During your time in Warm Springs, be sure to stop by the Warm Springs Vineyard and Winery.
Located a little over an hour outside of Atlanta, the winery specializes in wine that is made from locally grown grapes. With a two-acre vineyard, Warm Springs Winery makes all wines on premise. In addition to offering a wine tour, Warm Springs Winery also offers tastings. This winery also lives up to its motto of “Come as friend; leave as family.”
The winery specifically specializes in muscadine grape wines and seasonal fruit wines such as peach and blueberry and currently have seven styles of muscadine wine. My two favorites were the White Tribute and the Atlanta Red. I even bought a glass of the Atlanta Red to enjoy on their patio.
Do you enjoy muscadine wine?
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One of the best ways to complete the perfect weekend getaway is to stay at a quaint bed and breakfast. Hotel Warm Springs is the perfect place to lay your head during a visit to Warm Springs. This hotel is situated in the heart of Warm Springs and is near Little White House, Warm Springs Winery and Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park.
Hotel Warm Springs was originally built in 1907. The hotel changed names at one point to Tuscawilla Hotel, after a Creek princess. You can see this name tiled in the entryway of the hotel. The soda shop next door is even named the Tuscawilla Soda Shop.
During FDR’s presidency, the Hotel Warm Springs hosted guests like the King and Queen of Spain, the Queen of Mexico, President Sergio Osmena of the Philippines, Bette Davis, the press, and others.
Today, the hotel is owned by Ms. Gerri Thompson, probably one of the sweetest hoteliers I’ve ever met. She served us a delicious Southern-style feast on Sunday morning and made sure we had all our favorite treats available in the sitting room on Saturday evening.
One of the best parts of the hotel is that each room is uniquely decorated with antiques, heirlooms, and furniture from Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill Furniture Shop in New York. We stayed in the Moncrief Suite which includes a 100-year old iron bedstead.
Located in the small town of Warm Springs is the personal retreat of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Little White House.
FDR first came to Warm Springs in 1924 hoping to find a cure for the polio that had struck him in 1921, and quickly fell in love with the area. In 1932, he built the white clapboard house before being inaugurated as president in 1933.
Little White House is a modest six-room, one-story cottage with a large sundeck on the back of the house. In addition to the main house, there is also a servants quarters and a guest house. The whole environment is staged precisely as it was on April 12, 1945, when FDR passed away while sitting for a portrait.
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In addition to the house, there is a Memorial Museum that has exhibits dedicated to FDR’s presidency and his life in Warm Springs. The exhibits include his 1938 Ford convertible with hand controls and the famous “Unfinished Portrait” by Elizabeth Shoumatoff.
“I owe my life to my hobbies, especially stamp collecting.” // FDR
Upon finishing your time at Little White House, head down the street to see the Historic Pools Museum for which the town was named. The museum discusses the resort that was there and how it changed over the years, as well as the role the springs played for with those with polio.
Are you ready to go back in history with a President?
See one of the southeast’s must-see attractions, Ruby Falls.
The history of Ruby Falls starts with the Lookout Mountain Cave whose natural entrance was located at the foot of Lookout Mountain along the banks of the Tennessee River. This particular cave has been used and explored by Native Americans, cave explorers, notorious outlaws, Civil War soldiers, and others. However, this cave closed to the public in 1905 due to construction by Southern Railroad Company. So, in 1928 Leo Lambert, a local cave enthusiast, began drilling an elevator shaft with the hopes of opening back up the cave. Instead, he discovered a hidden marvel. Ruby Falls started offering tours to the public on June 16, 1930.
Along with your tour, you’ll learn more about the history of Fall and how exactly Leo Lambert discovered them. Additionally, you will see various formations including flowstones, stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, soda straws, and columns.
The largest formation at Ruby Falls, the Leaning Tower, seen above, is estimated to be between three and five million years old.
If you have a good rain before descending into the cave, you may even get to see the underground stream flow.
After wandering through all of the formations, you reach the Falls Room. Ruby Falls is a 145-foot high underground waterfall, making it America’s deepest commercial cave and largest underground waterfall. The waterfall has also been named one of the Ten Most Incredible Cave Waterfalls on Earth.
After you exit the cavern, be sure to head to the top of Lookout Mountain Tower for panoramic views of the Tennessee Valley. The Tower was built from the rocks taken out of the elevator shaft and stands over 70 feet tall.
Are you ready to tour Ruby Falls?
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There is nothing quite like ice cream on a hot day. If you are in Chattanooga, then you need to try Clumpies Ice Cream Co., a Chattanooga special. Clumpies Ice Cream Co. opened its doors in 1999 in the heart of Chattanooga’s Northshore neighborhood. Since then, Clumpies Ice Cream Co. has opened three more locations in St. Elmo, Southside and Lookout Mountain.
The cool thing about Clumpies Ice Cream Co. is it is a micro-creamery that produces all of its ice cream by hand in small batches, en gallons or less at a time. Each gallon uses the finest ingredients to create rich, creamy, delicious ice cream.
I tried the Pistachio ice cream at the St. Elmo’s location and I would give it a two thumbs up!
So, the next time you are in Chattanooga and looking for a sweet treat, swing into Clumpies Ice Cream Co. to get a cup or cone.