A Week-Long Romantic Retreat
Whether you love outdoor adventures, discovering local eats, arts, history, or all of the above, you're bound to create an unforgettable week with your honey.
Where to Stay
The Scenic City has myriad options but if you’re staying a while, consider either renting a cabinor checking out the many B&Bs downtown. Most offer discounts for weeknight stays. You can check out special offers here.
Where to Eat
Everywhere you turn, there's an authentic, local eatery in Chattanooga. Depending on where your day takes you, check out these neighborhood suggestions to find a recommendation nearby.
Looking for some romance?
If a romantic vibe is what you're after, we suggest Alleia for a true rustic Italian menu with some Chattanooga flair. Bridgeman's Chophouse serves up steaks, seafood, chops, and elegance in the Read House. Easy Bistro and Bar offers an intimate meal with small and large shareables showcasing seasonal flavors for both of you to enjoy.
Need some inspiration for brunch?
Syrup and Eggs offers a quirky take on the most important meal of the day and will have you seeing pancakes in a whole new way. Local favorite Bluegrass Grill's extensive menu is sure to meet whatever you're craving. The brunch drink specials at Foodworks are an added bonus to their mouth-watering Saturday + Sunday brunch menu.
Want some fun?
State of Confusion's patio and made from scratch food + drinks could not be recreated anywhere else. Brewhaus German-American gastro pub adds a local twist to schnitzel, currywurst, and more. Think of Market South's dining room as food trucks meet food court with some class, you can order off multiple menus and find something both of you love to go with your local brew from Five Wits Brewing Company.
What to Do
Other Top Choices
A river cruise allows you to see the region from a different angle.
The Chattanooga Market is held each Sunday (April – November) and was named one of Frommer’s top 10 public markets.
Coolidge Park features a water play fountain, 100-year-old carousel, and ice cream and doughnut shops. Get there from downtown via the Walnut Street Bridge, one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world.
The more adventurous might consider a ghost tour, named one of the top 10 in the nation by TripAdvisor.
INSIDER TIP: Many hotels offer package deals for local tourist attractions. If possible, time your trip with one of Chattanooga’s events.
4 Bridges Art Festival (April) is one of the nation’s top fine art fairs, attracting nearly 150 artists from across the country.
Nightfall (May – September) is a FREE outdoor concert series held rain or shine every Friday night starting May 11. Organizers seek local, regional and national acts that are on their way to greatness. Former bands include Alison Krauss, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Bela Fleck.
A Chattanooga Lookouts baseball game (April-September) is the perfect way to unwind on a warm spring or summer night.
Riverbend (June) is Chattanooga’s premier outdoor concert series. This riverfront festival features everyone from national headliners to local acts.
History buffs will have a heyday in Chattanooga, the site of two crucial Civil War battles and the origin of the Trail of Tears.
Travel back in time at Chickamauga Battlefield. A 20-minute movie, cell phone audio tour, and park ranger-guided tour are all free. Guided tours are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (every day during spring and summer; weekends in fall and winter)
Walk the grounds of the “Battle Above the Clouds” at Lookout Mountain’s Point Park. Besides beautiful views and picnic spots, the Visitor’s Center houses a large mural by James Walker, an eyewitness to the battle in 1863. Just outside the park you'll find Battles for Chattanooga Museum, which features a three-dimensional map with 5000 miniature soldiers and 650 lights depicting the story of the infamous battle.
Several Civil War sites are clustered downtown near the riverfront. Pick up a Civil War Trails map from the Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel or access online, then look for the interpretive markers.
Love the outdoors?
You'll love our world-class rock climbing, hang gliding, hiking, whitewater rafting, biking, and more.
- Enterprise South Nature Park offers 2,800 acres of hiking and biking opportunities (both on- and off-road). Pack a picnic and make a day of it. Deer, turkeys and other wildlife are a common sight.
- The Bluff Trail on Lookout Mountain combines scenery and history. Start at Covenant College and hike to the Craven’s House, a Civil War-era home used as headquarters for both armies (5 miles).
- Mullins Cove Trail from Snooper’s Rock to Indian Rock House is within 25 minutes of downtown and offers one of the best views of the Tennessee River Gorge, aka “Tennessee’s Grand Canyon” (4 miles).
- Get lost at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center. Just ten minutes from downtown, you can wander 300 acres of mature hardwood forests, wildflower meadows, and wetland habitat by foot, bike, or paddle. If that's not enough, you can also get to know some of their wilder residents like red wolves involved in the endangered American red wolf breeding program.
- Do go chasing waterfalls. Some of our favorites can be found at Lula Lake, Cloudland Canyon State Park, and South Cumberland State Park. We're so passionate about our area waterfalls, that we have a whole list you can check out.
- If you're into climbing, Stone Fort is a natural climber's paradise. Or check out some of our other rock climbing suggestions here.
Need some more outdoor adventure suggestions? Check out our Outdoors page.
Day Trip Suggestions
Since you’re staying a week, consider a day trip to uncover several “hidden gems” surrounding Chattanooga:
Ocoee, TN is a must-see for adventurous couples. Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River is the most popular draw, offering five miles of Class III and IV rapids. Pair up your rafting adventure with a hike on one of the many breathtaking trails in the Ocoee area, while you're there.
Just an hour south of town, Barnsley Gardens Resort offers a world-class golf course, European-style spa, horseback riding, sporting clays, hunting and more. You don’t have to be a guest to enjoy the amenities, but at least 24 hours notice are needed for anything other than the garden tours. While you’re there, stay for dinner at one of the resort’s fine dining restaurants (reservations needed for dinner).
The campus of Sewanee: The University of the South is worth a tour for its gothic architecture amid old-growth trees. Outdoor orchestra concerts are held throughout June and July as part of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.
Want to take the scenic route? Many Tennessee and Georgia State Parks are an easy drive away. In Tennessee, we suggest Fall Creek Falls, South Cumberland, and Rock Island. Or check out Cloudland Canyon and Fort Mountain in Georgia.