Top Coffee Shops in Charlotte, North Carolina

Traveling to Charlotte and need your java fix in the morning? Fear not, Charlotte is a great city for coffee lovers. We’ve scoured the city to find the best cafes and coffee shops. The next time you need a caffeine boost, stop by one of these places for a taste of liquid gold.

Not Just Coffee
Not Just Coffee pours exquisite cups of coffee, lattes, cappuccinos and more. They brew up beans roasted in North Carolina and go the extra mile by using local milk and making their own sauces and syrups. You can really feel the love in each cup of coffee at their 7th Street Public Market and Atherton Market locations.

Dilworth Coffee
Dilworth Coffee is the oldest specialty coffee shop in Charlotte, and its coffee today is just as delicious as it was when they first opened. The company now has inviting coffee shops all over the city. We recommend paying a visit to their shop at 110 A Matthews Station Street, conveniently close to our Matthews location.

We love the homey vibe of this shop every time we visit the 4th Street location of the Cluck-n-Cup. Their coffee really is delicious, but it’s even better when you pair it with their Wednesday special – Chicken Pot Pie. The pot pie is homemade and absolutely chock-full of chicken. This place is the perfect spot for a filling and tasty Charlotte lunch.

The Secret Chocolatier Come for the coffee, but stay for the delectable dessert. The homemade chocolates are delicious, and if you want, they will even create a three-course dessert menu for you to enjoy. Make sure to grab a box of chocolates to snack on, back in your room.

Smelly Cat Coffee
You’ll know why we recommend Smelly Cat Coffee as soon as you step foot in the shop, the atmosphere is friendly and eclectic. The best part of this coffee shop is that they roast their own beans, in house. This helps to guaranteed you a perfect cup of coffee, every time.

Did we miss your favorite Charlotte coffee shop? Let us know which spot is your favorite in the comments!



A Weekend in Jackson Mississippi

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Photo Credit: wtcmsra

Traveling on business to Jackson Mississippi? Hopefully, you’ll have the weekend to enjoy this incredible Southern city. While a weekend isn’t enough to see and do everything in Jackson, we’ve picked out some of the highlights that you shouldn’t miss. These suggestions will give you a true taste of the city has to offer.

1. The Mississippi State Capitol
We highly a stop by the Mississippi State Capitol building. While tours are only given on weekdays, we think it’s worth a visit to snap some photos of one of the most beautiful buildings in the state.

2. Fondren District
Shopping in one of the city’s newest hotspots, the Fondren District. This area of Jackson is full of local shops, antique stores, gourmet food shops and restaurants. After an afternoon of shopping here, we recommend stopping at one of the bakeries in the district and picking up a couple of pastries to take back to your room for a late-night snack, or for the next morning’s breakfast.

3. Jackson Zoo
Get up close and personal with over 750 animals at the always entertaining Jackson Zoo. You’ll come face to face with animals from all over the world including giraffes, endangered white rhinos and the human-like orangutans. This is the perfect place to spend a sunny, Sunday afternoon.

4. The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
Many of the great players in American sports history have come from Mississippi, so it’s no wonder that the museum dedicated to the players is a must see.  While the Sports Hall of Fame covers all types of sports, their Baseball section is truly spectacular. There are lots of interactive exhibits to keep you busy for an afternoon. The entrance fee is a steal at only $5.

5. Hal and Mal’s
On weekends at Hal and Mal’s you can get both dinner and a show. First head to the restaurant section of the building for delicious, Southern-style comfort food. They serve up mouth-watering po’ boys, and chicken fried steak among other items. After dinner, one of their other rooms is almost guaranteed to be putting on a live musical performance. The bands change from week to week, but a good time is always had.

Did we forget to include your favorite spot in Jackon? Tell us what it is in the comments.

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