[ Charlotte, North Carolina ]

There are SO many things to see and do in Charlotte and the restaurant scene is unbelievable. Below are some highlights from my trip (so far)!

7th St Public Market

This place is located in Uptown Charlotte and is a must try. The Market has a handful of stalls offering everything from fresh pressed juices to locally crafted coffees. We headed here mid-afternoon so it was the perfect time to grab a drink (or two) and a lite bite to eat.

Viva Raw has green juices, other juices, milks, and raw foods.

We tried the Eclipse Lemonade (Pear, Cucumber, Lemon, Water, Ginger, Activated Charcoal and Lavender) and Greatfruit (Pear, Grapefruit, Apple, Cucumber, Orange, Tumeric and Mint).

[ A C T I V A T E D  C H A R C O A L : helps your body remove unwanted toxins ].

Not Just Coffee has locally crafted coffee.

I got a hot Matcha Latte and it was delicious.

[ M A T C H A : basically finely powdered green tea leaves. Since you are ingesting the whole leave, you get 3x more caffeine than a cup of steeped green tea, or about the same as a cup of brewed coffee. It offers health benefits too – matcha is rich in antioxidants tied to protection against heart disease and cancer, blood sugar regulation, anti-aging and a boosted metabolism ].

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Breweries

Charlotte is home to dozens of breweries AND the best part is that a handful of them actually have gluten free options (whattt). Lenny Boy and Wooden Robot both offer gluten free brews. We also checked out the new self-serve wine and craft beer bar, Hoppin’, that just opened in South Charlotte. This place was super cool. They have 60+ taps ranging from beer/cider/wine to kombucha (both local and regional brands). You receive a wrist band with a 32oz (At-a-time) limit that is attached to your name and your card, grab a glass, pick your drink and pour as little or as much as you’d like. iPourtIt technology is utilized to serve and pay. Drinks are calculated per ounce and vary.

Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park offers over 20 miles of hiking trails and is located in Stokes County, four miles northwest of Dansbury. We did the Hanging Rock trail which is only 1.3 mi (distance is one-way). We opted for a shorter hike since temperatures were in the low twenties. Although the hike was short, it was moderate in difficulty level and still offered a spectacular view at the top.

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Crafted

After the hike we stopped by Crafted in Winston Salem for a quick bite. Crafted opened their first located in Greensboro in 2012. This taco joint puts a unique spin on food using  the freshest local ingredients available and most menu items can be made vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free. We started with the Stuffed Avocado and Dirty South Nachos before diving into tacos, The Fixie (Beef brisket, grilled pineapple, spicy sweet chili sauce and coconut aioli) and Baja Style (Cilantro, guacamole, Baja sauce and pico de Gallo) with Fried Tofu.

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