Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Chattanooga Photo Diary

Josh and I love to take road trips so as Valentines Day was approaching we decided to choose a location for a little get-away. Chattanooga is a very special city to us because we had been there quite a few times while we were dating and when we were newly engaged. I don't believe we have been back since before we were married so we decided that a trip there was in order. 

I found an old Victorian B&B on AirBnB that was close to downtown so I booked it and we made plans to stay the weekend in this charming Southern city. We had a lovely stay and our hostess even left me flowers in our room. 

Our first night in Chattanooga we decided to try out Urban Stack. We had heard that their burgers were amazing and we were not disappointed! We then made a visit to one of our "old haunts",  Rembrandt's Coffee House. Rembrandt's has the feel of a European coffee shop and provides countless pastries and handcrafted beverages. Definitely a treat. It rained the entire weekend we were there so the weather certainly contributed to the moody, romantic scene. 

The next day we took our time just exploring downtown and uptown Chattanooga. We popped in several shops and I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you all...

This amazing place has some of the best hot cocoa you will ever put in your mouth and they make their own marshmallows. They have the sweetest little bar where you can sit and gaze at the pretty shops and pedestrians passing by. 

This little book shop nestled in between some shops near Coolidge Park is so quaint and fun. Josh and I enjoyed browsing their mixed collection of modern and vintage books, along with their sweet handmade gifts. I picked up a beautiful book on trees, a vintage Nancy Drew, and a couple old postcards. I didn't realize it at the time, but later when I was looking through my loot I discovered that one of the postcards was a vintage one all the way from the Louvre in Paris! 

Gosh, this place was pure magic. As soon as I walked through the door I knew I had stumbled upon something very special. Loose leaf teas lined the shelves and the girl working there was so sweet and helpful. It was so much fun choosing some teas to take home with me. Josh even gifted me a pressed flower necklace from this precious shop that will always bring to mind this sweet weekend that we shared together. 

Josh and I also enjoyed a stroll across Walnut Street Bridge, one of the longest pedestrian walking bridges in the world. We reminisced about our past times in Chattanooga and kayaking the Tennessee River some years ago with friends before we started dating. 

We ended up eating lunch at Hair of the Dog Pub. Their fish and chips were amazing along with their homemade tartar sauce. It was the perfect spot to duck in from out of the rain and enjoy a warm meal. 

The last stop we made was The Refindery. The Refindery has countless rooms filled with antiques, vintage finds, and re-purposed materials. It was definitely an interesting place to browse. 

Chattanooga was so much fun and we highly recommend visiting and spending a weekend in this charming city. I hope my little list of suggestions helps if you are planning a weekend there in the near future. Scribble some spots down but make sure you leave time to just explore and get lost. After all, those are the best memories. 

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