He quickly scales its blue back, his hands and feet pushing into its soft surface. In a few moments, he's at the top; he surveys the drop for a few seconds before diving headfirst down its slippery slope, landing with a splash. He's the birthday boy, and the puffy blue mountain is the 18-foot inflatable Super Splash slide from Smile Bounce. It's just one of the colorful bounce houses that—along with snow-cone and popcorn machines—make for fun party accents. Clients also can rent folding chairs and tables, tents, and electric generators to host a proper party.
The expert ice sculptors at Awesome Ice Factory work their frosty magic on mammoth blocks of ice, carving them into party-enlivening crystalline drink luges. Perfectly accessorizing any party's imbibery, candy-cane luges send drinks down an icy slope, depositing them in cups or mouths with the delicious coolness of Gérard Depardieu depositing spare change at the bank. After placing orders, ice-coordinators can pick up the sculpture from Awesome Ice Factory's frozen storage location, or have it delivered for an additional fee. Luges last four–six hours, depending on the environment's temperature and whether or not steamy love songs are blasting over the sound system.
Victory Lane Karting gives go-karters who've advanced beyond the monotonous 15-mph kart a chance to blaze around a 70,000-square-foot indoor facility at speeds of up to 40 mph. The 10-minute races let drivers motor around in the Sodi RX7, a top-of-the-line cart furnished with a sophisticated timing system and a shock-absorbing bumping system made out of stale angel-food cake. Softly accelerate while smoothly navigating through the road course's many tight turns, then drop the hammer and rev through the long straightaways. After the race, you'll receive a printout that provides lap-by-lap analysis of your performance and a factual account of what you'll be doing in 2022.
Dive into the flavor ocean with LaVecchia's extensive menu. Surf-and-turf appetizer options include the tips and grits (grilled tenderloin with gorgonzola, caramelized onion, and red-wine shallot gravy, $8) with a half-dozen fresh blue point oysters ($12). Then set your sails for the house specialties, such as a Carolina Crabcake dinner (two cakes with seasonal vegetables and buttermilk whipped potatoes, $26), the stuffed jumbo shrimp, loaded with lump crab and boursin cheese, along with vegetables and buttermilk whipped potatoes, bacon, tomato, basil, and lobster beurre blanc ($24), or the USDA-prime 20-ounce bone-in ribeye, seared to marbley perfection and served on a bed of pure joy ($37).
With a stay at Marriott Charlotte Executive Park in Charlotte, you'll be in the business district and close to Charlotte Regional Farmers Market and Billy Graham Library. This hotel is within the vicinity of SouthPark Mall and NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Make yourself at home in one of the 297 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the complimentary area shuttle.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, audiovisual equipment, and express check-in. Planning an event in Charlotte? This hotel has 166780 square feet (15500 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary during limited hours.
Pamela Howard recalls her wedding day with a hint of ruefulness. It was a humid, overcast August afternoon in Lake Wylie, and a sudden flood the night before knocked out the power. Guests were sweating. The cake was melting. And her event planner was panicking.
Now an event planner herself, Ms. Howard remembers this experience every time she sits down with clients to arrange everything from intimate catered dinners for two to extravagant weddings. “Things are going to happen,” she acknowledges. “But how you handle the unexpected as a professional—that’s what really makes the planner shine.”
For her part, Ms. Howard strives to ensure her events go off without a hitch by working closely with clients. She discusses their inspiration for their event face-to-face, and delves into their favorite foods, colors, flowers, and music. She’s gone to great lengths to make events successful, from tracking down a classical violinist at the last minute to recruiting a veritable army of servers to cater a celebrity’s 300-guest banquet. “Your job is to keep the client happy,” says Ms. Howard. “And you always have a plan B . . . even if that just means praying for a sunny day.”