In recent years, Chattanooga, Tennessee has transformed its downtown area and waterfront into a city that has received national awards for its "outstanding livability." Nestled on the border of Georgia and along the Tennessee River, Chattanooga has all the elements of a big city, such as a burgeoning theatre and nightlife scene, yet still retains a welcoming, small town feel. Most of your time in Chattanooga will likely be spent in the downtown metropolitan area, the North Shore District, the more suburban Southside District, or the historic St. Elmo District at the foot of Lookout Mountain.
While you're in Chattanooga, be sure to make time for some of these must-see destinations:
-Rock City Garden: Located a few miles from downtown on Lookout Mountain, this garden features a 4,100 foot walking trail, 90 foot waterfall, and 180 foot-long suspension bridge. Be sure to climb up to Lover's Leap, where the view spans across seven states.
-Incline Railway: This railway features one of the steepest passenger inclines in the world.
-Ruby Falls: Check out this 145 foot waterfall inside of Lookout Mountain.
-Tennessee Aquarium: This aquarium is divided into two separate buildings for twice the fun. "River Journey" focuses on freshwater environments while "Ocean Journey" allows visitors to see sharks and touch stingrays, among other things.
-Coolidge Park: Chattanooga's most popular park features an interactive play fountain, restored carousel, and lots of open space next to the Walnut Street Bridge.
Many of Chattanooga's main festivals fall during the summer months, so be sure to plan your vacation around them if you were planning to visit then anyway. The most popular event is the Riverbend Festival, an annual, nine-day music showcase held in June. Other noted festivals are the River Roast, which celebrates the best in Southern barbeque, and the Bessie Smith Strut, a one-night festival named after the city's most famous blues singer.
A vacation rental is the preferred option for those visiting Chattanooga. Luckily, no matter what time of year you visit, it's easy to find a vacation rental in Chattanooga. In addition to a spacious condo rental with luxury amenities and sweeping views of the city, it's also possible to book a cabin rental for a wilderness experience you won't soon forget.
My boyfriend and I arrived at the place around 11:30pm.
When we got there I realized I had forgotten the access code to get in and boy I started freaking out. It was very dark at night and I'm terrified of bugs.
Anyways, my boyfriend was able to get a signal so I called the lady (forgot the name, sorry) and she was very nice even though I called late at night. We finally walked into the Shed and it was very cozy and vintage looking. However, the lock wasn't very strong and my boyfriend could slide the door open even with a lock on. He managed to slide it open so we had to put stuff to block the door way to feel secured. Maybe we didn't lock it right? I didn't call the owner because I felt like it wasn't a big issue.
My boyfriend and I loved the place, great location and very quiet too. As it's stated, stairs can be a bit too steep but wasn't too bad or dangerous. Another tip is to bring your camera and take lots pics inside the house because it comes out really good, especially upstairs.
I can go on and on about how amazing the place is but you should definitely check this place out!
Unfortunately we were unable to to enjoy the cabin because of a family illness. Kenny H. was extremely helpful and understanding when we contacted him to cancel our reservation. Having an insight into the personality of the owner I'm sure the cabins are fantastic and we'll definitely be visiting in the future.
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