Day: February 14, 2019

Stoke Charlotte

If you value something that is warm, safe, and friendly, and also has a bit of a rustic feel added to it, you must give Stoke Charlotte a try. Located at the Marriott City Center, the place gives all the vibe of your local neighborhood eatery, but with an added level of efficiency – forming a formidable combination. The makers of the restaurant believed that the kitchen is a special place – it’s where the party really starts and where people really interact and get close – and proceeded to infuse this quality in their creation by creating an ambience that combines the efficiency of a restaurant with the warmth and safety of neighborhood gatherings.

Led by Executive Chef Chris Coleman, who was born in brought up in the city’s Mountain Island Lake community, the restaurant has all the items you could expect at your neighborhood dine, and more. From the classic mac-and-cheese and brussels sprouts to special Parfaits, and with separate menus for everyday brunches and dinners, Stoke Charlotte has a wide variety of offerings – the ingredients for which are all sourced from local farmers.

All in all, it is the ideal place to be to get-together with your close-knit community of family and friends and enjoy the laid-back vibe.

Contact Information:

Address: Marriott City Center | 100 W Trade St, Charlotte, Nc 28202

Phone: 704-353-6005


Dogwood Southern Table & Bar

Want to experience authentic Southern cuisine with a modern twist in warm, friendly settings? Then head over to Dogwood Southern Table & Bar!

A modern restaurant with a familiar feel, Dogwood is ideal for all kinds of audiences, but especially suited to families, who will enjoy the friendliness and familiarity. True to its theme, the restaurant celebrates the culinary traditions of the South, but with a contemporary perspective that is all of its own. Led by Executive Chef Scott Hollingsworth, it has an authentic Southern menu with all the items you could possible expect (think smoked barbecue, pimento cheese, oysters on the half shell, and of course the North Carolina shrimp). Dogwood also boasts one of the best wine menus in all of Charlotte, and regularly hosts beer and cocktail programs that promote classic drinks with a modern twist, along with some of the best in-house mixers.

The restaurant boats rich Southern ambience; designed by famed designer Tim Demmit, Dogwood has all the classic features like reclaimed wood accents, fireplaces, imposing brick walls, and of course, the open kitchen. What really sets them apart, however, is the fact that they are big believers of sustainability – and source everything – from food to decor to art and even most equipment locally. They highlight and feature their local sources and ensure that their audience knows everyone who has helped create the Dogwood Southern experience.

Contact Information:

Address: 4905 Ashley Park Ln, Charlotte, NC 28210

Phone: 704-910-4919


The Fig Tree Restaurant

If you are a fan of history and cannot stop from the obsessing over the vintage, the Fig Tree Restaurant is the ideal place for you. Located in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood, the famed, upscale restaurant sits pretty inside the 1913 craftsman-style bungalow called the Lucas House and is named in honor of the four majestic brown Turkey fig trees that stand on its grounds.

Ideal for those looking for a high-end upscale experience (in terms of both cuisine and ambience), the restaurant is ideal for those looking for a more personal and intimate experience. The menu is rich, with exclusive items that have been cooked in the most traditional style. There is also a full-service bar, with some of the best and most perfectly paired wines that enhance the dinner experience to a whole new level.

Ambience-wise, the Fig Tree Restaurant is truly unique – and boasts a rare combination of rich vintages than no other place can provide. The place has aesthetically pleasing features, from its five massive dining rooms and veranda and patio seating arrangements, to the grand fireplaces that are a symbol of the era to which the building’s origin belongs.

The place also boasts a location unlike any – not only is the building itself a Pre-World War I one, it is located across Independence Park (one of Charlotte’s first public parks) and is only minutes away from the iconic City Center.

Contact Information:

Address: 1601 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204

Phone: 704-332-3322


Urban Gourmet Farms

If you’re among the many looking to get a flavor of the mushroom boom in Charlotte, and know more about their journey, you need not look further than Urban Gourmet Farms. Located on Griffith road, Urban Gourmet is one of the city’s most reputed mushroom farms known for their self-sustained and organic farming style.

A strict departure from the “packed and processed” style of farming, cultivators at Urban Gourmet Farms believe in quality over quantity, and in the principle that consumers must get the best possible products grown with the best of practices. To that end, the farm does not use any pesticides or chemicals and instead utilizes a climate control system that allows them to simulate the ideal climate required for any particular mushroom species to grow.

All mushrooms within the farm are grown in bags which simulate the ideal humidity and temperature. Furthermore, the mushrooms are grown on organic mediums (substrate), which too are locally sourced as much as possible.

Urban Gourmet Farms cultivate several species of mushrooms – even the seasonal ones are grown within this farm courtesy their climate control systems. Examples include Lion’s Mane Mushrooms, Trumpet Mushrooms, Shiitake Mushroom, Oyster Mushrooms and Maitake (Hen of the Woods) Mushrooms, among others.

Contact Information:

Address: 594 Griffith Rd, Charlotte, NC 28217, USA

Phone: 980-505-1514


Small City Farms

If you’re among the many who are looking to explore the trending urban farming sector, you must give Small City Farm a try. Located within the main city of Charlotte, Small City farm sits in the middle of a quiet neighborhood that lies eight miles from Uptown Charlotte, six-and-a-half miles from Downtown Charlotte and four miles from South Park.

The farm is quite literally small (it is only 3 acres in size, and due to its location, looks more like a residential lot than a farm from the outside. That said, it is a very functional farm, and its produce are used in several farm-to-fork restaurants in Charlotte and nearby areas. Operated by Kim Shaw, a marketer-turned-urban farmer, the farm’s impressive produce consists of several varieties of herbs, cut flowers, vegetables, and fruits. They also have a small stock of laying hens that are affectionately called “The Chicken Nation.”

The most unique thing about Small City Farm is the fact that it neither appears nor functions like any other farm would, despite facing the same type of challenges. For starters, there is no retail from the farm itself. With the farm itself, Kim uses several methods that are more suited to the smaller size – for instance, she uses raised beds over row cropping and tillers over tractors. Last but not the least, the produce from the farm are transported in the owner’s Mini Cooper, rather than a pick-up truck.

Contact Information:

Address: 1401 Auten Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216, USA

Phone: 704-962-1025


Hodges Family Farm

If you’re looking for a classic, traditional farm experience where you can truly enjoy with your family, then the Hodges Family Farm is the place to be. Located in Charlotte’s Mecklenburg County, the family-owned and operated farm is one of the biggest in the Queen City since the establishment of the Hodges House in 1908.

Spread across a massive 187-acre tract of farmland, the farm used to grow cotton and was used as a dairy farm. None of those activities are now pursued however, and the farm is now used as an educational one. That said, they still grow minor crops and have a thriving livestock-raising system.

The farm itself is a visual treat that showcases remnants of the elements of the era in which it originates. The Hodges House sits at the center of the farm – right between a large set of several agricultural structures, both contributing as well as noncontributing.

The Hodges Family Farm remains a private one throughout the year – however it does host some events that are public and free to attend. Activities include spring festivals (filled with activities like blowing bubbles and egg hunts), fruit-picking (the farm held its first ever strawberry-picking event in 2018), and of course the Annual Pumpkin Patch.

Contact Information:

Address: 3900 Rocky River Rd E, Charlotte, NC 28215, USA

Phone: 704-608-8897


Charlotte Museum of History

Do you ever wonder what life was like for the residents of Charlotte in the last few centuries and try to make a mental picture? Well, there is no need to do that anymore when you can know about it in person at the Charlotte Museum of History! Located 5 miles away from Uptown Charlotte, the museum showcases the culture and living of various peoples who have settled in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region through the ages.

The museum, which is a steward of the ca. 1774 Hezekiah Alexander Home Site, portrays the development of the Queen City and the way of living throughout the centuries – from the Catawba tribes to the European settlers to African immigrants – through exhibits, artifacts, maps and meticulously made replicas of houses. They also host activities such as storytelling sessions, screenings, workshops and programs that portray the rich history of the Queen City.

The main attraction of the Charlotte Museum of History, however the 18th-century Hezekiah Alexander Homesite – a 240-year-old structure that stands as the oldest in all of Mecklenburg County. The site contains a log barn, a two-story springhouse that has been reconstructed, a reproduction log kitchen, and of course the Alexander House itself. Guided tours are available on the hour, and upon request (for groups and institutions).

Contact Information:


Phone: 704.568.1774


Discovery Place Nature

Looking for a place where you can take your younger children for a fun-filled, yet educative day? Look no further than Discovery Place Nature. Formerly known as Charlotte Nature Museum, the museum is located adjacent to Freedom Park, and is aimed to entertain and educate children between the ages of 3 and 7.

The hands-on, easily navigable museum has several opportunities for kids to explore the natural world around them. For instance, they can visit the science center, explore the outdoors, have fun on the outdoor stage. They can also visit the lab, which features a virtual “walk in the woods.” There is also an actual forest where kids can examine specimens or just stroll through and enjoy the natural beauty.

Just like every other museum under the Discovery Place banner, Discovery Place nature too organizes regular interactive nature exhibits and live shows. Live shows include butterfly displays, insect displays, live species and animal displays. The museum also hosts educational programs both independently and in collaboration with other educational institutions for parents, schools and the public. There is also a daily program slot that features hands-on activities and puppet shows.

Discovery Place Nature operates under Discovery Place, a private 501c (3) not-for-profit education organization in North Carolina that manages hands-on museum throughout Charlotte, Huntersville, and Rockingham.

Contact Information:

Address: 1658 Sterling Rd, Charlotte, NC 2820

Phone: 704-372-6261


UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

If you’re looking to explore and know more about plants and flowers, then UNC Botanical Gardens is the ideal place to be. Located within the premises of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the UNC Botanical Gardens is famous all over the country (and even internationally) for its gigantic collection of plant life and high-profile and large number of visitors.

Also called the Charlotte Botanical Gardens, the UNC Botanical Gardens has a rich collection of plants – both flowering and non-flowering. Their massive collections include everything – from common plants and flowers in and around Charlotte to some of the most exotic and rare species of orchids, perennials bulbs, vines, creepers, and even carnivorous plants. They also have several notable exhibits – these include the McMillan Greenhouse (specializing in housing orchids, violets and tropical plants belonging to the American and African desert environments), the Dinosaur’s Garden (which showcases primitive plants), the 3-acre-wide Susie Harwood Garden (which mainly showcases plants of Asian origin), and Ralph Van Landingham Glen (which houses over 900 species of wildflowers, shrubs and trees. There is no dearth of activity here either – they regularly host plant sales and exhibitions.

They are a respected member of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), and act as the final resting place for Bonnie Cone – founder of UNC Charlotte.

Contact Information:

Address: 9090 Craver Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262

Phone: 704-687-0721


Discovery Place Nature

Looking for a place where your kids can enjoy, learn and know more about the world around them in a fun-filled and laid-back environment? Then head over to Discovery Place Science, a hands-on museum that allows kids (and even adults) who are enthusiastic about all things science and are eager to know how stuff works.

Located in Uptown Charlotte, the museum is actually meant for kids (especially those between the ages of 7 to 15), but is a treat for all ages, thanks to its engaging content and hands-on methods. The place is rife with all kinds science-y things to discover and learn from and is filled with various kinds of exhibits, live shows, workshops and activities. The museum has several interesting features the bed of nails, 3D laser printers, an indoor rainforest, various optical illusions and a vacuum-powered Air Chair, among others. Themes for exhibits include chemistry, anatomy, natural science, physics, as well as fun topics like the science behind Ripley’s Believe It or Not. It also organizes birthday parties and summer camps subject to request and booking in advance.

Discovery Place Science operates under Discovery Place, a private 501c (3) not-for-profit education organization in North Carolina that manages hands-on museum throughout Charlotte, Huntersville, and Rockingham.

Contact Information:

Address: 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Phone: 704-372-6261