“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?” Ecclesiastes 2:24-25
“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31
This weekend, as you know, I was all over the southern states. I left Texas last Wednesday, driving through Morgan City, LA to visit sweetheart, Birmingham, AL to see youngest children/grandchildren, Atlanta, GA for the wedding, and ending up in Chattanooga, TN for the reception. It was a whirlwind 6 day trip. I decided for Travel Tuesday that we would tarry awhile in Chattanooga as I consider it one of the south’s most beautiful cities.
Chattanooga is situated at the borders of Tennessee and Georgia. Straddling the Tennessee River, it offers so much history that I could write for days about the places to see. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Civil War sites are rich with educational opportunities as well as extensive Indian and railroad historical museums. There is even the International Towing and Recovery Museum which, while I haven’t been there yet, is certainly out of the ordinary!
No matter what time you arrive in Chattanooga, if you are hungry you have to check out the City Diner Cafe. If you can’t find what you like on their menu then you won’t be satisfied anywhere!!! The portions are huge and the desserts are to die for. Let’s just say that the Baklava Cheesecake is hands down the most decadent thing I have ever eaten! The staff is friendly and the prices are extremely affordable.
Down in the city you can visit the Tennessee Aquarium. It is a wonderful mix of ocean and freshwater aquariums with a butterfly space and a staggering amount of wildlife. There is an Imax theater with multiple types of films playing all throughout the day. It is expensive but if you check at your hotel or various websites there are plenty of coupons plus teachers get in free on certain days. Don’t go on the weekend if you need a stroller for your child. It is just too crowded to try to shove your way through and because people are looking up and around (you can see the fish in the huge tanks above your head) they will often trip over the front of the stroller causing some angst for the little ones.
Chattanooga is overlooked by an immense mountain range covering 3 states. Lookout Mountain is the home of Ruby Falls, Incline Railway, and the unforgettable Rock City where you can see 7 states on a clear day. The mountain offers stunning views and beautiful driving. There is hang gliding, rock climbing, hiking, white water rafting, and a wonderful campground at Cloudland Canyon State Park. I can personally vouch for the wide open tent sites, clean comfortable cabins, and miles of hiking trails. If you aren’t a camper then I suggest Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast located right outside the gardens at Rock City. Tell them I sent you!!!
Now for those of you needing a church to visit while you are there…… I found the most amazing web site that I wish were available in every city in America. A man by the name of Josh Davis (I intend to find out more about him and hopefully interview him) created a site called Church Surfer and spent a year visiting every church in the Chattanooga area. His desire was to see how churches looked from the outside, not from the inside. By not being a member and always being a guest, he could get a feel for how they really felt about the community they were situated in and whether they really wanted outsiders to come and visit. I spent several hours reading just a few of his reviews. Wow. Just wow. So if you need a church to visit while you are in Chattanooga, stop by the blog a few weeks in advance and pick out your favorite. Predominantly baptist (60%), there are still venues for everyone so there is no reason to not visit the house of the Lord on your vacation.
Well….how did you like your tour? Are you from the Chattanooga area? We would love to get a more personal tour if you are from there. Just message us with your favorite “hot spots” and we will provide an update in the future. I barely tapped into the things available to see in this wonderful town. Because it was a whirlwind wedding weekend I didn’t get to visit any local restaurants but I look forward to a return visit at a slower pace.
I think that it is important to explore this wonderful country that our Father in Heaven has blessed us with. He created every single piece of it and desires us to enjoy it. In each town, in each city, in each state in our country are beautiful women with stories to share of where they live and the things they enjoy. I can’t wait to continue this journey with you. Much love and prayers for a wonderful week.
©MichelleWelch2014, Team member of Breath Of Life Women’s Ministries
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