We landed Friday evening around 6:30 pm and taxied up to the brand new Wilson Air Center FBO on the west side of Lovell Field (KCHA). We were marshaled straight to the front of the building and were promptly given the "red carpet" treatment on both sides of the aircraft! They helped everyone out of the plane and then promptly took all our "stuff" to the rental car that they had ready for us with the air conditioning already going. We unloaded the plane, covered her up, signed the arrival form and fuel request and headed for our hotel. Before we got too far they had already moved the aircraft to her parking spot and were in the process of fueling her. Wilson Air Center provided us friendly and prompt service!
We checked in to the Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga Downtown and then went looking for some dinner. I chose this hotel because of it's perfect location relative to the things we wanted to do. All the major family attractions are within easy walking distance of the downtown/riverfront area.
We found Big River Grill & Brewing Works and even though it was already a hopping Friday night, we only had to wait about five minutes before we were seated. The food was pretty good and the service was prompt. They brought the girls' food out quickly since it was getting late for all of us. I don't drink beer much anymore, but since we were at a brew house, I had to try their Southern Flyer Light Lager! It was pretty good. It definitely hit the spot after a long week at work and a nice afternoon flight up for some vacation!
After dinner we walked back to the hotel and settled in for the night. We were all excited to figure out what we were going to do for our first full day in Chattanooga.