Travel Diaries: Girls Weekend in Chattanooga

This past weekend, I went on a blogger retreat with 7 other creative women to Chattanooga, TN. We stayed in the most darling white cabin with pastel pink walls and Anthropologie-inspired decor. From brunching and getting our makeup done to thrift shopping and hiking, we had a whale of a time! Keep reading to see what all we did on our girls trip! I hope that this inspires you to take some time for a solo, couples, or girls trip to the mountains soon!

Stay at the White Cabin Airbnb

This was the most darling cabin I have ever seen!
This is where we spent our time drinking rosé and catching up.
The kitchen was bright and airy.
The hallway led up to a second floor with two bedrooms.
How adorable is this bedroom?
This little nook was part of the third bedroom. It felt tranquil and quiet.

We stayed at the White Cabin for the weekend and absolutely loved the feminine and rustic charm. Located on a hill, this property is secluded with a front porch and second floor balcony. Every room is painted pale pink and the home decor is stylish and modern. Even better, the White Cabin has 3 bedrooms and can sleep up to 8 people, if you bring an air mattress. We had a ball there and I definitely want to go back with my husband for a romantic getaway

Breakfast at Maple Street Biscuit Company

They serve a coffee that’s brewed with maple syrup called “Maple Tap.” Yum!
Shared from my Instagram story last weekend, this was my main dish. It was a hearty and satisfying vegetarian dish with bright flavors of tomatoes and peppers. The biscuit was flaky, buttery, and delicious.
This is one of the many side dishes we were lucky enough to try! It’s called a Hash-Up, filled with cheesy potatoes and veggies.
Another side dish, these fried green tomatoes were crispy, salty, and divine.
This is the Smoky Mountain Mac ‘n’ Cheese with a cheese cracker crust. This was my favorite side dish of all. It is decadent and worth trying if you’re ever in Chattanooga!

After touring the menu and enjoying my brunch with my friends, I highly recommend starting your day at Maple Street Biscuit Company. To avoid the crowds, go around 8 am and make a beeline for the Maple Tap coffee!

Lunch at Solarium at the Dwell Hotel

Doesn’t the dining room at Solarium  make you want to sit a spell?
The floral wallpaper lends a touch of whimsy to the space.
I lunched on the Ambrosia salad with coconut and summer fruit. I also ordered a small bowl of the spicy Vegetable Soup with flatbread crackers. It was light, fresh, and colorful.
This refreshing cocktail stole the show. It was a mix of Prosecco and gin with a sphere ice cube filled with fresh herbs, flowers, and fruit!
Here is a snapshot of the cocktail garnishes, including edible flowers.
This 1960s-style sitting area is right next to the check-in desk at The Dwell Hotel.
This lounge room is next to the whimsical yet moody cocktail bar, Matilda Midnight.
I’ll have another, thanks! I’m still dreaming about my Prosecco cocktail here.

Whether you decide to stay here or enjoy a meal or cocktail at Solarium, visiting The Dwell Hotel should be at the top of your to-do list. The 1960s decor is effervescent and glamourous. The staff are attentive and warm hearted. Everywhere you look is a perfectly framed photo and you will treasure your time here. I am still in awe of how vibrant and welcoming this hotel and restaurant felt during my visit. It was unforgettable!

Dinner at St. John’s Restaurant

Having cocktails before dinner with Lara from Howl Photography and Emily, who just released her first single!
St. Johns is known for their steaks, so I ordered a petit filet. I paired it with a glass of Pinot Noir. The steak was tender and the wine flavorful.
For dessert, I indulged in the chocolate crème brûlée with a lemon short bread cookie. I savored every bite.

If you are looking for an elegant dinner experience, make a reservation at St. John’s Restaurant. It is easily the most romantic restaurant in Chattanooga, with candle lights and high ceilings.

Shop at Elea Blake Cosmetics

Welcome to Elea Blake Cosmetics!
The wall of lip palettes
Here is my custom berry lip color that owner Darin Wright made for me!
Darin is mixing my custom berry lip color.

We dropped by  Elea Blake Cosmetics to peruse their natural makeup products with owner Darin Wright. She is incredibly knowledgeable with color theory and can tell you exactly which lip colors will look best on you by doing a Personal Color Analysis with a series of painted canvases. This service eliminates unflattering colors so that you have an idea of what lip colors will flatter your skin tone! After she completed this service on me, she created a custom lip color for me and showed me which lip palettes were the perfect shades for me! I did purchase a lip palette and will show it to y’all in a later post. If you love makeup and need a new foundation or lipstick or anything makeup-related, this cosmetics shop is a must-see!

Hike at Signal Point


The next day, we took a hike at Signal Point, a gorgeous ridge located 20 minutes away from Chattanooga. The hike lasted about an hour and proffered the prettiest views of the mountains. If you need a hike location recommendation, this is the ticket!

This trip to Chattanooga left me feeling rejuvenated and happy as I left with stronger friendships and sweet memories of the mountains. Have you ever been to Chattanooga, TN? What do you recommend to eat, do, or see there?

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