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CHARLOTTE IS THE PLACE TO CELEBRATE DAD! June 15, 2015

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Charlotte is offering a diversified selection of Father’s Day destinations sure to please all amazing dads! Whether your dad is geek, glamorous, gladiator or gourmet the Queen City has a Father’s Day destination for you!

Dads that are king of the kitchen or gladiator of the grill will enjoy a culinary experience where he can practice and learn new culinary skills! Sur la table located in Southpark Mall offers cooking classes geared towards dads and families. On June 20th at 10:00 am sweets are on the table with a hands on presentation. At 2:30pm Dad can learn to Cut Like a Pro with important chef’s tools and basic knife skills. Date night, also on June 20th, starts at 6:30pm and will offer hands-on Sizzling Summer Grilling. Cooking With Dad offers family fun on June 21st at Sur la table! Ages 5 and older can join in the cooking fun with delicious results featuring quesadillas, grilled sliders and dessert!

The Southpark area also offers cooking classes for dad at Upstream in Phillips Place. The June 20th class is 10am-noon, Maki and Beyond- Sushi 102.

Uptown culinary fun on June 20th is with a spoon full of sugar! The Cocoa Lab at the Ritz Carlton offers a wonderful, one of a kind experience along side an award- winning chef! From 8am-noon dads can create Summer Fruit Classics including plum tarte tatin, almond peach cobbler and vanilla-scented quinoa salad.

The Levine Museum of the New South in Uptown will have a presentation of Conexiones: Exchanges Across Cultures. This exciting exhibition will be an exploration of Latino culture through food, music, dance and art. The first installment will be on June 21st at 2:30pm and will explore the vast array of Latin American food with chefs and home cooks from several regions! The presentation is free.

Sports dads have a lot to look forward to in Charlotte over the Father’s Day weekend! The active dad who is still a kid at heart can join in the fun at Adventure Landing Family Fun Entertainment Park in Pineville. Outdoor go carts, bumper boats a mini gold course and arcade are just part of the fun at this kid centric park! Open Sunday-Thursday 10am-10pm and Friday/Saturday 10am-midnight.

The U.S. Whitewater Center offers water sports that include kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting and paddle boarding. Mountain biking and running trails are open dawn to dusk and for those wanting a bird’s eye view, zip lining and canopy tours.

The Richard Petty Driving Experience is perfect for the thrill- seeking dads! Dads can ride shotgun or drive themselves 8 t 50 laps at up to 160mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Baseball dads can enjoy the warm summer evenings watching the Charlotte Knights take on the Indianapolis Indians at the BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte June 19th-21st.

If hitting that little white ball across green grass is your dad’s favorite past time, then Charlotte golf driving ranges will be just his cup of tee! Golf Village at 502 N Polk Street has been a favorite range for years of local golfers wanting some quick practice. For a great price, 40-50 balls for $6 can have dad happily hitting balls without breaking his wallet! 704 889-5086

The Golf Club at Ballantyne offers a quick respite for busy dads in this beautiful area of South Charlotte. The driving range is open from 7am until 6pm. Golf ball tokens can be purchased in the Golf Pro Shop. Each token offers approximately 35 balls.

Regent Park Golf Club, just minutes from Ballantyne in Fort Mill, S.C. offers a 3,000 square foot practice putting green and a 120 tees driving range. Plus, dad can fill up with less expensive gas while he’s there!

Carolina Lakes Golf Club is just south of Ballantyne off Hwy 521. They are beautifully situated in the popular Sun City retirement community. A popular, newer course, Carolina lakes has a grass tee driving range and practice area, including a large putting green.

Dads who listen to the music and enjoy a good laugh will be able to pull out the air guitar and chuckle in the Queen City over Father’s Day weekend! The Charlotte Symphony will have dads toe tapping to classical film scores on June 21st at Symphony Park.

For a more enclosed, air conditioned musical experience, families can take dad to Dirty Dancing at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Center on June 18-21st!

Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World will be at Discovery Place in Uptown through September. this visually gorgeous presentation traces the guitar from its initial creation through present day.Over 60 amazing guitars are on display and will have collectors and guitarists alike in awe. Kids have many hands-on, interactive guitar displays to keep them entertained while dad is engrossed in music history!

Rock n roll will pulse at River Jam at the U.S. Whitewater Center. On June 20th, this free event 7-9pm will feature Dank, described as “rock n roll, punk and country” is for the hard-core-music dad!

Dads who enjoy a chuckle can yuck it up at Ovens Auditorium on June 19th. Weird Al Yankovic will have you laughing long after the show! At Ovens Auditorium,8:00pm.

If you envision your father enjoying the peace of a brilliant garden, then the beautiful Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is perfect for him! On June 20th at 1:00pm dad can take an informative stroll through the garden with a professional horticulture staff member. In addition to the amazing flower and plants displays, over 100 sculptures are on exhibition.

Gardening dads will also enjoy Pike Nursery’s free presentation on Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds on June 20th at 9am. Located in Ballantyne at Torigdon Circle, this nursery offers personal service and a great variety of plants sure to satisfy dad’s green thumb!

Everyone has a unique, special dad and Charlotte has the venue for celebrating your fantastic father! Happy Father’s Day Charlotte dads!

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CHARLOTTE CELEBRATES MOM! May 6, 2014

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Mother’s Day in the Queen City is a day of royal treatment for every mom! Finding a way to celebrate your special outdoorsy mom, elegant mom or musical mom is easy in Charlotte!

A touch of class for the elegant mommy can be found at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge. A Mother’s Day Tea will be served on Saturday, May 10th. Tea sandwiches and sweets can be enjoyed in the main lobby. On Sunday, May 11th, families can enjoy a savory selection at a Mother’s Day Brunch, 11am-3pm. Seasonal entrées and live entertainment will be sure to please mom!

The beautiful and historic Morehead Inn offers a gracious setting with fine antiques: a perfect setting for your sophisticated mom! The brunch buffet will include soufflés, seafood, carved ham and turkey. Extraordinary fresh pastries, baked on-site, will be a yummy way to end a delicious meal!

Toscana Ristorante in the sophisticated Southpark area of Charlotte will host a Mother’s Day authentic Tuscan three-course cuisine. The menu includes appetizer platters to share, a second course including everything from classic benedict to veal saltimbocca and ending with a selection of Italian mignon. A children’s menu is available for the little ones celebrating mommy.

You can celebrate with your musical mom at several foot stomping venues throughout the Queen City! Rocker moms will enjoy a Pink Floyd tribute show by Brit Floyd. Considered the most authentic tribute to the incomparable world of music that is Pink Floyd, a Brit Floyd concert will happily take mom down memory lane. The music starts at 8 pm on May 10th at Ovens Auditorium. If Folk Rock is more your mom’s style, treat her to a folksy evening with Paul Ellis. Ellis will be performing at the Evening Muse on Sunday, May 11th at 8 pm.                                                                                                                                                                                         A very eclectic, folk inspired musical evening with Susan Vega will be at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Vega’s hushed tones and beautiful lyrics will give mom a tranquil evening of fun.                                                                                                                       A spiritually inspired musical afternoon on Mothers Day can be found at Christ Episcopal Church. Tom Burgie, trombonist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will perform with Rob Ridgell, director of Music and the Arts. English High Tea will follow in the Blue Room. The concert will begin at 3pm on Sunday, May 11th.

Flowers are always a must for moms who love their gardens! Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens offer a beautiful afternoon for families! Moms will receive a free potted plant on May 10-11! Families can stroll through the magnificent garden filled with amazing plants and fountains. Pre order a picnic basket lunch to enjoy and don’t forget to visit the Orchid Conservatory and capture the moment with Greg Briley photographers! Wing Haven 20th Annual Gardeners Tour will be held on May 10th, 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday, May 11th, 1:00-5:00pm. Each stop, at seven private gardens, as well as Wing Haven, promises to embrace Charlotte’s rich growing seasons.

Charlotte celebrates all moms with amazing meals, terrific music and beautiful gardens! Indoors or out, the Queen City is the place to royally treat your family’s Queen!

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CHARLOTTE ERUPTING IN SPRING BEAUTY April 13, 2013

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CHARLOTTE GARDENS ERUPTING IN SPRING BEAUTY

Charlotte is a city of beauty! The Queen City’s famous canopies of trees, well-kept parks and manicured neighborhoods are the visual feast for all visitors and locals. Charlotte’s mild climate allows it to keep it prettiness throughout the year, but Charlotte in the spring time will leave you breathless with its dazzling display!

Visitors and locals can enjoy the visual feast a Charlotte Spring brings by simply meandering through any of its many gorgeous neighborhoods in South Charlotte. Charlotte also offers a spring time choir of magnificent colors singing in gardens of loveliness.

UNC Charlotte has a charming campus, new football team, great 49er basketball, offers top-notch undergraduate and graduate programs AND is home of the UNC Botanical Gardens. The gardens and greenhouse are open to public. The mission of the garden is to “promote the knowledge and appreciation of plants for educational, environmental and aesthetic purposes.” There are plenty staff to answer questions about the best plants for the Charlotte area climate and your home. Take a relaxing stroll through the cheerful gardens and explore UNC Charlotte’s handsome campus.

The Royal Gardens is tucked away in the darling Elizabeth neighborhood. You could easily miss the Gardens center because appears to be just one of the many charming houses in Elizabeth on 7th avenue. People consider the center a place to have a wonderful conversation and peaceful stroll! The Gardens offers plants for sale and wonderful Southern hospitality. A bubbling brook, pretty  plants, statues and fountains provide a fairy like ethereal atmosphere to enjoy a beautiful spring day in Charlotte.

The McGill Rose Garden is located in First Ward’s Garden District and North Davidson’s Historic Arts District (NoDa). The garden rivals the beauty of any English garden, with the heavenly scent and magnificent colors that are unique to over 1,000 roses. The Rose Garden offers educational programs, a meditation garden for Hospice, hosts special occasions and is open to the public. The Garden has free admission and is appreciative of donations for tours.

Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary has been an important part of the beautiful Charlotte landscape since 1927. Designated as a Historic Site by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission, the gardens has over three acres of formal gardens and woodland areas all created with loving care to encourage wildlife. The nursery offers favorite perennials, as well as rare and unusual plants for sale, along with an educational story about your plants needs from one of the passionate staff. Enjoy free programs offered at the garden, but be sure to allow yourself the time to enjoy the one hour walk through gorgeous gardens! Wing Haven is located in the regal Myers Park neighborhood.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens  was established in 1991 as a gift from Daniel Jonathan Stowe of nearly 400 acres designated as one of the world’s best botanical gardens. Winding paths, fountains, statues, lawns and an indoor orchid conservatory are just a few of the many delights Daniel Stowe offers. This is a great destination for visitors, families, groups and picnickers! Daniel Stowe is located in Belmont and is easily accessible from Interstate 85.

Homeowners on Charlotte’s beautiful Southside searching for their own personal gardening needs can find lawn and garden supplies at several popular locations.

Southern Styles Nursery and Garden is located at the corner of Rea and Colony roads in Charlotte’s bustling Southside. Experts are available and eager to help you with your gardening needs.

Pike Nurseries, in the  elegant Ballantyne area, gets high marks for customer service and variety. Walking through the darling front store with its garden accessories into the outdoor garden center prepares you for a terrific retail  experience. The staff is knowledgeable and quick to guide you to the specific plants you are seeking. Be sure to sign up as a member to keep track of your requests and get a speedy refund, if needed.

Growers Outlet in sweet, quiet Pineville is a plant lover’s maze of greenery! Make sure to wear your outdoor shoes for an outdoor maze of  mud and endless plant varieties. Grab a large pushcart and maneuver through the endless varieties of trees, plants, shrubs, flowers and garden supplies.

Blackhawk Garden Center in Park Road Shopping Center is a plant lover’s  paradise! The center is filled with plants, fountains, and smiling people. The teams of people available are all experts on plant care and are very happy to discuss any and all garden and lawn topics.

Charlotte is a city of pretty! New here or moving here soon? Enjoy our spectacular Queen City spring by letting one of our great agents help you navigate through our many nonpareil neighborhoods or get going in one of our glorious gardens!  704.541.2500

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