Charlotte was an absolute blast! I was so excited how colorful and art-filled Charlotte was to discover! We spent some time walking around and around every turn there was something new to see. One of the best things was getting to see my amazing friend Janal! We met at an industry conference several years ago, and she moved to Charlotte for her fiance’s work a couple years ago and took a position with the Iveys Hotel. She’s been talking it up for a while, so Nate and I finally decided to make a trip to Charlotte and check it out!
Our hotel, The Iveys was just fantastic! It’s a luxury, boutique hotel, and I was in heaven. Everything at the hotel was the epitome of elegance and luxury. Our room was gorgeous, and we had a fantastic stay.
So much beauty in the hotel. The customer service was exceptional. The front desk could not have been kinder. They gave us a little tour when we checked in, and they kindly made sure to bring us extra amenities (makeup wipes) when requested. The valets were also incredibly kind. They helped us to unload the car and were so sweet about getting our car. For an unparalleled stay with amazing service, definitely consider the Iveys!
The lounge was exceptional. It felt like an old school explorer’s club.
There is so much art downtown. Lots of walls and other artistic sights. Nate and I spent an afternoon just wandering around, and we were delighted by how many fun walls there were and how many colorful sights to discover we found!
There are of course the flying carpets street art…
The NoDa neighborhood was packed with more fun murals and artistic landscape. We stopped by on our way home, and found it be a place we were disappointed not to have more time! There are so many fun little restaurants, and every corner seemed to have more art! It was a little bit like a scaled back Wynwood. Lots of cute shops and eateries, and wall explosions!
It’s hard to tell because the car parked out front really hindered my shot, but it says Charlotte. Pretty nifty.
Places On My List for Next Visit
We walked past here, and I thought the concept was AMAZING. With a unique and inclusive concept, I was delighted to see that Charlotte is taking ownership of its history to tell everyone’s story since the Civil War, rather than just live in the past. It’s definitely a museum I’d love to see!
The New South means people, places and a period of time — from 1865 to today. Levine Museum of the New South is an interactive history museum that provides the nation with the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War southern society featuring men, women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have shaped the South since the Civil War.
I definitely want to check out this garden! It’s supposed to be absolutely beautiful, and the orchid conservatory sounds divine.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located on 380 acres (1.5 km2) of rolling meadows, woodlands and lakefront property in Belmont, North Carolina. Founded by Daniel J. Stowe, a retired textile executive from Belmont, it includes large manicured gardens, natural surrounding areas, including a woodland trail, sparkling fountains, and an Orchid Conservatory.
I love modern art museum, and the Bechtler is reputed to not only house an incredible collection, but the museum itself is said to be an architectural gem.
The Bechtler is a jewel of a museum, only the second in this country designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta. It is intimate in scale, delightfully arresting in its spaces and vistas and simple and elegant in its materials. The collection presented includes works by the most important and influential artists of the mid 20th century including Miró, Giacometti, Picasso, Calder, Hepworth, Nicholson, Warhol, Tinguely, Ernst, Le Corbusier, Chillida and many others. Only a handful of these wonderful artworks have been on public view in the United States.
How fun does this sound!?
Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States. From this discovery, gold mining spread gradually to nearby counties and eventually into other southern states. During its peak years gold mining was second only to farming in the number of North Carolinians it employed. The estimated value of gold recovered reached over one million dollars a year. North Carolina led the nation in gold production until 1848, when it was eclipsed by the great rush to California.
We made it to NoDa, but not South End. Next time for sure!
Charlotte is a LOT of fun, with tons of colorful sights! There are so many things that we didn’t make it to, so we will definitely need to return. I must admit, I expected it to be a quiet town with some Civil War landmarks and not a lot going on. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s fun, funky, and has a great inclusive vibe! It’s a great weekend trip, and I highly recommend a visit.