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Enjoy Charlotte's Holiday Season

The holidays are always full of fun festivities for those of all ages. Charlotte is no exception to this annual occurrence. Each year, Charlotte and the surrounding areas host a variety of different events centered around celebrating the holiday season.

In this article, we're going to discuss which locations around the Queen City have the hottest events and activities this season.

Visit Christmas Town U.S.A.® (aka McAdenville, NC)

Hidden within a small area of Gaston County, just west of Charlotte, NC, is McAdenville. With a population of just 689, this historic town certainly has a bigger-than-life personality when it comes to the holiday season. 

Every night until December 26th, from 5:30 PM to 10 PM, visitors are encouraged to take a drive, stroll, or jog through this popular town's holiday display! USA TODAY voted McAdenville's festive display amongst their "10 Best public holiday lights display in the Nation". 

It's a Very Speedway Christmas

Until January 16th of 2022, Charlotte's Motorspeedway will be hosting its 12th annual "Speedway Christmas". During this time, visitors can drive through the nearly 4-mile long holiday display that includes over 4 million synchronized lights. Be sure to turn on your radio as you watch the lights dance to the music!

Iceskating Around The Whitewater Center

'Tis the season to enjoy the ice! During this time of the year, the Whitewater Center in Charlotte opens its doors to those that...

4 Locations to Propose in Charlotte, NC

Ever wanted to propose in the most interesting but semi-lowkey way? We've got the perfect proposal spots and ideas for you in the Queen City! Not only does Charlotte offer amazing amenities, events, and real estate, but it also features a variety of movie-like proposal locations that make this city quite unique from others. 

1. NoDa, Freedom Park, or Evergreen Nature Preserve "Couples Photoshoot"

So, we don't think that your significant other will be thrown off by wanting to have a cute photo shoot together, which makes this the perfect proposal opportunity. Not only will you get to ask the big question, but you'll also be able to document the moment without having to hide any photographers and risk giving away the big surprise. 

We suggest going to NoDa, Freedom Park, or Evergreen Nature Preserve! Each of these locations provides a unique and organic atmosphere that helps set the mood for this special occasion.

It's likely that we all have a friend that is known to dabble in the arts, so why not have them ask you and your partner to do a photoshoot for their "portfolio". This way, there will be no red flags thrown through this highly casual interaction!

2. Pineville Ice House & "Charlotte's Holiday on Ice" at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza

Charlotte has many options in terms of ice skating, including a year-round facility and an experience during the winter months. Depending on when you want to pop the question, you can choose to enjoy the Pineville Ice House for a more predictable schedule year-round, or Charlotte's Holiday on Ice from November to January. Both locations feature a wide variety of activities aside from simply Ice Skating, making these two spots perfect for any proposal.

3. Horse Drawn Carriage...

TOP 10 PET FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS IN CHARLOTTE

1O Pet-friendly restaurants in charlotte

pet-friendly restaurants

For every pet owner, taking your furry friend along on your daily outings can be a vital part of the bond you and your pet maintain. This is why we have done a deep search into Charlotte's most pet-friendly establishments.

1. THE DOG BAR

The Dog Bar is specifically designed to be your pup's favorite hangout spot on North Davidson Street! With an enclosed, secure interior and patio area, you can sit back, relax, and sip on your frothy beer while your dog has fun with the other pups.

2. MAC TABBY CAT CAFE

Ever wanted to spend time playing with tons of kitties while enjoying a yummy coffee? Well, at the Mac Tabby Cat Cafe, you can do exactly that! With 12 adoptable cats, customers can enjoy the amenities of a traditional cafe while also being in the company of furry friends.

3. NODA BREWING COMPANY

Well known to most Charlotte natives, the Noda Brewing Company is truly one of the city's most iconic hangout spots.  Noda Brewing provides a hip and youthful presence amongst the area, with a pet-friendly environment that will make you feel right at home.

4. LUCKY DOG BARK & BREW

With 3 locations in Charlotte, this dog-friendly bar provides indoor and outdoor play areas for all of your furry friends to socialize and play! Who doesn't love a good drink, good food, and furry playmates?

5. THE OLDE MECKLENBURG BREWERY (OMB)

This well-known hangout spot is the perfect place...

A Closer Look At Quail Hollow Club

An incredibly prestigious country club found in Charlotte, you may spend some time on the waitlist before you become a member of the Quail Hollow Club. This isn't a typical country club.

Instead, Quail Hollow Club is all about golf. It's an expensive club and it's incredibly difficult to become a member, compared to other Charlotte country club options.

History of Quail Hollow Club

It all began in 1959 when James J. Harris held a meeting to mark the beginning of Quail Hollow Club. The club was founded by 21 men and filed its certificate of incorporation in 1960. The club started with just over 257 acres of space to provide all the club activities.

The clubhouse was designed by Charles W. Connelly & Associates and opened in September of 1967. It was designed with a southern style with a white exterior. Later in 1999, the clubhouse was redesigned to provide a more open feel. It features a grand ballroom, a library, a card room, a main kitchen, 15 fireplaces, locker rooms, lounge areas, grills, and more.

A members' pavilion was constructed in 2008 near the 18th green. This pavilion offers a members-only area during the Wells Fargo tournament. The building features a large gathering space, a kitchen, and a bar with oak paneling throughout.

At the same time, the swimming pool was re-done and connects to the members' pavilion. There's also a tennis shop, which was rebuilt at the same time.

The history of Quail Hollow Club includes the golf course opening in 1961 with modifications made to 4 holes by Arnold Palmer in 1985. The course was reconstructed by Tom Fazio in 1997 and the practice facility was reconstructed in 2001. Rock walls were added to both hole 7 and 17, as well.

The bunkers throughout the course were revitalized...

Top 6 Towns Near Charlotte with a Real Main Street

Charlotte is filled with amazing neighborhoods and places to call home. From NoDa to Myers Park, you can choose from neighborhoods throughout the city that fit your style of living. However, the Greater Charlotte Area also offers great towns with real Main Streets.

If you prefer the feel of a small town over an urban neighborhood, you're in luck. You can live close enough to enjoy big-city amenities, while keeping the small-town feel, gives you the best of both worlds.

When you start shopping for a home in one of the Charlotte suburbs, you might be surprised at what you find: wide sidewalks, ice cream shops, coffee cafes, fine dining restaurants and plenty of shopping will greet you in these downtown havens. Here are five of the very best towns near Charlotte with a real Main Street.

MATTHEWS, NC

One of the best suburbs of Charlotte and certainly one of the top downtown areas, Matthews has so much to offer. It's filled with great places to shop, dining and plenty of entertainment.

Central to the Matthew’s experience is Renfrow’s Hardware, a mom and pop operation a 120-year history at the town’s center. They specialize in American-made products, local honey, seasonal produce and a large selection of unusual and common hardware products.

Next door is the Matthew’s Community Farmers Market, serving...

How To Stay Festive This Fall: A Fall Guide For the Charlotte Metro Area

This year, fall festivities are running a bit differently. Many of the usual gathering spots are adjusting to social distancing guidelines by requiring reservations ahead of time, while others have canceled seasonal events altogether. Charlotte, NC, and surrounding areas are no different. 

Still, there are plenty of ways to satisfy the need for crisp autumn air so you won’t have to feel like you’ve missed out on the season! Here are a few of the activities in close proximity to the Charlotte and some that are farther, but still close enough for a fun day trip.


Uptown Charlotte 

Truist Field Pumpkin Patch

Residents of Uptown Charlotte don't need to make a long trek to join in the fun. Truist Field, home of the Charlotte Knights minor league baseball team, is transforming the outfield into a pumpkin patch on Saturday, October 10th.

*Reservations required: You’ll need to purchase your pumpkin in advance and choose a time slot to attend.

What: Pumpkin picking, pumpkin decorating stations, fall-themed treats, music
Where: Truist Field, 324 S Mint St, Charlotte, NC
Cost: Pumpkins starting at $10
When: Oct 10, 10 A - 5 P

Flicks At The Field

The Charlotte Knights are also hosting a movie series at Truist field this fall. Movies will be shown on a giant screen, and seating is very limited, so make your reservations as soon as possible.  

What:  Outdoor movies!
Where: Truist Field, 324 S Mint St, ...

What You'll Discover When You Come to Plaza Midwood

 

What You’ll Discover When You Come To Plaza Midwood

Plaza Midwood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Charlotte and has earned a reputation for its unique mixture of down-home diners, innovative cocktail bars and hip music venues. Recent years have brought the addition of new yoga studios, boutique clothing shops and small businesses with wares that are out of the ordinary.

You may know quite a bit about this amazing neighborhood, but there is so much to discover as this thriving cultural center is growing and changing. 

If you are a foodie, a live music enthusiast, or you want to maintain an active lifestyle in an urban environment, this neighborhood is a great fit for you. 

Plaza Midwood is also a great place to call home with houses ranging from historic and well maintained, to modern and sleek, as well as, plenty of newly constructed apartments and condominiums. 

If you are considering moving to Plaza Midwood, you'll want a real estate agent who is knowledgeable about the area. There are lots of hidden gems in tucked away nooks where your home is waiting to be discovered. 

Here are some things you may not know, but should, about Plaza Midwood. 

Walkable & Engaging Environment

Plaza Midwood is one of Charlotte’s most walkable boroughs. The City of Charlotte’s recently expanded bike lanes and brick-lined sidewalk renovations have made it, even more, pedestrian-friendly for those living in the area. 

Several new murals by local artists liven up the neighborhood facade, adding pops of color to your Sunday afternoon stroll. Walkability expands...

Top Denver, NC Neighborhoods

Choosing to call the Charlotte area home doesn't mean you have to live directly in Charlotte. There are several wonderful towns and cities surrounding Charlotte including Denver, NC.

Denver offers a great place to call home in eastern Lincoln County. It's right on the western shores of Lake Norman, which means many of the area neighborhoods offer waterfront homes.

A wide range of home styles is found throughout Denver giving home buyers plenty of options. Here's a look at some of the top neighborhoods you can choose from throughout Denver, NC.

Norman Pointe

A luxury community offering plenty of waterfront options, Norman Point provides homes ranging from the high $300K range to more than $3 million. Many of the homes here offer custom options and some type of water view, whether fully waterfront or a partial view. Buyers will even find opportunities for new construction here.

Webbs Chapel Cove

A gated community with massive home sites including multiple acres, Webbs Chapel Cove homes start in the $700K range. There are some lots still available for new home construction. The best part about Webbs Chapel Cove is the location found right in the middle of Denver.

Cobblestone

A one-street enclave filled with luxury homes in Denver, Cobblestone offers a great place to call home. The homes offer plenty of custom options and there may be a few lots left for building.

The Westport Club

A multi-phase community with homes ranging from about $150K to more than $450K, The Westport Club is a golf and tennis community. It's found near Lake Norman and has an Active Adult section. The community also has an 18-hole golf course, fitness center, community pool and plenty of other amenities.

Verdict Ridge

Another golf course community...

Streetcar Neighborhoods: Charlotte's First Suburbs & Most Charming Neighborhoods

The late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century saw the rise of the streetcar. This new form of transportation caused a huge expansion in Charlotte as the streetcar network started to expand. New suburbs started to become popular and they became known as streetcar suburbs or streetcar neighborhoods.

Charlotte is home to several of these incredible suburbs, which were once made popular due to the streetcar. Today, the streetcar doesn't make them popular, but it's still a unique part of each of these neighborhoods.

Here's a closer look at some of the streetcar neighborhoods found throughout Charlotte.

Dilworth

The very first streetcar suburb of Charlotte, Dilworth remains as a popular place to call home today. It was built around the streetcar system in the 1890s and would have never been developed in the same way without the streetcar.

Dilworth provides a very historical area to call home. Edward Dilworth Latta developed the area and many of the homes are Bungalow style. However, you will find some Colonial Revival homes, along with a few Queen Anne homes throughout the neighborhood.

Today, Dilworth is one of the most popular places to call home for those working in Charlotte. It's a great place to start a family and provides a variety of homes to fit just about any type of buyer.

Eastover

Another neighborhood that may have never been developed without the streetcar revolution, Eastover was home to some of the wealthiest families when it was first developed. Many migrated from the business district when the streetcar was created to provide transportation from Eastover into the city.

Most of the homes found throughout Eastover are Georgian revival,...

What to Expect When You Live Near Lake Wylie

An excellent area to call home, the Lake Wylie area provides plenty of things to do, amazing views, and so much more. If you're considering moving to this wonderful area, you should know what to expect. Here are some of the things you should know about Lake Wylie.

History

The Catawba Dam is responsible for creating the man-made lake known as Lake Wylie. It came from the Catawba Power Company when they decided to build a power plant in India Hook, SC in 1904.

The dam created Lake Catawba, which was used for hydro-electric power. However, in 1905, the Catawba Power Company was swallowed up by the Southern Power Company and the level of the dam was raised. They also build a new Catawba Hydroelectric Station, which opened in 1925. This caused Lake Catawba to go from 668 acres to 13,400 acres in size.

The Southern Power Company merged with Duke Power Company in 1927, which led to some changes. In 1960, the power station received a new name; Wylie Hydroelectric Station. This was in honor of W. Gil Wylie and the lake was renamed Lake Wylie at the same time.

Lake Wylie Location

Found in both North Carolina and South Carolina, Lake Wylie is located right on by the border. It's found near Rock Hill, Charlotte, and Fort Mill. The location isn't far from the intersection of I-77 and I-485.

Plenty of Recreation

One of the main reasons people decide to relocate to Lake Wylie is the recreation. There are plenty of options for recreation here with so many things to do. Of course, boating and fishing are two of the main options, but the lake also offers plenty of camping, swimming, kayaking, events, and so much more.

Plenty of rentals are found all throughout...

A Closer Look at the History of Ballantyne

A very affluent neighborhood found in Charlotte, Ballantyne is filled with history. It covers about 2,000 acres of space found very close to the North Carolina/South Carolina border. This popular area was developed by Bissell Companies Inc. and has become one of the largest mixed-use communities in the southeast.

A Hunting Tract, Originally

Ballantyne wasn't always a residential community. It was originally a place for hunting owned by the Harris family. The Ballantyne Corporate Park was the beginning of the change and was started in 1992. This corporate park was started by Johnny Harris and Smoky Bissell.

The Ballantyne Corporate Park becomes one of the most successful master-planned communities in the country. In order for it to be developed 2,000 acres had to be rezoned, which was the largest rezoning in the history of Mecklenburg County.

Crescent Resources had also purchased about 610 acres, at about the same time. This parcel of land would later be turned into the Ballantyne Country Club, along with a residential development.

Ballantyne was established in 1995 when Smoky Bissell payed $20 million for Johnny Harris' shares in the project. Bissell named the community in honor of his great aunt. He later developed The Ballantyne Hotel, which was opened in 2001.

An Art Installation & Recognition

The intersection of Ballantyne Commons and Johnston Road provides a unique art installation commissioned by Boris Tomic, a Yugoslavian artist. It took three years to craft the 30-foot monuments found here, which represents finance, transportation, technology, and the human spirit of Charlotte.

The Ballantyne Corporate Park was named as the International Office Park of the Year in 2010 by the Building Owners and Managers Association International. Smoky...

Lake Norman Secrets: What You May Not Know About Lake Norman

Known by many as the "Inland Sea" Lake Norman is a special place. It was created in the late 1950s and early 1960s as the largest freshwater lake found in the entire state of North Carolina. In fact, most of the power found in Charlotte comes from Lake Norman.

While the size of the lake and the ability to provide power are great, most locals know Lake Norman as the place to go for swimming, boating, and all types of water activities. It's also a very popular spot for home buyers seeking waterfront properties in the greater Charlotte area.

You may be familiar with Lake Norman, but do you know all the secrets of this area? There are several things you may not know about Lake Norman. Let's look at just a few.

Trees Are Planted Yearly

Did you know Duke Power actually has a team of foresters and their job is to plant trees every year? While this isn't their only job, they plant more than 1,400 trees every single year. They also stock the lake with fish and take care of other parts of the lake.

Mosquitoes are Kept in Check

Another thing you may not know about Lake Norman is how the mosquitos are kept in check. Yes, we all know, if you spend time near water and trees, you're bound to end up with mosquito bites, unless you bring a repellent.

The foresters at Lake Norman help you out by using an organic compound to kill those nasty bugs before they ever bite you. This compound is used near shorelines where mosquitos tend to breed and it's not harmful to the environment since it's organic.

Lake Norman is a Four-County Lake

Another little Lake Norman secret, it touches four different counties. You could be at Lake Norman...

Charlotte Receives the Gateways for Growth Award

The New American Economy (NAE) recently selected Charlotte to receive the very prestigious "Gateways for Growth" award. This award is given to cities with specific qualities and Charlotte is one of the 14 cities receiving the award.

In order to receive this award from the NAE, a city must show a wide range of resources for developing strategies for the following:

  • Integration of immigrants
  • Promoting the inclusion of all residents
  • Fostering economic growth

The cities receiving the awards will also be given technical assistance, matching grants and research grants from the NAE and Welcoming America. The grants will help to support the city's welcoming strategies. In addition, the Gateways for Growth helps to serve as a network for local communities to help each other with their strategies.

Cities Receiving the Gateways for Growth Award

Along with Charlotte, NC, the following cities will be receiving this award:

  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Flint, Michigan
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Northern Kentucky
  • Roanoke, Virginia
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Toledo-Lucas County, Ohio
  • Wayne County, Michigan

Cities will gain plenty of benefits and resources from this award. Some of the resources given to these cities will include:

Planning grants from Welcoming America and the NAE

Research reports from the NAE customized for each city based on economic and demographic contributions from immigrants in the communities

Technical assistance from Welcoming America and the NAE in each city to ensure the city can draft, execute, and communicate their immigrant integration strategies...

Great Neighborhoods Found in Mooresville, NC

So, you've decided to move to Mooresville, NC. You'll be close to Charlotte and in a great location for enjoying plenty of fun. However, your decision-making isn't over yet. You still need to choose the right neighborhood in Mooresville, NC and find a top-notch real estate agent to help you.

Mooresville offers plenty of excellent neighborhoods and they are all a bit different. Here's a look at some of the best neighborhoods found throughout Mooresville, NC.

Bay Crossing

A waterfront neighborhood offering custom homes on larger lots, Bay Crossing provides many waterfront homes to choose from. It's a great choice for those seeking a smaller luxury community as homes can go for more than $1 million here. There are more affordable options under $500K, as well.

The Reserve at Langtree Plantation

A low-maintenance community offering excellent convenience to shopping, dining, and entertainment, The Reserve at Langtree Plantation provides high-end homes priced above $500K. This neighborhood is found in the Lake Norman area.

Beech Tree Bay

A luxury waterfront neighborhood in Mooresville, Beech Tree Bay offers homes priced from $700K and up. IT's a smaller community with just a handful of lots and waterfront homes. The community is very convenient to the nearby public schools, along with the shopping within the area.

Watertree Landing

Offering homes ranging from about $400K to $800K, Watertree Landing is a water view neighborhood in the Lake Norman area. It's a community with wooded lots of about a half-acre or more and some offer partial water views. The community also offers amenities including a swimming pool and clubhouse.

Woodleaf

A wooded community with homes ranging from about 2,800 to 5,500 square feet in size, Woodleaf is found in the Lake Norman...

Are You Ready for Living in an Active Adult Community?

Over the past few decades, active adult communities have become a very popular option for "empty-nesters". These communities are also known as 55+ adult communities and they cater to those ages 55 and older.

An active adult community offers a great way for retirees to live or those without kids living at home anymore. Compared to a traditional senior living community, an active adult community offers amenities, activities, events, and more.

In addition to the many things to do, this type of community often offers health care facilities nearby, low-maintenance homes, and plenty of services to make life easier and more enjoyable.

If you're considering moving to an active adult community, it's important to know if you're ready. Here are a few pros and cons of living in this type of community to consider first.

Pros of Living in an Active Adult Community

When you decide you might want to live in an active adult community, it's important to consider why. Some of the benefits of this type of living might be exactly why you decide to live in an active adult community. Let's look at a few of the pros before we get into the cons.

Social Environment

Living in a 55+ adult community gives you access to plenty of social events and opportunities to make friends. This type of community offers all types of events and activities you can enjoy with your new friends, as well. You've spent several years working very hard and now you can relax and enjoy retirement with others that have done the same.

Amenities, Activities, & Events

An active adult community is built around an incredible amenities package, tons of activities and plenty of regular events. Often, these communities include a clubhouse with a fitness center,...

What to Know Before Deciding to Move to Concord, NC

A unique city with plenty to offer, Concord, NC is found in Cabarrus County. It was founded in 1796 and has become the home of some of the best tourist destinations in the Greater Charlotte Area, such as Concord Mills and the NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The location of Concord is found about 20 miles from Charlotte. This provides residents with easy access to the city without the need to live directly downtown. If you're considering moving to Concord, NC, here are a few things you should know first.

Plenty of Dining

Concord is filled with great options for dining. If you love to eat out, you'll find something great for any meal of the day here. Carm's Cafe is a popular spot serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while Punchy's Diner offers a 1950's atmosphere.

Those seeking the true southern food will love the Smoke Pit. Italian food is found here, as well, with Gianni's Trattoria providing fine Italian cuisine. Along with the many great restaurants, Concord is also home to several good trucks.

Excellent Events

Concord offers a Historic Downtown area and it's filled with events year-round. From live music to art walks to farmer's markets, there's always something going on in the downtown area. Small Business Saturdays are held every single month and plenty of annual events are also a part of the city's downtown area.

Plenty of Outdoor Fun

Starting with Frank Liske Park, you'll find plenty to do outside in Concord. This park covers 238 acres and provides fields for softball and soccer. You'll also find volleyball courts here, along with trails, picnic shelters, a refurbished barn and silo, and paddle boarding.

Along with the park, residents get to enjoy easy access to the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium. While this may not be outside, it does give you a look at outdoor...

What You May Not Know About Mooresville, NC

A growing suburb of Charlotte, Mooresville, NC offers plenty to be excited about. However, there are plenty of things you may not know about this suburb. It's grown by nearly 75% over the past decade and the city has a very rich history.

If you're interested in moving to Mooresville or you're just curious about this city, here are some fun facts you may not be aware of about Mooresville, NC.

Was Moore’s Siding

Until March of 1873, the city was called Moore’s Siding. The Moore's were the unofficial first family of the city and it remained under the name of Moore's Siding until it was incorporated in 1873. When this happened, the name was changed to Mooresville, which still contains the First Family's name. The Moore's also donated much of the land for the city.

Mooresville is Growing Fast

The economic growth in Mooresville has made it a bit of a boom town. The expectations are for the city to have over 40,000 workers by 2025. Five of the largest projected areas for expansion in the city include:

  • Retail/Tourism
  • Technical Manufacturing
  • Clean Energy
  • Business/Financial
  • Automotive

If you work in one of these industries, Mooresville may be the place for you very soon, if it's not already the right place for you. With the economic growth of the city, it's expected the population will continue to grow fast, as well. This could lead to more new homes for sale throughout Mooresville.

Natural Resources Matter Here

Mooresville isn't growing at any cost. It's a city growing with the idea of preserving natural resources and continued sustainable growth in mind. Mooresville is a Lake Norman community and it's known as a place filled with people looking to get outside...

Top Things You May Not Know About Davidson, NC

Davidson, North Carolina dates back to the 1800s and offers one of the best places to call home. It was founded when Davidson College was established and was actually just known as Davidson College for the first couple of decades of existence.

Ever since Davidson started to become popular, it has never stopped. It has been a thriving community for many years and it doesn't hurt that it's just 22 miles from Charlotte.

While you may think you know Davidson very well, there may be things you don't know. Here are a few of the top things you may not know about Davidson, NC.

Davidson's Parks

Davidson Proper may only measure 5.1 miles, but you'll find 19 parks and greenways here. That's a lot of green space jam-packed into a small area.

Famous Sculpture

Thomas Cain is the most famous sculptor from Davidson. He's known for the gnomes he has sculpted and they sell all over the world.

Not so Segregated

Many southern cities were very racial segregated back in the day. Davidson has a population of black slaves and poor white factory workers. What makes it unique is how well the cooperated together. The churches in the area created public schools for both white and black children. Even Sunday School classes were created for slave children in a time when this just didn't happen.

Cotton Was Davidson's Main Trade

In the early days, Davidson was all about the cotton. Cotton mills were all throughout the area in the 1800ss and by the early 1900s, more than 2,000 bales of cotton were sold in the town every year.

Davidson College

While you may think Davidson College is just a quaint liberal arts school, you'd be wrong. It's...

Charlotte's Top 10 Proposal Spots

Are you planning to pop the question? The holiday season all the way through Valentine's Day is the most popular time of year for a proposal in Charlotte. If you're planning to get down on one knee, here are the top 10 proposal spots to consider throughout the city.

Freedom Park

A beautiful background found between the historic neighborhoods of Myers Park and Dilworth, Freedom Park offers plenty of options for a proposal. It covers 98 acres of beautiful space and many consider it to be the "Central Park" of Charlotte. Wait until sunset and propose with the beautiful seven-acre lake in the background or arrive at sunrise for the perfect early-day proposal.

Fahrenheit

A rooftop bar offering a 360-degree view of the city, Fahrenheit is a great spot to pop the question. Enjoy the comfortable chairs and a drink to celebrate after she says "YES" and you can even bring in a cozy atmosphere with the fire pits found here. The rooftop bar is located above Hyatt Place on the 21st floor.

A few other rooftop bars to consider include:

  • Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo
  • Rooftop 210
  • City Lights Rooftop

One of the Charlotte Concert Venues

Maybe you want to propose with music in the background during the holiday season. You will have plenty of options with plenty of great concerts throughout the holidays. The Fillmore is a popular choice, while Blumenthal...

Which Schools Will Serve Your Children in Center City?

Living in Center City Charlotte offers several benefits from great shopping to amazing dining to an incredible location. It's one of the most popular places for new residents to choose to call home. However, before you decide Center City is the place for you, it's important to understand which schools serve the children here.

First Ward Creative Arts Academy

The elementary school for Center City students is the First Ward Creative Arts Academy. This school specializes in arts-integrated learning with plenty of elements of arts in the classroom including dance, music, visual arts and theatre arts. The school is found in Uptown Charlotte and provides a high level of education for those in the community.

They offer a unique perspective on learning that includes more than a traditional school. It's a hard school to explain, but once you see the way they do things, you'll understand. They want students to use their special talents and develop a passion for the arts.

Irwin Academic Center

Another elementary school serving Center City Charlotte is the Irwin Academic Center. This school is found just minutes from Uptown and offers six grade levels from kindergarten to fifth grade. They serve about 550 students per year with a full magnet program including Learning Immersion for K-2 and Talent Development for academically gifted- grades 3 to 5.

The school has been recognized as an "Honor School of Excellence" by the states ABC goals multiple times and offers a great education for children. The goal of the Irwin Academic Center is to create critical thinkers and lifelong learners. They offer more than most elementary schools and they are even a Duke TIP Participating...