Chattanooga is a year round city. From daily events at local restaurants, pubs, and attractions to special events and shows, there are things to do literally every day. And, we are home to so many winter outdoor activities. Chattanooga is, well, your oyster. Here are some of our favorite pearls for the next couple of months and some of our comfy homes to stay in while enjoying your trip.
WHERE TO STAY
Do you prefer a view, a fire pit, or a downtown location, or a bit of both? Here are a few options. To see availability and details of any of our homes, search our site Chattanooga Vacation Rentals.
High Point Climbing and Fitness
Right in the heart of downtown, High Point Climbing and Fitness has both indoor and outdoor climbing walls for all ages. You can check out views of downtown, the aquarium, and the Tennessee River as you scale the exterior of the building on auto-belay walls. Inside are beginner auto-belay walls, bouldering areas, a top roping room, a lead climbing pit, and The Kid Zone. I am not a kid, but I totally play like a kid in The Kid Zone while I jump from the top of the buildings in the center of the room.
Located on the river front right next to High Point Climbing and Fitness, the Tennessee Aquarium is two full buildings of amazing creatures. You can see the animals that inhabit our local watersheds as well those from around the world. Some of my favorite exhibits are Penguins’ Rock, the Butterfly Garden, the Mississippi Delta (alligators and snapping turtles and beautiful waterfowl, oh my!), Secret Reef, and Boneless Beauties. The Tennessee Aquarium does an amazing job of representing ecosystems and the animals that live in them. Definitely a fun learning experience.
THROUGHOUT THE WEEK
Monday: Visit Tremont Tavern for a night of trivia and some of the best, most inventive burgers in the city.
Tuesday: Yoga plus hand crafted brews equals Brewga at Chattanooga Brewing Company. Sign me up!
Wednesday: Hit up Stir for their happy hour treats: $1 oysters, $1.50 tacos and sliders, and $2.50 for their dip trio. Actually you can enjoy this one Mondays – Fridays from 4:00 – 6:30.
Thursday: St. John’s Meeting Place is the sister restaurant to St. John’s. The location is bit lower key. The food is well-thought-out and delicious. The service is excellent. On Thursday nights live jazz completes the ambiance.
Friday: Beast and Barrel’s happy hour offerings are among the best in the city. This North Shore spot has $3.00-$6.00 snacks and drinks everyday including weekends from 3-6 pm.
Saturday and Sunday: Brunch, brunch and brunch. Where? Beast and Barrel, Stir, Embargo 62, The Flying Squirrel, 1885, and Chattanooga Brewing Company to name a few. Hours and days vary, so check their websites for details.
LIVE SHOWS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
The Tivoli Theater
Built in 1921, The Tivoli Theater is one of three historic theaters in Chattanooga. Fun fact, it was the first public building in the United States to have air conditioning. What’s going on there these next couple of months?
January 7: Willie Nelson and Family
January 11-12: The broadway musical Something Rotten
January 19: Art Garfunkel
January 23: Tedeschi Trucks Band
January 31: Brothers Osborne
February 1: The SteelDrivers
February 8: Disney’s Dcappella a live Disney a cappella concert
February 16: The Chattanooga Symphony and Orchestra’s Big Band Fever!
February 19-24: The broadway musical The Book of Mormon
February 21: G. Love and Special Sauce
Sundays: The Bobby Stone Film Series. Matinees of some iconic films and cult favorites.
Check out their website (link is above) for the full schedule and to purchase tickets.
Lookout Wild Film Festival
A weekend full of outdoor adventure films and conservation films that are stories of both beautiful locations and inspiring people. This festival will feed your wanderlust in the best way. This is LWFF’s sixth year and I dare say it looks like this year will be its best. January 24-27 at the Tivoli Theater.
Cloudmont Ski and Gold Resort
Little known fact that I’m hoping will become well known…you can ski on Lookout Mountain. Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort has been making snow in Mentone, Alabama (yes, Lookout Mountain is in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama) since 1970 and it is so. much. fun. There is one tow rope and one slope. 150’ vertical feet of awesome. This family run operation is excellent. You can rent equipment, take a beginner ski lesson, and get your lift ticket starting at only $34. Already a skier, lift ticket and equipment starts at $20. To check their snow making schedule and their sessions, visit the link above.
Lula Lake Land Trust
Lula Lake Land Trust is only one of the area’s options for getting out in the woods this winter, but it is one of the best. Only open the first and last Saturdays of the months, Lula Lake and its spectacular waterfall is a favorite of the locals. If you are here at other times of the month, let me recommend Cloudland Canyon State Park, Reflection Riding Nature Center and Arboretum, Point Park, Glen Falls, or the Guild Trail.
Bouldering and Rock Climbing
Chattanooga is a Mecca for climbers and winter is the time for bouldering and climbing. The rock is cooler so it doesn’t get “sweaty” like it can in the warmer months. I will defer to the experts, the Southeastern Climbers’ Coalition, for descriptions and details. And, if you yourself are not an expert, instruction or guiding is a must.
Want other ideas or have questions? Give us a call at 657-777-2899 or an email at inquiry@ChattanoogaVacationRentals.com. We’re happy to help!
Stay tuned next week for our Valentine’s Day recommendations…