We’re so excited about our new store opening in Charlotte’s South End this week: West Elm at Atherton Mill! To honor the occasion in partnership with SpringHill Suites, we asked travel photographer Ana Linares (@ananewyork) to share her favorite spots in the city for a perfect weekend getaway. “Charlotte is probably most known for its breweries, but there’s also a great arts scene, kind of like Miami,” she says.
Read on for her recs below!
Start the day with brunch at La Belle Helene
(300 S Tryon St)
Kick things off with a cute brunch at La Belle Helene, designed by renowned Parisian designer Richard Lafond. “When I posted these photos on my Instagram, it got so many reposts,” Ana says. “I think it’s one of the cutest French bistros in the whole country.”
See some great art at the Mint Museum Uptown
(500 S Tryon St)
This museum has two locations in Charlotte – Uptown and Randolph – but the Uptown one will keep you close to all the action.
Sip a coffee, have some food and walk around 7th Street Public Market
(224 E 7th St)
Still hungry? Grab a bite at Amélie’s French Bakery
(380 S College St)
“It’s worth going just to see the fun art inside.”
Take a cab to the new West Elm in South End
(Atherton Mill – 214 South Blvd)
Shop our latest and greatest at this brand new Charlotte store, including unique finds from LOCAL makers.
Relax and recharge at SpringHill Suites
(311 E 5th St)
“I love that all these locations are right in the vicinity of the hotel, which makes things so much easier,” Ana says.
Have a drink on the rooftop at Merchant and Trade
(303 S Church St)
Just a short walk from the hotel, this is a great way to end the evening.
Have a Southern-style brunch at Haberdish
(3106 N Davidson St)
“Everyone says this is definitely one of the best brunches in Charlotte,” Ana says.
Grab a dessert at Reigning Doughnuts
(3120 N Davidson St)
“In the fall, the apple cider doughnut is a best-seller.”
Snap some photos of the stunning murals at the NoDa Art District
(See map here)
Grab a few craft beers at Heist Brewery
(2909 N Davidson St)
You can’t fully enjoy Charlotte without spending time at one of their world-famous breweries.
Head over to the Commonwealth neighborhood and hit up Undercurrent Coffee Shop
(1115 North Brevard St)
There are a lot of cute shops in this area, but make sure you fuel up with a coffee here first.
Get some shopping in at Moxie Mercantile
There’s a lot to love about this local boutique with vintage finds. “It’s really cute and has well-curated items,” Ana says.
Grab a cone at Elizabeth Creamery
(1535 Elizabeth Ave)
Have one last sweet treat at this famous local creamery.
Head back to SpringHill Suites to hang out, order room service or have a drink at the bar
(311 E 5th St)
“The hotel is right across the street from a huge basketball stadium, so you could also check to see if there’s a game,” Ana says.
Photography by Ana Linares