Comfort Suites Northlake
7315 Smith Corners Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28269
Phone: (704) 598-0478
Fax: (704) 509-6790
The Washington Redskins coach and his team organize regular racing events since 1991 to collect money for various charities. Fans can come and watch some wild action on the course as they cheer on the very professional drivers. The posh venue also features the odd workshop that educates aspiring racers on the nitty-gritties of the sport, while guiding them toward a glamorous future in motor-racing. Those interested can also run a hand over the various models of race-cars, or even hire them for a personal show! Check the website for upcoming events and other details.
Spread out over 1, 351 acres, the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve is located along the Mountain Island Lake in Huntersville, North Carolina. Once a cotton plantation in the 1800's, the Latta Plantation is a living homage to the era, complete with a working farmhouse, farm animals, a kitchen garden, beehives and a cotton field. Today the preserve is used for field trips, its equestrian trails, fishing, kayaking, picnics and more.
This facility aims to help protect and conserve birds of prey, and is located inside the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, a short drive from Charlotte. It seeks to educate people about raptors, erasing misconceptions that society has towards these creatures, and tends to injured, sick and orphaned birds. Due to imprinting and contact with humans, birds at the center cannot survive in the wild. They are, therefore attached to their handlers, and pose no threat to visitors. For volunteering opportunities and other information, check the website.
Ribbon Walk is a great place for anyone seeking quiet outdoor activities in the midst of the big city. There is plenty of room in the 140 acre park for you to enjoy picnics or hikes in the unspoiled forest. The newly-built educational center has lots of family-friendly activities to teach children about wildlife and conservation. Also, it is a short walk to the city center, so you can enjoy an evening out on the town after your excursion in the park.
18 holes and 7,000 yards of rolling greens await you at this challenging venue, called “Charlotte's Crown Jewel." Tall trees and curving water hazards pose some of the toughest obstacles; hence the venue is a favorite with those who like to test their skills across the beautiful lake. Open to both men and women, the course has a 15,000 square foot clubhouse with separate lockers and a practice range, a putting green and a grassy driving range for amateurs. The course is open through the week, though tee slots need to be booked for a fee.
Birkdale Golf Club has all the trappings of a classy golf establishment, a few miles north of Charlotte. 200 acres of lush green, designed by Arnold Palmer, await professionals and amateurs. However, tee times have to be booked 8 days in advance. Birkdale's Conference Room, Birkdale's Club Room, and Palmer Pavilion are all rentable spaces on the premises, available for business meetings, private gatherings and charity events. Arnie's Tavern, an on-site bar/restaurant caters to hungry golfers.
Contact Southern Breezes for a charming tour of Charlotte city. Enjoy the famed Southern hospitality as you travel around the area in enchanting horse drawn carriages. Visitors can have a look at churches, galleries, cafes, hotels and other attractions at their own pace. With a pick up from anywhere you choose, these tours cannot be more convenient or more fun! Check the website for details.
These botanical gardens are run by the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus and are comprised of three separate sites- the Van Landingham Glen, the Susie Harwood Garden, and the McMillan Greenhouse. There is a wide variety of plants among the gardens, including rhododendrons, native Carolina flora, orchids, desert succulents, and carnivorous pitcher plant hybrids. There are also many walking paths and interesting landscape architecture displays to please the eye. The park is open daily and features an ever-changing collection that varies depending on the time of year, so be sure to check the website for updates.
The Blue Pony is a haven for printmaking. Etchings, woodcuts, linoleum cuts, and other prints are always on display, be they part of the permanent collection, or a seasonal exhbition. Printmaking classes are held regularly, for beginners as well as old hands. The Pony avoids the snooty atmosphere often associated with the art world; patrons are encouraged to get their hands dirty (literally) and take part in the joys of the printmaking process. Open late for the NoDa Gallery Crawl. from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am.
Part gallery, part studio space, the McColl Center is dedicated to two noble goals: providing local artists with a healthy and inspiring environment in which to work, and encouraging the surrounding community to become more aware of the art world. To these ends, the McColl Center functions as a traditional gallery as well as sponsoring community-building events such as “Open Studio Saturdays” where artists' workspaces are open to the public. Artists-in-residence ply their trades throughout the facility, working with everything from pencils and paints to clay and cements, neon light, heavy metals, and much more. Housed in a renovated 1920s-era church, the Center itself is quite striking. See website for calendar of events and exhibitions.
Affiliated with some of the top organizations in the country, this garden offers educational and vocational programs to the neighborhood residents. With this, it aims at educating the people of all age groups about the importance of greenery in our surroundings. Several schools send their students to participate in these workshops. For those who have a keen interest in this field, there are internship programs offered in collaboration with the Central Piedmont Community College. And for those who are looking for a hands-on lesson on roses, enroll for the course that takes place each February. For membership and further information, check the website.
In the heart of Charlotte's historic Fourth Ward lies an epic monument to the rich history of the neighborhood, and the city as a whole. Thomas Polk, Charlotte founding father and kin to President James K. Polk, is buried here. A number of headstones date back to 1776. Still more mark the graves of heroic Civil War veterans. Within walking distance of other historic sites like Alex Mike's restaurant and the Fire Museum