Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 26 FORT MILL/ROCK HILL The two Carolinas are a tale of two cities separated by a border – one is in North Carolina, and one is South Carolina. Fort Mill, South Carolina has benefitted from Charlotte's sprawl that has inched its way from the metropolitan city to the bustling town. A vibrant downtown, strong economy with new develop- ment and industry are all reasons to visit or put down roots. A development plan has established the 2,300-acre Anne Springs Close Greenway, a nature preserve with several lakes and 27 miles of hiking, bicycling and horseback riding trails. The plan also includes industrial parks and an office park. Baxter Village is a mixed-use development with residential homes with restaurants, shops, offices and civic spaces and more than 500 acres of open space and parks. Amor Artis, the town's first brewery, is open for busi- ness to the delight of locals. "It has been a very hum- bling beginning since opening, said co-owner, Travis Tolson. "We grew up in Fort Mill and to see what has happened in downtown over the past couple of months has been amazing. In just under 5 months we have brewed over 30 different beers and created a taproom where people come together to get to know each other and learn about craft beer." One of the most popular brews is Springs Farm Peach sour which is a sour beer made with 500 pounds of local Springs Farms Peaches (Fort Mill is known for its peach orchards) and aged in Pinot Noir barrels for 7 months. Historic Downtown Fort Mill is a lively place to be – indoors and outdoors. Parks, locally owned shops and Fort Mill/Rock Hill vibrant, historic, athletic restaurants converge in the pedestrian friendly downtown filled with unique shops and locally owned restaurants. The Improper Pig, a popular food truck, will serve up delicious barbecue and bourbon when it opens its first restaurant later in 2018. After dinner, stop in for some- thing sweet at Southern Sugar Café. Get a dose of culture at the Fort Mill Community Playhouse or learn about the town at the Fort Mill History Museum. Locals take family and visitors to spend the day at one of the state' largest attraction, Carowinds (partially in South Carolina). Less than 30 minutes from Charlotte is Rock Hill, North Carolina. Wakeboard fans are celebrating Rock Hill's new water park that pulls riders across the water and over jumps, grind rails, and other features. Southtown Wake Park, the region's first cable wakeboard water park gives local thrill seekers a way to experience one of the world's fastest growing extreme sports. New ways to have adventure combining sports, exercise and fun are coming to the progressive town. A new indoor athletic park will open soon along with an indoor tram- poline park. The trampoline park (set to open in summer 2018) will have one of the first zip lines over a foam pit in the U.S. The biggest draw is the obstacle coursed based on the popular television show "American Ninja Warrior." Major sport events are held in the athletic-minded community. The largest football camp in the U.S., the FBU Top Gun Showcase (July 8-15), the NCAA Division I Cross Country Regionals (November 9th) and the annual U.S. Disc Golf Championships (October 3-6) are all hosted in Rock Hill. 2018 is the 20th year of the event and more than 100 players from across the globe are expected to attend. "The Rock Hill and York County area is a perfect setting for both professional and amateur sports. We really think of our community as a place where not only the athletes have a championship experience but their families' have a memorable experience," said Auvis Cole, Senior Vice Presi- dent of Sales, Rock Hill/York County CVB. The historic downtown is one of Rock Hill's five dis- tricts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city is also home to three colleges, including Win- throp University, a public liberal arts university founded in 1886. For a history lesson about the region, visit the Museum of York County to learn about the Piedmont. The museum rich town is also home to the Main Street Children's Museum inspired by the artwork of American illustrator Vernon Grant (the creator of Kellogg's Snap! Crackle! Pop!), who lived and worked in Rock Hill. The Settlemyre Planetarium is one of only two full-dome digi- tal planetariums in the Charlotte Metro area. [] BY LYNNE BRANDON

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