Whether you have friends and family there, perhaps a job opportunity, or for any other reason have ever considered moving to Charlotte, N.C., you can rest assured it's not a boring place to live. There are plenty of daytime activities and a jumping nightlife for people of all ages. There are active sports and casual activities available during the day, shopping or health treatments during the afternoon, fine dining in the early evening with music and dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Discuss with your contractor and real estate agent what activities you enjoy and what level of solitude you prefer at home and you'll be sure to find a neighborhood where you fit in and feel right at home.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Spend a few hours one afternoon exploring the 110 acres of Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. The gardens are beautiful throughout the year, and the children's garden isn't just for children but for the young at heart.
White Water Center
For fun exercise and rafting lessons, try the U.S. National Whitewater Center. It's a man-made river with rapids for canoe, kayak, and whitewater rafting training. It's like a water park, but for adults, and simulates the thrill of white water rafting without the inherent dangers typically involved with such a sport. The river has rapids from II-IV to accommodate any level of skill or lack thereof and offers classes with professional coaches to assure nobody has to feel like white water rafting isn't something they know how to do.
Urban Parks like Romare Bearden Park
In downtown Charlotte lies the Romare Bearden Park, 5.5 acres of outdoor arts, two gardens, waterfall displays, and a children's area. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the courtyard with tables and chairs for a fun afternoon with friends or a romantic early dinner with a special date. There is plenty of other land set aside for urban parks, after a year of trying to explore them all you'll likely find out about another one you failed to realize existed.
Pamper Yourself at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Spa
To enjoy the lifestyle of sheer luxury, try the Spa and Wellness Center at the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte. They offer eco-friendly and organic body treatments and facials, and to truly feel pampered, ask for the honey and chocolate manicure and pedicure treatments. Yes, honey and chocolate. Be warned, after you go the first time you'll want to go back regularly!
The Charlotte Sympathy plays music and organizes interesting concerts throughout the year, by following their website you can find a black-tie formal event for date night, a business event for professionals, or a fun event intended to introduce children to music. If you aren't familiar with formal music styles, show up an hour early and hear the people involved discuss the details of what they intend to play and why they chose it.
Try One of Charlotte’s Best Restaurants
The Charlotte area offers fine dining in multiple styles. Kindred Restaurant in the nearby college town of Davidson offers traditional southern home cooking at reasonable prices. Barcelona Wine Bar features dinner for two or cheeses and hors d'oeuvres designed to compliment a glass or bottle of wine. Be sure to check with locals and neighbors to find the best restaurants near where you live whether you prefer 5-star dining, N.C. barbecue, or a variety of ethnic foods.
Try One of the Speakeasies
Classic speakeasy-style bars have become popular across the country and have become an active part of Charlotte nightlife. Dot Dot Dot, for example, serves modern gourmet versions of classic cocktails and offers a matching food menu with choices any chef would be proud to offer. The Cellar at Duckworth's also offers amazing cocktails and menu items, along with an extensive list of wines and microbrews. As much as you might want to, don't try them all in one evening!
In spite of their name, the Charlotte Ballet conducts more than just ballet shows. A quick review of their schedule reveals a variety of dance styles and the use of music and dance to perform classic stories and fairy tales popular as live theater performances.
Moving to the Queen City?
Once you've decided Charlotte is the place for you, give us a call at Simonini Homes. We'll be happy to discuss what we can do to put you in your custom-built dream home so you can set about enjoying the fun city of Charlotte.