(Closed) Visiting Nashville/Chattanooga – what to do?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

If yall are big history buffs you may want to check out Stones River Battlefield in Murfreesboro… they have done a lot with it and its on 1-24 in between Chatt and Nashville (30 miles SE of Nashville). I second Pancake Pantry… I always bring people there when they visit. Also Copper Kettle downtown is a hole in the wall meat and three type of place, but their lunches are phenominal.. and it is also close to the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My brother ate at Monell’s in Nashville. He said it was awesome!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

I have been a few times and they do have a lot of older stuff but they also have half of a floor dedicated to more recent acts , like Miranda Lamerts dress when she won an ACM and clothes from Taylor Swift, Lady A, Rascal Flats and such. My Fiance isfrom here and HATES country music, but he actually likes visiting every so often. Right now their exhibit is on the Bakersfield sound…so probably a lot of Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam type stuff. Its funny to see how many older songs you actually know!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’re going to Chattanooga for our honeymoon! Gonna do Rock City, Aquarium, Imax, etc.

Personally I enjoy Rock City much more than Ruby Falls, but I know some that don’t. To me it’s just like “hey, there’s a waterfall, it’s underground, well cool” *shuffles away*

Lol. I LOVE the Tennessee Aquarium though, just had to throw that in there. Love it so much I actually wanna go there for my honeymoon.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@hisgoosiegirl:  Hey, I think I gave you my fun stuff in Chattanooga list on a previous thread. I’d definitely stay at Stone Fort Inn if you can afford it/they have rooms available. Brian (the inn keeper and chef) and James (I don’t know his exact position) are great. Brunch on the weekends is awesome. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the rooms and service are hard to beat. We’re renting the place out for our wedding. I still haven’t stayed there, but I’ve toured the rooms and had brunch a few times. If you don’t stay there, I’d recommend either Sheraton Read House or one of the places on the riverfront like the doubletree, hampton inn, or hilton garden inn.

Your day 2 won’t take all day unless you really take your time at each of those places. As for adding Rock City, that might be a little too much for a day, but Rock City can be well worth the visit. I’m biased on my preference between Rock City and Ruby Falls, since I grew up working at one of them, but both are fun places if you’ve never been.

Day 3 – I’m not familiar with that 7 mile drive. It’s also a long walk from the Inn to the riverfront area if you’re going to continue walking around the riverfront, Walnut St. Bridge, etc. You can take the free Carta Electric Shuttle, though, from near the Inn to the the riverfront. here’s its map: http://www.carta-bus.org/maps/shuttlemap.pdf. Assuming you’re not planning on walking the 7 miles (one-way) of the riverwalk and just the area near the aquarium/riverfront, I think you could do all of those things in a few hours and should be able to leave Chattanooga as early as 2 or 3 pm. Then its about 2 hours to Birmingham.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions, and of course once you get there, people at the inn/hotel or any locals will be happy to offer their opinion on great things to do and see.

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

oh yeah, and for great fried chicken in Chattanooga, go to Champy’s http://champyschicken.com/. We go there everytime we’re in town because it’s the best fried chicken we’ve ever found, and we’re even having our rehearsal dinner there because it’s so good.

If you want a fancy Italian meal in Chattanooga, go to Tony’s in the Bluff View Art District. http://www.bluffviewartdistrict.com/subpage.php?pageId=141. If you go for dinner, I’d recommend getting a reservation.

For BBQ, Sticky Fingers is famous and good, but I wouldn’t say it’s something you can’t miss. 

And for Mexican, La Altena on W. Main St. is a hole-in-the-wall downtown, but I think it’s the best Chattanooga has to offer.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

as for  Ruby Falls, Rock City, Incline Railway – I grew up riding down the mountain on the incline to get pizza and ice cream as a special treat, and my siblings and I were tour guides for the falls. My favorite one to visit now is Rock City because its the one I have been to the least. So I’m really biased. They are all new experiences and fun if you’ve never been and are up for the adventure. If something about it drew you to Ruby Falls first over Rock City, I’d do Ruby Falls. If the weather is at all if-y I’d definitely prefer Ruby Falls. Rock City has a lot of great views, but you’ll already see a lot of great views from Point Park. And I hope it’s a beautiful day from Point Park. Some mornings it can be pretty foggy up there, so be aware of that.

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