|Venue: Charlotte, North Carolina|
1. Charlotte History
Around the middle of the 1700's, Scotch-Irish settlers came along the Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia. Near the Catawba River, they stopped and built a settlement which continued to grow as new neighbors moved in. The name for this new settlement was Charlotte in honor of the wife of King George III, who was the king of England.. In 1768, Charlotte became an incorporated city. Charlotte was located in the new county of Mecklenburg, which was also named in honor of Queen Charlotte's homeland of Germany. This is how Charlotte became known as the "Queen City."
1799 brought a new experience for Charlotte with the discovery of a 17 pound gold nugget, bringing more prospectors and the opening of new mines. It didn't last, though, as the call from California's gold fields took away the miners. Cotton was also a staple crop for Charlotte. The railroad came to town and helped the economy stabilize even more.
No Da – Charlotte’s Historic Art’s District
McDowell Nature Center and Preserve
Charlotte Bobcats Arena:
Jerald Melberg Gallery:
3. Restaurants and Nightlife
Charlotte has 100s of restaurants, bars and dance clubs.There are dozens in downtown which are all within walking distance of the conference hotel.Just outside the downtown loop (I227/E. John Belk Fwy/E. Brookshire Fwy) further restaurants can be found in the Dilworth area (SW of downtown) and Elizabeth neighborhood (SE of downtown).A 10 minutes drive north-east of downtown are the restaurants of the No Da Historical Arts district.A 20 minutes drive north-east of downtown is the University City area around UNCC which has many additional restaurants.“Creative Loafing – Charlotte” is a local, free arts and entertainment newsprint magazine that can be found in many hotels and shops as well as on-line.Creative Loafing has an extensive restaurant guide, in particular for the downtown/midtown restaurants.
Below are just a few of these many restaurants frequented by UNCC members of your friendly VR Conference committee:
Ri Ra (Downtown) - Map
Cajun Queen ( Just outside the loop ) - Map
Udipi Pure Vegetarian (Cuisine University City area) - Map
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