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Consider Donating to these Charlotte Charities This Holiday Season

Charlotte Charities

This holiday season, it’s easier than ever to give back to the community by helping those in need, thanks to the many excellent charities here in Charlotte that focus on holiday-centric work.

 

Of course, a donation to most major charities is sure to make a difference, but here are a few Charlotte charities to keep in mind this season:

 

  • HopeMatch – Directly matches a family in need with a family who wants to provide, so that more personalized and specific donations can be made during the holiday season. Learn more here.
  • The Sandbox – Supports the families of children who have been diagnosed with cancer or another life-altering illness, through financial aid, gift donations, and much more. Learn more here.
  • Kids First of the Carolinas – Offers holiday gifts to families in need, from additional Christmas gifts to Easter baskets; this organization also supports local teachers and students. Learn more here.
  • Charlotte Family Housing – Aims to empower homeless families to obtain long-term shelter and services, by helping them find paths to more permanent homes. Learn more here.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte – Brings people together to build new houses and communities for those who need them most. Learn more here.

 

For more ideas about how to help our community, visit us anytime at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

Best Restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina

Best Restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina

 

We love living and working here in Charlotte, North Carolina. But, something we might love even more is eating here. Charlotte has one of the best dining scenes in the state and we’re lucky enough to be right in the middle of it. Here are five of the best restaurants in Charlotte.

 

  1. Fig Tree Restaurant. This delightful restaurant delivers not only delicious food, but excellent service and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. They offer a wide menu selection along with a varied wine selection.
  2. Carpe Diem Restaurant. If you’re looking for an excellent night out to celebrate any occasion or just to enjoy a decadent meal, head to Carpe Diem. They also offer catering services for wedding and other events.
  3. Capital Grille. If you prefer your dining served by friendly, knowledgeable wait staff, head to the Capital Grille. You’ll enjoy perfectly prepared food, a warm atmosphere, and a great drink selection.
  4. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. For a more laid back dining experience, Bad Daddy’s offers mouthwatering burgers, crispy French fries, and even some healthier options, like a build your own salad.
  5. Midwood Smokehouse. A North Carolina dining experience wouldn’t be complete without some barbecue and Midwood Smokehouse has some of the best in the city.

 

What is your favorite restaurant in Charlotte?

Three Awesome Outdoor Adventures in Charlotte

Group of Millennials Hiking

 

North Carolina just isn’t the kind of place where it’s easy to stay indoors. So if you are looking to get out, check out these outdoor adventures in Charlotte!

 

U.S. National Whitewater Center

 

Here’s a list of all of the things you can do at the U.S. National Whitewater Center: whitewater rafting, a canopy tour, flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, rock climbing, zip lines, ropes courses, and mountain biking. Not sure which one to choose? Just start at the top and work your way down the list!

 

Lake Norman

 

There’s a lot to do at this gorgeous lake. There are fantastic angling opportunities as well as boating and skiing. There’s also a highly-rated waterfront restaurant, Eddie’s Seafood and Raw bar.

 

Cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway

 

This is great because sometimes you want to be in the outdoors…but without exerting a lot of effort. Cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway with your windows down is the next best thing to breaking a sweat on the trails. There’s just nothing like the relaxation of a drive where you don’t really need to get anywhere.

North Carolina just isn’t the kind of place where it’s easy to stay indoors. So if you are looking to get out, check out these outdoor adventures in Charlotte!

 

U.S. National Whitewater Center

 

Here’s a list of all of the things you can do at the U.S. National Whitewater Center: whitewater rafting, a canopy tour, flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, rock climbing, zip lines, ropes courses, and mountain biking. Not sure which one to choose? Just start at the top and work your way down the list!

 

Lake Norman

 

There’s a lot to do at this gorgeous lake. There are fantastic angling opportunities as well as boating and skiing. There’s also a highly-rated waterfront restaurant, Eddie’s Seafood and Raw bar.

 

Cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway

 

This is great because sometimes you want to be in the outdoors…but without exerting a lot of effort. Cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway with your windows down is the next best thing to breaking a sweat on the trails. There’s just nothing like the relaxation of a drive where you don’t really need to get anywhere.

Enjoy Fall at the Ballantyne Festival in Charlotte

The Ballantyne Festival: Autumn in the Park Featuring Charlotte’s Best Oyster Roast is a one-day festival in Charlotte that seeks to provide a fun, autumn-themed event for all Charlotte’s citizens. It’s free to the public, totally family-friendly, and includes tons of events and attractions. The Ballantyne Festival will take place October 10th from 11am to 9pm at Ballantyne District Park.

Everything about the Ballantyne Festival screams fall, from the chili cook-off to hayrides to pumpkin painting. Craft tables will be set up for kids, as well as inflatable bounce houses and games, but there’s plenty of fun for adults too. The oyster roast is sure to please seafood-loving adults, and the festival will feature lots of beer sellers.

There’s also plenty of live entertainment, including four local bands headlined by acoustic rock group Simplified. And the music isn’t all that’s local—Ballantyne is a huge supporter of local businesses in Charlotte. Tons of Charlotte businesses with a passion for community and personal interaction set up booths in Exhibitor Alley.

Net proceeds from Ballantyne go to local charities and nonprofits. It’s a great cause and fun time, so don’t miss it! We here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi love it!

Fun Beach Activities to Do This Summer

fun beach activities

When the summer sun is high in the sky, nothing is better than a day trip to the beach! Walking along the warm sand is relaxing, and playing near the ocean is a great way to cool off in the hot summer sun. It’s important to make the most out of your time at the beach. That’s why Larry Jay Mitsubishi has built a list of fun beach activities to do the next time you find yourself laying out on the sand.

 

1. Collect Sea Shells

Some of the most beautiful designs found in nature are found on sea shells. These shells come in a wide variety of different shapes, sizes, and colors. Plus, sea shells can make great, cheap souvenirs from your beach trip.

2. Build a Sand Castle

There have been some amazing castles and structures built on the beach out of sand. Why not try your hand at one, too? Building a sand castle, or another piece of sand art, is a great time!

3. Practice Beach Yoga

The beach is already one of the most relaxing places you can be. The only way to make it more relaxing is through yoga. Practicing yoga routines on the beach will make you feel stress-free for the rest of the week.

4. Plan a Beach Cook Out

As night falls and your time at the beach comes to an end, conclude a perfect day with a perfect snack. Light up the night on the beach by roasting marshmallows over an open flame for delicious ‘smores. Just make sure to put the fire out safely!

 

By partaking in these fun beach festivities, you can turn a great day at the beach into a perfect summer day!

Things to Do in Charlotte This January

Things to do in Charlotte this JanuaryCharlotte Skyline 2011 – Ricky W” by RictionOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

No matter the month, you’ll always find plenty to do in our wonderful city of Charlotte. Even though the holiday season is pretty much wrapped up, there are plenty of events to enjoy during the winter months. Check out Larry Jay Mitsubishi’s list of things to do in Charlotte this January, and let us know which ones you check out!

New Years Arts and Crafts Mini Camp

Looking for something to do with your little one while you have a bit of quiet time? On Friday, January 2nd from 9am to 12pm, and Saturday, January 3rd from 1:30pm to 4:30pm, the New Years Arts and Crafts Mini Camp is offering a variety of mixed media projects for kids ages 4 through 14. Registration is $45 per child, and you can get a 10 percent sibling discount. The Mini Camp takes place at Small Hands Big Art on Ardrey Kell Road in Charlotte, and you can register online or by calling 704-246-8271.

Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week

If you’re a foodie, restaurant week is almost more exciting than Christmas itself. The semi-annual Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week takes place January 16th through January 25th, and features more than 100 restaurants offering at least three courses for $30 per person. Check out the website to see which of your favorite metro Charlotte restaurants are participating. Restaurant Week is a popular time, so it’s recommended you make reservations before heading to a restaurant.

Storytime in the Secret Garden

Head to Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary on January 20th for a free event for children ages 5 and under! Storytime in the Secret Garden tells the story of Peter Rabbit, and features a walk through bunny paradise. This event occurs monthly, with a different story chosen each month, so make a habit of taking your little one each month in 2015!