Travel & Outdoors
Kettlebell lifting, invented in Russia in the 1700s and used for physical conditioning by the Soviet army, has spread throughout Europe and here, where it has taken the American fitness community by storm. In addition to specialized classes, sessions with kettlebells are often included in CrossFit and other high-intensity interval training regimens. Proponents cite the equipment’s unique abilities to build both strength and endurance, work multiple muscle groups simultaneously, and burn fat. That’s exactly what these trainers promise with a side of some of the best coaching Charlotte has to offer.
Families are always looking for unique holiday vacation destinations to make those lasting memories, and you can’t do better locally than these Charlotte-area destinations.
Put the joy back in the season by following a few simple travel tips perfect for navigating the Charlotte area.
For those around North Carolina, train travel is made simple by Amtrak’s Carolinian and/or Piedmont train, which travel between Charlotte, N.C., and New York City every day.
Cooler temperatures and shorter days in Charlotte bring with them changing leaves and beautiful North Carolina scenery. Walk along local routes, or drive across the Virginia state line to the Blue Ridge Parkway to view the colorful change the right way: surrounded by nature.
Atlanta boasts all the charm and friendliness that comes with being a southern city, with all of the convenience and life of a large city.
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.
When people in North Carolina go to the beach, it is likely they are headed to the Wilmington area. Perfect as a vacation for Charlotteans, it offers relaxation, tourism and fun all rolled into one, and it is not too far away. Head out solo or take the whole family, trips to Wilmington always promise memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Take a horse-drawn carriage down the street between the bay and a row of narrow, brightly painted houses set among a 350 years of the nation’s history right here in South Carolina.
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.