Despite all the rain, sleet and snow that Cleveland experienced over MLK Jr. weekend, Rachel, Mary Kay and I packed up MK’s dad’s massive pick-up truck and headed south for Charlotte, NC. We were visiting our dear friend Jenny and a little wintry mix wouldn’t stop us! Take a look at what our girls weekend getaway to Charlotte included.
*A special thank you to Alyssa from the Mexitalian for all of her wonderful suggestions. Take a look at her comprehensive guide to Charlotte here.
Girls Weekend Getaway to Charlotte
Due to work and the treacherous weather, Friday consisted mostly of driving south on I-77. (A big shout out to MK for getting us to Charlotte safely.) Click here for some tips on how to have a great road trip. Flights from CLE to Charlotte can be pricey ($300+), so that’s why we opted to drive.
After a good nights rest, we woke up and chatted over coffee and a yummy breakfast Jenny made for us. Since the sun was shining and us Cleveland gals couldn’t remember what that looked like, we decided a hike outside was necessary. Jenny drove us to the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve located in Huntersville and we hiked, soaked in that vitamin D and gawked at the beautiful Mountain Island Lake. I would highly recommend a stop here!
Our stomachs were already starting to grumble so we headed to Viva Chicken to grab some lunch. Viva Chicken is a Peruvian restaurant specializing in Pollo a la Brasa. I absolutely love their food, especially their various dipping sauces and herbal lemonade. Make sure you stop here and you can thank me later.
After shopping a bit and picking up some drinks (day drinking is acceptable on girls weekends, right?), we headed back to Jenny’s apartment to relax.
That evening we made reservations at the Lake Norman Cottage which is an adorable restaurant (think wine + shopping) located right on the water. Every Friday and Saturday, Lake Norman Cottage hosts a wine pairing dinner which is heavy on the wine tastings! Be prepared for lots of giggles, good wine and trying not to buy all the wine accessories you would ever want. (Cost: $25 per person)
After church, we headed downtown to a fancy brunch at 5Church. The atmosphere is swanky but I was only semi-impressed with the restaurant. I ordered the brunch burger and while it was good, we waited a lonnnnng time for our food and I’m almost certain a floral smelling perfume is pumped throughout their vents. Cool points for a unique ceiling (see photo below).
After our hangriness subsided, we walked to Amélie’s French Bakery & Café for some sweet treats. Their decor reminded me of Alice in Wonderland mixed with travel around the world. It was weird and funky and I loved it! They are known for their salted caramel brownies but be sure to also try some macaroons! They were fluffy and had just the right amount of chewiness. Two thumbs up for Amélies!
We headed back to Jenny’s to watch a movie (Home Again — great chick flick!) and ended up ordering bento boxes from Eez Fusion Sushi. I also tried blistered peppers for the first time and loved them! (Thanks, Rachel!) As you can see, this weekend was full of good eats, drinks and much needed girlfriend time.
Charlotte has a lot to offer and I can’t wait to explore more of it!