Football season is upon us which means Panthers fans and others are flocking to all areas of Charlotte for quick weekends to catch their favorite teams in action. Charlotte also offers a weekend’s worth of adventure and great food – for those who just want to get away from it all.
Here are few suggestions for a fun-filled weekend in the Queen City if you only have 48 hours here.
Today, we’ll start with Saturday with insider tips on where to stay, brunch, dinner, sip – and music! (COVER PHOTO: @KatieMarolt from @CharlottesGotALot)
The Ivey’s Hotel (127 N. Tryon) Lover of all things vintage? This uptown hotel is for you, and offers in room dining from its neighbor, 5Church.
(PHOTO: The Ivey's Hotel)
The Dunhill Hotel (237 N. Tryon St.) offers traditionally decorated rooms in the heart of Uptown as well as an upscale restaurant known for its love of local ingredients (The Asbury) right off the lobby.
(PHOTO: The Dunhill)
Vivace (1100 Metropolitan Ave.) Midtown’s go-to for the patio with a view, Vivace offers brunch on both weekend days from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cocktails, Eggs Benedict, Frittatas and Crispy Chicken and Biscuits are all in the mix here.
Tupelo Honey (1820 South Blvd.) Just a hop and a skip away from Bank of America Stadium, Tupelo Honey offers Southern fare made from scratch. Plenty of options at this Southend spot including Red Flannel Hash, Fried Chicken and Biscuits and Shrimp and Grits.
(PHOTO: Tupelo Honey)
Upstream (6902 Phillips Place) If in the SouthPark area, Upstream is where to go if craving seafood with your Bloody Mary. On the menu: Oysters, Cashew Crusted Trout, Omelettes and Crab Cake Benedicts.
Bonterra (1829 Elizabeth Ave.) Housed in an old church and known for both its wine list and New American menu, Chef Blake Hartwick’s Bonterra is a great option for Saturday night. Dinner offerings include NC Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Scallops and a Springer Mountain Chicken Breast served with Anson Mills Rice Grits and Dover Farms Yellow Squash and Zucchini.
Haberdish (3106 Davidson St.) Craving farm driven, Southern fare? Here it is. Check out their Fried Chicken, Cast Iron NC Trout and of course - banana pudding.
Stagioni (715 Providence Road) Chef Drew Dodd has seasonal menus down at this spot, housed in Charlotte’s only historic Tuscan Villa. Plan on a plentiful pasta options, traditional Italian dishes like Chicken Cacciatore and a fresh catch that changes daily.
SIP & MUSIC:
No Saturday night is complete without a good cocktail, as well. A few spots to consider:
Dogwood Southern Table and Bar (4905 Ashley Park Lane) If you have had a drink in SouthPark you probably know Dogwood’s Barkeep Brian. Take a seat at the bar and watch this guy at work - think bourbon concoctions served in smoked glasses or choose The Barkeep’s Call - you choose the base liquor and he picks the rest.
(PHOTO: Dogwood Southern Table & Bar)
WP Kitchen + Bar (6706 Phillips Place Ct.) Wolfgang Puck’s SouthPark staple offers a sizable wine list and delish whiskey sours along with a sizable bar.
(PHOTO: WP Kitchen & Bar CLT)
The Dunhill Hotel (237 Tryon St.) If you are staying here, may as well hit their quaint lobby bar on the way up to your room. Make sure to try their New Fashioned. It’s the perfect nightcap after a day out and about.
Not sleepy? How about some live music? Howl at the Moon (210 E. Trade St.) has your back with tunes and dancing.
(PHOTO: Howl at the Moon CLT)