Charlotte, North Carolina travel guide

This past weekend I visited Charlotte, North Carolina to meet up with some friends for a girls weekend. This was my first solo trip this year. A huge thanks to my husband who not only surprised me by booking my flight, hotel, and rental car, but also took care of the kids and the house all weekend.

But back to what I was saying… I left early Friday morning and arrived in the evening. My husband booked my hotel about 25 minutes from the airport in Concord, North Carolina at the Wingate by Wyndom. The hotel was in a central location next to lots of restaurants, shops, gas stations, and things to do like iFly. When traveling, I often prefer to stay out of big city hotels as it makes it more affordable and easier with parking, doing things that aren’t in the city, and being able to have a little relaxing time when needed.

On Friday night we enjoyed a delicious dinner in Charlotte at La Belle Helene. They hosted us three and we enjoyed their beautiful location and delicious French cuisine by Top Chef alum. Afterwards, we walked around a bit and enjoyed some drinks a few blocks away at the Cotton Room. It was the perfect start to the weekend.

Ready to hit the city for dinner.

Saturday we had plans to grab some food and head off to the Plant House. The Plant House offers a unique experience where you can sip, shop, and build your own terrariums. They also have a wide variety of plants for sale. We had a blast creating our very own plant project while sipping on mimosas. If you are in the Charlotte area or planning to visit, I highly recommend checking out Plant House.

Sip, shop, and create at PlantHouse.

We decided to take a break and grab a scrumptious treat from Swirl. Swirl offer’s made-to-order cupcakes, fresh baked cookies, and custom blended ice cream. I decided on getting a ice cream cookie sandwich and it was oh so good! What I loved most about Swirl is that not only do they offer a wide variety of delicious customizable menu items, but their prices are affordable for everyone. We decided to finish the night by riding some electric scooters(wow, they are fast) and enjoying some time together in downtown Charlotte.

We each got to create our own delicious treat!

On Sunday we ventured out for some brunch at The Artisan Palate. They offer a unique dining experience while merging food, drinks, art, and music into a relaxing vibe. Their back patio is so serene. I recommend trying their honey glazed bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese and almonds. We loved eating and checking out their art gallery featuring local artists. The Artisan Palate is conveniently located right down the street from Charlotte’s iconic NoDa art district. After we ate, we decided to go mural hunting. NoDa has so many unique, beautiful murals that are not only inspiring but also speak to your soul. NoDa art district is a must visit while visiting Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sunday brunch at The Artisan Palate.
Eat and relax in The Artisan Palate’s back patio.

It was such a great visit to Charlotte and we barely covered the surface to all that this beautiful city has to offer. I can’t wait to go back again and explore more!

Have you ever been to Charlotte? If so, what is your favorite thing to do when visiting Charlotte?

More photos from the trip…

Saturday brunch.
Our creation from PlantHouse.
Exploring NoDa
After 3 years of meeting and becoming friends on social media, we finally met in person!
Mural hunting in NoDa
When IG besties become lifelong friends



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