Chattanooga is a growing city, with a charming location amidst the mountains and next to the Tennessee River. The town also has a number of fun attractions. We’ll highlight a few here, ones that we went to on one of several trips to Chattanooga.
The Chattanooga Choo Choo is currently a hotel and resort in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee that resides in the old train terminal once owned by the Southern Railway. The name and the location’s fame come from a song recorded in 1941 by the Glenn Miller Orchestra entitled “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” While you are more than welcome to stay in the hotel during a visit to Chattanooga (you can even spend the night in an old Pullman car), you can also visit the Chattanooga Choo Choo without staying at the resort. There are numerous displays scattered around the hotel detailing the history of the train terminal and the trains that used to run through Chattanooga. If you’re feeling a bit tired, you can have a snack in an old train behind the hotel. The car is an old dining car, with small booths lining the car and a small counter at one end. The train car has a small menu with mostly snack items, but the experience is a fun one, reminiscent of the heyday of the train.
After touring the Chattanooga Choo Choo, we wandered to the downtown area, which is lined with lots of shops and restaurants, making it the perfect way to spend a leisurely afternoon. We stopped by the Moonpie store, which has all things Moonpies, as well as other gift items with a local flair. Moonpies are made just a few miles away, hence the reason for the store’s location.
The street led us to the riverfront or, rather, the bluff overlooking the river, offering lovely views of the Tennessee River and the mountains that surround the city. While Chattanooga is not a small town, the views include mostly trees, a most pleasant setting. The city also has a pedestrian bridge that crosses the river to an area with more shops and restaurants, but the bridge itself is a great way to relax and take in 360 degree views.
After a long walk, we returned to the area around the Chattanooga Choo Choo to have dinner. Right next door to the hotel is the Terminal Brewhouse, a restaurant with an expansive menu and their own beers. Terminal has six beers on tap, and all are usually brewed to style. Guests are able to sample all six beers in a tasting flight, which we enjoyed and felt added to our dining experience. The food at Terminal is quite tasty, with normal pub food making up the majority of the menu, although with some artisan twists, such as several items that include Bison. Our servings were large, and we left satisfied.
Chattanooga has a lot to offer, and these are just a few of the things you can explore on a visit. See our other posts on Chattanooga for more ideas on what this charming city has to offer.