Eat, see, free
This weekend, I invite you all to explore the North Shore in Chattanooga. Known for its parks, food and shopping. The North Shore is the ideal weekend spot for anyone who loves the outdoors, unique food and great Instagram pictures. Sunday, Sept. 13 will be a sunny, beautiful day, so hop in the car, and see what north Chattanooga has to offer.
North Shore is the land of Milk & Honey, literally. Milk & Honey is a local coffee, brunch and gelato spot located on North Market Street. The dessert joint is famous for its creative and delicious gelato flavors, but don't overlook the delectable food and coffee Milk & Honey has to offer. I believe that waffles are the second holiest food, Chick-fil-A being the first, and Milk & Honey has some wonderful waffles. Take your flock and head to the promised land, eat at Milk & Honey.
The main strip in North Shore has adorable shops with plenty of goodies to check out. Whether you are looking for a cute southern boutique or a groovy thrift shop, Frazier Avenue has you covered. My favorite shop is Blue Skies. Blue Skies has local art pieces, neat decorations and plenty of inspiration for do-it-yourself projects. If you go a little bit further from the main strip, you'll find a shopping plaza on Manufactures Road that includes a Whole Foods and a Rock Creek. Whether you are outdoorsy or you just pretend like I do, Rock Creek has gear for outdoor activities like hiking, hammocking, biking and camping. North Shore shopping offers everything you need to look like you are crazy about adventure camping, even if the most hiking you do is from the Science and Math Complex to the Communications building.
After all the rain, a sunny afternoon in the park sounds good. North Shore is known for Coolidge Park ' which is great, don't get me wrong ' but if you haven't visited its sister park, Renaissance Park, you are missing out. Renaissance Park is the most underappreciated park in Chattanooga. It's less busy than Coolidge and has a beautiful view of the city's iconic skyline. This park is ideal picnic real estate. Whether you want a hilltop view of the city or a riverside park bench, Coolidge is perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon picnic. If you have an ENO, Renaissance also has plenty of great trees right by the river.