Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My visit to Charlotte, NC

My photo collage of my visit of Charlotte - just a few snapshots of the many!
I recently took a visit to Charlotte, NC.    What an amazing town.  I'm not sure what's in the water here but in the past few months, I find myself drawn to the Queen City.   My sister announced a few years ago that she had a friend in Charlotte that she had gotten pretty close to and earlier this year, our interim pastor and his wife moved to Charlotte to be closer to their family.  Only weeks later, another person from our church took a position in Charlotte and if that doesn't take the cake, I received a phone call from a potential client here about flying in to do her hair color in Charlotte.

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.
Salons by JC is a studio concept salon like many other salons in Charlotte and it was the perfect setting to see my clients in a relaxed one-on-one atmosphere.  I attended a church service at 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.
  1. Downtown Charlotte (they call it Uptown) and eat at Farenheit for a skyline view
  2. Van Landingham Estate
  3. Napa Restaurant in Myers Park - Get the Chicken & Waffles
  4. Catch the leaves turning mid October
  5. Southpark Mall and surrounding area
  6. Piedmont Circle area with cute restaurants and a center fountain
  7. Eat at Terrace Cafe
  8. RELAX - SLOW DOWN - AND ENJOY 


THANK YOU CHARLOTTE.   I'm caught in your web.

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