(First) Il Primo (Photo by Lanewood Studio)
OUTDOORS AND PARKS:
With the Tennessee River bordering its expansive green spaces, Coolidge Park is a local favorite. Complete with an interactive water fountain and century-old carousel, the park has become an icon of the city. The adjoining Renaissance Park provides an additional 23 acres of walking trails and grassy spaces. Nearby, residents have access to the 92-acre Stringers Ridge, a mecca for hiking, running, and biking. Adventure Sports Innovation also helps outdoor enthusiasts in the area try out new technology to explore the outdoors.
SHOPPING AND DINING:
Upscale clothing stores and eclectic boutiques populate NorthShore’s Frazier and Cherokee Avenues. The neighborhood runs rampant with specialty shops and unique offerings, including infused olive oil, unique coffee shops, homemade gelato, and gourmet hot dogs. Easy access to grocery stores such as Whole Foods and Publix makes the area even more desirable. In Riverview, shoppers have the opportunity to explore locally owned restaurants and shops that feature everything from clothes and accessories to home furnishings and accents. Gift shops and baked goods can also be found in the area.
Fitness is easy to come by in NorthShore with yoga, barre, CrossFit, boot camp, functional fitness, personal training, and 24-hour facilities lining the streets. Bike lanes and sidewalks encourage activity year-round.
Wine Over Water is Tennessee’s premier wine-tasting festival and takes place along the picturesque Walnut Street Bridge. Over 100 wineries are represented, and local eateries provide a variety of food to complement the wine selections. The Moon River Music Festival, held in Coolidge Park, features more than 20 musical performances across two days.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:
The area is home to one of the largest and oldest community theaters in the country, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, which arranges roughly 15 productions a year in addition to drama workshops and classes. Throughout July, Coolidge Park plays host to the Movies in the Park series, which takes place on Saturday evenings, and the park also hosts Pops on the River, an annual patriotic concert by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. The Association for Visual Arts, based in NorthShore, hosts programs and events to advance the visual arts.