This is my third and final post for the #DesignCharlotte program, an influencer campaign for the Marriott Charlotte City hotel. The hotel is currently undergoing a major transformation and  encouraging guests and influencers to show off our amazing city by featuring  some of our favorite things about Charlotte.  In my first two post I mentioned my top five favorite date night restaurants and my favorite family friendly restaurants. Today I’m talking about the reasons why I love living in Charlotte and why I can’t imagine myself living anywhere else.
1.  Four Seasons
I love that in Charlotte you get to experience all four seasons. In the Spring and fall the weather is pretty much perfect with the average temperatures being in the 70’s. The winters are relatively mild in Charlotte but if we’re lucky we may experience one or two snow falls each year. It’s usually not much and it doesn’t seem to stick around for long. The summers can get pretty heated especially in July and August but as a summer girl I don’t mind a little bit of heat as long as there’s a pool or water near by, which isn’t hard to find here.
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2. Close to the beach and the mountains
I love that in a 3 to 4 hour drive you can be on the coast which becomes an annual vacation for many families in Charlotte. It’s a drive that can easily be made for a long weekend getaway, which we do every year in addition to our annual family vacation. As close as we are to the beach we are even closer to the mountains with a simple two-hour drive. On those hot summer months the mountains is a refreshing place to go to escape the heat and a nice place to go in the winter if you want to see more snow or go skiing.
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3. The Fitness Community
There are so many fitness classes and studios around Charlotte. Yoga, Pilates, Spin, Crossfit, Orangetheory and Kickboxing are just a few of the workouts available. As someone who enjoys working out and trying new things I love seeing these fun and new activities being offered around the community. There are many areas located around Charlotte that are perfect for running and I love heading out to Freedom Park and the Queens Road area on the weekends and being surrounded by many other runners and walkers out and about as well. Charlotte is home to the U.S. National White Water Center, 700 acres of outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rock climbing, zip lines, ropes courses, and mountain biking. There’s over 25 miles of hiking trails located on the property (also used for mountain biking). The White Water Center is the perfect place to head to with friends or family for a fun and active filled day.
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4. Craft Beer Scene
Charlotte is building quiet the reputation for its craft-beer scene and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. From microbreweries and pubs to specialty bottle shops, Charlotte’s got a lot of craft beer for you to choose from. North Carolina has more craft breweries than any other state in the South, and Charlotte’s hops are among the top with dozens of craft breweries in operation or on the way. My husband is much more of a beer drinker than I am but I’m always up for an afternoon at any of the local breweries, listening to music, grabbing food from a local food truck and relaxing. It’s always fun to pack some blankets, a small cooler and some outdoor toys (for the kids) and meet some friends and their little ones for an afternoon outing as well.
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5. Restaurants
I’ve already talked about the restaurant scene in Charlotte here and here but I needed to included it in this list as well. You can refer back to those links for a few of my favorite spots. Over the past few years the food scene in Charlotte has started to explode and turn into an energetic dining scene. Chefs are focusing on using locally sourced ingredients and more farm-to-fork options are being offered. This creates lots of excitement and variety for the dining customers as menus are constantly changing from season to season.
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6. Professional Sports
Charlotte is home to several sports teams including the Carolina Panthers NFL team, the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA and the Charlotte Knights minor league baseball team. These events are fun to attend as the games take place uptown in their respective stadiums. Charlotte also host several large events such as the longest NASCAR race, the Coca-Cola 600, at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Wells Fargo Golf Tournament.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of #DesignCharlotte. The opinions and text are all mine.