May 05, 2015

As home to two races this month at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte and Concord are the place to be for NASCAR fans nationwide. Only a pitching wedge away from the track, JHE’s team shares their “don’t miss” places for visitors (and locals if you haven’t checked these out yet!):

The Daily Press in NoDa (3227 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC ): “At night, it’s a venue (The Evening Muse) but during the day they have the most amazing (and usually local) coffees. They basically make coffee like bartenders make craft cocktails. For example, their ‘Barista Bloody Mary’ is a Kenyan coffee iced pour over, lime and cilantro essential oils, rosemary, pepper corn and grapefruit bitters, shaken and topped with tomato powder, lime and cilantro. And way cheaper than a mixed drink (all are $5)!” –Kim Casanova, corporate events coordinator

Fahrenheit (222 South Caldwell Street, Charlotte, NC): “I highly recommend the restaurant Fahrenheit at the top of the Sky Condos in uptown. It’s on the 21st floor so it has phenomenal views of Charlotte whether you eat inside or on the patio by the fireplace. On top of that, the food is amazing; unique and not overpriced. Great for a romantic dinner or a more upscale night out with friends. Try the lamb sliders … you won’t be disappointed!” –Brook Horn, manager business development

Amelie’s French Bakery(2424 N. Davidson Street, Suite 102, Charlotte, NC): “This place also deserves a shout out because it’s so unique and is always in high demand. It’s situated on the edge of uptown Charlotte in NoDa which is an artsy section of town. It is open 24 hours a day, has delicious fresh bakery items as well as soups, sandwiches and drinks. The décor is ‘French kitschy’ to say the least. Everyone has to check it out at least once although I don’t know anyone who has only gone once!” –Brook Horn, manager business development

U.S. National Whitewater Center (5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC): “Tons of outdoor activities, good food, live music in the evenings, pet friendly and local beers!” – Kristin Thompson, client services senior manager

Jake’s Good Eats(12721 Albemarle Road, Charlotte, NC): “A must eat while in the area. It’s an old gas station with drinks in mason jars and “shop rag” napkins. It also was on Guy Fieri’s ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.’ All of their food is delicious!” –Jacqueline Gafrarar, general manager of the 600 Festival Association

Charlotte’s Breweries: “Charlotte’s breweries are a must: NoDa Brewing Company, Triple C Brewing Company, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Heist Brewery.” –Dan Mott, producer

Panthers Tailgate: “If you are in town during football season, a must do is the 652 tailgate for all Carolina Panthers games.” –Lauren Livesay, event services senior manager

If you haven’t already, make sure to purchase your tickets to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. And make plans to visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame and attend the five, family-friendly 600 Festival Association events taking place around town! 

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