Where to Stay in Chattanooga

Chattanooga is a vibrant, hip little city tucked into the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. It was once a major industrial city and railroad hub. It’s easy to feel genuinely transported back in time as you explore the old railroad tracks and charming brick buildings. What’s really exciting is all of the boutique hotels and clever shops that are breathing new life into historic buildings.

Here are some tips on where to stay in Chattanooga:

1. The Read House: The backdrop for my photos is the glamorous Read House Hotel, a newly renovated luxury hotel in the heart of downtown. As soon as you open the heavy mahogany doors, you are transported back into the 1920’s, from the clatter of your heel on the black and white tile to every detail your eye catches. Stay overnight for the full 1920’s experience or imbibe at the Bar & Billiards Room or dine at their restaurant, Bridgeman’s Chophouse. 

@readhousehotel @bridgemanschopch https://www.thereadhousehotel.com/

2. The Westin Chattanooga: When we checked into our room, the first thing I asked me husband was “Can we live here?” The only downside to the Westin is that you have to choose between impressive city views or sweeping mountain views. Both options are stunning. For some of the best views of the city, head upstairs to Alchemy, the Westin’s rooftop bar and restaurant. @westinchattanooga
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chawi-the-westin-chattanooga/

3. The Dwell Hotel: If mid century modern is more your style, then the Dwell Hotel was made for you. Each room has unique, retro style. I love their use of bright, fun wallpaper to create standout accent walls. Stay or dine and drink at their swanky cocktail bar, Matilda Midnight @thedwellhotel @matildamidnight
https://www.thedwellhotel.com

On the outfit: I absolutely adore this rich berry colored empire waist evening coat from the 1960s. It was a dream vintage fashion find at the Antique Center of Red Bank in New Jersey. I love the simple, clean lines and the cut of the back which falls beautifully. The sleeve length is designed for vintage evening gloves or to show off your vintage jewelry. I haven’t found a lot of retailers making beautiful evening coats, so when I find a vintage evening jacket I definitely pounce! BHLDN, the Anthropologie Bridal line has some beautiful evening capes which can be worn for any special occasion.

My 1960’s gold plated metal evening purse was a hand me down from a family member. The only drawback of some vintage evening bags is that they weren’t made large enough to accommodate cell phones. DSW has an affordable gold clutch to add a touch of elegance to any outfit- and it will fit your cell phone! 

My chic Tiffany blue leather passport holder was a gift from my friend, Emily. A bright colored passport holder is a fashionable, yet practical way to help your passport stand out in your travel bag. Macy’s has a fun, floral design passport holder, perfect for summer travel. 

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Alison Hetherington

For the modern girl who loves everything vintage.

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