We’ve gotten incredibly lucky with visitors lately. A few weeks ago, a large group of our friends from when we lived in Greenville, South Carolina came up to visit; and since my bff Megan has moved back to the Carolinas, I’ve been forcing her to come visit often.
But, I’ve been getting even more spoiled with friends we made in Alaska making their way to Charlotte! Stephanie, who now lives in Houston, Texas came for a weekend before a work training session in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Bart, who still lives in Anchorage, was here for a full week for a work conference! Two more – Jodie & Alex – are coming mid-June as well!
Naturally, I wanted them to enjoy Charlotte, and to introduce them to places and activities that we enjoy doing – which can be hard considering our lives in Alaska were much more mountains much less city.
So I’ve decided to share how I spent time with my visitors, and to hopefully give you ideas of how to spend time in the Queen City.
- Stand Up Paddleboarding at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
- Enjoy beers and live music at the USNWC‘s River Jam concert series [Read my post about another usnwc event here!]
- Bike ride around the city. [Read my post about our Tour de Trees here!]
- Bruch at 7th Street Station: Local Loaf & Crepes for the win!
- Drinks at a brewery. We went to Legion Brewing in the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood
- Drinks & Snacks at The Common Market in Plaza Midwood
- Drinks and Burgers at the most social place in the NoDa neighborhood: The Company Store
- Hiking at Crowder’s Mountain (Up the Tower trail, down the Backside trail.)
- Milkshakes at Tony’s Ice Cream in Gastonia
- Dinner in Brevard Court. We chose ZABlong for some yummy pizza.
- Drinks at The Cotton Room at Belfest Mill in Brevard Court. This, x1000. [Read my post about it here!]
With the other half of the Frontier Four coming in mid-June, we’re going to take them OUT of the city and on some of the best trails the Blue Ridge Mountains have to show off. Do you have any recommendations of where to backpack? I’m thinking Art Loeb Trail or Max Patch!