Friday, 12 July 2013 00:00

Chattanooga Attractions: A Very Artsy Bicycle Adventure

blog7aBike Chattanooga is celebrating its one year anniversary and making big plans for year two. It’s been wonderful having them in town offering another form of public transportation, and one that’s healthy and fun to boot! Locals and tourists alike have been seen cruising around town on these bright blue bikes.

To celebrate, we’ll be sharing different themed adventures you can have around town using the Bike Chattanooga system. The nearest Bike Chattanooga station to StoneFort Inn is at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Lindsey Street, just a block from Stone Fort Inn, so getting anywhere in the city via Bike Chattanooga is as easy as pie!

A Very Artsy Adventure

  1. Pick up your bike at the Lindsey and MLK station.
  2. Turn left onto MLK towards downtown, and bike for a block. Turn onto your first right at Georgia Avenue. Bike up Georgia Avenue for several blocks until you see High Street on your left. Take High Street into the Bluff View Arts District. Drop your bike off at the High Street and East 2nd Street station.
  3. Peruse the Hunter Museum of American Art. In addition to their usual collection of lovely pieces, they also have excellent visiting exhibitions and regular events. Be sure to check their website http://www.huntermuseum.org/events/ to see what will be going on at the museum during your visit, and you might time your bike adventure to put you at the museum in time for something fun, like Artful Yoga, a String Theory concert, or the nationally touring mobile bookmobile exhibition “The Sketchbook Project.”
  4. When you get done at the Museum, take a stroll through their sculpture garden, try the truffles at Rembrant’s Coffee, or take a look at the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts, which has some truly beautiful glasswork.
  5. Walk across the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge to the North Shore where there are many shops and galleries. Be sure to visit the AVA gallery, as well as Winderbinder Folk Gallery, The In-Town Gallery, Plum Nelly Shop and Gallery, Leo Handmade, and Hanover Gallery. Check to see, too, if your visit coincides with an Art ‘Til Dark market of arts and craft vendors. Art Til Dark takes place at the north end of the Walnut Street Bridge in the parking lot by Winder Binder.
  6. Pick a bike back up at the north end of the Walnut Street Bridge near Outdoor Chattanooga. Take a spin around the lovely Coolidge and Renaissance Parks before biking back across the river on the Walnut Street Bridge. You can keep biking down Walnut Street to turn right onto Georgia Avenue, then turn left onto MLK to return to the Lindsey and MLK station.

    Once return your Bike Chattanooga Bicycle and walk back to StoneFort Inn, where you can get a cold cocktail at TerraMae to celebrate your day of Artsy adventure! You’ll feel you’re really at a first class Chattanooga Hotel having seen so many wonderful things in the city!

    Photo Credit: Bike Chattanooga Instagram