When The Kids Are Away, The Moms Will Play – A Girls’ Get-Away to Chattanooga

The stars must have been aligned just right because one of my besties and I found a 48-hour window where we could both get away sans kids. Truly, a very rare treat. We decided on a metro-theme tripped, so we took off on a Tuesday afternoon and headed north to Chattanooga where I grew up.

Day 1

Our first stop was for lunch in Dahlonega, GA at Spirits Tavern, a funky little restaurant with an eclectic menu of gourmet burgers, creative cocktails, and other great eats.

Then back on the road for a 3 hour drive through the mountains and rolling hills of north Georgia with some pretty stunning scenery.

After arriving in Chattanooga, we checked into our hotel, freshened up, and headed out for a night on the town. We enjoyed happy hour at one of my favorite newer establishments in Chattanooga, The Flying Squirrel. The pics here definitely don’t do this place justice as the architecture of the building itself is what I would call rustic-modern and simply stunning.

Then we headed to Warehouse Row where we met up with my friend’s friend for a fabulous dinner at Public House. It was fun to see two friends reunite and hear them reminisce about their high school days.

After all that great food, we decided it was time to walk it off with a nice stroll through Chattanooga’s riverfront. Then we were ready to fall asleep with no alarms set for morning.

Day 2

We woke up to a lot of rain, so we enjoyed a leisurely morning of mostly lounging around before hitting up Tupelo Honey for a delicious brunch. I simply can’t get enough of their biscuits with blueberry spread. Yum! Thankfully, the rain took a break, and we headed up to Signal Mountain to visit my old stomping grounds – including a drive-by past the house I grew up in and, of course, a trip to Signal Point to see the view, even if it was a dreary day.

After that, it was time for a pick-me-up at Chattz Coffee and a bit of relaxation before walking to dinner at Hennen’s. While the meal was absolutely delicious, we were mostly looking forward to their crème brulee for dessert, and it certainly delivered. Meanwhile, round two of the storm-front rolled through town and we enjoyed an impressive lightening show from our dinner table by the window. Once the storm blew over, we walked back to the hotel and chatted more about life with, again, no alarms set for morning.

Day 3

It was so nice taking our time to get motivated on Day 2, that we decided for a repeat on Day 3. Our only time limit was to check out of the hotel before 11 a.m. We were hoping to walk across the Walnut Street Bridge to the North Shore, but the storm brought in a windy cold-front and we weren’t exactly prepared with arctic gear. Instead we opted for brunch at Blue Plate on the riverfront and then drove to the North Shore.

While it was still too chilly to enjoy Coolidge Park, we had no problem popping in and out of stores and galleries for a couple of blocks of retail therapy. The North Shore has an eclectic flair and is perfect for finding one-of-a-kind items. Plus, who could resist a mid-afternoon ice cream from Clumpies!

On our way out of town we had to make one last stop and grab some delicious cupcakes from Cupcake Kitchen to take home to our families.

After three hours of driving through the cold drizzle and enjoying more conversation, a beautiful rainbow appeared to greet us home.


If you ever have the opportunity to spend a couple of days with a friend or two whose company and conversation you enjoy, do it! You don’t need an itinerary or a lot of advanced planning, just pick a place you all will enjoy and hit the road. If your experience is anything like mine, you’ll come back relaxed and refreshed.

Good food, great fun, and fabulous company. Memories made. Have you had a similar girls’ get-away? Where did you go and how did you make memories?

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