Taste, touch, see, smell and hear the excitement this southern hub has buzzing in months to come
The changing of the leaves isn’t the only thing shaking in Charlotte this season. From outdoor adventures to luxe lounges, city markets to new hotels, there’s plenty to “fall” for in the Queen City.
Indulge your sweet tooth at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte’s new Bar Cocoa, where afternoon chocolate tea is served daily and display cases are filled with mouth-watering cupcakes, chocolate creations and other bite-sized desserts. Try your hand as a chocolatier in the Cocoa Lab, where the Ritz’s head pastry chef will teach you the ways of truffles, cake balls, whoopee pies and more. John T. Edge of Garden & Gun most recently tasted the cityscape touting, “New arrivals from around the world are reinvigorating regional foodways, both on the low end and on the high end.”
For savory aromas, the new 7th Street Public Market will lure you with one whiff. A year-round indoor marketplace, it opens this fall with a North Carolina-style barbecue restaurant and booths that sell fresh ingredients from local farms. For additional aromas sure to ignite your appetite, new restaurants on the horizon like City Smoke, a play on upscale BBQ by Restaurateur Pierre Bader, and Emeril Lagasse’s new concept join the cityscape in early 2012. Just in time for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, a new Hyatt Place Charlotte Uptown will open with a rooftop restaurant touting 360-degree views of Uptown Charlotte.
Each Tuesday through November, hear from your favorite NASCAR legends like Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Tony Stewart at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Then in January, it’s time for a round of applause. Check out the newest round of Hall of Fame inductees including Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Inman, Richie Evans and Glen Wood this January during a full week of celebration with don’t-miss marquee events like the Induction Ceremony and NASCAR Preview.
Don’t look down! The U.S. National Whitewater Center has taken their Canopy Tour to the next level, debuting the Twilight Canopy Tour, complete with headlamps and a treetop view of the sunset. Another stellar view of the city can be had at the top of Carowinds’ WindSeeker, a 301-foot-tall swing ride coming next spring. Or keep your feet on the ground with a ghost bicycle, walking, or Segway tour of Charlotte revealing the haunted side of the pristine Center City area.
On an exclusive national tour with only seven stops, Mummies of the World is one of the highly anticipated new exhibits opening in Charlotte at Discovery Place. The mummies are strictly hands-off, but do touch the many 3-D exhibits and multimedia displays starting November 11, and view never-before-seen mummies and artifacts, the largest collection ever assembled. In a city-wide celebration of Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden’s life achievements, ranging from world-renowned collage masterpieces to playing a pivotal role in the Harlem Renaissance, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Mint Museums, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and other community partners are pulling out all the stops. A new park space in Center City named in his honor along with the largest collections of Bearden works ever assembled are part of a community-wide celebration through the end of the year.
With so much to see and do, there is no better time to explore Charlotte. For more information on events, attractions, hotels, dining and more, go to charlottesgotalot.com or call the Visitor Info Center at 800-231-4636.