Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 28 LAKE NORMAN/DAVIDSON Lake Norman/Davidson BY DREW BECKER town life, lake life, arts scene You would probably imagine that a community like Lake Norman, developed around the 520-acre shoreline of a lake, to be mainly an aquatic recreational area. You would be correct. The body of water sporting power boats, bass boats, sailboats, and pontoons as well as kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and the occasional paddle boat affords many ways to enjoy the water. It is also home to three lustrous cities, Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville. These three are the largest cities in the area. All three have direct access to Charlotte and share the many resources of the Lake Norman region. Davidson is the smallest of the three cities with a population of 13,000; it was the once the most populous. Built around Davidson College, founded in 1837, it transformed itself from a mill city to the home of this well-respected liberal arts college. Davidson is a smart city working to help both small and medium size businesses. The city fosters education and planned growth for a healthy future. To accomplish this Davidson is a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly city with a vibrant business district and historic downtown. Since 2000, the city has acquired almost 600 acres of open space. In 2013, this city won the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association's "Great Main Street" Award. In 2014 the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement certified Davidson the #1 safest city in North Carolina. In 2017, Davidson won two awards for their Rural Area Plan. Davidson College prides itself on small class size and individual attention for students. Along with the 26 majors, the pre-professional programs include pre- education, pre-law, pre-medicine and engineering. Students are prepared for a global society since 80 percent work or study abroad while enrolled. On a beautiful, blue-sky day, you might want to participate in water activities: peddle a cycle boat or go down to a marina to take out a sailboat or powerboat. Or you might want to fish from one of the sites on shore or go out on the lake to catch that big one. Although much of the area's activities are centered around the largest man-made lake in North Carolina, many other sporting activities thrive as well. For example the prestigious Symetra Classic, an LPGA event, was recently held at River Run Country Club in Davidson. This is only one of the dozens of year- round courses in the area. If you are a golfer, you will find one of the cities or towns near Lake Norman an inviting place to live. An abundance of other recreational parks and playing fields are also accessible. Amateur soccer, softball, and tennis tournaments are held in the area along with national and international diving competitions. How about taking a horse out for a ride or a hike on a trail at the Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve which spans 18 miles? If you are looking for something else to do, you can walk back in history, play in one of the many parks, attend festivals, wine and dine or attend the theater. Take in one of the music events in the area. While in Davidson drop in on one of the Concerts on the Green. These are presented on the town green in front of the public library and range from beach music by the Band of Oz to top-40 variety to gospel to the Davidson College Symphony and Jazz Ensemble. Check out the yearly Brewers and Music Festival at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville where 11 bands play and over 40 breweries feature their craft beers. Camp out for the weekend and saunter over or take one of the shuttles that run all day. For the price of admission, you will be able to taste multiple beers which will also be available for sale. The Carolina Renaissance Festival takes place in a 25- acre village set in forests and meadows near Huntersville. Visit the castles, cottages and pubs, and listen to music, comedy, theater and more. The whole family can enjoy jousting, the pageantry and costumes as well as other entertainment. If you would like something more contemporary, attend one of the many galleries or join in on an art crawl. >>

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