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My Chattanooga Adventure | A tale of friends, food, fish, & fermentation

On Valentine's weekend I had the pleasure of visiting friends that I hadn't seen in almost half a year at their new hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee (well Red Bank, Tennessee... but they're just over the river!)

These aren't just ordinary friends...Meredith and Michael are the most free-spirited and adventurous people I know. They love the outdoors (biked from Canada to Mexico last spring), are amazing cooks (Michael is a chef at one of my favorite restaurants and Meredith learned about cooking from her parents and lots of experimentation), and they are my favorite traveling companions (we've been to LA, New York, and New Orleans together in the last year and a half).

Seriously amazing brunch by Meredith and Michael

Meredith and I had been trying to plan a visit since she moved to Chattanooga this past summer but life - as it does - kept getting in the way. When she sent me her work schedule for February, we realized we were both free February 13th through 15th and the planning commenced! My boyfriend (who is very good friends with both Michael and Meredith) came along too!

View from our hike of downtown Chattanooga

We had a blast enjoying dinner at the Terminal brew house and drinks after at The Flying Squirrel Bar on our first night there. After a good night's rest, my boyfriend and I joined Meredith and Michael for the most delicious fireside brunch at their apartment. Seriously, these two can cook some incredible food! Stuffed mushrooms, pancakes, and butcher bacon... it was heaven for someone who loves brunch as much as I do! Michael sadly had to work since it was one of the busiest dinner nights of the year, but that gave Meredith the chance to take us on a beautiful hike near her apartment complex. Phillip and I continued our day by visiting Chattanooga's aquarium and having dinner at a lovely biscuit restaurant before ending the night with a happy surprise of free ice cream  from the Ben & Jerry's manager.

Bright and early the next morning, we all headed out to Lynchburg, Tennessee to tour the Jack Daniel's Distillery and taste some of their classic Tennessee Whisky. It was so cold! And unfortunately, the majority of the tour was outside! Despite the cold, I still really enjoyed learning about all of the inner-workings of good Ole Number 7. It was like I was on an episode of How It's Made! After our tour and tasting, we shopped and had lunch in Lynchburg's little town square before heading home.

I had such a good time catching up and adventuring with my friends. My passions for travel, food, and exploration always bug me to go out until I finally do. Speaking of travel... on my spring break my boyfriend and I have booked a trip to the most magical place on earth - DISNEY WORLD!

Me, mere, & Jack Daniel's

I am a little more than ecstatic for the trip. Any of my friends can tell you how big of a Disney fangirl I am, and I have already set up fast passes to meet all of the princesses. Since I have a lot to catch up on in school before then, this will probably be my last post until after Disney. But don't worry, you can always catch me on instagram! 

Until then, have a magical day!!