Charlotte City Guide


Charlotte, NC Official Visitors Guide

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10 Charlotte City Guide 2018 Navigating Stop by any Visitor Info Center for expert advice on exploring the city. With locations at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the Levine Museum of the New South and, new this year, the corner of Tryon Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the staff here put Southern hospitality into practice. Whether you need directions, recommendations for dinner or a selection of local goods and gis, you'll have plenty of help making the most of your time in Charlotte. e 9.3-mile expansion of the LYNX Blue Line light rail wraps up this spring, making travel easier to and from the historic NoDa Arts District and e University of North Carolina at Charlotte. e $1.2 billion project, which features an art-adorned tunnel and scenic bridge, is also expected to kick-start a major burst of development. Learn more on page 12. Staying Naturally, a city fit for a queen offers its visitors the royal treatment. New to Uptown, the 217- room Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel, a boutique establishment from the eponymous luxury hotel brand, places guests in the heart of the city—close to favorite hangouts like Romare Bearden Park and BB&T Ballpark. e hotel features Italian-influenced restaurant Angeline's and rooop bar Merchant & Trade, both helmed by executive chef Robert Hoffman, a Kimpton culinary mainstay. Similarly, the 22-story tower above nightlife hub EpiCentre hosts hundreds with the addition of the AC Hotel and Residence Inn. For Parisian glamour with an industrial feel, book e Ivey's Hotel in Uptown. You won't have to venture far for dinner—neighboring 5Church is a sophisticated steakhouse with upscale decor. Aer dinner, head to the hotel's swanky Sophia's Lounge, owned by 5Church, for a nightcap. You'll find cozy velvet sofas, ornate art and chandeliers to complement the craed cocktails. Dining and Drinking Mix up a lazy day on Lake Norman with Charlotte Cycleboats. Led by an experienced captain, you'll pedal your way through the Cornelius Basin for two hours, adult beverage in hand. Book a private party, or snag seats on a Mixer, Cra Beer or Singles Excursion. All aboard! New energy is coming to Park Road Shopping Center, Charlotte's original open-air retail center. Recent additions like Midwood Smokehouse, Amélie's French Bakery, speakeasy DotDotDot, carb-happy Flourshop and popular New York City-based Shake Shack have morphed the block into a Queen City destination. On South End's Rail Trail, e Suffolk Punch— a combination coffee bar, cafe, taphouse and fermentation lab featuring cra connoisseur Hyde Brewing—opened last summer. With an industrial-yet-inviting dining room and a sweeping patio, the destination is known for its meticulously craed coffees, teas and beers, plus locally sourced menu items that accommodate many dietary restrictions. As always, the Queen City continues to draw the who's who of restaurateurs. Chef William Dissen, owner of e Market Place in Asheville, plates up Appalachian-inspired nosh A LOOK AT WHAT'S NEW AND NOTABLE FOR 2018. By Lauren Levine LATEST & GREATEST 1

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