Charlotte City Guide

2018

Charlotte, NC Official Visitors Guide

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30 Charlotte City Guide 2018 PINEVILLE First a mule-bartering post and then a stop along the Charlotte and Colombia Railroad, the sprawling town of Pineville sits just outside of Charlotte's city limits. Aptly named for its stately pine trees, the town was incorporated in 1873. Visitors of the President James K. Polk State Historic Site can pay tribute to one of the town's most famous former residents, the nation's 11th president. e enclave has also caught Charlotte's cra beer fever with hot spots like Pintville and Kit's Trackside Cras. In Pineville's historic district, patrons can order a slew of suds and enjoy family-friendly fun. CORNELIUS Originally a magnet for cotton, the lakeside town of Cornelius, in northern Mecklenburg County, was incorporated in 1905. To get the best taste of the town, spend a day on Lake Norman, where you can dine dockside, charter a pontoon boat or show off your board skills. e year-round heated patio at the Port City Club ensures great lake views, and the made-from-scratch menu keeps guests coming back for more. More inland, Fork! serves up food and wine in a 100-plus- year-old home with a wraparound porch. HUNTERSVILLE anks to fertile acres and a prolific rail line, the town of Huntersville, which borders Lake Norman, attracted enough residents to become incorporated in 1873. e Carolina Raptor Center and Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve are hallmarks of Huntersville and popular spots for families who appreciate birds of prey and the outdoors. And at Discovery Place Kids–Huntersville, imaginative exhibits bring learning to life for the little ones. Meanwhile, those craving retail therapy will appreciate the dazzling array of shops at Birkdale Village. BELMONT e charming city of Belmont rests about 15 miles west of Uptown. Settled in the 1750s, the town was originally called Garibaldi Station, but was renamed Belmont ("beautiful mountain") in 1833 because of its proximity to Crowders Mountain. To enjoy the town's old-time appeal, order a plate of biscuits and a side of banana pudding at Nellie's Southern Kitchen, a cocktails- and-comfort-food venture started by the Jonas Brothers' father, Kevin Jonas Sr. en stroll through local oasis Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, open year-round. SMALL TOWNS 1 Birkdale Village in Huntersville 2 Lake Norman 3 Nellie's Southern Kitchen in Belmont PHOTOS 1 AND 3 BY KYO H NAM; PHOTO 2 COURTESY VISIT LAKE NORMAN 3 2 1

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