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coming to your fair city

portsmouth england
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coming to your fair city

Hello all

My wife and I every 3 years or so go to Vegas and we tag another city onto it

Looking at next year now 2012

We would likely be arriving Fiday and then off to Vegas on the Monday

When we hit a new city we usually do the tour bus (I presume Charlotte will have these)

And then decide what we want to do the other couple of days

So any recommendations on best areas to stay in or tips on best places to visit and to eat, drink and have fun would be most welcome

both of us are 53 so not loking for kiddies night clubs but good live music or bars that play anything from blues, soul, rock 'n' roll, Motown would be great

Many thanks

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1. Re: coming to your fair city

With that long a visiting time, I'd consider renting a car and taking a day or overnight trip out of Charlotte during your stay. Charlotte is a nice city but in all honesty you can get a good flavor of it in 1-2 days.

A few possibilities for a day trip: Lake Lure/Chimney Rock (~2 hrs), Yadkin Valley wine country tours (~1-1.5 hrs).

Overnight trip: Asheville (~2.5 hrs)

The best part of Charlotte to stay in for your purposes, imo, would be the center city (downtown) area. The Charlotte center city offers the best combination of dining, entertainment and sightseeing opportunities imo.

A good Americana rock/blues venue would be the Double Door Inn on Independence/Charlottetown Ave. They're well-known for hosting noted acts such as Bob Margolin, Col. Bruce Hampton, etc.

http://www.doubledoorinn.com/index.aspx

Another venue to consider is the Neighborhood Theatre in NoDA. They host an eclectic mix of acts so you'd want to check their site to see who was playing.

http://www.neighborhoodtheatre.com/

As far as good places to eat, there are a number of options in downtown Charlotte to fit just about any taste. I'd recommend trying some good Southern comfort food such as shrimp 'n grits, chicken 'n dumplings, mac 'n cheese, black-eyed peas, collard greens, etc., served up with sweet tea...Mert's Heart 'n Soul, Dish and The Diamond all serve up southern comfort/soul food.

Also, if you take a day trip either direction on I-85, you definitely have to stop and try some NC bbq. If you head out south on I-85, detour slightly over to Bridge's BBQ Lodge in Shelby; if you head north on 85, hit up Richard's in Salisbury or Little Richard's in Winston-Salem (if you make it up to tour the YV wineries). I wouldn't really highly recommend any bbq joint in Charlotte itself though.

http://www.ncbbqsociety.com/trail.html

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2. Re: coming to your fair city

cheers will look into all these options like the idea of hiring a car

If I have my way Id hire a campr and drive to Veags stopping along the way

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