It's time for the Weekend Run + Refuel. Each week we're providing you with a new local running route along with a suggestion on where to grab brunch or lunch after.
Last week's run was a 4 miler around SouthPark followed by brunch at Terrace Cafe. This week we are taking a short trip over to Myers Park for an easy five mile loop that begins and ends at Tranquil Court where you can grab brunch or lunch at the recently opened restaurant, littleSpoon.
I tested out this run route earlier this week and it's a good one! The majority of the run is downhill or flat with only a couple significant hills around miles 3-4. There are also several water fountains along the route which I always appreciate, especially when I'm not carrying a hydration system. Here are all the details on the run and the restaurant.
The run begins and ends at Tranquil Court on Selwyn Avenue. It's located near the intersection of Colony and Selwyn and across from Yoforia. There is street parking on the side streets near Tranquil Court.
You'll head down Selwyn towards Queens College where you'll hit your first water fountain about a mile in. There is also a water fountain near the intersection of Queens and Queens and Providence and Providence (I can't believe I just typed that) and in Eastover.
The run will take you down Queens until it turns into Providence and then through Eastover where you will enjoy beautiful homes among tree lined, wide streets with well-maintained sidewalks.
Once you leave Eastover you'll be back on Providence (but on the other Providence heading the opposite direction...oh Charlotte roads...you are so complicated) where you'll pass Christ Church before turning back into Myers Park neighborhoods and then back down Selwyn to finish the run.
Here are the turn by turn directions:
- Left on Selwyn from Tranquil Court (towards Queens)
- Continue on Selwyn it will turn into Queens and then into Providence Road
- Right on Cherokee
- Follow Cherokee through Eastover and back to Providence Road
- Left on Providence Road
- Right on Beverly after you pass Christ Church
- Left on Sherwood
- Left on Queens
- Continue on Queens, it will turn back into Selwyn and bring you back to Tranquil Court
This week we're recommending that you check out the newly opened farm-to-table eatery littleSpoon for your post-run refuel. According to their Facebook page, littleSpoon's mission is to "educate and encourage eating local, urban farming and sustainability through example. with the passion and support of our local farmers we are thrilled to offer a continually changing menu that highlights the delicate flavors only found in locally- grown produce and protein."
littleSpoon offers ample outdoor seating as well as a cozy and warm interior. There is a coffee bar with locally roasted coffee and espresso if you're just interested in grabbing a cup of coffee.
The menu regularly changes based on what's available and in season but highlights include homemade hot pockets and pop tarts at breakfast and artisanal sandwiches and salads at lunch along with heartier fare like burgers and wings. There is something to please every palate here.
Have a great weekend and happy running! If you try the running route or restaurant suggestion, we'd love your feedback!