Settle down grey suede booties — summer isn’t over yet. Our tans have peaked and the glow from the bronze mineral sunscreen is everlasting (and not just a little bit all over everything). The time is ripe for a hot date.

Soak in that warmth you know we will desperately miss come November. Wear that little slip dress, one more time.

Grab your sweetie and embrace our Charlotte heat. You know you want to.

It’s a cruel summer. Create your own sexy blend at the Ritz Carlton Hidden Wine blending boutique experience. Dominate. Come together. Sip. Taste.

Or don’t blend. Enjoy Duke Mansion gardens for a drink at their Cocktails in the Courtyard after work through August. Escape together right in the middle of the city.


Quick, who’s gonna be captain? Paddle, hike, then dine along the shore of Lake Norman. Win at the date thing.


Make a move at a River Jam concert at the Whitewater Center through the end of September. Don’t wait — it’s all about timing.

Impromptu any-day-of-the-week rendezvous? Walk Birkdale Village at dusk. Sit under the trees and listen. Hear summer.

The Art House

Get really personal. Buy Art together. It’s the kind of commitment that means something. Go for it.

New romance? Impress with your favorite book at Main Street Books in Davidson. Take it across the street to sit on campus. Flip to the end — how does it end?


Barry’s Boot Camp in Southend brings it. And I mean a great workout with all the extras. Set the tone.


Yearn to learn more. Goombay Festival Asheville makes for a weekend worth the drive. Be open — be honest. Talk. Share. Know.

Instagram: The Very Many

Be a smarty. Show off your art appreciation at Pillars of Dreams. What do you see written in those skies?


It’s a jungle out there. Lazy Five Ranch for the full experience. Get a little wild. Oh, and teeth whitener is always a good idea.

The Knights

Leather balls and beefy guys in tight baseball pants? What more does one need? Bring a date, I guess.


Feel that? Take a stroll on the Rail Trail – Charlotte’s own magic carpet ride. Jasmine and Aladdin all night long.

Portal Charlotte has raised the backdrop when it comes to Instagram official. Are you, yet? Official? Take your photo here and share.

Have kiddos in tow? Walk Blakeney for that festival-in-the-suburbs vibe on a Thursday night. Wine and adult while they run around. Or iPad. Whatever it takes to get a moment alone.


Their last names aren’t always the best but we love them anyway. Mr. Putty reminds you why you fell in love inspite. Pure romance disguised as a sport. Genius.


You won’t leave everything on the table here. At Optimist Hall your choices are endless — but you’ll find the one for you — pick a stall. Any stall.

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Get messy at Open Rice with their Bubble Waffle. Ice cream like it’s your first time. It’s everything you need on a date. Any date. Go.


Sunset dinner cruise on Lake Norman has romance and the views. Cool, end-of-summer breezes and a cocktail please.


Ready to take the leap? Go over the pond and give summer a goodbye from London by rooting for your Panthers at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in October.

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