Road Trip: Post #1–The Chattanooga Choo Choo


Two weeks ago, Cliff and I set off on a road trip. The newlyweds left  North Carolina in July, and we offered to drive down their second car. Destination:  Dallas, Texas!

This seven post series will chronicle highlights of the trip . I’m hoping to add some insights on midlife, inspired by six days on the road.  (I promise to be brief.)

We spent our first night at a lodge in the North Carolina Mountains. Night Two was here, at  the Chattanooga Choo Choo. I thought we were staying in a regular hotel room  at the former train station. Cliff surprised me by booking one of their restored railroad cars.


First insight:  No matter how old you are, there’s nothing like sleeping in a cozy, elegant Victorian railway car to make you feel NOT so old and NOT so Victorian.

The Chattagnooga Choo Choo is a member of  Historic Hotels of America, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Learn more about these wonderful hotels here.

21 thoughts on “Road Trip: Post #1–The Chattanooga Choo Choo”

  1. There are so many cool places to stay while on the road – tree houses, lighthouses, shacks, 50’s trailers and my personal favorite – cabooses!


    1. He’s a model railroad buff. That post is coming up tomorrow. Yes, take your hubby. There’s another area of the city with a larger museum , And there are city bikes all over that you can rent. I wasn’t brave enough to with the traffic, but I bet in the very early morning, it’s fine. The streets a wide. Lots of restaurants–walkable from the Choo Choo hotel.


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