To know: John Nolen designed the first street plan for this iconic Charlotte area in 1911 and it’s since become one of the most prestigious addresses in the city. Elegant homes with meticulously-landscaped lawns dot the tree-lined, winding roads of Myers Park. The area is also home to Queen’s University of Charlotte, a small private liberal arts college that began as a college for women in 1857.
To eat: Pasta & Provisions has been a staple for Italian food and ingredients for 25 years, selling a variety of fresh homemade ravioli (the lobster-filled one is to die for), sheets of raw pasta dough, sauces and pestos to complete your Mambo Italiano-themed evening. Stagioni is your stop for higher-end, exquisite Italian, housed in a space that was once a Tuscan villa. When you just need to have Pad Thai with shrimp, you’ve got to go to Deejai Thai. Looking for a quick bite in an airy space with a top-notch wine list? Napa on Providence provides a luxe yet laid-back atmosphere for those looking to unwind after a wild week (not to mention amazing brunch). Then there’s littleSpoon for farm-to-fork breakfast and lunch experiences.
To drink: Selwyn Pub has been Myers Park’s watering hole for years, and though it can sometimes feel like an adult fraternity party, the ample deck with large-screen TVs makes up for it. Reid’s Fine Foods specialty food store has beer and wine to go and a full service wine bar in a low-lit atmosphere. Providence Road Sundries has been Myers Park’s family-friendly neighborhood hangout since 1933. In the mood for tequila? Get a flight at RuRu’s Tacos and Tequila. For those craving wine and chocolate, stop in at Petit Philippe, complete with wine tastings and house-made, artisan chocolates.
To do: Manor Twin movie theater first opened in 1947 with seating for 700. This is where you’ll find the new releases you won’t see in bigger theaters. Recharge your batteries and connect with nature on the Briar Creek Greenway, which has been home to river otters since the 1990s. Then explore the gardens of the Duke Mansion, a historic landmark built in 1915 that now operates as a boutique hotel. Want to go deeper into nature? Wander through Wing Haven’s historic garden and bird sanctuary, and keep an eye out for their seasonal plant sales.