We Saw Rock City

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This weekend David and I visited our friends, Cindy and Andrew in Chattanooga.  I can’t believe that this was my first trip to “The Noog” since their wedding six years ago.  We had a great time and loved getting to meet the newest, and most adorable, addition to their family, Wells.

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David and I met up with Cindy and Andrew at Greenlife Grocery, in downtown Chattanooga, for lunch.  This high-end grocery store has a great selection of fresh foods and the shelves had plenty of gluten-free options for me.  The prepared items looked yummy but the folks working there recommended that I avoid those items as they were concerned about contamination.  While I was disappointed not to be able to try some of the dishes I had been eyeing, I appreciated their knowledge about contamination and their efforts to keep me safe.  They said they’re working on getting more GF options.  For my lunch, I enjoyed yogurt, a peach and delicious hummus and crackers.  (This is always a great go-to lunch option for me if I’m getting lunch on the run and limited to a grocery store.)  David went the glutenous route for his lunch, choosing the pesto pizza and the pesto tortellini.  (That’s what happens to gluten-eaters who live in a gluten-free home!)

After lunch, we walked around by the water where there was lots of action.  A rubber duck race on the water, bands playing and lots of folks outside.  The weather here has been brutal recently, but a huge thunderstorm cooled things off temporarily.  (I love that I now consider 85 degrees ‘cool.’)

The highlight of the day though, was going up Lookout Mountain, to ‘See Rock City.’ A must see if you’re in the neighborhood, Rock City is full of great views of seven states, as well as cool rocks and plants.  Andrew works at Rock City so I felt like we got the VIP tour.  Along the one mile path, there are many things to look at, including nature, rocks, gnomes, and dioramas of every nursery rhyme you could ever imagine.

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Just one of many amazing views to be seen

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Who knew a swinging bridge could be so much fun?

"Jack be nimble, Jack be quick..."

"Jack be nimble, Jack be quick..."

Our hosts, Cindy & Andrew

Our hosts, Cindy & Andrew

For dinner, we went came back down the mountain to Chattanooga and went to The Meeting Place.  (The Meeting Place is next door to its fancier, brother restaurant, St. John’s Restaurant.)  This lovely venue was perfect for a Saturday night out.  Everything on the menu called out to me and I had many gluten-free options from which to choose.  David and I shared the Roasted Beets Salad with goat cheese and a light vinaigrette, as a starter.  For my entrée, I went with the lamb tenderloin, served over shredded Yukon gold potatoes with brown butter.    I toyed with the idea of getting the duck confit or the scallops (both gluten-free) instead, but I just couldn’t resist the lamb.  I was not disappointed and it was seared and cooked perfectly.  I ate every bite of the potatoes too.  At the end of the meal, we were too full to order dessert but the chef sent out an assortment of housemade sorbets.  A perfect finish to a meal on a hot, almost summer night.

After a busy day in Chattanooga, we headed home to sleep in our own bed.  What an easy day of travel, less than two hours each wayl!  Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain are a perfect day or weekend trip if you’re looking to get out of the ATL this summer.

Besides time with friends and good food, the drive was worth it, just for this photo opp…

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  1. David says:

    Rock City is the real deal. Definitely worth a visit.

  2. John Jones says:

    Brings back memories! When I was a youngster, going to Chattanooga was our big family weekend adventure. Seems as if we went numerous times. Of course, it didn’t take as much to entertain people back then . . . . They have probably upgraded the gnomes since 1964. We typically stayed there overnight in a motel, though, so as not to rush through all the attractions. I don’t think you mentioned taking the elevator down inside Lookout Mountain to see Ruby Falls, though! Is that still open?

  3. Chili T. says:

    Ah…
    Lookout Mountain…
    home of Camp DeSoto, my beloved summer home for 5 years!

    “I wanna go back, I wanna go back…”

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