Charlotte City Guide

2018

Charlotte, NC Official Visitors Guide

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charlottesgotalot.com 29 MATTHEWS e growing town of Matthews, set between Charlotte and Monroe southeast of Uptown, was home to just under 200 residents when it was chartered in 1879. e history of this once-sleepy borough is beautifully preserved in downtown Matthews, where an old rail car, hardware store and history museum now mingle with a larger strip of up-and-coming bars, coffee shops and restaurants. Community vibes spark at Jekyll & Hyde Taphouse and Grill, an Irish/English joint with a heady beer selection. And local talent shines at Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts, where kids take acting classes and more seasoned thespians take the stage. MINT HILL Part of the Charlotte metropolitan, the hopping suburb of Mint Hill is settled just outside of the city in the southeastern portion of Mecklenburg County. Here, families pack picnic tables outside local dessert destination Carolina Creamery, which serves homemade goodness. And Tuesday through Sunday, Barking Duck Brewing Company beckons with tasty bites and cold, homegrown small-batch brews. Among the most creative pours are the Chinese Chicken Sriracha pale ale and Juice is Loose New England IPA. e brewery even hosts popular Food Truck Fridays once a month. DAVIDSON e charming town of Davidson, which is adjacent to Lake Norman, lies 20 miles north of Charlotte. Founded concurrently with the establishment of prestigious Davidson College in 1837, it's a place that beats with the heart of a college town and the soul of a close-knit community. On Main Street, you'll find scholars and locals scanning the aisles at longtime literary staple Main Street Books. Down the block, foodies fall in line to visit Kindred, led by 2016 and 2017 James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist Joe Kindred and his wife, Katy. 1 Food Truck Friday at Barking Duck Brewing Company in Mint Hill 2 Kindred in Davidson 3 Downtown Matthews SMALL TOWNS PHOTOS 1 AND 3 BY KYO H NAM; PHOTO 2 BY TIM ROBISON 1 3 2

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