Thursday, May 24, 2012

Chattanooga Day 1 - Sir Goony's

We had been talking about trying to take a vacation ever since we skipped going away for our anniversary last year, and so we finally got our butts in gear to pull off a "babymoon".  So we woke up and headed to Ikea...  Ok, so Ikea was not our final destination, but what trip through Atlanta would be complete without stopping at Ikea?  After we scoped out lots of things we wanted and ate some swedish meatballs, we headed on to Chattanooga, Tennessee.  

On the way, we were discussing our families' traditional vacation activities when growing up, and I mentioned that I didn't remember any vacation where my family did not play mini-golf.  After a quick search, I found a mini-golf place 5 minutes off of our driving route, and this landed us at...

We both got hole-in-ones (actually I got two)
Then we embraced our inner child and played arcade games, and reminisced about how arcade games were not the same as when we were younger.  An oldie but a goodie is always air hockey, though.  I include this next picture because of the conversation that preceded it.  (I preface this, with the fact that there are few things at which I can beat Tim.)

Tim: "You ready for some air hockey?"
Me: "Yep!"
Tim:  "You ready to have your butt kicked?"
Me:  "Sure."
(My score is on the right...)

I did discover a new arcade game that was quite entertaining...

This game can be quite addicting, and very fun to play when you're not gambling with a million dollars.  However, we did kick butt and won a bunch of tickets that enabled us to acquire some fun loot for the nieces and nephews.  

We checked into our hotel and then headed out for dinner.  One of the best things we did while on vacation was sought out local restaurants.  We found a brochure/magazine in our hotel of restaurants, farmers markets, and other entities devoted to local production of goods and food.  We rarely deviated from using this to pick our restaurants and we were not disappointed.  Our first pick landed us at the Terminal Brewhouse.  The restaurant featured a very sassy menu (example below), amazing pub food, and one of the best root beer floats (made with home-brewed root beer) that I've ever had.

The Terminal Brewhouse

After dinner, we wandered over to check out the Chattanooga Choo Choo, a historic hotel with hotel rooms inside converted train cars.

And so ended Day 1 of our awesome vacation. :)

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