While on our recent #bluesummertour, we spent a couple of days exploring Chattanooga, which was just a quick two hour drive from our first stop in Atlanta, and I have to say, we were all pretty impressed. It’s definitely a city I didn’t quite get enough of. Of course, most of my planning and entertainment for any kind of city or travel revolves around food. When we get up I’m thinking about where we’re going to breakfast or lunch, or what good dessert places we’ll hit up along the way and thankfully, Chattanooga was full of great stops to duck into for a sweet treat or afternoon meal! We decided to spend a good three days in and around the Chattanooga area, and Chris found an amazing cabin overlooking the Tennessee River that we fell in love with. It was a quick hop, skip and jump (or 15 minute drive) into Coolidge Park area, which was basically just awesome.
Since there was so much in town, and then so much around the city that we did, I’m going to split this into two posts… Because, pictures. What’s a good road trip without a camera right? Here are a few (okay maybe more than a few, ahem) from our days in Chattanooga!
First up… trains! Skylar is pretty much obsessed with trains and choo choo’s right now, so finding ourselves at Chattanooga Choo Choo only made sense. It’s actually the historic Terminal Station that’s been converted into a resort and some of the the victorian train cars are actually rooms, what??!! While we didn’t stay there, we hopped on and off the train cars, letting little feet pitter patter past us and take giant leaps off of big steps and just had a really good time exploring and climbing on the trains. Because our little Skye starts off adventures with a more timid approach, it was a good thing that these were just parked trains in what was just about an empty terminal… if they were on and making a ruckus I’m sure he would have never made it on board! And also, how cute are they in these outfits and poses! 🙂
The kids just loved the splash pad at Coolidge Park! And the nearby carousel, grassy field, view of the river and bridges, it was a fantastic place to spend a morning in the sun.
We happened to duck into this Blue Skies shop just because of the name… and ended up finding the cutest treasures! Even though I try not to bring home too many things from our trips, it was just one of the most adorably curated shops I’ve come across in awhile, and we couldn’t help but get a little souvenier. And the food in this area, oh the food! We dined on delicious tacos from Taco Mamacita and then indulged in espressos and gelato from Milk & Honey (if you’re in the area, you’ve got to try it!) one evening. The next day we when we decided to play at Coolidge Park there was enough to nosh on along Frazier Ave to keep us sated and filled for the entire day! Places like Good Dog serving up a full menu of gourmet hot dogs (the Hawaiian and the Dogfather are SO good!) and Clumpies Ice Cream, an adorably bright and cheery shop full of handcrafted deliciousness (I had the espresso chocolate chunk and salted caramel, oh my). And we can’t forget Julie Darling Doughnuts, where we had our fill of a breakfast of champions. 😉 Now my mouth is just watering all over again.
I’m still relishing how much fun we had on this trip, and how much we really enjoyed this city!! More to come from around the area, because it’s just TOO good and there was too much to include here… where we stayed, lots of bunnies and some great hiking is coming soon. 🙂
Have you traveled throughout the southern midwest? What are your favorite locals?
PS. Just about all of the kiddos clothing in this post is from Gymboree, Skylar’s Crazy Cool shirt is from H&M.