What comes to your mind when you think of wintertime? Do you imagine frigid temps, icy sidewalks, and snow-topped everything? Here in Davidson, winter is mild, with highs in the 50s, so residents and visitors alike are able to get outdoors and have some fun. You can too! Pack your bags, book your room at the Davidson Village Inn, and take advantage of these winter activities near Charlotte, NC.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
You can easily spend a day downtown Davidson browsing through unique boutiques and locally-owned shops where you will be greeted with good ol’ Southern hospitality. If you’re a book lover, stop in Main Street Books where you’ll find new releases, old favorites, and classic tales. Check their schedule for book signings. The Village Store is a hot spot for everything you can imagine, including the largest Vera Bradley collection around. Other favorites include Moxie Mercantile, Elizabeth Rose, The Jewelry Box, and Honeysuckle Home. Whether you’re window shopping, looking for that perfect gift, or browsing for yourself, you’ll love what Davidson has to offer.
Good Food, Craft Beer & Fine Wine
Davidson is well-known for its small-town charm and big-city amenities thanks to its proximity to Charlotte. So, sip and savor to your heart’s content. There are ample dining establishments from which to choose. Kindred showcases American classics with a twist. Il Bosco features authentic Italian. Brickhouse boasts pub fare and great beer. Check out more restaurants on our website. And be sure to use our exclusive Davidson Dining Special so you can save at some of our best restaurants.
In addition to great food, you’ll find several places to sample a flight of craft beer, like Lost Worlds Brewing Company, D9 Brewing, and Primal Brewery just a bit farther south. If you prefer grapes over wheat, head to Davidson Wine Co. They feature a selection of reds, whites, specialty, and sangria wines with an impressive, international flavor. You can also shop at our very own Wine Shop where we also host wine events throughout the year.
Art & Culture
Nearby Charlotte is teeming with performing arts venues, museums, and galleries. Art lovers will appreciate the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Browse four levels of mid-20th Century art by the likes of Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Max Ernst, just to name a few. History buffs will find plenty to see at The Charlotte Museum of History. Located at the sight of the Hezekiah Alexander House, the oldest building in the county, you’ll discover 200 years of history inside and out. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Charlotte and Davidson both offer venues for ballet, the Symphony, and theatre. The Davidson Community Players and Blumenthal Performing Arts Center host a great line-up of live entertainment.
Home to the Wildcats, Davidson College continues to stand out as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Located within walking distance of Davidson Village Inn, the campus offers plenty to see during the winter months, including basketball games, live theatre, and campus tours.
The National Whitewater Center in Charlotte is a haven for winter fun. Every fall, they convert the whitewater channels into a unique ice skating experience, now with over 24,000 sq. ft. of ice. What’s more, in 2021, they debuted a brand new ice skating trail in the Upper Pond.
Between here and Charlotte, you’ll also find ample trails to trek as you admire the scenic landscape. Hike around Lake Norman or through one of several nature preserves and parks.
For a leisurely bike ride, pedal over to the Davidson Village Green where you can enjoy nature, wildlife, and pedestrian pathways. For a more heart-thumping experience, take advantage of the nearby mountain biking trails. Rent a bike from the Spirited Cyclist or bring your own.
Another unique way to enjoy the outdoors in Davidson is by horseback. Painted Sky Ranch in Mooresville, NC offers riding tours and lessons for all ages.
If the weather is less than par or you prefer to be indoors, there’s plenty for you to do, from skydiving to golf. Adventurists will love the indoor skydiving at iFLY. Even if you’ve never skydived before, professionals will guide you through the process. Designed for all ages and skill levels, iFLY offers an experience you’ll never forget.
Just as thrilling is Inner Peaks Climbing where enthusiasts can climb in a state-of-the-art facility. Open to kids, first-timers, fitness enthusiasts, and advanced climbers, there’s something for everyone.
For a calmer indoor activity, head to Topgolf. Their climate-controlled hitting bays are open year-round. They provide complimentary clubs or you can bring your own. Plus, their high-tech balls will score themselves. When you’re ready for a break, you’ll find a sports bar and restaurant on site.
Lodging at Davidson Village Inn
When you’re ready to pack up and head out for some fun winter activities near Charlotte, NC, book your stay at Davidson Village Inn. Our clean, comfortable, and conveniently located hotel offers everything you will need for a great getaway. Check out our specials and packages. Each one is designed just for you, whether you’re seeking fine dining and wine or biking and horseback riding. Also, be sure to fill out our free travel itinerary, which will provide you with a custom list of activities and their locations to have at your fingertips. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are a family-owned hotel and are delighted to share our Davidson community with guests.
December 31 2021