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Mayor's Mansion Inn ~ Chattanooga TN

Mayor’s Mansion Inn

From the moment we drove up to Mayor's Mansion Inn and got our first view of the towering structure with the beautiful architecture, baskets of hanging flowers and huge front porch, we were in love with the gracious home of the former Mayor of Chattanooga! Meticulously crafted in 1889, the Inn is a comfortable bastion of warmth and exquisite craftsmanship from the late Victorian era, filled with helpful, friendly staff.

An air of Southern hospitality welcomes guests, gracefully inviting you into the lovely, restored home. Walking through the rich, heavy paned, sparkling, leaded glass doors and into the foyer, it is as if you always belonged there, and they have just been waiting just for you. After a dinnertime river cruise, we were struck again by the glittering beauty of the front doors, and again, by the welcoming staff.

Our stay was wonderful, in every way. An air of luxurious warmth fills Mayor's Mansion Inn, from the moment you arrive until you leave. Sixteen foot ceilings soared above each room in the first level. Plants and fresh flowers were everywhere, highlighting the beautiful period antiques, making it feel even more spacious. Journey into the welcoming library and find a genteel selection of books, novels and even some period and antique books that matched the era of the house. Browse through a stack of Bed and Breakfasts guides, to plan your next trip. If reading is not your thing, enjoy movies and games to while away a quiet evening or afternoon at the Inn.

Knowledgeable hosts greeted us from the moment we arrived and gave us a tour of the gorgeous home, the retreat of the former mayor of Chattanooga. Lovely little treats, lemonade and cookies made us feel welcome. All the while, the helpful, courteous staff were just a few rooms away, ready to help in anyway.

Of particular note, study the floor in the foyer of Mayor's Mansion Inn, the inlaid wood is original, unique and exquisite. Venture into the Ladies Parlor, and see the beautifully restored mahogany trim, uncovered in the restoration from it's coat of whitewash in the 1950’s. Enjoy the pretty trompe l’oil on the way up the stairs. Each floor has a coffee station, for early morning risers, which is so mission critical to this early morning coffee fanatic!

At the top of the grand staircase, The Tennessee River Room was painted in a lovely sunshine yellow glow. Happy, with the soaring ceilings and a small, but charming private bathroom. We were so excited with the beauty of our room, filled with antiques, a large desk, sitting area and best of all, 2 large queen sized beds with super comfie linens. Fresh flowers and enormous chocolate chip cookies along with ice cold water welcomed us home for the night! When we got back from our river cruise, we appreciated the turn down service, sweet note, and chocolate, along with a plush robe to use for our stay. Chocolate, fresh flowers, free wifi that worked well, and a pretty room with a fabulous bed, what more could a girl want for a good night’s sleep? Except for perhaps a Moon Pie that old treat that hails from Chattanooga!

The next morning, I got up early to further explore the Inn. Taking a coffee cup filled with a rich, dark coffee, headed downstairs. Surrounded by beautiful antiques, warm and elegant, while soft classical music played, each room was more inviting than the next, beckons you to stop for awhile, slow down, linger over an antique book. One can enjoy the quiet solitude, pen a note to loved ones back home, browse through the stacks of books. Slow down. Dream. Enjoy. You felt like an old friend or relative in the family home, able to freely roam through the lovely downstairs, and enjoy the nooks and crannies of the splendid mansion.

I walked outside for a moment to enjoy the front porch and the cool summer morning and the wonderful smell of breakfast permeated the air. Is there anything more wonderful than the smell of bacon proclaiming that breakfast is almost done?

Enjoying the pretty porch, a plaque says Adams Hilborne Home 1889, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Found a stone on the walkway that said "The Watkins House c.1889. A light in front of the home says "Fort Wood" in the National Historic District, est 1886. History is everywhere in the Mayor's Mansion Inn in Chattanooga

Back in the dining room, we sat down with other guests for our 3 course breakfast! Beginning with more rich coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice and fruit. It was followed by that delicious bacon, and a light egg and veggie dish served on beautiful service. Unfortunately, my pictures of breakfast did not turn out, or I would share it with you! We finished with a delicate, refreshing lemon cream with raspberries and were pleasantly full. Our server was fantastic, brining each course out, making sure everything was just so, with plenty of rich, dark coffee.

All too soon, it was time to check out, and leave the Four Diamond AAA Mayor’s Mansion Inn, and our lovely stay was over. We are so very grateful for a wonderful weekend there and look forward to returning often! The friendliness of the Inn was superb and we highly recommend staying there! Tell them the folks at LivingHistorySites.com highly recommend the Mayor’s Mansion Inn in Chattanooga!

Mayor's Mansion Inn

801 Vine Street

Chattanooga, TN 37403

423-265-5000

Mayor's Mansion Inn

801 Vine Street

Chattanooga, TN 37403

423-265-5000