Go on location in Charlotte at destinations straight from the set
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 17, 2013) – With the third season of the Emmy®-winning TV series “Homeland” set to debut Sept. 29, there’s no better time to go on location in the Queen City. Follow in the footsteps of your favorite stars from the popular TV drama at filming locations in and around Charlotte. The psychological thriller starring Claire Danes as CIA officer Carrie Mathison and Damian Lewis as Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody is set in Washington, D.C., but filmed in Charlotte, N.C., where Uptown resembles parts of the nation’s capital and the suburbs double as northern Virginia. From shopping to nightlife to outdoor adventures, there are plenty of ways to play in Charlotte while getting an insider’s view at locations seen on screen.
1. Get a massage at the spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte Relax and rejuvenate at the spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. You may find yourself in the same room where Carrie met with Lynne Reed in season one. Have a drink at the lobby bar, where Carrie came for a drink when she first realized that Brody may be hiding something. Explore other filming locations at this LEED-certified, 18-story luxury hotel including the upstairs indoor pool, the presidential suite and the grand ballroom.
2. Experience Charlotte nightlife at NC Music Factory Just outside Center City, NC Music Factory is a revamped textile mill home to more than a dozen music, dining and nightlife hotspots including The Fillmore, Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre and VBGB Beer Hall and Garden, where the cast and crew of “Homeland” held their season one wrap party.
3. Shop ‘til you drop at SouthPark Mall Go shopping in the same mall where Brody went on a walkabout after returning from eight years of captivity during the first season. Featuring the only Neiman Marcus in the Carolinas, SouthPark Mall offers stores ranging from luxury fashion, such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton, to casual staples such as J. Crew and Tommy Bahama.
4. Sample southern fare at The Diamond Enjoy down-home southern cooking at The Diamond restaurant in the eclectic Plaza Midwood neighborhood, where Carrie met with Special Agent Hall of the FBI in season one. You’ll recognize the retro wallpaper from the show in this ‘50s-style diner.
5. See a show at McGlohon Theater at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Enjoy a theatre production, an intimate concert, a dance performance and more at McGlohon Theater, a 700-seat performing arts venue named after jazz composer Loonis McGlohon of Charlotte. The theater lobby is where Mrs. Samler played bingo before she was followed home by Tom Walker in season one.
6. Play trivia at Ed’s Tavern Grab your buddies and head to Ed’s Tavern in the historic Dilworth neighborhood for music and team trivia every Thursday night. This neighborhood bar is where Brody met with his military friends and later had a heart-to-heart with Mike Faber.
7. Stroll down Little Sugar Creek Greenway to Freedom Park Take a relaxing walk down the Little Sugar Creek Greenway featuring more than 19 miles of trails, small parks and flowing water. This urban greenway system was the location where Brody and Walker reunited in season one. Continue to the 98-acre Freedom Park, known as the “Central Park” of Charlotte, where Brody met with Walker’s wife at the seats in front of the performance stage, where he was interviewed by a national reporter as they strolled along the pond, and where Dana Brody and her friends went when they cut class in season one.
8. Try the onion rings at Zack’s Hamburgers Order a hamburger and onion rings at Zack’s Hamburgers in South End while getting a glimpse of the location where the CIA attempts to take down a terrorist hit team in the parking lot and where an action-packed car stunt took place in episode ten of season two.
9. Stay at The Duke Mansion for the weekend Escape to this historic hideaway in Myers Park for a weekend getaway. The early 20th-century home was portrayed as Vice President William Walden’s house on the Naval Observatory in Bethesda, Md., in season two.
10. Try an authentic Cuban cigar at Cutter’s Cigar Bar & Lounge at Charlotte Marriott City Center Grab a scotch and a try a pre-Castro Cuban cigar at Cutters Cigar Bar & Lounge, one of the last remaining smoking lounges in Charlotte. You’ll recognize the dark mahogany bar and crafted leather chairs in this sophisticated hotel bar where Carrie met with Brody in season two.
11. Take a Carriage Tour through The Square at Trade & Tryon and Historic Fourth Ward Take a horse-drawn Center City Carriage Tour through the Square at Trade & Tryon, the home of four 25-foot historical statues representing the growth of the city and the location where Journalist Roya Hammad is watched by the CIA in season two, and Historic Fourth Ward neighborhood, the location of Carrie’s house, Mike’s condo and various other scenes in all three seasons.
12. Play in the Fish Fountains on The Green Bring the kids for an afternoon of refreshing fun in the fish fountain spray ground at The Green in Uptown. The novella-themed park is where Brody and Hammad met near the fish fountains in season two.
13. Get a steak at The Capital Grille Enjoy a dry-aged steak, fresh seafood and a glass of wine in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance at The Capital Grille, the same restaurant where Saul (Mandy Patinkin) coerced a federal judge to grant a temporary FISA warrant to allow surveillance on a suspected terrorist in season one.
With so much to see and do, there is no better time to explore Charlotte. For more information on events, attractions, hotels, dining and more, go to charlottesgotalot.com or call the Visitor Info Center at (800) 231-4636. Get the latest updates on what to do, see and eat in town at facebook.com/fan.charlottesgotalot, twitter.com/charlottgotalot, instagram.com/charlottesgotalot, pinterest.com/charlottgotalot and youtube.com/charlottesgotalot.
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