We like to think of St. Elmo as a not-so-hidden gem — it’s out of the way from downtown, but still close enough to stumble upon, and certainly not out of sight.
It’s also a little bit of everything — quirky, hip, historic, and as long as you’re not there on the day of the corgi parade, relatively quiet. If you haven’t explored in a while, it might be time to rediscover why so many people — maybe even you — love to call it home.
Ride the incline then head next door for a scoop of ice cream at Clumpies. | Photo by NOOGAtoday
🏠 The early days
Once called “Lookout Town,” in the days before Chattanooga was known as Chattanooga, St. Elmo was occupied by Cherokee warriors who had migrated to the area.
Later, Scottish immigrant Daniel Ross + his wife Mollie McDonald Ross built a home in the area, where they raised their son John Ross — the John Ross.
The name St. Elmo came many years later, after much of the land was acquired by Colonel Abraham Malone Johnson + his wife Thankful Whiteside Johnson — it was taken from the title of a novel written by Augusta J. Evans Wilson, who had spent several summers on Lookout Mountain and thought the view was comparable to that of St. Elmo Castle in Naples, Italy.
In 1890, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park was established + gave way to the growth of St. Elmo as a residential community.
St. Elmo has no shortage of beautiful, historic homes. | Photo by NOOGAtoday
Beyond the historic charm of St. Elmo is its proximity to Lookout Mountain, where a mecca of outdoor activities await. If you’re looking to get outside closer to town, you can:
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- Improv Open House | Mon., Aug. 29 | 7-9 p.m. | Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave. | Free | This event is open to all improv experience levels.
Protecting Your Energy as an Empath | Mon., Aug. 29 | 6-7 p.m. | The Chattery, virtual | $22 | Learn all about setting healthy boundaries and ways to maintain emotional well-being. 💗
Mainx24 Planning Meeting | Tues., Aug. 30 | 6-7 p.m. | Pax Breu Ruim, 516 E. Main St. | Come to the (rescheduled) only community planning meeting for Chattanooga’s biggest winter event, Mainx24.
Chattanooga Lookouts vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos | Tues., Aug. 30 | 7:15 p.m. | AT&T Field | $8+ | Cheer on the Lookouts as they play under the identity “Montañas de Chattanooga” as part of Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversión initiative. ⚾
Community Organizing 101 | Tues., Aug. 30 | 6-8 p.m. | The Chattery | Donation, RSVP | This workshop explains how community organizing is different from other forms of advocacy + examines what really moves people to action.
- Hutton & Smith Beer Dinner | Wed., Aug. 31 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | The Tremont Spot, 1209 Hixson Pike | $60 | Enjoy an intimate four-course dinner with a pairing menu.
- Cheese + Wine Pairing | Thurs., Sept. 1 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Bleu Fox Cheese Shop, 324 E. Main St. | $35 | Explore six to eight Decoy wines paired with various artisan cheeses + accoutrements. 🧀
"Will This Float?" Pitch Competition | Mon., Oct. 17 | 5:30 p.m. | Waterhouse Pavilion, 850 Market St. | Free | High school + adult entrepreneurs are invited to apply by Sept. 14 to compete in the Company Lab and Double Cola Co.’s annual pitch competition for a chance to win $5,000, quarterly consulting services, and more.*
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D+C is developed and formulated by women who understand good skincare starts with meticulous calculation of effective ingredients. | Photo provided by Designer+Cosmeceuticals
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The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s improvements to State Route 8 on Signal Mountain Boulevard are slated to begin in 2026. In a meeting last week, TDOT announced that it is ready to start procuring rights-of-way from the entire length of road from the top to the bottom of the mountain. 🚧 (Chattanoogan.com)
The Bacon & Barrel Festival is back, folks. Mark your calendars for Thurs., Oct. 13 to celebrate with 15 of Chattanooga’s best restaurants + 25 whiskey distillers at First Horizon Pavilion. Your ticket includes unlimited food tastings + 15 whiskey tastings. 🥓
Chattanooga-based nonprofit First Things First — which helps build a stronger connection between families by offering free tools + events — will celebrate 25 years of operation on Oct. 22. The Fall Family Fun Fest is a free event at Miller Park featuring live music, food trucks, games, and more.
Need to get a new license plate? Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library offers license plates with 100% of plate sales going to support its programs in Tennessee. The cost of one license plate is $15, which can fully fund one child for enrollment in the program for a full year. 🚗
45,121. That’s how many students are enrolled in Hamilton County Schools. The school system has seen an increase in enrollment (last year’s total was 44,285) + The Howard School remains the school with the largest enrollment with 1,543 students. (Chattanoogan.com)
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Picture this: a hotel here with those gorgeous mountain views. 😍 | Photo by NOOGAtoday
Last Friday, Editors Brianna + Kristen got a chance to visit Rising Fawn, GA to check out McLemore (~40-minute drive from downtown), located on the highlands of Lookout Mountain.
Featuring a championship golf course, a gated community for residents + guests, a clubhouse, and plenty of outdoor activities — there’s a lot McLemore has to offer. Here are some of our highlights from the trip:
Getting a sneak peek of the new golf course + hotel sites, both set to open in 2024
- Learning about the Friends of McLemore program, which lets folks get a taste of the club once per season before deciding to become a member
Riding around on the safari truck, which takes guests on safari-style guided tours with cocktail pit stops at scenic overlooks
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