds Guitar Museum is historically accurate, educational and fun for both guitar enthusiasts and those new to guitars.