By: Spencer Collins
The Ultimate 4 Day QC Guide to Impressing Your Non-Charlotte Friends!
A year and a half ago, I left all my friends, family, and boyfriend in Las Vegas to move to Charlotte. Since then, I have been waiting patiently for my friends to come visit me. But when that time came, I was oddly nervous. I had 3 days to impress them while they were here, so that maybe, just maybe, they would think about moving to Charlotte.
I found I wasn’t alone in this feeling. Others who had friends visit say they felt like there was a lot of pressure on them to deliver a memorable experience. Let me take some of that pressure off of you. Here’s my guide for what you should do with your out-of-town friends this summer.
Thursday - Get this Party Started
#1 Head to Alive After 5 at the Epicentre. This all night, drinking, dancing, socializing fest has become somewhat of a staple to kick off the weekend. You get a great view from Rooftop 210, good music by a different band every week, and the weather is normally great! Plus, there are tons of other bars and restaurants for you to hop around to.
Friday- Uptown Funk
#1 Take your own tour around Uptown. Start at 7th Street Market, because it’s just a cute place to look around and eat if you want to.
#2 From there, work your way South down Tryon. Learn the importance of the four statues at the corners of Trade and Tryon.
#3 If you don’t eat at 7th Street Market, I suggest 5Church or Basil. Another good option with a mix of everything is Duckworth’s. HUGE beer list and everything I’ve ever had there is great.
#4 Make your way over to The Green and the Firebird Statue, because those are just things I think people should see here in the Queen City.
#5 Head over to The French Quarter for a drink. There you have a selection of bars and restaurants. My go to is Belfast Mill for a quick drink, but any are good. You also have your option of inside or outside seating.
#6 After a drink and some people watching, head to BB&T Ballpark for a Knights game. The ballpark is only 3 years old and super nice. A warning, they either stop selling or just run out of food earlier than I thought they would. My friends and I went in at the 6th inning and food stands were already closed. That means NO PIZZA! So if you’re hungry, get food early.
#7 After the game you have a plethora of neighborhood venues to go to. Pick your favorite spot and enjoy.
Saturday - Cruising Down the River
#1 Head to the White Water Center. An Allsport day pass is $60, but sooooo worth it. Make rafting reservations for the first part of your day, and then spend the rest of the day there. There’s food, beer, music, and so many activities.
#2 If this doesn’t tire you out like it did me and my friend (this is the moment we realized we’re officially old) then head out to a local brewery. Try Olde Mecklenburg Brewery or Sycamore. You won’t regret it.
Sunday - Easy like Sunday Morning
#1 Hit up your favorite brunch spot. I love Nan and Byron’s (get the buffet), but there so many options that it’s hard to go wrong. (Just keep in mind, if you want a Mimosa or Bloody Mary, they can’t serve you one until after noon.)
#2 If you’re into science, check out Discovery Place. We checked out Body Worlds. It’s not at the museum anymore, but they always have cool things going on there.
#3 Afterward, head to Amelie’s in Uptown. I think it’s the cutest little coffee shop around. They are known for their salted caramel brownies, but you’ll be happy with anything off the menu.
#4 Before your friends leave, take them to see the sunset from Fahrenheit. Seriously, if you have never been yourself, GO! You can obviously get food and drinks if you want, but you can also just go for the view, which in my opinion is the best part.
#5 If your friends aren’t from the south, make sure you stop for barbecue. You’re probably either a Mac’s or Midwood Smokehouse fan, so one of those options would be best.
So, this is just my list and obviously, everyone is different. I always hang out more in South End and Uptown, so those are the places I’m most comfortable with, but there are so many other neighborhoods in Charlotte (NoDa, Plaza Midwood, South Park, Elizabeth, etc) that you can find something for everyone no matter where you are.