Chattanooga, affectionately known as the Scenic City, is one of the top travel destinations in the South. Adventurers the world over come here for the abundant and exhilarating outdoor activities. From hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking to rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and caving, Chattanooga really does have an unbeatable range of outdoor attractions. Not surprisingly, this has earned our great city top honors from Outside Magazine as “The Best Town Ever“. However, there is much more to Chattanooga than it’s beautiful outdoor setting and well developed outdoors scene. Not only will you find the Nation’s largest collection of American art, but you’ll discover brilliant emerging and established talents in Chattanooga’s local art galleries. Book your room at our Tennessee Bed and Breakfast today, and experience Chattanooga’s spectacular art scene.
Art Galleries Worth Visiting
Chattanooga has a distinguished arts scene, comparable to that of many other reputably artistic cities across the country. In fact, Chattanooga has been voted the #2 ranked Top Arts Destination for Mid-Sized Cities by American Style magazine. The foundation of Chattanooga’s art scene is the Hunter Museum of American Art, which is unparalleled in it’s collection of American Art. This beautiful building, a work of art in itself, is perched on top of a ninety-foot limestone bluff overlooking the Tennessee River. Inside it’s walls, you’ll find 100 years of architecture and a collection of American art that spans from the colonial period to the present day. A current exhibit you won’t want to miss is Seeking the Spiritual: The Visionary Art of Elliot Daingerfield, on display until February 21, 2016.
After you’ve had your fill of American Art, it’s time to explore Chattanooga’s top art galleries. Creativity shines in Chattanooga’s Southside, and there are plenty of interesting art galleries here worth exploring. Area 61 Gallery features an eclectic mix of art, ranging from busts made of melted records to fine bronze sculptures, and stunning hand-hewn wooden furniture. For something a little less traditional, head to the HART Gallery, which features works by homeless and other non-traditional artists. When you’re ready to wind down for the evening, try out the adventurous menu at the Southside’s newest spot, the Flying Squirrel. Menu choices include duck confit tacos and other interesting choices paired with fantastic seasonal drink creations.
Hopefully you have another day to explore Chattanooga’s art galleries, because you won’t want to miss those found in Chattanooga’s other art districts, such as the Bluff View Art District or Chattanooga’s Northshore. Galleries you won’t want to miss here include Plum Nelly, Winder Binder Gallery and Bookstore, Blue Skies, Gallery 1401, and the In Town Gallery, which is one of the nation’s oldest cooperative art galleries. Those that want a hands on experience should head directly to the Ignis Glass Studio, where you can blow your own glass ornament. The perfect finish to your artful Chattanooga adventure is dinner with one of downtown’s culinary artists, such as 212 Market, Easy Bistro, or IL PRIMO. Whether you’re a seasoned art enthusiast or just enjoy perusing through interesting art, Chattanooga has something for you. Book your room at our luxury Bed and Breakfast on Lookout Mountain today.