|My photo collage of my visit of Charlotte - just a few snapshots of the many!|
I stepped off the plane and of course there was the specific enveloping of humidity that I knew growing up as a little boy in Georgia, and suddenly perfectly coiffed hair is anything but. Pass me a beanie please. The first night was mostly about settling in and I stayed at a hotel near Southpark Mall and ate at the magnificent Terrace Cafe in Charlotte. A large glass of sweet tea was first on my items to order and I enjoyed a delicious potato soup with apple and cheddar flavor. It tasted like something I would have put all over french toast for breakfast. DELICIOUS. The restaurant has the most amazing chef and his soups, salads, and entrees are nothing less than DELIGHTFUL. Sunday brunch, I hear, is also "cream of the crop." I was wearing my California flip-flops the night I visited (on a Friday night) and many heads turned but that's ok. I was comfortable and really enjoyed the restaurant.
I worked at Salons by JC in Charlotte, NC in the Carmel Commons area which is a really nice area of Charlotte with some small shopping centers, Fresh Market, and a wonderful Mexican restaurant.
Myers Park Baptist Church and had a wonderful brunch at Napa Restaurant (highly recommended, and you must have the Chicken and Waffles there).
But to top it all off, I got to see downtown Charlotte, the gorgeous skyline, had dinner at Farenheit for a gorgeous skyline view of Charlotte at sunset, and the following evening I stayed at the historic Vanlandingham Estate. This property so reminded me of my growing up in Georgia, old southern plantations (which run in my blood), and years I spent traveling to Savannah, Georgia. A little stroll up The Plaza took me to a main drag which I don't remember the name of, and to what would my wandering eyes would appear - but an old Dairy Queen sitting by the road and another restaurant that used to be a gas station and possibly a garage? I think that restaurant is called FUEL.
Though a week was a long time to be away from home and I'm sure by now my little puppy wonders where I am, thank heavens for house-sitters, dog walkers and care givers that keep me together when I'm traveling. I have absolutely fallen in love with this gorgeous city called Charlotte and I'm hoping to return again soon for a little more fuel and fill of my own southern heritage. What a delight.
So to recap - here's on my MUST-DO CHARLOTTE LIST.
- Downtown Charlotte (they call it Uptown) and eat at Farenheit for a skyline view
- Van Landingham Estate
- Napa Restaurant in Myers Park - Get the Chicken & Waffles
- Catch the leaves turning mid October
- Southpark Mall and surrounding area
- Piedmont Circle area with cute restaurants and a center fountain
- Eat at Terrace Cafe
- RELAX - SLOW DOWN - AND ENJOY
THANK YOU CHARLOTTE. I'm caught in your web.