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Agents Respond: Best Summer Getaways Near Charlotte


Summer is right around the corner and there are so many amazing places to visit near Charlotte, N.C. No need to make any grand plans when Charlotte has access to endless options from the city. With its proximity to the beaches, mountains, and lakes, there’s a trip for every interest. Whether you are planning that perfect week-long vacation or a quick weekend trip, we’ve got you covered! 

We asked our agents where their favorite destinations are in drivable distance from the Queen City, including how long it takes to get there and the top things to do. Check out their responses below!

Lake Lure 

Driving time from Charlotte: 2 Hours

Lake Lure is famous for its gorgeous lake scenery, mountain landscape, and where ‘Dirty Dancing’ was filmed. Spend the weekend hiking at Chimney Rock and swimming at Lake Lure Beach and Waterpark. Once you’re done with your outdoor activities, spend the day in Downtown Hendersonville where you can find a wide array of shopping, dining, and museums. 

Pinehurst

Driving time from Charlotte: 2 Hours

Home of the famed No. 2 golf course and Pinehurst Resort, the small, picturesque village town boasts many activities and attractions. Visit the Spa at Pinehurst for some R&R, take the children to Camelot playground, stroll through the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, or take the short drive to Southern Pines and walk around downtown.

“Pinehurst is the golf mecca of our country, featuring more than 40 golf courses in Moore County… so much history!” – Suzanne Coddington, REALTOR®/Broker

Boone and Blowing Rock 

Driving time from Charlotte: 2 Hours

Blowing Rock is nestled near Boone, N.C. and in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Pack your outdoor gear and explore Linville Falls or hike at either Blowing Rock or Grandfather Mountain near Boone. If you are a wine connoisseur, visit the Boone Area Wine Trail stopping at three different wineries with great scenery. Stay overnight at the Chetola Resort which is “one of the best stays in the blue ridge” according to Southern Living. 

Asheville

Driving time from Charlotte: 2 Hours, 15 Minutes

Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is known for its great brewery scene, outdoor activities, and iconic attractions such as the Biltmore Estate. There are plenty of places to stay including the Omni Grove Inn or renting an Airbnb in the mountains. Take a stroll through the vibrant arts district, enjoy tapas at Cúrate, or hike along the Appalachian Trail and end the day sipping on craft beer at a brewery!

“One of my favorite things to do in Asheville is to go to the breweries. Wicked Weed and Sierra Nevada are two of my favorites. The food scene is fantastic and who does not like a great dinner in the cool mountain air?” – Katie Catron, REALTOR®/Broker

Charleston

Driving time from Charlotte: 3 Hours

The southern city is a popular destination among our agents for a lot of reasons including the buzzing downtown, gorgeous curb appeal, proximity to the numerous beaches, rich history, and its southern charm. 

Looking to stay at the beach? Cindi Moore’s, (Realtor®/Broker) favorite summer destination is Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms. Another popular destination is the idyllic beach town on Sullivan’s Island. Escape to Kiawah Island to visit the championship golf courses and stunning beachfront. Island hop to Seabrook Island for a quiet getaway and some fresh seafood. You might need more than a weekend to see everything!

“It is one of the best foodie cities with charm in the country.” – Jeff Murdock, REALTOR®/Broker

Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington 

Driving time from Charlotte: 3 Hours, 30 Minutes

Head to the North Carolina beaches and explore the beautiful historic sights, dine at the downtown riverfront, or head to the shore of Wrightsville Beach. This family-friendly destination offers a boardwalk, museums, an aquarium, and water sports for the whole family! If you are an avid surfer, this is the place to visit. Explore Wilmington’s historic district along the Cape Fear River that has fantastic nightlife.

Pawleys Island 

Driving time from Charlotte: 3 Hours, 45 Minutes

Another South Carolina beach favorite, Pawley’s Island offers some of the best Lowcountry cuisine, unique shops, and world-class gardens. Just south of Pawley’s Island is the private beachfront town of DeBordieu. These beach towns are true southern gems! 

“I grew up going to the Litchfield/Pawleys Island/Debordieu beaches so they hold a special place in our family memories. Love the wide beaches, plenty of room for walking and playing, and the local seafood is amazing. The restaurant scene is diverse and delicious; choosing a favorite is a challenge.” – Ashley McMillan, REALTOR®/Broker