There’s nothing quite like sipping on a fresh cup of coffee, enjoying the comfort of your private balcony, all while taking in this breath taking view only found at Sky Harbor Court!

 

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Elections, foliage, Thanksgiving, Enchanted Garden of Lights. So many reasons to love November!

 

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Friday, Saturday and Sunday the weather is predicted to be AWESOME for a trip up Lookout Mountain! Lows in the 50’s and highs in the 70’s and low 80’s with lots of sunshine!!!IMG_7288

The old quarry now called the Eagle’s Nest is largely forgotten or perhaps just unnoticed, hidden by trees and overshadowed by more spectacular Lookout Mountain attractions. Just up the road, the parking lot at Ruby Falls, Chattanooga’s famous cave, is filled with vehicles, but visitors to the quarry are rare.

It’s not often you hear about Milton Ochs, either. Milton Ochs may have done more than any other person to preserve thousands of acres on the north end of Lookout Mountain, but like the quarry, he was constantly in the shadow of others—specifically his famously successful brother, Adolph. If you google “Milton Ochs Chattanooga” you’ll get hundreds of hits for Adolph, crowding out the very few for Milton. Check Wikipedia and you’ll find entries for Adolph and another brother, George, but no page for Milton.

Adolph Ochs, who at age 20 had borrowed $250 to purchase The Chattanooga Times and went on to become the publisher of The New York Times , has long been given credit for turning much of the north end of Lookout Mountain into a park for the public’s use.

In 1887, Adolph was among those who purchased and reopened 16 acres at Point Park from Harriett Whiteside (a woman with a fascinating tale of her own) after she had fenced off the property. By the 1920s, Adolph lived in New York but during visits to Chattanooga began promoting the idea of the “Hanging Gardens of Lookout.” While the western slopes were to be preserved as forest, landscaped terraces would stretch along the eastern face from what’s now Rock City to the Cravens House. There was talk of pumping water up from the Tennessee River to create cascades down the bluffs above. It would rival, Adolph Ochs said, the legendary Hanging Gardens of Babylon and become a modern wonder of the world.

The Chattanooga Lookout Mountain Park Association was formed in 1925 to begin purchasing land, which would, in 1934, be turned over to the federal government to become a unit of Chickamauga National Military Park.

“Memory Place,” the quarry reborn as a monument, was to be a gateway into the Hanging Gardens. The 1931 annual report for the Association says:

“While development has not been confined to any one particular location within the park, the old rock quarry site has demanded the largest expenditure and commanded the most attention…men were hoisted by windlass and with heavy iron bars tested and pried away the stone wherever it was menacing. The crevices thus created were reinforced with steel and concrete and shelves extending from the bluff’s face built. In these crevices wagon loads of prepared soil were hoisted by buckets, the spaces filled and later planted with vines and other plants.”

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Enjoy the night by our fire pit as we celebrate Autumn!

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At the pool today.  Beautiful weather and sky. Countdown – 26 days! September 19th closing the pool. Come stay with us before it’s too late. If the weather cools the heater will keep it comfortable!

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We still have availability for the Labor Day weekend! Come enjoy the pool before we close it for the season!Heated Pool - Summer 2014

How many times have we heard these phrases?
“If you ever decide to sell please call us!” or “You have a gold mine here in this mountain!”
Too many to count! Well, I should have written down the names and phone numbers of some of those people but we never thought we would leave Sky Harbor. After 21 years of enjoying the view, the guests, the pool, the fire pit, the convenience to everything – Steve and I have decided to retire. Steve retired a few years ago from his job of 35 years and came to work at Sky Harbor as “breakfast preparer and pool boy.” We’ve heard about so many travels of our guests that we finally decided we might like to see some of those places too!
We can’t retire until we sell the inn and we want to sell to someone who wants to maintain the atmosphere and love and of course our CATS! If you know of anyone interested in following in our footsteps on Lookout Mountain please contact our realtor, Chas Clement. chas@thejamescompany.org

Until that perfect buyer comes along Steve and Patsy will continue to be your smiling innkeepers!

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