In all my years of marriage, I’ve never managed a girls’ getaway Weekend. But by now you all know how fond I’ve become of Chattanooga as a vacation destination, both for it’s proximity to so many major cities (including Nashville and Atlanta!) as well as it’s fabulous activities.
So when I was presented with the opportunity to return to the Sheraton Read House Hotel to review the grand re-opening of Porter’s Steakhouse, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make a girls getaway weekend out of it. So I invited one of my best friends, Alexis, to drive up from Atlanta and meet me for a night out on the town. (Plus she just got a new camera for her birthday so she could take some of these fabulous photos for this post 🙂
Of all the downtown Chattanooga hotels, we’ve found a favorite in the Sheraton Read House Hotel. Conveniently located on Broad Street, you get the charming history of Chattanooga mixed with all the best modern conveniences, including access to the best downtown Chattanooga restaurants, events, and cultural icons.
Of course, what girls getaway weekend would be complete without a trip to the spa? After a quick check in to our courtyard-view room at the Read House, we headed over to the day spa & salon that was voted as having one of the top therapeutic massages in Chattanooga in 2009: In the Buff Salon and Day Spa. I’ve traveled around the world and experienced my share of pampering, but this was truly one of the best massages I’ve ever had! (Not to mention how everyone there truly went out of their way to make us feel special).
Read my full review of In the Buff.
As difficult as it was to drive back to the hotel after our afternoon of relaxation, we somehow managed to pull ourselves together and get ready for dinner at the newly renovated Porter’s Steakhouse. Famous for their pepperloin, they are the only Prime Steakhouse in Chattanooga. We had heard multiple rave reviews about the Black Mission Goat Cheese Tart, so we knew we had to start off with that, but I never could have imagined the flavors we were about to experience throughout the rest of the meal! I don’t consider myself a big meat eater, but I indulged in the lamb while Alexis sampled the Filet Oscar…and we couldn’t stop eating off of each others plates in addition to our own. It was truly a memorable meal in a beautiful setting with a fabulous friend.
Read the rest of my Porter’s Steakhouse review.
It was so great to be able to just walk back to our room after an amazing meal, settle into our Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed and stay there until late the next morning (well, not exactly late, but anything after 7am for a mom with multiple, small children is considered sleeping in!).
After a quick trip to the Starbucks in the lobby, we headed over to the Chattanooga market, which it turns out they have every Sunday from 11a-4p. A great mix of local farmers, artisans, and food vendors, we got lost in sampling scrumptious cheeses and oogling over some adorably unique kids clothes. I’ll leave you with a few pics of the market to tempt you with… (especially loved the unique threads of Jules for Kids – I can guarantee you’ll be seeing more of her soon!)
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