Why It's Hot: With the excitement of a cosmopolitan city and the ease of Southern charm, Charlotte is where big city style meets down-home appeal.
Where to Stay: Seek the comfort a diva deserves in the heart of Charlotte’s uptown at the historic Dunhill Hotel. The boutique lodging combines the elegance of prestigious European hotels with an American sense of comfort and service. Or, lay your head to rest at the Morehead Inn, an elegant Southern estate endowed with quiet elegance and fine antiques, located in one of the city's most picturesque neighborhoods. Have your every need catered to at the Duke Mansion. The Duke Mansion is a place of inspiration, delight and personalized service where you can enjoy old Southern charm wrapped in twenty-first century luxury and amenities with the added benefit of individual attention.
Shop Till You Drop: Spend the day at the Carolinas' premier shopping destination, SouthPark Mall, home to Nordstrom, the first Neiman Marcus in the region and a full-line Crate & Barrel store.
Insider's Tip: To the north, you will find the NoDa (localspeak for North Davidson) Arts District, with its galleries, small music venues, and eclectic bars and restaurants.
Where to Play: Take a trip to The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge for a golf lesson. Whether you are a beginner, a low or high handicapper or touring professional, you’ll improve your golf game here.
Out On the Town: Dress to impress for a night at Pie Town, the perfect place to meet for drinks, dinner or just a bite. Town’s distinctive menu is a la carte, allowing you to sample just what you want.
added: December 18, 2008
updated: June 18, 2009