Hand your car keys to the valet and walk to everything you need for a getaway focused on adult fun in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
By Hope S. Philbrick
Chattanooga, Tennessee locals are loving the city’s Southside District: The neighborhood is a hub for trendy restaurants, coffee shops, entertainment and music venues, and attractions that range from the famed historic Chattanooga Choo-Choo to a new guitar museum to the Chattanooga Whiskey distillery and much more. Trust the locals: You’ll want to head there, too.
The Chattanoogan Hotel is located in the Southside District, which means that you can hand your car keys to the valet and walk to everything you need to enjoy a grownup getaway. A new Southside Experience Package makes it even easier to plan your visit.
Priced at $209 per couple based on a two-night stay, the Southside Experience Package includes:
- Overnight accommodations
- Two drinks and an appetizer in The Foundry lounge
- Two tickets to the new Songbirds Guitar Museum
- $30 gift card to be used at a participating Southside restaurant (Bluegrass Grille, Broad Street Grille, Chattanooga Brewing Company, Clyde’s on Main, The Feed Co. Table & Tavern, Urban Stack or Main Street Meats)
- Valet parking
- Service charges
The Foundry is on the hotel’s main level, just a short stroll from the registration desk. Whatever you crave to whet your whistle, they’ve got it: wine, beer and handcrafted cocktails. A game room offers billiards and table shuffleboard. On Friday and Saturday nights, live musical entertainers take the stage to perform. (@21plusTravel Tip: The bands can get loud. Bring some earplugs if you have sensitive ears!)
The Foundry has a new executive chef, Tanner Marino, who was most recently at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C. Set your expectations high: His menu at The Foundry offers high-quality dishes with complex, balanced flavors. Need recommendations or special services? No problem! The servers are genuinely helpful.
A few blocks away from the hotel, the new Songbirds Guitar Museum (that opened in March) boasts the most extensive display of vintage guitars in the world—more than 400 rare instruments! In display cases that weave throughout the space, guitars are grouped by brand, time frame, and linear progression. The museum’s owners plan to refresh exhibits periodically to continually reveal new chapters of guitar history. The museum is self-guided, so you can spend as much or as little time as you wish studying the collection. There are some interactive areas, including a stage where you can try your own hands at strumming an electric guitar.
Main Street Meats, just one of the tempting restaurant options included in The Chattanoogan’s new package, is a meat market and restaurant—so you may want to bring a cooler along on the trip so you can buy some meat to take home; just stash it in your guestroom refrigerator until you depart. Main Street Meats’ stated mission is to sell “only Chattanooga-area-raised proteins” in order to support local farms, connect people with the source and make-up of their food, enforce the dignified treatment of animals, and educate people “in the lost arts of knowing, preparing and cooking every single cut from their protein sources.” Meat is the star of the menu, from the burger (which was recently featured in Garden & Gun magazine) to the dry-aged steaks and fresh-cut pork chops. A charcuterie platter may be the best way to sample a variety of items, but you can also trust the recommendations of the exceptionally friendly staffers.
The Chattanoogan Hotel has 198 guest rooms and suites, three dining establishments, a day spa and a conference center. Not only is it located within walking distance of museums, galleries, retail stores, restaurants, entertainment venues and The Tennessee Aquarium; it’s just a block away from one of the city’s electric shuttle stops. Jump aboard for free transportation throughout Downtown Chattanooga and the North Shore. Or grab one of the rental bikes available throughout the city.
Of course, you may not want to leave the hotel property.
For a special treat, add onto the Southside Experience Package and book a pampering service or two at The Spa on the hotel’s second floor. Whichever service you choose, skilled therapists will customize the treatment to your individual needs using skilled hands, trained know-how, and botanical products. The Signature Facial is gentle enough for sensitive skin but is aimed at your personal skincare goals (such as restoring moisture and/or limiting the effects of aging) to kick-start long-term benefits. Before or after your treatment, head to The Spa’s steam room, sauna, whirlpool, indoor pool, fitness center and/or outdoor terrace to linger in relaxation along with a complimentary drink like a peach bellini.
If the dates of your visit include a Sunday, don’t miss brunch at Broad Street Grille, located adjacent to The Foundry in the hotel. The extensive brunch buffet features prepared and made-to-order dishes from salads to desserts, eggs to pasta, meats, cheeses, seafood, grilled veggies and more. I could have been content with a meal of the roast salmon and broccoli casserole, but I indulged in a feast that also included eggs, roast beef, tomato tartlets, shrimp & grits, crudités, fresh fruit, biscuits, and so much more that I didn’t need to eat another meal all day.
The Chattanoogan hotel’s Southside Experience Package is an invitation to visit the city that the New York Times named one of the “Top 45 Places To Go” in the world. RSVP “YES!”
1201 South Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
- Read about our previous stay at The Chattanoogan.
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