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Chattanooga Indoor Garden

Even though winter is in full swing, it's not too early to start thinking about your plans for your spring garden. Our real estate agents recommend landscaping your home's exterior to get the most attention from prospective homebuyers. Once you know what plants and flowers you want to incorporate, you can get an early start by growing your seedlings inside.

Starting your seedlings inside gives you a chance to get a headstart on the growing season. You can better protect fragile seedlings by keeping them inside in controlled conditions when they're at their most vulnerable. It's also typically more cost-effective to grow your own seedlings instead of purchasing them from a nursery. Here are some guidelines to follow when starting your indoor garden. 

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Chattanooga PizzaNational Pizza Day is Tuesday, February 9th! Our real estate agents know that you don't need an excuse to dive into a cheesy slice of pizza, but National Pizza Day is a great reason to get adventurous and try a new pizza parlor around town. If you love a classic New York-style slice, consider chowing down on a Chicago deep dish. If you've never ordered pineapple or anchovies on one of America's favorite foods, National Pizza Day is the perfect time to give it a try. Even if you want the classic combo of crust, cheese, and tomato sauce, these pizza shops around Chattanooga won't disappoint.

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Chattanooga Winter Hiking

No matter the season, you're never far from a scenic hike when you live in Chattanooga. The city is surrounded by mountains, valleys, breathtaking gorges, and beautiful forests, with trails to suit hikers of every experience level. Winter is an excellent time to explore some local trails, with crisp weather, stunning views, and a different perspective than you will find during warmer seasons. Our real estate agents have all the details on 5 of the best places for winter hiking around Chattanooga.

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Chattanooga Things to Do

Are you ready to get out of the house and enjoy the best that Chattanooga has to offer? Our real estate agents love exploring Chattanooga to find the hidden gems and popular haunts that make the city one-of-a-kind. If you're searching for a great way to tour the city without breaking the budget, we encourage you to check out these five free things to do in Chattanooga.

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Chattanooga Farmers Markets

Are you tired of the same old freezer food? Freshen up your plate with local produce from Chattanooga area farmers markets! Farmers markets across the region are opening back up to the public, and our real estate agents are excited to fill our pantries with the wonderful taste of Tennessee. If you're ready to get back to healthy eating, we suggest stopping by one of these fantastic farmers markets full of locally grown foods!

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Kids Activities

"There's nothing to do!" How many times a day do you hear that refrain from your kids? TV and online activities are fine in small doses, but they shouldn't be a constant source of entertainment.

Our real estate agents share some of their favorite screen-free ways to entertain their kids. You might even find a new activity you enjoy!

  1. Solve Puzzles
    The word "puzzles" covers a wide variety of formats. Jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, and sudoku are just a few of the available types, offering something for everyone's particular interests. As a bonus, puzzles are great tools for teaching logic and problem-solving skills.

  2. Learn to Cook
    Now that families have more opportunities to share mealtimes, why not go the next step and prepare the meals together? Start by having the kids assist with basic tasks like measuring ingredients and work your way up based on their aptitude.

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Spring in Chattanooga

Getting cabin fever after a long winter? Chattanooga offers a variety of exciting opportunities to get out and about during springtime. Our real estate agents have compiled a checklist of lively activities to put on your spring calendar.

  1. Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center - 400 Garden Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37419
    Watching Mother Nature rise from her winter slumber is a sight that never grows old. Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center is a public park designed to conserve and enhance the natural beauty near Chattanooga homes for sale. The 317-acre property features more than 12 miles of dog-friendly walking trails along Lookout Creek and up Lookout Mountain. With five distinct ecosystems encompassed in the park, you're likely to spot some birds and animals that live on the grounds. Admission is by donation, with $10 for adults and $7 for children requested. The Welcome Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., but members have dawn-till-dusk access.

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Racing Around ChattanoogaWhat could be better than seeing the sights around Chattanooga on a pleasant March weekend? Seeing it all on foot, of course! The Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon is set to return for another great year, with a full weekend of races, expos, music, and fabulous food for all to enjoy. There's a race for every runner, from the challenge of a full marathon to the joy of a fun run designed especially for local kids. The race weekend also features plenty of events that don't require running shoes, including a busy schedule of live music. Our REALTORS® are ready for the races, and we've got all the details.

Dates: March 6 – 8, 2020

Location: Marathon Starting Line at 2nd and Broad Streets on the Riverfront

  • Enjoy the Biggest Annual Race Weekend in Chattanooga
    Whether you're shopping for Chattanooga homes for sale or training for a marathon, this is the perfect city to experience on foot. The Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon is organized by people who love Chattanooga and has grown into one of the city's most popular events. Founded in 2016, the event was envisioned as a way to engage residents, attract visitors, and benefit the community. It's been a great success so far, with new events and attractions added to race weekend every year. Register to race, or show your support as a spectator – either way you're in for a treat.

  • See the Sights from a New Perspective
    The course for the Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon is designed to take you through some of the most scenic spots in the city. Longer races kick off on Broad Street between 2nd and 3rd Street, with a course winding through the Riverfront, Bluff View, City Center, Westside, and Southside Historic districts. Spectators love watching around the finish line, but there are plenty of other great vantage points along the Tennessee River and beyond.

  • A Race for Every Experience Level
    Training for a marathon is a big deal, and there's nothing like the reward of crossing the finish line after a long run. But if you're not looking to complete a marathon, no problem! The weekend also features a team relay marathon, half-marathon, 5k run, and a fun run designed just for kids. No matter which race you choose, you'll have plenty of support from the crowd.

  • A Full Weekend of Fun in Chattanooga
    It wouldn't be a big Chattanooga event without great music and even better food, would it? The Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon delivers on both fronts, with live music throughout the weekend and ample opportunities to enjoy food from the city's best restaurants. The weekend also includes a series of neighborhood parties, where you can watch the races surrounded by food, live music, and plenty of new friends. 

  • Get Involved with the Chattanooga Erlanger Marathon This Year
    There are so many ways to get involved, whether you're strapping on your running shoes or cheering from the crowd. Runners should plan to register online in advance, while spectators need to find the perfect spot to watch the action on race days close to all of the music, food, and fun.

If you love to experience the outdoors while you enjoy your daily run, then the scenic streets of Chattanooga are waiting for you. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.


Hobbies in Chattanooga

2020 is finally here, and our real estate agents encourage you to make a resolution to get engaged with a new hobby. From art and dance lessons to health and wellness classes, here are five hobbies to try out in Chattanooga that'll keep you busy all year long!

  1. Art Creations — 201 Frasier Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37405
    Unleash your creative side at Art Creations. They've got all of the arts and graphic supplies you need to create and frame your work. If you'd like to hone your skill or learn new techniques, sign up for their art classes or workshops throughout the year. Get your kids involved in one of Art Creations' summer camps or grab your friends for a private paint party!

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Chattanooga Holiday Events

The holiday season is a time to make special memories with your family and friends. Our REALTORS® love the exciting festivities that bring joy to Chattanooga each year. Here are a few of the most anticipated family-friendly events that'll brighten up your holiday season!

  1. 2nd Annual Chattanooga Home for the Holidays Expo — Chattanooga Convention Center 1 Carter Plaza, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402 | Dec 15
    Looking for the perfect gift for the special people in your life? Then head down to the convention center for the 2nd Annual Chattanooga Home for the Holidays Expo. Nearly 50 unique vendors will bring out their finest inventory to help you shop for a few last-minute gifts. This event is free to attend, so be sure to save a few hours for gift-hunting after viewing a few Chattanooga homes for sale.

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Family Events Chattanooga

Some of our favorite events of the year are coming up this October, and our REALTORS® are excited to share the events you shouldn't miss. If you're in town looking for Chattanooga homes for sale, be sure to check out some of these amazing October events in the Chattanooga area!

  1. 2019 Fall Festival - 400 Garden Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37419
    Offering a chance to reconnect with nature and experience all the charms of the season, the 2019 Fall Festival at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center returns over two consecutive weekends this October. Stop in on October 26 for Pumpkin Painting and Family Fun Day, which includes live music, family activities, games and pumpkin painting activities. Check back in on November 3 for the evening Fall Festival & Family Night, with hayrides, backyard movies, a spooky storytelling canoe trip, and an owl prowl. 

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3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival Artists

Ladies and gentlemen of Chattanooga — are you ready for two days of bluegrass? The 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival heads to Ross' Landing this October for this FREE family-friendly event! Join our REALTORS® Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th as we hang out and listen to fantastic bluegrass bands, including:

  • Mandolin Orange
    Hailing from North Carolina, Andrew Marlin, and Emily Frantz are a talented duo delivering intimate performances even when playing to a packed house. Earlier this year, Mandolin Orange released perhaps their most personal album to date, Tides of a Teardrop. Having traveled the globe, Mandolin Orange is ready to share their craft with Chattanooga.

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Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park

Are you searching for a place that offers family fun for all ages, close to home in Chattanooga? Just across the TN-GA state line, you'll find one of our region's favorite destinations for summer fun, with rides, a water park, and so much more. Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park, also known as Lake Winnie, has been a local favorite for nearly a century. Whether you're looking for thrill rides, a perfect place to let young children have the time of their lives, or anything in between, you'll have it at Lake Winnie. Our real estate agents love Chattanooga fun, and we're excited to tell you all about what you will find at Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park.

Location: 1730 Lakeview Dr., Rossville, GA 30741
Season: Open Every Day June 12 – August 7, Select Dates in May, September, and October
Admission: Purchase Tickets Online or at the Gate

  • Family Fun at Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park
    Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park is a place for all ages, with a selection of attractions that will appeal to every member of the family. From fun kiddie rides to non-stop thrills, Lake Winnie has it all. The park offers extended hours while school is out in the summer, perfect for a full day of fun close to home. Purchase a season pass to visit anytime, or grab affordable single-day tickets when you arrive.

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Chattanooga Fishing Spots
Chattanooga comes by its nickname, "The Scenic City" justly.  Its natural beauty accented by a diverse collection of lakes, creeks, ponds, rivers, and other waterways makes it a great spot for anglers of all types. Whether you love fly fishing, hitting the water in your boat, or casting your line from a sunlit fishing pier, you'll find no shortage of fabulous fishing spots throughout the Chattanooga area. Best of all, many of the city's fishing spots are free to visit, and all you need is a Tennessee fishing license. Our REALTORS® have the details on six favorite fishing spots spread around the Chattanooga area.

  1. Chickamauga Dam Fishing Piers – 4631 Amnicola Hwy, Chattanooga 37406
    Chattanooga homes for sale are located just a few miles from the Chickamauga Dam, one of the city's favorite fishing spots. The park at Chickamauga Dam features boat ramps, along with a variety of fishing piers where you can drop a line in the water. At this fishing spot, you'll find a few types of bass perfect for sport fishing, along with a variety of other local species.

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Chattanooga 4 Bridges Arts Festival

Ladies and gentlemen, Chattanooga's favorite arts festival is coming back to town! Our REALTORS® are excited to attend the 4 Bridges Arts Festival once again. The Association for Visual Arts created Chattanooga's premier outdoor cultural event in 2000, and it's been a popular yearly celebration ever since. We invite you to bring your family and friends out to what is sure to be another stunning showcase of visual arts from around the country!

19th Annual 4 Bridges Arts Festival

Where: The First Tennessee Pavilion - 1826 Reggie White Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37408
When: April 12 – 14, 2019

Purchase Your Ticket for the Preview Party

Friday, April 12 | 6:30 PM – 10 PM

Kick off 4BAF 2019 by attending the Preview Party. An evening of gourmet hors d'oeuvres, signature cocktails and wines await you as other art fans from all parts of Tennessee join you in celebrating the visual arts. This lovely party offers a perfect place for guests to mingle and discuss their favorite exhibits from years prior. If you're interested in attending, be sure to purchase your ticket before supplies run out.

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Chattanooga Area Activities - Fletcher Bright Realty

Our REALTORS® know all about Chattanooga neighborhoods and what makes them great places to live. Of course, you'll want to know where all the fun is in your new neighborhood, too. The winters here in Chattanooga are pretty mild, which means you still have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. But don't worry if the weather does get colder, or you would rather stay indoors, there's still plenty to do. Here are some of the best ideas to keep you busy this winter.

  1. Head Under Water - Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
    The nationally acclaimed Tennessee Aquarium features two buildings of river and ocean habitats with plants and animals native to the area and from all over the world. Connect with nature, watch the penguins and river otters, or learn about your favorite fish. The variety of animals and activities mean there's fun for everyone. While you're there don't forget to check out the IMAX theater.

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Bluff View Art District Lights

If you love the glitz and glitter of extravagant holiday displays, you're in luck. Chattanooga is famous for its "Holiday Trail of Lights" featuring 12 points of interest that are sure to take your breath away.

There's so much to do; you'll want to take a break from touring Chattanooga homes for sale so that you can enjoy a few days of festivities. This guide to each of the stops will help you can make the most of this incredible event. 

  1. Christmas Experience on the Bluff : Bluff View Art District, 11 East 2nd St., Chattanooga
    The Bluff View Art District is a popular destination year-round, but during the holidays they take it to a whole new level. Located on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River, thousands of lights turn this area into a stunning winter wonderland. The Candy Cane Lane, Elf Adventures, and the Grand Christmas Tree in the Mezzo are sure to delight viewers of all ages. 

  2. Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights: 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain
    Travel high up into Lookout Mountain to experience Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights. Choose one of four themed trails and experience a one-of-a-kind walk-through Christmas trees. After you've soaked in this magical winter wonderland featuring over a million twinkling lights, you'll have a chance to enjoy some hot cocoa, take photos with Santa, and decorate gingerbread cookies.

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Chattanooga Places to See Santa
Chattanooga locals will soon be able to look forward to the lights, sounds, and joys of the Christmas and Holiday seasons. Have you been searching for Chattanooga homes for sale, but need a break? If so, our local area has plenty on offer—much of it featuring appearances of the jolly old elf himself.

At Fletcher Bright Realty our REALTORS® are confident that you'll find the city and its surroundings just as charming and lovable as we do. Make a list of these Holiday hot spots—and be sure to check it twice!

  1. Santa's Workshop - Hamilton Place Mall - 2100 Hamilton Place Boulevard, Chattanooga, TN
    Santa and his team of joyous elves will be visiting this once upon a time largest mall in Tennessee, offering opportunities for photo packages and exclusive holiday items available to the young and young-hearted members of your family. Drop by for a photo opportunity, or stay and shop around, but either way, this trip is an excellent way to start the season.

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Chattanooga Restaurants for Thanksgiving
With the holidays right around the corner, it's time to count our blessings and start planning some festive family fun.

If you're taking a break from exploring the many Chattanooga homes for sale so you and your family can enjoy Thanksgiving together, the thought of spending the day slaving away in the kitchen may not excite you. Don't worry, we've got you covered. Our REALTORS® have gathered a list of some of their favorite Chattanooga restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner.

  1. The Chattanoogan - 1201 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37402
    Located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, the Chattanoogan Hotel is an excellent choice for your Thanksgiving celebration. Take in the gorgeous views of Lookout Mountain while enjoying a unique and tasty feast in the beautifully decorated ballroom. Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. 

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Chattanooga Family Fun Aquascarium
If you've been spending all of your free time looking for the perfect home, why stop on trick-or-treat night? As you and your children wander door-to-door looking for ghoulish treats and ghostly fun, you're bound to get a view of Chattanooga homes for sale. You can even wear a costume if you like.  

If trick-or-treat househunting sounds too scary for you, our REALTORS® have a better idea. Let us arrange a not-so-creepy tour of the homes you love. Afterward, you and your family can begin your Halloween weekend with Aquascarium. It's just one of the events during the monthlong ODDtober celebration at Tennessee Aquarium. 

Aquascarium | Tennessee Aquarium

Friday, October 26, 2018

Aquascarium offers Halloween fun for everyone. It's a great alternative to wandering the streets and knocking on doors for questionable treats. The evening was designed to provide spooky fun... but not too spooky. It's kid-friendly enough for your youngest little ones. All you have to do is put on your costume, show up, and enjoy the Halloween excitement.

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Chattanooga Boo in the Zoo
Halloween is just around the corner, and if you're looking for a way to scare up some family-friendly fun for the season, we have the perfect solution. Join in the fun on October 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2018 at the Chattanooga Zoo for their annual fright-free event. Our REALTORS® are certain that your entire family will enjoy the activities at Boo in the Zoo, and will leave with memories that will last a lifetime. Mark your calendar, and get ready to experience the zoo like never before.

A Unique Halloween Experience in a Safe Environment

A fun and different type of Halloween event, Boo in the Zoo offers a safe and exciting atmosphere that everyone can enjoy, and it can be a fun addition or alternative to your regular fall festivities. Imagine an evening of enjoying all the great exhibits at the Chattanooga Zoo with the added bonus of seasonally themed activities.

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