QC Exclusive - No. 85 - 2022 - Issue 4 - The Luxury Issue

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The Quintessential Charlotte Luxury Magazine

The Luxury Issue Charlotte's high-rise living, delicious fine dining, and boutique shopping experiences plus The Carolinas' idyllic vacation homes, travel destinations, and luxury communities. N O . 8 5 | M AY / J U N E 2 0 2 2

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Pastoral Pastels Greg Barnes shares his fine art with collectors and students.

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A Space To Gather Galleries at 811 brings a medley of art and community collaboration to Providence Road.

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Iconic Florals Donald Sultan’s contemporary works comes to Jerald Melberg Gallery.

FOOD & DRINK RESTAURANTS • DISHES • LIBATIONS

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Where Mind Meets Body Tiffany Mielnik Parrish’s crystal clear vision comes to life with The Spa at Selenite.

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A Lesson In Style And Grace Whitney Douglas brings her eye for fashion and stylish sensibilities to Charlotte and beyond.

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Something New Comes Knocking Alex Verica’s food is on display once again as PARA opens in South End.

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The Jimmy’s Grilled Octopus A tasty dish in Myers Park.

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Vana’s Bone Marrow Something unique in South End.

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Osteria Luca’s Manhattan An afterwork cocktail on Park Road.

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Sister’s Last Word A colorful drink in Plaza Midwood.

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HOME & DESIGN PROFILES • SPACES • FEATURED HOME

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Design Boldly Danielle Knox Interiors pushes clients to think outside the box.

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The High Life Discover our top communities, complexes, and condos that exemplify high-end living.

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A Total Transformation A beautiful and bright kitchen from Alexis Pawling.

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Designed For Lake Living Dominique Delaney delivers with this design.

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Rustic Elegance Rustic meets contemporary in this Gerrard Builders space.

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A Dazzling Mountain Villa (cover shot) Blowing Rock’s most stunning luxury property rental for an unforgettable getaway.

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Beyond Golf More to Moore County including walkable downtowns, parks, historical sites, and eateries.

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A Heavenly Stay A hip luxury lodging option in Charleston’s historic district.

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A Rustic Retreat Discover the luxury rental located in the heart of North Carolina’s wine country.

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Finding Forever Luxury communities of The Carolinas.

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Well Crafted A shortlist of Charlotte's local luxury retailers and jewelers.

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For The Love Of Food Some of our favorites in Charlotte's fine dining for 2022.

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No. 85 Our annual luxury issue is always a fun one to design. There's something about being able to share some of the finer things in the city and region that makes it such an enjoyable one. This 2022 edition is no different. We had such a great time seeing some posh homes, eating fine fare, visiting some truly elegant destinations, and staying at some of the more luxurious airbnbs you can find in the Carolinas. Some of our favorite experiences were food related. We visited the new South End restaurant PARA and were truly impressed with the beauty and color of the dishes on the menu. We sipped some delicious cocktails at Sister in Plaza Midwood, sampled a classic at Park Road's Osteria Luca, tasted bone marrow at VANA, and mouth-watering octopus at Myers Park's The Jimmy. We also shared some of our favorite fine dining experiences of 2022. In the home and design realm, we got a chance to talk to Danielle Knox of Danielle Knox Interiors and step into a gorgeous newly finished project. We also tour three spaces from Alexis Pawling, Dominique Delaney, and Gerrard Builders that we think you'll really love. We traveled to The Sandhills to explore the area made famous by golf, but we share what we love beyond the links about Southern Pines and Pinehurst. We also stayed in two of the nicest bnbs in North Carolina, a manor nestled on 100 acres in Elkin and a Blowing Rock masterpiece with the most-enviable views. Aside from all of this luxe, we see the art of talented artist Greg Barnes, visit The Galleries At 811, get excited for a new show at Jerald Melberg, and more! Enjoy and we'll see you in early July for our next issue. Sincerely, Jon-Paul Grice, Art Director Brett Barter, Publisher



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PASTOR A L PAST ELS Greg Barnes shares his fine art with collectors and students. words SUNNY HUBLER

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Charlotte-based artist Greg Barnes has pursued art in his life in many ways, oscillating between the studio and taking his work on the road, creating works and teaching workshops. Barnes graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelors in Fine Art before moving on to jobs in fields like technical illustration, printing, computer graphics, and multimedia programming. Today, he travels the country to sell his art at fine art festivals, teach pastel workshops, and participate in plein air (outdoor painting) events. Barnes’ art is a combination of impressionism and realism, often focused on landscapes. His is a style of working he describes as “quick and loose” done primarily with soft pastels in an attempt to capture a fleeting moment in nature. Barnes shared more with us about his process and what led him to where he is today. What inspired you to foray into the art world? Art class was always my favorite while in elementary and high school. When it came time to declare a major in college, I chose fine art. In 2002, 15 years after graduating college, I made the choice to pursue a career as a fine artist. How did your minor in Biology impact your artwork? Another favorite subject in my early years was biology; I loved nature and the study of all things living. I used to spend hours in the woods just exploring and searching for different creatures and plants. These experiences created a strong link

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to the plein air aspect of my painting habits. My favorite thing is to be outside capturing the beauty of nature. What is your process, from start to finish, like? My process has gotten refined over the past several years. For the first 5-10 years, I would paint almost every day. Combined with the painting, I would study works of artists I admired, always asking myself why I liked their work. With all that information percolating inside me, it became easier and easier to produce work that I was happy with. My actual process begins with a quick pencil sketch to locate the main shapes and composition. I quickly dive in by finding the darkest shapes, creating a silhouette of the scene. Other values and colors are blocked in before smudging the first layer with a paper towel to consolidate all the shapes. From there, I continue to work around the main areas, slowly adding details where I want the eye to move. Typically I will sign the piece when it “feels” like it’s getting close to a finish. I’ve found that it’s always better to stop sooner than later to avoid overworking the piece. How did your jobs in tech illustration and the like prepare you for your current career? Those early jobs out of college helped me mostly with the administration part of being an artist. I got proficient at several graphics programs like Photoshop, which I now use to scan and document all my original paintings. From there, I’m able to produce high quality prints and marketing materials for my business.


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Tell us about the traveling side of your work. Traveling and seeing new places has always been high on my list of loves. Being able to pair that love of travel with my art career was a dream come true. Once I began painting outdoors, I couldn’t get enough of the variety that traveling provides. Different landscapes provide different challenges, and being able to study those varying subjects through plein air painting has only strengthened my abilities in recreating them. info barnesstudios.com @gbarnesstudios

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Galleries at 811 brings a medley of art and community collaboration to Providence Road. words SUNNY HUBLER

Galleries at 811 has contributed in a unique way to the arts scene in Charlotte: The space expands upon the typical “gallery” to bring fine art, high-end fashion, and provide a place where area creatives can explore ideas and share them with the broader community. Once inside the Providence Road gallery, operated by owner and founder Caren Wingate and Gallery Director Meghan Cummins, you’ll find a collection of local and regional art plus a variety of types of art for sale, from wall art to curated furnishings and beautiful glass and porcelain sculpture. The space is a dedicated community hub, with monthly shows for featured artists,

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opportunities for guests to meet and interact with the artists, and chances for collaboration. “We are very open-minded and open to suggestions from our artists and our neighborhood,” Meghan says. “We invite ideas, and wanted to combine Charlotte’s gracious spirit of hospitality with a beautiful and relaxing environment where art and fashion meet. We [also] do not require exclusive representation, which allows artists to show their work in more than one location.” The Galleries at 811’s team also works closely to coordinate events and installations with their building mate, the custom frame shop Coffey & Thompson.



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welcome and free to enjoy our offerings at their own pace, hopefully with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. How do you find the talented local artists you display? We, as individuals, are privileged to share friendships with many creatives in Charlotte. When we were programming the building, we reached out to artists we knew and word traveled through them. We’re now being contacted by artists from all over the country, but local and regional artists have priority with us. We also have a heart for young artists, so guests can expect to see new work from up-and-comers. In what ways has Galleries at 811 been able to bring people together? We host a variety of events at 811. The first meeting of the 811 Arts & Culture Society was held the first Tuesday in March. Our speaker was Michael Gallis and he discussed the differences between Chinese and Western Art. Attendees bring their lunch, buy a beverage from Rosie’s and engage in a salon lecture and discussion. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month. Our April subject is Art of the Coral Reef and Grazia Walker is our speaker. We have a full roster of events planned for the building, with the details on our website. The space is also available for private events. info galleries811.com / @galleriesat811clt

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On display through June 11, see the colorful, contemporary works of Donald Sultan for yourself at Jerald Melberg Gallery in Myers Park. Iconic Florals will showcase the American painter, sculptor, and printmaker’s large-scale still life paintings. Sultan is also well-known for his use of industrial materials like tar, enamel, spackle and vinyl tile. A native of Asheville, NC, Sultan was recognized with the 2010 North Carolina Award, the highest award a state can bestow on a civilian. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Jerald Melberg Gallery will present his iconic paintings, conte crayon drawings, sculpture and screenprints in Sultan’s inaugural solo exhibition with the gallery. This is a rare show you won’t want to miss. info jeraldmelberg.com / @jeraldmelberg

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W H ER E M I N D M EETS BODY Tiffany Mielnik Parrish’s crystal clear vision comes to life with The Spa at Selenite. words SUNNY HUBLER

In 2020, Tiffany Mielnik Parrish opened Selenite Beauty in the heart of bustling, historic South End. Her mission was always to create a beautiful, inviting space focused on educating and uplifting customers about beauty and wellness. Selenite Beauty rapidly became a destination providing safe, effective alternatives to the harsh products on most store shelves. In 2022, Tiffany unveiled the missing piece, and officially opened The Spa at Selenite in the upstairs of her Camden Road beauty boutique. It’s a cozy, modern-meets-vintage escape from the busy South End streets, and the experience is truly that of holistic wellness. In perfect keeping with the name, The Spa will embody all that the selenite crystal is said to: healing, peace and calm, mental clarity, and well-being.

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You can visit The Spa for guided meditation or a facial, sound healing, one-on-one yoga or a lash lift. Tiffany herself will continue to manage day-to-day operations of the retail store, e-commerce, and the spa. Black Dove Interiors helped create Tiffany’s airy, luxe vision, while Fine Grit crafted custom cabinets and a modern built-in sofa. Expect an earthy ambiance with Parisian-inspired tile, Spanish-inspired niche walls, modern rounded columns, vintage artifacts, and limewash paint. “Sometimes professional high-grade treatment spaces can feel cold, intimidating, and uncomfortable,” Tiffany explains. “We've created The Spa at Selenite to be luxurious and relaxing while still providing results-driven services… it’s the perfect balance between holistic relaxation and professional-grade treatments.”


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“We've created The Spa at Selenite to be luxurious and relaxing while still providing results-driven services.”

Indeed, Selenite is not your average spa experience. While you’ll find aesthetic services like waxing, sugaring, and brow and lash treatments, the primary focus is on high-touch, customized facials, including a buccal massage facial (a hard to find internal deep tissue face massage technique targeting the jaw and lymph), oxygen facials, and microcurrent. In addition to aesthetic services, Tiffany’s team will also offer wellness services like one-on-one or two-on-one guided meditations, reiki, guided yoga sessions, and massage therapy. The wellness room is available to book on its own for anyone looking for a quiet escape to practice or simply unwind. “Opening a spa has always been on the roadmap for Selenite since the very beginning,” Tiffany says. “We knew we wanted to bring our community immersive experiences ranging from educational classes to full aesthetic services. The spa was a natural next step that allows us to bring our customers personalized skincare and wellness experiences for the mind and body.” The Spa at Selenite is an extension of the downstairs retail space, so the same ingredient screening process applies to the products Tiffany’s service providers rely on. Facials are at the heart of The Spa, and Tiffany explains that consistent facials are an excellent way to deeply treat the skin. Expect clean beauty brands like Osea, Kypris, and Josh Rosebrook, with Eminence Organics as the main spa product line. The emphasis on going beyond external care was very inten-

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tional: Mental health and stress management will be used at The Spa, and every service includes a signature Selenite opening ritual to cleanse negative energy and promote total mind/ body relaxation. The holistic estheticians are on hand to help clients establish a routine that will work long-term, while considering various lifestyle factors, like stress or lack of sleep. “We wanted to bring a unique point of view and aesthetic to Charlotte,” Tiffany says. “It's so easy to get wrapped up in hustle culture, especially in our society that rewards overworking. We want to provide people with a place where they can rest, relax, and reduce stress to help them be a better version of themself when they leave our spa. All in all, we want to make a healthy and balanced lifestyle more attainable for the members of our community.” The Spa at Selenite will offer options for monthly membership that include a discounted monthly facial and 10% off additional services and products at Selenite Beauty. The wellness room is available to book for anyone who is looking for a quiet place to hit pause and reflect, and intimate, 1-on-1 or 2-on-1 yoga/meditation sessions are options for beginners just scratching the surface or for seasoned meditators looking to dive deeper into the practice. info selenitebeauty.com / @thespaatselenite



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Whitney Douglas brings her eye for fashion and stylish sensibilities to Charlotte and beyond. words SUNNY HUBLER

Whitney Douglas knows a thing or two about fashion. The owner of Wardrobe With Whitney has built her extensive experience across the board: A graduate of Bauder College with a BA focus on Fashion Merchandising & Marketing, she was also part of the historic team at Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue’s flagship as a visual and window stylist and worked six seasons of New York Fashion Week with Harlem's Fashion Row as an assistant production manager. Originally from Columbia, SC, Whitney has spent her time between the cities of Charlotte, Atlanta and New York over the last 15 years. Now, with Wardrobe With Whitney, she helms an image consulting boutique out of Charlotte, offering styling services, closet cleanups, and more. Whitney answered our questions about what got her interested in fashion, what running a business is like, and more.

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Tell us about what you did before you became a stylist, and how you made the decision to start your own business? I initially began my quest in the industry via runway modeling. I later became a runway coach to aspiring young girls at age 17 before leaving for college in Atlanta. I've always wanted to be a "fashion consultant." I had business cards at age 16 with that title [laughs]. At a young age, I wasn't sure what it looked like, but I wanted that life. I made the decision to start my own business after years of learning and assisting some of the greats in the industry. Being your own boss is always challenging, but I personally thrive being challenged. What is your day-to-day work like? My day-to-day life can look different depending on the week.


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“Being your own boss is always challenging, but I personally thrive being challenged.”

I treat Mondays as a logistics/PR day to handle all business communications for the week and plan for client and designer reach out. If I'm working a gig, shopping and return days and travel are included. I also like to visit local boutiques and consignment shops weekly to hunt for second hand picks for future concepts. Describe the various services you provide, and who your clients are. My service menu consists of wardrobe and virtual styling, brand styling, closet cleanse, and wardrobe coaching. My clients are all kinds of adults and kids. Professionals, executives, and entrepreneurs who seek to command rooms, establish a presence, build confidence, and have clarity in their lifestyle. Was it always a dream of yours to pursue a career that incorporated fashion? My admiration for fashion and presentation began watching my mother dress to impress daily and witnessing her work. I learned how to present things with taste through interior design and wardrobe. Yes, it has always been a dream of mine to pursue a creative career path as early as I can remember. What inspires you? How do you find new ideas? I am inspired by everything. I always say inspiration is all around us. I'm inspired by colors, shapes, architecture, street style, creative conversation, movies, television, magazines, content creators, the weather, you name it. It's through life that I'm able to conceptualize an idea. The theme, the mood, the story to tell.

a "trend" my own, but I typically do my own thing. However, for my clients it's important for me to keep up with current trends. Right now, sustainability is in. You're seeing more people explore great finds from second hand and consignment favorites like The Real Real, ThreadUP, or even Rent The Runway. I think more people are being conscious of what they invest into and consume. Who are some of your favorite Southern tastemakers? My all-time favorite Southern tastemaker is absolutely, now the late and great, Andre Leon Talley who is North Carolina's own. He single-handedly proved in his lifetime that The South has something to say in fashion. I am still getting to know the best of the best that Charlotte has to offer since leaving New York but I'm a big fan of businesses in the South End area. Are there any upcoming projects or events for you we should let people know about? I am very excited about the advancement of my Wardrobe Workshop series. Wardrobe Workshop is focused on creating tailored transitions into the workplace and everyday lifestyle. The focus is to demonstrate the positives and negatives of wardrobe presentation; I demonstrate how the way we dress ultimately determines how we will be addressed. I'm excited to kick off this year's series speaking with the students of Clemson University at their Cooperative Extension Leadership Roundup next month.

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SOMETHING NEW COMES KNOCKING Alex Verica’s food is on display once again as PARA opens in South End. words ELEANOR MERRELL photos JAMEY PRICE

PARA'S LOBSTER TOAST — milk bread, chive aioli, caviar

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The Queen City must welcome another powerhouse of restaurant industry professionals who have decided to band together as Charlotte’s newest hospitality group. Chet Desai, Jigs Desai, Dave Feimster, and Ricky Patel joined forces under the umbrella of Parliament Hospitality Group LLC. In January, this team of restaurant industry veterans launched their first venture, called PARA, which is already making a splash in trendy South End. “PARA” is short for “imparable” which means unstoppable; “PARA” also means ‘for,’ as in “for Charlotte” — we

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hope you feel both energies when you dine or imbibe with us,” says Desai. Executive Chef Alex Verica heads the kitchen. Verica is homegrown talent: He spent the bulk of his youth in Charlotte, graduating from Ardrey Kell before entering the restaurant business as a dishwasher. He has since cooked alongside Chef David Quintana at Dot Dot Dot and, of course, his well-known father, Paul Verica, at Heritage and The Stanley. The menu Verica has helped put together blends global cuisine with Southern twists and local ingredients. A few



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of our favorites highlights include: deviled eggs with miso, shrimp, trout roe, and scallion; lobster toast with milk bread, chive aioli, caviar, and radish; and tuna crudo with jalapeño, lime, avocado, citrus, hot pepper, and radish. The culinary team is also working on late night and dessert menus to satisfy the sweet tooths and night owls of Charlotte. Dishes are served family style, which creates an opportunity for diners to experience more tastes, and to enjoy more communal culinary experiences with their dinner company. ​​Yashira “Yoshi” Mejia brings her hard-earned barkeeping chops to PARA as bar manager and head designer of the

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cocktail menu. Signature mixed drinks include Berry Nice with Grey Goose Strawberry & Lemongrass Essence (lemon, lemongrass, Topo Chico, and Strawberry St. Germain Foam); and Mez Me With That with Illegal Mezcal, orange, lime, cilantro oil, and Togarashi. Expect a varied menu featuring drinks that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are tasty. Mejia works her magic from a full bar that seats 12. Handsome leather seating and subdued lighting round out a cozy yet modern aesthetic that can accommodate up to 55 people. Outside, swanky seating offers easy access to viewing local artist Daniel Moates’ PARA-inspired mural.


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““PARA” is short for “imparable” which means unstoppable; “PARA” also means “for”, as in “for Charlotte” — we hope you feel both energies when you dine or imbibe with us.” The dining areas are overseen by general manager Stephen Johnson, who has previously held roles at Red Salt, Heritage, and The Stanley. During his time in the industry, Johnson has developed a passion for wine that he nurtured with an Intro Sommelier certification. He now lends his managerial experience to the PARA front of house operations and wine knowledge to the PARA wine list. This A-list team is at the helm of this enterprise Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5 to 11 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. info paraclt.com / @paraclt

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GR I L L ED OCTOPUS words SUNNY HUBLER / photo JAMEY PRICE

Originally opened in early summer of 2021, The Jimmy is the sixth Charlotte restaurant spearheaded by Noble Food & Pursuits, and The Jimmy is the group’s first step into the realm of Italian-meets-French cuisine. Their same honoring of locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible remains a throughline here.

For a lovely, light starter or a shareable, try the grilled octopus with marinated butter beans. Butter beans, or lima beans, are often traditionally served with seafood dishes like ceviche, so the coupling of the creamy, mild dish alongside the smoky, snappy grilled octopus makes perfectly palatable sense.

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At VANA, the dinner menu is divided into four primary sections: woods, sea, pasture, and farm. All dishes effuse the team’s signature flavor produced by cooking relatively simple, locally-sourced ingredients over a wood-burning fire. If you’re looking to expand your culinary boundaries, try the rich, decadent bone marrow off the menu.

The dish comes topped with an onion marmalade and served alongside sourdough for spreading; the acid of the sourdough and bite of onion perfectly offset the buttery, semi-sweet flavor of the marrow. Never had bone marrow and unsure what to expect? It’s a bit like foie gras, and as always with adventurous fare, you’re in good hands with Chef Noll’s cooking teams.

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Ken a nd Tricia M a rtino’s restaur a nt, Osteria LuCa in the Park Road Shopping Center, is a stylish but still family-friendly spot. While the star attraction may be the woodfired pizzas and proteins selection, we’ve been longtime fans of the team behind the bar who know just how to perfectly pair the right flavors and level of booziness alongside the many seasonally-driven dishes. This one is a classic order for cocktail enthusiasts: The Manhattan comes traditional style with a rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, a dash of bitters, and a cherry garnish. The warming sweetness of this drink is typically said to taste best alongside a red meat like lamb or steak, but we think it’s pretty darn good with a fresh slice, too. — info — osterialuca.com / @osterialucaclt

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Charlotte, NC native Kel Minton is no stranger to experimentation when it comes to drinks. A renowned mixologist in the city, he’s known for not only his respect of the classics, but also for innovating with rarer liquors and new seasonal flavors. His riff on a Last Word cocktail is no exception. This beautiful custom drink features Crème de Violette, a violetflavored crème liqueur that gives the texture of cream without actually including any dairy. This flowery liqueur marries well with the cocktails addition of rosewater, all of which is grounded with high-quality gin. The beverage is as beautiful as it is refreshing—the perfect combination to bring Charlotte into a bright, new spring. — info — kikibistro.com / @sister_clt

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Danielle Knox is a talented Charlotte-area interior designer who specializes in residential spaces. From her headquarters in Davidson, NC, Knox has built a booming business. Even as she looks forward to the expansion of her firm, she took a moment to reflect back with us on how she arrived at this season of success. What first got you interested in or passionate about interiors and design? I have been passionate about interiors and design since I was a child. I was frequently rearranging furniture and bookshelves in my room. I also had an aunt who was an architectural interior designer; she had a positive influence on me from an early age. Tell us about the decision to begin your own firm. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, having previously owned a business. I also feel that starting my own firm, as opposed to working under another designer, has given me the freedom to express my own design intellectual property.

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How would you describe your own style/aesthetic? I have such a diverse style and aesthetic. I truly believe that is what makes me a great designer; having the ability to transform from cozy and airy to stately and elegant to dark and moody is what keeps it all interesting to me. What are some of the most rewarding parts of running the business, and some of the most challenging? The most rewarding part of running my own interior design firm is offering my clients design options and elements across a varied spectrum, devoid of any limitations associated with working for a larger company. The highest level of gratification for me comes from the look on my client’s faces when their space is transformed beyond what they could have ever imagined. One of the greater challenges to owning my own firm is stepping just far enough outside of the box to open a client’s mind to ideas they could not come up with on their own. Though it is a challenge, it is also one of the most invigorating aspects for me. This is precisely why people choose to work with a designer in the first place.


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From Uptown to SouthPark, experience the best in luxury city living. As Charlotte’s growth continues to explode, living in the heart of the buzzing cultural scene gets more and more exciting. The Edge South End The Edge is perfectly positioned at the intersection where Sedgefield meets South End. Their mid-century modern luxurystyle apartments are all located less than a quarter mile from the New Bern Light Rail station, and are within easily walkable distance to grocery stores, restaurants, and fitness options. Amenities once you’re back at home include four private courtyards, a saltwater pool, a rooftop terrace, pet spa, and a gaming/ poker room. marshproperties.com LaVie SouthPark With seamless access to SouthPark’s many restaurants and retail options, LaVie SouthPark offers thoughtful details inside and out, plus a beautiful melding of traditional and modern luxuries. Expect well-appointed community spaces that include a demonstration kitchen, outdoor fireplace, and meeting areas. laviesouthpark.com

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Ascent Uptown With 24-hour maintenance and concierge staff on call—not to mention services like tailoring and black car transportation— Ascent Uptown understands that part of creating luxury means leaving their tenants wanting for nothing. That’s why they also feature heated rooftop pools, as well as custom cabanas. For lounge areas, you can find an outdoor grilling station, a sky lounge with kitchen catering, and a penthouse lounge complete with a bar and matrix TV. They even have an on-site pet spa and grooming salon. liveascentuptown.com Ashton South End Ashton South End on Tremont takes apartment living to new heights. Expect high end finishes, designer kitchens and sweeping views of Uptown Charlotte. Ashton also features walk-out private balconies, 24/7 concierge service, and a rooftop swimming pool. The location is perfectly situated for enjoying the best of Charlotte: Located on the light rail, and in walking distance to East Blvd station, you can effortlessly take part in the many retail, restaurants, and cultural offerings in one of the most rapidly growing areas of the city. ashtonsouthend.com


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HOME & DESIGN The Francis and Novel Stonewall Station The Stonewall Station area in Uptown Charlotte is quickly becoming a go-to hotspot for transit, shopping, and entertainment. Now, The Francis is adding high-end apartments to the mix. Located within the Novel Stonewall Station community, The Francis apartments feature 19 stories of modern high-rises and midcentury mid-rises. These upscale apartments have everything from quartz countertops to waterfall kitchen island stone. Plus, it’s all located directly above Whole Foods and a LYNX Light Rail station. For even more convenience, The Francis also offers 5-Star concierge services. thefrancisuptown.com The Ratcliffe The Ratcliffe is a lavish condominium conveniently connected to the Overstreet Mall in Uptown, a retail space attached to several buildings in the area. This upscale complex is perfect for the city dweller looking for comfort, convenience, and community. ratcliffeliving.com The Trust With just eight custom condominium homes available, The Trust remains one of the most exclusive apartment buildings in all of Charlotte. Residents have access to a private rooftop terrace, a wine vault, and a luxury in-house restaurant. The Trust is Charlotte’s most luxurious and private living accommodations. centercityliving.com The Arlington The iconic highrise is equipped with spacious studio apartments and threebedroom penthouses, all of which feature open floor plans, floor-to-ceiling windows, and private balconies. Residents of The Arlington have access to a rooftop pool, a top-of-the-line fitness center and a private lounge. centercityliving.com TradeMark The TradeMark is a 28-story highrise situated in the center of Uptown. This upscale condominium is bursting with personality and urban energy. Each room features pri-

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vate balconies, 10-foot ceilings, and spacious living and kitchen areas. centercityliving.com Avenue Penthouses The four Avenue Penthouses sit at the very top of the Avenue condo building. Known as the tallest building in the Forth Ward, these penthouses already feel luxurious just by taking in their view of the Charlotte skyline. Each penthouse features a twostory wall of windows, as well as three private terraces. charlottepenthouses.com The Residence at SouthPark The Residence is home to some of the most extravagant apartments in Charlotte. Floor plans are available in up to 3,057 square feet and include up to three expansive bedrooms. Outdoors, a sundeck with lounge seating, a rooftop saltwater pool and fire pit, a 24-hour fitness center, and a resident concierge service are all available. residencesouthpark.com Museum Tower As part of the Queen City’s “most dynamic zip code,” the Museum Tower soars 43 stories above Uptown Charlotte. The apartment complex is surrounded by boutiques, distinguished dining, breweries, sporting facilities, and much more. Plus, living at the Tower doesn’t just benefit the residents: It benefits the planet. Each apartment and penthouse is precisely created to facilitate environmentally-friendly living. The homes include smart thermostats and high-efficiency windows that maximize year-round energy efficiency. museumtowerapts.com Catalyst Charlotte The Catalyst Charlotte is in the heart of the bustling Third Ward where restaurants, shopping districts, parks, and energy are all plentiful. Catalyst residents can enjoy the scenic views of the Third Ward from the ground or from the apartment`s fully landscaped outdoor terrace with a roaring fireplace or its elevated pool and sun deck. Ease into the weekends with a full day of lounging by the pool, socializing on the terrace or exploring the Queen City. catalystcharlotte.com

Tindall Park As “SouthPark’s most desirable address,” Tindall Park exemplifies luxury and sophistication in every aspect of its community and homes. The Tindall apartments include ten-foot ceilings, a wet bar, exclusive professional series appliances, solid wood doors throughout each residence, walk-in glass showers, and much more. Select residences even include full-size dining rooms and home offices. The community is filled with lavish amenities for all kinds of residents to enjoy including a 24/7 fitness facility and an outdoor terrace perfect for morning yoga. tindallparkapartments.com The Hub South End The Hub South End was created with its definition in mind: It truly is a center of activity and interest. Within the Hub, tenants can find luxuries such as a heated saltwater lap pool, a pet spa, an outdoor entertaining space complete with pizza ovens, and an air-conditioned bike storage and repair center. hubsouthend.com The VUE The VUE clocks in at 560 feet, or 50 stories, tall. As the tallest high-rise between New York and Miami, the massive apartment complex rises above the historic Fourth Ward. Amenities at the VUE include a full-sized golf simulation lounge, a spa, a private sky lounge bar, a business lounge with iMacs, and more. Plus, you can bring your furry friends along: The VUE offers a pet park on the seventh floor. vuecharlotte.com The Ellis The Ellis offers luxury apartment features and expansive indoor and outdoor community spaces, including a rooftop pool with spectacular city views. The rooftop pool connects to a 33rd floor sky lounge. Inside The Ellis, expect gleaming white marble, modern touches, and easy walkability to the 9th Street Rail, 7th Street Public Market, and all the cultural offerings our city center offers. theellisuptown.com


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A TOTA L T R A NSFOR M ATION words LIZA CARRASQUILLO / photo L AURA SUMRAK

Coming from a house that was dark and had very little common space, it was easy for Alexis Pawling to know what she didn’t want in her next home. And, as a professional interior designer, she had even more vision than most. Instead of the low ceilings and sharply segmented rooms, Pawling wanted a space that was airy and bright—and a space that had enough room to comfortably suit her growing family. Those desires are what led her to emphasize

crisp white throughout her whole kitchen and dining area. The long floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to permeate the space, while the gold lighting fixtures add a pop of color to the room. With the large marble island serving as the room’s center point, the kitchen boasts more than enough space to both entertain and cook. It’s a stunning redesign that exemplifies the power of changing our living spaces to change our lives.

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Living facing Lake Norman means living in full view of stunning sunrises above a shimmering waterfront. This classy kitchen was renovated to take full advantage of that view. Interior designer Dominique Delaney, whose business is based in Cornelius, knew that the best way to truly make the kitchen feel like the heart of the home was to work with the abundant sunlight naturally washing through the windows each day. To achieve that goal, she installed a large window above

the sink and decided the ceiling needed to be raised to ten feet tall. With the room’s new light hardwood floors and white cabinets, the sunlight can imbue the kitchen in a way that makes it all look much more spacious and airy than it could previously. The dark, reclaimed wood used on the kitchen island grounds the space with a touch of contrast, while the thoughtful lighting adds a nautical nod to the waterfront lot the owners love so much.

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RUSTIC EL EGA NCE words LIZA CARRASQUILLO / photo DUSTIN PECK

Home builder Bryan Gerrard knows how to create a beautiful space better than most anyone. Here, in the final iteration completed with residential design from Christopher Phelps, you’ll find a balance between the use of light wood features and clean color palettes. The combination created a space that feels both rustic and elegant. With the white oak floors as the room’s foundation, the palette is woven together with a

light beige color that’s applied in a variety of textures. The smooth furniture from Hickory Chair and Taylor King contrast well against the textured style of rug from STARK Carpet, while the stone fireplace surround gives the whole space an elegant focal point. The exposed wood beams sit nicely against the white shiplap ceiling to bring it all together and make the room feel as homey and inviting as it is simply beautiful.

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A DAZZLING MOUNTAIN VILLA Blowing Rock’s most stunning luxury property rental for an unforgettable getaway. words ELEANOR MERRELL / photos MICHAEL BLEVINS

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Every season, you can find good reason to visit the Blue Ridge Mountains. Fall foliage attracts visitors during the autumn months, picturesque holiday traditions and cozy lodges bring winter travelers, spring temperatures beckon to hikers, and summertime in the Blue Ridge offers North and South Carolinians a respite from the blistering heat of the Piedmont and Lowcountry. No matter when you go, consider treating yourself to a luxurious stay at the Blowing Rock Wow House, a 6800 square foot villa in the Blowing Rock area of North Carolina. Surrounded by sweeping views of Wilson Creek Valley and Linville Gorge, you would hardly believe the drive to Blowing Rock’s Main Street is a mere seven minutes. Although, you might more readily accept that access to the Blue Ridge Parkway is only five minutes away.

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It's likely you've never seen anything quite like this as a rental. The perfectly perched property offers five bedrooms with three on-suite primary bedrooms, and a kids bunk room with five full baths. Light touches of wood paneling and stonework evoke the ambience of a mountain home, but high ceilings and an open floor plan result in an airy, modern space reminiscent of upscale Aspen homes that have inspired the architectural AspenModern movement. On the first floor, the kitchen area flows seamlessly into the dining area and two indoor living areas. Tall and frequent doors and windows keep the outdoors ever-present and provide easy access to the home’s epic porch, below which a twostory pool with an infinity edge angles toward rolling hills and valleys. Additional amenities include a laundry room, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and a private sauna room.



This luxury rental home is owned by husbandwife team Cameron and Sheila Cane who, after launching the highly successful Deutsche Beverage Technology, turned their attention toward building a portfolio of exclusive rental properties. The Blowing Rock Wow House in particular has been a labor of love in more than one way; it took four years for the rental to evolve from concept to product. Battling against the 2020 mountain construction boom and COVID-induced supply shortages, the Cane family encountered no deficit of hurdles. Nevertheless, they have created a one-of-akind offering that is certain to make your next mountain getaway one for the ages. Whether you spend your time playing cornhole on the porch, lounging in the pool, drinking in the sunrise from your bedroom, shopping the businesses of Blowing Rock, or exploring the outdoor wonderland that is the Blue Ridge, you’ll be doing so in the lap of luxury at the Blowing Rock Wow House. Visit vrbo.com VRBO Property ID: #2538771 Or Search: "Blowing Rock Wow House"



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Moore County, on the eastern edge of the Piedmont, is legendary for the Pinehurst Golf Resort, which is considered “the cradle of American golf.” Its spot in the limelight is well-earned; it has, after all, hosted multiple U.S. Open Championships and is the site of more golf championships than any other course in America. But Moore County and the quaint towns of Pinehurst, Southern Pines, and Aberdeen have much to offer beyond the fairway. Founder James Walker Tufts founded the Village of Pinehurst with the goal of emulating the quaint villages of New England, and the area’s early charm has only grown through the decades. From shopping to sipping on local craft brews, there’s no shortage of ways to pass an enjoyable weekend in Moore County. Play — The Sandhills attract not only avid golfers, but also equestrians. Buffeted by an avid local horseback riding community, visiting equestrians are drawn to the area’s soft ground and copious horse trails. Facilities like the Pinehurst Harness Track (named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992), Walthour-Moss Foundation, and Carolina Horse Park host championships,

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events, and clubs that have put the area on the map as one of the Southeast’s premier equestrian destinations. If you’re feeling more cerebral, get inspired at Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, which has been a destination for writers, artists, and freethinkers for over 100 years. The Center hosts a robust calendar of programs and events throughout the year. Even if your visit to Moore County doesn’t overlap with an event, the Weymouth Center is still a worthwhile destination for its 26 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and grounds, historic Boyd House and the NC Literary Hall of Fame within, and lingering creative energies of literary giants like William Faulkner and Thomas Wolfe. Nearby, Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve is full of several short, easy trails. The longleaf pine forest also hosts regular free events for children and adults. Another unique way to explore Moore County is by partaking in the Carriage Tours of Pinehurst Village. Take in the historic homes of Pinehurst while being guided by a horse-drawn carriage. These carriages are perfect for families as they can comfortably seat up to four. The designer of NYC’s Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted, was also behind the Village of Pinehurst. His firm


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was hired by Tufts and he designed it to “mirror a New Englandstyle village,” with walkable pathways and alleys. If you want to arrive without an agenda, simply strolling the historic homes and ancient trees provides compelling scenery. The Village also has its fair share of great shopping and dining for its many visitors. Southern Pines also has a charming downtown shopping area. Be sure to stop into The Country Bookshop for your next great read and One Eleven Main for homegoods and gifts. You can catch a movie or live performance at the historic Sunrise Theater in the heart of downtown. Stretch your legs along the trails at Reservoir Park, and the Sandhills Horticulture Gardens, or head over for a nice outing at the greenspace at the Campbell House. You can even bring your golf balls and chip on their free practice area. Finally, in Aberdeen, there’s plenty of opportunity to get waterside. Ray’s Mill Park provides a T-shaped pier overlooking a 14-acre pond, plus an outdoor nature center, a picnic shelter, and a walking trail dotted with benches. Aberdeen Lake Park allows for all the boating (non-motorized), fishing, and outdoor enjoyment you could want. History — Moore County is full of historic gems that are well worth weaving into your travels. In Southern Pines, the Historic Shaw House is a preserved piece of history from Charles C. Shaw, a first-generation Scottish settler, who built the house around 1820. One of his 12 children, Charles Washington Shaw, became the first mayor of Southern Pines in 1887, and the house remained in the family until it was acquired in 1946 by Moore County Historical Association. Located on its original foundation, The Shaw House is a classic antebellum home, built in the style of the other cabins that were typical of early Sandhills settlers. A wing was added to the house in the mid-1800s and a kitchen was added in the 1920s. McLendon Cabin, the oldest house in Moore County on its original location, and The Bryant House are also both open to the public and preserved by Moore County Historical Association. Both are located on the same property, near the Harris Crossroads west of Carthage, NC. Malcolm Blue Farm is another great option for history buffs. Built during the second part of the nineteenth century by Malcolm McMillan Blue, also a Scottish settler, the land now houses a collection of early twentieth century outbuildings and functions as a living history farm and museum. It provides an “educational and historical focal point” for the community to see what life was like in the Sandhills of the 1800s.

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Eat and Drink — You can spend an entire day touring the area’s breweries; you’ll discover an ever-growing selection here, like in the Queen City. Perhaps the best way to explore the beers of The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, and Aberdeen area is with the Sandhills Pour Tour Passport. It’s a clever way to be guided around Moore County, with a beverage as your reward. You can simply ask for a Passport at any of the Pour Tour locations, collect all seven stamps at each spot (like Pinehurst Brewing Co., Hatchet Brewing Company, Southern Pines Brewing Company, and Railhouse Brewery), and then bring your fully stamped Passport in for a free Sandhills Pour Tour mug. One of our favorite places to grab a bite and people watch is at Red’s Corner. The food truck park and 12-tap beer garden is located on two acres on the edge of downtown Southern Pines. The venue regularly hosts events, from live music to yoga. Some of the trucks are permanent features at Red’s, and others rotate or come by on occasion as guests. Beer, wine, and kombucha are available on tap as well. With so many visitors passing through the area, there’s a high demand for eating out, and the area has responded to the demand with a decent selection of tasty dining destinations. If you’d rather find a sit-down spot, head on over to 1895 Grille, Elliotts on Linden, or Ironwood Cafe in Pinehurst. In Southern Pines, a few of our favorites include Sweet Basil for lunch, and Vito's, Southern Prime Steakhouse, and Sly Fox Pub for dinner. Over in Aberdeen, which also features a very charming, small

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downtown, there are several options for local fare. Grab a beer at the proudly veteran-owned Railhouse Brewery, or a bite at Mason’s Restaurant & Grocery, where you can find many local and regional specialty products. In the morning, catch a buzz at local coffee shop High Octane. Want dessert? Located in downtown Southern Pines, The Ice Cream Parlor Restaurant has been a staple since the 1970s. Or, pop in to the Ryder Cup Lounge at Pinehurst Resort for a true area classic: their famous Mile-High Key Lime Pie, an Instagram-worthy dish served with raspberry coulis, vanilla chantilly, candied macadamia nuts and seasonal fruit. Rest — However you choose to fill your day(s) in Moore County, plan to rest in comfort. Established in 1913, the Pine Crest Inn is chock full of history. It has hosted golf legends like Bobby Jones, Annie Oakley, Arnold Palmer, and Ben Crenshaw, who were no doubt drawn to the inn’s central location, historic exterior, and charming staff. The Pine Crest Inn offers breakfast and dinner daily, as well as a pub known as Mr. B’s, which always hosts a blend of locals and guests within its cozy interior. Other lodging options include Duncraig Manor and Gardens, which features English Tudor style exterior architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as Jefferson Inn, a top-rated luxury inn in the heart of Southern Pines. In Pinehurst Village, you’ll find three luxurious options at Pinehurst Resort: The Manor, The Holly, and the Carolina.


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In need of a getaway? Look no further than this serene rental located in the quaint town of Elkin, NC. The distinguished hundred acre property is the perfect vacation destination for any Charlottean looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of big city life and luxuriate in the slow pace of country living. Owned and operated by husband and wife duo Cameron and Sheila Cane, the rental is ten years in the making. “All the properties in our portfolio have taken years of combing the market for these extraordinary one-of-a-kind properties,” Cameron explains. “Elkin specifically [is a place] I have been looking at for over a decade to find the perfect country estate… and I finally found it.” While Cameron takes care of the practical and logistical side of the business, Sheila is in charge of the finer details including designing the rustic interiors of their rental homes. “It's a lot of work but it's not only a hobby but an obsession

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for myself,” Cameron says. “Sheila also loves where she fits into the equation, making the properties look and feel like home.” The Canes designed the Elkin property in the classic colonial style, similar to the plantations you’d find in Williamsburg, VA. The lot is expansive and private, filled with miles and miles of hiking trails, stocked fishing ponds, natural brooks, and beautiful, green scenery as far as the eye can see. The house itself is large and beautifully designed, boasting four bedrooms, six bathrooms, a kitchen, laundry room, workout room, and a gameroom. Of course, there are also cozy outdoor fire pits, a deck and patio, and even a garden to explore. For the couple, the rental is a dream come true. “We have fun doing it together as a husband and wife team, and balancing ideas and direction is something we cherish,” Cameron says. Elkin, located about an hour north of Charlotte, is best known for its rich history, incredible scenic views, and its



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“Elkin is a place I have been looking at for over a decade to find the perfect country estate… and I finally found it.” centralized location to the Yadkin Valley Wine Region. “Sheila is a wine lover and I love the small town, quaint feel of Elkin,” Cameron says. Less than a mile from the home, you’ll find the charming Grassy Creek Winery, located in a historic dairy farm. The town sits along the slow moving shores of the Yadkin River where you can kayak, paddle board, or tube gently down. It’s just 20 minutes away from the entrance of the Blue Ridge Parkway and also in close proximity to Stone Mountain State Park and Carter Falls. Other fun things to do include exploring the historic downtown area, stopping by one of the nearby golf courses, or simply lounging at your home away from home. The rental offers a unique experience that can’t quite be replicated by traditional stays. Guests can enjoy complete and total privacy with acres of land to roam, incredible views, and close proximity to unique towns. “We look forward to growing our portfolio of exclusive and unique high end rentals throughout the country and are always on the prowl for the next great opportunity,” Cameron says. Visit vrbo.com / VRBO Property ID: #2464389 Or Search: "Expansive 100 Acre Estate in the Heart of Wine/Golf Country"



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There are few things that feel more luxurious and leisurely than being able to have a second home, or to call your primary house home when it’s located in a favorite destination. Whether it’s the Lowcountry, the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, or high up in the mountains, each of these communities boast their own unique features, picturesque views and plenty to do. Why leave at all?

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Blue Ridge Mountain Club Blue Ridge Mountain Club embodies nature and luxury all at once. The stunning condos and homes in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, offer endless possibilities for adventure into the mountains and a five star meal when you return from your day exploring. Enjoy on-site dining and drink options, lots of live events, and exclusive hiking trails. Plus, BRMC boasts some of the best sunset watching we’ve experienced. blueridgemountainclub.com Timbers Timbers is a luxury resort and living community located on Kiawah Island in South Carolina with sweeping ocean views and access. Filled with pristine beaches and professional-quality golf courses, Timbers offers top notch service and something for every age group to do. timbersresorts.com Spring Island Nestled between the resort town of Hilton Head Island and the charming coastal village of Beaufort, the gated community of Spring Island offers residents a quiet luxury that accents the natural beauty of its environment which is distinct from its neighbors. From empty lots to cozy cottages or a $12 million private-island estate, the community offers gorgeous housing for a wide range of budgets. Residents can test their accuracy at the community’s sporting-clays area or stalk quail with the community’s hunting club, or enjoy fitness classes, massage suites, a lap pool, and a fully-equipped gym. Outside, there’s a tennis court, a croquet field and a heated/cooled pool. springisland.com

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Chetola Resort While Chetola provides romantic scenery and relaxing activities for couples. Kids can enjoy the resort’s paddle boats and pickle ball courts, and the older folks can test their aim at the resort’s archery and gun ranges. Outside the resorts, guests can explore the village of Blowing Rock or take a hike through the nearby mountain range. Chetola Resort provides maintenancefree living in a resort atmosphere. There are approximately 260 Chetola Resort condominium units that can also be included in seasonal vacation rental programs. chetola.com Palmetto Bluff Palmetto Bluff is the stuff dreams are made of. Beautifully designed on an exceptional piece of protected land and located in Bluffton, South Carolina, Palmetto Bluff is right on the coast of the May River. Walk, bike, or take part in the many water activities, along with golf courses, spas, and fitness centers. There are also several on-site dining and drink options, a treehouse, post office and a gas station. Living doesn’t get much more effortless than this. montageresidencespalmettobluff.com Lodges at Eagles Nest Lodges at Eagles Nest is more than just a place to call your mountain home; it’s truly high quality high country living. With locations as close as Boone and Blowing Rock, Eagles Nest is the perfect family home away from the city. With activities like hiking, ATV trails, and a bustling on-site winery, Eagles Nest has something for everyone to enjoy. eaglesnestatbannerelk.com


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Linville Ridge Linville Ridge is located in the High Country of North Carolina, making it just a short drive from Charlotte and an ideal spot to purchase a vacation home in the mountains. Endless activities and beautiful dining venues are scattered around the resort. With one of the highest elevation golf courses and endless nature to explore, this is an ideal place for the whole family. linvilleridge.com

turing some of the highest quality homes along with outdoor activities and dining experiences that members can enjoy. Enjoy a modern home with some old world charm when you purchase at The Cliffs. Club members can create a permanent residence or new vacation home in one of seven communities dispersed throughout the Asheville region, the NC mountains, or Keowee Lake. cliffsliving.com

Cullasaja Club Dedicated to giving you and your family a luxury mountain experience, the Cullasaja Club is a private club providing an authentic experience of life in the mountains. Established in Highlands, North Carolina, the Cullasaja Club is full of outdoor activities and stunning waterfalls to explore. Purchase one of their rustic homes and escape into the best of Carolina’s natural setting. cullasajaclub.org

Lake Toxaway Estates One visit at Lake Toxaway will leave you wanting more, so why not turn your one stay into multiple? Lake Toxaway Estates is located in Western North Carolina, making it the perfect place for hiking and skiing in the winter months or boating and fishing during the summer. Their 1,100 home sites range in size from 20-acre camps to half-acre lots. The grounds include a playground and soccer field, 40 acres of open space known as The Meadow, and The Pavilion, an open-air arena where monthly music events are held during the summer season. laketoxaway.com

Landfall Wilmington Landfall Wilmington is one of the finest country clubs, surrounded by popular beaches, miles and miles of golf courses, and a historic downtown. Offering many outdoor activities and dining experiences, Landfall Wilmington provides a luxury experience right on the coast. Just a few hours from Charlotte, Wilmington is a wonderful place to buy a family-friendly beach house. countrycluboflandfall.com The Cliffs Combine the best of the sporting lifestyle and the club lifestyle, and you’ll get The Cliffs. The Cliffs is a luxury community fea-

Wild Dunes Located on the coast outside of Charleston, South Carolina, Wild Dunes is a world-class resort filled with beaches, golf, dining and outdoor activities. It’s easily walkable, bikeable with miles of well-kept trails. The 1,600-acre secure, gated community offers endless beach days with the city of Charleston nearby. Wild Dunes is a beautiful, exclusive place for a dream vacation home. destinationhotels.com

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shopping for luxury items goes local with these Charlotte-area small businesses. From diamond experts to fine bedding, tailored suits to home decor, these shops embody the type of experiential shopping that simply can’t be recreated online. You’ll have to go find out for yourself.

Diamonds Direct Diamonds Direct is a guiding resource for those looking to make one of the most important decisions of their lives. Each piece is designed to embody the love and passion the giver holds for the receiver. Make a stop at this gem of a store to find the perfect stone with the help of diamond experts. diamondsdirect.com Taylor Richards & Conger Taylor Richards & Conger is a classic resource for modern men’s clothing.

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Each item is handpicked to reflect current trends in fashion, and the Taylor Richards & Conger team offers advice on a variety of designers and styles, making it the perfect stop for anyone interested in fashion. trcstyle.com B.D. Jeffries This beloved SouthPark store is a Southern treasure, offering bridal registries, beautiful accessories, custom and antique furniture and one-ofa-kind items from around the world. bdjeffries.com

Bedside Manor Located in SouthPark's Specialty Shops, Bedside Manor has been transforming houses for 30 years. Known for their exceptional quality and design, you can shop for luxury bedding, bath, and home decor inspiration to make your home a true haven. bedsidemanor.com Elisabeth Rose Inspired by a love for handwritten correspondence, founder Elisabeth Connolly created Elisabeth Rose in 2011, in Davidson, NC. With the help of a 1881


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Samson Letterpress that once resided on a U.S. Navy Ship based in Annapolis, Maryland, Elisabeth Rose offers custom event stationery, full service brand experiences, and a stationery retail line. elisabeth-rose.com Windsor Jewelers Windsor Jewelers is a boutique, local business with two physical locations. Windsor offers everything from stunning engagement rings to precious writing instruments and “the most sought after timepieces in the world” in both its Charlotte and Winston-Salem stores. Whether or not you buy one of Windsor’s gleaming watches, stopping in will still be well worth your time. windsor-jewelers.com Tabor Located between the neighborhoods of Dilworth and Elizabeth is Tabor, a veritable pantheon of men’s luxury wear. They offer a selection from over 40 designers, including their own, as well as classics like Ralph Lauren. Additionally, Tabor has a selection of business basics and “essentials” to build a careerready wardrobe. taborclt.com

The Sporting Gent The Sporting Gent offers high-end sporting and lifestyle gear for men. Located in the historic Colony Shopping Center in Myers Park, TSG has an expansive selection of men's clothing, footwear, fishing gear and everything in between. It’s a little slice of Southern sporting heaven. thesportinggent.com Enzo Custom By specializing in custom suits, shirts, and slacks, Enzo and their local team in Uptown can make every garment specifically for your measurements, all from scratch. They’re able to offer a true custom experience at affordable prices, without sacrificing the quality of materials. enzocustom.com House of Nomad Shop Owned by Kelley Lentini and Berkeley Minkhorst of the interior design studio that goes by the same name, HON Shop in SouthPark is a beautiful resource for globally inspired, hand-selected home decor, travel books, rugs, and gifts. shophouseofnomad.com

Nave Nave is a curated resource for authentic decor and genuine craftwork for your home. Each piece selected by the mother and daughter team behind the brand is imbued in passion and rooted in purpose. navefinds.com Amina Rubinacci Amina Rubinacc, located in Specialty Shops SouthPark, is headed up by the mother-daughter partnership Jeannie DeMarco and Stuart Yochem. The boutique brings a classic Italian style to the Charlotte area, in addition to creating an intimate client base through services like personal shopping and complimentary alterations with every purchase. aminarubinaccinc.com Donald Haack Diamonds Donald Haack Diamonds is a luxury jewelry retailer that offers fine diamonds at sensible prices for a “lifetime of pleasure.” Each diamond is graded by a gemologist who follows strict GIA (Gemological Institute of America) standards. Donald Haack Diamonds buys, sells, appraises, and grades diamonds for Charlotteans and beyond. donaldhaack.com

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Boris and Natasha Boris and Natasha is an institution: The Charlotte boutique for men and women is located in the always hip, but sidewalk-accessible, Plaza Midwood district. Owned and operated by fashion and music veteran Hope Nichols, the shop caters to the fun loving and funky with an exclusive cosmopolitan selection that perfectly embodies the vogue of Plaza Midwood.

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Paper Skyscraper This sweet little local gift shop in Dilworth, owned by Sybil and Bill Godwin, offers visitors a wide variety of gift items and books to choose from. Browse through for loved ones, or simply as a way to add something small

Bruce Julian Clothier Bruce Julian Clothier is an upscale menswear boutique that provides handpicked tailored suits, shirts, casualwear and shoes. The boutique prides itself in offering top service to make sure every client gets what they

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Couture Knots Couture Knots is filled with high-quality, handmade area rugs. With his appreciation for good design and a natural ability to provide great service, owner Ali Nikrooz is available to help with all your rug shopping needs. coutureknots.com

need. If you’re not feeling like leaving your home, Bruce Julian offers doorto-door service that offers a personal and comfortable shopping experience. brucejulian.com Revolution Clothiers & Co. Revolution Clothiers & Co. is just that: A revolution in the fashion industry. With a combination of contemporary designers and independent labels, this dynamic store mixes high-fashion with a wild and rebellious spirit. Vestique Founded by two college friends, Vestique was originally a trendy online boutique in 2010. Since then, they’ve grown to establish nine locations


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across Georgia and the Carolinas. With Dilworth and Blakeney Village locations here in Charlotte, you’ll be sure to find beautiful pieces of clothing and accessories that are both ontrend and high-quality. vestique.com SOCO Shop SOCO, Chandra Johnson’s contemporary art space in Myers Park, is also home to a thoughtfully curated art and design bookshop that sells prints, various art objects, and sometimes even vinyl records. The shop is often in correspondence with the exhibits on display in the gallery. For a unique gift idea, swing by the gallery and peruse with a cup of Not Just Coffee in hand

(they, too, share this creative space). socogallery.com ABBEYDALE Studio 600, the location of ABBEYDALE, rests within the hustle and bustle of South End. In an ultimate pledge to customer service and safety, individuals can obtain bespoke clothing from this design house by appointment only. If you’re looking for classic, custom pieces, this is your spot. houseofabbeydale.com ColsenKeane ColsenKeane was inspired by founder Scott Hofert’s quest for durable leather bags and accessories for travel, and they’ve made a name for themselves

by doing just that. Their studio is located in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, and all of their leather is sourced from American tanneries. colsenkeane.com Capitol Founded by Laura Vinroot Poole, Capitol is a luxury clothing boutique with an always evolving selection of designs from high-end designers. Customers can find clothing from the likes of Valentino, Gucci, Rosie Assoulin and Irene Neuwirth. shop-capitol.com for more information qcexclusive.com @qcexclusive

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Some of our favorites in Charlotte’s fine dining for 2022. words SUNNY HUBLER / photos JAMEY PRICE OR KYO H. NAM

When it comes to eating out, I welcome it all: a bite from a food truck, a quick lunch grabbed from a deli counter, a coffee poured from a pop-up. Good food comes in a lot of forms, and some of the best I’ve had comes with no frills. But there’s no denying that a true fine-dining experience is unparalleled in the experience you get from start to finish. It’s found in the attention to detail on all fronts, from the flatware to the service, the time spent on each course and the creativity in the kitchen. The next time you have a special occasion to celebrate, or simply want to partake in the joy of breaking bread in style, try—or return to—one of these local gems for yourself.

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CounterA redefined way of fine dining has made its way squarely into Charlotte’s Wesley Heights neighborhood. Sam Hart’s Counter- is a reservation only, themed 10 course dining experience like no other in our city. Counter- adds excitement to fine-dining, with stunningly plated food paired thoughtfully with wine and music.

Mico Mico is the perfect place for Charlotteans seeking an elevated dining experience. Located in the Grand Bohemian Hotel, the restaurants’ sophisticated interior will impress guests before they even get a chance to look at the menu. For each meal, the restaurant provides unique, carefully crafted dishes that pay homage to Argentinian heritage.

The Jimmy The Jimmy is the latest addition to Noble Food & Pursuits’ roster. The restaurant is open all day in Italian trattoria and Mediterranean bistro tradition. Offerings will include coffee and pastries by Copain in the morning and light Mediterranean-inspired dishes at lunch. For dinner, expect dishes such as Neapolitan-style pizzas and handmade pastas.

The Cellar At Duckworth’s Originally built in 1912, The Cellar At Duckworth’s evokes the bygone days of the prohibition. The underground gastropub is equipped with exposed brick walls, low ceilings, and of course, speakeasy vibes. For the hops lover, The Cellar At Duckworth’s has a large selection of rare and specialty beers, all served at the appropriate temperature. Or try one of their carefully curated cocktails made by the master mixologists behind the bar.

Bardo This 45-seater South End restaurant is intimate enough in size that Chef Michael Noll can focus on every detail that goes on each plate. The menu features eclectic, American small plates, and intentionality is a resounding theme. The cocktail menu is reliably stellar, as well.

Bonterra Dining & Wine Room Housed inside what was once an 1800s Methodist church, Bonterra offers Southern delicacies—like the baked pimento cheese starter featuring roasted shishito

peppers, Benton’s bacon marmalade, and wood grilled flatbread—within its historic walls. Make sure to check out one of their special wine pairing events. Rooster's Wood-fired Kitchen With locations in Uptown and SouthPark, Rooster's Wood-fired Kitchen has been delivering some of the city's best food for the last decade. The interior is rustic and charming, the wine list is top tier, and the food is just lovely. You can start your dining experience with something as simple as some of the best chicken wings in the city or you can elevate your meal with a braised short rib or absolutely beautiful flank steak. One things for certain, when dining at Rooster's order all the sides. O-Ku O-Ku’s sophisticated menu and chic atmosphere is perfect for enjoying their sushi, chef-driven dishes, sake, and craft cocktails. With Southern-leaning flavors, O-Ku provides the freshest fish from the world’s finest producers and markets. It’s no surprise that this contemporary spot opened up shop a few years ago in South End, one of Charlotte’s most popular neighborhoods.

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Osteria LuCa Grab a beautifully wood-fired pizza, a fresh plate of pasta, or a perfectly paired glass of vino at Osteria LuCa, in Park Road Shopping Center. You’ll be instantly transported: Here, you can enjoy Italian authenticity in an open setting with floor-to-ceiling windows, long marble bars, and a view of your pizza and antipasti being handmade. Baku Baku is an innovative Japanese robata and yakitori style restaurant that offers scrumptious sushi and authentic Japanese comfort food. Robata translates to “around the fire,” which is Baku’s signature cooking technique. The food is cooked on grills that burn specialty charcoal at a whopping 800 degrees, giving the cuisine its mouthwatering smoky taste. Baku also has an array of yakitori-style meat skewers on the menu, all grilled to perfection. Grab a glass of sake and delight in the novel cuisine that Baku has to offer. Luce Located in the Hearst Tower Plaza in Uptown, Luce is the perfect destination for an intimate evening out. Their menu includes an array of authentic Italian cuisine including specialty salads, homemade pasta dishes, and fresh daily seafood and meats. Choose from their impressive wine selection (ask your server for pairing recommendations) or grab a delectable seasonal cocktail. Sit beneath their awe-inspiring Murano chandelier in the dining room and embrace the elegant atmosphere Luce offers. Fig Tree Tucked away in a restored 1913 Craftsman bungalow, The Fig Tree brings upscale, innovative Continental eatables and an abundant wine list to the Elizabeth area. It’s been referred to as one of Charlotte’s most romantic spots since opening its doors in 2005. With the staff’s exceptional service and culinary knowledge, you’ll be in great hands during your seasonal French and Italian-inspired meal and glass of wine. Haymaker

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Bustling with Uptown’s energy, Haymaker offers farm fresh fare and crafted cocktails with an emphasis on sustainable meats and heirloom ingredients from Chef William Dissen. The big, circular bar beckons, and the upstairs mezzanine offers intimate dining. Open seven days a week, this Southern eatery also showcases a weekend brunch menu. Whether it’s date night or an outing with friends, the beautifully appointed Haymaker has something for every guest and occasion. Indaco Find this upscale Italian restaurant in Atherton Mill delivering delicious, rustic options such as hand-crafted pastas, wood-fired pizzas, house-made salami and cured sausages. Enjoy the menu family-style or a la carte, and indulge your senses with the open kitchen, large windows, and array of Italian wine varietals. Mizu Inspired by the wood-fired robata grills of Japan, Mizu, the latest from Indigo Road Hospitality, offers a modern spin on live-fire cooking atop the Hyatt Centric in SouthPark. Newly opened in late 2021, the rooftop restaurant combines the traditions of ancient Japanese cooking with Southern influences under the helm of Executive Chef Michael Chanthavong (previously of South End’s O-Ku). Their seafood-focused menu consists of wood-fired, raw, and chilled offerings alongside a cocktail menu of Japanese spirits and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy sweeping rooftop views from the patio and comfortable lounge and bar seating. McNinch House Celebrate like royalty in this historic Fourth Ward home with a multi-course culinary journey. Featuring set and tasting menus of high-end multicultural courses, the McNinch House is the perfect choice for a special occasion. Expect more than just a meal: McNinch consistently delivers a memorable experience. Aqua E Vino Italian born and trained Chef Gabriele Grigolon draws from career experiences in Milan, Monte Carlo, Paris and the U.S. to bring Charlotte the experience of a Northern Italy boutique


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restaurant. With traditional European accents and modern Mediterranean specialties, you can peruse the course and cocktail offerings with the promise of top quality and regional authenticity. Barrington's For two decades, Barrington’s has provided the people of Charlotte with innovative New American cuisine. Inspired by owner Bruce Moffett’s hometown of Barrington, Rhode Island, the restaurant has successfully infused Northeastern fare with a southern twist. Stop by and check out one of their seasonal menus, which feature an array of organic produce, cheese, and meats. Don’t forget to grab a glass of expertly chosen wine to pair with your meal. Mariposa Mariposa, which opened its doors in early 2022, is the Mint Museum Uptown's newest offering for mezze-style dining. Taking the place of Halcyon, expect Mariposa to feature a borrowing of many different cultural cuisine influences, alongside a heavy emphasis on incorporating locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. The modern interior is replete with skyline views, plush couches, black and white decor, and a pop of turquoise pizzaz for a upscale but still fun atmosphere. Fahrenheit Fahrenheit is Charlotte's premier rooftop eatery. With unparalleled views of the city, situated above the Skye Condos in Uptown, the restaurant offers guests tasty craft cocktails, a New American cuisine-inspired menu, and the chance to cozy up to one of their linear fire pits with a beverage. Sit back, relax, and experience the Queen City from a different perspective. The Porter's House The Porter’s House is all about providing guests with exceptional service, hospitality, and of course, delicious food. Inspired by the historic porters of the past, The Porter’s House

has created a contemporary, guest-oriented dining experience. The chop house-style restaurant offers everything from 36-ounce Prime Porterhouse steaks to beef tartar and lobster ravioli. Indulge in their diverse selection of wine and craft beer to lend yourself to The Porter’s House experience. Oak Steakhouse Located in Charlotte's upscale SouthPark neighborhood, Oak Steakhouse offers a modern and innovative take on the traditional steakhouse dining experience. Oak’s menu is chef-driven and tailored to highlight North Carolina’s freshest ingredients, offering guests a variety of farm to table dishes from local purveyors. To compliment the fare, Oak has an expansive wine list with a large selection of Italian and Spanish wines. Kindred Located in historic downtown Davidson, Kindred boasts a stylish atmosphere and Chef Joe Kindred’s unique take on Italian meets New South cuisine. With a seasonally-driven menu rotating daily, there are always new flavors to try here. The team behind Kindred goes to great lengths to source the best ingredients available for both their food and drink menus through their large network locally, regionally and beyond. Copper Copper’s upscale Indian cuisine, nestled in the heart of Dilworth, is a reliable staple. Although Chef Naveen Sadana’s food is a modern interpretation of the classics, traditional techniques do not go unnoticed here. Their menu is divided into a modern and traditional section allowing you to experience both styles fully and at your own choosing. Peppervine Nestled in Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood, Peppervine delivers outstanding gourmet food and over 3,000 bottles of wine to choose from in an elegant setting where world-class art rotates on exhibit. This is the spot to head for your next celebration or date night.

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