Weekending in Chattanooga

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Last week, Chris was on travel in Keensaw, GA for work so we decided it would be the perfect opportunity to meet in Chattanooga for a little weekend getaway.

Chris’s training class ended at 10am Friday so he worked out, grabbed lunch, returned his rental car, and checked into the hotel while waiting on me to arrive. I worked until noon and made it to Chattanooga by about 2pm.

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We stayed at The Chattanoogan Hotel which was within walking distance to all of downtown. This is the hotel that Chris stays at when he is on work trips to Chattanooga so he knew the area very well. Once we loaded my stuff in, he took me on a tour of the grounds. They have a great outdoor area that includes a rooftop patio and outdoor fire pits.

After we walked around the hotel, we freshened up and took advantage of the Happy Hour that the hotel bar, The Foundry, offered. 4 drinks and an appetizer later, we were ready for dinner.

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We chose Urban Stack for dinner. It was withing viewing distance from our hotel so we walked over. Since his last trip, Chris had been raving about their burgers so I knew that I definitely wanted to try one out. Needless to say, they didn’t disappoint. IMG_1266

I chose the “Fried Green Tomato” while Chris went with the “Good Morning Sunshine”. Both were delicious. I’m wishing now that we would have stopped back by for lunch Sunday on our way home!

Ok, here is where the trip went off course.. We finished dinner by 7:30pm and Chris wanted to go back to the room to use the restroom. (ugh men!) Anyway, while he was taking his precious time, I decided to take a cat nap…. Well that turned into a 1.5 hour nap that resulted in both of us getting into our pajamas and waking up to catch the Bruce Jenner interview.

For the record, I was ready to go back out and explore the nightlife by 10pm but my other half refused. I guess it worked out well because we were up and ready to go early on Saturday.

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I have one word for you…PANCAKES! Holy moly, what a wonderful breakfast we had on Saturday. Chris found Bluegrass Grill on Urban Spoon and once he read the menu out, I knew it sounded right up our alley. Upon entering the restaurant, we learned that it is first come, first serve for seating. I imagine that this could get a little hectic when they are extremely busy but luckily for us, we only had to wait about 30 minutes and I promise, the wait was worth every single second.IMG_1268

We both chose the small stack of honey wheat pancakes, one egg, and a meat. I ordered bacon which was cooked to perfection. It tasted as though it may have been cooked in a touch of brown sugar. The pancakes were our favorite. In fact, on our way home, we were ranking our meals in order and Chris said that the pancakes were #1 in his book!

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As you can see, he was still drooling over them two days later!

After breakfast, we explored the city for a few hours until lunch time.

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For lunch, we stumbled upon The Social. The Social is the bar portion of Public House. From what I understand, they both serve the same menu for lunch. When the waiter greeted us, she told us of the $10 Mimosa pitcher promotion so of course we had to partake. I sent this picture to some of my girlfriends to let them know that Chris was taking their Mimosa drinking spot for the day.

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For our meal, I chose the Portabella and Goat Cheese grilled cheese. Chris selected the Pot Roast, mashed potatoes, and side salad. My sandwich was wonderful but I think his mashed potatoes were the true star of the table. Yum!

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On top of the great food, The Social’s atmosphere was awesome. I am obsessed with exposed brick and it seemed like every place we went had it so I was basically in heaven. I could have sat here and drank $10 pitchers all day long!

We walked around a little more after lunch and rode the free tram down to the aquarium area. Its an inexpensive way to see the entire downtown area.

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Later, we went back to the hotel and enjoyed a few cocktails on the rooftop patio. We then showered and got ready for dinner.

While we were out and about we tried getting reservations at Alleia for dinner but they were full. We were bummed but will definitely be trying it out in the future.

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We chose The Terminal for dinner. It was bar food but really good bar food. I highly suggest the pizza!

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We started off with the Pot Roast Nachos and then split the “Big Italian Meat”. Yum!

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After dinner, we strolled down to the Flying Squirrel Bar for a few drinks. It was a happening place with good music, great atmosphere, and even better drinks. Chris and I chose from their craft beer selection but I couldn’t tell you how many women I heard order a “Mrs. Beauregarde” or “Mrs. B” for short. Its on my list to try on our next trip back! Their website describes it as a cucumber infused gin, creme de violette, lemon, and lavender syrup. Yep, I have got to try that!

Sunday, we hit the road and were home by 11am. Weekends away are my favorite. I’m already looking forward to another weekend in Chattanooga hopefully in May!

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