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Exploring Chattanooga and the historic, haunted Read House hotel

Rideshare biking along Chattanooga's riverfront.
Thomas Wilmer
Rideshare biking along Chattanooga's riverfront.

Correspondent Tom Wilmer explores things to do and see in Chattanooga, Tennessee with Candace Litchfield, Chattanooga Tourism’s advocacy director. James Bambrey, general manager at the historic Read House in the heart of downtown, shares his best picks in the riverside town.

Bambrey also shares the back story about Room 311—it’s so haunted that it remains unavailable for overnight stays other than the weeks leading up to Halloween—and even then guests are known to abruptly check out before the witching hour.

Funding for Journeys of Discovery provided by Nashville's Big Back Yard economic initiative focused on rural communities in the southwest quarter of Tennessee and the Shoals Region of Northern Alabama.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.