It would be unheard of for a hotel to turn someone away for bringing their kids. But if your “child” has four legs and a waggly tail, you’ve probably grown accustomed to the whole no-room-in-the-inn bit. Fortunately, Chattanooga seems to be going to the dogs (or cats as it were) with a number of attractions, hotels, and restaurants adopting pet-friendly policies. Most hotels require a cleaning fee, but that’s a small price to pay for allowing the whole family to hit the road.
Located in the heart of downtown, walking opportunities abound for both dog and master. Head to the Bluff View Art District or take a stroll along the 13-mile Chattanooga Riverwalk. If a longer walk is in the cards, cross the famous Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge. Erected in 1891, it is one of the world's longest pedestrian bridges. After that, head to the Southside and explore Sculpture Fields, a 33-acre art park that also allows pets.
The Lookout Mountain area offers several pet-friendly options when you visit. Both Rock City and Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center are dog-friendly, and Ruby Falls has kennels available on-site for your visit there. Your furry friends will have lots of ground to explore at these natural wonders. Rock City offers magnificent views from huge boulders and ancient rock formations. Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center has plenty of walking trails and peaceful retreats for you and your pets. Lookout Mountain is also home to a variety of hiking trails, many of which are pet friendly.
If your dog is as vital to your travel plans as your GPS and suitcase, sniff out a highlight of pet-friendly hotels and restaurants below. Check out a complete list of hotels by selecting “Pet-Friendly” using the pulldown menu for Amenities.
Read House Hotel – Downtown
827 Broad Street, (423) 266-4121
For more than a century the The Read House has been welcoming road-weary travelers. Beginning as the Crutchfield House in 1847, the historic hotel has endured many iterations thanks to fire, but its present 10-story brick and terra cotta structure was built in 1926. And while such dignified guests as Winston Churchill and Tallulah Bankhead have walked its halls, nowadays you’ll see another type of visitor padding across the lobby thanks to a dog-friendly policy. (Sadly for feline families, it’s dogs only).
The entire 3rd floor is dedicated to canine customers, and a non-refundable $50 fee ensures that every room is thoroughly scrubbed and vacuumed after each guest. If heading downstairs for dinner at Bridgeman's Chophouse or you’d like to doggie paddle in the hotel’s indoor heated pool, you’ll need to leave Fido in the room. As you can see by the photo, I don’t think he’ll mind.
The Edwin Hotel - Downtown
102 Walnut Street, (423) 713-5900
The Edwin Hotel, Autograph Collection is one of Chattanooga's newest upscale boutique hotels located just steps from the Walnut Street Bridge. The elegant hotel features dog-friendly hotel rooms, which come complete with their own Amazon Echo Dots. If you're looking for luxury, this is the place to be. While the hotel's on-site restaurants do not allow pets, treat yourself to innovative, organic Southern fare at Whitebird or sip on artisan cocktails and bar bites at the city's first rooftop bar, Whiskey Thief, before you head out for a walk with your four-legged friend. Guests can also enjoy a swim in the rooftop pool or spend the day relaxing at the full-service spa, Ama.
While health codes ban animals inside the dining room, many patios are fair game for dining with your dog (on a leash of course). See below for a few pet-friendly places.
518 Tremont Street