Good morning and hope you are all well rested (and well fed) after the Thanksgiving holidays! I, for one, have probably gained a few pounds from all the eating and drinking we’ve done over the past few days. But it was well worth it.
I don’t typically do weekend recaps on the blog anymore, but since this was quite a jam-packed weekend, I wanted to share some of my highlights!
Ankur and I spent Wednesday-Friday in Chattanooga. It’s about a 3-hour trek from us and we’ve never seen the city before. And, since we didn’t have plans to go home for Thanksgiving since we just saw our families at the wedding, we packed our bags and took a little road trip.
We got in around lunch time and drove straight to Urban Stack, a burger place in the downtown area. We both got chicken burgers (mine was a “Go Green” burger – which basically just means it’s a lettuce wrap). It looked like a good place to get cocktails, but we stuck with burgers because we knew there was going to be whiskey in the near future.
We did a tour at the Woodford Reserve back in July and learned a whole lot so I figured it’d be fun to do another tour in Chattanooga. I’m not a whiskey girl by any means, but it’s always fun to learn the behind-the-scenes of how everything comes together.
Right next to Chattanooga Whiskey, there’s an adorable coffee/hot chocolate shop that specializes in all kinds of chocolate. We ordered the white chocolate hot chocolate to share and, holy cow, they made me reconsider my chocolate preferences. I have never been a white chocolate fan before, but when it’s melted down into your hot chocolate and warm and cozy and topped with whipped cream, it’s a game changer!
We were originally going to stay away from the tourist attractions. But, considering that this was one of the few things that were actually open on Thanksgiving, we figured we might as well go check it out. I’m so, so happy we did. It’s a 145-foot high underground waterfall that is located within Lookout Mountain. We had to walk about a mile through a cave to be able to see it and it was well worth it.
In the evening on Thanksgiving Day, we made our way over to Rock City, another tourist attraction on top of Lookout Mountain. Ankur and I had no idea what we were getting into; we just bought the Rock City and Ruby Falls package because it felt like a pretty good deal. And, again, only two attractions open ON Thanksgiving Day. But, to my surprise, they turn Rock City into an “Enchanted Garden of Lights” in November and December. Christmas lights EVERYWHERE, Christmas music playing throughout the “park,” and nativity scenes all around the area. It was my version of heaven.
Happy Hour at The Social
I feel really jazzed when I see the words “happy” and “hour” together. I’m an avid happy-hour-goer. But, our little town doesn’t really DO Happy Hour. So, when we discovered that Public House, a restaurant near our hotel, had amazing Happy Hour prices, we immediately decided to go there for dinner. $2 tacos? Sign me up.
Thanksgiving Day Feast
Most of Chattanooga was shut down on Thanksgiving Day. But, fortunately, we found a few pubs that were open and decided to do lunch with a side of beer flights. I wouldn’t really imagine that a pub would actually have good FOOD, but we were both impressed with our lunches at Terminal Brewhouse. Ankur got a club sandwich and I got a chicken salad. And then we proceeded to go back to the hotel and watch Friends episodes for three hours. Happy Thanksgiving to us!
Normally, we would be pretty bummed about our Thanksgiving feast. But, we knew we’d get some pretty solid Thanksgiving food on Friday at Katy and Gentry’s house for Friendsgiving! I may have had three servings of the green bean casserole. It was such a fun night with my favorite ladies. From ChardonnayGo to dropping it low in the kitchen, it was seriously uncontrollable laughter all night long! I feel so fortunate to have this family away from home.
Meeting up with Blogging Friends
About a year ago, Christina, the blogger behind Hugs and Lattes, and I connected over Instagram when she realized I was currently living in her hometown. How crazy that in a sea of bloggers, I stumble upon a girl who happened to live in this itty-bitty town of Harrogate, TN. I’ve been following her and her Chick-fil-A and newlywed adventures on Instagram, but over the weekend, we decided to switch our friendship from “online friends” to “real life friends.” I loved meeting her and I’m so excited to go visit her and Pai (her husband!) in Johnson City before we leave this area!
Sir Winston Leonard-Spencer Churchill
We got our Christmas tree! His name is Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill. (I like naming my Christmas trees. Take a walk down Christmas tree lane).
Five fun facts about Winny:
- We drove over an hour to pick him up. And then drove an hour and a half on the way back because when you’re driving on the highway with a tree on top of your car, you move a lil slower.
- He’s rocking 5 different Starbucks ornaments.
- He’s going to have a bowler hat as soon as Amazon Prime delivers.
- He was decorated while sipping on tea. This might be the first year where decorating didn’t involve a bottle of wine. #Adulting
- We liked him best because every other Christmas tree was standing straight and upright. While Winston had faceplanted into the grass.
Questions of the Day:
- What did you do for the holidays this week?
- What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?