Monday, August 24, 2009

KSO--Where to Stay

It's that time of year again...time to plan our trip to the Krystal Square Off on September 27th in Chattanooga! We've been searching the internet for a place to stay during this weekend of fun, and since we've looked up all of this info, we thought it might be helpful to share it with some of ya'll too.

After two years of being official fans/now veterans of the KSO, we have decided that the best places to stay are downtown. Granted, we have only stayed downtown but why change a good thing? All of the places we have listed below are within walking distance to all of the downtown excitement and are easily accessible on the free city shuttle.

The rates are for 2 nights: Saturday Night 9/26 & Sunday Night 9/27
1 room with 2 beds unless otherwise noted, including taxes. We've included the links to all of the hotel websites--you also might want to check out expedia, travelocity, or some other discount websites. Some hotels had packages, government/military/AAA/other rates, but here is a basic run-down:

Days Inn Rivergate:
Downtown, within walking distance to all downtown things, free tram-stop right in front of hotel, only budget hotel with a good location
-Buy Now and Save (no refunds on cancellations): $167.43
-Government/AAA/AARP: $177.28
-Best Available Rate: $196.98
-Currently running a 20% off deal if you stay for two nights...$138
-Parking: FREE!

The Chattanoogan:
“Urban Resort” spa hotel, fancy flat screen TV’s, add-on options such as chocolate covered chocolate and champagne, looks pretty fancy!
-Standard Room $361
-Parking: $8/day

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chattanooga Downtown
Continental breakfast and an indoor pool
-Advance Purchase or AAA (no cancellations): $263.81
-Featured Rate: $277.89
-Government: $204
-Parking: ?

Sheraton Read House
Historic, pretty, great location, and possibly haunted. "Official" hotel of the Krystal Square Off.
-Best Available Rate: $302.51
-Parking: $15/day

Chattanooga Marriott at the Convention Center
Newly renovated rooms! Can get packages for sight-seeing things too.
-Leisure Rate $290.78
-Parking $6-10/day

Delta Queen Hotel
Awesome river-boat-turned hotel. You really just need to check out the website for this place—it looks like it would be a really fun place to stay.

Courtyard by Marriott Chattanooga Downtown
VERY close to the Krystal Square Off location
-Best Available Rate: (King and Sofa-bed) $372
-Parking $8/day

Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga Downtown—Only King Beds available
Package options also available…bed and breakfast, sight seeing, etc.
-Advanced Purchase (non-refundable)$377
-Best Available $419
-Parking: $7/day

Doubletree Hotel Chattanooga
-Advance Purchase (non refundable) $296.99
-Internet Best Rate $349.41
-Parking $7/day

Holiday Inn Chattanooga Choo Choo
Fun & historic, a little further from the waterfront but easily accessible by the free tram. Cool restaurants on site.
-Standard Room-$311.88
-Parking: ?

Friday, August 14, 2009


Red Oak is one of my all-time favorite microbrews. It is a pure, delicious, and smooth amber beer that everyone should get the pleasure to experience. Unfortunatley for some, you can only find it in some restaurants in the Charlotte/Greensboro areas of North Carolina. Fortunately for me, though, the brewery is only about 45 minute away from my new home in Winston-Salem. Today, Trey and I got to tour Red Oak Brewery.


Thursday, August 13, 2009


Happy Birthday, Trey!
My husband, Trey turned the big 25 today and we celebrated by going out to Chili's. Usually, I do what I can to avoid places like Crapplebees/Chili's/O'Charleys/etc. but this new 3 courses, two people, $20 thing is too good of a deal to pass up. You get one appetizer, two entrees, and a dessert to split for $20! The portions aren't even smaller than usual. We got the molten chocolate cake for dessert and it was very fulfilling for my chocolate & ice cream needs.

I found this at This was the first big contest Jamie, Trey, and I ever attended:

Can you find me? KSO4 in 2007--A fun time. Forever surrounded by stupid thundersticks.


Monday, August 10, 2009


Ya'll know how much we love Bojangles from previous posts but I don't know if our love can even compare to this guy. He is spending the summer traveling all over the southeast visiting every single Bojangles in the U.S.

Go check out his journey and if you are anything like us, reading his blog will make want a cajun fillet biscuit and a large sweet tea.

Bojangles Traveler Blog

Sunday, August 9, 2009

sad picture.

I know we have discuessed this time and again. but I'm really wanting some Krystal and have no place to go!


Friday, August 7, 2009

Beach Break: Krystal

It is nice to be able to enjoy a delightful Krystal lunch after a long day of sunbathing and swimming in the ocean! The Krystal in Murrells Inlet, SC is about a 20-30 minute drive from Myrtle Beach and is a stop we always make while in town since there are no more Krystals left in North Carolina. I saw a few people order the angus burgers that will be added to the KSO--they looked pretty tasty but will definitely add a new challenge to the contest. I was almost tempted to order one myself but since I only get to eat this treat a few times a year, I just stuck my usual: a #1 combo--4 original Krystals, fries, and a diet coke.

Also, check out Beautiful Brian's August Bits and Pieces for a little feature about his thoughts on the new Krystal rules and a little feature about 2 hungry sisters :-)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Ultimate Summer Lunch: Tomato Sandwich

Nothing says summer like a Tomato Sandwich: 1 sliced home grown tomato, one tablespoon Duke's Mayonnaise, ground black pepper on whole wheat bread.
....with Cheetos and a homemade peanut butter rice krispy treat on the side.