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Located just under a half-hour from Uptown, Mint Hill blends peaceful, small-town vibes with unbeatable convenience.
Thanks to this appealing dichotomy, Mint Hill has experienced explosive growth in just a few, short years. The town is filled with locally owned gems worth exploring on your next date night, girls’ night or family outing.
- Pro tip: Several spots on our list are closed Sundays and Mondays, so plan your trip Tuesday-Saturday if you want to get the full Mint Hill experience.
(1) Sip a glass of wine at Vintner’s Hill Wine Bar & Bistro
This chic wine bar has an impressive selection and a cozy welcoming feel. You’ll find lunch and dinner options, plus a new brunch menu that’s worth a try. Split a bottle of wine and a charcuterie board on the patio as you listen to live music.
Location/hours: 7427 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd #108. Hours are 8am-9pm Monday-Thursday; 8am-10pm Friday and Saturday; and 10am-2pm Sunday.
(2) Enjoy fresh air at the Stevens Creek Nature Center & Preserve
The 281-acre nature preserve is home to a nearly 4-mile, well-maintained hiking trail that’s perfect for getting your heart rate up sans treadmill. The preserve is open 365 days a year, from sun-up to sundown.
- Leashed dogs are welcome.
- The nature center is brand new and worth a peek, too.
- It’s free to enjoy.
Location: 15700 Thompson Rd. Nature center hours are 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 1-5pm on Sunday.
(3) Enjoy a beer at Pour 64
After you’ve finished at Vintner’s Hill, keep the evening going with a stop next door at Pour 64. The casual beer joint serves up more than 40 taps of beer, plus cider and seltzers. If you’re a music buff, drop by Wednesdays for the ever-popular music bingo.
Location/hours: 4410 Mint Hill Village Ln. Suite #103. Hours are 3-9pm Tuesday; 4-9pm Wednesday and Thursday; 3-10pm Friday and Saturday; and closed Sunday and Monday.
(4) Get crafty at The Gift Workshop
If you’ve found yourself embracing your crafty side during the pandemic, you’ll love taking a class at The Gift Workshop. Enjoy expert-led programs where you can make everything from welcome signs for your home to bath bombs. The Gift Workshop shares a space with the Mint Hill Flower Market, so while you’re there, grab a bouquet to freshen up your space.
Location/hours: 7717 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd. Open 11am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday.
(5) Satisfy your sweet tooth at Carolina Creamery
This unassuming ice cream shop dishes up a plethora of tasty flavors. They’ve got the classics (think chocolate chip cookie dough) along with more unusual offerings.
- Note: Right now, service is via walkup-window only.
Location/hours: 11300 Lawyers Rd. Suite A. Hours are 1-8pm Monday; noon-8pm Tuesday-Thursday; noon-9pm Friday-Saturday; closed Sunday.
(6) Play disc golf at Veterans Memorial Park
The 50-acre park boasts tons of activities to take advantage of on a beautiful autumn day. This includes beach volleyball courts, soccer fields, tennis courts, a nine-hole disc golf course, handball courts, horseshoe pits, a bike path and a 1-mile nature trail.
Location: 8850 Fairview Rd. It’s open daily from 7am-10:30pm from March through October and 7am-10pm from November through February.
(7) Get your caffeine fix at Mint Hill Roasting Company
This eclectic coffee shop offers zippy drinks served in an adorable setting. Make it a point to head to the front porch for some prime people-watching as you enjoy your drink. Whether you want something simple or are looking for a seasonal sipper, like a s’mores latte, you’ll find it here. They make the majority of their menu items, including syrups and pastries, in-house.
Location: 7201 Matthews Mint Hill Road. Hours are 7am-7pm Monday-Wednesday and Friday; 7am-5pm Thursday; and 8am-5pm Sunday.
(8) Expand your collection at Rally Squirrel Cards
Sports cards have made a major comeback during the pandemic as people searched for a safe, nostalgic hobby while stuck at home. Whether you’ve revisited your love of sports cards, Pokemon cards, Magic the Gathering or all of the above, Rally Squirrel Cards has you covered. New releases come in weekly, so you can continue to grow your collection. Buy singles or sealed boxes and packs.
Location: 11300 Lawyers Rd. Suite L. Open 10am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday.
(9) Find your breakfast fuel up at J-Birds
J-Birds nails the perfect combination of tasty food, huge portions, and low prices. It’s a no-frills spot that’s been a Mint Hill staple for years. You’ll find omelets the size of your head, tasty grits, and lunch options, too. While you’re there, spend some time browsing the sports memorabilia that decorates the restaurant (NASCAR fans will love the Dale Earnhardt gear) and check out the vintage arcade games.
Location/hours: 7917 Fairview Rd. 6am-2pm Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday.
(10) Grab a burger at The Hill Bar & Grill
The Hill is the quintessential Mint Hill neighborhood hangout. It’s the perfect place to grab a burger and watch a football game or belly up to the handbuilt bar for a drink with friends. They’re known for their wings, but customers also rave about their homemade zucchini burger. The Reuben sandwich is another fan favorite.
Location/hours: 11232 Lawyers Rd. Open 11am-9pm Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday.
(11) Grab a slice at Big Guy’s Pizza
This family-owned pizza spot has been a Mint Hill Staple for nearly 20 years. If you’re looking to feed a group, their 28-inch pie will do the trick. Go for a classic, like meat lover’s, or create your own. They also have gluten-free pizza, as well as salads, sandwiches and Italian plates, like chicken parm and lasagna.
Location/hours: 6914 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd. Open 4-8pm Tuesday-Sunday; closed Monday.
(12) Sample something sweet at Daphne’s Bakery
The family-owned bakery offers tasty treats to satisfy every kind of sweet tooth. You’ll find a rotating array of funky-flavored cupcakes (recent picks include cookies n’ cream and key lime) as well as cakes, pies, muffins and more. Besides serving tasty goodness, Daphne’s has another mission in mind. They donate unsold products to area food pantries and make it a point to purchase ingredients from local farmers whenever possible.
Location/hours: 7609 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd. Open 9am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday.
(13) Give a non-boring gift at Goodness Gracious
The next time you’re about to bring another bottle of wine to someone’s housewarming party, stop yourself and detour to Goodness Gracious. The adorable retailer has unique, thoughtful gifts, including home decor, candles, hand soaps, seasonal items, gourmet snacks and more
Location/hours: 7701 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd. Open from 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday.
(14) Find your new favorite artist at Hardy Boys Records & Comics
No matter what kind of music you’re into, you’ll find it at Hardy Boys Records & Comics. As the name suggests, they’ve got a wide selection of comic books to browse if that’s more your speed. Looking to Marie Kondo your current collection? They also buy gently used items.
Location: 11237 Lawyers Rd. Open 10am-6pm Monday-Friday; 10am-5pm on Saturday; closed Sunday.
(15) Support local artists at Mint Hill Arts
This public gallery showcases work from community artists. Here you’ll find art classes for adults and children, a gift shop, and (in non-COVID times) studio demonstrations. The public gallery is free to browse, and exhibits rotate throughout the year. All community members are welcome to enter the gallery’s art shows.
Location: 11205 Lawyers Rd., Suite A. Hours are noon-3pm Wednesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Tuesday.
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