Charlotte is an absolutely perfect place to live but most people complain about the humid summers at some point or another. It's true that it is hot here but we've also adapted to dealing with the heat and even occasionally making an enjoyable aspect of life. Summer is officially over and the Friendly Rooster team has been reflecting on some favorite things they loved about living here this past season. Of course in Southern North Carolina we'll still have a month of summer weather so this list is just a touch of arbitrary/wishful thinking.
Food: Food Truck Fridays in South End can be a load of fun. Lots of good choices here. Also, the eclectic group of restaurants in Plaza Midwood are all standout choices. Soul Gastrolounge, The Peculiar Rabbit...even Fuel Pizza are great choices.
Water: As hot as Charlotte can be, we thankfully have tons of water to cool off in. The US National Whitewater Center is one of these places, and it is fantastic. At times it feels like you are in a jungle in Costa Rica. It has zip lining, a whitewater course, mountain biking, flat water kayaking, paddle boarding, ropes courses, and a pretty cool restaurant with a good craft beer selection. We also have some great lakes for wake boarding and jet skiing (or just parking some boats together and hanging in the water.
Sports: Knights games are held just over the border in Rock Hill, South Carolina. This Minor League team has a nice low-key feel to it. It's family-friendly, and there isn't a bad seat in the house.
Movies: Badin Drive in Theater is old-school and a great throw-back way to catch a flick. Get there early and the kids will play a round of touch football under the south screen. The concession stand also has some pretty good food that isn't your typical theater fare.
Fall is starting this weekend, and the leaves will be changing in about 6 to 8 weeks. Looking onward to our next fun season in this great city!