Drakes Branch, VA to Chattanooga, TN
Recently, Nick and I went to Chattanooga for our first family vacation with Walker. From Drakes to Chattanooga, it is a 7 and a half hour drive. Before the haul, I was worried about how Walker would do, but he did great!
We travelled to Chattanooga on a Sunday—we left that morning and arrived that evening. Our house was pretty cool! When we go on any vacation, I try to explore Airbnb for a really unique rental home. It was a two room cave-like cottage. Rock was on the interior, as well. Our shower was super spacious. The kitchen was great and well-equipped. Our bed was comfy, but above our bed was a skylight. At night the skylight was pretty cool, but come early morning, the sun beamed straight in and woke us up. We had a hot tub and a grill, too. I would give this home a three/four out of five stars! I would stay here again, but in the fall!
Sunday night, we ate at Canyon Grill. It was delicious—a little on the fanicer side, but so good! The tables were dressed in white linens and covered in glass. It was candle lit and the waiters were dressed very nice. Nick and I weren’t aware of the unspoken dress code, but it didn’t matter—they didn’t turn us away. Nick ate duck and I ate ground steak. Definitely try this place out for a nice dinner out!
Monday, we had a rest day, but Tuesday, we went to Rock City, Lookout Mountain, and Ruby Falls! Rock City was AWESOME! But listen to me when I say, DO NOT TAKE A STROLLER. If your sweet babe cannot walk yet, carry them in a baby carrier or sling. If you take a stroller, you miss out on some of Rock City’s experiences, plus it cannot fit on some of the pathways. I won’t spoil Rock City for you, but you go through multiple “exhibitions” and they are all very neat! I enjoyed it! Rock City and Lookout Mountain are where you view the Seven States and the mountain with the gorgeous waterfall. Nick and I bought a combo ticket which gave us discounted prices on all three attractions (including the Incline Railway), but we ended up running out of time and not being able to ride it. But we did see it, and it looked fun!
On Tuesday, we ate a Mojo Burrito—very Chipotle like, but the food was super delicious! Plus, the prices were very reasonable. For dinner, we grabbed a pizza from a place in Downtown Chattanooga and ate ice cream from Clumpie’s.
Wednesday we visited the Tennessee Aquarium. It was amazing and Walker loved it! It’s huge and split into two buildings. It was clean and had plenty of space, plus the gift shops were great. Employees were helpful and super kind, too. Walker is 11 months old and he thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the different fish! We were able to take a stroller and maneuver perfectly fine!
After the Aquarium, we ate at Puckett’s before we headed to the Jack Daniel and George Dickel Distilleries. Puckett’s was so good! Our waitress was the sweetest. We needed to warm Walker’s milk bottle up, so she brought us a cup of hot water to our table to help. The Distilleries were only an hour and half from Chattanooga. Jack Daniel’s is one of my favorites and Nick likes both, therefore we made the trip! We did the tour at George Dickel, but not Jack Daniel’s. George Dickel was very low-key, and set in a beautiful mountain bottom. Jack Daniel’s was incredibly busy and full of people. We enjoyed both, though.
Thursday, we checked out Vinterest Southside. It was so cool! I wanted to buy everything! Afterwards, we went to Coolidge Park. Walker and I rode the carousel and he loved it! It was very clean and the ride was only a $1.00. The Park was beautiful. There were kids playing in the water fountains and the walk down by the river was well worth it. That night, we ate at Thatcher’s. It was a small place, but the food was great!
If you have little ones under the age of one or two, I strongly suggest visiting Chattanooga. We had plenty to do! Walker loved everything—even the hiking! He loves to be outdoors. Walker also did great in all the restaurants!