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Myers Park is on display this time of year with pink cherry trees in bloom and its oak-tree-lined streets meant for strolling.
Located just four miles from Uptown, the affluent suburb of Myers Park is home to Queens University, stately homes and popular boutiques and restaurants.
Here are 20 things to do, eat and drink when you’re in Myers Park.
(1) Have a glass of wine from the Harris Teeter Wine Bar.
Enjoy a drink on the patio or inside at the bar. You’ll find a wide variety of wine and craft beer along with cheese platters. The menu includes more than 20 wine selections ranging from $5 to $8 a glass and wine flights for $8. The beer list includes $3 and $4 craft beers, along with $5 limited releases.
Location/hours: 1015 Providence Road. Open Monday through Thursday 4-8pm; Friday 4-9pm; Saturday from noon to 8pm; and Sunday from noon to 7pm.
(2) Order a transfusion from Selwyn Pub.
The vodka, ginger ale and grape juice drink has become a cult favorite. You can even order one to-go for $6.50 ($7.50 with Tito’s) for a limited time.
Location/hours: 2801 Selwyn Ave. Open Wednesday through Friday 4-11pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 11pm.
(3) Go for a walk around Freedom Park.
The 98-acre park has 12 tennis courts, a seven-acre lake, walking/bicycling paths, and a full-sized basketball court, among other amenities.
Location: 1908 East Blvd.
(4) Staycation at The Duke Mansion.
Experience Southern charm at its finest with a trip to the historic Duke Mansion. The boutique hotel has 20 guest rooms, some with screened porches, and four and a half acres of beautiful gardens. Even if you’re not staying overnight, the gardens are free and open for strolling during the day.
Location: 400 Hermitage Road.
(5) Go bird watching at Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary.
What better way to enjoy the springtime foliage and blooms than by walking through a garden? Wing Haven serves as a much-needed oasis from busy city life. Plus, you can enjoy some special upcoming events like Music in the Garden and Tea Time in the Garden.
Location/hours: 248 Ridgewood Ave. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to noon and from 1-3pm.
(6) Go shopping at the boutiques along Selwyn Avenue.
Location/hours: 2839 Selwyn Ave. Hours vary.
(7) Golf at Myers Park Country Club.
It’s one of Charlotte’s oldest and finest private clubs. In addition to the stately clubhouse, there’s an 18-hole golf course plus a driving range. And while the golf course is members-only, guests are allowed.
Location/hours: 2415 Roswell Ave., Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm.
(8) Order the hot chicken sandwich from Providence Road Sundries.
This Myers Park eatery serves up a lot of these fried chicken sandwiches topped with sweet chili, slaw, bacon, “Picabu” sauce and pickle chips. Another popular dish is the Mediterranean grain bowl.
Location/hours: 1522 Providence Road. Open daily from 11am to 9pm.
(9) Pick up a pasta dinner from Pasta & Provisions.
A popular spot for house-made pasta to go, pizza, gourmet breads, wines and Italian favorites like tiramisu.
Location/hours: 1528 Providence Road. Monday through Saturday from 10am to 7pm, Sunday from noon to 6pm.
(10) Browse local art at Shain Gallery.
The gallery features a collection of works from more than 40 artists — many of them nationally acclaimed plus a handful of emerging artists. After more than two decades, Shain Gallery is widely known as one of the finest providers of contemporary art in the Southeast.
Location/hours: 2823 Selwyn Ave., Suite K. Open daily from 10am to 5pm.
(11) Go for a long walk through the winding streets of Queens Road.
The beautiful tree-lined streets are some of the most iconic in Charlotte. It’s even been referred to as Charlotte’s own Champs-Élysées.
(12) Explore Discovery Place Nature.
Take the kiddos to Discovery Place Nature to experience meet-and-greets with furry friends and featured exhibitions. Online reservations are required prior to visiting.
Location/hours: 1658 Sterling Road. Open Friday through Monday from 9:30am to 4:30pm.
(13) Have brunch at littleSpoon Eatery.
This neighborhood breakfast and lunch spot has a menu that changes pretty much daily, so there’s always something unique and fresh to savor.
Location/hours: 2820 Selwyn Ave., Ste 180. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 8am to 3pm.
(14) Admire the stunning architecture.
Myers Park is home to some of Charlotte’s most distinctive and historic homes. You’ll find gothic architecture at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Georgian architecture on the campus of Queens University, and beautiful stately residences.
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(15) Explore the artwork at the Mint Museum Randolph
Spend an afternoon browsing the galleries and immersing yourself in the collections of African and European art and artifacts from the ancient Americas.
Location/hours: 2730 Randolph Road. Open Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm, Wednesday from 11am to 9pm, and Sunday from 1-5pm.
(16) Enjoy a glass of wine and a juicy steakburger at Reid’s Fine Foods
Stop in the specialty food market for gourmet pantry items, a nice bottle of wine, or a meal on the patio.
Pro-tip: Swing by on Tuesdays to enjoy half-priced steakburgers.
Location/hours: 2823 Selwyn Ave. Open Sunday and Monday from 8am to 8pm; Tuesday from 8am to 9pm, and Wednesday through Saturday from 8am to 10pm.
(17) Order a pizza or homemade pasta from Stagioni
Housed in a former villa, this quaint restaurant is a great spot for classic Italian food.
Location/hours: 715 Providence Road. Monday 5-9pm, Tuesday through Saturday 5-10pm. Closed on Sundays.
(18) Grab brunch at Fenwick’s
Fenwick’s has been a Myers Park staple for more than 30 years and popular among locals for casual dining.
Location/hours: 511 Providence Road. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 8pm.
(19) Dine on the patio at Napa on Providence
A popular brunch, lunch, and dinner spot, Napa on Providence offers something for every palate.
Location/hours: 110 Perrin Place. Open Monday through Thursday from 11:30am to 10pm; Friday and Saturday from 11:30am to 11pm; and Sunday from 11am to 9pm.
(20) Take the family to Deejai Thai
Deejai is a Charlotte staple for everything from family dinners to date night to weeknight takeout.
Location/hours: 613 Providence Road. Open Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 2:30pm, then from 5pm to 9:30pm; and on Saturday and Sunday from 5pm to 9:30pm.