Thursday, March 3, 2016

Visiting The Queen City

Ryan has some time off this week so we decided to take a mini vaca to Charlotte. It's less than two hours from Greenville, but we've only been to the airport. We were really impressed with all we saw - it was much bigger than I expected (16th largest city in the country) and very clean. The food was excellent and we have a much longer list of things to do on our next visit.

We started with lunch at the Old Mecklenburg Brewery. The soft German pretzel with beer cheese dipping sauce was amazing! 

Sorry, C, you've got another 20 and half years until you can sample that glass! See her sucking on that bottom lip? This is a new thing she's started in the last few days.

Since it was a beautiful and warm afternoon we checked out the U.S. National White Water Center. The Olympic rafting team trians there. Ryan had a blast and Caroline and I had fun watching him!

As you can see, there's rock climbing, zip lines, rafting and white water simulators (not open yet) and hiking and mountain bike trails.

Ryan trying out the obstacles course - very American Ninja Warrior.

And the zip line! Caroline and I set up camp where'd he come right over us and she was fascinated! 

We had a drink on the patio at the restaurant (pictured in the background) and enjoyed the late afternoon sunshine before heading back into town to get settled in to our room. For supper we ate at Good Food on Montford - a friend from Charlotte said it was her favorite place in town, and it did not disappoint! It's a small plate type place and we tried the beer battered brocolli, hot and sour soup and the pork carnitas. We hit up a Ben & Jerry's for dessert and headed back to the hotel.

Caroline very much enjoyed her first stay in hotel. This was our first real vacation with her and she was one happy baby (as usual)! 
In the morning we drove downtown and started the day with coffee at the 7th Street Public Market. This Italian import stand was my favorite.

And then did the Liberty Walk through downtown looking at American Revolutionary war sites. I love it when history comes to life! 

Interesting fact: Even as the area was becoming known as the "cradle of American liberty" the first settlers were so obsessed with King George the III's new wife, the German princess Charlotte Sophia of the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, that they named their town and county in her honor. And were actively rebelling against the King and England. Apparently, Americans' obsession with the Royal family goes back to our very beginning :)

And lunch at City Smoke was the best meal we had. You know it's going to be good when the smell from the sidewalk makes you stop and look inside! Caroline is such a doll. She was the only baby in every restaurant we went to and was happy sitting in our laps and then would fall asleep in her stroller at some point while we finished our meal.

And this picture is for my grandmother, Net. I joined the DAR last year and even though I havn't made it to a meeting yet, I am a card-carrying member:) Also, I think this is the last time that jacket is going to be able to zip up! Overall, a great short trip and we can't wait to go back to the Queen City.

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