That’s why we’ve created the Bellhops High Five, a web series designed to help you become a local in your new city.
Located near the border of Georgia in the southeast-most corner of Tennessee, Chattanooga is surrounded by the Tennessee River and multiple mountains making it ideal for those who love the outdoors. A great place to check out all of the water routes, trails and views Chattanooga has to offer is RootsRated. Chattanooga also boasts some well-known attractions like the fabled Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Rock City and Ruby Falls.
Nicknamed the Scenic City for its abundance of outdoor offerings, Chattanooga is a rags-to-riches story of sorts, as it’s gone from being one of the dirtiest cities in the country to one of the top tourist destinations in the south. And, thanks to being home to the fastest internet in the western hemisphere, powered by EPB, it’s becoming known also as one of the top tech-hubs in the country.
So, you’re new in town. And you’ve got plenty on your plate as a new resident, with unpacking your stuff and getting settled. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Allow us to make some recommendations we think are worthy of a #highfive.
Let’s get started.
Our first stop is Southern Squeeze, a cold-pressed juice bar and raw-food cafe with two locations within the downtown area.
Serving up an assortment of freshly-squeezed juices and smoothies, Southern Squeeze also offers a variety of milk, such as Creamy Vanilla, Green Caffeine, Rose and Chocolate, as well as teas and coffee drinks, healthy breakfast bowls, salads, sandwiches, and even shots and elixirs to help ward off potential sickness.
Next up is Play Wash Pint, located at 113 Johnson Street, downtown. This is the only bar in Chattanooga where you can not only bring your dog to play but where you can wash your furry friend, too.
Play Wash Pint offers games for both dogs and humans, with more than 30 beer options, Velo coffee, and space for food trucks.
This place offers three play yards:
And when you’re done playing, there’s a self-wash station that comes complete with shampoos, towels and a professional K-9 dryer.
To make sure your dogs behave themselves, professionally-trained Ruff Rangers are on hand to look for non-social behaviors in the animals. They also make sure there’s fresh water and the turf is clean.
Oh, and if you’re not a dog owner, that’s ok. Come have a beer anyway. Anyone’s welcome.
Without a doubt, this bar has some of the best cocktails anywhere in the city. Situated next door to the Crash Pad in the Southside neighborhood, (and owned by the same folks), the drinks, small plates, and entrees are as beautiful to look at as the architectural aesthetic of the building itself. And everything they make is as fresh and as locally-sourced as can be, with innovative flavors and unique blends. Not only does their cocktail menu rotate often, but so does their huge variety of craft beer.
The Flying Squirrel, or as the locals call it, “The Squirrel,” has been a Chattanooga institution since 2013 and has been a frontrunner in the Chattanooga drink and bar scene ever since.
Before Chattanooga became known as a tourist destination, it was struggling to find its way, as the city was trying to shake its former steel and manufacturing identity and downtown was a place where nobody wanted to hang out after dark.
Then along came the Tennessee Aquarium in 1992.
The Tennessee Aquarium is one of the world’s largest freshwater aquariums, and also has an accompanying saltwater aquarium, complete with adorable penguins, sand tiger sharks, lemurs and a butterfly garden.
The Tennessee Aquarium helped define the city and led the way for Chattanooga’s downtown renaissance, making it a must-see staple.
And our last stop of the day is to the High Point Climbing and Fitness, one of the nation’s most unique climbing facilities with more than 30,000 square feet of climbing space, inside and out.
High Point is located in the heart of downtown on Broad Street. It offers climbing for everyone, from beginner to advanced climbers. And there’s even an area designed especially for kids.
The gym also offers diverse cross-training opportunities, with aerobic, weight and yoga rooms. Each week, there are 13 yoga classes and two spin classes.
And if you have no idea what you’re doing, or even if you’re experienced but just need pointers, the gym offers a climbing school run by world-renowned, professional AMGA-certified climbers, Lisa Rands and Wills Young.
High Point also offers summer and holiday camps, climbing competitions, clubs and teams and even a Parent’s Night Out program.
There are two locations in Chattanooga, with other locations in Memphis, Huntsville and Birmingham.
Whew! We did it.
We explored five great places to visit during your first weekend here in the Scenic City and there are so many more things worth checking out. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
See you soon for another Bellhops High Five!