January 24 2014

Four Ideas for Valentine's Getaways to Chattanooga

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When you’re smitten as a kitten, the old dinner and roses routine is foolproof for Valentine’s Day. But as your relationship matures, you need a plan. If you’re looking for Hallmark to bring back the spark, you’re probably barking up the wrong tree. A safer bet is a weekend in Chattanooga, where there’s something for every couple. Whether you’re foodies, art lovers, outdoor types or urbanites, we rounded up some of the obvious and not-so-obvious choices for a romantic getaway in the Scenic City.

Find more information on special Valentine's events, meals and accomodations at Valentine's Weekend in Chattanooga.  

Where to Stay:
With heart pine floors, exposed beam ceilings and fireplaces in most rooms, The StoneFort Inn is a great place for any couple. But foodies will particularly appreciate its new in-house restaurant, terraMae. Coined an Appalachian Bistro, the ambitious menu fuses classic Tennessee dishes with the latest in molecular gastronomy. Plus, StoneFort offers several romantic upgrades such as a rose petal and candlelit bath for two, chocolate covered strawberries and champagne.

Stone Fort InnWhat to Do:
Outside the luxury B&B awaits a smorgasbord of foodie-friendly restaurants, depending on your personal dining style.

For low-key lovers there’s Urban Stack, ElementalLocal 191, or La Altena. Urban Stack Burger Lounge offers gourmet burgers (and chicken sandwiches) in a hip setting. Elemental serves up modern southernized cuisine using only the freshest ingredients from local farms. Local 191 has views of the river that can’t be beat…and neither can their Cajun Shrimp Mac n’ Cheese. La Altena is located on the Southside and offers some of the most authentic Latin food in the city.

Chattanooga is also rife with farm to table options (even our hotdog restaurant offers locally sourced meat and veggies). But some V-day standouts (read: fine dining) have to be St. John’s Restaurant, 212 MarketBroad Street Grille, Hennen’s, and the above mentioned terraMae.

Mayor's MansionURBANITES:
Where to Stay:
As Chattanooga’s only AAA Four-Diamond Inn, Mayor’s Mansion Inn will encourage you to linger with its spacious front porch, hand-laid parquet floors and gabled ceilings. But its location – just a stone’s throw from downtown action – makes it perfect escape for the urban dwelling couple. Romantic packages include a chilled bottle of bubbly to greet you, complimentary breakfast in bed, rose petal turndown service, chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate truffles.

What to Do:
Start your weekend with a horse drawn carriage ride through downtown or the Southside. During the day, rent bikes with Chattanooga’s unique bike transit system and ride across the Walnut Street Bridge to explore the Northshore, including scenic Coolidge Park and the shops and art galleries off Frazier Avenue. In the evening, take the free downtown shuttle to the Southside for a wine tasting at one of Tennessee’s only urban wineries, DeBarge. Finish the evening with a romantic dinner at Alleia, which offers rustic Italian inspired cuisine in a downtown setting.

Bluff View InnART LOVERS:
Where to Stay:
The Bluff View Inn is located in one of Chattanooga’s most inspired areas – the Bluff View Arts District. Located in three turn-of-the-century homes atop the cliffs of downtown, Bluff View offers views as pretty as a picture and a location that’s just footsteps away from the Hunter Museum of American Art, a celebrated Sculpture Garden and art gallery. Their romance package includes chocolate-covered strawberries and hand-dipped chocolates from their onsite Chocolatier, a gift certificate to Bluff View restaurants (Tony’s Pasta Shop or Back Inn Café), overnight accommodations and breakfast.

What to Do:
Start with The Hunter Museum of American Art, which features well-known artists like Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer and Fitzhugh Lane, and one of the best views in the city (particularly at sunset).

Next stroll through the River Gallery & the Sculpture Garden, recognized by the Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Gardens. At some point you might want to make some art of your own. For that, head to downtown’s Ignis Glass Studio to blow your own keepsake sun catcher.

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Chanticleer Inn
Where to Stay:
A stone cottage on a mountaintop is a good start for the outdoor couple. With rooms offering private patios, gas fireplaces and whirlpool tubs, the Chanticleer Inn is a luxurious base camp for Lookout Mountain’s outdoor activities. Romantic packages include champagne, chocolate truffles and flowers, but the Mountain Falls Package includes a two-night stay, champagne and cheese platter, dinner at your choice of nearby restaurants, a picnic lunch, handmade walking sticks and detailed hiking maps.

What to Do:
One of the most traveled hiking routes is the Bluff Trail, a moderate to easy hike past Sunset Rock and all the way up to Point Park. Dense wooded areas mixed with scenic vistas make this trail a local favorite. Another popular spot is Cloudland Canyon, which offers canyon views and two impressive waterfalls. Located on the back of the mountain it’s about a 30-minute drive from the Inn, but nearby Canyon Grill Restaurant offers the perfect dinner break. This BYOB eatery serves upscale food in a relaxed atmosphere of mismatched tablecloths and crisscrossed string lights.  Top it all off with a romantic cruise into the Tennessee River Gorge onboard one of Chattanooga's three riverboat cruises.

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