A popular destination for locals and visitors alike, Chattanooga’s up and coming Southside district has a scene of its own and is home to some of the city’s trendiest restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. Got a free weekend? Here’s your guide to the Scenic City’s Southside.

STAY:

With views of Lookout Mountain, The Chattanoogan hotel and spa is located in the heart of the Southside and ideal for exploring the area. While there are plenty of options within walking distance to the hotel, a free electric shuttle makes it even easier. On the first floor, start your weekend at The Foundry for tasty small plates and handcrafted cocktails with a local spin and toast the day’s end by the outdoor fire pit in the courtyard.

EAT:

The Broad Street Grille

Diners in Greenville may recognize the name executive chef Tanner Marino, who oversees the operations at The Chattanoogan’s three restaurants. In addition to having worked in Greenville, Marino has also worked with executive chef Steven Deveraux Green and chef Spencer Thomson at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina, before joining The Chattanoogan.

Expect standout chef dishes like spring cassoulet with duck confit, green peas, heirloom carrots and cannellini beans and blackened Faroe island salmon with calasparra dirty rice, andouille, red beans, broccolini and his signature voodoo sauce. Working with local and regional farmers and purveyors, Marino says that The Broad Street Grille will host a lineup of themed dinners for spring. For details, visit www.chattanooganhotel.com.

Alleia

James Beard nominee chef Daniel Lindley’s third restaurant concept, Alleia’s features a menu of Tuscan-inspired dishes sourced with local ingredients, pizza and seven types of house-made pastas. Try simple rustic dishes like bacon wrapped quail breast and grilled grouper with pistachio pesto.

Easy Bistro

Launched in 2005 by James Beard nominee Erik Neil, this chic restaurant continues to pack a crowd for modern go-to dishes like melt-in-your-mouth short rib with roasted beets or seared scallops with spicy chorizo on a savory kabocha squash latke.

Main Street Meats

Also owned by chef Erik Neil, this beloved butcher shop is part deli and a local favorite for 30 types of house charcuterie and delicious bistro burgers.

Flying Squirrel

Soaring floor-to-ceiling windows along and kayaks hanging from the rafters lend an outdoor vibe to this fun and casual dining spot. Go for specialties like Burt’s famous crispy fried chicken and a large selection of local beers and clever artisan cocktails.

The Hot Chocolatier

This sweet shop hits the sweet spot with handcrafted chocolates, artisan pastries and cakes and wicked good hot chocolate. Don’t leave without one of their signature squirrels, a nutty caramel chocolate truffle.

TO DO:

Warehouse Row

Once the site of the Old Stone Fort dating back to the Civil War, Warehouse Row is part of Chattanooga’s revitalization effort. Today, the location is a shopping go-to for a number of unique retail stores and popular local eateries, like Public Social House.

Sculpture Fields at Montague Park

Opened in 2016, this dog friendly park and outdoor art museum features more than 35 large-scale sculptures and sprawling walking paths over 35 acres.

Songbirds Guitar Museum: Home to the largest guitar collection in the world, the Songbirds Guitar Museum offers an extensive display of rare and vintage guitars and well as memorabilia. If you’ve ever fantasized about playing in your own band, the museum offers an on-stage Players Experience where you can channel your inner rock star with a guitar owned by a music legend.

FOR MORE INFO: For more information, visit www.chattanooganhotel.com.

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