If the name Chattanooga makes you yearn for the days of leisurely train travel, there's no better place to stay than the Chattanooga Choo Choo/Holiday Inn, 1400 Market St. (tel. 800/TRACK-29 [872-2529] or 423/266-5000; www.choochoo.com), formerly Chattanooga's main railway terminal. Reserve the motel-issue rooms in the main building for all the comforts of a chain, or if you've got a sense of whimsy or are traveling with kids, try one of the converted train cars. Rates run $139 to $179 double. Alternatively, the Sheraton Read House Hotel Chattanooga, Martin Luther King Boulevard and Broad Street (tel. 800/325-3535 or 423/266-4121; www.readhousehotel.com), is a lovely National Historic Landmark. Rates run $159 to $289 double. Both hotels are on the shuttle route downtown.
After a day spent touring Lookout Mountain attractions, you can't go wrong with a meal at Mount Vernon, 3509 Broad St. (tel. 423/266-6591), a family-friendly, white-tablecloth restaurant. Besides their signature fried green tomatoes, the locally owned landmark serves delicious salads along with steaks, seafood, and burgers. An entree will set you back about $10.
If you prefer a B&B atmosphere, head to the Bluff View Inn, 412 E. 2nd St. (tel. 423/265-5033), in the Bluff View Arts District, where rooms are spread across three historic houses and rates run $105 to $240 double. There are several dining options in the district, including the Back Inn Café, which has a lovely outdoor patio overlooking the river. Other options are Tony's Pasta Shop and Trattoria and Rembrandt's Coffee House (try the hand-dipped chocolates or the lemon tarts).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.