When people in the Carolinas think about going to the beach, they usually think about Wilmington, Myrtle Beach or Charleston. South of Myrte Beach and north of Charleston, sits a little place perfect for a great weekend getaway, however. Pawley’s Island is one of the oldest summer resorts on the Atlantic Coast. When rice farmers first settled on nearby rivers and built plantations, they realized it was unhealthy to live there in the summer months: Malaria posed a huge threat. They knew it was healthier at the seashore, so they moved everything to Pawley’s Island in May and stayed there until the first frost in November. The laid-back attitude survives to today (along with 12 residences in the historic district dating to the 1700s and 1800s), making it the perfect spot to get away from it all and just relax.
Take a weekend drive through the open farmland and hillsides of North Carolina. Not far from Charlotte metro, enjoy meadows speckled with wildflowers and roadside stands brimming with apples. Explore lush fields of apple trees — the picking season kicked off Labor Day — and pack a picnic lunch for a budget-friendly fall weekend. Don’t forget homemade, hot apple pie or apple cider donuts for dessert.
As summer fades away and the leaves on the trees turn colors, it’s time to start thinking about the fall festival season. With cooler weather and the ripening pumpkin and apple harvests, there are plenty of opportunities in Charlotte to have fun outdoors with the family. From wine tastings to dressing up like a knight,there is something for everyone to enjoy right here in Charlotte.
Numerous lectures are given each year in Charlotte on a wide range of topics from art and history to current affairs and personal growth.
Everyone who lives in North Carolina knows, when you want to get away from it all, the mountains are the place to go. At the doorway to the Smokeys in the glory of the Blue Ridge mountains lies the city of Asheville. Just north of Asheville — far enough away to be out of the hustle and bustle, but close enough to be easily accessible — is the beautiful and historic Grove Park Inn, the perfect place for a weekend getaway.
As the weather warms up in Charlotte, it’s time to heat outside for a little fresh air and sunshine. Land management and city leaders care for this city’s greenery like none other, so when it comes time for a sun-soaked summer day, take advantage and enjoy tree city USA like never before. These, the city’s best places to picnic offer so much more than splendid scenery. Explore, dine, enjoy.