Weekend Adventures: Charlotte, NC

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Recently, my best friend moved to Charlotte, NC for work. Charlotte is about a two-and-a-half hour ride from Raleigh so I try to visit when I can! The city is FILLED with hot restaurants, fun history, hip bars. No, but really Charlotte is known for their fantastic restaurant scene. It is also home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Carowinds.

Every time we go, I have such a great time. Whether it’s getting food, catching sporting events, or just exploring uptown. Charlotte is the biggest (and my favorite) city in North Carolina.

Make sure to check out the Four Corner Statues at Independence Square in the heart of uptown. The four bronze statues represent Charlotte’s history. They are Transportation, The Future, Commerce, and Industry.

If you take a walking tour of the city, you’ll come across tons of great street art and graffiti. As well as, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art… a fun evening excursion!

For lunch, we ate at Vapianos, a popular Euro-chic restaurant that serves pasta, pizza, and more!

Vapianos is a super popular food chain in Europe that has crossed over to America! Charlotte, NC is one out of only three locations in the U.S. that you can try their menu. So, I was super excited to eat here!

Vapianos is set up cafeteria-style. The chefs make the food right in front of you and it’s a lot of fun to watch! You can choose from TONS of yummy options (but of course I got pasta… #ilovecarbs…).

The restaurant itself had a great atmosphere! There was plenty of funky seating and mood lighting. It’s definitely a unique dining experience.

Nicki lives right next to Romare Park, a 5.4-acre public park located right on the edge of uptown. I think it’s so cool to see green and trees next to towering skyscrapers.

It was such a beautiful day and there were tons of people enjoying the park! Some people were playing frisbee, walking their dogs, or reading by the fountains. This public park also often hosts fitness & cultural arts programs, as well as live music events.

Oh, and there are tons of great photo-ops.

The BB&T Ballpark sits right next to the park and there are games almost every night!

The Charlotte Knights are Charlotte’s home baseball team. However, Charlotte is really known for their football team: The Carolina Panthers! We got to root for them in the Superbowl 2 years ago ?

The Charlotte Hornets are also fun to watch on the court! 

Ink and Ivy was wonderful for dinner! The interior is distinctively decorated (you’ll see what I mean) and creates a chic vibe. As we were eating, deer antlers hung over our table and drawing of bees buzzed along the wall.

At night, Ink and Ivy transform into the coolest bar in the city.

If you’re looking for a fun time, the EpiCentre is the place to be. The EpiCentre is sort of like an outdoor mall but filled with restaurants, bars, and clubs.

After dinner, we took one last stroll through the park and got to see children playing in the fountains, as well as street performers. 

My best friend loves living in the city! There’s always something to do and she’s surrounded by people. Plus, her apartment complex is great! We were able to get a beautiful view of Charlotte from her patio.

I cannot wait to visit again and see more of the Queen City. 

 

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37 Comments

  1. April@LoveOurRealLife

    I love Charlotte! North Carolina is one of the most beautiful states. My husband went to school at Duke and we enjoy the area so much!

    31 . Aug . 2017
  2. Rachel Lloyd

    This looks like such a fun trip! I’ve been to NC before, but I need to add some of these to my list!

    31 . Aug . 2017
  3. Eli@CoachDaddy

    Hey, that’s my town! I love living here. Next time you’re around, let me show you around the south side.

    31 . Aug . 2017
  4. Rachel Ritlop

    OMG! This looks like it was such a fun trip, and Vapiano’s sounds amazing!

    31 . Aug . 2017
  5. Beth

    This looks like a fun place to visit! I love great restaurants and a good bar scene! I’ll have to keep that in mind! 🙂

    31 . Aug . 2017
  6. Austen

    I still can’t get over the Butterfly Highway. Bookmarking if I ever find myself in Charlotte 🙂
    -Austen
    http://www.keepcalmandchiffon.com/blog/8/30/amazon-fashion-sunglasses

    31 . Aug . 2017
  7. Azanique Rawl

    Such fun! I have only been to Charlotte once, but I need to go back again

    – xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

    31 . Aug . 2017
  8. Lindsay

    Hey girl,

    You really have some great pictures! Sounds like you had a reallly amazing getaway. I’ve never been but definitely one of the places on my bucket list.

    31 . Aug . 2017
  9. Ariana

    So happy you love our city! I live right outside Charlotte and I’m sad about how many places I haven’t been! But #goniners! Went to one of our games last semester against NC State at BB&T!

    31 . Aug . 2017
  10. Audrey Marie

    I’ve been to the OBX in NC but never to Charlotte! It looks like such a fun place to explore and spend the weekend.

    31 . Aug . 2017
  11. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    That restaurant sounds like it was a great time. I’m glad you had fun on your little getaway!

    31 . Aug . 2017
  12. Lecy | A Simpler Grace

    Charlotte is one of my all-time favorite cities! That restaurant looked like a neat place!

    01 . Sep . 2017
  13. ShootingStarsMag

    Oh, it looks beautiful! Vapianos sounds like a place I need to visit someday!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    01 . Sep . 2017
  14. Liz

    Oh fun! I’ve driven through Charlotte way more than I’ve actually *stayed* in Charlotte, but I spent a long weekend there last year for the Charlotte Oktoberfest 🙂 There are so many great places to eat and go out in the Queen City!
    http://www.therestlesswild.com

    01 . Sep . 2017
  15. Jordyn Sifferman

    I haven’t ever been to Charlotte but I have heard a lot of positive things about the city. Roamer Park looks so cute!

    01 . Sep . 2017
  16. Sami | The Classic Brunette

    I’ve never been to Charlotte, but I’ve heard so many great things about the city! I definitely want to visit in the future!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

    01 . Sep . 2017
  17. Vicki

    I’ve never been to Charlotte, but really want too! We may just have to go for the food!

    01 . Sep . 2017
  18. Kate

    I’ve only been to Charlotte once (even though it is so close to Raleigh) but I loved it! My favorite place I ate at was Amelie’s in NoDa; if you like coffee and pastries it’s a must!

    01 . Sep . 2017
  19. Jiawun | Beauty Nerd By Night

    Charlotte looks like such an amazing place! I LOVE good food, so it sounds like a dream to me!

    01 . Sep . 2017
  20. Jill

    NC is my favorite state I have traveled to so far! I loved it and all the different aspects – from Asheville to the wild horses and lighthouses on the coast. So much fun!

    01 . Sep . 2017
  21. Meagan

    You know, living right up road in Richmond, VA, you’d think we would’ve explored NC a little more. Charlotte looks fantastic! We’ll have to add it to our weekend getaway list, stat! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    – Meagan
    http://www.tworestlesshomebodies.com

    01 . Sep . 2017
  22. Lily

    What a fun little girls trip! I’m glad you were able to visit your friend and have fun!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    01 . Sep . 2017
  23. Michael @ Super Millennial

    Looks like a ton of fun — never been to Charlotte!

    01 . Sep . 2017
  24. Logan

    It sounds like you had SUCH an amazing time, I’m so incredibly jealous! Charlotte is definitely on my list and this just makes me want to go more!

    01 . Sep . 2017
  25. Stephanie Ziajka

    Wow! I need to plan to visit Charlotte soon. It looks like a beautiful city.

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    http://www.thediaryofadebutante.com

    01 . Sep . 2017
  26. Julie

    Looks like a great place to visit! Flights out of my local airport almost always require a change of planes in Charlotte, so maybe I’ll lengthen my layover and do a little exploring!

    01 . Sep . 2017
  27. Michelle Paige

    This looks like such a fun trip! My boyfriends parents might be moving out there so I’m hoping to get to visit soon!

    01 . Sep . 2017
  28. Mistle

    It’s looks like you had an amazing weekend! I’ve never been to NC but would love to go one day! That pasta looks amazing!

    02 . Sep . 2017
  29. jill conyers

    We have family that lives on Seabrook Island. We always go to Charlotte when we visit them.

    02 . Sep . 2017
  30. La Shell

    Looks like so much fun! I am loving the flowers everywhere!

    02 . Sep . 2017
  31. nicholle demag

    Looks like such a fun area! I need to visit!
    -Nicholle
    http://www.nichollesophia.com

    04 . Sep . 2017
  32. nicholle demag

    Looks like such a fun area! I need to visit, I know a lot of people in that area!
    -Nicholle
    http://www.nichollesophia.com

    04 . Sep . 2017
  33. Kristen

    I want to visit Charlotte soon! A friend of mine lives there and she LOVES it!

    Kristen | http://www.sophisticatedgal.com

    04 . Sep . 2017
  34. Kathy Brown

    I have a nephew that lives in Charlotte and I keep meaning to go there to visit. It looks like such a nice place with lots to do… now I can’t wait to go.

    11 . Sep . 2017
  35. Magaly

    Wow! Looks like a super fun city to visit- and move to! Loved all the recommendations and we’ll have to stop the next time we’re driving through the area:)

    12 . Sep . 2017
  36. Crystal // Dreams, etc.

    I love North Carolina, but haven’t spent a lot of time in Charlotte. I really need to make a trip there just to explore Charlotte sometime!

    12 . Sep . 2017
  37. Heather

    What a fun weekend getaway! I will need to make my way there sometime.

    12 . Sep . 2017

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