By Jennifer Brule | Photography by Jason E. Miczek
Posted: Thursday, May. 02, 2013
Picnics have a sort of celebratory feel. Its more than dining al frescowe are seated on the ground or at a rickety wooden table, maybe even eating with our hands. Its like a dining vacationwe retreat from customary manners and expectations.
Weve scouted the area for a few of the best picnic locations, offered a few creative picnic scenarios and, if you want to take the day off from cooking, weve listed some of the tastiest restaurants and shops to supply your picnic fare.Jetton Park
This popular 104-acre park boasts multiple shaded picnic areas, including several along the lake. Its a great destination for families, with tennis courts, walking/biking trails, playground, public beach area and a beautiful garden and gazebo.
19000 Jetton Road, Cornelius. www.charmeck.orgGrub Guide
Pick up Southern favorites like fried chicken and macaroni salad at Julias Talley House. Add a bag of chips and a jar of pickles and your meal is complete!
Julias Talley House, 305 N. Main St., Troutman. www.juliastalleyhouse.comDuffy Boat Rental
Picnics are not only for landlubbers. Why not rent an electric boat from Duffy Boats and take to the lake for the afternoon. You can bring your own food and wine and make it a special event for adult friends, or bring a few floaties and keep it kid-friendly.
200-B North Harbor Place, Davidson. www.duffylkn.comGrub Guide
JJ Wasabis and Joels Grill, both in Mooresville, offer tasty, Asian menu items including Saigon tofu rolls, Nirvana sushi roll, spinach strawberry chicken salad, veggie wraps, chicken yakitori skewers and pistachio sansrival pastry for dessert.
JJ Wasabis, 183 N. Main St., Mooresville. www.jjwasabis.com
Joels Gril, l 110-A Marketplace Ave., Mooresville. www.joelsgrill.comLake Norman State Park
This wonderful waterfront park has three picnic areasall with restrooms, tables and grillsincluding one near the swimming area and fishing pier and another on a scenic ridge overlooking the lake. With 33 miles of shoreline within the park, an extensive network of hiking and biking trails, along with public boating access and boat rentals, its an ideal place to spend the afternoon and enjoy a meal.
159 Inland Sea Lane, Troutman. www.ncparks.govGrub Guide
Grab some picnic items that are both good and good for you at Healthy Home Market, such as Green Jeanie juice and Lenny Boy Kombucha, along with curry tofu salad, deluxe chicken wraps, granola, stuffed mushrooms, and a mini cheesecake for dessert.
Healthy Home Market, 261 Griffith St., Davidson. www.hemarket.comOther local picnic spots and food purveyorsFisher Farm
For nature lovers and people who like to amble, Fisher Farm is a great, low-key place to take in wildflowers, play in a creek or picnic with a blanket in the middle of an open field. It also has 4 miles of mountain biking trails.
21215 Shearer Road, Davidson. www.ci.davidson.nc.usRamsey Creek Park
This waterfront park offers a public boat launch area, fishing pier, volleyball courts, a horseshoe pit and walking trails, as well as a 3-acre dog park.
18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius. www.charmeck.orgFresh Market
Picnic possibilities are virtually endless here at The Fresh Market. Prepared foods abound alongside an extensive antipasta bar and colorful, fresh fruits and veggies. You cant go wrong with some of their slow-roasted, succulent baby back ribs, or grab some freshly made seafood salads or steamed shrimp cocktail, along with breads, desserts and cheeses.
20623 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius.
www.thefreshmarket.comFerruccis Old Tyme Italian Market
For an authentic Italian picnic, look no further than Ferruccis. Specialty Italian sandwiches made to order, as well as grilled paninis, house-made salads, Italian cured meats and sausages and imported cheeses. Dont miss their pepperoni or spinach rollshot or cold they are a taste of Italy.
20910 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius.
www.ferruccis.comYappy Hour Bakery
You can find this bakerys Treat Truck at Birkdale Village (across from Starbucks) on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with a variety of gourmet dog biscuits and other baked treats. Various retail locations also sell Yappy Hour Bakery Items, which are listed on their website www.yappyhourbakery.com