Thursday, April 26, 2012

Guest Post: April of A. Liz Adventures

Hi ya'll, and a huge thanks to Katie for inviting me to guest post while she is on vacation! I'm April and I blog at A. Liz Adventures, where I write about everything from newlywed life to recipes to DIY ideas ... and other fun tidbits in between.

Living in Charlotte is pretty dang wonderful, if I do say so myself.  There is never a shortage of fun, interesting, and exciting adventures to explore.  If you've never been to our "Queen City," let me give you a little tour of the place I am so proud to call home. 

Charlotte is right above the border of South Carolina, where I grew up and went to college.  The location is wonderful -- just over one hour from my parents, two hours from the mountains, three hours from the beach! 

Here's a glimpse at my "perfect Charlotte day."

When it's warm out, there's nothing that I like to do more than start out the day at the farmer's market.  Fresh flowers galore, homemade jams and pickles, and produce that will make your heart sing.  No need to get gussied up -- just throw on a baseball cap and a little lip gloss, and you're good to go.

After the farmers market, I'll come home to arrange the flowers and then sneak in a little trip to the gym or a walk around the block with our dog, Drake.

What do you know, it's time to get ready for brunch with girlfriends at Pewter Rose!  Of course, I'll have the quiche with the fresh fruit and a pomegranate mimosa.

After brunch, we'll head over to Phillips Place where we can visit a few boutiques, walk into a nice jewelry store to gaze longingly at the sparkling jewels, and then maybe grab some Pinkberry or a glass of bubbly at Dean and Deluca.

As much as I love the eye candy at boutiques, we'll then head to my FAVORITE shopping spot in Charlotte -- Sleepy Poet Antique Mall!  Don't let the picture below fool you -- it's not tiny.  It is 55,000 square feet of antique treasures.

If it's a Sunday in June, you can most definitely catch me at Pops In The Park.  The Charlotte Symphony plays themed music into the evening hours as you listen from your quilt and picnic set-up.

Sounds like a pretty fun day to me!

Another great thing about Charlotte is the proximity to lakes.  If you venture slightly north of the city, you'll arrive at Lake Norman.  This pretty lake will always guarantee you a good time, and maybe even a few sightings of a Nascar driver's home.

You can probably see why I'm so wild about this city.  Never a dull moment, and what I've shown is just the tip of the iceberg! 

Thanks, Katie, for letting me brag on Charlotte for a bit.  I hope ya'll will visit me at A. Liz Adventures soon!


Crissy Rae said...

Sounds like a wonderful day! I love antique shopping and can't wait to check out Sleepy Poet, especially now that it has a shout out :)

Amanda English said...

We live in Raleigh so all of your reasons for loving it seem all too familiar! xoxo A-

Mrs. Type A said...

Love it! One of my bffs lives in Charlotte and I live in Raleigh and I love both of the cities!

Hilary said...

Aw, I love this! Makes me wanna...take a back road... and be there! I *so* need to hit up that Antique Mall when we return.

pam {simple details} said...

I've never been, but your fabulous tour sounds like a perfect place I need to put on my list!

Alexandra Bee Blog said...

My best friend lived in Charlotte a few years so I always loved the chance to visit her! Love that farmer's market pic of you, April!

Unknown said...

Looks awesome...that is a city Ive been wanting to explore!

Sunkissed and Southern said...

Love this. Makes me want to go to the lake!

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