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Charlotte Queen’s Feast : Summer 2017 July 18, 2017

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If you’re anything like us, you love a good meal, but you also love a good bargain! Hence why we are so excited that it’s time for Charlotte’s summer Queen’s Feast! From July 21st through July 30th, a number of Charlotte restaurants are offering amazing prix fix dinner menus for $30 or $35 per person – a steal!

While we can’t claim to have tried every restaurant on the list (although, that would be our lifelong goal), a few restaurants on the list have peaked our interest as “must try” during this summer’s restaurant week. We’ve compiled our list below, but we are certain all participating restaurants will offer an incredible dining experience. (FYI – here’s the full list).

  • The Pump House : We recently dined at The Pump House for the first time after hearing so many rave reviews. Located in Rock Hill, The Pump House sits on the Catawba River, and the views truly cannot be beat. The dining experience is one-of-a-kind. Here, we want a traditional southern meal to accompany the stunning views of this southern state. We’d start, of course, with the Fried Green Tomatoes and pair it with an entrée of Shrimp & Anson Mills Grits, but anything you eat will be divine. For dessert, it’s a toss-up between the Cheerwine Chocolate Cake and the House-Made Peach Ice Cream. Can you think of a more “Carolina” meal?! ($30/person)

 

  • 300 East : 300 East is one of our favorite Charlotte restaurants. From a delicious Sunday brunch to amazing daily drink specials, this place never disappoints. We are big proponents of dining at restaurants that offer an adult beverage, here a glass of wine, in their Restaurant Week special too. Our ideal dinner experience based on their Queen’s Feast menu? Start with a glass of Double Decker Pinot Grigio and their delicious Baked Marinated Vermont Goat Cheese followed by an entrée of Bronzed Sesame Salmon or Sweet Potato Ravioli. End on a sweet note with their NC Peach & Buttermilk Panna Cotta. Hello, perfect summer meal! ($35/person)

 

  • Napa on Providence : Napa on Providence is not only aesthetically pleasing, but their food is always incredible. Their restaurant week menu is robust, so it makes it hard to choose just one item per course (perhaps you and a friend can split meals!). If we had to choose, though, we would start with the Shrimp and Lemon Gnocchi, which sounds perfectly refreshing. To indulge in a bit of “surf and turf,” our entrée of choice would have to be the Grilled Hanger Steak, which includes a side of roasted okra (yes please!). We’d end our meal the same way it began, with a touch of citrus, and choose the Meyer Lemon Meringue Cheesecake for dessert – nothing better! ($35/person)

 

  • O-Ku Sushi : If you’re a sushi lover, you’ve got to try out one of Charlotte’s newest sushi spots, O-Ku. Located in Atherton Mills, this place is always buzzing with activity, and has been buzzing with rave reviews! We are partial to Edamame, so of course we would have to choose that as our app. For our second course, the South End Shrimp with chili paste, tomato confit, and crushed peanuts is speaking our food love language. Of course, because we are here for sushi, our final course would be a choice of two sushi rolls. That’s right, two! Our sushi-loving hearts are swooning over this deal. ($35/person)

 

  • Paco’s Tacos & Tequila : Ok, so we admit this isn’t a traditional restaurant week pick because it’s invariably not much of a splurge meal, but hear us out. Mexican food ranks high on our list, and as we said, we can’t pass up a restaurant week deal that includes an adult beverage alongside tons of food (at Paco’s Tacos, this means four courses!). So, in addition to a house margarita, your first course is your choice between amazing guacamole and chili con queso, an admittedly tough choice. Next, you’ll have to choose between Paco’s delicious chopped salad or chicken tortilla soup. Because it’s 90+ degrees lately, we’re opting for the salad. For our main course, we have to go with the 3 Taco Plate. Not only do we love tacos, but it’s a fun way to try a variety of menu items. To stick to the Mexican cuisine, the tres leches cake is a no brainer for dessert. We cannot wait to indulge here! ($30/person)

Wherever you choose to dine, do not miss out on Queen’s Feast – there’s truly no better deal in town! Enjoy!

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Summer To Do List : Pops in the Park May 15, 2017

Somehow, we are halfway through the month of May, and inching closer to summer with each passing day. Time truly flies when you’re having fun in Charlotte!

We thought today would be a great day to tell you all about one of our favorite early summer events here in town – Summer Pops in the Park!

Every Sunday in the month of June, as well as Saturday, July 1st, the Charlotte Symphony hosts their annual summer series, and it is not to be missed! Located at the Symphony Park at Southpark, this family friendly event is the perfect end to your summer weekends.

What makes these events so fun is the fact that you, alongside your family and friends, are able to pack up a picnic basket, a blanket and some low-sitting lawn chairs, to bring with you! Enjoy your packed dinner, or a nosh from the variety of food truck vendors, and feel free to BYOB (but, please drink responsibly and do NOT drink and drive). What’s more fun than a picnic and live music?!

Tickets are available for sale at each show until 9pm, but it is recommended that you purchase them in advance online. Tickets can be purchased either in a package, or for individual shows. Each show has a different theme, so if you can make all five, we more than encourage you to attend them all! The July 1st concert is a Salute to America in honor of the Fourth of July, and will end with a bang (literally!) with an incredible fireworks finale!

Do not miss out on this wonderful opportunity to sit alongside your fellow Charlotte friends and neighbors to enjoy an enriching night made possible by talented artists from our very own community. Each Sunday is special and oh so enjoyable, and it is truly a summer bucket list item not to be missed here in the Queen City!

Enjoy!

 

Egg-citing Easter 2017 March 31, 2017

If you’re like us, you can’t believe that April is just a few short hours away – it’s remarkable how these first months of 2017 have flown by!

We are excited, though, for what that means for all of us in Charlotte. We’ve welcomed back spring, and nights where the sun doesn’t set until after 7:00pm. Mother Nature (fingers crossed!) appears to have officially ditched winter, and we are enjoying days filled with sunshine and warmth.

Also rapidly approaching is the Easter holiday! We at Bon Maison love all things that come with this season – from pastel décor to devouring tons of sweet candy to spending time with family and friends. We want you to enjoy your Easter season just as much, so below we’ve compiled a list of fun Easter events around Charlotte this season. So break out your bonnets, and get ready to enjoy!

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  • Easter Eggstravaganza 2017 at Lazy 5 Ranch : With Easter Egg Hunts on both April 8th and April 15th, there’s plenty of time to enjoy the fun at Lazy 5 Ranch! If you’ve never been, it’s a must to see all of the animals up close and personal! The Easter Egg Hunts are broken out by agre group to keep things fair and fun for all, and there are tons of other activities, including a scavenger hunt, coloring contest and playtime with live bunnies! Food and drinks are available as well, but be sure to have cash as cards are not accepted.
  • Visit with the Easter Bunny at Stonecrest : If your kiddos want some face-to-face time with the bunny himself, hop on over to Stonecrest Shopping Center on April 8th. Not only will you be able to take some great pictures, but there will be crafts, cookies and punch for all to enjoy!
  • Easter Egg Hunt at Nascar Speedpark : For the adventurous at heart, take a trip up to the Nascar Speedpark at Concord Mills on April 8th to enjoy a free Easter Egg Hunt! There will be thousands of hidden eggs to find, and candy, toys and additional prizes to be won. Fun for the whole family, and can be followed up with shopping at the outlets!
  • Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Historic Rosedale Plantation : On April 8th from 10am – 1pm, the Rosedale Plantation will be hosting 3 separate Easter Egg Hunts! You’ll be apple to explore the beautiful gardens while your kids hunt for eggs filled with treats and educational prizes. Be sure to bring your baskets!
  • Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at Ray’s Splash Planet : We are officially deeming this the most unique of the Egg Hunts for the year! Put on your suit, grab your bucket and strap on your googles for this water-filled hunt! $5 per person (up to age 12) includes event entry, swimming and egg hunt! The event is taking place on Thursday, April 13th at 6:30pm, and is sure to be the best kickoff to your Easter weekend!
  • Hodges Family Farm Second Annual Spring Fling : With events on both Friday, April 14th and Saturday, April 15th, this flexible schedule will hopefully allow everyone to join in on the fun! With a number of Easter Egg hunts for every age group, your kids are sure to have a blast and even hunt for a special gold or silver egg! In addition to the $5 Easter Egg Hunt, there will be Hay Rides, Yard Games, a Scavenger Hunt and farm animals to enjoy!
  • Easter Hoppenings at Phillips Place : For fun on April 15th, be sure to head over to Phillips Place where the Easter Bunny, a balloon artist and face paint await! The day is fun for the whole family and will provide a full afternoon of fun from 1pm – 3pm.

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No matter what you choose to do, we wish you a Hoppy Easter!

 

The Luck of the Irish in Charlotte! March 7, 2017

While traditionally when you think of Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations, you may think of Chicago or Savannah, don’t look past the festivities right here in the Queen City! Charlotte boasts a robust calendar of Saint Patrick’s Day activities fit for the whole clan (get it?!), starting this weekend!

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The Green River Revival Festival at the U.S. National Whitewater Center is a free day of family fun this Saturday, March 11th (aside from a charge for parking). From Yoga at 9:30 am, to the Color Me Green 5K Trail Run, to a Cornhole Tournament at 2:00pm, there’s plenty of physical activity to get everyone moving and grooving. To top it off, there will be live music starting at 12:00pm, and the river itself will be dyed green at 1:00pm! While there, enjoy the many outdoor activities offered at the USNWC – from rafting to ziplining – this place has it all!

For the party enthusiasts, there’s Charlotte’s 17th Annual Rich & Bennett’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. It may surprise you that this event is the world’s largest pub crawl – so it’s your chance to be a part of something quite monumental! By purchasing your $20 Rich & Bennett’s Pub Crawl t-shirt you’ll be eligible for free cover and drink specials at participating bars. The event kicks off at The Pub Crawl Party Lot (219 E 7th Street) on Saturday, March 11th at 12:00pm with food trucks and a DJ, and is sure to be a wild time with over 20,000 participants! Come adorned in your most festive attire!

On Saturday, March 11th and Sunday, March 12th, the Latta Plantation is hosting its Latta Celtic Festival. The festival features live music, food and beer vendors, arts and crafts vendors and historic Celtic Demonstrations. There’s story time and visits with farm animals for the kids, as well as a Saturday night music fundraiser for those with later bedtimes. Celebrate Celtic culture in a historic and beautiful setting!

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The festivities end with the big shebang – the 21st Annual Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Charlotte Goes Green Festival on Saturday, March 18th. The parade, which begins at 11:00am, runs through uptown, starting at N. Tryon Street and 9th Street (see parade map here). The parade is filled with Irish bagpipes and Irish dancers, as well as a multitude of floats from families and businesses across the region. You’ll see cheerleaders and drill teams, police and firemen and everything in between! In addition to the Parade, the adjoining family festival, which is located at S. Tryon Street between 3rd Street and Stonewall Street, runs from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Not only does it feature performances by dancers and musicians, but it includes games and rides for children, a plethora of food and drink vendors (hello, green beer!) and many, many hand-crafted goods for purchase. Take the whole family and enjoy a day of fun!

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, remember that you don’t have to be green with envy at your friends traveling far and wide to revel in the fun because Charlotte has your holiday covered!

 

17 Must Do’s for Charlotteans in 2017 January 2, 2017

1. Bike, walk or run on the Sugar Creek Greenway : Start at the Metropolitan and make your way down to Freedom Park. Take advantage of Charlotte’s bike sharing program, too. The bikes have a large basket, perfect to fit an afternoon picnic!

2.Take a trip to the Carolinas Aviation Museum : Check out the wide array of planes and choppers, equipment and gadgets. Most notably, you’ll be able to see US Airways Flight 1549, the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane flown by Captain Sully Sullenberg .

3. Explore nature at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden : Visit the local gardens at Daniel Stowe, and check out year-round beauty! With 380 acres of beautiful plants and land, HGTV has named this local spot one of the US’s “20 Great Gardens!”

4. Have an Olympic experience at the U.S. National Whitewater Center : Whether you like rafting, paddle boarding, ziplining, walking trails or listening to live music, the USNWC has it all! Visit any time of the year for a fabulous, fun experience!

5. Brush up on history at the Levine Museum of the New South : Learn about the South’s rich, diverse history from the Civil War through today at this incredible Uptown Charlotte museum. Take the family for a full educational, interactive experience!

6. Hike your way up Crowder’s Mountain : Just about an hour outside of Charlotte, Crowder’s Mountain State Park offers incredible hiking and spectacular views of the Queen City. With varying difficulties and mileage, Crowder’s Mountain has trails for all!

7. Wind your way through Charlotte on a Brewery Tour : Charlotte’s brewery scene is booming, and there is no time like the present to check it out! From Olde Mecklenburg Brewery to Birdsong to Legion, and all those in between, Charlotte has a beer for anyone (over 21!). Just be sure to download the Uber app before heading out!

8. Shop and eat local at 7th Street Public Market : Explore the 7th Street Market to find a variety of local artisans, farmers and craftsmen selling delicious, affordable food every day of the week! Shop local, support local!

9. Take in the 21st Annual Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade : Marching through the streets of Uptown, enjoy the Charlotte St. Patty’s Day parade whether you’re Irish or not! Enjoy native dancing, loads of street vendors and copious amounts of green beer! Don’t forget to bring the kids (and dogs!) as they are activities for all!

10. Test your driving skills at the NASCAR Hall of Fame : Charlotte is the proud home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, open since Spring of 2010, and filled with 150,000 square feet of NASCAR memorabilia and facts. From exhibits honoring the greats in the sport, to becoming a great yourself in the simulator, the Hall of Fame has something for everyone!

11. Check out the Charlotte Symphony at Summer Pops in the Park : Every Sunday in June, plus near the Fourth of July, the Charlotte Symphony rocks out at Symphony Park at Southpark! Grab a picnic basket and some friends (and a bottle of wine!), and post up to listen to the beautiful tunes of local artists!

12. Dine out during Charlotte Restaurant Week : Participate in Charlotte’s biannual restaurant week, Queen’s Fest! In January and July, participating restaurants come together and allow diners to enjoy a three course meal experience for just $30 – $35 each. A great opportunity to indulge in fine dining, without breaking the bank!

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13. Cheer on our local teams – PanthersPanthers, Hornets, Knights, Checkers & Hounds! : Charlotte’s sport scene is incredible, and we are the proud home of NFL & NBA teams, as well as minor league baseball & hockey, and professional lacrosse! Share your Charlotte pride by rooting on the athletes who call the Queen City home!

14. Visit nearby Lakes Wylie & Norman : Few cities can say they are nestled right between two beautiful lakes, but Charlotte can! Whether you head south to Lake Wylie or north to Lake Norman, take a visit and enjoy the serenity of these beautiful waters!

15. Shop till you drop – and save – at the local outlet malls, Concord Mills & Charlotte Premium Outlets : Who doesn’t love a good shopping trip? And, who doesn’t love to save a pretty penny? Whether you’re off to Concord Mills or the Charlotte Premium Outlets, savor (and save!) in your shopping adventures at a multitude of fabulous stores.

16. Visit the Southern Shows  of Charlotte – the Southern Home & Garden Show, Southern Women’s Show, Southern Christmas Show, etc. : Charlotte is lucky enough to each year host a variety of “Southern Shows.”  From the Southern Home & Garden Show to begin the year in February, and the Southern Christmas Show to close the year in November, find an abundance of treasures and handmade treats from a host of unique vendors!

17. Fill your belly at Food Truck Friday : Food trucks have become a hot trend as of late, and Charlotte proudly hosts a weekly food truck festival in Plaza Midwood. Enjoy inspired, local eats in a fun, social setting!

Whatever you take part in this year, we hope you enjoy a 2017 filled with happiness and joy!

 

UNMASKED HALLOWEEN FUN IN CHARLOTTE October 3, 2015

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October Charlotte is beautiful with her precious city of green unmasking the brilliant colors of fall! October is forever a pumpkin picking, candy cruising, cider sipping, fun festival time in the Queen City!

Pumpkins, hayrides, haunted houses and trick or treating can be enjoyed at many Charlotte area attractions like Carrigan Farms (Scarrigan Farms for Halloween) , Carowinds (Scarowinds) and the Hall Family Farm in Ballantyne

Outside the sugar-pumped squeals, pumpkin patches and haunted houses, Charlotte offers grownups a more unmasked October of spooky fun!

October 2-November 5th The Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14 is showing a Retro Horror Film Series. Enjoy classics such as: The Birds, An American Werewolf in London and Friday the 13th!

Make your reservations for an Uptown, candlelight, historical walking ghost tour of Charlotte offered by Port City Java Hearst Tower! The Carolina History and Haunts tour guide, dressed in 19th century attire, will take your group through historic 4th ward and settler’s cemetery.

The budding chefs in your family will enjoy mastering Pumpkin. Gourds, Squash and Candies Cooking Class offered at Mimosa Grill on South Tryon Street on October 3rd. On October 17th Upstream restaurant in Phillips Place will offer a yummy cooking class of Sweets and Treats featuring baking goods and pastries!

The 2nd Annual Cider Fest on October 9th will have you enjoying juicy fall apples with an adult twist! Rooftop 210 will feature cider mixology, samples of different ciders and new cider cocktails at this fall-themed festival!

South Charlotte’s Ballantyne Festival-Autumn in the Park will feature Charlotte’s Best Oyster Roast on October 10th! You don’t want to miss local brews, family fun and fresh oysters! The festival will be at Ballantyne District Park at 9405 Bryant Farms Road.

Historic Rosedale Plantation is perfect for celebrating your inner ghost! The Feast of the Hunter’s Moon-Antebellum dinner will be at the plantation on October 17th. Enjoy an elegant farm to table 7-course dinner all served in an appropriate period candlelight atmosphere.

Also at Rosedale, on October 23rd and 24th, a Paranormal Grounds Investigation will have all creatures of the night on a ghost -busting quest! Join professional ghost hunters as they take you through the grounds of Rosedale’s 200 year- old plantation, and attempt contact with the beyond. You will have the opportunity to use the latest technology with the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society.

Knight Theatre at 430 South Tryon Street will musically celebrate Halloween suspense with Evil Dead The Musical on October 25th! This comical musical tells the story of college friends accidentally unleashing an evil force that turns them into demons. w

Dracula will be performed on October 30th-November 15th at Theatre Charlotte. Dark humor and terror at the theater will be a great way to celebrate Halloween!

Release your inner poltergeist at Charlotte’s grown-up venues of apparitional hunts, theatrical phantoms and deliciously demonic vittles!

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BALLANTYNE IN-FILL COMMUNITIES FULFILL HOUSING DEMAND August 3, 2015

This iconic archway marks the entrance of Ballantyne Village and the community of Ballantyne, a suburb of Charlotte NC located near the South Carolina border. The 2,000-acre mixed-use development was created by land developer Howard C. Smokey Bissell.

Ballantyne in South Charlotte is one of the most coveted locations for homebuyers.

Great neighborhoods, schools, restaurants, shopping and movie theaters, all within a ten-mile radius, are causing builders in this gorgeous part of Charlotte scrambling to fulfill housing demand.

Home seekers looking for safe, beautiful neighborhoods with upscale homes and apartments will find their wishes fulfilled with several new in-fill communities being built within the Ballantyne area.

Meritage Homes continues to build out Olde Blakeney on Blakeney Heath Road. These single- family homes are priced $469,990 to $594,00. This luxury new home construction has many Energy Star features. There are five home plan options to choose from and one home available for move-in. A new model is open for viewing.Just around the corner, a half-mile away on Bryant Farm Road, Meritage Homes is also building The Enclave at Olde Blakeney. Meritage Homes representatives state that this coming-soon community will be selling at the end of 2015.

Ryland Homes is a busy builder in the Ballantyne area. The Manor at Oakhaven is located on Old Ardrey Kell Road. This charming community will have 38 home sites with range in square feet from 2,800 to over 4,000. Ryland Homes is also offering two new neighborhoods of single- family homes on Providence Road West. Coming in the fall of 2015, Oakhaven will be offering just 18 home sites of elegant home designs with 4 sides brick. Prices will range from t $470,00 to $518,000. Also on Providence Road West, The Estates at Oakhaven is under construction and actively selling. 47 home sites will offer homes with a minimum of 4 bedrooms, three sides cementious siding with Brick or Stone fronts.

David Weekley Homes will be offering award-winning homes in the community of Waverly. Located at the intersection of Providence Road and Ardrey Kell Road, the 90-acre community will offer town homes and single family homes. The neighborhood will include a combination of European, traditional and craftsman architecture.

Upscale apartments in Ballantyne are also in high demand. Builders are filling the need with fill-in communities of high-end rentals. Element South’s 281 units will be completed in early 2016. Located on Marvin Road, these one, two and three bedroom apartments will start at $895.00 for studios. Legacy 521 offers new one, two and three bedroom apartments on Lancaster Highway just 5 minutes from Ballantyne. Roof top patios, fitness center and clubhouse will enhance your social and active lifestyle. Prices range from $1,050-$1,775. A few apartments are move-in ready in the first completed building. Reserve your new home by July 31st and receive half off your first month’s rent! Leasing offers are 10-Month, 11-Month and 12-Month.

Solis Ballantyne is a planned mixed-use community on the corner of North Community House and Bryant Farms Road. The community plan includes 194 units of upscale apartments and retail space.

Ballantyne is a much-desired beautiful South Charlotte Community. Builders are fulfilling the demand for homes with thoughtful in-fill communities nestled in this choice area of the Queen City.

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