Tennessee is the new Florida: Spring Break 2021

I don’t always travel over Spring Break. Sometimes, as a teacher, it is more relaxing to just stay home. This year, however, following the quarantine times of 2020, my family was itching to go somewhere–anywhere!

We chose a cabin in the mountains of Tennessee as our destination and began scouring Airbnb and VRBO for potential rentals. What began as a retreat for my husband and myself and my youngest daughter and her roommate, became a full-fledged family getaway with my oldest daughter and her five-year-old daughter, my youngest son, his wife and dog. From 4 to 8 plus dog.

vacation cabin crew
Our Spring Break Cabin Crew – me (someone had to take the picture)

We ended up finding a lovely place atop Lookout Mountain in Rising Fawn, Georgia that was pet friendly and fairly isolated yet within driving distance of the numerous attractions of Chattanooga. Chattanooga Vacation Rentals were excellent partners on our short adventure. I can’t praise them enough for their welcome and personal care. Check-in was easy and everything was accurately represented on the website. No surprises when we arrived.

As the trip approached, students began speaking of their Spring Break travel plans. I was amazed at the number of families headed to Tennessee. Generally, everyone goes to Florida, flocking to the mouse and the beaches. Some still did, but even more took the closer option and staying in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Chattanooga.

Waterfall at Cloud Canyon State Park
Waterfall at Cloud Canyon State Park, GA
Cannon at Chickamauga battlefield
Chickamauga Civil War Battlefield

We did a lot of relaxing, but managed to visit Rock City, the Chickamauga Battlefield and Cloudland Canyon State Park. We ate some killer BBQ, authentic Italian pizza, and cooked our own sausage balls and cinnamon roll waffles for breakfast. We played games of both the board and video variety and hiked around our cabin. It was a fantastic getaway we all needed, and, despite the rain, we returned relaxed and reenergized.

walkway at Rock City
Walk at Rock City – looks like a faerie walk to me

Do you travel over Spring Break? If so, what’s your favorite destination? I ‘m always hunting for the next lovely spot, and I answer every comment.

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Monuments and cannon at the Chickamauga Civil War battlefield
Monuments at Chickamauga Civil War Battlefield. Cannon on the ridge. A chilling reminder of the horrors of war. The modern sign a reminder that it wasn’t romantic, but deadly. The cost unrecoverable.