Recommendations

Bike Source

Bike Source is a gigantic bike store in Charlotte’s South End – truly one of the biggest and most comprehensive stores I’ve ever visited, and that is reflected by its 2013 Best of Charlotte award! To accompany the size of the store, there is a large staff of willing and able employees ready to help with all your bike and …

Crisp

Named “Best Lunch of Charlotte 2009,” Crisp features fresh chopped salads, sandwiches, soups, and pizzas at all three of its Charlotte locations. The menu includes a variety of unique proteins, including pork tenderloin, several types of fish, and tofu, so every palette and dietary need is sure to be satisfied. Patrons can choose to create their own salads or select …

Charlotte Running Company

Charlotte’s most popular running store is located in the popular Dilworth Shopping Center on East Boulevard, close to Freedom Park. The full-service store offers video gait analysis on a treadmill in the store, and runners are tested in a neutral shoe. The store carries all major shoe brands, including the increasingly popular Hokas and Newtons, although its most minimalist shoes …

McMullen Creek Greenway

Charlotte has an extensive greenway system in the metro area, and the McMullen Creek Greenway is one of the most popular greenways in the network. Connected to Four Mile and McAlpine Creek Greenways (both of which are undergoing construction until November 2014), the McMullen Creek Greenway is 5.8 miles in length. The horseshoe-shaped trail is predominantly hard-packed dirt/clay and gravel, …

Sherman Branch Mountain Bike Park

It is important to note that the parking lot for the facility is not located on Camp Stewart Road despite the address above. When using a GPS, continue on Rocky River Church Road past Camp Stewart Road and the parking lot will be located shortly after the intersection on the left. The gravel lot has space available for 30-40 cars …

Energy Cafe

Energy Cafe has two locations downtown for business people or those traveling to the city center. Located in the Bank of America Plaza and the Duke Energy Center, the Energy Cafe restaurants offer quick, healthy meals, smoothies, and energy bars for breakfast and lunch. ┬áBreakfast sandwiches, smoothies, and fresh made energy bars are available throughout the day. Make-your-own salads are …

Freedom Park

Freedom Park is truly an urban oasis with a multitude of fitness options for every type of exercise enthusiast! The 98-acre park, centered around a duck pond, offers wide concrete multi-use paths, tennis courts, basketball courts, and bikes for rent. It’s common to see people walking their dogs, running, and cycling throughout the park, and the atmosphere is peaceful enough …

Viva Chicken

This Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken restaurant located near downtown Charlotte is truly a gem! Next to Providence Hospital and Charlotte Community College, the restaurant emphasizes delicious, healthy food at affordable prices. The house specialty is the quinoa-stuffed avocado, which I ordered with pulled chicken. It was truly some of the best food I have ever had! The fresh food is served …

Renaissance Park

Renaissance Park is one of the Charlotte area’s most popular running and biking locations, and with easy access to 6.5 miles of dirt and gravel trails relatively near the city, it’s easy to understand why. Parking is available at multiple locations within the park, including the tennis courts or the athletic fields, and the trails can be accessed from both …

Luna’s Living Kitchen

Located in Charlotte’s trendy South End, Luna’s Living Kitchen is the go-to restaurant for raw food fanatics in the Charlotte metro area. This raw, organic, and entirely vegan restaurant serves locally sourced dishes and smoothies made from a host of super fresh ingredients. For those who may not be completely vegan, the friendly and helpful staff is available and willing …