What's New in Chattanooga
EATS Food Tours: Visitors are taken on a culinary adventure throughout downtown Chattanooga aboard the Double Decker bus. They will get to experience Chattanooga’s local food and drink scene at many of downtown's restaurants – Elemental, 212 Market, The Meeting Place, Easy Bistro, Alleia, Fork & Pie, Flying Squirrel, Urban Stack, Local 191 and Back Inn Café. There is also a special Whiskey Tasting tour that includes several restaurants that serve up craft cocktails featuring seasonal liquor infusions paired with an expansive collection of liqueurs and bitters to suit a variety of palates. Tours run Friday, Saturday and Sundays and are also available for special event bookings. Tickets include small, specialty plates of food at each restaurant, transportation and a guided tour of downtown Chattanooga.
Lake Winnepesaukah’s New 5-Acre Waterpark “Soak Ya!”: The multi-million dollar, five-acre waterpark is located on the west side of the park and features a lazy river, wave lagoon, flume body slides, enclosed tube slides, side-by-side racer slides and a splash park for toddlers. It will also offer shaded lounge seating, retail shops, concessions and a changing facility with lockers.
The Block – a 25,000 Sq Ft Climbing Gym & Rock Creek Outfitter to Open Downtown: This project will cost an estimated $4 million to renovate the 16,500 square foot space that will be called The Block. The Block will be the High Point Climbing and Fitness consisting of a 25,000 square foot indoor climbing/bouldering wall (40 feet high of climbing); an exterior public art piece that will also be a climbing wall; the 38,000-square foot Rock/Creek, a Chattanooga-based specialty outdoor retailer (fourth location) that will feature outdoor apparel and equipment from top brands for sports including kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, camping, trail running and adventure racing; and a fitness facility that will include equipment rental, lessons and coaching, youth programs, special group programs, competitions, cardiovascular and weight training equipment, yoga classes, massage therapy, locker room and shower facilities, pro shop for gear purchase.
12-day RiverRocks Adventure Sports Games: RiverRocks will reach a new level as an international adventure sports competition.For four years,RiverRocks has been the most anticipated autumn event in adventure sports and has attracted the best athletes in their field from as far as Australia to compete in Chattanooga’s stunning outdoor environment. For the first time, medals will be awarded in the top events, including The Triple Crown of Bouldering; a 10-mile open-water river swim; the Southeast's most competitive 50k trail race; a century cycling tour as well as rowing and kayaking events held on Chattanooga’s revitalised riverfront. The games are punctuated by equally unique entertainment events such as the opening ceremony where fundraising champions rappel off a 20-story office building and a world-class bluegrass festival. In 2013, the closing ceremony will include the opening of an enormous indoor/outdoor climbing and outdoors facility in the heart of downtown. In all, more than 100 competitive, novice and entertainment events will span the 12-day RiverRocks event, offering a variety of ways for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors. RiverRocks is held in October every year.
Scenic City Roots Live Music Series: Scenic City Roots is a monthly concert series that’s recorded live from Track 29 once a month. Each show features four acts, including one artist from Chattanooga. The two-hour show is streamed online in high definition throughout the state of Tennessee. Shows are open to the public and tickets are $10 each.
Main Terrain Park in the Southside: The Main Terrain park, located in the Southside District, is an urban fitness park complete with interactive public art, green space, walking & running track (inlaid with haiku poems), bike storage for commuters, five fitness stations designed by the local PlayCore company and equipped with their new line of GameTime exercise modules. The large-scale public art, reminiscent of Chattanooga’s Walnut Street Bridge, spans the whole park and is comprised of nine sculptural elements with the tallest measuring more than 25 feet in height and 9,000 pounds in weight. In addition, the space also functions as a storm water management site, where each week, up to 40,000 gallons of accumulated storm water will be reused to supplement irrigation.
Public Art Map: Chattanooga’s public art program introduced a wide range of high quality public art into the community, enhancing the civic environment and enriching the lives of residents and visitors. Downtown is scattered with more than 100 pieces of high-quality public art. Thanks to a new Public Art Plan, people can now learn more about many of these pieces with a new map that provides information on the artist, title of the piece, medium and its location.
Chattanooga Restaurants and Bars
Flying Squirrel Neighborhood Bar: The owners of The Crash Pad hostel are working with Palmer Built Environments and the Strauss Company to design and build an adjacent bar/restaurant, the Flying Squirrel. The new construction features a modern design and handcrafted interior, and will cater to the dinner and late-night crowd. There will be no functional tie between the two businesses, despite their proximity; the Squirrel is intended as a local gathering spot, while the hostel exclusively serves travellers.
Café 7 at Rock City Gardens: Café 7 is located inside of Rock City Gardens at Lover’s Leap and offers a gorgeous, world-famous “See 7 States” view. The full-service dining terrace is the perfect place to dine on delicious southern cuisine with a modern twist – with foods representing the seven states. Taste a variety of flavors, like buffalo frog legs, fried green tomatoes, rainbow trout, or some much-loved favorites like southern fried chicken and shrimp and grits. And to put you in the Chattanooga spirit, try the Choo Choo Nachos or Seven States Burger. A kid-friendly menu is available. Seating is available Thursday-Sunday, 11am-4pm, April-October. Just six miles from downtown Chattanooga, Tenn., Rock City is an enchanted 4,100-foot walking trail showcasing lush gardens, caves and soaring rock formations.
Milk & Honey: Milk & Honey, located on the North Shore, offers freshly made gelato and sorbet as well as coffee and a few breakfast items – using as many locally produced ingredients as possible. They are offering a cool car-hop service where you can drive up, order and have someone bring out your order (only place downtown that offers this). The Monens, who own Milk & Honey, also own 3 successful restaurants (Taco Mamacitas/North Shore, Urban Stack/Southside and the newly opened Community Pie/downtown Miller Plaza). Milk & Honey provides gelato and sorbet for their other restaurants.
Elemental: Elemental, located on the North Shore, sources ingredients from more than 40 local and regional farms and producers to create modern Southern fare: from local trout smoked to perfection, to Chattanooga’s Pure Sodaworks natural sodas. There is a story behind every dish and every ingredient. Water is all reverse osmosis; beef comes from whole, grass-fed cows from local farms that are butchered in-house; everything is made fresh from the mustard to the house breads. The whole roasted beet with farro risotto, charred beet greens and chive gremolata is a menu highlight. The chef's counter is chestnut estimated to be over 100 years old, reclaimed from a barn in the Tennessee area. There is a 1953 Ford Tractor in the space to symbolise the commitment to farm-fresh, local cuisine.
terraMae Appalachian Bistro: terraMae is located inside the downtown StoneFort Inn Boutique Hotel and offers a culinary celebration of the flavours loved from the peaks of Maine to the foothills of Tennessee and Georgia. They use as many local farm-fresh goodness as they can get. The food is inspired by the local fare eaten in the Southern Appalachians for centuries – the delicious home cooking of hills and hollers familiar to East Tennessee.
Community Pie: Community Pie, located adjacent to Miller Plaza, offers Neapolitan pizza cooked in wood-fired ovens, craft beer and homemade gelato. The Monens who own the restaurant, also own two other successful restaurants (Taco Mamacitas/North Shore and Urban Stack/Southside) as well as their newest specialty store, Milk & Honey gelato & sorbet shop. Community Pies’ gelato comes from Milk & Honey.