Weekend catch up

Hello all! What a lovely Sunday it is!

This past week has been filled with loads of wedding planning and work and sine i could use a wedding break I thought it would be a prefect time to catch up here on all we’ve been up to these past few weeks.

Trip to ATL DragonCon and Chattanooga, TN

A couple of weekends ago we joined Chason’s long time friend and his family for a trip to DragonCon in ATL. I knew nothing about this other than it’s a, um, gathering of geeks…but once there my oh my, it’s like a whole other world! almost everyone was dressed in creative and bazaar costumes and there were many, many tables and exhibits to browse. The art show was my favorite, saw some amazing and odd art I would love to add to our future home…just not the naked Mario Brothers…yes, there was someone who painted that…yep.

I have to give major props to those who dress up, they really go all out and it’s quite fun to see! From steam punks to ghost busters and a bubble man it was fun checking out the sights, though I think we all freaked when we saw Sloth from The Goonies! So fun!! 🙂

After our experience there we headed out to Chattanooga for the rest of the weekend.

“When you hear the whistle blowing eight to the bar
Then you know that Tennessee is not very far”

I should mention i have a deep love of The Andrew Sisters (they make for great baking music!) and one of my favorite songs is Chattanooga Choo Choo, so while on the 1 1/2 drive to TN I was signing the song in my head. We stayed at the Chattanooga Choo Choo and had a room in an actual train car! I was sooo jazzed about this! I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this place! The lobby is very vintage and beautiful and so is the dinning room. I loved walking out to our room passing by all the train cars…twas so cute!

“Hey, there, boy, yes, yes, yes
I want a one way ticket on the
Chattanooga choo choo train”

Our room was so adorable i fell in love right away! Very vintage and romantic, i told hubs we must go back from time to time 🙂 I loved waking up in a train car, looking over and seeing a baggage rail and peeking out the windows and see the pretty court yard view!

(view of the courtyard)

The hotel houses a coffee shop (pretty good mocha!), ice cream parlor, shops, and an arcade…which we all took advantage of the next morning 🙂

I will say, there are a few things i didn’t like…the room doors have to be slammed shut to actually close and our bathroom door didn’t stay closed. But, seeing as it old i guess you get what you pay for.

We decided to do some exploring so we took a trolley to downtown and walked. Best way to see a city! We stopped by Big River Grille, a local brewery, for some appetizers. Quite a cute little place with some tasty snacks, and you can see into the area where they brew which is pretty cool!

Next we took in the lovely sights at the bridge

Then made our way over to Ross Landing and played around in the water fall steps! So fun, and the cool water felt so good after a long day! The kids seemed to really envoy this part too! While there Jon and Erin took some sweet photos of me and Chason!

Love the photos they took!! Thanks guys! 🙂

After all the exploring we chose to have dinner at Easy Bistro, a very classy and sleek place in downtown. As soon as i saw the menu i knew what i was going to have..risotto. And a good choice indeed, it was very tasty and i could have eaten the whole thing! Chason had the raw oysters and said they are very good, and we all shared the creme brulee for dessert . Yum!!

The next day we had breakfast in the Chattanooga Choo Choo resturant which was pretty good, but has quite the long wait. After we made our way to Rock City and Ruby Falls

Rock City

This was one of my favorite places, made up of beautiful trails and plants it’s a really fun place to trek through! They even have a Gnome city! I love Gnomes! 🙂

Chason and Gnome land 🙂

We got to take a trip to Lovers Leap (a cliff where a couple committed suicide in the name of love) and look off the top of Lookout Mountain where you can see seven states…which we didn’t really see because it was rainy, but the view was breath taking!

Rock City Falls

Squished by rocks!

Rope bridge where my husband keep making me freak by shaking…io!

Ruby Falls

Our last stop in Chattanooga was Ruby Falls, a cave that houses a huge underground waterfall and many cool rock formations. We took the elevator all the way down into the cave and got a tour through the trail taking in the fascinating sights and ended at the massive beautiful underground water fall!

It’s a very long trek both there and back, but if you’re up for it i’d say it’s worth to do at least once!

So, that was our weekend out. It was a very nice break from this computer that is our work and i was happy to get to know my husbands friends and their sweet kids 🙂 I would definitely go back and stay at the Choo Choo again, and if you’ve never been i encourage you to check it out! 🙂

“So, Chattanooga choo choo, won’t you choo choo me home!?”

~Cecily

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