chattanooga christmasThe holiday season is always an exciting time for our Chattanooga TN urban boutique hotel.

We're busy greeting people at Christmas parties and other events hosted at our restaurant, Terra Mae Appalachian Bistro, as well as guests visiting the area to enjoy a wide variety of events.

Some major highlights you don't want to miss as you plan your next stay with us:

Thanksgiving Lunch (Nov. 27, 11 am-4 pm): Join us at Terra Mae for a delicious 4-course meal including Sorghum and cider brined organic Turkey Breast with Confited legs, red eye giblet gravy, and sausage and sage dressing. Make reservations online or by calling (423) 710.2925.

Enchanted Garden of Lights at Rock City Gardens (nightly from 6-9 pm until Jan. 4th, closed Christmas Eve): Rock City is transformed this time of year into a dazzling display of nearly a million lights creating more than 30 holiday scenes. There's also live entertainment and hot chocolate to sip. Be sure to check out StoneFort's Enchanted Lights and Cozy Nights special that includes two adult tickets to this attraction: http://www.stonefortinn.com/enjoy-the-holidays-at-stonefort-inn-and-terramae Learn more at http://www.seerockcity.com/events/entry/enchanted-garden-of-lights/

Christmas Shopping: Chattanooga has so many great stores, from Hamilton Place Mall to trendy shops on the Northshore. StoneFort's Shop, Relax & Stay Package includes discounts at Plum Nelly, the Learning Center, Frankie & Julian's, and Merchants on Main! Learn more: http://www.stonefortinn.com/enjoy-the-holidays-at-stonefort-inn-and-terramae

Nighttime Christmas Parades (Nov. 29 & Dec. 14): The Grand Illumination and Lighted Boat Parade is held the night after Thanksgiving with dozens of lighted vessels cruising down the Tennessee River and a fireworks show. The Holiday Starlight Parade in mid-December takes Santa from Miller Plaza to Ross's Landing. Learn more at http://www.chattanoogapresents.com/2014-events/

Tennessee Valley Railroad's North Pole Limited Adventures (Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22): Enjoy hot chocolate and lighted displays which watching kids get excited about the "Polar Express". Learn more at http://www.tvrail.com/pages/north-pole-limited

Red Ruby Christmas at Ruby Falls (Dec. 6-28, Fridays and Saturdays from 6-9 pm, Closed Christmas Day): Enjoy snowflakes, live music, horse and carriage rides, and a special Christmas-themed tour of the cave. Learn more at http://www.rubyfalls.com/ruby-red-christmas

Chattanooga Holiday Market (Dec. 7-22): The popular market moves indoors to the Chattanooga Convention Center, with more than 200 vendors offering a plethora of Christmas Shopping options. It's a great place to catch live music, Christmas caroling, handmade gifts, and a variety of food. Plus, it's free! Learn more at http://chattanoogamarket.com/2014/10/27/holiday-market-weekends-in-december-2014-12-21/

cxnMainX24 Festival (Dec. 6-7): Right in our backyard, this annual block party in the trendy Southside District packs 24-hours of entertainment, parades, parties, music, green living workshops, and more into the first weekend in December. Learn more at http://mainx24.com/

The Nutcracker (Dec. 12-14): Would it really feel like Christmas without this holiday classic? The Chattanooga Ballet performs it with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera at The Tivoli. Learn more: http://chattanoogaonstage.com/events/chattanooga-ballet-chattanooga-symphony-opera-presents-nutcracker/

New Year's Eve Dinner (Dec. 31st): Make sure you're not hungry when you prepare to stay up late to ring in 2015 with this special event we are planning at Terra Mae. Details will be posted soon at http://www.terramaechattanooga.com/chattanooga-restaurants Make a reservation for your room at StoneFort Inn for New Year's before they're gone!

There's lots more going on. You can find links to many more attractions on our Calendar of Events page at http://www.stonefortinn.com/bed-and-breakfast-chattanooga/experience-the-area

For a guide to events year-round in Chattanooga and the surrounding area, download StoneFort Inn's Vacation Guide by signing up from our Home Page and you'll get our newsletter as well detailing great specials throughout 2015!

Written by Steven Stiefel
Published in Chattanooga Events
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

5 Ways to Get Around Chattanooga TN

An advantage of being a downtown urban boutique inn is StoneFort's proximity to the heart of everything great in Chattanooga. You don't have to travel very far to find something fun and interesting to do when you stay with us. Here are 5 ways to explore Chattanooga TN, including...

cxn CARTA Electric ShuttleThe Downtown Electric Shuttle – CARTA, the city's public transit system, has one of the largest fleets of electric buses in the country. Chattanooga was the first in the nation to have free zero emissions electric vehicles.

They run daily at 5-minute intervals from the Southside to the Tennessee Aquarium with stops at every block in between, including a CARTA bus stop on Market Street that is a short walk from the StoneFort Inn. Simply pull the yellow cord or press the yellow tape above your head to let the bus driver know that you want to get off at the next stop. CARTA bus drivers can only stop at designated bus stops and where it is safe.

Bike Chattanooga – The transit system also offers hundreds of bicycles at over 30 stations located throughout the city and available for use 24/7, 365 days a year. One such station is just steps away from StoneFort Inn at the corner of MLK Blvd and Lindsay Street. You use a touchscreen kiosk and purchase a 24-hour pass to get a bike. When you're done, lock the bike back at any station near your destination and they'll make sure the bikes get redistributed to have enough at each station.

Chattanooga has been nationally recognized in publications like Bicycling Magazine as one of America's most bike-friendly cities. Note: You must be 16 years or older to use the Bike Chattanooga service.

cxnPints and Pedals – Leisurely pedal with up to 15 others while visiting 3-5 of the best bars/restaurants in Southside and downtown Chattanooga. The 2-hour bike tour, during which you can listen to music and enjoy a cold beverage, is a party on wheels. Pricing varies according to whether it is a weekday or weekend and the number of people along for the ride. It can be a great way to get to know fellow visitors to the city. You can bring your own grocery store beer (up to 4 per person, consumed from a plastic cup). To book your tour, call (423) 380-8359 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cab – There are multiple cab services in the immediate Chattanooga area. This can be a safe and convenient way to travel while visiting restaurants/bars on the Northshore. Make sure you check that you have your belongings when you exit a cab because it can be easy to drop something or forget.

Walking – Several great places are within walking distance of StoneFort Inn (TerraMae, Public House, Warehouse Road, Terminal, Honest Pint, Pickle Barrel, etc.) and a leisurely stroll can give you a chance to take in your surroundings and enjoy some fresh air while also getting exercise. Chattanooga offers a variety of walking parks, promenades and public art displays. If walking is your thing, Chattanooga has one of the world's longest pedestrian bridges and a long riverwalk area.

Wherever you're headed (and however you get there), we hope you enjoy your time with us in Chattanooga and return safely to rest your head at StoneFort Inn.

To make your reservations, call 855.734.7829 or book online at BookingCenter

Written by Steven Stiefel
Published in Weekend Getaways