What makes Lookout Mountain home

What's on your summer bucket list? A hike to Glen Falls? A mountain bike ride on the Cloudland Connector Trail? Or maybe a road trip to Nashville to see Alan Shuptrine's new watercolor exhibit?

The season has already kicked off with Community Movie Night. There's another in August and here's 5 reasons you can't miss it. Get ready for the fun, because summers on Lookout are anything but lazy!

School Appreciation Lunches this Past Wednesday

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One of the biggest benefits of living on Lookout Mountain is having access to not one, but two award-winning elementary schools. In appreciation for the teachers and staff that make our schools great, Love Lookout decided to treat them to lunch this Wednesday, March 15.

A generous BBQ spread was delivered to Fairyland Elementary, Lookout Mountain School, and the town halls of both GA and TN. Love Lookout committee member Melanie Reynolds organized the lunches, which included home-cooked barbecue chicken, pork and sausage with sides from the Purple Daisy Picnic Café.

“Our teachers, school staff and city employees do so much for our community,” says Reynolds. “We wanted to do something to show how much we appreciate their hard work.”

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Shamrock City Returns this Weekend

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Rock City’s Shamrock City
March 11-12 and 18-19, 8:30 am to 5 pm daily

Transport yourself to Ireland for FREE this weekend at Rock City. You may not actually cross the pond but the 10th Annual Shamrock City is a close second with Celtic music, Irish food and other St. Patrick’s shenanigans. (Remember locals get in free with resident passes).

Everything is turning green for the celebration, from the waterfall to the fudge. You can also take a jig lesson, hear live music from bands such as The Molly Maguires or scale the Blarney Stone Climbing Wall.

Dublin your fun at the Suffolk Sheep Encounter, compliments of Bagby’s Critter Coral (10 am until 3 pm daily). New this year is a caricature artist and panning for gold. As with all of Rock City’s special events, kids can get a passport that includes activities, coupons and a place for collecting stamps throughout the park.

Delicious Irish bites include mulligan stew, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, green kettle corn and limeade – available at different food locations throughout Rock City. Afterward, stop by Starbucks and ask for colored Matcha powder to add to a variety of fun frappuccinos!

Go to Rock City's website for more info on the entertainment lineup.

Shamrock City is once again partnering with the Chattanooga district of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Guests can purchase green shamrocks for $1 and gold shamrocks for $5 now through March 23 to help supply needed funds to local families with MD.

Make sure to ask for Chattanooga’s spring break safari guide at the ticket desk available March 10 – April 9. Enjoy a RockQuest Adventure and scavenger hunt at Rock City!

Mountain Bike Rentals Now Available at Cloudland Canyon State Park

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If you’ve ever considered mountain biking but haven’t taken the plunge…you just ran out of excuses. Cloudland Canyon State Park now offers mountain bike rentals. The Marin Bobcat Trail bikes cost $35 for half-day rentals and $55 for all day. Payments are made at the park visitor center, and mountain bikes can be picked up at the park’s interpretative center.

The 5-Points Recreation Area and it’s approximately 20 miles of rollercoaster single-track has been a mountain biking mecca since it opened in 2011. But the trails connected to it also draw regional riders for the chance to bike from Cloudland Canyon State Park to Lula Lake Land Trust.

This January, construction began for the Chattanooga Connector Trail – an almost 3-mile “missing link” between Covenant College and Lula Lake Land Trust. Once complete, riders can go from Chickamauga Dam downtown all the way to Cloudland Canyon.

You can take the new rentals on the 14-mile Cloudland Connector Trail to the Five Points Recreation Area. Experience singletrack trails ranging in difficulty from moderate to strenuous, featuring contour line trails, loops and challenging jumps.

Cloudland Canyon State Park also offers a Mountain Bike Hike every Tuesday and Sunday from March through November, where you can rent bikes (or bring your own) and explore the trails led by an interpretive ranger. While you’re at it, consider joining Georgia’s Muddy Spokes Club and tackle 68 miles of trails in 11 Georgia state parks.

Stay the night or spend the weekend in Cloudland Canyon State Park. Options range from fully-equipped and comfortable cottages to quirky yurts. There are also several camping and backpacking options, including backcountry campsites or RV camping.

From Cloudland Canyon State Park, you can access the Cloudland Connector Trail from the southeast corner of the park at the Backcountry trailhead, in the same location as the disc golf course. This section of the park has a parking lot, picnic area and bathrooms.

The New Lookout Mountain Village

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If you’ve driven past the Lookout Mountain shops you may have noticed a new addition out front. The row of shops, restaurant and businesses is now branded as Lookout Mountain Village, made official by a black and white sign hanging from the center lamp post.

Branding and signage has been a long-time goal for Lookout Mountain’s business owners. They hope in particular it might attract tourists from Rock City and Ruby Falls, which often never find their way to the Mountain’s business district.

The project was spearheaded by Vanessa Cullars, who has worked at Yessick’s since it opened and at Twig’s gift shop before that. She approached Town Hall about naming the business area and beautifying the sidewalk with flowers.

“I’m excited to see the sign finally go up and hope that we can move forward with plantings this spring,” she says. “I think it will energize the area and hopefully get people excited about exploring an area of the mountain they may normally not see.”

Night Out for Lookout Preview Party Tonight

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Ladies, it’s your night. A first-ever Ladies of Lookout preview party for Night Out for Lookout is being held tonight at the Kern’s home from 6:00 until 9:00 pm. The “Sip, Stock and See” party will include many of the auction’s art, jewelry and health/beauty auction items.

You’ll be able to pre-bid or even purchase some items, with all proceeds benefiting Lookout Mountain School. Please note this is a cash or check only event.

Your “ticket” is one bottle of wine (valued at $15 or more), which will go toward the Wine Cellar to be raffled off at the actual event on February 24. Appetizers and wine will be served, and Mountain Escape Spa will be on hand for chair massages and mini manicures.

To attend, simply RSVP here

Night Out for Lookout Returns February 24

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LMS Principal Ruth White with event co-chair Maggie Estes, courtesy of Benjamin Grizzell Photography

Whether you’re looking for a fabulous new piece of art or a relaxing beach getaway, Night Out for Lookout has it (and more). The annual fundraiser for Lookout Mountain School is coming February 24 to the Fairyland Club ballroom.

Order your tickets here

The auction website allows you to purchase tickets, register as a bidder, make donations, pre-bid and even purchase some items before the event. All items will be available for preview February 18.

Some highlights include a week’s stay in Amelia Island, Tennessee Titan tickets, box seats for Chattanooga Lookouts game, Louisa Guild jewelry, a helicopter ride with Rock Creek Aviation, and art from local artists such as Christie Davenport, Allison Elkins, Jan Robinson, Aloyse Brown and Hope Hessler Bailey (just to name a few).

Proceeds from the evening support the capstones of an LMS education, such as low teacher/student ratios, a robust related arts program, daily PE, weekly art and music instruction, a full-time librarian and an innovative science lab.

The auction committee is continually honored and humbled by the way our entire community comes out to support this event year after year – and our school as a whole,” says Maggie Estes, who is co-chairing this year’s event with Lesslie Meier and Whitney Garvich.

This year also brings a paddle bid for an exciting special project – a new playground. While the current playground has served the school well for 20 years, it’s nearing its life expectancy. The area is integral in providing outdoor fitness opportunities, particularly through LMS’ daily PE (another benefit made possible through fundraisers like NOFL).

Another exciting addition is a Ladies of Lookout preview party on February 16 where women can “sip, stock and see” select art, jewelry and spa auction items. Items will be available for pre-bid and some even for purchase.

Held at Christine and Lee Kern’s home from 6 to 9 pm, women can enjoy appetizers, wine and mini manicures and chair massages provided by Mountain Escape Spa. The “ticket” is a bottle of wine which will go toward the Wine Cellar that will be raffled off at NOFL. (RSVP here to attend)


Night Out for Lookout
Presented by the Lamp Post Group

Lookout Mountain Fairyland Club
Friday, February 24th at 6:30 pm
Tickets $60 ($50 for grandparents, $100 VIP)
Available online

Free Concert Tonight Featuring Nationally Renowned Dulcimer Players

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Reserve your spot TONIGHT for a free concert from three top dulcimer players, Dan Landrum, Aaron O’Rourke and Stephen Humphries.

The trio will be performing at Covenant College’s Dora Maclellan Brown Memorial Chapel as part of the John Hamm Performing Arts Series.

Humphries – an adjunct music professor at Covenant – is a national hammered dulcimer champion who has released five recordings featuring the instrument, including one of original music with Landrum. In addition to teaching at Covenant and Silverdale Baptist Academy, he performs at festivals across the US.

Based on Signal Mountain, Landrum plays and teaches hammered dulcimer and publishes the quarterly Dulcimer Players News magazine. Discovered busking in front of the Tennessee Aquarium, his talents have taken him on tour with Yanni, as well as Olympic ceremonies and presidential inaugurations.

O’Rourke has been teaching and performing on mountain dulcimer since he was 16 years old, winning the 2010 National Mountain Dulcimer Competition at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. He also teaches and performs across the country.

Tonight’s performance will highlight the versatility these little-known folk instruments. A mountain dulcimer, which originated in Appalachia in the early 19th century, is a fretted string instrument resembling a long, narrow guitar.

The hammered dulcimer is a trapezoid-shaped sounding board with strings stretched across it, which players strike with small sticks or “hammers.” Its origins date back to antiquity, extensively used during the Middle Ages throughout Europe.

The goal of the series, named after long-time Covenant music professor Dr. John Hamm, is to bring world-renowned musicians to Lookout Mountain. The final date in this year’s series will be Tuesday, February 21, featuring guitarists Petar Jankovic and Daniel Duarte.

February 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Dora Maclellan Brown Memorial Chapel (14049 Scenic Highway)
Admission is FREE but reservations required

Reserve your seat here

Father/Daughter Dance Coming February 10

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Time to start practicing your sweet dance moves, dads. The fifth annual Lookout Mountain Father/Daughter Dance is February 10!

As always, the festivities will be at the Fairyland Club ballroom starting at 6:30. It’s open to ages 4 and up and will include music from DJ Scuba Steve, buffet dining, photo booth and ice cream bar. Tickets are $110 for each father/daughter couple ($20 for each additional child).

Spaces are limited and filling up fast. Contact Brady Garvich at brady.garvich@surgicor.com to reserve your space via check or PayPal.

Girl Scout Cookies are Coming to Town

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Resolutions are made to be broken….it’s Girl Scout Cookie time! From now until mid-March you can get your Thin Mint fix when you order or buy directly from one of Lookout Mountain’s two Girl Scout troops.

Lookout Mountain, GA Troop 40010 was formed last year by troop leader Emily Wade. Tennessee’s Troop 40424 was formed last fall with Alison Roedder and Melissa Youngblood as co-leaders. To place your cookie order, you may contact the parents of a Girl Scout (listed below) or email emily.wade1981@gmail.com or mhyoungblood@gmail.com.

Another option is to buy directly from the Scouts at one of two booth sales happening in March. On the Georgia side, girls will be in front of Georgia City Hall. The Tennessee troop will be outside Market on the Mountain. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for exact dates and times.

As if cookies weren’t exciting enough, there’s a new flavor this year: Girl Scout S’mores. In honor of their 100th anniversary, the “Brownie Bakers” have combined two iconic Girl Scout traditions – s’mores and cookies!

Girl Scouts have also updated their classics to make them more aligned with today’s cookie connoisseurs. While they taste the same, several selections contain no artificial flavors or colors, Thin Mints are now vegan, and Toffee-Tastics are gluten free.

And if you still can’t eat them, treat them! The Girls Scouts have a unique program, Operation Appreciation that allows you to still support your local Girl Scout troop while gifting the actual cookies to the US troops.

See below for a list Girl Scouts in your area.

Lookout Mountain, Ga., Girl Scout Troop 40010:
Hazel Scoggins; Mae McDowell; Lydia Hardeman; Stella Campbell; Sadie Youmans; Amelia Brown; Hannah Barnett; Lilly Landis; Jovie Good; Lily Randall; Kate Neal; Sawyer Grace Hulsey; Carolina Hulsey; Graysen Nightingale; and Hannah Long. You can order cookies from Troop 40010 until March 19.

Lookout Mountain, Tenn., Girl Scout Troop 40424:
Ada Faler; Mary Sellers Payne; Bea Burbank; Lillie Tallent; Mim Roedder; Mary West Estes; Lydie McGinness; Sarah Margaret Hopper; Mary Handley Philips; Emma Virginia Birnbaum; McKay Payne; Olivia Youngblood; Lucy Faler; and Adelaida DeMoss. The final day to place an order from Troop 40424 is March 15.

Lookout Mountain Helps Attract Top Talent for Area Start Up

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Credit: Shawn Poynter

Cameron Doody knows a thing or two about moving. Not only does he have personal experience with moving – having done it five times in the past four years – he’s built a successful business on it, Bellhops. Even so, his move to Lookout Mountain last year may be his last.

We realized almost immediately what an amazing place Lookout is,” says Doody, who relocated with his wife, Hannon and their young daughter, Margot. “The community has really been great to us, inviting us in and making us feel like we belong.

Hannon and Cam first moved to Chattanooga in 2012, thanks to fellow Lookout Mountain resident Ted Alling. As a serial entrepreneur and partner with The Lamp Post Group, Alling has played a pivotal role in Chattanooga’s efforts to become a start-up friendly tech hub. He has had an equally important role in Bellhops’ success as their first investor.

Bellhops CEO and co-founder, Stephen Vlahos knew Alling from a family connection and asked his advice on how to use technology to scale their burgeoning business. In less than two months, Alling wrote his first check. Five years later, the company has attracted approximately $28 million in venture capital.

While neither Alling nor Doody are Lookout Mountain natives, they share a deep affinity for their new hometown.

“When you get home in the evenings it doesn’t feel like you’re in Chattanooga; it almost feels like a vacation home,” says Doody. “You can sit on your porch and truly feel separated from the city, while still being so incredibly close. My commute is 12 minutes without traffic.”

The quality of life in Chattanooga is a huge draw for start-ups as well as talent looking for top-notch tech jobs without the headaches of gridlocked traffic and sky-high housing.

Our strategy for recruiting is just to get them on a plane,” laughs Doody. “Chattanooga is such a stark contrast to other tech hubs like New York, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Boston or San Francisco. We had a recruit in town this last weekend, he and his wife; Lookout might have been the clincher. The neighborhood, beauty, peacefulness…it’s hard to beat.

That was certainly the case for Bellhops new COO Katie West, who relocated last May from Groupon in Chicago. When she moved with her husband Sean, she had a 20 month old and was just weeks away from expecting her second baby. Even so, the young family had meals for weeks thanks to new neighbors.

“It really feels like a city from 20 or 30 years ago,” she says. “You have such wonderful access to nature – on the weekends you can walk or drive five minutes for an amazing hike that’s kid friendly. We now have a yard for our son to run around and explore, rather than growing up in the basement of our house in Chicago."

Lookout definitely played into our moving here. I haven’t seen a neighborhood like it anywhere, and I’ve traveled a lot,” she continues. “I couldn’t have dreamed a better place to live.

About Bellhops:

Called the “Uber of moving,” Bellhops streamlines the moving process for small to medium sized moves (1 to 3 bedroom apartments or condos). Currently available in 55 cities across the US, they employ 91 full-time and 30-40 part-time workers at their Warehouse Row headquarters. Their most recent rollout is their full-service move option, which includes a truck and labor for usually less than $400. Testing it last fall in Atlanta, Chattanooga and Nashville, they plan to expand the service throughout 2017.

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