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Funky Tide 8
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Things to do in Chattanooga
Me and the lady are taking an extended weekend trip to Chattanooga next weekend, and I am trying to compile a list of things to do. Hiking, restaurants, breweries, etc.

I know about ruby falls, rock city, etc, so I am looking for some things that I don't know about. Doesn't have to be in Chattanooga necessarily, so any suggestions not too far out of Chatt are good too. Thanks!


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re: Things to do in Chattanooga
I think there may be a riverboat cruise on that river that runs through town....


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re: Things to do in Chattanooga
Raft One - Ocee River

pints and pedals

For food, there is really dozens of places downtown we liked. Urban Stacked, Maple Street Biscuit Company, Terminal Brewhouse, Chattanooga Brewing Company, Flying Squirrel. Southshide Social is fun but not the best food...id probably eat somewhere else before or after going there simply because there is so much better options for food.



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Ocoee is pretty cold now. Plus we aren't recreational releasing next weekend.

River Gorge explorer out of downtown is fun. Like it better than the ducks, much better than the riverboat.

Checking out the battlefields is great. Lots of hiking around Lookout and Chickamauga battlefields.

Check out Raccoon Mountain, it's a pump storage facility that we built into a mountain, man made lake up there that we pump water in and out of to make electricity. Think a big water battery. Great views up there of the city and of the Tennessee "Grand Canyon" Gorge, same thing you see from the river gorge explorer I suggested. A lot less touristy than Lookout. If you have mountain bikes, bring them and ride here. Great trails up there. They have a hiking trail up there I think as well.

Hiking the Cumberland Trail up on top of Signal is fun.

Lula Falls hike is great.

Do the walking bridge and walk around the art district like I suggest in the food thing below.

There is a fun train ride that goes through the mountains out of Benton. Fly fishing the Hiwassee out there is fun. Bit cold for water now though. Not sure if you like that, also why I don't suggest renting stand up paddle boards for the river.

Rent the city bikes or bring your own and ride along the river walk from downtown to the dam.

We have Chattanooga Brew and Hutton and Smith for local breweries, prefer Hutton. We also have Chattanooga Whiskey with a big place now too and a small one by the Choo Choo. Not sure when their big facility is open or if they just that one for larger events.

Main Street has a lot of gentrified bars, Fly Squirrel, several in the Choo Choo like Stir.

Northshore is another decent area to explore and checkout the bars.

Here is an old list of restaurants I posted back in 2015, removed ones that have moved on and updated a bit.

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Northshore:

Aretha Frankensteins is a cool little bar/pancake breakfast place. It's a weird little house, so don't get fooled if you go there.

Tremont Tavern has the best burgers in Chatty, decent bar.

Brewhaus is a decent german inspired pub

Foodworks is ok.

Taco Mamacita is a pricey taco place, not a fan, but some people like it

Embargo 62 is a decent Cuban place

Downtown:

Tony's Pasta Shop is a decent traditional Italian place that makes everything from scratch.

The Terminal is a pretty good pizza bar that does microbrews.

Alleia is a really good Italian fusion type of place, but is more in the $30-40 per meal range or more with alcohol. Like to eat here.

Champy's Fried Chicken is good, does have beer as well. It can be extremely greasy. Don't get the tenders, they aren't very good. Run by a guy from Louisiana.

Urban Stack is a decent burger joint, not a huge fan, but go often cause it is close to work.

Yellow Deli is a very good lunch spot, but very interesting sandwich shop right next to UTC. It's run by some weird cult people that don't like pig, so don't ask for bacon or ham.

Terra Mae is a decent higher end type of farm to table place.

Two Ten Jack is a mostly ramen noodle/japanese type of place that is decent. Doesn't do hibachi. Is expensive for ramen noodles.

Tupelo Honey Cafe is a chain out of Asheville that people seem to like a lot, I don't get it...

Southern Star is a local country food place that is similar to a Cracker Barrel if you enjoy that type of food.

Sticky Fingers is the local BBQ joint. Not the best, but not bad either. There is better stuff out of the downtown area.

Clyde's is hit or miss. The meatloaf seems to be great, the poboys I would stay away from if you are expecting Louisiana food. It's a pretty neat bar though and close to some other cool stuff.

Chattanooga Brewing Company is a neat little brewery with bar food as well.


If you are on top Lookout, I also like going to Cafe on the Corner on top of Lookout Mountain, they have some pretty good things up there.

Getting Ice Cream from Clumpies by Coolidge Park or the Ice Cream Show by the Hunter Museum and going for a night time stroll across the foot bridge is a good time.

Hot Chocolatier is a good dessert place by the Choo Choo, frozen hot chocolate is very good.


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re: Things to do in Chattanooga
The Lost Sea > Ruby Falls


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re: Things to do in Chattanooga
Boat House Restaurant & Raw Baris awesome. One of my favorites.

IMAX Theater at the Tennessee Aquariumis also great.

Riding on the Chattanooga Duck Boatsis cool...but the weather is supposed to really drop during the week, so it may be too cold by next weekend.

You also have the Southern Belle Christmas Carol Riverboat Cruisethat you can check out.

There is a ton of stuff to do in Chattanooga...I would add that, even if you know about Ruby Falls and Rock City...the lights that they do around Christmas are spectacular.


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Boat House Restaurant & Raw Baris awesome. One of my favorites.


This place is not very good. Hard pass, much better options in Chattanooga.
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This place is not very good. Hard pass, much better options in Chattanooga.



It was great when I ate there...but that was about 5 years ago. Maybe things have changed since then.


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It was great when I ate there...but that was about 5 years ago. Maybe things have changed since then.


I don't think it's really changed that much, it's up there with the likes of Red Lobster to me as a seafood place. Growing up in New Orleans with that level of seafood restaurants has spoiled me when it comes to that type of dining.


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I REALLY like Foster Falls. It's close, and quite the adventure. Cross the bridge, at the base of the falls, and hike down the climbers trail. At some point, on the way back to the falls scramble down to the river and hike it back up. Shockingly beautiful.

Research it.


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This place is not very good. Hard pass, much better options in Chattanooga.

Second.

Up at Rock City they have the Christmas lights set up.


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It was great when I ate there...but that was about 5 years ago. Maybe things have changed since then.
I stopped in Chattanooga Friday night before the Tennessee game. I had read nothing but good things about Boathouse. It was very underwhelming and overpriced IMO.


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re: Things to do in Chattanooga
Maple Street Biscuit Company makes some wicked biscuits for breakfast.

The Blue Plate is another great place for a breakfast/brunch and right across from the aquarium.

Taco Mac is a great place for dinner if there is a sports event going on. Lots of tv's and a great selection of beer.

Big River Grille and Brewing.. decent place to grab a bite and brew.

Clumpies Ice Cream on the north side of the river. It has better options than the one at the base of lookout mountain.

Tremont Tavern has unbelievable burgers and a cool atmosphere. The two times I've walked in and sat at the bar the only entree I've seen is a burger. They are the best in Chattanooga.

Cloudland Canyon State Park is great for hiking. It is approximately 30 miles south of downtown traveling down lookout mountain.

Also on lookout mountain you can stop off at Lookout Mountain Hang gliding. They are jumping all day every day.

Another half mile or so south of the hang gliding is a tiny home community on your right over looking the valley. We stayed there one weekend and it was awesome waking up to the sunrise and watching the sunset in the evenings. The guy who owns the property is a hang glider. He will jump off the side off the cliff a few times a day.

LINK We stayed three nights in the "Shangri-Little" home.

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re: Things to do in Chattanooga
Thanks for all if the suggestions guys.



Just got here, we are about to get a beer at Oddstory Brewing co, then walk over to Hutton and Smith.


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re: Things to do in Chattanooga
Check out Moccasin Bend Brewery if you get time.


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re: Things to do in Chattanooga
Stayed at the Chattanoogan Hotel on the way to Knoxville for our game. Great hotel.


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re: Things to do in Chattanooga
Hutton and Smith, and Oddstory were nice breweries with good beer. We also had some beers at Chattanooga Barley, and the Tap House. I liked Barley's selection and atmosphere a lot better than the Tap House.

We ate at Lupi's Pizza on Friday before going to the Aquarium, and really enjoyed that. Good beer there too. The Aquarium was cool.

We ate and drank at the Flying Squirrel on Friday night, and I thought that the food was great there. Me and the woman shared some kind of creamy cauliflower dish, fried chicken, and a falafel burger. It was all very good.


We went to the light expo at Rock City on Saturday evening, and I am glad that we got in there early, and got out quick because the line to get in was wrapped down there mountain. Seemed like thousands of people showed up
for that. It was okay, but never doing that again.

We ate at Tupelo Honey on Saturday night, and we thought that it was overpriced, and kind of touristy.

We stayed at a b&b on the river about 20 miles away, but with the windy roads, it took us about 40 minutes to get to town everyday. We got a late start most days due to this, and the cold. But it was nice and relaxing staying on there river. Beautiful scenery. Next time we might stay a little closer to town.

We did get some hiking in yesterday, as we stopped into Cloudland Canyon on the way home. We hiked around the rim a little bit, then hiked down to a waterfall. It was beautiful, and I am glad we stopped. Here are some pics from the hike:


Cloudland Canyon

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Cherokee Falls
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Thanks again for all of the suggestions guys
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re: Things to do in Chattanooga
Where do you live Funky?


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Where do you live Funky?




Birmingham


Flanders
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re: Things to do in Chattanooga
Same here.

Well rather on the south side of the mountain. Chattanooga has become our go to weekend trip.

Think about planning a Sunday to Tigers for Tomorrow in Attalla, AL. It's an exotic animal rescue. Have you been to Little River? We went at the beginning of fall this year. Really neat place to drive and take in the views at all the stopping points.

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