Vines sprout from the red soil, twisting along their supports and craning toward the sun. Bunches of native Muscadine grapes weigh these gnarled vines down until they are harvested by a member of the Cauble family. Generations of Caubles have recreated this scene, overseeing 36 acres of land that is watered by natural underground springs. With the native grapes, the Caubles create exquisite varieties––such as the semi-dry Phyllis Ann, the floral Rosetta, and the barely peppery Monroe––to suit any meal or palate. Guests swing by the vineyard for tastings, art exhibits, and yoga classes held amid the vines. Each year, the setting also hosts numerous weddings as well as a concert series featuring local and nationally renowned artists.
Woodleaf and Pla Mor Lanes each boast 24 avenues of pin-busting entertainment equipped with overhead automated scoring. After lacing up rented footwear ($3/pair), players can squeak shoes against polished floors in the run-up to their attempts at an oft-elusive five-strike Butterball Turkey. An arcade and pro-shop occupy idle hands, and full bar and snack shops (not included with this deal) sate thirsty pin-pulverizers between turns.
The trendy, eclectic decor at MGLounge offers a stylish environment for groups to unwind with a drink or a quick bite to eat. Green, blue, and red neon lights lend a modern vibe amid some of the space's more casual elements, such as the towering bundles of bamboo stalks and the tables made from halved barrels. While seated at one of the high-topped tables or groupings of black armchairs and love seats, guests can indulge with shareable small plates from a menu that routinely changes, and might feature anything from pulled-pork sliders and mango-habanero wings to gourmet cheese plates and lobster tails with butter sauce. A selection of more than 50 craft beers complements the varied menu. To keep patrons entertained in-between bites and sips, MGLounge also hosts live musical performances.
Know Your Farms began in 2008 with a mission of building a more sustainable local food system for the Charlotte community. Since then, it's blossomed into a food-delivery service based off the principle of community-supported agriculture (CSA). Its members now pick up a box of fresh produce each week at a community location, taking home fresh, in-season ingredients from more than 30 area farms. Acting as a bridge between farmers and the community, Know Your Farms hosts an annual farm tour and runs a kids' summer camp, which teaches youngsters about cooking, nutrition, and gardening.
Before moving to Charlotte and taking the reins at Old Stone Winery, Darin and Naomi Griffin lived in Germany, where they refined their palates at wine festivals in the Rheingau region. Nowadays, they pass along the fruits of their experience via wines such as their 2007 chambourcin, which won a double gold at the North Carolina State Fair, and their sweet muscadine wine, which won the 2008 Muscadine Cup. The latter was crafted from grapes grown on the winery’s 130-acre estate.
The Griffins strive to use local sources for the rest of their eclectic wine catalog, which encompasses both reds and whites in flavors ranging from sweet to dry.
A minor-league Class-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, the Kannapolis Intimidators have their gloves oiled to climb the ranks of the South Atlantic League while providing fans with the hard-hitting action of professional baseball. Cheer as manager Teddy Thompson uses complicated hand signals and oversized cue cards to command his platoon of bat-wielding basemen, including outfielders Nick Ciolli and Brady Shoemaker. From the family-friendly confines of "The Cannon," delight in the electrifying atmosphere of pro ball while savoring a tasty treat from one of the concession stands or doodling on an old-fashioned scorekeeper's forehead.