For many, the Labor Day weekend in Charlotte is a time of relaxation and a sign of the oncoming fall season. However, although many events are canceled this year, there are still plenty of things to do to make the most of your weekend. We’ve rounded up some things you can do safely while still having an amazing time.
Go Swimming at Nags Head Beach
Home to a striking shoreline and a gorgeous beach town, there’s no better choice for a relaxing labor day weekend retreat than Nags Head, located on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The beach is located five hours from Uptown and features some of the most beautiful beach views at no cost. Spend your time taking a dip in the crystal blue water of Nags Head.
Go Fishing at Lake Gaston
Settled between North Carolina and Virginia, Lake Gaston spans over 20,000 acres. If you’re looking to try your hand at fishing, Lake Gaston comes well equipped with plenty of game fish, like Rock Fish or Striped Bass. While visiting the lake is free, you will need a license to fish by boat on the lake.
Go golfing at Eagle Chase Golf Club
Whether you’re an experienced golfer or looking to try something new, golfing is a fun activity for your Labor Day weekend. Eagle Chase Golf Club is only 45 minutes from Uptown and features a unique mountain elevation.
Have a staycation at the Ballantyne Hotel
There’s no need to travel out of state for Labor Day. The Ballantyne makes for the perfect getaway without having to go too far. With luxurious guest rooms and thoughtful southern touches, The Ballantyne is a tranquil place for a vacation.
Sip Wine at Dilworth Tasting Room
Labor Day weekend means sitting back and unwinding, and what better way to do that than the Dilworth Tasting Room? Make sure to make a reservation beforehand and sit out on the outdoor patio, complete with a koi pond. Choose from quality wine, craft cocktails, and beer.
Go Biking at Four Mile Creek Greenway
Four Mile Creek Greenway is a beautiful place to go biking. Free to the public, the greenway has over four miles of trail to explore and ride along. Take to the trail and experience the stunning sights, greenery, and crisp fresh air.
Enjoy a picnic at Freedom Park
Take time to soak in summer weather before autumn comes by bringing a picnic lunch to Freedom Park. At its center is a gorgeous 7-acre lake and makes a prime spot to sit next to and enjoy lunch. Afterward, take a walk through the calming paths.
Have weekend brunch at Haymaker
There’s no better way to finish off your weekend than with brunch and Haymaker is more than ready to give you the best of seafood and farm-fresh ingredients, led by Chef William Dissen and Chef Evan McHalffey. Start off with beignets dusted with powdered sugar, then indulge in NC Shrimp A La Plancha with mushrooms and spring onion; or try a Brasstown Beef Burger topped with smoked cheddar and tomato jam. Finish off with a mimosa or bloody mary.
Words by: Jeannette Jones