In a last-minute attempt to salvage spring break plans ruined by the domino effect of crazy, stormy weather, we threw the kids in the car and made an impromptu road trip up to Chattanooga for the afternoon. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade…or visit Rock City. Everyone (including me!) was still disappointed that we missed out on seeing good friends back in Virginia, but this place was a fun distraction for awhile. Rock City is located on top of Lookout Mountain, part of the Appalachian Plateau in southern Tennessee, and although it is a bit touristy, it was still fun to explore the Enchanted Trail that winds through all of the impressive rock formations.
There are a few narrow passageways on the trail, so it’s a good thing none of us is claustrophobic…
The Swing-a-Long Bridge gets it’s name for a reason! It’s not so bad just standing here, but as soon as you start to walk, there is some serious bounce involved. I’m not a fan of heights, but if you make it across you are rewarded with a great view!
Katie fleeing after posing for the picture – and me holding on to the side for dear life…
And here’s the view from the other side of the bridge! From this vantage point, you are supposed to be able to see seven states – Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. I’m just going to go ahead and trust them on that!
Obligatory “Brady Bunch” pose (in a giant birdhouse, no less…)
I didn’t get any pictures of Fairyland Caverns or Mother Goose Village, but those are also big Rock City attractions composed of dolls in scenes from fairytales and nursery rhymes. Our verdict was that the dolls had a bit of a creepy, come-to-life-any-minute, bad dream quality about them, but I don’t want to sway your opinion. To be fair, I believe that they were made in the 1950’s and 60’s, so you may see them and think they have more of a campy, vintage feel.
Overall, I have to say that it was a great visit and Chattanooga is definitely a new favorite! And there’s lots more to do here (I hear fabulous things about their aquarium), so we will be making a return trip again soon!
Oh, yes! Before we leave Chattanooga and focus on favorites closer to home, I need to tell you about the Tupelo Honey Cafe. Have you heard of it? It’s a small chain of restaurants located mainly throughout the south, although they are also about to open one in Denver – so one may be coming to a town near you soon! We first discovered it when we were vacationing with the kids in Asheville, NC – we had dinner there one night and loved it so much that we returned the next morning for breakfast. When I realized that there was one in Chattanooga, I knew that’s where we had to go for dinner. It’s a menu of southern favorites with a bit of a gourmet twist, and has a great decor and atmosphere. (In fact, I think we may have figured out how we want to decorate part of our basement after seeing how they used antique windows to create a kind of partition between the eating area and the kitchen, but more on that in a future post…) When I spotted this Honeysuckle and Lavender Flip on the cocktail menu, I wasted no time ordering it. Honeysuckle vodka, lavender, lemon and soda water = deliciousness. And the food was pretty yummy, too.
My daughter is horrified every time I post any picture involving my bare feet, and I don’t really blame her because I have a bit of a foot aversion myself. But it couldn’t be helped – I really needed to be able to show you these super cute sandals that I just got this week! They’re casual and comfy, but the fringe gives them that little something extra. A new favorite for sure! (Please excuse the fact that I’m in need of a fresh pedicure – trying to hold out until it gets a bit closer to my girls’ trip to Miami. For those of you keeping track, yes, this is the trip that I was supposed to go on back in March. The weather wasn’t cooperating, so we decided to push it until April. That’s enough out of you, Mother Nature.)
The hat that I ordered for an upcoming neighborhood Kentucky Derby Party arrived this week, and although you wouldn’t find me in a hat like this on a typical Saturday night out, I’m actually super-excited to wear it! Dressing up is a definite favorite…now to make a final decision on a dress. If you have a Derby Party of your own to attend, click here for some shopping inspiration!
In the never-ending battle to improve our yard and get things to actually grow, we spent a little time outside this week weeding and planting. And while yard work is 100% not a favorite, having pretty things like this hibiscus on our porch is!(And since it’s in a container, it has a good chance of surviving – the flowers we planted around the mailbox may not fare as well…but I’m hoping for the best!)
And while we are on the subject of spring-like things, we noticed a pair of House Finches checking out the wreath on our front door the other day – probably as a potential nest-building site. I can’t tell you how many hanging baskets I’ve had to sacrifice for the good of the bird family that decided to take it over to raise their young, but it’s never happened with a wreath before. I’ll let you know if they come back!
That’s all for this week! What have you been up to? Comment below and let me know some of your favorites!