UPSCALE, STYLISH, MAGNETIC
Once secluded in South Charlotte, decades of growth have given this now-booming metropolis a taste of city life with suburban curb appeal.
In the mid-1990s, Johnny Harris, grandson of former North Carolina governor Cameron Morrison, had a vision for the vast hunting preserve he and his siblings had inherited. After acquiring more acreage, Johnny and his brother Cameron Harris sold their shares of the land to their brother-in-law “Smoky” Bissell, who dreamed of creating the ultimate corporate park. Thanks to Bissell’s shrewd eye for development, what was once a secluded section of South Charlotte has blossomed into a suburban metropolis—all within about two decades. In Ballantyne, beautiful modern homes and stately retail complexes have proven magnets for residents who crave big-time amenities outside the city’s constant hustle and bustle.
Start the day with an exceptional brunch: Scoot up to a booth at Greek-owned Big View Diner, or indulge in hazelnut French toast at Rush Espresso Café & Wine Bar. Next, head to The Ballantyne, a luxury hotel with a renowned spa that boasts more than 100 treatment options. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage or, if you have room, enjoy a Champagne-soaked high tea.
Things to do
Whether you’ve snagged a sitter or have the whole brood on board, craft your perfect night at Ballantyne Village. The on-site cinema shows indie flicks and serves a full bar, while a cigar shop and a host of fashionable outposts dish out the best in retail therapy. Rekindle the romance over tapas and sangria at Miró Spanish Grille, then send the night off in style over chilly suds and city views on Brazwells Premium Pub’s rooftop.