5 road trips to take from Charlotte while listening to “Red (Taylor’s Version)”

5 road trips to take from Charlotte while listening to “Red (Taylor’s Version)”

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Here are five destinations about 2 hours and 10 minutes from Charlotte — the full length of Taylor Swift’s Red re-release.

  • My strategy is to listen all the way through at least once before I engage in any internet chatter or read hot takes. A long drive is just what I need to soak in every lyric.
  • Listen here.

1. Asheville

What to do: Go for champagne (problems) at Battery Park Book Exchange while you process your feelings. Something about about the champagne bar and used book combo feels very T. Swift.

Battery Park Book Exchange champagne bar book store

Photo: Emma Way/Axios


2. Boone/Grandfather Mountain

What to do: After the rollercoaster of emotions that comes with a 10-minute “All Too Well,” why not shake things up a little more with the Mile High Swinging Bridge. Then head to Lost Province Brewing Co. for the comfort of pizza and beer.

lost province boone beer

Photo: Emma Way/Axios


3. Durham

What to do: Keep the main character vibes going with lunch at Foster’s Market. Any restaurant that identifies as a “market” has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes me feel like I’m starring in my own show (despite the casual setting).

The Durham Hotel

Stay at The Durham Hotel while you’re there if you want to treat yourself. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios


4. Sanford

What to do: Have dinner at Fonda Lupita, which was on Eater’s list of 11 best new restaurants in America — because greatness goes hand in hand with greatness.

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5. Greenville

What to do: Head to Otto Izakaya and debate which of the 30 songs are the best over sushi. (Don’t worry, the restaurant is open late so you can take your time and order rolls all night.)

Otto Izakaya downtown Greenville, yea that Greenville, #yeathatgreenville, upstate, Greenville, sc, South Carolina, Upstate

Otto Izakaya. Paige Hopkins/Axios

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