table setting with candles and flowers

Candlelight Dinner 2023

Lodging and Food

Places to Stay

Southern Adventist University has two options for guests:  Guest Lodging units, and Southern Village (student housing) apartments.  

  • Guest Lodging units are two-bedroom suites, with linens. They run $99-125 per night, depending on what is provided beyond linens. (see
  • Southern Village apartments are a Chamber Music Weekend special, and have basic furniture (beds, dressers, couch, table, chairs) but NO linens or kitchen utensils.  They do have a lovely kitchen area with stove, full-size refrigerator and dishwasher (no microwave).  They are also two-bedroom, and have four twin beds.  (Note, these are NOT mentioned on Southern’s website.)
  • For exact pricing and reservations, call 423-236-7000 or email  Be sure to mention At First Sight, as Guest Lodging sometimes gives our families a discounted rate.

Places to Eat

Three group meals are provided as part of the weekend. For other meals, the Village Market Deli is available on campus. or the Dining Hall, which is usually open for the noon meal during summer.  On the other side of White Oak Ridge there are many places to eat at Four Corners where Apison Pike and Ooltewah-Ringgold Road intersect, and also in nearby Ooltewah.

Because Southern Adventist University reflects the health-conscious attitudes of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the campus is tobacco and alcohol free, and meals served are vegetarian. Coffee and other caffeine drinks are not generally available on campus, so coffee lovers may wish to bring their own instant and a mug.

Some Local Motels (within about 20 minutes of Collegedale)

Exit 11:
 (423)591-8500 – Holiday Inn Express – 6274 Artesian Circle, Ooltewah
 (423)305-6800 – Hampton Inn – 6145 Weir Way, Ooltewah
 (423)238-5951 – Super 8 Motel – 5111 Hunter Road, Ooltewah
 (855)266-0719 – Spring Hill Suites – 8876 Old Lee Highway, Ooltewah


Exit 7
 (844)731-0202 – Best Western Heritage Inn – 7641 Lee Highway
 (423)499-9550 – Econo Lodge – 7421 Bonny Oaks Dr.
 (423)892-7707 –
Motel 6 – 7707 Lee Highway


Exit 5
 (423)899-5151 – Comfort Inn and Suites – 2341 Shallowford Village Dr.
 (423)499-3800 – Fairfield Inn – 2345 Shallowford Village Dr.
 (423)308-4400 – Hilton Garden Inn – 2343 Shallowford Village Dr.
 (423)855-0011 – La Quinta – 7017 Shallowford Road
 (423)855-2090 – Travelodge – 2361 Shallowford Village Dr.
 (423)509-8656 – Super 8-Chattanooga – 7024 McCutcheon Rd.