Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 19 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 CHARLOTTE/MECKLENBURG Outdoor enthusiasts will not only find respite within Charlotte's tree canopy, which covers nearly 50 percent of the city, but can also explore greenways, trails, nature preserves. Nearby mountains make for a fun day trip and are ideal for hiking, biking. Or stay local and get on the water at Lake Norman. These green spaces, community and regional parks, and golf course give locals plenty of ways to have some green moments in the city. The U.S. National Whitewater Center where Olympic athletes train is a favorite way to have a whitewater raft experience. Staying overnight in the Charlotte region is a treat with boutique hotels, or national brands with names like Kimpton and Grand Bohemian in the heart of Center City. More than 7,600 new hotel rooms are slated for the Charlotte region through 2020, including more than 2,000 in Center City. In 2017, Uptown welcomed its first boutique hotel, The Ivey's Hotel, located at the corner of 5th and Trade streets. The former department store renovated into a 42-room hotel sports a chic bar, Sophia's Lounge, which partners with nearby 5Church restaurant to pair Queen City eats with stellar cocktails. The Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel opened in 2017. Overlooking Romare Bearden Park and BB&T Ballpark, the hotel has its own restaurant, Angeline's, and a rooftop bar, Merchant & Trade. The dual-branded AC Hotel and Residence Inn atop EpiCentre, Center City's nightlife hub, is slated to open in 2018. The conveniently placed hotels will add 300 rooms to Uptown's growing hospitality sector. More hotel construction in on the planning boards with a 10-story, wellness-focused EVEN hotel in the works. In a recent article, Food & Wine magazine asked what many are thinking. Is 2018, the break-out year for Charlotte? Many say yes - others say it has already happened. In the Queen City and its suburbs, visitors can experience an unending choices of restaurants, entertainment and a flourishing craft beer scene thanks to an ongoing light rail project. Charlotte Douglas International Airport offers more than 160 nonstop flights to destinations worldwide and has more than 700 flights daily. More than 60 percent of the country is within a two-hour flight of the city. The airport is located seven miles from Center City Charlotte, a drive that takes 10 to 20 minutes depending on traffic. For more information, or to plan a trip go to charlottesgotalot.com. The Charlotte region hosts approximately 27.8 million visitors annually. []

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