Charlotte, NC is such a great place to plan the perfect vacation. Uptown Charlotte in particular is full of tourist attractions, parks and restaurants. I recently visited Charlotte, NC and stayed at the Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown Hotel. It was perfectly located in the heart of the city and conveniently located within walking distance to so many places I wanted to visit. Special thanks to the CRVA for giving me some great suggestions, complimentary tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and being awesome hosts.
The first thing we did once we checked in and got settled was head up to the rooftop so that we could see a beautiful sunset over the city. We were also able to visit Fahrenheit rooftop restaurant and check out the menu to see all their offerings. I’ve been to Fahrenheit before and enjoyed an appetizer and cocktail. You can also order from Fahrenheit and get it delivered to your room at the Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown. I think that is a nice added bonus if you don’t want to head out and want a quiet evening in your room.
NASCAR Hall of Fame was next up on the list of places to see. I learned so much from watching the movie upon entry in the high octane theater. It gives you the history of NASCAR from Daytona Beach to current day on a 64 ft. wide projection screen with surround sound. You can customize your hard card at a kiosk and it gives you an all-access pass to fun activities as you walk through the NASCAR Hall of Fame. I enjoyed seeing all the car exhibits on Glory Road and experiencing the simulator. Hands down, it was the BEST!
7th Street Public Market was our next stop for a variety of food options. There is a little bit of everything there allowing you the convenience to eat, drink or shop. I can appreciate all the different vendor choices because we all ate something different. I shared a pepperoni pizza with my son from Pure Pizza. My oldest daughter had sushi from Bonsai Fusion Sushi and her sister had a Sweet and Sour Kicking Chicken Sandwich from Local Loaf. Needless to say our taste buds were all satisfied and it was a great lunch. I must thank Theresa from Being Reese and Lil J for meeting up with us Uptown. It was a FUN day!
Lots of sunshine and nice temperatures call for ICE CREAM! We headed to Pike’s Old Fashion Soda Shop for some traditional treats! I had my first Coke Float and it was YUMMY! My son had a scoop of vanilla ice cream. My daughter had an Oreo malt milkshake. Theresa had an ice cream soda and Lil J had a strawberry milkshake. We ordered up some appetizers to snack on while we enjoyed our treats. The old-fashioned décor is pretty awesome. We sat at a table and as we left I felt like we should have sat at the counter. Next time…
We discovered the Red Eye Diner in the EpiCenter which is open 24 hours. Xavier from Hyatt Place recommended that I try the Shrimp & Grits and it was DELICIOUS! I love that there is a 24 hour diner within walking distance from the hotel. The EpiCenter has a variety of dining choices, nightlife, Movie Theater and bowling alley. So much FUN all in one place! We popped into the Carolina Ale House to catch part of the game and enjoy some appetizers. I also had a Carolina Hurricane Cocktail. Yum!
There were a few parks that we visited but, my favorite so far has been Romare Bearden Park. It’s the perfect location to take photos especially if you want the city as your background. The cute park right outside of imaginon was nice. I liked the seats that looked like retro typewriter keys. There were also awesome quotes all over the place. We popped into Google Fiber since they were conveniently located right across the street from where we were having fun! We enjoyed crème brulee and macaroons from Amelie’s French Bakery and Café. I can’t wait to go back. The décor is super artsy.
Overall, Charlotte Uptown has so much to offer. There is still so much I want to do and see. I’ll save that for my next trip. Visit Charlotte! You won’t be disappointed. I loved the views and my foodie adventures.
Tip: If you don’t feel like walking everywhere or taking your car, you can catch the Lynx Railway which will transport you back and forth. It’s super convenient!
Thank you to the CRVA for hosting JenOni, Inc. and all your suggestions of where to explore in Charlotte. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and completely my own. #CLT #CharlottesGotALot