Located on the river bluffs of the Tennessee River overlooking downtown Chattanooga, the Bluff View Art District is a very special neighborhood with a lovely inn, several restaurants, a fine arts gallery and good shopping.
Here you will find:
Bluff View Inn: The Arts District is a unique neighborhood and a perfect spot to stay when you are in town. The Inn is a lovely B&B with sixteen rooms located in three different restored, historic homes, all traditionally decorated and very attractive. A gourmet breakfast is included. 411 E. Second St.
Rembrandt’s Coffee House at 212 High St.: They feature coffee, tea, chocolates, artisan bread and hand-made pastries. I really enjoyed my pecan tart and my iced chai latte after a day of exploring.
Tony’s Pasta Shop & Trattoria: The former carriage house of one of the Victorian mansions is now a casual Italian restaurant and pasta shop.
The Black Inn Cafe is located in a colonial revival mansion and is their fine dining restaurant that features a seasonal menu.
The Bluff View Bakery, in the complex, makes all of the breads and rolls for the cafes and coffee shops as well as for other restaurants in town.
Art lovers, make sure to visit:
The Hunter Museum of American Art: This is a small art museum and one of the highlights of the district. It has a permanent collection consisting of a good number of American paintings, decorative arts, photographs, works on paper, sculpture and mixed media. Make sure to check out their online calendar for special exhibitions. You will see works by artists including Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton, George Caleb Bingham, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole and Marsden Hartley. The original mansion dates from 1905.
There are also a number of well-known artists featured in their outdoor sculpture collection, including works by artists including Deborah Butterfield, Alexander Calder, Tom Otterness, and George Segal. 10 Bluff View.
River Gallery: This is a fine art gallery that features paintings, sculpture, ceramics, wood pieces and jewelry.
You can also explore the River Gallery Sculpture Garden and The Houston Museum of Decorative Arts.