PICTURESQUE, FRIENDLY, ESTABLISHED
It’s hard to decide what’s more impressive in this residential gem: its more than 100-year-old tree canopy or its mansion-lined streets.
Revered for the rows of stunning dwellings that showcase masterful 1920s Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival craftsmanship, the Myers Park ZIP code carries timeless allure. The historic hood is best known for its canopy of more than 100-year-old oak trees, perfect complements to the mansions and magnificent gardens on the main drag, Queens Road West. Each of these details was part of John Springs Myers’ plan to convert cotton farmland into Charlotte’s first suburb back in the early 1900s. Noted architect George Stephens and designers John Nolen and Earle Sumner Draper helped translate Myers’ vision into what became the coveted residential area. Students from Queens University of Charlotte tote books along Selwyn Avenue, bike riders roll down Queens Road’s landscaped loops, and families young and old flock to the neighborhood’s delis, specialty shops, galleries and restaurants.
Start the day with the famously funky sticky rice breakfast (barbecue pork and a sunny-side egg make appearances) at adorable Little Spoon Eatery. Then peer into far away galaxies, trace constellations and look at life on the moon through the lens of Discovery Place Nature’s extraordinary planetarium. Historians, explore the Mint Museum Randolph, a former branch of the U.S. Mint turned museum of African and European art, or take in The Duke Mansion’s grand gardens and century-old charm while seated on the home’s stately front porch.
Things to do
Charter your own culinary path through Napa Valley and the Italian countryside at Napa on Providence before a show at neighborhood landmark the Manor Theatre, an indie movie house that’s been around for more than 70 years. Afterward, soak up homegrown hops and catch college hoops or football on the big screens along Selwyn Avenue Pub’s vibrant, always-filled front porch. You might even spot Michael Jordan or Dale Earnhardt Jr., who’ve been known to frequent the friendly locale. As the time ticks into the wee hours, zip over to nearby Park Road Shopping Center for a cocktail at not-so-secret speakeasy Dot Dot Dot.