Davidson, that quaint little college town along Lake Norman, is a quick 30-minute drive from Charlotte, and although they’ve crammed a whole heck of a lot of old school charm into the 5-square-mile city, it’s rarely (if ever) on my radar. So Saturday morning after my jump rope workout in nearby Cornelius, I decided to pop over to remind myself why it’s is always worth a visit.
It worked. I hit Davidson at its prime (Saturday morning market festivities) and was so charged, in fact, that I dragged my boyfriend back up eight hours later.
Here are 10 things you can see, do and eat on a 3-block stroll down Main Street…
This gorgeous restaurant has made quite a splash since hitting the food scene back in February, garnering national attention just months after opening.
Newly opened in May, Mestizo offers contemporary Mexican cuisine complete with a full brunch menu. They’ve got a gorgeous patio with plenty of seats, and despite the fact that I walked by around 9:30am, I wanted a margarita that very second.
Opened in 1951, this real deal American diner has been serving Davidson College students for generations.
Already properly caffeinated, I popped in here for a post-workout green smoothie. The line was out the door and the fresh baked scones looked awesome.
Here’s a familiar face… Toast Cafe (in the process of rebranding as Famous Toastery) has locations throughout greater Charlotte, including Dilworth. This one was (not surprisingly) packed on Saturday morning.
Also newly opened early this year, the bakery adds a retail expansion to Millstone’s existing farm and market stands.
I felt like a real idiot snapchatting this shop since everything about a real old school bookstore screams, “PUT DOWN YOUR TECHNOLOGY.” This one is in an old general store and has been here since the 80s.
Fresh produce, handmade goods and local meats abound at this market featuring 35 producers from within a 100-mile radius. Definitely feels like the pulse of the town on a busy Saturday morning with people, pets and kids all over the place.
Gift shop with a number of products from local artisans.
Perfect place for a picturesque stroll.
Bonus: Lake Norman
Instead of hopping back on 77S, I crossed the interstate and pulled into North Harbor Club so I could park and walk around the lake for a bit before heading back to Charlotte.
PS – The Pickled Peach was closed when I was there and I forgot to take a picture but I’m told it’s a must eat.