Carolina in My Mind
Can you name your favorite North Carolina musician? You might be surprised at who is eligible to be on that list. Are you a jazz fan? How about John Coltrane? Are you a baby boomer who relates to music from the 1960s? How about James Taylor? Is country rock your genre? Try Charlie Daniels. The list goes on of musical luminaries that hail from the state.
Visit the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in Kannapolis and enjoy interactive displays that bring the music to life from those greats and others, like country music superstar Randy Travis or blues singer Roberta Flack. You’ll even find a tribute there to Mayberry’s favorite sheriff, Andy Griffith, who was an accomplished musician in his own right.
Harmony in Concord
Ready to slow things down a bit during the dine-around evening and just enjoy some of North Carolina’s heralded small-town ambiance? If so, it’s time to take your walking shoes down to Union Street in historic downtown Concord. Concord means “harmony,” and in this case, the city lives up to its name. Union Street is one of those idyllic settings that will have you wondering if a move is in your future.
Start at the city’s historic courthouse, where regional art galleries and the performing arts are showcased, and then work your way over to Union Street’s many local restaurants and specialty shops.