To say we loved Chattanooga is an understatement.  Sure enough, there aren't too many places Lance and I don't like, but Chattanooga has that charming small-town/big-enough-city vibe.  While this isn't a thorough guide at all, here are the basics of what we ate and did on our little Chattanooga Trip. (You can follow our trips on instagram #theHandsonadventure)


Milk & Honey. Oh man. This was soooo good. I can't wait to go back.  I tried convincing Lance to stop here on our way back from the Smokies, but we didn't have time.  I loved this place. See my post about it here.  135 N Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37405

Beast + Barrel. This place was amazing.  It was a splurge for us, but it was totally worth it.  We ordered bone marrow for an appetizer and two duck burgers.  Everything was mouth-wateringly delicious.  The ambience is hipster/speakeasy in design and the staff was real friendly.  Beast + Barrel was fancier than where we normally eat, but I'd say the price of the food was reasonable for the quality of our food and the service. 16 Frazier Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405

Bluegrass Grill.  Lance's friend recommended this to us, and my omelette was amazing. I ordered the "Joan Marie's Special" omelette with herbed cream cheese, spinach, swiss cheese and tomatoes.  Amazing. Soooooo good.  You should definitely eat here when you visit Chattanooga. 55 E Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408

Big River Grille & Brewing Works.  This was another recommendation, and it didn't disappoint.  I ate the Lobster & Shrimp Enchiladas and the house IPA which were both yummy.  The lobster and shrimp were fresh and cooked really well. 222 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN

Rembrandt Coffee. A bunch of people recommended this coffee shop to me.  I don't drink coffee, but Lance said their coffee was great (even better than Stumptown).  I had a peach italian soda, and it was delicious.  It's in the Arts District and a great place to sit outside, read and enjoy the weather. 204 High St, Chattanooga, TN 37403

Sticky Fingers Smokehouse.  This was yummy as well.  To me, it didn't stand out much compared to other barbecue places I've eaten at, but their wings in their staple carolina sauce was totes yummy.  It's a chain, so check it out if it's in your local city. 2031 Hamilton Place BoulevardChattanooga, TN  37421

Rita's.  I guess this is a chain, but I was excited to try their custard, as I heard it was really yummy, which it was.  Lance had an italian ice with custard which was soooooo much better.  I just discovered there's a Rita back in the Bay Area, so if you get a chance, cool off on one of these summer nights with an italian ice and custard combo. 100 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402


Walk the Walnut Street Bridge.  (pictured at the top of the post) Not only is it good exercise, but it connects two lovely parts of Chattanooga.  You'll be able to visit the Hunter Museum on one end and Coolidge Park on the other.  It was a beautiful walk with great views of the Tennessee River.

Visit the Bluff View Art District. We explored the sculpture garden and the little shops in this area. This is a great little area by Walnut Street Bridge.  There's are a bunch of little shops here, even Rembrandt Coffee.

See the Volkswagen USA Cycling National Championships. We were very lucky to see the race throughout Chattanooga.  It's not something we'd actively watch, but we were so excited that it happened to be in Chattanooga the same time as us.  In fact it was pretty thrilling.

Visit Lookout Mountain. Rocky City & Ruby Falls. We loved little touristy gems like this.  Anything including the outdoors and nature, really, we love! Check out my blog post here.

Explore the Renaissance Park.  We stumbled on this park after eating at Beast + Barrel.  It was raining that day, but it would have been a beautiful place for an afternoon picnic and reading.  A small creek ran through the park that you could walk across on a bridge or view on an overlook.


Chattanooga, Tenessee. May 23-26, 2015 | Fuji x100s & iPhone 6