Charlotte, North Carolina is a new frontier for Gap Creek Gourmet. I know people who flee to Charlotte for a weekend of fun, but had never explored much until I had the pleasure until a couple of weeks ago. Let me tell you, people, Charlotte truly has “a lot”. The hashtag doesn’t lie!
The first thing I found out was this: shopping is a must in the Queen City. Whether you are in to antiques, boutiques, high end shopping malls or outlets, enough to keep your wallet busy for days. Let’s start with Ikea. Yes, there is an Ikea in Charlotte. The best time to go is on a weekday, if you want to avoid the crowds, but even on a weekend, this Ikea has nowhere near the crowed of Atlanta’s Ikea. And parking is a breeze. Head to Southpark Mall for high fashion finds and for those deal shoppers out there, there’s Concord Mills, the largest outlet mall in North Carolina. I seriously have some shopping to do in Charlotte. Maybe I can squeeze in a stop or two between restaurants?
I haven’t had the pleasure of staying overnight in Charlotte yet, because it’s so close to Greenville that I can jet there for a day and get back home before bedtime! The following are on my wishlist for a cushy bedtime and sweeping views of the city. I toured the recently opened Le Meridien, and folks, the skyline view at night is worth a million bucks. They are opening a rooftop bar soon, too! The Ritz Carlton Charlotte, Omni Charlotte Hotel, and Westin Charlotte are also on my must try list.
If you’re headed to Charlotte with your family of little ones, you might want to try the family friendly lodging with Hyatt House in City Center or Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Uptown. The Le Meridien, Double Tree Suites by Hilton Hotel Charotte, Hyatt House, Omni, Westin, and Aloft, are among the plethora of pet friendly hotels in Charlotte, so you don’t have to leave fur babies behind.
Is there enough to keep you busy for a whole weekend in Charlotte? Hell yeah! If you came up the ranks of a public school within driving distance of Charlotte, you are perfectly acquainted with Discovery Place. But there’s so much more to explore! Carowinds, of course, is close, but there’s also Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville, US National Whitewater Center, Ray’s Splash Planet, Carolina Raptor Center and Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.
The first thing I do when I’m set loose in a city is head for the food and the art.