Category: Charlotte

8 Nov 2018

9 Charlotte restaurants open on Thanksgiving this year

Restaurants in Charlotte NC open on Thanksgiving
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, you’ve probably started thinking about how you want to celebrate. While this holiday is a great opportunity to share a great meal with family and friends, it can often mean hours of cooking and cleaning. What if there was another option? For those of you who prefer to not spend the holiday working over a stove, we have good news. There are plenty of fantastic Charlotte restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving this year. Most of them will be serving gorgeous prix-fixe menus, so you can sit back and relax and focus on spending time with your loved ones. We’ve gathered up some of our favorites below and no matter which one you choose., they’ll...
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16 Oct 2018

10 pumpkin patches near Charlotte you can visit this fall

Pumpkin Patches Near Charlotte
The woods and farmlands of the Carolinas are already the perfect setting for a farm getaway, but when you add the attractions of fall, things get even better. These include everything from you-pick pumpkin patches and wagon rides to corn mazes and even apple cider slushies. We rounded up ten local farms and markets in and around Charlotte where you can join in the fun. From pumpkin lots in the heart of town to secluded family farms just a few minutes out, we think there’s a spot on this list that could become your new favorite family tradition!   Anne Springs Close Greenway Fort Mill, South Carolina During last three weekends in October, Anne Springs Close Greenway transforms into a fall harvest paradise. Complete...
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25 Sep 2018

The 12 best coffee shops in the Charlotte area

Best Coffee Shops in Charlotte, NC
In conjunction with the creative and forward-thinking culture of Charlotte, the city’s craft coffee scene has taken off significantly in recent years. New coffee shops are popping up on a regular basis throughout the city, each dedicated to preserving this age-old artisan craft. Let’s embark on a caffeinated tour of the best coffee shops in the Charlotte area, whether you prefer your coffee black or mixed with exotic flavors like lavender, rosemary and the like.     Enderly Coffee Co. 2620 Tuckaseegee Road Enderly Coffee Co. is the result of the love story between former teachers Becky and Tony Santoro, who fell in love over coffee and relied on it to get them through their years as teachers and raising their daughters. We have seen...
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21 Aug 2018

How to add warmth to your home this fall: Tips from a local interior designer

We can hardly believe it, but summer is quickly coming to a close. The kids are back in school, apple-picking is on the weekend agenda, and pumpkin is starting to show up again in the local grocery stores! While the world around you is transforming for the new season, it’s also important to make your home look the part. We love fall because it gives us the opportunity to really make our homes feel cozy with throws, wreaths, autumn-scented candles and warm decor. In our opinion, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. We spoke to Lauren Nicole Designs — a talented interior designer based in Charlotte, North Carolina — to get the inside scoop on current design trends...
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14 Aug 2018

The 10 best places to get BBQ in Charlotte, mapped

Charlotte is undoubtedly a foodie haven! It seems like every month there is another acclaimed eatery opening its doors. Regardless of what you’re craving — Southern, Asian or hearty brunch cuisine — you’ll be able to find a restaurant that does it well in the area. But it’s barbecue that really put Charlotte on the food map in the first place. North Carolina actually boasts two different styles of barbecue. Firstly, Lexington (sometimes referred to as Western) includes a red sauce seasoned with ketchup, pepper, vinegar and other spices doused over a hearty chunk of slow-roasted pork shoulder. Eastern, on the other hand, features every part of the pig, and the sauce is made with just vinegar and pepper to...
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24 Jul 2018

10 spectacular weekend getaways within 3 hours of Charlotte, North Carolina

Getaways Near Charlotte
Even though we love living in Charlotte, a charming town between the coast and the mountains, it’s nice to get out of town and explore every now and then. Fortunately, we have access to so many incredible destinations within a three hour drive! From bustling cities to natural hot springs and picturesque small towns to national parks, there are plenty of opportunities for travel. Make it your goal this summer to visit one or two of these spectacular road trip destinations close to Charlotte and experience our area’s natural beauty, historic architecture and cultural attractions. Adventure awaits!   Lake Lure, North Carolina Photo courtesy of Liza Goodlett via The Lodge on Lake Lure Driving time from Charlotte: 2 hours Why we love it: This famous Lake...
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26 Jun 2018

The 19 best farmers’ markets in Charlotte and the surrounding areas [interactive map]

Charlotte Farmers Markets
When it comes to fresh produce, baked goods, meat — well, any food really — there’s no debating that locally sourced products just taste better! And in the Charlotte area, there are more than a few options for shopping local. Our region boasts an abundance of farmers’ markets, each one serving as a gathering place for friends and neighbors, a fun weekend activity, and a one-stop shop for your weekly groceries. Some markets focus solely on produce and baked goods from local vendors, but others offer clothing, flowers, art and more! You can even find international flavors and specialty items at almost all of the local markets — in short, all of the items you need to make your meals...
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6 May 2018

Top 12 best brunch locations in Charlotte

After a long week, nothing soothes the soul quite like brunch. This breakfast-meets-lunch feast allows you to enjoy perfectly poached eggs, fluffy biscuits, mimosas and more — all at the lazy hour of 11 am (or later). Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to catch up with friends and loved ones! Keep reading to see our picks for the top 12 best brunch locations in Charlotte.    Terrace Facebook | Instagram | Brunch Menu 4625 Piedmont Row Drive, Suite 10 OR 14815 Ballantyne Village Way, Suite 150 Breakfast is served all day at Terrace — and thank goodness for that because we can’t get enough of it! The menu reflects Southern charm and influence, but each dish is scratch-made with high quality ingredients. There’s...
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7 Apr 2014

We’ll get you home!

The crack of the bat, the cheers of the crowd, the sights and sounds and smells of summer’s favorite pastime – nothing says “community” to me like baseball. It’s an exciting time for baseball in the Carolinas with the opening of the new BB&T Ballpark, home of the Class AAA Charlotte Knights. Located in 3rd Ward in Uptown Charlotte, the stadium will seat 10,000 and features a natural grass field. More than 600,000 fans are expected to attend one of the 72 home games this season. Baseball is not new to Charlotte. The first professional baseball team, the Charlotte Hornets, was formed in 1901 and played for a half-century, calling home a 3,200-seat stadium in Dilworth. Today’s version of baseball began in 1976,...
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10 Mar 2014

Get your green on at St. Patrick’s Day events

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up. You know, that one day of the year when “going green” means something else entirely from how we think of it the rest of year. So get in touch with your inner Irish, and make plans to meet the local leprechauns at the St. Patrick’s Day events and weekend celebrations across the Carolinas. Charlotte hosts an annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival. The Uptown parade starts at 11:00 am on March 15. The festival features Irish music, dancers, bagpipers and vendors. Both events have free admission. Raleigh also hosts a parade beginning at 10:00am on March 15, and the Wearin’ O the Green Festival features music, dancing, food, drink and fun for the...
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