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Concord, NC: A Beautiful City Awaits You

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A January 2007 trip to Concord by vampirefan

The Carolina Renaissance Festival Photo, Concord, North Carolina More Photos
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Concord, NC: A Beautiful City Awaits You

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The Carolina Renaissance Festival Photo, Concord, North Carolina
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Well, I typically visit Concord to shop or go to dinner and a movie with the husband. One of my favorite highlights, though, is the Memorial Gardens located in downtown Concord. They are so beautiful and a very serene place to visit. The most beautiful time of year here is in the spring, when the tulips are in full bloom. I love shopping at Concord Mills. And I love all of the historic houses here. I also can’t wait until the fall for the Renaissance festival to come to town.Quick Tips: If business brings you into Charlotte, then Concord makes a perfect alternative to Charlotte. You can find plenty of hotels, especially in the Concord Mills area. If you are thinking of moving to Charlotte, Co...Read More

Sonny's Real Pit BBQ

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Sonny's Real Pit BBQ Photo, Concord, North Carolina
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If you go away from the Concord Mills’ parking light, make a right, and go over the bridge, you will run into some of the best barbeque that you have ever tasted. Sonny’s BBQ restaurant will make your taste buds very happy. Floyd "Sonny" Tillman and his wife Lucille started the Sonny’s chain in 1968 in Gainesville, Florida. Their restaurant was so popular that they started to expand locally. Before long, this local treasure was known all over. In 1977, the Tillman’s started to franchise their popular restaurant. Today, they have 150 restaurants in nine Southeast states. The barbeque here is pit-cooked. Let me just give you a short lesson on North Carolina barbeque. Now, folks all over think the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2005

Sonny's Real Pit BBQ
7820 Lyle Ln.
Concord, North Carolina
(704) 979-0073

Hooters

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Hooters Photo, Concord, North Carolina
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About the only theme restaurant around is Hooters. There is one located near Concord Mills and two locations in Charlotte. Just about everyone knows about Hooters. They are well know for their wings but more so for their waitresses. The "Hooters Girls" are known for their tiny tops and tiny orange shorts. But believe it or not, the restaurant doesn’t bother most females. Only once in a while will you hear some major complaint from women’s groups. I consider myself a feminist but never have been bothered by Hooters. They have great food and some of the nicest waitresses around. I have never had a bad experience at Hooters. They waitress are always nice, and we always get great service. Hooters o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2005

Hooters
7702 Gateway Ln.
Concord, North Carolina 28027
(704) 979-0130

Verizon Wireless Ampitheater

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Verizon Wireless Ampitheater Photo, Concord, North Carolina
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If you are in town from early March to late October, check out to see who is in town while you are here. Every year, Verizon brings the best touring acts to its venue. It is only minutes away from Concord Mills and Lowes Motor Speedway. You may still hear people refer to this as Blockbuster, since for many years it was know as the Blockbuster Pavilion. All kinds of acts, from country to rap, have performed here. I have seen Tina Turner, the Beach Boys, Anita Baker, Elton John, James Taylor, and Chicago all perform here. The shows offer reserved or lawn seats. The reserved seats are up under a semi-protective shelter, while the lawn sea...Read More

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Verizon Wireless Ampitheater
707 Pavilion Boulevard
Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
(704) 549-5555

The Bead Lady

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The Bead Lady Photo, Concord, North Carolina
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If you love beads like I do, then you will want to visit the Beady Lady located in downtown Concord. They offer a HUGE assortment of beads and stones, like gemstones, cateyes, Czech ones, pearls, crystal, glass, and more. You can buy hanks or individuals. Once inside, you will be amazed by all of the beautiful beads that abound in this store. I always go with just a project list and wind up purchasing quite a few beads that I am certain I will find something to do with. Everything is neatly laid out and priced here. You will also find a wide range of accessories and supplies. You will also find current copies of beading magazines and books to stir your creative juices. The staff is very knowledgeable ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2005

The Bead Lady
1 Union Street
Concord, North Carolina 28025
(704) 782-5699

Carolina Renaissance Festival

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Attraction | "Carolina's Renaissance Festival: Part 1"

Carolina Renaissance Festival Photo, Huntersville, North Carolina
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If you happen to be out this way any time from the first weekend in October to mid-November, you may want to check out Carolina’s Renaissance Fair. In 2005, they will be celebrating their 12th year. The show runs weekends only. The folks who run one in Apache Junction, Arizona, in February and March apparently also run this show. You can go to their website at www.royalfaires.com. Every fall brings the anticipation of one of the best festivals in town, the Renaissance Fair. The festival is akin to some sort of medieval amusement park. The festival sits on 20 acres of land located just outside of Concord on Highway 73. Signs are posted, so you can easily find your way. Or you can just ...Read More

Carolina Renaissance Festival
16445 Poplar Tent Road
Huntersville, North Carolina 28078
(704) 896-5555

Carolina Renaissance Festival

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Attraction | "Carolina's Renaissance Festival: Part 2"

Carolina Renaissance Festival Photo, Huntersville, North Carolina
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There are about a dozen or so rides here. Most of them are for the young set. Rides such as a jousting ride, wooden horse ride, bucket ride, and more will keep your wee ones quite happy. There is one ride though that even adults can enjoy. They have a pirate catapult. Riders straddle a harness. One each side are several very stretchy and strong cables that are attached to the harness. You climb up on top of a trampoline. Then a pirate’s mate will pull on the cables and up you go catapulting about 50 feet into the air. Weee! What a ride! Last year they had a very cute pirate’s mate who happened to look a lot like Vin Diesel! If you happen to want to do this ride, make sure you have on pants or shorts i...Read More

Carolina Renaissance Festival
16445 Poplar Tent Road
Huntersville, North Carolina 28078
(704) 896-5555

Memorial Gardens: Part 1

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 Memorial Gardens Photo, Concord, North Carolina
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No matter how long you may have lived in a place, sometimes you will find a gem right under your nose to visit. That is how I discovered the Memorial Gardens located in downtown Concord. The gardens are located at 50 Spring Street. The first 5 years we were married, my husband and I lived in Charlotte while I attended college. After I graduated, we moved to Mt. Pleasant, which is about 20 minutes from Concord. I have lived here 4 years, and since this town isn’t very big, I thought I knew most of the places around. Last year I opened up the paper and this picture of some of the most amazing tulips you have ever seen just popped out at me. I went on and read the article and found out a...Read More

Memorial Gardens: Part 2

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 Memorial Gardens Photo, Concord, North Carolina
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Once inside the gardens on the left, you will find a semicircular brick structure with a lion’s head fountain in a small pool. In front of you are several headstones and a beautiful display of flowers. Keep going down the winding path to the right and you will see more gravestones, beautiful flowers, and sculptures. Go around and you will find a heavenly rose garden. Go on around a bit and you will find the potting shed and a beautiful bubbling fountain. Explore a bit farther and you will discover the formal beds and fountains. This is where the biggest concentration of tulips are in the spring. In the spring, this place is alive with beauty. Past the beds is the memorial section for those who have be...Read More

Mysterious Morrow Mountain: Part 1

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Morrow Mountain  Photo, Concord, North Carolina
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About 30 minutes east of Concord you will find the mystical and beautiful Morrow Mountain State Park nestled inside the Uwharrie Forest. The 4,135-acre park provides the perfect place for hiking, biking, or exploring. The tallest peaks in the park now only measure about 1,000 feet. Time and erosion have taken their toll here. The peaks here once rivaled those of the Alps. The mountains may be more than 500 million years old, making them possibly the oldest mountains in North America. Inside the park you can hike along trails that surround the Pee Dee River. Marvel at the trees and lush forest that surround you. The history of the park itself only dates to 1930. Construction began then...Read More

Mysterious Morrow Mountain: Part 2

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Morrow Mountain  Photo, Concord, North Carolina
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There are horse trails for those who have horses. There are camping spots and cabin rentals. In the summer, these places fill up quickly, so make advanced reservations. And if you are coming for hiking or swimming, get here early to get a parking spot. Wildlife here tends to be snakes, squirrels, and raccoons. Deer are abundant, but chances are you will never see them. Come here during the week, though, and you may be surprised. We came during the week in the spring, and as we were pulling out of the driveway, I looked to see what had my dog all excited. Just in front of us was a family of deer! I shut the van off and we were very still. I took plenty of pictures. The deer looked up and went back to e...Read More

Concord Mills: Part 1

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Concord Mills Photo, Concord, North Carolina
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One thing around these parts that never seems to be in short supply is shopping malls. And one of the biggest is located here in Concord. Concord Mills, open since 2000, boasts of more than 200 outlet stores. Everyone that comes this way has to come to Concord Mills. The mall is owned by the Mill Property, which owns dozens of malls across the states. You can go to their website at , and you can also click on their other properties here. The mall is the largest attraction in the area. The mall is part shopper’s paradise and part entertainment. The store is anchored by the Bass Pro Shop, TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory, Off 5th, AC Moore, and Books A...Read More

Concord Mills: Part 2

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Speedway Park Photo, Concord, North Carolina
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In the spring check out the Easter Bunny, and in the winter your young ones can greet Santa. Inside the mall you will find ATM machines, restrooms, and a visitor information center. The parking lot is huge, so remember which entrance you came in. If you come through one of the main entrances, you will hear a very nice voice reminding you which entrance you came in. This is a nonsmoking environment. Shopping hours are from 10am to 9:30pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday 11am to 7:30pm. They offer extended hours at Christmas. The speed park, several of the restaurants, and the movie theater all have extended hours. Surrounding Concord Mills you will find plenty more shopping and dining opt...Read More

Lowes Motor Speedway

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Home of the Coca Cola 500 Photo, Concord, North Carolina
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If you are a NASCAR fan, then you no doubt know this area of town. For many years, the race track here was known as the Charlotte Motor Speedway, though technically it sits here in Concord. A few years ago it was changed to Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Once here, you quickly figure out you are in NASCAR country. Bruton Smith first built the speed park in 1959. On June 19, 1960, the first World 600 occurred. Today, this speed park is one of the top parks in the country. The Coca Cola (formally the World) 600 is in May and the Quality 500 is in October. This racetrack has continued to grow by leaps and bounds to better accommodate the legions of NASCAR fans. Today, 167,000 fans can sit and wa...Read More

Downtown Concord

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Historic downtown Concord Photo, Concord, North Carolina
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Downtown in any city in the States used to be the main shopping area for families. Then in the ‘70s, mega malls and strip malls started piling up. Big stores moved out of the downtown area and into the more heavily populated malls. The small businesses were left behind. With no one patronizing their stores, they couldn’t afford to pay rent. Concord was no different. Once Belk’s left to move to the Concord Mall, business went with it. Business soon went under and buildings were abandoned. The downtown area became a place of crime and people no longer ventured there. In the late ‘80s, concerned citizens got together and voiced their concern. A group was put together, and they started se...Read More

Lovely Concord

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The old courthouse Photo, Concord, North Carolina
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Concord is a mid-size city that sits about 30 minutes from Charlotte and 90 minutes from Greensboro. Just under 60,000 people call Concord home. Concord covers 52.5 square miles and is part of Cabarrus County. S&D Coffee and Phillip Morris are two of the biggest employers around. Northeast Medical is one of the top-notch hospitals in the country. For anyone visiting Charlotte or thinking about moving to this area, Concord is a much better alternative. A large portion of people here make the daily commute to Charlotte. The biggest attraction here is, of course, Concord Mills. But Concord has much more to offer. Take the time to come into downtown and enjoy the beauty here. Here you...Read More