Carolina Chapters – Ballantyne Hotel

There are many reasons to go to the Ballantyne Hotel in Charlotte, golf being the best one. 20141025_102842
Their 18th hole is in fact the focal point for the entire resort layout. It is like an arena built around the 18th fairway and sloping green, flanked by water and bunkering. Approach shots must be precise to avoid the hazards making this an incredibly fun hole for gallery viewing – from the lobby, the bar, the guest rooms, fitness room and all the pools. 20141025_102957Watch and learn for your own round of play as golfers tee off on the elevated boxes to the emerald carpet below, separated from the driving range by a tree line on the left. Some players get nervous knowing they are viewed. A couple of young gals thought they were auditioning for the movies. It’s understandable since Woody Allen is the Director of Operations at Ballantyne.

20141024_170754Bellmen are ready to assist with luggage by the beautiful fountain at the grand entrance of Ballantyne. The elegant lobby features chandeliers and leather couches with an open bar becoming of a five-star resort. Luxurious rooms are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee, and comfy robes for lounging. Wear them to the indoor pool and Jacuzzi area or take advantage of the award winning spa and outdoor pool setting. Fitness trainers are on staff to assist in the workout area where steam and dry saunas complete the service. Conference facilities accommodate all groups, large or small.

Charlotte, North Carolina is a perfect meting place or hub for travel to many of the 20141024_185001Carolinas’ golf destinations, both north and south. It is well worth time delays or layovers to explore the artistic community. Young professionals are attracted to the vibe this city has to offer with one of the prettiest, simple little skylines and a burgeoning economy over the last decade. Forget the restaurant chains when in Charlotte. For breakfast or lunch we recommend Stacks Kitchen serving good food and plenty of it with creatively combined fresh ingredients.

The Ballantyne Hotel has its own fine dining and is conveniently located across from Ballantyne Village with more restaurants and a theater all lit up like Disney at night. Service is top notch as expected throughout The Ballantyne 20141025_091709[1]Hotel. It is after all, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Stay and play tennis or golf and you might say, “Charlotte, will you be my Ballantyne?”


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