Chattanooga: The Scenic City Is Ready for New Visitors

Choo Choo Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Choo Choo Hotel lobby in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Tucked between mountains and the Tennessee River, Chattanooga is one of America’s most breathtaking cities and has garnered the nickname “Scenic City”.  Beginning about two decades ago, private and governmental resources have invested an incredible amount of time and money to transform the city’s tarnished image.

In fact, the New York Times named the city one of the “Top 45 Places to go” in the World. The renovated city has also taken home many national awards for outstanding livability and largest metro areas where to get the best “Bang For Your Buck”.

The “21st Century Waterfront Plan” was put in place in the early 2000’s to revitalize the downtown area and making use of the Riverfront’s natural resources. Since then, visitor numbers have drastically increased and the city is opening new attractions and accommodations each year to support the influx of crowds.

The Scenic City has become a world of outdoor adventure, amazing restaurants, boutique hotels, live events, and world-class attractions.

One of the best and safe ways to explore the city is on the water. New attractions line the Tennessee River offering endless activities like paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing, and electric unicycle rides.

Chattanooga is home to one of the nation’s top children’s museums, the Creative Discovery Museum, perfect for a day for family fun. The museum inspires children’s passion for learning through play; clay sculptures, message zooming through pneumatic tubes, digging for dinosaur bones and cast assuming in the Back Alley Theatre. A great way for the family to enjoy the hands-on activity while inspiring imagination in the younger generations.

Ruby Falls Village, Chattanooga, TN
Ruby Falls Village, Chattanooga, TN

As Ruby Falls celebrates their 88th birthday in 2018, they are proud to open the first phase of the $20 million expansion. A destination that inspires exploration, Ruby Falls is home to the tallest and deepest underground waterfall, located 1,120 feet beneath the surface of Lookout Mountain.

Highlights of the expansion include a new entrance, accessible Blue Heron Overlook, shaded open-air dining, the Village Gift Shop, and the Village Plaza that serves as a gathering place with live music and food carts. Guided tours are offered to explore the cavern trails and ancient geological formation, supported by abundant views of Chattanooga.

Chattanooga offers some of the very best accommodations in the country. For an authentic experience of the city’s history, the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel is the place to stay. Opened in 1909 as a terminal station during the golden age of railroads, today the station stands as a grand hotel in downtown Chattanooga.

The Edwin Hotel, Chattanooga, TN
The Edwin Hotel, Chattanooga.

The building boasts dining, retail shops, rose gardens and a unique twist to spending a night in town. Guests can overnight in beautifully restored sleeper cars, which were once reserved for the wealthiest of passengers in the railroad era.

Many new accommodations are being welcomed to the city in the fall of 2018. Two of the most highly anticipated additions include the Edwin Hotel and Moxy Hotel, both boutique hotels.

Whether you’re off to Chattanooga on business or for fun, why not use Bonwi points and get free hotel nights?

Memphis Has Hotels of All Stripes for Travelers

The Guest House at Graceland, Memphis Tennessee.
The Hotel Napoleon, a great place to stay in Memphis.
The Hotel Napoleon, a great place to stay in Memphis.

Memphis is the home of Elvis Presley, the blues, and the best barbeque around, and the city is building new hotels to accommodate the tourists visiting “Grind City.”

The nickname comes from Memphis’ famous professional basketball team, the Grizzlies, and their slogan ‘grit ‘n grind.’

Many people are eager to visit the South’s most soulful city to see Graceland, sample the mouthwatering eats, and immerse themselves in the music scene.

With so many people coming to visit, Memphis has now become home to several different new and updated hotels that are catering to the crowds.

From charming bed and breakfast to glamorous resorts, there’s a spot for everyone to come and be a part of the Home of the Blues.

Hotel Napoleon has hit the Memphis scene as being a modern accommodation for the sophisticated and selective traveler.

With 58-units, this luxury boutique hotel is located in the heart of Memphis’s downtown area inside the historic Winchester Building.

The Guest House at Graceland, Memphis Tennessee.
The Guest House at Graceland, Memphis Tennessee.

“A boutique hotel unlike any other” is the phrase coined by Hotel Napoleon. Sitting just four blocks away from the mighty Mississippi River and historic Beale Street, this hotel is sure to get you in the Memphis spirit.

If you’re looking for something even more immersive, Memphis now offers an everything Elvis hotel experience.

The Guest House at Graceland offers Southern charm and glam at the newest luxury resort in the city. The resort is located just steps from Elvis Presley’s home, the Graceland Mansion.

The resort includes 450 rooms and suites, two restaurants, a movie theater, a large outdoor pool, spa-like rain showers in each room, and much more to make for a swanky hotel stay.

The Guest House also offers special packages for guests. Packages include a Graceland Getaway for 4, Graceland VIP Tour + Planes, the Elvis Experience + Planes Package Elvis Presley’s Memphis Celebration Package, the Taking Care of Business Package, the Breakfast Package, and an Elvis Week Package.

Elvis Week is an event that happens each year at Graceland, and the Guest House is accommodating guests, and taking part in this event.

This event package with the Guest House at Graceland offers $339.00 per night for a stay at the resort and a week of celebrating the music, movies, and legacy of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The schedule of events includes the annual Candlelight Vigil, the Ultimate Elvis tribute, concerts, and much more.

If you’re neither a resort, or boutique hotel, type of guest, then it would be time to take a look at the bed and breakfast options.

The James Lee House in Memphis. Historic charm.
The James Lee House in Memphis. Historic charm.

The James Lee House one of the city’s most important residences and vibrant example of Memphis’ early grandeur and opulence. This location has been redone as a premier bed and breakfast.

The families who have called the James Lee house home were deeply engaged in the development of every aspect of community life-from commerce and banking to benevolence and the arts.

Due to its past inhabitants, this location has become a beacon of good in the community, and it now offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a bygone era while enjoying luxury and comfort.

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Nashville’s Culinary Secrets Revealed

A chef/guide from Walk Eat Nashville shares some of the city's culinary secrets with visitors.
A chef/guide from Walk Eat Nashville shares some of the city’s culinary secrets with visitors.

If the sweet smell of chicken and waffles isn’t enough to make you pack up your things and head down south, then surely a visit to the music capital of the USA is. If you’re visiting Nashville and aren’t planning on eating your way through the city, then you are doing yourself a major injustice.

Nashville is not only known for its popular tunes and the Parthenon, but also for its comfort food. It’s the perfect destination for any foodie. 

The best way to truly experience the culinary excellence of the city is through Walk Eat Nashville. Several different walking food tours offer a rich taste of the city, people, and food that makes Nashville so remarkable. The ticket price includes all food tastings, behind the scenes interactions with chefs and experts, and a personal tour guide.

The first tour, called East Nashville Food Tour, takes you on a scenic tour two miles across the river from downtown. The 1.5-mile walk includes tastings at 5-6 different chef owned restaurants and eateries.

With the destinations always rotating, you don’t have to feel guilty if you take the tour again… and maybe again. The 3-hour tour will also allow you to stroll past Victorian homes and bungalows, and you’ll even learn about the music studio where Johnny Cash and Neil Young made records.

Just a few of the comfort foods you can learn to cook and enjoy in Nashville.
Just a few of the comfort foods you can learn to cook and enjoy in Nashville.

The second tour is called the Midtown/Vanderbilt Food Tour. The hustle bustle area of Midtown is situated between downtown and Vanderbilt University. Once a business district, this constantly changing neighborhood has both a small-town and big-town feel.

Get a taste of old fashioned favorites, while also getting the chance to discover the newest flavors of the city. Enjoy a gourmet cupcake from Gigi’s Cupcakes or a steak from Union Common. Every stop or so, you’ll get to take in Nashville’s “Rock Block” and discover the history of Vanderbilt University.

The last delicious tour is the SoBro/Downtown Nashville Food Tour. Take a stroll along one of the city’s most happening areas. Culinary hotspots are typical throughout the area and live music can be heard from every street corner. In between bites, you’ll get the chance to walk on Nashville’s Music Mile and learn about the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Each individual tour is three hours long and costs $58 plus tax. To learn more about Nashville’s food tours, visit http://www.walkeatnashville.com.
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Nashville, Tennessee: New Attractions in the Music City

The Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tennessee.

Erase any negative preconceived notions you have about Nashville because this southern city has a lot going on. Whether you’re a fan of music, sports, or great cuisine, the capital of Tennessee holds a variety of new and exciting things to do.

It’s not called “The Music City” for nothing. Country music and rock n’ roll have been a presence in, and perhaps the defining quality of Nashville. The Music City Walk of Fame Park immortalizes musical artists and other members of the music industry in a landmark tribute reminiscent of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Recent inductees include Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Mayor Karl Dean, and many others.

The Ascend Amphitheater’s 2015 opening was celebrated with a two-day performance starring Eric Church. This fairly new music venue hosts a myriad of different musicians throughout its operating season that ends in November. Enjoy an amazing night at the Ascend Amphitheater as you look up into the night sky while simultaneously watching your favorite artists perform!

Music isn’t the only cultural aspect of Nashville. Multiple sports teams have been expanding and improving in the Tennessee capital. The Tennessee Titans of the NFL enjoyed a 9-7 record in the 2016/2017 season. Their Nissan Stadium has almost 70,000 seats so there should be no trouble finding tickets for this growing football franchise.

First Tennessee Park is the home to the Nashville Sounds, an AAA baseball team.
First Tennessee Park is the home to the Nashville Sounds, an AAA baseball team.

The Nashville Sounds, the AAA affiliate of the MLB’s Oakland Athletics, have a new stadium called the First Tennessee Park that opened in 2015. And who could forget the NHL’s Nashville Predators incredible 2017 playoff run that saw the Preds sweep the Blackhawks and earn their first ever Western Conference title?  They might have lost to the Penguins, but they certainly put the city on the world’s hockey map.

After you have seen the musical and sports aspects of the Tennessee capital, try one, or more, of Nashville’s awesome new restaurants. The Hillsboro Village neighborhood is home to the Grilled Cheeserie Melt Shop with the top of the line grilled cheese sandwiches and milkshakes. Slim and Husky’s Pizza Beeria in the Germantown Area has an upbeat vibe along with great pizza and local microbrews.

The Mainstay, a restaurant with plenty of craft beer and TVs, sits in East Nashville. Experience these newly opened eateries and tons of others within the city of Nashville!   If you’re traveling to Nashville, find the best deals on hotel rooms and get points to use on your next trip from Bonwi.