Vincent Eagan III
The Belk Bowl began in 2002, when West Virginia played Virginia. Once the teams had been announced, tickets to the game sold out in less than a week, in what was the fastest sellout to an inaugural bowl game ever. At more than 73,000 fans, it was the second most attended inaugural bowl game ever, and the largest non-BCS bowl game crowd. This year’s game promises to be a clash of two great teams, one from the state of North Carolina and the other from Ohio. This year the Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3) will meet the Duke University Blue Devils (6-6) on the field at Bank of America stadium in Charlotte.
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.
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.
Ask most people what the first English settlement in North America was, and they will say Jamestown. While that was the first permanent settlement, the very first was in what is today known as North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Roanoke Island.
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.
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s ghost and haunting time. In an area as rich with history as Charlotte is, there are bound to be plenty of haunted places with tales of horror, tragedy and woe. In fact, North Carolina is one of the most haunted states in the United States. Activity in Charlotte goes back long into the past, and the present city was founded before the Revolutionary War, in 1768. As such, the area is dotted with cemeteries and graveyards (the difference is that a graveyard is usually owned by a church or has a church building on the same property) that have very old graves, some with soldiers, some with unnamed slaves, and even one with a priest who had a shameful secret.
It is time once again for the PGA Tour to come to Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship. Originally the Wachovia Championship, the Wells Fargo Championship began in 2003 with a different winner every year. Seven out of nine of those winners, including 2007 winner Tiger Woods, have been American. Quail Hollow is one of the tougher courses on the PGA tour, with holes 16 to 18 known as The Green Mile. This year promises to be one of the best, and with this year’s competition, it’s anyone’s game.
North Carolina loves its basketball, and Charlotte is at the heart of it all. While there are plenty of league-level options, sometimes pick-up basketball is the better way to go. These five area venues boast the best pick-up games in the Charlotte area with all of the fun and none of the crowded drama offered elsewhere.