This past Friday, Nick and I took a day off from life and spontaneously enjoyed everything we love about living near Charlotte, NC. We are coming up on our one year anniversary in North Carolina. What better way to celebrate than to take part in the places and things that made us pack up our lives and move to this area? Here are 4 places we recommend visiting.

1. Famous Toastery Dilworth

Getting up at 5:30 AM on your day off might be the farthest thing from your mind, but when gluten free breakfast at the Famous Toastery of Dilworth is your destination, you jump out of bed! We discovered this restaurant on our first trip to Charlotte, when we were researching the area. On each of our four road trips from Virginia Beach, we would stop at the Famous Toastery, refuel and start on our list of things to do.

There are several Toast restaurants in the area, but this is our favorite. The staff are friendly, the outdoor seating is plentiful and the atmosphere is relaxed. We always felt like one of the locals when we visited, which is why we still drive from Lake Norman all the way into Dilworth to visit this location.

Starting our day of favorite Charlotte things.

2. Freedom Park Charlotte

After a lovely breakfast outdoors, we hopped in the car and drove a few miles to Freedom Park. This is another destination we keep coming back to. It is also one of the top 5 things to do when visiting Charlotte, according to TripAdvisor. A 98-acre park filled with walking trails, athletic fields and playgrounds. It is an easy 3-mile walk from Uptown.

3. Sunflour baking company dilworth

After walking a few miles in the heat and humidity, we were ready for a refreshing treat. Back to Dilworth for gluten free cheesecake at the Sunflour Baking Company. This was a huge treat as we usually avoid dairy altogether. However, some things are worth celebrating! If you are in the mood for organic coffee and tea or a vegan muffin or treat, this is your place.

Gluten Free Cheesecake at Sunflour Baking Company

4. town of Davidson

Davidson has a small town feel that we truly enjoy. Walking Main Street with its cafes, restaurants and gift shops is one of our top weekend activities. A late lunch at The Pickled Peach in Davidson was our final destination for the day. The menu changes often and consists of vegan and gluten free soups, salads or sandwiches. I ordered a turkey, tomato and avocado sandwich on gluten free bread. We enjoyed our meals out on the covered patio with views of the town.

I hope this glimpse into why we love Charlotte will encourage you to visit. There are so many more attractions I could have added to this list, but there is only so much time in a single day! If you live in the Queen City or have visited, let me know your favorite things to see and do.


Diagnosed with Celiac Disease eleven years ago, I've been on a journey discovering what it means to be truly healthy. Join me as I share my personal fitness goals, gluten free recipes I've tried, travel tips, curly hair product reviews and all things creative.

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