My husband and I visited Charlotte to find a place to live (and rent). We knew little to nothing about the area prior to our relocation, but thankfully Ryan's counterpart at the company was able to provide some suggestions on places to look. We lucked out and found a beautiful townhome to rent in a great close-in location.
|US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC|
One of our sweet neighbors invited us to the Whitewater Center for St. Patrick's Day. It is an awesome sports complex. You can see a whitewater raft and someone kayaking in the photo. They dyed the water green for the event. I definitely want to try whitewater rafting next summer (when the water isn't green).
Charlotte offers many ways to enjoy the outdoors including Freedom Park.
One of the great things about Charlotte is the proximity to both the mountains and the beach. We live two hours from my parents' second home near Asheville, NC and enjoyed a weekend with them there in May.
We continued to enjoy the weather and our new city in May. Here is a picture of the Charlotte skyline on May 31 taken at Vivace.
June brought some more great weather to enjoy. We love to ride our bikes on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.
Great boating weather! My girls and I on Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake.
Charlotte is just 3 hours from Atlanta, where we have a few friends. Thanks to how close we are to Atlanta, we were able to see Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, and Eli Young Band at the Georgia Dome.
In September the weather started to cool down, but we were still able to enjoy outdoor activities. Windy Hill Orchard in South Carolina offers apple picking, hard cider tastings, and hot and fresh cider donuts.
September also means fire and football. My husband redid the patio of our townhome, and we have used it for entertaining many times.
Fall is absolutely beautiful in Charlotte and it's nice to have the change of seasons.
I hosted a pumpkin carving party as a Junior League social event.
The mountains are beautiful to visit in the fall.
We did a "brewery day" with some friends to explore Charlotte's breweries.
This tree became my favorite one to drive by and held on to its leaves long into the fall. Here it is on November 23.
One thing I love about Charlotte is the branding the city has done as "The Queen City." Even the garbage cans have crowns on them. For our Christmas tree this year, I purchased a crown tree topper from Restoration Hardware (it's currently on sale)!
2013 was a great year and we have grown to love our new home even though we will always be missing friends and family we left in Florida.