Kimberly Fisher of travel blog Jetsetera gives us the royal experience of the Queen City with a guide on where to stay, wine and dine in Charlotte, North Carolina.
PACKING LIST Charlotte is a classic American city, known for great food, friendly people, gorgeous scenery and quintessential Southern Charm. The style has a preppy feel (think collared shirts, classic shapes and chic accessories) with an open mind for trendy mixed prints, sharp jackets and layers galore.
- Your favorite pair of denim jeans to take you comfortably from day to night. - A classic shift dress than can take you from Sunday brunch to the hippest cocktail party. - A gorgeous blazer to layer. - Your favorite pair of flats to explore all of the attractions and sites. - A scarf to add a little color. It also doubles as a pillow or blanket on the plane!
STAY The Ritz Carlton The opulent Ritz Carlton always aims to please and the Five Star Charlotte location is no different. Indulge with a visit to the indoor pool, spa tub, sauna, fitness facility and steam room. The full-service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials and beauty services.
The Omni Set in the heart of Charlotte, the Omni is a Four Star property with gorgeous city views that is close to the Charlotte Bobcats Arena, Discovery Place and the Bank of America Stadium. The 371 rooms are all comfortably equipped.
The Duke Mansion The Duke Mansion was built in 1915 by its most famous owner James Buchanan Duke. The house is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is operated as a non-profit with all proceeds benefiting the preservation of this community treasure. Each of the 20 unique guest rooms is a blend of southern hospitality and modern elegance with updated comfort and conveniences. Fine furnishings reflect The Mansion's history while the modern amenities like free Wi-Fi access, personal voice mail and flat screen TVs keep you connected. Enjoy a room with a shared sleeping porch or awake in a cozy tree-top room. All rooms have private baths and a queen or king size bed with exquisite linens, luxurious robes and fine toiletries.
DRINK Bar 10 Inside the Westin Hotel in Uptown Charlotte, Bar 10 is perfect for people watching while sipping your cocktail. Come during happy hour from 5-7PM and enjoy appetizers with a Southern comfort flair like chicken and waffle sliders or smoke pork chipotle cheddar mac and cheese.
Alexander Michael’s Alexander Michael's has been the place to go to for a full bar, chill environment and comfort food classics since it opened in 1983. Known locally as Al Mike’s Tavern, this unpretentious bar considers itself, “your neighborhood tavern… No matter where you’re from,” so you’ll find yourself warmly welcomed as you’re served a craft beer and some spectacular seafood.
The Dog Bar As the name suggests, you pooch is welcome at The Dog Bar. Bring Fido along for some socializing of his own while you sip a craft beer or specialty concoction whipped up by one of the friendly bartenders.
DO The Evening Muse Catch local, regional artists as well as the occasional national artist in a rare intimate show in the beautiful Evening Muse venue. Located in the NoDa Arts District, the space was designed by owner and sound engineer Joe Kuhlmann and boasts unparalleled acoustics.
Freedom Park Want to spend some time outdoors? A picnic on the perfectly manicured lawn? Rent a bike and take it for a spin by the lake? People watch and daydream? Head to picturesque Freedom Park and enjoy.
Uptown Spend some time in the historic heart of Charlotte and visit attractions like the interactive science and technology museum Discovery Place, the children’s library and theater ImaginOn, the Levine Museum of the New South, all-in-one nightlife hub The Epicenter and the sprawling park The Green. If you are into sports, make sure to check out the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets and Charlotte Checkers.