Another of our favorite neighborhoods is Plaza Midwood, where a mixture of charming craftsman bungalows line the residential section just down the street from a fun assortment of eclectic restaurants, art galleries, and bars. The cool artsy kids hang out here at the Diamond Restaurant and the Common Market while the charming homes are filled with young professionals and families. More than anything, Plaza Midwood has personality for days.
I was born and raised in Charlotte, which is pretty rare. Almost everyone I meet is a transplant: from Ohio, or Wisconsin, or some other northern state. I love Charlotte because it is a (relatively) big city but still often feels like a small town. Since one of my favorite parts of traveling is to wander, I made a resolution this year to start getting lost in my home town. I loved Olivia‘s Charleston, I love you series so I thought I would do my own take showing some of my favorite places in our city, starting with the Fourth Ward.
Fourth Ward is one of Charlotte’s most historic areas and is filled with adorable Victorian homes just blocks from uptown skyscrapers. The stupid part is that I didn’t even know about it until we took a Charlotte Ghost Tour last year. Yes that’s a thing. Yes you should do it. Since the tour, it has quickly become one of my favorite neighborhoods to explore.
There is really no question that big cities such as New York, LA, and Chicago have quite alot to offer an individual in the way of weekend activities. And Charlotte, being a smaller city in comparison to the world of cities, has maybe not quite as many exciting events and opportunities of fanciness. But one thing Charlotte does have (very close by) that other cities do not is a little old lake called Lake Lure. That my friends, for anyone who is not aware, just so happens to be the location where one of the greatest movies of our time is filmed…Dirty Dancing. Yes, you heard me right. So this weekend I will be blissfully walking along the same trail that Baby carried her first watermelon. I am attending the wedding of an old and dear friend and I have a feeling that by the time I come home, people will be referring to me as Twinkletoes. Surely just being on location will turn me into a lovely (and maybe dirty?) dancer.
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Maybe if I have some spare time I can also scoot up to Chimney Rock which is a few minutes away and get my Mohican on since that is where The Last of the Mohicans was filmed. We really just like to reference that movie whenever possible. I often wonder if in our last lives Colleen and I were actually Mohicans. Check out this post with pretty pictures that Colleen took of that area.
Do you have anything exciting planned for the weekend? Are you as confident in your ability to do a lift as I am?