We don’t think we are going too far when we say the Elizabeth neighborhood in Charlotte is a gem in Queen Charlotte’s crown. As the city’s second oldest streetcar suburb, the area is rich in history, tree-lined streets, beautiful homes, friendly neighbors and cool things to do.

With so much to see and do, it can be difficult planning the perfect 12-hour day here. Not one to shrink from a challenge, we turned to our friends at Savvy + Co. Real Estate for advice on how to soak up everything Elizabeth in only 12 hours. Like everything they do, they were on point.

8 a.m. Breakfast at Earl’s Grocery

Let’s face it, breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day. And nothing says “bring it on” like the Morning Wrap from Earl’s Grocery. Grab a cup of coffee and dive into this flour tortilla with house crafted sausage, scrambled eggs, cheddar, seasoned potato hash and pico de gallo. We call it yummy.

10 a.m. Walk through Independence Park

A beautiful day calls for a stroll through this 24-acre urban park. It is one of the many things we love about the area. City living near urban green space. Join the crowd of runners, dog walkers and people on wheels of all kinds taking in the sunshine and fresh air.

11 a.m. Shopping at Splurge

All that fresh air reminds us that fall is around the corner. While we are ready for cooler temperatures, football and fire pits – our wardrobe clearly is not. Splurge is a unique boutique clothing store located in Elizabeth where you can get a wardrobe makeover close to home.

Noon: Royal Gardens Garden Shop

Time to design your dream garden at Royals Gardens! Get inspired with antique roses, stunning containers and fairy garden accessories. We think your Elizabeth lawn will look even better with a bubbly fountain.

1 p.m. Mop chop at Shine Salon

When your hair, nails or skin need some TLC, one of our Elizabeth faves is Shine Salon. Need hair extensions, waxing or want the perfect look for your big day? The experts at Shine Salon will have you flipping your hair in slow motion for everyone to see.

2 p.m Lunch at Sabor

Judging by the tummy grumble, we are way overdue for lunch. Sabor is one of the newer additions to the Elizabeth neighborhood and it has been welcomed with open arms and open mouths. We recommend anything on the menu and a seat outside for excellent people watching. The margaritas are good too if you are into that kind of thing.

3 p.m. Training time

All this good food means one thing – hitting the pavement. If you are tired of the treadmill, take your shoes to the streets of Elizabeth. Don’t miss the “Secret Sidewalk” – an old cut through to the trolly between 5th Street and Greenway. (We won’t tell you exactly where to find it … it’s secret!)  Run by the water tower and check out the fence with a mural that moves as you run by. Consider it training for the Elizabeth 8K Roadrace – the oldest roadrace in Charlotte. The best workout reward? A stop at Elizabeth Creamery.

4 p.m.  Timbre 6

By mid-afternoon you might be thinking you are going to want to live here. Check out Timbre 6 located on Vail Ave. in Elizabeth – an enclave of six end unit townhomes offering true-oak site-finished hardwood floors, designer kitchen and baths, double garages, large rear covered porches, privacy fenced rear yards and a common hearthside terrace. Contact Shonn Ross at 704-506-6767 for more details.

6 p.m. Drinks at Customshop

Order a glass of your favorite vino or find a new one from the Customshop’s extensive wine list. No matter your fave libation – it all tastes better surrounded by exposed walls that date back 100 years. Take a seat at the bar or enjoy the patio. Choices, choices…

8 p.m. Dinner at Luca: Modern Italian Kitchen

With so many spot-on dinner choices in Elizabeth, it is tough deciding where to go. And after a great day of eating, shopping and taking in nature we head to Luca. We love this deliciously inspired Italian food led by acclaimed chef Luca Annunziata and his wife Jessica. Perfecto!

After 12 hours in one of the city’s best neighborhoods it’s easy to see why so many people love calling this area home. If you are ready to become part of this dynamic community with a view of the skyline, contact Savvy + Co. Real Estate today. If you are looking for a new townhome, Timbre 6 is accessible to area hospitals – Novant, CMC and OrthoCarolina – the Mint Museum, a dog park and the streetcar which runs from Elizabeth Ave to Uptown in just minutes. Talk about convenient!

With everything within a 5-minute drive, you’ll never want to venture far from home. Contact Shonn Ross at 704-506-6767 for more details.

As for us, we are heading to bed. If you are still up for it, check out the Visulite.

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