A few weekends ago, Jeff and I packed up the girls and the car and headed east for a quick, family-fun getaway to Chattanooga. We thought it would be fun to invite their cousins along for the adventure and it was a great time for everyone, spent touring the aquarium and discovery center. Today I am here to share a little bit more about our little vacation.
We arrived mid-morning and headed straight to the Tennessee Aquarium
for some one-on-one time with friends from both salt and freshwater exhibits. I love how you head up to the top first and work your way down in both buildings, which makes it a fun way to see everything.
Hands down, our favorite exhibits were the butterflies, penguins, otters, and jellyfish!
After visiting the aquarium, we walked over to Big River Grille
for lunch, and so we could rest up a bit! Then it was off to our second destination, the Children’s Discovery Museum
. This was hands down the best part of our trip and I would highly recommend going… so much to do and their interactive exhibits made it fun for all ages, even us adults. I wish we had more time before they closed for the day because we were unable to see everything in one visit!
Once the museum closed, we headed over to our hotel. We stayed at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Chattanooga Hamilton Place
and were so pleased with their accommodations and the details they work on to ensure a happy and comfortable stay for out-of-towners. Our two-room suite made it easy for Jeff and I to stay up later and watch some TV, while the girls giggled away in the bedroom because they were so excited to be sleeping in the same room!
We were also pleasantly surprised to learn that Embassy Suites by Hilton™
offers a free two-hour Evening Reception with snacks and drinks to cater to small and big kids alike… and yes, we partook in some of those cocktails after a long and tiring day!
The staff made us feel so welcome from the moment we entered the hotel… a cheese and cookie tray complete with a handwritten note introducing us to their facility–job well done friends, as this mama loves little details like these! [and yes, both the girls AND Jeff were ecstatic about the yummy cookie surprise]
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offers free made-to-order breakfast each morning! The morning breakfast made it easy to make sure everyone had full tummies before heading out. We were thrilled for omelets, pancakes and waffles, bacon, as well as oatmeal, cereals, fresh fruits, and an assortment of juices, teas, and coffee to make sure Jeff and I were properly caffeinated!
Each two-room suite features a mini fridge and wet bar area with an assortment of coffee and tea for in-room drinks, too. I love the downstairs hotel “market.” It’s perfect if you’re craving a snack or need to purchase something you forgot to pack… these details set Embassy Suites apart and make it easier to travel, while getting the most out of our vacation.
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We love Chattanooga too!! Traveling next to Blueridge,GA!
It is actually Chattanooga,TN for a weekend family trip with our boys.
We are traveling to Texas to visit family in a few months!
What a fun trip! The girl's dresses are adorable. Who are those by? Thank you in advance. x
They are from Pink Chicken, from Sugar Bit of course 🙂
Wonderful! I am just stumbling across your blog so Sugar Bit and all are new to me. I am thrilled! Have a great day! x
Also, next stop: Napa, CA! 🙂
We keep hoping for a couples weekend in Nashville soon. 🙂
Chattanooga for fall break would be a perfect little getaway!
We are headed to Asheville, NC next!
We are headed home to Oklahoma in a couple of weeks & then the beach in Oct!
going on a cruise to Caribbean in 2 weeks!!!
Also, next stop: Napa, CA! 🙂
I'm headed to Denver, CO for work next week 🙁
I would love to have my family with me.
Thinking of Portland, Maine!
this is SO FUN!!! i seriously haven't been to the aquarium since our 4th grade field trip there and i would love to go back!!! and wait. did i just see the words "fresh sangria?!?!" AMAZING!!
Heading to hometown of Charlotte, NC tomorrow! I cannot wait!
Stayed at an Embassy Suites last week for work, so nice!
Headed to the beach on Saturday – Ponte Vedra!
Heading to California for a girls' weekend!
I am heading to Napa for a girls trip!
We love Chattanooga as well. Our next destination is Destin, FL next month. One of my all time favorites!
Embassy Suites is always our hotel of choice when traveling! Gotta love cocktail hour! Hahah. We are taking our girls to Washington D.C. for our next trip!
Hopefully Anna Maria Island in Florida next year.
We are traveling to San Francisco in March!! Can't wait!!
Sounds like a great trip! I would like our next trip to be this fall to Savannah! I love that city 🙂
We're heading to San Antonio and Austin, TX in October!
Heading to Charlottesville, VA in a few weeks for a bachelorette and some wine tastings!!
We are debating taking a weekend to go camping in Colorado… but its just such a drive from Oklahoma!
We're heading to San Antonio and Austin, TX in October.
Knoxville or Chattanooga–we need a weekend away.
so much fun! i have family in tennessee! i need to go visit them soon. xo jillian – cornflake dreams
Looks like a great trip! We are headed to Maui in a month…so excited!
We don't have anything planned as we rarely get the chance to travel, but I'd love my three babies to experience either the beach or mountains. We live in Ohio so somewhere within a 10 hour or less car ride would be ideal
Actually considering Chattanooga for ours sons upcoming birthday in November!
the beach this weekend!
We are headed to Destin, FL for my best friend's wedding next month. Can't wait but a little nervous for the 12 hour drive with my one year old 🙂
We are traveling to San Diego for a friend's wedding in a couple weeks!
well you know we are going to Disney soon but after that we are headed to NYC/Hamptons in October.
As a local Chattanooga blogger I couldn't agree more with this blog post. I especially love taking my Grandchildren to the discovery museum.
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