1349 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Great Race makes overnight stop in Chattanooga, Sunday, June 25. Event will include huge Cruise-In for a wonderful variety of vintage and specialty cars that will be on display!  Come join us!

In 2011, locally owned Coker Tire company in association with Hemmings Motor News and Hagerty Insurance revived an almost 30 year event called The Great Race.  This cross country timed endurance rally for vintage automobiles had lain dormant for a few years and since Coker bought the franchise, it has literally taken on new life.  

Monday, April 17, 2017


The CARDINAL ROOM all dressed up and ready to go!

As we gazed upon box after box after box of stored items along with all the furniture, we didn’t see how we could pull it all together to open in time for our first guest’s arrival.  Then, the Clemens Rescue Team arrived from the Greater Indianapolis area and immediately started working.  My sister Connie; brother, Joe; and sister-in-law, Jenny were a dynamic hurricane of HELP as they tackled one project after another.

Monday, April 3, 2017


Getting ever closer!!

Our first guests arrive April 14th, so we’re working non-stop to be ready to roll out the red carpet!  We’re making progress on bringing the rooms together although we’re also taking extra time to focus on each guest room’s detail.  We hope you will choose a room that best suits your style and personality during your stay at St Francis Cottage.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MOVING forward / ALMOST there!

Freshly poured driveway and new landscaping.
Immediately after receiving the conditional Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Chattanooga, we began moving five years of accumulated goods and furniture from our 800 square foot storage unit to St Francis Cottage.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Don't miss these Chattanooga Area Events for April 2017

Thursday, April 6 – Sunday, April 9 CHATTANOOGA FILM FESTIVAL
Head on down to Chattown for four days of fun-and-films at the Fourth Annual Chattanooga Film Festival!  (Say that quickly four times!)  Check out the website for film schedules, discussions, parties and more.  The CFF has become a significant assemblage of filmmakers in the Southeast, and you won’t want to miss being a part of this regional cinematic event.

Thursday, April 6 TASTE – Stratton Hall
Plan an extended springtime get-away weekend in Chattanooga, starting off with exquisite cuisine at Taste, while supporting the Kidney Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.  This year’s participating restaurants include some of the best in our area along with great music and drink to create a super party atmosphere to begin your weekend.

Thursday, April 6 Mozart and Mahler – Tivoli Theater
For all you music aficionados, begin your long weekend with an eclectic evening of music at Chattanooga’s famous Tivoli Theater, featuring Mozart’s Don Giovanni followed by Exsultate Jubilate (featuring Soprano Maria Valdes), and ending with Mahler’s 4th Symphony.  From humor to sacred music to symphony, you’ll experience a little bit of everything musical.


Although winter 2016-17 has been extremely mild in Southeastern Tennessee due to global warming (that doesn’t exist, but really does), we’re seeing the gardens awaken from winter rest.  The daytime temperatures have ranged from the 30’s to high 70’s during February and March, and the plants faithfully roll with the punches.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Onward to Opening!

We are closer to welcoming you as a guest at St Francis Cottage
Each day brings us closer to opening by our early-April target date.  Most recently, the parking lot and upper driveway were completed by Alguire Construction, who did an impeccable concrete finishing job within just a couple of days.  John Cantrell and his team at Ames Excavating worked from sun-up to sun-down grading and moving tons of dirt to prep the driveway and parking areas.  John is currently underway on the final phase, prepping the  500-foot driveway down the hill to Gunbarrel Road.  John Alguire and his competent team will then take over with the final forming and pour.