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In 1989, the Delta Queen steamboat which launched in 1927, was designated a National historic Landmark. In May, it will open as an 88 room boutique hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn. It’s home will be on Chattanooga’s North Shore Coolidge Park.

This historic lady did not run out of steam–quite the contrary. The Delta Queen had been an exemption for more than 40 years allowing it to continue to operate after our 1966 Congress banned wooded superstructures with more than 50 guests from providing overnight cruises on U.S. waterways.
Last year, the exemption was not renewed forcing its owners to find a new home for the vessel.

The Delta Queen has been on my “list” of places to experience. Now it looks like I’ll have to make a trip to Chattanooga to experience it. That could be great fun as Chattanooga is a delightful city to visit.

You can make reservations starting in May by calling 423 209-2943 or e-mail: reservations@deltaqueenhotel.com. If I’m real lucky, I might be able to get an International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association trip arranged to visit that area and all they have to offer. After all, it’s still on my list.

Culinarily yours,