By Allison Hancin
Sink your fingers into the morning soil with TreesCharlotte
With equal parts care and precision, your hands tightly pack the loose, cool mulch. Its roots feel steady enough, so you back away to let Charlotte’s newest tree stand on its own. Paying no mind to the dirt that speckles your timeworn T-shirt, you lead the crowd in a round of high-fives and welcome the latest addition to the neighborhood.
It’s a warm Saturday morning, and your neighbors have joined forces with TreesCharlotte to bring more trees into your development.
With the help of volunteers across the city, TreesCharlotte is revitalizing our treasured urban forest. The organization prepares seeds and plants and spreads the word about proper tree care. The ultimate mission? Planting 15,000 new trees each year and achieving 50 percent tree canopy in Charlotte by 2050.
After admiring the sturdy new sapling, you strip your gardening gloves and wipe your brow, exposing your newly discovered green thumb.
Get involved with TreesCharlotte just in time for Earth Day by visiting treescharlotte.org.
Sip fine wine over the sunset at Treehouse Vineyards
A breath of fresh air fills your lungs as you toast to the day from 30 feet off the ground. Nestled in mature branches, your treehouse for the night offers a bird’s-eye view of wine lovers mingling before the daily tasting, friends challenging each other to games of cornhole and the hum of live music. It’s relaxation as nature intended.
Almost 20 years ago, Phil Nordan set out to recreate the treehouses from his childhood into escapes for adults. Today, Treehouse Vineyards is known not only for its wide array of award-winning local wines but also for the three unique treehouses that stand on its property.
An unbeatable view from the Date Night Treehouse, which is available for booking by the hour, means catching the sinking sunset with friends or someone special. And the ultimate staycation comes in Papa’s Dream Treehouse or Horsefeathers Hideaway, both of which feature stunning landscape views and all of the necessary amenities for a proper retreat from reality.
Plan your perfect vineyard getaway by visiting treehousevineyards.com.
This article ran in the April 2017 issue of Charlotte Happenings.