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Charlotte Area Information
Nestled in the heart of North Carolina, Charlotte offers southern hospitality and charm in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city. Located between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Carolina coast, the outdoor experiences are endless. November includes favorable weather with temperatures averaging in the mid-60s, with fall colors peaking around the time of our meeting. With endless places to eat and explore, you won’t be disappointed — Charlotte’s got a lot.
From the Boston Globe Travel section: "In Charlotte, finance, fine art, and fast cars".
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Walking Tour Guide
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Over the next few months we will highlight some of Charlotte’s eclectic neighborhoods. In addition to having the nation’s second-leading financial district, Charlotte offers some of the most diverse streetcar-era neighborhoods and tree-lined streets scattered with boutiques and restaurants. You will be surprised when you arrive in the Queen City!
More information on these and other Charlotte neighborhoods.
Explore the Local (Brew) Scene!
Charlotte has some great pubs that are not to be missed—many within walking distance of the convention center. Here’s a taste of what to expect:
- Carolina Ale House is located just one and a half blocks from the convention center. Enjoy great food and an endless selection of draft microbrews while watching the sporting event of your choice!
- The Dandelion Market offers a full bar and nearly two dozen craft beers. This venue takes its name from a famous outdoor market that thrived in Dublin in the early 1970s.
- Connolly’s on Fifth—To continue your search for the perfect pint, stop by Connolly’s and catch up with friends while enjoying one of the largest outdoor patios in Charlotte. Take advantage of the outdoor TVs to watch a game, or play a friendly game of ping pong!
- Rí Rá Irish Pub has a second-level patio overlooking Hearst Plaza in the middle of downtown Charlotte. Rí Rá was named “Best Pub” on Charlotte Magazine’s 2011 Best of the Best list.
- EpiCenter—If you want entertainment to go along with your patio and pub experience check out Charlotte’s EpiCenter, which is within walking distance from the Charlotte Convention Center and a convenient stop on the LYNX Blue Line (light rail).
- Flemming’s Prime Steak House & Wine Bar also offers a unique selection of craft beers.
- BlackFinn American Saloon has a lot of options, including two outdoor patios, a salon, and a pub. The patios provide the most sought after seating at BlackFinn, along with views of the EpiCenter and Uptown Charlotte. The pub at BlackFinn is located on the first floor, and the salon is on the second floor with dozens of TVs for the ultimate sports-watching location.
A trolley-stop away from Center City, South End pairs restaurants, antique shops, and trendy stores with performing and visual arts, monthly gallery crawls, and festivals.
EAT: Locals flock to Price’s Chicken Coop, for some of the best fried chicken around. Pewter Rose Bistro serves up fresh, local dishes and boasts a wine list more than 200 selections long. Icehouse serves casual American fare complemented by more than 200 beers, 20 large flat screen televisions, and a billiards loft. Pop into Amos’ Southend (to see what indie, local or national band is rocking the house.
SHOP: With the world’s furniture capital just down the road, Charlotte’s furniture district gets designs from renowned showrooms. Stop in The Furniture Connector and Boulevard Bazaar to browse their visually stunning collections. Elder Gallery hosts monthly exhibitions and represents more than 50 American and European artists working with a variety of media. Teach your beloved pooch new tricks with all-natural biscuits, cookies and cakes from Canine Café.
NoDa (North Davidson Street)
This mill-community-turned-arts-district is bohemian chic, with live music, vibrant restaurants, and gallery crawls. www.noda.org.
EAT: Yes, the fish tacos at Cabo Fish Taco are fabulous, but so is everything else on the menu. The menu at Crêpe Cellar Kitchen & Pub is filled with tasty French-baguette pizzas and sandwiches, but the savory crepes are the star attraction. If you’re a beer lover, don’t miss Growlers Pourhouse. They serve a long list of all-American craft beer, as well as “beer food” like house-made hot dogs, peel-and-eat shrimp, and soft pretzels. Catch an amazing array of live music, from blues to hip-hop, at The Evening Muse.
SHOP: Indulge your need for an independent bookstore at Red@28th, a multi-cultural bookstore/wine bar/community gathering spot. Sunshine Daydreams’ eclectic selection includes funky jewelry, vintage concert t-shirts, tie-dye and hemp goods, and plenty more.
Aside from the normal attractions and amenities of a world-class city, Charlotte also offers
- NASCAR Hall of Fame (adjacent to the convention center)
- U.S. National Whitewater Center (400 acres of outdoor recreation & adventure sports)
- EpiCentre (shopping, dining, entertainment, and recreation, two blocks from the convention center)
- NC Music Factory (music and entertainment, 10-min. drive or 30 min. by mass transit)
- Carolina Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace (weekends; 30 min. north)
- Charlotte Regional Farmers Market (three miles from the airport)