Charlotte is called the “City of Churches” for good reason. The Queen City’s thriving spiritual community is evident in its wide diversity of churches and other houses of worship, making it a welcoming place to hold your religious event. Here are some ideas for inspiration, as well as some practical planning tips.
The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte is a major attraction for religious groups. Visitors can explore multi-media galleries, Billy Graham’s reconstructed childhood home, 20 acres of landscaped grounds and Ruth’s Attic Bookstore. The self-guided tour of the galleries takes about an hour and a half, but set aside more time for exploring the property and eating at the Graham Brothers Dairy Bar. Contact the Billy Graham Library for reservations if your group includes more than 14 people.
The Lodge at Ballantyne is the perfect setting for a religious retreat – with the feel of a mountain hunting lodge and beautiful natural surroundings, it seems worlds away but is right in Charlotte. The 40,000-square-foot facility includes 35 guest rooms, meeting space, break-out rooms, a fitness center and social areas, all just a short walk from the golf club, spa, pool and other amenities at The Ballantyne Hotel.
Even the largest meetings and conventions will find plenty of space at facilities like Time Warner Cable Arena and Charlotte Convention Center. Both are conveniently located right in Charlotte’s Center City.
The young members of your group will love Charlotte attractions like Carowinds, ImaginOn and Discovery Place. As for dining, there are more cuisine choices than you can imagine – BBQ, sushi, soul food and Cajun, just to name a few. You’ll also find a variety of dining styles to match your group, from relaxed buffets to formal, elegant sit-down dinners.
CRVA has a dedicated religious meeting planner who can help you find meeting space, coordinate big events such as parades, arrange for group discounts to attractions, and even connect your group with local charitable organizations like Samaritan’s Purse for donation drives.
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