By Mark Hendricks
Charlotte
North Carolina
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Among the many nicknames that Charlotte, North Carolina is known by, perhaps none is more apt than “The Gem of the South.”  The city boasts a prideful history, one in which resistance to British troops during the American Revolution features prominently.  Today, the same southern passion that helped establish the city over 200 years ago is alive and well, and is sure to impress any traveler eager to experience a little southern hospitality.

EscapeWizard.com is your guide for your visit to Charlotte, North Carolina.  Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is located just six miles from uptown Charlotte, and you can book a flight on EscapeWizard.com to the city by using the link here: (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  For a place to stay, be sure to browse through the selection of hotels in the accommodations section of EscapeWizard.com, then click here to book (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Once you’ve set foot in “The Gem of the South,” EscapeWizard.com suggests you put the pedal to the metal and visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame, located in Center City Charlotte.  Perhaps nothing is more closely associated with the south than NASCAR, and the newly opened museum certainly does the sport justice.  The museum is stocked full of fun, interactive games and is sure to be a hit among racing enthusiasts and non NASCAR fans alike.  Another museum worth checking out is Discovery Place, which features exhibits ranging from erupting volcanoes to Great White Sharks.  The museum is full of hands-on experiments and has something for all ages, including the biggest movie screen in the state.

Perhaps the only thing that can compete with NASCAR in being representative of the south is soul food, and Charlotte is in no short supply of it.  You can try deep-fried pickles, a southern specialty, or opt for a better known dish like chicken and grits in any number of hole-in-the-wall places.  If you are a barbeque fan, then Charlotte also has you covered with many grill-themed restaurants dispersed throughout the city from Center City to uptown.  If you want something besides southern soul food and rib sticking barbeque, Charlotte also has Mediterranean and Asian themed restaurants as well as several other ethnic dining establishments.

If you are looking for some fun after dinner, EscapeWizard.com suggests visiting EpiCentre.  EpiCentre is a fabulously designed hub that is full of all things nightlife.  Bars, restaurants, shops, and dance clubs line the gigantic complex, which encompasses over one half million square feet.  In the center of all of the action is an outdoor pavilion which offers a view of the Charlotte skyline.  Located in uptown Charlotte, EpiCentre is only a few blocks from the business district of Charlotte, and is also easily accessible via the Charlotte transit system on the LYNX blue line.

It was only fifteen years ago that Charlotte did not have a professional sports team.  Today, both the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League and the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association call Charlotte home.  While in Charlotte, EscapeWizard.com suggests taking in a Bobcat game at the Time Warner Cable Arena.  The Arena, which is located uptown, was built in 2005 and is the second newest arena in the NBA.   The Arena also houses the Charlotte Checkers, the American Hockey League affiliate team of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes.

Charlotte is a city with something for everyone, and with a mass transit system in place, nearly all sites are easily accessible.  Click the above link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to use EscapeWizard.com to book your trip to Charlotte and discover “The Gem of the South” for yourself.
Hotels in Charlotte
By Courtney Singer
Staybridge Suites
15735 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte NC
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Staybridge Suites Charlotte Ballantyne is located in Charlotte’s Ballantyne Corporate Park, making it ideal for business travel.  The Park can be found in Charlotte’s refined south side, home to one of the area’s foremost shopping and business districts. 

The hotel offers a wide array of amenities, including a pool and a 24 hour fitness center.  Barbeque grills are located near the indoor pool.  To entertain the kids, there are complementary board games and a putting green in the Courtyard.  There is a laundry facility on site, open to guests all day every day.  Dry cleaning services are also available, including same day return.  

For business travelers, the corporate park shuttle is an invaluable resource when travelling between organizations within the park.  Hotel visitors can hop on the shuttle at the Staybridge and hop off at their end destination.  Additional business amenities offered by the hotel include a small meeting space originally imagined as a place for brainstorming sessions or interviews.

If you are looking to combine work and pleasure, the Golf Club at Ballantyne is near by for an afternoon of greens and business.  Other attractions near to the Staybridge Suites include the Ballantyne Village, a shopping center comprised of the most popular retail establishments.  Sports fans can go check out a Panthers game at the Bank of America Stadium, or visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame.        

Time for check-in is 3:00 pm; alternately, regular check-out is at Noon, though there is a late check-out option available.  To book a room, the patron must be over 21 years old.  Pets (under 80 lbs) are allowed with a non-refundable fee of $75 for up to 6 nights, and $150 for 7 nights or more.  All shots must be up to date, and a signed pet agreement is required.

Staybridge Suites Charlotte Ballantyne hotel aims to make work business travel as easy and worry-free as possible.  With large spacious rooms and ease of mobility within the Park, the hotel strives to anticipate each visitor’s needs; EscapeWizard.com appreciates the importance of this mission.  Like what you’ve heard?  To make a reservation now, go to (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).  
Hotels in Charlotte
By Courtney Singer
Hilton Charlotte Center City
222 East Third Street, Charlotte, NC
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Hilton Charlotte Center City is the epitome of convenience for the business traveler. This AAA 4 diamond ranked hotel is located right across from the Charlotte Convention Center, and only 15 minutes from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. Offering some of the most technologically advanced amenities available, those travelling for work should want for nothing.

The Charlotte Center City supports 400 comfortable berths. Each room has access to both wired and wireless internet, and the GuestLINK system. This revolutionary technology allows guests to connect their MP3’s, portable DVD players, digital cameras, game consoles, and laptops directly to the plasma flat screen TVs mounted in every room.  Additionally, each bed is equipped with the Hilton’s famous Suite Dreams® Pillow Top Beds. 

Room service is always available, but if a more social dining experience is desired the Hotel’s restaurant Costal Kitchen and Bar is another option. Regretting that second dessert? Do not stress; the Hilton is attached to the Childress Klein YMCA.  Exercise facilities and indoor pool are accessible for a daily fee.   

For those looking to plan an event, the Professional Sales and Catering staff at the Hilton Charlotte Center City is ready and waiting to help facilitate the process. The staff can help plan all your event needs, whether it be a conference or a wedding. eEvents Booking is another tool offered by the Hilton, which is ideal for arranging small business meetings or other occasions.

A guest at the Hilton should never suffer from boredom thanks to the hotel’s wonderful central location. For those business travelers looking to combine work and pleasure, the Golf Club at Ballantyne is near by. Need to pick up a few mementos for the family at home?  Head over to the Ballantyne Village, a shopping center comprised of the most popular retail establishments.  Sports fans can go check out a Panthers game at the Bank of America Stadium, or visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Looking to occupy the children, or the young at heart? Spend the day at the Carowinds Theme and Amusement park.        

Whether visiting Charlotte for work or play, the Hilton Charlotte Center City hotel aims to make every visit feel easy and worry-free. EscapeWizard.com wants you to have the best travel experience possible, and knows you will enjoy your stay at the Hilton Charlotte City Center. To make a reservation now through EscapeWizard.com, go to this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).  
Hotels in Charlotte
By D. Gregory Perrin
Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne
13139 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Charlotte, NC
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Located to the south of Charlotte, North Carolina just off the 485 beltway, Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne is an excellent hotel option for travelers. The hotel is located right beside the Ballantyne Resort Golf Course, which makes it especially good for golf enthusiasts. Check in at the hotel is at 3 p.m.

The hotel rooms with either 1 king bed or 2 queen size beds available. Travelers with an infant can request a crib for their room. Television viewers will be pleased to know there is a 42 inch flat screen television in each room with a standard cable package. Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne offers complimentary Wi-Fi service in all rooms so guests can make sure to stay in touch with their emails and news. During times you are out of the room, the hotel offers an in-room safe to store your laptop and other valuables. Beyond that, the rooms have the usual amenities of most standard hotels: iron and ironing board, hairdryer, air conditioning controlled by the guests, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, a work desk with chair and connecting rooms if needed.

Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne has an indoor pool for guests to use during their stay at the hotel.  Aloft has the re:charge(SM) gym for guests to utilize. The gym has stretching mats, cardio equipment, and free weights so no matter your vice; it can be taken care of. Relax in the re:mix(SM) lounge, where you will find pool tables, televisions, and more.

This hotel has exactly what you need during your visit in Charlotte. Check out is at 12 p.m. or after on the day of departure from the city. WhatsCheaper.com knows you will just love Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne and encourages you to click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to start your search today for amazing pricing.
Hotels in Charlotte
By Jessica Howell
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Charlotte Airport
2600 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte, NC
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With a free airport shuttle service, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Charlotte Airport is the perfect place to stay for guests arriving to Charlotte via the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).  From the moment you arrive in Charlotte you will be pampered by exceptional service with that famous southern hospitality.  Upon arriving in Charlotte you will be whisked off to the DoubleTree via the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service, or if you are driving to the DoubleTree, you can park your car worry free with complimentary parking.  Check in at the DoubleTree is at 3 p.m.  and check out is at 12 noon. 

All of the 173 guest rooms at the DoubleTree offer guests the comforts of home – only better.  If you are one of those people that has to have at least a cup of coffee before you can take on the day, you will enjoy waking up every morning to the smell of freshly brewed Wolfgang Puck coffee or tea percolating through your very own coffee maker.  Other guest room amenities include phones with voicemail, 32-inch on-demand movies and premium cable channels, phones with voicemail, oversized work desk with ergonomic chair, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, and last but certainly not least, the Sweet Dreams by DoubleTree sleep experience. 

At the DoubleTree out of town doesn’t have to mean out of shape.  Get your work-out-on while you are away in the deluxe fitness facility.  You can also swim laps in the pool or just lounge around and enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation.

If you are traveling to Charlotte, North Carolina, EscapeWizard.com recommends that you book your stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Charlotte Airport.  Let us assist with you booking by clicking on the following link:  (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Charlotte
By Jessica Howell
Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/Ayrsley
1920 Ayrsley Town Blvd, Charlotte, NC
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The Hilton Garden Inn Ayrsely/Charlotte is located in a neighborhood that has the perfect mix of corporate offices, small businesses, and interesting attractions.  The hotel’s ideal location makes it perfect for travelers visiting this charming area either on business or pleasure.  If you are looking for a relaxing place to stay during your next trip to Ayrsley/Charlotte, EscapeWizard.com recommends that you book your stay at the impressive Hilton Garden Inn Ayrsley/Charlotte. 

Guests can begin checking into the Hilton Garden Inn at 3 p.m. on the day of their arrival and check out is at 12 noon on the day of their departure.  As you enter the Pavilion Lobby, you will be greeted by warm colors and elegant décor.  If you arrive a little early for check in, nestle up to the roaring lobby fire place on a plush sofa.  You can also watch TV on the flat screen TV or check your email with complimentary wireless high speed internet throughout the hotel. 

Once you make your way to the room you will be impressed by the luxurious amenities and elegant decorations that adorn every room.  All guest rooms and suites at the Hilton Garden Inn feature similar amenities just in a larger space.  Whether you book a cozy room or spacious suite, you can enjoy premium cable channels like HBO, CNN, and ESPN on a 32 inch LCD flat screen TV.  Fall asleep to your favorite TV program on The Garden Sleep System bed featuring crisp 250 thread count sheets, plush duvet cover, and fluffy pillows.  Wake up feeling refreshed after a peaceful night’s rest and make a fresh cup of coffee on your very own in-room coffee maker or head downstairs and have breakfast at the hotel restaurant The Great American Grill; serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.  The Pavilion Pantry convenience mart offers guests microwavable meals you can whip up with your in-room microwave for a delicious, quick meal on the go.

The Hilton Garden Inn Ayrsley/Charlotte is the perfect place to accommodate travelers of every walk of life.  Whether you are in town on business, pleasure, or just passing through, the Hilton Garden Inn offers guests luxurious accommodations in the ideal location.  To book your stay at this charming hotel, click on the following link:  (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). 
Hotels in Charlotte
By Chris McCarthy
Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlotte Airport
2770 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte, NC
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Whether traveling alone or with your family, The Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlotte Airport is a great place to stay. The hotel shuttle bus will pick you up at the airport and bring you to your home away from home. Located three miles from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Homewood Suites is also central to many of the attractions that Charlotte has to offer, such as:  the Bank of America Stadium, Carolina Place Mall, and the Charlotte Aviation Museum. Check-in time is 3 p.m; check out is at noon. The multilingual staff is ready to assist you 24 hours a day.

Each suite has a fully equipped kitchen, two telephones with voicemail and dataports, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The remote-access 32 inch flat panel TV comes with the movie channel or rent videos on site. Safety deposit boxes hold all your valuables. Laundry/valet service is available, as well as coin-operated washers and dryers with in-room iron and board. At the end of the day, sink into your king size bed. Also available are Mobility Accessible rooms.

If you are in town for business, the business center is open 24 hours a day. For fun, venture right outside your door and enjoy a swim in the pool. Do some putting on the professionally designed Putting Green. Cook out on the stainless steel BBQ Grills. Stay in shape at the on-site fitness room or enjoy the full Access Key Card Club. Or plan a day of off-site activities with the staff. The shuttle bus will take you anywhere in a three mile radius.

Start your day with a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. Be sure to enjoy the complimentary Welcome Home light dinner with free beer and wine Monday through Thursday evenings.

EscapeWizard.com can assist you with booking your hotel reservation right now by clicking this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).