The Bluff View Art District: A Step Away, A World Apart

Bluff View Art District saw Chattanooga’s wealthiest and most influential families put down roots and raise their children at the turn of the eighteenth century. Anchored and built around the Hunter Art Museum, the area has blossomed into a booming hotspot known for its cafe, bakery, pasta shop, gallery, inn, and more. Bluff View Art District includes the Bluff View Bakery, Bluff View Inn, Rembrandt’s Coffee House, Rembrandt’s Coffee Company, River Gallery, River Gallery Sculpture Garden and Tony’s Pasta Shop & Trattoria. It is spread over 1.5 city blocks and provides breathtaking views all around. Originally modeled after a European village, many of those elements are noticeable in the architecture, landscaping, and food.

While Bluff View had been a historic neighborhood for many years, Dr. Charles and Mary Portera began updates in the 1990s. They bought a building that is now Rembrandt’s Coffee House and River Gallery in 1991. Over a short period of time, many other buildings were purchased and renovated, and the district was upgraded to a top-notch destination in no time. The Porteras’ goal was to provide nothing but the best for local residents, and the area has maintained extraordinary quality in all its services since. 

Did you know that Bluff View has its own herb and vegetable garden? Located in prominent view at the corner of 4th Street and Georgia Avenue, the Bluff View Herb Garden has been a landmark in Downtown Chattanooga since 1998. Dr. Portera began working the garden to help supply fresh herbs, seasonal vegetables, and year-round flowers to the restaurants on site, as well as for the pleasure of guests lodging in the Bluff View Inn. 

The Bluff View Inn is home to three turn-of-the-century homes overlooking the Tennessee River. Seamlessly blending modern convenience and historical beauty, Bluff View Inn provides a relaxing retreat making it the perfect destination for those wanting to experience Downtown Chattanooga.

A couple of quick things to note is that leashed pets are permitted, free parking and wifi are available throughout the district. Come visit this beautiful area today to see fine art, sip on fresh roasted coffee, and try artisanal breads or chocolates– or both. Come today to visit, explore, and make memories that will last a lifetime! 

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