Chattanooga First Impressions
As I sit here in this cool, rainy and, frankly, gross weather in Wilmington, my thoughts drift back to this past weekend’s Adventure. Mike and I drove out to Chattanooga, Tennessee to visit wedding venues and to see our new home town! As of last week, Mike’s job is official and we will be moving to Chattanooga this summer!
Mike has been in this city before; he spent a month there during his rotations and really enjoyed the city. I only saw it briefly for a couple hours when we started a road trip from there, so this really was my first impression of the city we would be calling home.
My first thought: Oh those views! There are some roads you use to drive into the city that come over some of the hills and give you the most breathtaking view of the city and surrounding mountains. Chattanooga sits in a valley between several mountain ranges and has the Tennessee River running through it.
The downtown area is massive compared to our Wilmington waterfront. Not only is it several streets across and up, but there is also a lovely pedestrian bridge that takes you across the river to the north shore where there are even more bars, restaurants and shops. While this is the main downtown in the city, Mike was told that several of the smaller neighborhoods also have downtowns. I am looking forward to exploring all those!
While strolling downtown, looking in the windows, I notice that it was hard to look in some of them. Not because they were dirty or anything, but because there were advertisements for a bunch of events and activities! Yoga and beer, bicycling tours, 5k’s, food festivals, book clubs, local band performers….the list goes on! I know we will certainly never be bored in Chattanooga.
There will be a bunch of sporting events to look into attending in the city. They have a minor league baseball team, minor league football (soccer) club, rugby, and several sports associated with the university. I am personally very excited to be near a minor league baseball stadium again, those games are always a good time, and to see my first rugby match!
We only ate a couple meals in the city (well, one of them was on the mountain), but both were delicious! I had been craving tacos and the Mayan Kitchen that we went to for dinner was the perfect fix! Excellent salsa and queso and I had a tasty quesadilla!
To say I am looking forward to moving and exploring a new city is a bit of an understatement. I am SUPER EXCITED to begin our next adventure in Chattanooga!