• Katie McCarthy

Book a Belmont Staycation and Live like a Local (even if you are one)

On a quiet July Sunday, the sleepy morning in Downtown Belmont brings squirrels racing around Stowe Park, a theatre troupe rehearsing for their upcoming musical, and kids pleading for five more minutes in the park before bedtime. You’d never guess the streets racing with activity the night before with Cotton Eye Joe dances at Friday Night Live and competitive cornhole tournaments outside of Jekyll & Hyde Taphouse. It is this balance that leads many Belmont natives to continue to call Belmont their home; it is the perfect mix of small-town charm and big-city energy.

Jekyll & Hyde - Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

Belmont’s exciting mix of culture and history is aided by its location. Situated between the Catawba River and Lake Wylie and only 15 miles outside of Charlotte, Belmont’s area provides a unique blend of Southern charm, an outdoor lifestyle, and quaint nightlife.


Where to Dine


Whether you are visiting Belmont from out of town, looking to relocate to the area, or planning your next staycation, there is plenty of Southern hospitality to go around in Downtown Belmont.

The Bottle Tree - Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

Bottle Tree

102 Davis St., Belmont

Wednesday–Thursday, 5 p.m.–9 p.m.; Friday 5 p.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday Brunch 11 a.m–3 p.m., Saturday Dinner 5 p.m.–10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


The Bottle Tree blends traditional southern charm with unique and innovative eats. With food that is sourced locally, there is no shortage of freshness and global inspiration will leave you impressed by their unique flavors.


Nellie’s Southern Kitchen

36 N. Main St., Belmont

Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Nellie’s Southern Kitchen prides itself on Southern hospitality, with its locally sourced ingredients and welcoming staff. This restaurant personifies everything it means to preserve the past and reimagine the future with its own taste of history. This restaurant is inspired by Nellie Jonas and acts as a tribute to the people of Belmont.


Where to Stay


There is no shortage of cozy and quaint places to stay while you are in Belmont. Gaston County's Travel & Tourism has a great list of accommodations. Here are just a few of your Belmont options, giving an alternative to hotels with all the comforts of home.

Photo Courtesy of Cottage Apartment via Airbnb

Airbnb


Bee Happy Home

This quaint bungalow is within walking distance of Main Street, Stowe Park, and hiking trails. This sweet home accommodates four guests, two bedrooms, three beds, and one bath.

From $97/night


Belmont Hideaway

Located in the historic district, this getaway location offers the perfect blend of history and innovation. Accommodates four guests, two bedrooms, two beds, and one and a half baths.

From $85/night


Cottage Apartment

Accommodates up to four guests with one bedroom, two beds, and one bath.

From $74/night


Private Bungalow in Historic Belmont

Located within walking distance to nearby Stowe Park and tennis courts. This bungalow provides easy access to downtown Belmont and accommodates five guests with its two bedrooms, two beds, and one bath.

From $105/night


Local Listing


The Villa at Water's Edge

Located along the Catawba River on the outskirts of Belmont, just near Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, The Villa at Water's Edge offers a quiet, luxurious stay, perfect for a weekend home away from home experience.

From $224/night


Hotel


Hampton Inn Belmont @ Montcross

820 Cecilia Alexander Drive

A short distance from Belmont Abbey College, the Hampton Inn boasts an expansive courtyard, outdoor pool and indoor workout center. Take a break, get away, and enjoy long walks in the gardens of Belmont Abbey, just a short distance away

From $152/night


Get Outside


No trip to Belmont (be it a staycation or your first time) would be complete without exploring the great outdoors. From hiking to gardens to whitewater rafting, check out one or all of these great amenities.

US National Whitewater Center - Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

Crowders Mountain State Park

522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain

Visitor Center hours: Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Downtown Belmont is located about 20 miles from Crowders Mountain, making a day of hiking, bouldering, or fishing only a car drive away.


Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont

Wednesday-Monday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Find your inner gardener at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. The garden offers events, exhibits, and classes for both youth and adults.


US National Whitewater Center

5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte

Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (with extended summer hours)


Belmont is only a paddle, run, and a bike away from one of the coolest man-made whitewater rapids in the country. Take your family for a fun day in the sun or consider becoming annual pass members for outdoor fun all year long. Throughout the summer you can keep the fun rolling on all day long with the center’s River Jam series. Watch a different band perform every Thursday-Saturday night 7 p.m.-10 p.m. until September 30th.


Nightlife


There is no shortage of late-night fun to be had in this quaint downtown. This small town is full of big energy, generated by its annual fireworks, art markets hosted by Station, and Sunday concert series at the Bottle Tree.

Jekyll & Hyde - Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

Friday Night Live

24 S. Main St., Belmont


Rock and roll and a night of family fun have returned to Belmont’s historic downtown. This weekly summer party includes live music, food vendors, and artists and exhibitors.


Jekyll & Hyde Taphouse and Grill

10 Catawba St., Belmont

Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–12 a.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.–10 p.m.


Jekyll & Hyde Taphouse and Grill offers a unique dining experience, with its English pub and steampunk themed interior, to its shaded patio and cornhole boards. Start any great night-out with any one of their 50 craft beers or take on one of their specialty cocktails.


Primal Brewery

52 Ervin St., Belmont

Tuesday–Thursday 4 p.m.–9 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 12 p.m.–4 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.–8 p.m.


Primal Brewery is dedicated to producing great-tasting and high-quality beer that anyone can enjoy. Whether you visit for beer yoga Wednesdays, live music, or a delicious craft beer, you will not be disappointed.


Station

4 N. Main St., Belmont

Wednesday–Thursday, 5 p.m.–9 p.m.; Friday–Saturday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.


Located across from Stowe Park on Main Street, Station is a unique bar and restaurant. Built in 1915 as the original Piedmont and Northern railway depot, the building is just one way Belmont blends its history with innovative and unique businesses.


Thirsty Dog

508 Woodlawn St., Belmont

Tuesday-Friday, 4 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-8 p.m.


If your definition of fun involves beer and petting dogs the Thirsty Dog is the perfect place for you. Check their website for updated information on karaoke, yoga, and trivia nights, or just stop by for one of their daily drink specials while your pup makes new friends.