By Kristina Hendley
Boasting accessibility to both Charlotte and South Carolina via the LYNX Blue Line light rail, Pineville is Charlotte’s southernmost suburb. Touting a big-city culture in a charming, small-town setting, it’s a gem filled with lots to drink in and discover.
Start your day by getting some fresh air at Jack D. Hughes Memorial Park, which features a sprawling playground, batting cages and a picturesque walking trail ideal for strolling. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Harper’s Restaurant by Carolina Place Mall for brunch. Here, the crab cake benedict and chicken and waffles headline a hearty menu that pairs perfectly with the house bloody marys, bellinis and mimosas.
Pop into Carolina Place Mall for a dose of retail therapy. Or if you’re looking for a high-flying adventure for the whole family, check out Sky High Sports Charlotte. The indoor trampoline park caters to both kids and adults, with activities ranging from dodgeball to a ropes course and inventive fitness-focused activities, like AIRobics, a fun, new way to burn calories.
Grab lunch at Maestro’s Bar & Bistro, a locally owned Pineville mainstay that operates out of a 100-year-old-plus restored house. The delicious American and Italian fare, like rich veal Marsala or seafood scampi, is only elevated by the intimate, romantic setting.
If you’ve just purchased a home or are on the hunt for accessories to spruce up your abode, Pineville is your one-stop shop. Find your next conversation piece on Carolina Place Parkway, where you’ll spy more than 10 home furnishing stores, including Haverty’s, Savvy Spaces and Cozy Kids Furniture & More.
For a truly international dining experience, make reservations at Waldhorn Restaurant, one of Charlotte’s only authentic German eateries. Not only will you find plenty of beer and bratwurst to go around, but you can also catch the fan-favorite musicians, the Wandering Accordion Minstrels, playing every Friday and Saturday night.
For the kids and kids at heart, plan a morning at Adventure Landing, where careening by on go-karts, battling games in the arcade, slugging homeruns at the batting cages and hitting holes-in-one in mini golf are all part of the menu.
The President James Polk K. State Historic Site is a must-see for history buffs. Peruse the museum and venture onto the property once owned by our nation’s 11th president to experience 19th-century life as it was.
Spend an evening spinning and gliding across the ice at the Pineville Ice House skating rink. From figure skating lessons to hockey lessons or public skating, take your pick.
End your night at Sammy’s, a dive bar that offers generous pours, complimentary games of pool and karaoke. Regulars have affectionately dubbed it the “Cheers” of Pineville.
This article ran in the February 2016 issue of Charlotte Happenings.
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