Instagram has come a long way in the last few years. It’s now a great way to connect with local Chattanoogans and a great source of inspiration for the best things to do and the best places to eat and drink in the city.
Here are 10 of our favorite (mostly) Chattanoogan ‘Grammers you should be following right now …
The Call of the Wild: @natebowery
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So glad I was able to get back out east before the fall colors disappeared! Vacations like this are totally worth the lack of sleep for sunrises, sunsets, and long drives. • • • • • #noogagram #instagramtennessee #onlytennisee #thetennesseelife #igersusa #sonyimages #southernfolk #sonyphotogallery #sonyalpha #sonyalphasclub #tristarstate #sonya6000 #tristaradventures #chattanoogafun #nashvilleexplorersclub #hikechattanooga #chattanooga #southernroamers #artofvisuals #agameoftones #visittheusa #travelingdownsouth #besttownever #fallcreekfalls #canecreekfalls #naturaltennessee #theblueridgers #tbrmeet01
Hailing from Collierville, Tennessee (a suburb outside Memphis), Nate Bowery (@natebowery) isn’t technically a local Chattanoogan. But, it’s hard to hold that against him when he’s posted some of our all-time favorite photos of the city. His photos of the great outdoors are rich, vibrant, and full of life.
But, what we love most is that they all boast an almost “yearning” quality that makes us want to drop whatever we’re doing and answer the call of the wild.
Living La Vida Loca(l): @okcrowe
Chattanooga is a magnet for incredible photographers. While that guarantees no shortage of local talent, we’re hard-pressed to pick a favorite. Rachel Crowe of @okcrowe touts “Photography for Peculiar People” and a love of “marketing, coffee, my cat Fluffy and dog Valerie, high-waisted jeans, and punk indie bands.”
She captures weddings, engagements, concerts, and the great outdoors all with the same energy and talent. Her photos vibrate with a level of passion and joie de vivre that always makes us — and usually the subjects of her camera — smile.
Shopping Local: @localsonlychattanooga
We’re hard-pressed to pick just one great shop for the best Chattanooga-themed goods. But Locals Only Chattanooga is arguably the most comprehensive. They carry items from 60 local makers. From local hot sauces to T-shirts to gift baskets to pottery to Christmas ornaments to … the list goes on and on. If you’re in search of Chattanooga-branded wares, their @localsonlychattanooga Instagram feed offers no shortage of inspiration. Shop online or visit their brick-and-mortar store (1421 Market St / Chattanooga).
The Chattanooga Culture Come-up: @brian_holden
We love Brian Holden’s portfolio as much for its high-energy, vibrancy, and passion as for its versatility. He’s a self-described “photo-taking, food-loving, tree-hugging homie helping document the culture come-up in Chattanooga.” His Instagram feed runs the gamut from local concerts to hiking trails to senior portraits.
Eatin’ Clean: @southernsqueeze
Few local feeds make eating healthy look as sexy as Southern Squeeze. The plant-based kitchen and juicery serves up amazing eats with a focus on organic, vegan, and gluten-free. Their Instagram feed is like a how-to guide to food photography with near-daily updates that have us constantly tapping the drool emoji.
Few Instagrammers capture the brilliance and raw beauty of the nature surrounding our fair city like Ryan Maum and Hope. Their combined Instagram feeds are a steady stream of electric colors and light, all taken from the best trails and outdoor spots around Chattanooga. The duo is often seen basking in the sunlight on Snooper’s Rock, wading in the lagoons at Southeast Tennessee’s many waterfalls, or blissfully lost on a guided woodland hike with their new company Experience Chattanooga.
Instagram isn’t where most people would typically go for personal interviews. But, @noogapeople is using the platform for just that. The account posts regular “micro-interviews” with local Chattanoogans — “regular” folks with a passion for the city. These include everything from 80-year-old retired naval officers to expecting moms to professional boxers.
Chattanooga Canine Culture: @playwashpint
You can tell a lot about a city by how they treat their dogs. Canine culture in Chattanooga is second to none in the U.S. We love our pups!
Nowhere is this more evident than in the feed of @playwashpint — the only place of its kind in Chattanooga (and all of Tennessee as admatter of fact) — a private, synthetic-turfed dog park, pint bar, and doggy daycare. It’s “play for dogs, beer for people,” and their feed is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
Grabbin’ Life by the Crampons: @nd_pics
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Walk barefoot, paint your face, get dirty, pretend that you are a wild jungle warrior, play hard and never lose your childlike wonder. This is who I am! • • • Thanks for capturing this moment @coreyandemilyphoto • • #childlikewonder #play #roughandtumble #getdirty #trysomethingnew #junglefun @outdoorretailer @natgeo @nd_pics @ospreypacks @getoutchatt #lovewhatyoudo #ourlife #peterpan #lostboys #beawarrior #lifeisgood #manzana @katerutherford
Hunter S. Thompson once said:
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a Ride!’
We don’t know Nathatlie DuPrè personally. But, we imagine she might have this tattooed across her back. She’s a Chattanooga native who loves technical gear, the outdoors, and anything that gets her blood pumping. Her Instagram feed (@nd_pics) is heavily inspired by her love of rock climbing, peppered with shots of hammock-swinging, off-roading, and burgers & craft beer at local joints like Tremont Tavern.
Living History: @chattanoogamemoryproject
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Robert Sparks Walker standing beside maple tree he planted on Columbus Day at the Walnut Grove School, October 12, 1892 Chattanooga Public Library 164 add 3 577 . Enjoy learning about the history of Chattanooga? Check out more stories of iconic places across our beautiful city at http://chattanoogamemory.com! . #chattanooga #tennessee #history #noogagram #nooga #chattanoogaphotography #historicalsite #historic #publiclibrary #CHA #tennesseehistory #oldpic #fromthearchives #chatt #archive #chattanoogahistory #oldphoto #oldpics #library #instadaily #storytelling #stories #chamemoryproject #historylover #iconicplaces
Step into Chattanooga’s past with the Chattanooga Memory Project — a city-wide movement designed by the Chattanooga Public Library to bring the city’s history to life. Every post (mostly) is a black-and-white snapshot in time, a seemingly random snippet of some ordinary moment that’s way more interesting than it seems at first.
The Art of the Cocktail: @whiskeythiefchattanooga
Edwin Hotel won us over with the jaw-dropping views from their rooftop bar. But that same bar, Whiskey Thief, boasts a tight Instagram feed that perfectly captures the art of the craft cocktail. You’ve never seen an Old Fashioned look quite as dark, moody, and sexy as their bartenders make it.
[BONUS] Scenic City Love: @chattanoogalove
Sure, we’re giving ourselves a shameless plug and a pat on the back here. But, we’ve spent countless hours curating our favorite local photos that inspire us to explore the best Chattanooga has to offer. So, we’re confident those photos (and their photographers) will no doubt inspire you to do the same!
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Who gets your vote for the best Chattanooga Instagrammers? Who most inspires you?