With the third season of the Emmy®-winning TV series “Homeland” in full swing on Showtime, there’s no better time to get off the couch and 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, where Uptown resembles parts of the nation’s capital and the suburbs double as northern Virginia.
Play & Stay
From shopping to nightlife, there are plenty of ways to play in Charlotte while getting an insider’s view at locations seen on screen. SouthPark Mall is the location where Brody goes on a walkabout after returning from eight years of captivity during the first season. Just outside Center City, The Saloon at NC Music Factory was the bar where Brody waited for Carrie in episode six of season one. NC Music Factory is a revamped textile mill home to 13 music, dining and nightlife hot spots including The Fillmore, VBGB Beer Hall & Garden and Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre. And Ed’s Tavern in the quaint Dilworth neighborhood is a recurring film location where Brody meets with his veteran buddies and has a heart-to-heart with Mike Faber.
After a day on the town, relax and rejuvenate at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte or at the notable Duke Mansion bed and breakfast, both featured in “Homeland.” The lobby bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is where Carrie gets her first inclination that Brody is hiding something. Scenes were also filmed in the spa, the upstairs indoor pool, the presidential suite and the grand ballroom. The Duke Mansion, a historic hideaway in Myers Park, was portrayed as Vice President William Walden’s house on the Naval Observatory in Bethesda, Md.
Date Night To-Dos
From a romantic dinner for two to a laid-back night on the town, locations featured in “Homeland” set the stage for date nights in the Queen City. Order a hamburger and onion rings at Zack’s Hamburgers on South Boulevard 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. Or enjoy some down-home southern cooking at The Diamond in the eclectic Plaza Midwood neighborhood where Carrie meets with Special Agent Hall of the FBI in season one. For a more romantic evening, make reservations at The Capital Grille or BLT Steak in The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, both located near filming sites for the show.
After dinner, take a horse-drawn Center City Carriage Tour through Historic Fourth Ward or enjoy a show at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. Fourth Ward is the location of Carrie’s house, Mike’s condo and various other scenes throughout all three seasons. And the lobby at McGlohon Theater in Spirit Square is where Mrs. Samler played bingo before she was followed home by Tom Walker in season one. End with a nightcap at Cutters Cigar Bar & Lounge near the famous intersection of Trade and Tryon streets, where Carrie meets with Brody in a hotel bar in season two.
Idyllic Outdoor Backdrops
For a refreshing outdoor adventure, explore the many parks and greenways in Charlotte that played a starring role in “Homeland.” The 98-acre Freedom Park was featured prominently in season one when Brody met with Walker’s wife at the seats in front of the performance stage, when he was interviewed by a national reporter, and when Dana Brody and her friends cut class and sat under the suspension footbridge along Little Sugar Creek. Little Sugar Creek Greenway features more than 19 miles of trails, small parks and flowing water and is where Brody and Walker reunited in season one and later as a crime scene in season two. Home to the famous corn maze, Rural Hill in Huntersville served as the wide-open field where Brody was abducted and was also the location of several car driving scenes. The Latta Plantation Park in Huntersville was the setting of the wooded trails where Brody was stalked by a CIA operative. The park office was also used as a Red Cross administrative building in Mumbai, India. And The Green in Uptown was where Brody and journalist Roya Hammad met near the fish fountains in season two.