If you google “campgrounds in Charlotte,” you’ll see several dots outside Charlotte’s I-485 perimeter loop, and just one dot inside the circle: Elmore RV Park and Campground. Despite some low reviews, we stayed there for its proximity to the center of the city, and found it to be quiet and pleasant, with friendly staff. We’d definitely recommend it to adults (they advertise that they’re an adult community, and there really isn’t much there for kids) RV camping in Charlotte.
Looking at the map, it’s a short distance to the artsy NoDa neighborhood along North Davidson Street, but the campground staff advised against walking along busy N Tryon St as cars zip in and out of the strip malls with low pedestrian awareness. It’s a cheap Lyft ride from Elmore to the center of NoDa, or an easy drive, and parking wasn’t a problem for us late on a weekday afternoon.
A long, long, long, long time ago I lived in Charlotte, so it was fun to go back and explore a neighborhood I didn’t spend much time in back in the day. We only had about six hours to spend exploring, so instead of visiting my old haunts, we focused on nearby NoDa, a walkable area full of old mills and warehouses-turned-shops, galleries, and music venues, but more in line with our needs: breweries and restaurants.
Birdsong Brewing Co
We shared a flight and enjoyed the mild weather in Birdsong Brewing’s dog-friendly yard. The pale and IPA were excellent, but the Honeypie DIPA tasted too much like honey for our liking.
NoDa Brewing Co
And then we shared a flight at NoDa Brewing and found a new favorite beer: their Hop Drop and Roll IPA. The saison was also good, and we really liked the session IPA. To cap off a great brewery experience, the chana masala taco from the Tin Kitchen food truck outside was AMAZING.
After NoDa, we took Bugsy and the car home to the campground and caught a Lyft back into the heart of NoDa to Heist Brewery. Heist feels more like a restaurant than a brewery, and has a full food and cocktail menu in addition to the beers. We tend to prefer the atmosphere at breweries where the beer is the focus, and Heist was no exception.
Cabo Fish Taco
Not far from Heist on the main neighborhood drag is Cabo Fish Taco. There are several highly-rated restaurants in NoDa where we could have eaten dinner, but if there’s a place that has “fish taco” in its name, I kind of have to eat there. We were not disappointed–we had guac to start, then I had fish tacos and J had some sort of meat tacos and it was so much food and everything tasted wonderful. The bbq fish taco was particularly interesting and delightful.