Declared a 2011 finalist for the area's Best Mattress Store by readers of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Mattress Outlet has culled an extensive arsenal of mattresses from top-brand manufacturers for more than 30 years. At eight locally owned locations throughout the Tennessee Valley, its knowledgeable staffers navigate showrooms that brim with cushy memory-foam slumbering surfaces from brands such as Serta and Tempur-Pedic. The staff procures the store's inventory from top manufacturers, who have partnered with Mattress Outlet for years, working to keep the prices affordable and to ensure no under-the-bed monsters are damaged during travel.
Southern Hearth and Patio celebrates the aesthetic and functional benefits of fire with a scintillating selection of gas, charcoal, and wood-burning fireplaces and grills. Alfresco chefs can heighten the sense of romance imparted by an outdoor bearskin rug with the soft glow of an outdoor gas fireplace ($1,540+) or the flame-licked flavors of a tuna casserole cooked over a Yoder charcoal grill ($699+). An attachable grill light ($12.99) fills in for the moon during unexpected eclipses, illuminating late-night grilllings while alleviating a burger's natural fear of the dark. Enhance charbroiled fare with seasonings and sauces ($6.95–$9.95) or sneak in a few extra reps with a burger press ($9.95).
For more than 30 years, MurMaid Mattress has culled an extensive arsenal of mattresses from both top-brand manufacturers and from its own, onsite factory. The shop has garnered the title of Best Mattress Store from readers of the Chattanooga Times Free Press multiple times. At seven locations throughout the Tennessee Valley, its staffers navigate sprawling showrooms that brim with memory-foam mattresses and adjustable beds from brands such as Serta and Tempur-Pedic. It procures its inventory directly from such manufacturers, working to keep its prices affordable and to ensure no under-the-bed monsters were damaged during travel. The store's immense stash of products also includes MurMaid Mattress’s own creations, assembled at an onsite factory affixed to the Cleveland location. Staffers produce custom, made-to-order mattresses from materials used by national brands.
It's hard not to feel a little sleepy upon entering Mattress & Furniture Expo. The retail space showcases mattresses that like snakes, come in three types: coiled, latex, and memory foam. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers select the sleeping surface that's best for them. They can also help patrons browse a selection of furniture from brands such as Coaster and Largo.
Voyaging through the mountains in search of a red rome beauty might sound like a hero's legendary quest, but in Ellijay, Georgia, anyone can do it—as long as they wait until September. That's when B.J. Reece Orchards opens its orchard for public picking. There, rows of trees hold edible jewels ready to be plucked, from the fabled red rome beauty to the golden delicious and the gala, which appears on the branch in full formal wear.
As visitors fill their baskets in the shadow of the North Georgia Mountains, aromas from the nearby country bakery drift on the wind. Chefs take inspiration from the season and setting to create apple-cider doughnuts and butter-crusted pies to the delight of parents and children alike. But kids take center stage at the petting farm. There, they can meet animal friends and lead wonderfully accurate renditions of "Old McDonald" before hopping on a wagon and riding through the hills.