Category Archives: Charlotte

Best Breakfast in Charlotte NC

To help you start your day off right you will find a list of the Top 10 Places To Eat Breakfast in Charlotte, NC below. You will find the best place for bunch and buffets in the city included in the listing below here. You will find both cheap and maybe a little more expensive places to eat.

We guarantee if try any of these places you will be back for more.

Maybe you are craving a more traditional homestyle country breakfast? Fluffy pancakes made from scratch, eggs made perfectly to match your order,

1. Hazelnuts Creperie – Uptown
200 S Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28281
(704) 910-0782

2. Fourth Ward Bread Co.
312 N Graham St
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone number (336) 946-2072

3.Dino’s Family Restaurant – NoDa
350 E Sugar Creek Rd
Charlotte, NC 28213
Phone number (704) 596-5030

4. Eddie’s Place – Cotswold
617 S Sharon Amity Rd
Charlotte, NC 28211
Phone number (704) 442-0147

5. The Flying Biscuit Cafe
4241 Park Rd
Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone number (704) 714-3400

6. Original Pancake House – Myers Park
915 Charlottetowne Ave
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 372-7099

7. Mattie’s Diner – Third Ward
915 Hamilton St
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 376-1020

8. Dino’s Family Restaurant – NoDa
350 E Sugar Creek Rd
Charlotte, NC 28213
(704) 596-5030

9. Cast Iron Waffles
9604 Longstone Ln
Charlotte, NC 28277
Phone number (704) 469-1971

10.Terrace Cafe of Ballantyne
14815 Ballantyne Village Way
Charlotte, NC 28277
Phone number (704) 369-5190

 

 

 

Things to do in Charlotte NC (Sports, Arts and Culture)

Do you want to see a great video about Charlotte, NC which also highlights many of the different fun things to do in Charlotte from sports, culture, the arts and much more? Maybe you are moving or considering moving to this southern city? Learn about what goes on in uptown, downtown and the surround metro area.

There’s also a Festival or special event taking place in this city and the surrounding areas

The video below is well put together and provides excellent information. Learn about the sports, culture, the arts and more in this short three and a half minute video we found.

What’s Charlotte Home To

In the 2000′s Charlotte has experienced a rapid growth in population, in 2014 there were estimated around 2.5 million people living in the city and the surrounding metro area.

How many zip codes does the city have? In total there are there are twelve: 28201-28237, 28240-28247, 28250, 28253-28256, 28258, 28260-28262, 28265-28266, 28269-28275, 28277-28278, 28280-28290, 28296-28297, 28299

How many area codes exist in Charlotte? Only two, these are: 704, 980

You probably are not looking for information on zip codes and area codes we just thought we would include it because it may be helpful to someone.

What About Sports in the City

If you’re a sports fan. There’s plenty of professional, semi-pro and college and amateurs sports to enjoy:

If NFL football is your thing, then there’s the Carolina Panthers. If you like NBA hoops they have the Charlotte Bobcats.

Are you a soccer or lacrosse fan? The city is home to the pro soccer team named the Eagles and the professional lacrosse team is the HOUNDS!!!

Art happens in Charlotte

If a city with great art and cultural factor into your decision on where you want to move to and live, Charlotte, NC should be added to your list.

In the downtown area you will find performing arts, ballets and stage shows, multicultural events, a great many museums, art galleries and historical sites to visit.

A few of the more popular venues for art and culture in the city are that you will want to visit are:

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
704-353-9200

Christa Faut Gallery
19818 Northcove Road # C
Cornelius, NC 28031

Elder Art Gallery
1427 South Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28203

Gallery W D O
214 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC

Hodges Taylor Gallery
401 N Tryon Street; Suite 108
Charlotte, NC

Jerald Melberg Gallery
625 South Sharon Amity Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

Joie Lassiter Gallery
525 N Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique
128 E. Park Ave
Charlotte, NC 28203

Lyons Fine Art Consulting
3206 N Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC 28205

Maddi’s Gallery
1530 East Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203

McColl Center for Visual Art
721 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
704-332-5535

McColl Fine Art
208 East Blvd
Charlotte, NC

Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
704-337-2000

Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
704-337-2000

Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
704-337-2000

Myers Art Gallery
1510 Camden Road
Charlotte, NC

New Gallery of Modern Art
435 South Tryon Street Suite 110
Charlotte, NC 28202

Noel Gallery Fine Art Acquisitions, Inc.
401 N Tryon Street; Suite 104
Charlotte, NC

There’s also a lot of great wineries located throughout the state and near Charlotte, NC. If you are interested in learning about the wineries located in North Carolina please visit our homepage where we have links to reviews of the best in the state.

Pinot Gris in Charlotte, NC

Where is the best place to find Pinot Gris in Charlotte, NC? This is one of my favorite white wine varieties so I should be of great assistance since I myself have spent many of days searching for this specific wine in Charlotte.

First, I will give you maybe some obvious options. Well, these first option may not be so obvious if you’re new to the city or new to wine in general. Then I will give you some options to finding wine that you maybe have never considered.

You can skip down to the lists but if you’re new to Charlotte or buying wine you should know this city is actually blessed with more than a few great places to purchase wine.  In many cities all you will find is a convenient store on the corner that carries wine or a big box grocery store that has a wine aisle. But Charlotte has many specialty wine stores and boutiques.

But I will not list all these places only my favorite two because these are all you need to visit when in Charlotte looking for wine. And both have a wide selection of different Pinot Gris.

Winestore
Address: 720 Governor Morrison St # 150, Charlotte, NC Phone: (704) 442-4024

Just click the marker on the map and enter your current location for directions. If you have never visited the Winestore in Charlotte I promise you once you do you will thank me for pointing this one out.

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The Wine Shop at Rivergate
Address: 14142 Rivergate Pkwy Charlotte, NC 28273 Phone: (704) 831-9000

This wine boutique in Charlotte is also great. A wide selection of wine and a knowledgeable staff. Great atmosphere too. Just click the marker on the map and enter your current address for directions.

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Less Obvious places to find Pinot Gris in Charlotte

Did you know there are 7 or 8 very good wineries located near Charlotte? These are great places to visit when you want to find a great new wine including a bottle of Pinot Gris.

I really think visiting wineries for a bottle or case of wine beats visiting a store hands down. You can learn so much about many different types of wines and the people you met at wineries are true experts that will help you find a wine that matches exactly what you are looking for.

Recommended wineries near Charlotte. 

You click through to read reviews on each of the listed wineries. You will also find maps that will lead you to each winery.

Southern Charm Winery
235-D East Main Street
Lincolnton, NC 28092
704-240-9899

Treehouse Vineyards
301 Bay Street
Monroe, NC 28112
704-283-4208

Eric Solomon Selections
2129 East Seventh Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
phone: (704) 358.1565

Old Stone Vineyard
6245 U.S. Hwy 52
Salisbury, NC 28146
704-279-0930

Return to our homepage to learn more about the wineries in North Carolina.

List of Community Colleges in Charlotte NC

Charlotte Community Colleges

If you are interested in learning more about the different Community Colleges in Charlotte NC and what they have to offer, below is a list of the different options.

Also, beyond the be sure to read my top reasons why I think attending a community college will benefit you compared to attending a 4-year college straight out of high school.

If you’re planning on attending a community college and then transitioning into a 4-year college, there are two things things I suggest you do before making your final decision on which college you will attend.

1. Be sure to look over the classes and curriculum offered at the different community colleges in Charlotte. Why? If you presently have a basic idea on what you will major in once you are at a 4-year college, you will want to choose the community college that has the strongest curriculum and faculty in this area of study. Do this this will benefit you once you are at a 4-year college.

2. Talk to the admissions department at both the community colleges and the 4-year college you plan to attend in the future. Why? You need to have clear answers on what credits will transfer to your 4-year college.

Charlotte Community College list

Johnson & Wales University
(980) 598-1000
801 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC

ECPI University
(704) 393-0028
4800 Airport Center Pky, Charlotte, NC

ECPI University
(704) 612-2038
124 Floyd Smith Office Park Dr, Charlotte, NC

Central Piedmont Community College
(704) 330-6493
1201 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC

Pfeiffer University
(704) 521-9116
4701 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC

Divine Health Academy
(704) 566-2955
7506 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC

Reformed Theological Seminary
(704) 366-5066
2101 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC

5 reasons why attending a community college makes sense

Makes the transition from high school to college easier.

At larger universities classrooms can big as larger as 300 students and because of the great number of students professors are much of the time inaccessible. At smaller junior colleges classrooms are much smaller and professors there have much more time to give each student one on one guidance.

Save thousands of dollars.

It’s sad to think of all the debt college students take on. But the good news is the cost of attending a community college is on average 1/3 of the cost of a 4-year college. This means you will be able to fulfill the first two years of your college requirements at a fraction of a cost compared to if you started at a big university straight out of high school.

Live at home.

Living at a dorm or an apartment on or near the campus of a big university can be exciting. But it’s also expensive. Being able to live at home while you attend a community college in Charlotte will help you save money for your living expensive in your final two years at a larger university.  Another hidden benefit of this, living at home will allow you to mature more so you don’t do something stupid

More time to decide on your career.

Many students have no idea what career path they want to pursue straight out of high school. A community college will let you explore your passions. You will probably end up changing your mind on what you want to pursue, at least a couple times. This is normal. And since junior colleges are much cheaper, your changes in career pathway will not be as expensive compared to making changes at a 4-year institution.

Overall will boost your college confidence.

With smaller classes and more accessible professors attaining a higher GPA at a 2- year community college should be much easier compared to a person in their first 2 years at a larger university where professors are inaccessible much of the time. This should really do a lot help boost your confidence when you finally enter a larger college.

 

Uwharrie Vineyards

Go east young man!!! Or young girl :-P. You need to go east of Charlotte to Uwharrie Vineyards, actually Northeast about 25 miles, to find both great wines and a beautiful sprawling vineyardAnd if you’re currently searching for a wedding venue, this North Carolina winery is known for being one of the best wedding venues near Charlotte.

There’s actually a lot of very good things that Uwharrie Vineyards is known for, the muscadine and scupperpnong wines they make here are held in very high regard.

Find other Charlotte area wineries.

Uwharrie Vineyards review

Uwharrie Vineyards Review

 

 

If you’re interested in more information on this winery near Charlotte I have a few specifics in the box below. Further down the page you will find a map where you can get your own personal driving directions to Uwharrie Vineyards from your current location.

Wedding

Uwharrie Vineyards provides one of the best wedding venues near Charlotte

charlotte wedding venues

Hundreds of brides have chosen these vineyards as their wedding venue near Charlotte.

And the reason so many have made this choice is not just because how beautiful Uwharrie vineyards is but they can also fulfill all your major wedding needs: Bridal consultant, planner, chef, winemakers.

The 14,000 square ft. facility, which includes a 4,000 square ft. banquet room is an ideal spacious location. This wedding venue has hard wood floors, provides awesome floral arrangements  and the tables will have the cleanest white linens and sparkling crystal glassware.

They will also provide live music and so much more to make this the most memorable event of your life.

They will even provide custom wine labels on the wine served at your wedding.

Visit the wedding venue page to learn more about the services provided by one of the best Charlotte wedding venues.

Video 1

A short clip of a couple speaking about their wedding held at Uwharrie Vineyards. The wife does most of the speaking, I beat this marriage goes well!!! They seem satisfied.

Wines

Great place near Charlotte for both muscadine and scuppernong wine varieties. They also have traditional white and red wine varieties. The wine list here is quite extensive. And the prices are reasonable.

There’s also a great wine tasting room and gift shop at Uwharrie vineyards. The atmosphere at this North Carolina winery is exceptional and the outside environment surrounding by 50 acres of manicured vineyards is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine with family and friends.

Video 2

This is also a great place near Charlotte NC to enjoy live music and other events.

Find your directions on the winery map below. Just click on the marker and enter your current location.

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Old Stone Winery – Salisbury NC

 

Old stone winery

If you’re in or around the Charlotte NC area wanting to find a great winery, here’s one of the best, Old Stone Winery located in the city of Salisbury is only about a mile or two from the city. This winery is a great place for wines and wine tasting and also offers a calendar of events worth checking out.

Maybe you are unfamiliar with this winery and want to know more? There are many online reviews Old Stone Winery and the vast majority are very positive. You can search these for yourself or while your here, read ours.

Below is a box that you can tab through and learn about the different features of the winery. Or visit our page that lists other wineries near Charlotte.

First, I would say I do agree with the positive online reviews, “Old Stone Winery is one of the best wineries in the Charlotte area”. 

Old Stone Winery

Winery in Salisbury NC Also, if you decide you want to visit this winery, at the end of the page you will find a map, which will provide you directions to the winery from your current location.

Wines

Old Stone Winery has excellent sweet and semi-sweet wines

The other wines are excellent also. But I always find myself taking home a bottle or too off their sweeter variety.

At the time this review was written, the winery offered 16 different wines: Reds, Whites, Fruits and a handful of specialty wines.

The wines range from light, medium and full bodied wines. And from sweet, to semi and also dry wines.

A couple of the wines I find great at Old stone winery and you need to include these suggestions if you do the wine tasting:

Velvet Red - I believe this is the sweetest red wine they offer. And is a blended wine. Blend of muscadine and Cabernet Sauvignon. Absolute heaven!!!

Another one of my favorites here.

Cherry - I love cherry wine!!! And Old Stone winery makes one of my favorite Cherry wines. Made from 50% sweet and 50% sour cherries. If you have never tried a cherry wine you need to at least give this one a chance when you do the wine tasting.

As for the prices, most of the bottles are in the $12 price range some go for $20 and above. Overall I would say their prices are reasonable.

Wine Tasting

The winery has a very nicely decorated tasting room and I believe their rates for tasting are $5 for 5 tastes and I believe their pours are fairly generous.

If you describe the type of wine you are looking for for, the owners and staff are very knowledgeable and will help you find the wine that best matches your tastes.

But just trust me, the two wines I described in the win tab before this are awesome and you need to try these out.

Winery Events

There’s a lot of events going on at Old Stone Winery each and every year. Last year was a great year but I have no idea what they have in store event wise for this coming year.

I you are interested in learn more about their events its probably best to visit their events page.

Are you wanting to visit Old Stone Winery in Salisbury NC? Below is a map to this winery, just click the red marker and enter your current location for your directions.

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Visit our homepage if you want to see all the different areas where North Carolina Wineries are located

The Historical Dunhill Hotel Charlotte NC

dunhill hotel NC

Historical and luxurious are both great words to describe the Dunhill Hotel in the heart of Uptown Charlotte NC. Sure, there are many choice hotels to choose from in this great city but if you’re a person who wants to experience the roaring 1920′s, with all the modern amenities included and a touch of southern charm, then the Dunhill hotel would be your perfect accommodations.

I have to agree.

The online reviews of this hotel are both many and extremely positive, as a person who has stayed at Dunhill during the Great Grapes! Wine and Art Festival, I have to completely agree with all the positive online reviews this hotel has received.

If you’re unsure if this is the right hotel for you, then I would suggest taking the time to read other online reviews on Dunhill Hotel. But also feel free to read and tab through the box below that will address more specific information on this Uptown Charlotte hotel.

And if the hotel is a little out of your price range there are places where you can receive nice little discounts. I plan on finding the places that offer the best discounts and listing them for you. Furthermore, if you need directions to this hotel there is map below where you can receive driving directions from your current location.

Rooms

The Dunhill Hotel offers many different styles of rooms.

In total there are six different styles of rooms: Ranging from the Vintage Queen to the Penthouse. And of course there is a price difference, the Vintage Queen being the least expensive, the Penthouse being the most. And 4 different levels of room accommodations in between.  All the rooms  are very nice.

In the rooms you will find triple sheeted beds, marble bathrooms, coffee makers, wireless internet, ipod docking stations, flat screen TVs, lavish robes and more.

A list of the different styles of rooms found at the Dunhill Hotel:

  • Queen Vintage
  • Vintage Queen Queen
  • Queen Deluxe
  • Premiere Queen
  • Executive King
  • Penthouse

All are nice but as you step up from Queen Vintage to Penthouse there is an increased price.

Dining

The uptown area of Charlotte is full of great dining opportunities and being at the Dunhill Hotel will put you very close to all these great restaurants.

There is even a great place to eat adjacent to the hotel, the Harvest Moon Grill. This is a local favorite open 7 days a week and even has a bar inside. The Harvest Grill is a great place to eat, the menu is great and they use only the freshest local ingredients.

Also, if you want breakfast. Inside the Dunhill the offer a great complimentary breakfast form 7 am to 11 pm. Grilled Pancakes, Omelets, fruits, oatmeal, sausage, toast just about anything you would think of.

Discounts

I am still searching for the best Dunhill Hotel discounts…

Need directions to the hotel, just click the red marker on the map and enter your starting location.

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