Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 36 HUNTERSVILLE Huntersville lake recreation, living history, year-round fun Huntersville is home to Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in the south. And, it's no secret that Lake Norman is the crown jewel of the Charlotte region. The scenic lake comes alive in the summer with boats on the water and festivities on its shores. Lake Norman is a watersports playground, with over 520 miles of shoreline to keep all ages on the water. Nestled on the banks of Lake Norman are the spirited towns of Huntersville, Cornelius, Mooresville and Davidson. In these towns the living is whatever pace you like with lazy days on the water or kicking it up a notch with a NASCAR event. Here, living historical sites, signature attractions, lake recreation, craft breweries and more come together. The outdoor life is embraced in the quaint town of Huntersville. Fifteen parks, greenways and trails, soccer fields, tennis courts, playgrounds keep locals active and connected to nature. Disc golf is harder than it looks but you can try your hand at it at Huntersville 18-hole disc golf course. The Huntersville area is home to 3 golf courses – Skybrook Golf Club, Birkdale Golf Club and Northstone Country Club. Play ball or watch a game at Huntersville Athletic Park. Or, test your nautical skills and take a sailing lesson at Blythe Landing Park. Spend the day at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. The preserve has a Nature Center, full- service Equestrian Center, 18 miles of hiking trails and horseback riding, fishing and kayak tours and more. Or spend time in the Backyard Habitat Garden where butterfly gardens are soothing. If water is your tonic, paddle out to Mountain Island Lake with plenty of great fishing spots. Wildlife and nature come together at the Carolina Raptor Center (located on the Latta Nature Preserve). The rehabilitation center for the birds of prey is a favorite attraction for all ages. The center is partnering with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to create the new Quest Adventure Center. "This state-of-the-art environmental education center will serve as the gateway to Latta Nature Preserve, which boasts the highest number of visitors of any of Mecklenburg County's nature preserves, connecting almost half a million people a year to the natural beauty of North Carolina's Piedmont region," said Jim Garges, past director of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, and CRC Executive Director Jim Warren. A passion for the past is showcased in attractions like the Historic Latta Plantation, the last remaining Catawba River plantation open to the public. The 62-acre farm is on the National Register of Historic Sites and consists of the original home and smokehouse, enhanced by eleven outbuildings, as well as fields, farm animals, a garden and interpreters in period clothing. Group tours and events are throughout the year. In downtown Huntersville, the present and future is on display at Discovery Place Kids, a unique children's play and learning attraction. The Huntersville Growers' Market gets people out to shop for fresh produce and special events like Corn Day, Beer-and-Wine Pairing and other events made even better with live music. Industry professionals head to Metrolina Greenhouses: the world's largest single site greenhouse. Area farm tours feature local favorite Old Store Produce and highlight some of the best farmer's markets around. Try local company Yah's Best Products for home grown salsa. Festivals, live music and must-see-events keep it fun year round. LaLaCaboosa Downton Music Series originally started in 1998 is held in Veterans Park where a caboose is the backdrop to the amphitheater. The series brings together live music, food trucks and old-fashioned fun. In the fall, the Carolina Renaissance Festival (weekends on September 29 to November 18) and the Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze thrill young and old alike. The seven-acre corn maze is one of the largest in the Southeast with 265 acres. Shoppers get their retail game on at Birkdale Village. The outdoor mall showcases boutique shops, restaurants, and a movie theater. After shopping, stop in for lunch or dinner at the Midwood Smokehouse, Lancaster's BBQ or Big Daddy's Burger Bar. >> BY LINDSEY GREY

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