Story by Kristina Hendley
Just north of Charlotte and south of beautiful Lake Norman, Huntersville is home to picturesque waterfront views, shining eateries and rich recreational options. The popular lakeside town offers a little something for everyone.
Start your morning at Café 100, a family owned Huntersville staple, for the most important meal of the day. Try the daily quiche special paired with fresh fruit and a petite tossed salad. Then sharpen your swing at Skybrook Golf Club. This beautiful public course features elevation changes that showcase scenic views and challenging shots. With the recent opening of the final segment of Interstate 485, it’s easy to access.
Shopaholics unite at Birkdale Village. With more than 60 diverse shops and nearly a dozen restaurants, you’ll have no problem getting lost in this welcoming retail community. For jewelry aficionados hunting for unique trinkets, there’s The Jewel Box. And for fashionistas in search of the seasons’ trendiest threads and accessories, Lipp Boutique is a must.
Lunch calls for refueling with classic American fare at eclectic Pinky’s Westside Grill. Don’t leave without ordering the famous fried pickles and White Trash burger topped with a spicy ranch sauce. Next, take the kids out for an afternoon at the Carolina Raptor Center located inside Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. You can watch your favorite birds of prey in a flight show or stroll along the nature trail.
For a date night with someone special, make reservations at Red Rocks Café, Bar and Bakery in Birkdale Village. Known for its signature steaks, chops and seafood, it also boasts a cozy, intimate setting perfect for conversation.
Finish off the day over cool brews at Galway Hooker Restaurant & Irish Pub, a local favorite with a fascinating history. Originally built in Ireland, it was dismantled, shipped in pieces and reconstructed at its current location in Huntersville.
Waterbean Coffee is a one-stop shop for hot specialty drip coffee and cold beverages. The menu bills a wide selection of draft beers and wine plus a happy hour special every Monday.
Unleash your imagination with the little ones at Discovery Place KIDS - Huntersville. Science can be fun and educational, and the hands-on activities and exhibits to explore here run the gamut.
Slip on your best for a night out at Mickey & Mooch, a steakhouse unique to the Charlotte area and beloved for its live big band music.
For inventive, house-brewed craft beer, food trucks and live music, make Primal Brewery your final stop.
This article ran in the January 2016 issue of Charlotte Happenings.
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