Chattanooga Favorites From The Holcombs!

Welcome to Chattanooga, y’all. Ellie calls this city the hidden gem of Tennessee. It doesn’t get nearly enough press. It’s a city full of great eats, good brews, beautiful scenes, and plenty of outdoor fun. Here’s a few of our favorite hangs in the city, in no particular order.


  • Rembrandt’s Coffee House – Ellie and I have been to this local coffee shop several times when we’ve been in town it’s great. We love finding the local coffee shops in any city we visit. Great coffee and good food, located in the Bluff View arts district of the city, (right by Coolidge Park) which is definitely worth a visit
  • Hutton and Smith Micro Brewery – Great local brewery making regional headlines. Cheers.
  • The Incline Railway – I did this as a kid and Ellie just took Huck for his 3rd birthday. For about $15 , you can get a round trip on a train up Lookout Mountain. The ride itself is actually really cool, and the views of the city at the top are unparalleled in the state. You can take a five minute walk at the top to Point Park and look over the city and the site where Moon River will be located. It’s old school and rad.
  • Alleia–If you are into good Italian food, wood-fired pizzas, and a killer vibe, Go Eat Here! Ellie and I love this place and we know you will too.
  • Milk and Honey – Great food and locally made gelato. Yes please.
  • Urban Stack –When a restaurant’s slogan is “Killer Burgers. Manly Drinks.” you have to know that I’m going to send you there. Ellie and I have had a few date nights here when we’ve played shows in Chattanooga.
  • Warehouse Row – Warehouse Row is a collection of buildings from the early 1900’s, built on what was originally a Civil War fort. These buildings are all restored, and now house “one of the premier design and fashion centers in the Southeast.” Ellie and I have walked through these shops a few times. There are great places to eat here too, including one of our Nashville favorites that opened here as well, Two Ten Jack…Asian/Fusion/Ramen to die for. With shops like Lulu Lemon and Anthropologie and local finds as well, Ellie is a happy camper in this place.
  • Walnut Street Bridge – The classic Chattanooga tourist attraction, walk or bike across and right into the Festival!
  • Maple Street Biscuit Company –All you have to say is the name of this place, and I’m there because BISCUITS. But seriously, this place is delicious, and if you’re in Tennessee , you should eat a biscuit while you’re here.

Ellie wanted me to tell you about these other things too…because kids and shopping.

  • Tennessee Aquarium – If you’ve got kids…and even if you don’t, this place is worth a visit. It’s the largest freshwater aquarium in the world. Ellie and I have taken the kids a few times, and we all love it.
  • The Shops on Frazier – Ellie loves to shop, and this place has a lot of great, local boutiques. She tells me there are tons of small shops in this trendy NorthShore area worth checking out.
– Drew (and Ellie) Holcomb