Who would have thought that over a year ago, when I did an impromptu dance to Eric playing Chattanooga Choo Choo on the piano…that I would actually one day spend an entire week in Chattanooga, TN. As a San Diegan living in Utah, it really seemed far-fetched.
Overall Chattanooga is just a midsize city, but I mean, we had some DELICIOUS food, the people are full of southern hospitality, their accents are amazing, and the downtown is shockingly hip.
With that said, I I LOVED Chattanooga! Now, I’m not saying you should plan an entire trip there. But maybe I am, because I found donuts worth the drive.
So, if for some reason you should find yourself near Chattanooga, driving through Chattanooga, or staying in Chattanooga for a week while your husband works…here are my recommendations.
If you follow me on Instagram you know my feelings about these donuts. Yes, Daylight Donuts is a franchise, so you might have one in your town. But it is not a chain so each one is different. READ: BETTER THAN YOURS. These were some of, if not THE best donuts I’ve ever consumed. With insane flavors, delicious fillings, and the best sprinkle-to-donut-ratio I’ve ever seen, well, I’m not embarrassed to admit we visited the shop 3 times in 6 days. I then did my Brazilian Butt Lift workout videos in my hotel room.
If you’re driving to Chattanooga there’s no way you can Miss the “See Ruby Falls” signs. I’m here to report that you should in fact see Ruby Falls. In a nutshell it’s a waterfall in a cave. There’s a cheesy tour and a lot of hype. However I love tours and tour guide humor, and the caves and waterfall are beautiful.
As you can see here, I was able to revive some of my moves in front of the great Choo Choo itself at the train station. I’m going to give it to you straight, unless you’re a dork like me, really into model trains or over the age of 60 don’t plan a whole afternoon around this. You’ll say hi to the train, check out the gift shops and that’s about it.
We had a really fun day at the Chattanooga Children’s Discovery Museum. And whenever we’re on the east coast I like to grab some Rita’s.
I had some of the best Greek food ever (and you know I love Greek!) at Taziki’s Cafe, yes it’s a chain, but only in the south and I thought it was dang good. We also loved local Mojo Burrito and another southern hot spot Mellow Mushroom. Totally new to me, though again I think this is a popular thing. Haha, the south really is a trip!
We are currently in our nation’s capitol, and we’ll start the long trek home tomorrow, with a stop over in Omaha!
I hope all is well with you!