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Lover’s Leap has always been a very popular engagement and honeymoon spot. Men cherish dropping to one knee and presenting their own “rock” to their significant others - at 1,700 feet above sea level, the only place where you can see seven states and the same legendary site where two Indians publicly professed their forbidden love for one another. www.seerockcity.com / 706.820.2531.
During Spring Break, Chattanooga is anything but ordinary – it’s a place where children rule and adventure is everywhere. Our top attractions, Ruby Falls, Tennessee Aquarium, Rock City Gardens, Creative Discovery Museum for Children, Southern Belle Riverboat, Outdoor Chattanooga, Lake Winnepesaukah and the Hunter Museum of American Art join together to offer families a special, unforgettable, action-packed vacation. www.chattanoogafun.com / 800.322.3344.
This annual event features items available for tasting from some of the finest restaurants, catering, and wine and beer establishments in the Chattanooga area. 423.265.4397 or 423.756.0001.
Held at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn, this event features over 30 exhibitors offering antique and garden items for sale, an appraisal fair and much more. www.thehoustonmuseum.com / 423.267.7176.
The Arts & Education Council’s Conference on Southern Literature has been bringing world-class writers to Chattanooga since 1981, allowing writers and their fans to come together and celebrate the written word through discussions, readings and book signings. www.ArtsEdCouncil.org / 800.267.4232.
Take a peek inside some of downtown’s most unique housing options including new homes and restored historic properties. Tour is available via shuttle bus or on your own. www.downtownchattanooga.org / 423.267.0771.
Microbrewers from across the country will present over 30 ales and lagers in downtown Chattanooga on the newly revitalized waterfront, including live music and plenty of food. www.southernbrewersfest.org / 423.266.9704.
Nothing describes autumn’s bounty better than the amazing palette of oranges, reds and golds against the lush evergreens. From the vibrant landscapes to the cool, crisp air to the tantalizing smells of hot cider and kettle corn, Fall in Chattanooga offers a new season of enjoyment to spend together with your loved ones. www.chattanoogafun.com / 800.322.3344.
When ChattaBOOga transforms itself from Chattanooga in October, it’s not the typical haunted venue. There’s a haunted cavern carved out of the side of a mountain; an amazing corn maze – friendly by day, but a heart-stopping labyrinth by night; and there’s a killer critter craze where fear factor creatures and their “habits” are explored in all their gorey detail. October in Chattanooga offers thrilling, chilling adventure and family fun you can’t experience anywhere else. www.chattanoogafun.com / 800.322.3344.
This rail excursion will travel to Chickamauga, Ga. for special Civil War activities. www.tvrail.com / 423.894.8028.
This rail excursion will travel to Lafayette, Ga. to experience a fly-in by vintage airplanes at the local airport. There will also be vintage airplane displays and demonstrations. www.tvrail.com / 423.894.8028.
Kick off the Labor Day Weekend with four, big-band orchestras playing swing and jazz music while you swing dance under the stars. A dance floor is provided, and food and drink concessions are available at this free event. www.downtownchattanooga.org / 423.265.0771.
View and purchase some of the most fabulous, offbeat and intriguing art in Chattanooga’s downtown galleries and artist studios while artists explain the materials, inspirations and methodologies that influence their art. www.downtownchattanooga.org / 423.265.0771.
Capture the warmth of the holiday spirit amidst the nocturnal fantasyland one million star-bright twinkling lights illuminating the sky; chill out and catch the high tide on a tropical adventure; enjoy a holiday cruise; or sleep in a converted traincar. The Scenic City’s magic unfolds with elegant décor, music and special events for making your holiday memories more joyful than ever before. www.chattanoogafun.com / 800.322.3344.
Trains run on select evenings from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Enjoy a trip to the “North Pole” pulled by a steam locomotive with refreshments, storytelling, caroling, visits by Santa Claus, and other surprises! These popular trips sell out well in advance so book now. www.tvrail.com / 423.894.8028.
The Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn presents their 2007 Holiday Packages, which include rooms on authentic train sleeper cars, a ride on the North Pole Limited Train, the Elf Workshop, Elf Tuck-In Service for the little ones, and area attraction tickets. Train dates are limited, so call early for reservations. www.choochoo.com / 423.266.5000.
The Hooch was held for the first time in Roswell, Ga., in 1981 on the Chattahoochee River and is now the second largest rowing regatta in the America, after Head of the Charles. Chattanooga is now home to this event, bringing 10,000 people annually, due to the ideal blend of a challenging race course and an on-land venue second to none. www.headofthehooch.org.
This award-winning, light extravaganza is always a wonderful family tradition. Guests will enjoy 30 holiday scenes and nearly a million lights that transform the gardens’ daytime splendor to a nighttime fantasyland. Festivities include gingerbread cookie decorating, hot cocoa and nightly Music Under the Moon entertainment. Runs nightly from 6-9 p.m. (except Christmas Eve night). www.seerockcity.com / 706.820.2531.
Bask in balmy temperatures and explore exotic island wildlife during the tropical holiday adventures at the Tennessee Aquarium. Enjoy narrated dive shows in the saltwater Secret Reef tank, home to enormous sand tiger sharks and thousands or colorful reef fish. Catch keepers feeding the bamboo sharks and stingrays, observe butterfly releases, watch the seahorses slurp their supper, and learn more about the beautiful hyacinth macaws. www.tennesseeaquarium.com / 800.262.0695.
Grasp at falling snowflakes and duck as the train screeches into your lap in this magical holiday film. www.tennesseeaquarium.com / 800.262.0695.
Come tour Ruby Falls for the holiday season as it has been magically transformed with an array of enchanting lights and sound effects. Dancing light patterns will wrap the 145-foot waterfall in a vast array of shapes and sizes. www.rubyfalls.com / 423.821.2544.
Join the singing deckhands for a special selection of Christmas carols, live entertainment, prime rib and shrimp Creole, and a visit from the man in the big red suit! www.chattanoogariverboat.com / 800.766.2784.
Every Friday night on Signal Mountain, there is this concert called the Mountain Opry. It's free admission and you get to see a variety of bluegrass and old-timer country bands play traditional Tennessee mountain music. It usually starts at 8pm and lasts until about 11pm, but depending on who shows up to play, they may start at 7:30pm. They sell refreshments and during the show, they pass around a paper bag for donations.