While all of Chattanooga’s B&Bs offer a bed and complimentary breakfast, that’s about where the similarities end. From mountain escape to urban oasis, each inn has its own distinct personality and charm. Whether you’re looking for a mountain-top cottage tucked in the woods or a room in a historic downtown mansion, Chattanooga has all the bed and breakfast bases covered. Here are some of the top spots in town.

Bluff View Inn
Dr. Charles and Mary Portera opened their romantic B&B in 1993. Although it originally offered just three rooms in the former Martin mansion (circa 1927), it garnered the attention of Southern Living and set a precedent for an award-winning guest experience. Today it’s expanded to 17 rooms, including a honeymoon suite, by adding two other turn-of-the-century homes, the Maclellan and Thompson Houses. The three properties offer relaxing front porches with rockers as well as access to the Bocce Court Terrace overlooking the river. Another plus: Bluff View’s restaurants are literally at your doorstep.

LOCATION: The Bluff View puts you closest to downtown attractions. It’s walking distance to the Tennessee Aquarium and virtually next door to the Hunter Art Museum of American Art and Walnut Street Walking Bridge. Situated on the highest point of downtown, known as the Bluff View Art District, it also offers beautiful sunset views of the Tennessee River.

Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast
Rob and Audrey Hart bought the Chanticleer in 2008, drawn to it after their first visit. Celebrated by Southern Living and Trip Advisor (voted 24th B&B in the country), it’s one of only two inns in Chattanooga endorsed by Distinguished Inns of North America. Expect 17 beautifully appointed rooms with period antiques – many offering fireplaces or whirlpool tubs. Other amenities include a swimming pool and sun deck, bocce court and outdoor seating/dining on their stone patio. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast spread including house-made breads and sweets as well as cookies in the afternoon.

LOCATION: If you’re looking for a B&B above the clouds, theChanticleer is it. Catch the first rays of morning light on its front patio and get ready for a full day of activities on Lookout Mountain. Located literally across the street from Rock City, the Chanticleer is a short drive to other Lookout attractions such as Point Park, the Incline RailwayRuby Falls and a maze of hiking and biking trails. When you’re ready to head downtown, it’s a convenient 10-minute drive.

Garden Walk Bed & Breakfast
Originally built in the ‘40s as a motor court, each room at the Garden Walk is actually its own separate cottage with distinct theme, such as Robins Nest or Summer’s Dream. Native Californians Erma and Ed Caballero bought the property in 2001 after moving to the area for their daughter to attend nearby Covenant College. The inn’s 18 rooms range in size from a one-bedroom apartment with full kitchen to intimate queen bed and bath. Many offer Jacuzzi tubs or fireplaces, and most have access to a small refrigerator and coffee pot. Guests enjoy the community outdoor fire pit, pool and outdoor Jacuzzi, as well as walking the wooded trails with nearby waterfall. Breakfast is a family affair, cooked personally by the innkeepers.

LOCATION: Garden Walk is nestled among 100-year-old pines and surrounding gardens, offering a tucked away escape on top of Lookout Mountain. All mountain attractions such as Rock City or Ruby Falls are about a five-minute drive, as well as the hiking/biking trails on the back of the mountain. Downtown is less than 15 minutes away, and two upscale restaurants and a spa are one mile down the road.

Mayor’s Mansion Inn
As Chattanooga’s only AAA “four diamond” inn, Mayor’s Mansion is a luxury B&B with 18 rooms/suites. The three-story inn was originally built in 1889 by Chattanooga Mayor Edmond Watkins, using stone from an old Union Army redoubt. From the hand-laid parquet wooden floor featuring five types of wood to the wrap-around porches and 14 gables, Watkins spared no expense when building his dream home. Today the innkeepers reflect that ethos, offering beautifully appointed rooms with private baths, spa robes for use “en suite,” a three-course gourmet breakfast, complimentary concierge service and more.

LOCATION: Mayor’s Mansion is tucked into the historic Fort Wood District, less than two miles from downtown attractions. But the neighborhood is certainly worth exploring by foot, featuring beautiful homes from the late 1800’s – including a remarkable 120 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While most sightseeing requires a car, the inn offers complimentary parking right at the front door.

Stone Fort Inn
Once part of Fort James in the Civil War, The Stone Fort Inn was converted to a hotel shortly after the war. After decades in disrepair, it reopened in 2003 as a boutique hotel, offering 15 individually decorated rooms and romantic details such as heart pine floors, fireplaces and exposed beams. Today the inn caters to couples, with room enhancements such as rose petal, candlelit baths and chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. Many rooms feature fireplaces, and the private balcony rooms offer two-person jetted tubs. In addition to a gourmet breakfast spread, complimentary wine and cheese is offered Fridays and Saturdays.

LOCATION: While attractions like the Tennessee Aquarium are almost only a mile away, you still have downtown at your fingertips when staying at this urban B&B. Located between downtown and Chattanooga’s Southside, the Stone Fort is walking distance to the shops and restaurants of Warehouse Row, Miller Plaza and the Chattanooga Choo Choo, where you can catch the free downtown shuttle.