Something about crisp, fall air just makes you want to pack up the kids and hit the road. If you are looking for an easy trip to enjoy the season, try trucking over to Chattanooga. It’s a mere 100 miles from Atlanta—meaning you can probably make it to the outskirts of the Scenic City before you even have to put on another movie in the DVD player or any massive meltdowns ensue. The area has lots to offer: beautiful scenery, yummy eats, and attractions to intrigue all ages. Check out our hot spots for a cool, fall weekend in Chattanooga.

The Blue Plate

If you find you’ve spent the entire day without leaving the downtown museum campus, grab dinner at The Blue Plate, an upscale comfort-food restaurant that focuses on Tennessee-grown farmers and purveyors and from-scratch cooking and baking. The kids’ menu includes hand-dipped chicken tenders, grilled cheese and other classics that are served with house-made chips, or you can ask to swap the chips for one of the many tempting side dishes, such as broccoli casserole, grilled green beans or stone-ground cheese grits. For the grown-ups: Twists on classics, like shrimp mac & cheese, beef filets topped with madeira sauce and Maytag blue cheese, or a “loaded” grilled cheese with pulled pork tucked between the two slices of locally baked bread.
191 Chestnut Street Unit B
Chattanooga, TN
423-648-6767
Online: www.theblueplate.info

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—Jessica Harlan

Photos courtesy of Tasty Daylight Donuts via Facebook, Tennessee Aquarium via Facebook, Creative Discovery Museum via Facebook, The Blue Plate via Facebook, Good Dog via Facebook, Raccoon Mountain Caverns via Facebook, the Chattanooga Choo Choo via Facebook and Creative Commons via Flickr