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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 Zoo

The country's first public zoo opened in New York's Central Park in 1874, Since then, people of all ages have held a fascination with watching and learning about animals. Today approximately 175 million people per year make a trip to a zoo.

Our REALTORS® love to visit the Chattanooga Zoo and see the variety of exhibits and tours. With the zoo welcoming back guests and hosting Boo in the Zoo and Safari Nights in October, we wanted to share 7 fun facts about the wildest Chattanooga residents. 

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Chattanooga Fall Colors

Overlooking the banks of the Tennessee River, Chattanooga is nestled in the spot where the Appalachian Mountains meet the Cumberland Plateau. It's surrounded by some of America's most spectacular scenery, and autumn just might be the season when Chattanooga looks its best.

For anyone with an eye for natural beauty, Chattanooga is a great place to call home. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of our favorite spots for fall foliage around the Chattanooga area! 

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Parks in Chattanooga

Whether you're paging through a well-worn hard copy with notes in the margins or pulling up the latest release on your smartphone, there's still nothing like finding a quiet, peaceful place to enjoy your favorite books. National Book Lovers Day, which takes place every year on August 9th, is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your love of reading, and our real estate agents are happy to report that there are plenty of great places around Chattanooga to enjoy a day of reading outdoors. Get to know 5 beautiful local spots, with our guide to some of the best parks for reading near Chattanooga.

  1. Coolidge Park – 150 River St., Chattanooga, TN 37402

    Located downtown with easy access from Chattanooga homes for sale, you'll find that Coolidge Park has everything you need for a relaxing day of reading or an afternoon of family fun. Coolidge Park is home to a lovingly restored historic carousel, with hand-carved animals created by a team of local artisans. There's tons of open space in the park so that you can find a quiet place to read, along with a host of activities and a busy schedule of special events to enjoy when you're done reading.

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Outdoor Home Projects

Feel like your home is lacking in curb appeal or utility? There's no better time to tackle outdoor projects than the warm summer months. Not only will a little outdoor work improve the livability of your home's exterior areas, but it will help your property stand out if you list it with other Chattanooga homes for sale. Check out one of these outdoor projects to spruce up your property's outside spaces and provide your family with more opportunities for outdoor living.

  1. Pressure Wash Your Deck or Patio
    A deck or patio is the perfect spot to spend your summer evenings. Make sure that it looks its best with a pressure washing session. Pressure washing will remove all the dirt and grime, and it's a lot more efficient than scrubbing the space by hand. Our real estate agents know that a home with clean outside areas performs better with potential buyers than one in need of a little TLC.
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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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Transplanting During the Summer

Although it's best to transplant plants when they're just getting green in early spring or dormant in fall and winter, sometimes moving a plant in the summer must be done. Regardless of the type of plant you're moving, it's important to make sure you follow specific steps to achieve the best results. Our real estate agents advise clients with Chattanooga homes for sale on how to get their yards in tip-top shape for showing. They share some transplanting tips that can set you up for success.  

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Chattanooga GardensWith Chattanooga families sheltering in place, gardening is a great activity to enjoy the great outdoors without leaving your home. For those new to the hobby, there are many plants that thrive in our corner of Tennessee. Choosing plants that thrive locally will increase your chances of having a successful garden.

Our REALTORS® suggest the following eight plants that are perfect for the Chattanooga area:

  1. Purple Coneflower
    Purple coneflowers are daisy-shaped flowers that are often purple, pink, or white, although they can come in other colors as well. Their blooms can be as large as six feet across, and the plant's stalks can grow to five feet tall, usually staying upright without staking. Plus, this plant is sure to attract birds and butterflies to your Chattanooga garden. 

  2. Star of Toscane
    This perennial vine is a more cold-tolerant version of climbing or spreading star jasmine. It has glossy green leaves and fragrant white blooms with gold centers. If you need a mixed border or groundcover, Star of Toscane will perform well in these areas. It also looks beautiful supported in an arbor, fence, or trellis. 

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Fall Festivals Chattanooga

Calling Chattanooga home means that you'll always have another fun, local festival coming up on the calendar, and the fall season is certainly no exception. There are festivals planned around harvest time, events packed with local culture, and plenty of opportunities to explore all of the excitement that Chattanooga has to offer. Pleasant weather makes fall a great time to enjoy the outdoors, and spend time with your favorite people at local events. Our REALTORS® are ready for fall fun, and we've got the details on five great festivals coming to Chattanooga this fall.

  1. Chattanooga Oktoberfest, 1801 Carter St., Chattanooga, TN 37408 - October 13 
    Chattanooga homes for sale 
    make it easy to reach all of the fantastic festivals and events on our list, including Chattanooga Oktoberfest which takes place at the First Tennessee Pavilion. Visit Chattanooga's longest-running Oktoberfest event for a full weekend of great food, local brews, and German traditions. The festival features traditional German dining, more than 99 different craft brews, and live music throughout the weekend. This is a family-friendly Oktoberfest event, with attractions and fun for all ages.

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Chattanooga Parks for the Perfect Picnic

Six Chattanooga Parks for the Perfect Picnic

One of the best parts about living in Chattanooga is getting outside and enjoying our city's beautiful outdoor parks.  

Since July is National Picnic Month, it's the perfect time to grab your family, pack a basket (or place a take-out order from your favorite restaurant), and head outdoors to one of our nearby local parks. We have a long list of city parks and greenspaces just right for a leisurely lunch. Our REALTORS® have rounded up a list of six of our favorite spots to enjoy the perfect Chattanooga picnic. 

  1. Coolidge Park - 150 River St, Chattanooga, TN 37405
    Spacious Coolidge Park has scenic trails and plenty of open space. Located in Chattanooga's North Shore neighborhood, this gem of a park has plenty of unique features. Lovely views of the Tennessee River, a pedestrian bridge, and a restored antique carousel are just a few. Coolidge Park is located near Chattanooga entertainment venues, art galleries, shopping, and restaurants.  It also serves as the local hub for numerous concerts, festivals and special events.

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Chattanooga Restaurant Outside Dining

8 Chattanooga Restaurants with Outdoor Seating

Our REALTORS® love the view here in Chattanooga, and we think you will, too!

The beauty of Chattanooga homes for sale is made even better by the wonderful scenery you can find outdoors. No matter whether you're exploring the heart of the city or walking along the river, Chattanooga combines remarkable natural beauty with its cityscape.

Not surprising that many of the top restaurants in the area offer plenty of outdoor seating for guests. That's especially true of the restaurants that happen to be located on the Riverwalk, the centerpiece of the dining and shopping scene in Chattanooga.

If you're looking for a spot on the patio, don't overlook these options:

  1. Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar – 1459 Riverside Drive Chattanooga, TN 37406
    Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar is one of the best places around for riverside dining. Right on the river, in fact, in a choice location on the historic Riverwalk, it serves up delicacies from the wood-fired grill. It's also one of the busiest oyster bars in the entire United States. The view is great even indoors, but don't forget the outdoor covered patio.
  2. Tony's Pasta Shop & Trattoria – 212 High Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403
    Tony's Pasta Shop & Trattoria is, as the name suggests, the #1 place in town for hand-made Sicilian dishes. Served in a relaxing and casual setting alongside a full selection of fine wines, the food will tempt your taste buds while your eyes delight to the view. The patio puts you right out in front of a gorgeous stretch of the Tennessee River.

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Summit of Softball Ooltewah

Our REALTORS® have been known to enjoy a game of softball every now and then when it's time to take a little break from showing Ooltewah homes for sale.

If baseball and softball are your games of choice, then you'll definitely want to check out the Summit of Softball Complex, one of the top attractions in the Tennessee River Valley.

Located right in Ooltewah, Tennessee, the Summit of Softball is a brand new complex that revitalizes an area already known for amateur and professional softball at all age levels.

The Best Softball Fields in the Chattanooga Area Await You at the Summit of Softball

The Summit of Softball has been created in response to a unique community need: High-quality facilities for all of the softball and baseball tournaments that take place all around the region.

It's not just professionals who are in on the game, but youth and adult athletes of all skill levels. With such great interest, a fresh idea was needed to end schedule conflicts and maintenance issues.

The Summit of Softball is the solution that's enriched the community even further.

The eight fields have been lauded by church groups, clubs, senior leagues, and more. The fields accommodate both fast- and slow-pitch softball, kickball, and baseball. Plus, the whole complex is ADA-compliant, allowing people with mobility limitations and other concerns to enjoy.

And it's not just fields – not by a long shot. There are tons of other amenities.

For example, you can make use of practice areas, facilities for coaches and umpires, offices fully equipped with computers and Wi-Fi, record keeping and media booths, and of course, the bleachers. They're beautifully shaded so spectators get the full experience in all weather.

You don't have to be playing a game to enjoy, either. Visitors have the opportunity to relax in a hospitality room or in the picnic areas with manicured grass and shaded seating. You can simply stretch your legs on the walking track or go see the pedestrian plaza.

The Summit of Softball is open daily and hosts a full roster of scheduled games. It welcomes the public from spring through fall. Ooltewah residents are just down the street from the Summit, which you can find at 8646 Apison Pike, Ooltewah, TN 37363.

Even if softball isn't your game, you'll find plenty of amenities that make Ooltewah a unique and attractive place to live. Our experienced team can also help you with Chattanooga homes for sale or recommend opportunities in nine other enticing communities. Contact Fletcher Bright Realty to find out more.


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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Hiking Mullens Cove Chattanooga
Chattanooga is quickly gaining a reputation as one of America's best cities for outdoor adventure. A lot of the folks we meet looking at Chattanooga homes for sale ask us about the best local parks, trails, mountain bike paths, and rock climbing adventures, so we thought we'd take a moment to highlight one of our favorite trails in the area: Mullens Cove Loop. 

Adventure Awaits in Chattanooga

The Mullens Cove Loop meanders through the picturesque landscape of Prentice Cooper State Forest, a wild 25,000-acre slice of paradise just 10 miles from Chattanooga. The forest overlooks the rugged Tennessee River Gorge and provides habitat for a wide range of native plant and animal life, as well as a limitless potential for recreation.

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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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Chattanooga Head of the Hooch Regatta

Chattanooga homes for sale are some of the most desirable anywhere in the United States, and our REALTORS® have the inside track when you're eager to find the one you want.

How do you know when you've found the right community for you? Most people say there's a certain special something that helps them feel like they've finally come home.

It might be a combination of world-class amenities, convenience, leading employers or the best schools. Chattanooga has all of these things and many more, besides.

Thanks to its unique culture and location, you'll also find plenty of features that you wouldn't expect elsewhere. The beautiful and scenic Tennessee River winding hundreds of miles over the landscape is one thing that's remarkable about our city. It provides incredible recreational and athletic activities other places can only imagine.

One of those is the annual Head of the Hooch rowing regatta held right in Chattanooga.

It's perhaps the favorite here at Fletcher Bright Realty – and if you happen to be around to look at homes in the area, you shouldn't pass up the chance to see it for yourself.

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Lula Land Trust
Even a brief look at Chattanooga homes for sale reveals one of the biggest attractions in our city – the great outdoors. It's a rare house in Chattanooga that's more than a stone's throw from a lake, stream, bike path or hiking trail. One of the best places to explore in the area is Lula Lake Land Trust, which sits less than 20 minutes from the heart of Downtown Chattanooga.

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Chattanooga Family Fun: A Little Horsin' Around at Coolidge Park 

Coolidge Park Carousel

Looking for a fun and refreshing way to spend the day in the Chattanooga area? Take a break while checking out Chattanooga homes for sale, and come discover all that Coolidge Park has to offer, including a wonderfully restored, antique carousel to be enjoyed by kids and those who are kids at heart. Our REALTORS® live and work in Chattanooga and are the area experts when it comes to everything that makes living in Chattanooga special.  The antique carousel in Coolidge Park tops our list.

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Exploring Chattanooga From Lookout Mountain

Point Park Lookout MountainThe Chattanooga area is rich with history, and an outing to Point Park located on Lookout Mountain is a perfect way to travel back in time to discover more about the heritage that helped shape the region and our country. Whether you're a local, a tourist, or someone considering finding your ideal residence among the various Lookout Mountain homes for sale, a visit to Point Park will leave you with an appreciation of the natural beauty of the area and a bit of a history lesson.

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Chattanooga Tennessee Aquarium Cruise
One of the things we Chattanoogans look forward to all year long is the arrival of fall. As the leaves turn, there is a joy to be found in a side of nature that many people throughout the country never even get to glimpse. 

Chattanooga's fall colors are so breathtaking that it has given rise to a tradition of fall color cruises. These cruises give you the unique chance to witness the fall foliage as you cruise one of Tennessee's beautiful waterways – including the legendary Tennessee River itself.

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