4 Mom Getaways You Deserve
Refresh, recharge, reset without traveling far from home
Everyone needs to connect with friends, and a getaway without kids can energize a busy mom. Planning a distant trip can be difficult with varying family schedules, but a weekend trip not far from home may be put together quickly and still provide the time away moms need. Here are four local destinations that offer the perfect escape for moms and their friends.
Lake Norman: Lakeside Living
The towns of Davidson, Cornelius and Mooresville are a quick drive north on Interstate 77 and offer art galleries, theater, hiking and biking. Book a sightseeing or dinner cruise on Lake Norman at Queens Landing in Mooresville. See a performance at Davidson Community Players. Browse the exhibits at Davidson College Art Galleries and shop for handmade art at Wooden Stone Gallery, then plan on a massage or facial at Ahlara International Day Spa and Boutique.
Jetton Park on Lake Norman in Cornelius is a 104-acre park with 1.5 miles of walking and biking trails, and picnic decks overlooking the water. Lake Norman State Park in Troutman rents kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, canoes and pedal boats for use on Park Lake.
Where to eat: Window-shop, see a movie or grab dinner at one of the restaurants, including Midwood Smokehouse or Dressler’s Restaurant at Birkdale Village. Check out Hello, Sailor for casual lakeside dining, or Kindred in downtown Davidson for something a bit more upscale. Plan lunch at The Pickled Peach and brunch on Sunday at Fork!
Where to stay: Houses, condos and cottages are available through Airbnb, and some have waterfront views of Lake Norman. Stay at Davidson Village Inn in the heart of downtown Davidson; or for a cozy bed-and-breakfast option in a renovated 1908 home, try The Cedars Davidson with a made-to-order breakfast prepared by a trained chef.
Uptown Charlotte: Museums and More
Make it an uptown getaway visiting museums and trying new restaurants and sipping a cocktail with a view atop a rooftop. Visit Mint Museum Uptown, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Crafts, or take a self-guided walking tour of Fourth Ward.
Splurge on a spa treatment at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, which includes use of the pool, aqua lounge, relaxation lounge and Himalayan salt lounge. Sign-up for a wine-blending class at the hotel’s Hidden Wine boutique.
Where to eat: Drink a latté and share a salted caramel brownie at Amélie’s French Bakery and Café Uptown. Enjoy one of the specialty sandwiches at Coco and The Director. The Asbury at the Dunhill Hotel serves a weekend brunch menu with mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, sticky biscuits, chicken and waffles and a sun-dried tomato hummus bowl. Stoke Charlotte’s avocado toast, chicken biscuit, French toast and omelet are on its all-day weekend menu. Have a cocktail at the Merchant and Trade, the rooftop bar at The Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel.
Where to stay: Try “Name Your Own Price” on priceline.com for a great deal on an upscale hotel. Airbnb lists high-rise apartments and condos in center city with views of uptown and walkability to restaurants and attractions.
Ballantyne: Active Relaxation
Fill a weekend with activities and relaxation in Ballantyne. Get your fitness fix with a 2-mile hike on the Lower McAlpine Greenway starting at the entrance on Johnston Road. Bring your mountain bike to ride the 3-mile trail at Ballantyne District Park, near the Morrison Family YMCA. Take a yoga class at Enlighten or spin class at CycleBar Waverly. Make the 45-minute drive for a special excursion to Treehouse Vineyards in Monroe for live music and a wine tasting. Rent its treehouse by the hour for a private space for up to six adults.
Where to stay: The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte offers weekend packages with options for brunch in the hotel’s Gallery Restaurant, a Culture and Culinary Excellence Tour, spa treatments, golfing, wine and whiskey tastings, and afternoon tea. Other overnight accommodation options include hotel rooms at Aloft and Courtyard by Marriott, along with private guest houses, condos and apartments through Airbnb.
Rock Hill: Outdoor Excursion
Drive 30 minutes south of Charlotte to the city of Rock Hill for breweries, restaurants, parks and river activities. The Riverwalk on the Catawba River is a community with homes, shops, restaurants and bars. Walk the 3.35-mile Riverwalk: Piedmont Medical Center Trail along the Catawba River or rent a canoe or kayak from Rockin’ River Adventures, Twisted Beaver River Adventures and Bailey’s Outdoor Adventures.
Where to stay: Hotels such as The Fairfield Inn and Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and TownePlace Suites by Marriott have outdoor pools and are a short drive from attractions.
Where to eat: Plan a morning at The Yolk Café for perfect eggs, chicken and waffles and homemade brown butter buttermilk biscuits. Stop by Legal Remedy Brewing for beer and appetizers in a neighborhood bar atmosphere. Try the truffle fries or giant hot pretzel and pimento cheese. Brunch at The Flipside Restaurant and enjoy poached eggs, lobster omelets or a Rock Hill Chilaquiles (fried tortilla with chorizo and salsa). Reward yourself with dinner at The Pump House and be sure to check out the view from the top floor. Enjoy coffee, a glass of wine, craft beer and charcuterie plates at the Grapevine Bar and Café. Look for live acoustic music and beer tastings on their calendar.
Vanessa Infanzon is a local freelance writer and mom. Follow her on Instagram @morethanVMI.