Comfort Suites Lake Norman - Huntersville
14510 Boulder Park Drive
Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone: (704) 875-6220
Fax: (704) 875-6221
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located to the south of Iredell County, this golf course is one of the area's best-kept secrets. The course, although shorter than the average ones, offers a challenging game for all with its many water hazards and well-designed holes. The members of the Mooresville Women's Golf Association, which is a part of this club, play each Thursday from February till November. The course is open throughout the year; call or email to book your tee times.
For an entertaining session of golf, head to this semi-private golf course nestled in the Iredell County. The 18-hole course has been serving golfers since 1979. The beautifully landscaped greens are spotted with several trees and water hazards making the game more challenging. The club follows a dress code, so make sure you are appropriately dressed and are wearing the right shoes.
Wanna be the next Ayrton Senna or Michael Schumacher? Here's where you get a taste of the thrills behind the wheel of a snazzy race car. The school offers lessons for a fee; amateurs and pro drivers get to blaze the courses in their own styles. Friends and family get to view the action from the side-tracks, as professional instructors show you the ropes. Check the website for age, weight and height specifications, rates and class schedules. Then, slip into some casual gear, down a light meal and let the speed demon emerge! Call +1 877 453 3324 (Toll Free).
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.
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.