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I have to admit it, there are two good places to stay in Chattanooga. BUT, if given a choice, this is the first place I will stay at. Why? Because of the view.
This motel is a throw back to the old mom and pop motels of the past. Some of the units are a little run down, but not appreciably so. Each unit has a private balcony overlooking the Tennessee River. Below, there is a rock garden that utilizes the natural boulders found on the mountain side. Getting there is a bit complicated, but only because Lookout Mountain has twisty turny roads everywhere. Everytime I cross on of the roads, I look very hard because cars travel fast there.
The only negative is that breakfast consists of basically powdered or glazed donuts and coffee. If you want a real breakfast or dinner you have to drive off the mountain. The good news is that a new shopping center has been built nearby at the bottom of the mountain, so you can find a variety of foods to your taste.
What can you do? On the mountain alone, there is Rock City, Ruby Falls, Inline Railray, Lookout Mountain Pointe Park and hang gliding (a short drive away). Down below in the city, there is the Tennessee Aquarium, Ride the Ducks, General Jackson showboat and a short walk across the bridge there is a public park with an old carousel (and it has a special place in my heart since it was the old merry go round from Atlanta). Go in another direction and there is a Reflection Riding park, a Power Dam (which gives free tours), Racoon Mountain and a little further down the road is Nottley Lake.
If you haven't guessed it by now, Chattanooga is one of my favorite places to go for a weekend.