I recently made a long overdue trip to Mount Holly, a small town (pop. 14,000) about 15 miles west of Charlotte.
Admittedly, I had only ventured outside my Charlotte bubble when I heard a cookie dough cafe had opened there, but the quaint little Main Street strip ended up dishing out more charm than I anticipated.
I’d say a visit here is best executed on a Saturday morning so you can include the farmers market in your itinerary (May through August, 8 a.m. – noon).
Here are just a few must-see stops in downtown.
Address: 117 N. Main Street, Mount Holly NC 28120
Cute little local coffee shop open every day but Sunday
Address: 114 E. Central Avenue, Mount Holly NC 28120
Unique dessert bar serving up scoops of raw cookie dough like ice cream.
Address: 108 S. Main Street, Mount Holly NC 28120
Award-winning bakery voted best in Gaston County every year since it opened — four years running.
Address: 205 Madora Street, Mount Holly NC 28120
Throwback southern diner serving the best burger in town. Pair it with a cherry lemon Sundrop.
Family-run pizza kitchen with an impressive homemade daily dessert selection
Address: 113 W. Central Avenue, Mount Holly NC 28120
Fine wine, craft beer and specialty gift shop
Address: 121 S. Main Street, Mount Holly NC 28120
Women’s boutique featuring clothing, accessories and gifts
Address: 119 S. Main Street, Mount Holly NC 28120
Two-level gift shop and furniture store featuring refurbished vintage furniture, home decor and handmade items. They also host DIY workshops and demonstrations.
Address: 104 S. Main Street, Mount Holly NC 28120
Art studio hosting hands-on craft classes for kids and adults