Top 6 Date Ideas in Charlotte

Tired of the typical dinner and a movie on date night?  Let’s face it, date night can become pretty predictable. Whether it’s your first date or you just want to spice up your date night; here are 6 great date ideas to get you out and about in Charlotte.

1. Tasting and Tours

Charlotte has some of the most beautiful wineries and vineyards. There is nothing more romantic than taking a stroll in the vineyard and having a picnic. The Treehouse Vineyard is one of my favorite. They host many wine tasting events and tours. There is even a treehouse on the property that can be rented for an overnight stay.

The Treehouse Vineyard in Charlotte

2. Art Gallery Crawl

NoDa is Charlotte’s  most popular art district and eclectic area. It has an array of artists, music, independent restaurants, shops, live performances and street vendors. Take a stroll down the street of NoDa sipping wine and appreciate the abstract art exhibits.

NoDa in Charlotte

3.Eat, Drink, and Play

Show your competitive spirit at Dave and Buster’s. What better way to break the ice on a first date than a little competition. Dave and Buster’s offers food, drinks and games all in one spot.

4. Feeling Adventurous

Enjoy the outdoors at U.S. National Whitewater Center. This premier outdoor center offers whitewater rafting, biking, zip lines, live music, craft beer and much more.

U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte

5. Foodie Truck Friday

Every Friday night, Charlotte’s favorite food trucks gather on the lot at the corner of Park and Camden in the Historic South End. These definitely aren’t any old roach carts on wheels. Some of the best foods in the state can be tasted here. The atmosphere and aroma are amazing which is perfect for any date night.

6. Laugh out Loud

Enjoy a great improv comedy show at Charlotte’s Comedy Theater. What makes the comedy theater special is the fact that is located in the music factory district, which makes it easy to not only laugh til you can’t no more but also catch a live concert.

Regardless of it’s your first date or just tired of the same dinner and movie routine, there’s plenty to do in the city of Charlotte. So go out, explore and live a little, all in love.

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Nikia H. currently living in the beautiful city of Charlotte. I am a lifestyle content creator who blogs about relationships, fashion, beauty, fitness and everything in between.

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Late Flights & Early Mornings

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“Bae, if we both become successful is this what life for us is going to be like?”

That was the million-dollar question of the night posed by my S.O. as he unpacked his overnight bag and I packed mine. Would this really be what our lives would be like? Seeing each other in passing… one coming home as the other is leaving.

It possibly could be. I mean isn’t success what we were working so hard for? We push each other to be the best at what we do and support each other’s efforts wholeheartedly so it could only be a matter of time before this becomes our lives.

Being a young, working professional trying to figure out a set career path in itself is not easy. There’s already so much pressure to build a successful career, make a lot of money, plan for your financial future, travel to expand your knowledge and experiences, stay in shape and healthy. When you add dating and relationships into the mix it fells like TOO MUCH!!!! But you can’t let that stop you from pursuing a relationship or maintaining an already existing relationship.

That is why it is so important for us to carve out time to spend together. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. I just enjoy being in his company. So if he is sitting at the table editing pictures, I sit there too, most of the time in silence. I also surprisingly enjoy the time spent with him as his {unpaid} assistant while he’s “shooting in the gym”, his studio.

I used to think that in order to “date” my S.O. we had to be going somewhere. But ohhhhhh, how wrong was I. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to go out sometimes but as working professionals with time and energy constraints, going out is not always in the cards. So I revel in the moments that we get to spend on the sofa with my head on his shoulder watching Big Bang Theory. In those moments our bond is growing stronger just because we are together.

You get enough pressure from society; you don’t need to pressure yourself. Alleviate some of the pressure by turning off that internal clock that says you’re running out of time.  Even as we become more successful and the distance of our travels separates us farther, we will be okay because I couldn’t imagine my life any other way.

How do you stay connected to your significant other while balancing a hectic life? What keeps you motivated?

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My Priceless Disneyland Date

D797E15E84My priceless date was the worst day ever in the very best way. It was October of 2014 and my husband (then boyfriend) Brandon and I were leaders in our youth group who were asked to go to Disneyland to facilitate the younger students there. Brandon and I had only been officially dating for a few short months and what better way to get to know someone than to go to the happiest place on earth? I was glad I was able to score a last-minute job at my college cafe to work up the money to go to go on the trip. Brandon, on the other hand, was currently in between jobs and ended up working small projects and selling his beloved mini fridge to get the money to go for us to hang out with each other. I was so excited that we could both be together and I was looking forward stress-free weekend. We traveled down with the youth group in a huge bus to California, spending the night at a church and off to Disneyland that morning. Up until now, this trip was pretty smooth until we actually got to the park. Unfortunately, there were quite a few problems that happened that day…

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Double Up

 

Double dates can be awesome or extremely terrible. There are so many factors and variables to consider and one of the most important ones is picking the right couple to invite out. The default decision is to invite your closest friend with a significant other whether your bf/gf likes them or not. I’ve been told by multiple married couples to make married/engaged couple friends to hang out with.

But my favorite couple to double date with is my parents.

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I was not your stereotypical daddy’s girl, nor was my mom my best friend that I talked to everyday when I was growing up or even now. However, the older I get, the more I realize that my parents are the two coolest people I’ve ever met. Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends and enjoy getting to know Caleb’s friends through double dates but double dating with my parents come with certain perks that can’t easily be matched.

Perks of double dating with your parents:

  • They have a flexible schedule – their kids are grown, my dad is retired, and my mom is about 12 months away from retiring so she has tapered down her activities.
  • They have a more flexible income – Sallie Mae isn’t breathing down their back and again they have grown kids with one that is able to send some money their way occasionally (shout out to my big sis, one day)
  • They are a solid, never breaking up couple – The revolving door doesn’t exist and I never have to learn a new name and the wisdom they bestow upon us (insert euphoric gif)

While most old school parents don’t believe in drinking with their kids, my parents do and that’s why our next double date will be a wine tasting nearby.

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Date courtesy of Groupon – Wine Tasting for four at Vinzinni Farms

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