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!

DAY 1


10:00am

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.”


11:30am

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.


1:00pm

Sip a coffee, have some food and walk around 7th Street Public Market
(224 E 7th St)


2:30pm

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.”


3:30pm

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.


5:00pm

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.


8:00pm

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.

DAY 2


9:00am

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.


12:00pm

Grab a dessert at Reigning Doughnuts
(3120 N Davidson St)

“In the fall, the apple cider doughnut is a best-seller.”


12:30pm

Snap some photos of the stunning murals at the NoDa Art District
(See map here)


1:30pm

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.


3:00pm

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.


3:30pm

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.


5:00pm

Grab a cone at Elizabeth Creamery
(1535 Elizabeth Ave)

Have one last sweet treat at this famous local creamery.


6:00pm

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

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