Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 44 CABARRUS COUNTY Cabarrus County BY LINDSEY GREY speedway, antiquing, craft brews The sound of motors and revving up engines roaring is a sweet sound in the county known as the place "Where Racing Lives." The title is deserved since Cabarrus County is home to unmatched motorsports attractions including Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR Race Shops & Museums, The Dale Trail and others. The good times roll with some of the best shopping in the region, a hopping brew culture and musicians from the area who made it big — the Avett Brothers. Thrill seekers and gear heads are in speed heaven with some of the fastest entertainment in the region. Concord is home to Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway (only all-concrete four-lane drag strip in the world) and The Dirt Track. Racing fans can observe NASCAR teams, witness live pit crew practice and best of all get behind the wheel of a 600HP race car to drive or ride-along with a driver for a Richard Petty Driving Experience and more. The stands fill to capacity with motorsport fans when the legendary superspeedway hosts major NASCAR races in May and October and more than three dozen events throughout the year. Twice a year, the grandstands rumble when National Hot Rod Association drag racers compete. Make time to visit Curb Motorsports Museum filled with memorabilia from the music and motorsports industries to see the race car that gave Richard Petty his 199th race win. In the museum Carolina-based artists like Charlie Daniels, Eric Church and Roberta Flack are honored alongside racing legends. Kannapolis pays homage to its hometown native, NASCAR legend, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. with the Dale Trail. The 20-stop self-guided tour features points of interest from Dale's childhood and racing legacy. Kannapolis also has an active running culture and is host to the popular year round Run Kannapolis series. In the Christmas season runners catch the Frostbite 5k on December 16. Changes are coming to Kannapolis with a master plan in place for downtown revitalization, a performing arts center and new entertainment and sports venue. When completed the town's streetscape will be a dynamic urban park that includes unique green space, outdoor dining and social venues. Like much of the state, the craft brew scene has exploded in the racing region. Try a Reed's Gold Ale at Cabarrus Brewing Company—Concord's first full-scale craft brewery or the Corban Avenue Honey Blonde at Twenty Six Acres Brewing. Lil Robert's Place is a local trifecta for drinks, live music and food trucks. For a different libation experience, sip flavors like Sun Dog Apple Dumplin' at Southern Grace Distilleries, the first fully licensed distillery (small batch moonshine and whiskey) in America to operate in a former jail. Wine lovers imbibe at Rocky River Vineyards, home of award-winning wine with indigenous North Carolina Muscadine grapes. Events throughout the year include the annual grape stomping festival. Pick up a #RaceToTaste coaster set in the Visitor Center and take a self-guided tasting tour of the area's wineries and breweries. A major retail outlet and "dirt road antique jaunts" combine to make Concord a premiere shopping destination. Concord Mills, the largest outlet and retail shopping destination in North Carolina is filled with unique shopping, family dining and entertainment. Built to resemble the Speedway, Concord Mills features more than 200 stores, Bass Pro Shop, SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium and more, all under one roof. For those who like the thrill of antiquing, adventure awaits. Cabarrus is home to some of the largest antique malls in the southeastern U.S. and small mom-pop establishments. Check out The Depot at Gibson Mill, White Owl Antique Mall and Design Center, Ruffin's Roost, Cline's Country Antique and others.

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