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BLUE GHOST REUNION
Eve and I hope to see many of you in Chattanooga at the reunion in April (4/25, 26 & 27). Eve is progressing through her chemotherapy and expects to be running fast and touching the ground in the highest places by the reunion.
Chattanooga is a great destination with many things to see and do. You may want to get here early or stay a little later to take part in the many attractions unique to our area. First let’s talk about getting here. For those of you driving it is pretty straight forward. I- 75 and I-24. Both pass through Chattanooga. It is about two hours from Knoxville, Atlanta or Nashville. From Birmingham, about 3 hours. Tennessee’s largest shopping mall is Hamilton Place located just off I-75. If you are flying, you can fly into Chattanooga’s Airport (a bit more expensive, usually) or you may fly in to Atlanta or Nashville and take Groome Transportation Vans (1-800- 896-9928 = website: www.groometransportation.com) to Chattanooga. They run about 20 trips per day to and from Atlanta and to and from Nashville. Groome has agreed to shuttle us to the hotel from their Chattanooga location at no additional cost.
Our reunion hotel is the Chattanooga Choo-Choo (of the famous Glen Miller’s song). Next door to the hotel is the starting point for the Chattanooga Transit Authority Electric Shuttle busses. These are FREE shuttles that take you downtown and to many points of interest. Among them are: The Tennessee Aquarium, The IMAX Theatre, a first run 12 screen movie theatre, The “BLOCK” Climbing Wall, The Children’s Discovery Museum, The Chattanooga Lookout’s Baseball Stadium, the Southern Bell Dinner Cruise Boat and the Riverfront area where you can catch the River Gorge Explorer, or follow the River Walk, an eight mile trail that parallels the Tennessee River, as well as enjoy many restaurants, bars and shops of all varieties and price ranges. In the Arts District you will find the renowned Hunter Museum Of Art, Rembrandt’s Coffee House, Tony’s Pastaria, the Houston Glass Museum, the sculpture gardens well as several art galleries, upscale restaurants, and B&B’s.
The Walnut Street Bridge, the longest pedestrian bridge in the US – over 3,000 feet long over the Tennessee River - connects to the North Shore shopping district, The River Park and The Children’s Park where there is a delightful walk in fountain and the whimsical Horsin’ Around Carousel that offers rides on animals carved by local citizens. Bring your grandkids! It’s better than Disneyworld and lots cheaper. There are rental bike racks all around town. Remember that the electric shuttles are FREE and they want you to use them. Within walking distance of the Choo-Choo is a shopping district called Warehouse Row with a food court below and above is an excellent café called Tupelo Honey. Nearby is The Terminal Brewhouse, The Urban Stack (gourmet hamburgers), The Southern Star (great veggies), The Blue Orleans (Cajun), The Pickle Barrel Deli and the elegant upscale St. John’s. Breakfast at the Bluegrass Café on Main St. is mighty fine if you can stand the line.
If you like fried chicken you must try Champy’s (526 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.). Their motto is “Blues, Brews and Bird.” One of our favorite places anywhere and certainly worth a cab ride or short drive.
At the hotel The Station House restaurant with singing waiters and waitresses is fun and good as is the nice bar off the lobby should you not be in the mood to roam. If you like model trains, don’t miss the huge layout at the Choo-Choo. If you collect antiques Broad Street boasts several such shops as well as The Knitting Mills on the North Shore.
Nearby on Lookout Mountain are world famous Rock City, Ruby Falls and the Incline Rail cars. At Raccoon Mountain is a cave and cavern tour that is truly spectacular. On Sundays the bustling Chattanooga Market with fresh produce, arts and crafts and a variety of street vendors is open from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Pavilion next to the Findley Football Stadium.
There are numerous Civil War sites within a few miles. Cravens House on the side of Lookout Mountain and Point Park on top of Lookout are worth seeing, as well as several sites on Missionary Ridge. The most significant Civil War site in the area is the Chickamauga Battle Field where one of the largest and bloodiest Battles of the war occurred.
I know some of you drive campers so here are two locations within minutes of the Choo-Choo.
CAMPING WORLD – 423-892-0144
6734 Ringgold Road
RACCOON MOUNTAIN RV PARK & CAMPGROUND – 1-800-823-2267
319 West Hills Drive
Chattanooga, TN 37419
The Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel is a Holiday Inn property
1400 Market Street.
Please double check with other Blue Ghosts to make sure they get this information. Don’t assume that they know. We’d like to see you all there in Chattanooga for the reunion.
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