Charlotte is an easy first or last stop, just over three hours south of home. After boondocking in Atlanta, we needed a night with full hookups to clean the Airstream (including the black tank) before parking it for a few months, so instead of spending a night in my sister’s driveway, we chose Charlotte.
We’ve only stayed at Elmore RV Park in Charlotte. Elmore is a no-frills park with a small asphalt area that can fit several daily parkers attached to a quiet, leafy loop of full-time residents. It’s easy and convenient to everything on the north side of town.
In addition to doing Airstream chores, we wanted to explore a neighborhood and get some beer. Just down the street, the fun NoDa neighborhood is our usual go-to; we wanted different scenery this time and chose Plaza Midwood, also very close to the campground. Plaza Midwood has a commercial area along Central Ave with funky shops and hip restaurants and cool breweries (of course), but we focused on the surrounding residential area in the historic district. The area was built up over several decades, making for a neat mix of architecture. We recommend this walking tour!
After your walk, refresh with a beer! Our new favorite brewery in Charlotte is Resident Culture, conveniently located in Plaza Midwood. It was super busy on Sunday afternoon but we didn’t have to wait too long for a table outside. Great beer, great scene. We bought a bunch of cans to take home to VA.
On the way home we stopped at Divine Barrel for one more beer. Divine Barrel specializes in sours, and last time we tried their beers, I wasn’t yet into sours, so I appreciated their beer even more this time.
We wrapped up our evening in the Airstream with yummy delivery from Cilantro Noodle, a build-your-own-Vietnamese-bowl place in–you guessed it–Plaza Midwood.
And that wraps up our Winter Warmth trip! We had plenty of warmth and sunshine and happiness, but also ice and drama, and always lots of laughs and adventures. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for a short trip coming up that has potential for hilarity!