Few southern cities are as rich in history as Chattanooga, Tennessee. From its bold beginnings as a keystone in the southern railroad system to its current transformation into the ideal family vacation destination, Chattanooga is alive and vibrant with stories and histories as deep and vast as the Tennessee River that meanders nearby.
HOST HOTEL: Hilton Garden Inn - Chattanooga / Hamilton Place
Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga / Hamilton Place is situated at Exit 5 off I-75, just 3.5 miles from the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. Hotel shuttle available. Free WiFi throughout the hotel including our newly renovated lobby and restaurant serving breakfast, dinner & specialty cocktails. Cornerstone Registration will be here. All meetings, seminars, Memorabilia and hospitality room too. Adjacent hotels nearby are offering a Studebaker group rate. Several fine restaurants within minutes walking distance starting with the Cracker Barrel across the street. Special events and tours will originate and return here.
SWAP MEET & CONCOURS: Camp Jordan - East Ridge
The 275-acre Camp Jordan Park is one mile across the state line out of Georgia and 12 minutes from downtown Chattanooga. The air conditioned arena will host many of the Studebaker parts vendors and features its own snack bar. The parking lot is where Concours judging will be Wed. & Thurs. and the car show on Saturday. Plans include special displays of rare big trucks, R2/R3 Avantis and Studebaker race cars. There will be hourly shuttle buses between here and the host hotel.
LADIES LUNCHEON: Mountain Oaks Tea Room
Welcome to Mountain Oaks Tea Room, formerly the James County Courthouse circa 1913. Each tea room is decorated in Victorian style antiques from the past that add to the charm of an antebellum mansion. In addition to the delicious teas, we serve a mouthwatering menu. Your hostess will entertain you with interesting revelations and stories of this historical mansion.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Clumpies Ice Cream at Host Hotel
Wrap up a busy and entertaining first day by joining us at our Ice Cream Social on the patio. Each batch of Clumpies Ice Cream is made by hand with only the finest ingredients that can be found. The result is a rich, creamy, delicious ice cream crafted with care, guaranteed to please everyone. Don’t forget your ticket!
MEMBERS NIGHT BUFFET: THe Mill of Chattanooga
The Mill was built in the early 1900s and was home to Allied Drug Company; later becoming became the Nations Hosiery Mill. This rustic yet up-to-date facility boasts of wood rafters in the ceilings, restored and exposed brick walls and polished concrete floors. Drive yourself or sign up for a bus ride to this authentic mill. Join us for a delicious buffet, musical concert by the Studebaker Band and an amazing guest speaker.
Dive into two worlds of wonder and excitement at the top-rated aquarium in America. Begin with the freshwater exhibits in the River Journey building. The adventure continues with the Ocean Journey building. Along the way, you'll have opportunities to come face-to-face with feisty otters, enormous Arapaima giant catfish, and tons of turtles.
SOUTHERN BELLE RIVERBOAT
There's no better way to get to the heart of a region's history, culture and attractions than by river cruise. The Southern Belle Riverboat started out with a simple vision, give a great guest experience of Chattanooga, show everyone the beauty of the Tennessee River, and give guests a different perspective of the city of Chattanooga.
LADIES DOWNTOWN ITINERARY
It’s easy! It’s free! The air-conditioned Downtown Electric Shuttle is the easiest way to get around downtown. Electric buses run daily every 5 minutes with stops every block from the Chattanooga Choo Choo to the Tennessee Aquarium. Bus transportation is provided and 3 stops are planned for your downtown adventure. Simply choose what you want to see or do, go do it, and then return to your drop off point for pick up at 1:00pm to return to the host hotel.
STOP 1: Chattanooga Choo Choo
Opened in 1909 as Terminal Station, the train depot welcomed thousands of travelers during the golden age of railroads. It’s Dome, was the largest self-supporting brick arch in the world and won international awards for its design. Today, Terminal Station stands as part of the world famous Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. The complex boasts on-site dining, retail shops, rose gardens and much more. Vintage trains are on display in the courtyard. Nearby are gift shops, several boutique dining options, breweries and the Song Birds Guitar museum.
STOP 2: Hunter Museum of American Art
The Hunter Museum of American Art showcases 100 years of architecture and houses the finest collection of American art in the Southeast. Nearby is the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts and the River Gallery of Sculpture Garden along with several dining options.
STOP 3: IMAX 3D Theater
The IMAX 3D Theater has installed a new projection system. Audiences will get to experience amazing colors that exist in the real world but have never been seen on screen. The enhanced sound system includes new loudspeakers on the ceiling as well as additional ones on the side. Shows are hourly, beginning on the hour.