bugsy running on lone rock beach with the airstream and f-150 in the background

One night in Charlotte, NC (visit #4)–Winter Warmth trip

We were in Charlotte in February 2021 during our Winter Warmth Trip. Read about our previous visits in 2020, late 2017, and early 2017.

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.

This was our fourth time spending a night in the city; read about our previous visits here: in 2020, in late 2017, and in early 2017.


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.


a house in Plaza Midwood

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!

Bugsy drinking beer at Resident Culture

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.

beers at Divine Barrel

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.

vietnamese bowls from Cilantro Noodle

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!


7 responses to “One night in Charlotte, NC (visit #4)–Winter Warmth trip”

  1. […] first and second-to-last (Charlotte was last) stop on our Winter Warmth expedition was Atlanta, and this post combines both visits. […]

  2. […] Charlotte (last hurrah on the way home) […]

  3. […] Charlotte’s an easy overnight stop for us when taking the Airstream south or home to VA from the South. The campground is convenient to a cool part of town, and that cool part of town is full of breweries. Read about our first two Airstream trips to Charlotte here and here, and our fourth in 2021 here. […]

  4. […] south on our Florida odyssey, so of course we stopped in Asheville. Also, Interstate 85 between Charlotte and Greenville is a perpetual nightmare, which made us not want to go to Charlotte, another fun and […]

  5. […] of beers we wanted to try: three sours and four hazies, including a collaboration with our favorite Charlotte brewery, Resident Culture. The beers were yummy, and this taproom was also lovely. I wish more […]

  6. […] IPAs and six sours, including a guest pour of each type from the phenomenal Resident Culture in Charlotte. In addition to our favorites, they had a porter, a barrel-aged German chocolate cake stout […]

  7. […] massive selection of beers to take away, and we left with some from Resident Culture, our favorite Charlotte […]

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