Charlotte doesn’t make the top of most vacation lists, but it’s a friendly city with a lot of business, a frequent work destination, and an area the locals seem to enjoy living in. Weather is fairly neutral, as things go in the South, with lots of sun year round.

Uptown Hotels

  • *Aloft Charlotte City Center: where I typically stay, as it’s very convenient to the office. It’s just short of terrible, understaffed, views of parking lots, bad food, inexplicably loud heating/aircon units that turn on at random.
  • Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte is the fancy place to stay, has a reportedly good restaurant, and a rooftop bar with great views.
  • *Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel is quite new. For the price, it’s not a compelling option, not particularly differentiated for rooms and amenities.
  • *Residence Inn by Marriott Charlotte City Center is slightly better than the Aloft, but only slightly. Grim breakfast, big rooms, sad vibe.
  • *SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte City Center: a mirror image of the Residence Inn. Maybe slightly less sad.

Uptown Food & Entertainment

  • **Angelines: the fancy breakfast option – a hip/urban setting, never-ending coffee, and large portions. Haven’t had dinner, but it comes recommended.
  • **Famous Toastery:  a popular place for huge breakfasts with just about every option you can think of. Not fancy, but the servers are friendly.
  • **Fin & Fino: a hip seafood-forward place with a good wine and cocktail selection. Very popular. Extremely loud. More of a place for a celebratory group, not a romantic date.
  • **Johnny Burrito is a Charlotte institution, a take-away burrito place. It was delicious, not quite a California burrito, but close enough!
  • **Mimosa Grill has a fairly broad menu and good wine/cocktails. It’s a large space, on the nicer side, good for client meetings.
  • *Nuvole TwentyTwo: a top floor bar with expansive views and a small outdoor area. It’s trying very hard to be cool, to an off-putting degree. 
  • **Rooster’s Wood-fired Kitchen Uptown: grilled meat and sides. Tasty and well-executed. Location is a bit tricky to find, up a level inside a mall.
  • **Truist Field is a very nice, very accessible minor league stadium right in Uptown that draws a big crowd – not to watch the game, but to socialize and drink beer.

South End

The urban, mixed use South End is known for its nightlife, with a number of craft breweries, hipster restaurants, boutique shopping, and relatively walkable streets. 

  • **La Superica: rather good, fancy Mexican. Ingredients are high quality, staff well trained. The space is huge and industrial, and lines can get long, call ahead for a table. 
  • **Vana: a fancy bar with high end cocktails, indoor-outdoor spaces, and wood fired pizzas and veggies. Fun and attracts a big after-work crowd. 

Outside of Town

  • The **Whitewater Center is very impressive – a training center turned events venue, with concerts, all sorts of sports (hiking, biking, rafting, ropes courses, etc.). It’s a fun place to experience.