Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

I just returned from a trip to Charlotte NC. I was visiting a friend. I also feel I made a new friend, Charlotte herself. What a charming and friendly town. Charlotte has a beautiful downtown area with an amazing greenway running through it for walking, running, biking or just hanging out. Public spaces are wonderful, green, artsy and plentiful.
Charlotte's location is kind of great too. There are a lot great towns and places to visit that are only an hour or two drive away.
The weather was steamy while I was there, 100's most days, it was steamy almost everywhere that week. There was still plenty to do and I discovered the secret to summer happiness, wear a hat...
This charming park is near downtown and is part of the greenway winding through the city.
A beautiful cityscape.

The path through the park is lined with birdhouses constructed with cement and decorated with bits of plates, cups, shells and whatever else worked for that particular creation.
Love the pink rose on this one.
The house seems to be an ode to MacKenzie- Childs.
The park is a great mix of form, function and creativity.
A nearby neighborhood was filled with wonderful restored homes. This neutral color palette is stunning.
The front yard garden scape is perfect for this house.
Love these colors. Wonderful details
Great scale and proportion.
Cobalt blue, now that is color confidence. Wish I could have seen the interiors.
On a day trip we went to Blowing Rock. Great views and a charming, friendly town.
I don't know who lives here, but I would like to look out their windows.
It was a beautiful day.
This is a section of the greenway winding through downtown (uptown?) Charlotte.

Another day we went to Gold Hill NC, a small town that is a combination of old time and artsy.
These buildings are the shops and studios of local artisans. I'd like to go back to Gold Hill for the amazing Fall Festival they have each year.

Quaint, rustic, appreciated...  I had a great summer vacation.
I found Charlotte and the towns of North Carolina to be charming, friendly and interesting. I would definitely go back.