6 of the best day trips less than an hour outside of Charlotte

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Charlotteans are very into staying in their bubble. For example, some people think driving from Plaza Midwood to SouthPark can seem like such a task, but realistically it’s not far at all.
CharlotteFive Podcast hosts Sallie and Alicia talk about some of the best places to eat, drink, see and do in places just under an hour from the Queen City, from Lake Wylie to Belmont.

 

Davidson

21 miles from Charlotte

Summit Coffee
128 S. Main St.

Order: The Fall Spice Cappuccino, $4, and the Pimento Cheese Scone, $3

via @summitcoffee on Instagram

Davidson Ice House
416 S. Main St., Davidson

Order: The Brulé (mix of grilled chicken thighs, grilled corn and slaw, caramelized onions, roasted black beans, tickled pink onions, firecracker pimento cheese and spicy green sauce), $9.45

The Pickled Peach
202 S. Main St.

Order: The Slow Braised and Pulled Chicken Sandwich (apple cider ginger coleslaw on round roll), $8 plus an oatmeal cookie sandwich for good measure.

via @thepickledpeach on Instagram
Davidson Farmers Market
120 S. Main St.
Visit more than 35 farmers and local producers every Saturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Other things to experience: Kindred and Davidson College

Lake Norman

33 miles from Charlotte

Ass Clown Brewing Company
10620 Bailey Rd. E.

Order: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter (Stouts & Porters) and the Ghost Chili (IPA)

D9 Brewing Company
11138-C Treynorth Dr.

Order: The Brown Sugar Brown Cow (Mocha Brown Ale) and the Big Hakuna (Double IPA)

via @florida_brew_review

Lake Norman State Park
759 State Park Rd.

The largest manmade lake in North Carolina has tons of activities to take part in including 30.5 miles of trails, a family campground with 32-sites, a 125-yard-long swim beach and bathhouse complex.

via @warnerphotoanddesigns on Instagram

Belmont

12 miles from Charlotte

Order: The Chicken & Waffles (fried chicken, cornbread waffle, cinnamon honey butter), $13 and the Pimento appetizer (three cheeses, jalapenos, secret seasonings, served with veggies or toast points), $8
via @nelliessouthernkitchen on Instagram
Cotton Candy Factory
21 N. Main St.
Spin your own cotton candy at the Cotton Candy Factory, ‘a nonprofit dedicated to caring for children and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities and delicate medical conditions.’ Cotton candy flavors include bubble gum, berry blast, cherry vanilla and more. Prices range from $4.50-$5.50.
The Jailhouse
23B S. Main St.
A whiskey bar and cigar lounge housed in a former jail.
Order: The Jailhouse Hattan (a classic Manhattan made with Basil Hayden’s batch bourbon, VYA small batch sweet vermouth, Amarena cherries and angostura aromatic bitters), $12
The Watermelon Painkiller via @thejailhousebelmont on Instagram
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  1. You guys go to Belmont and feature the most vapid food in the entire town? What about the CowPig and wine selection at the String Bean or the Bar/Bikeshop at Station, they’ve got the best food in town.

  2. Its not the miles is the time it takes to get anywhere in this town or area. You cant travel outside your neighborhood between the hours and 6am – 8pm with out it taking 45 minutes to travel 5 miles during the week. The weekend is a total crap shoot and most of places you listed the parking is limited and lord help you if their is a crash on I-77.

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