Andi’s Pick: Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel

Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel: Charlotte, North Carolina

First Impression

Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel

Even though I have spent more years living in Charlotte, North Carolina than anywhere else in the world, my hometown still surprises me from time to time! One of the most recent surprises was my stay at Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel. Although it is only five minutes from my home, I had yet to visit it before. This luxury hotel surpassed all of my expectations and in my opinion is in the premiere location if visiting the Queen City. Charlotte has some of the best shopping found in the Southeast and this property puts you in the very heart of it. My stay at Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel was part of a new “shopping spree package” that includes:

  • Deluxe overnight accommodations
  • Breakfast buffet for two in the restaurant
  • $50 gift card to shop with
  • Voucher for ‘Style Pass’ discount book, redeemable at SouthPark Mall

The package is priced from $159 per night, valid Thursday through Sunday, exclusive of taxes and gratuities, and is subject to availability. Reservations at the Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel for this package can be made by calling #1-800-228-9290 or visiting here and mentioning promotional code 33R.

Location

Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel

Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina, is also quickly becoming one of the largest cities in the United States. Too keep up with its growth, it is now shopper’s paradise with department stores, shopping malls, specialty stores, and bargain outlets. The AAA-rated Four Diamond Renaissance SouthPark Hotel is located in the affluent SouthPark neighborhood, just a few minutes south of uptown and directly across the street from SouthPark Mall, which features Nordstrom, Belk, Dillard’s, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus, as well as many high-end luxury shops. It is the perfect home base before heading off on the thrill of the hunt!

The Room

Rooms are sophisticated, contemporary, and inviting. My husband and I stayed in the Executive Suite and thoroughly enjoyed how spacious it is. Even though the hotel generally attracts a business crowd, the lavish accommodations boast distinctive amenities that offer an incredible blend of both productivity and relaxation. Our classically styled suite features a King sized bed, flat screen TV, sitting area, and a balcony. The plush mattresses, comforter, and pillows made for an amazing night’s sleep.

Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel

Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel

Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel

Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel

The Bathroom

Our ensuite bathroom was big enough that it had two separate showers and a bathtub. Luxury accommodations deserve luxury bath products and the Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel did not disappoint with their collection of Aveda products.

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Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel

The Extras

This hotel comes with two outstanding restaurants: Flagstones Southern Bistro and The Bar at Flagstones, plus an indoor saltwater pool and fitness center. Its lobby is also a work of art that you will definitely want to spend some time wandering around in.

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Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel

Why It Is Andi’s Pick

Guests are usually welcomed at reception with a complimentary delicious treat and an adult beverage. The day we arrived, we were presented with gourmet cupcakes and white wine. I could not think of a better way to begin a trip!

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Nature Calling: Spreewald Just Outside Of Berlin Capital

City dwellers all over the world often miss one thing: tranquility. While for many it is a challenge to forget their busy minds and escape to nature, residents from Germany’s capital Berlin have this luxury right next door: the Spreewald (Spreeforest). This post introduces you to the beautiful Spreewald and tells you why you definitely should not miss out on it when visiting Germany!

The Spreewald is a biosphere reserve in Brandenburg, which is the province surrounding Berlin. Its landscape was formed during ice age and offers a picturesque riverscape in a forest. It seems untouched and especially during the better seasons of the year boat trips allow you to float around in the channels and forget about the city life for a while. To get an impression just watch this woman’s daydream:

One of the easiest ways to get there from Berlin is to take a train or bus to the small Spreewald town Lübben and explore from there. By car you can also reach the Spreewald in less than one and a half hours from Berlin.

Being located in Germany’s former Eastern part means that it has not always been that easy to visit the Spreewald. This year Germany is celebrating 25 years of re-unification. During the past 25 years a lot of parts in Germany have been rediscovered and have become more attractive for travelers. With its campaign Germany25reunified the German tourism board is drawing attention on regions that have experienced change in the past 25 years and invites visitors and locals to upload their impressions about Germany via social networks with the hashtag #germany25reunified. Other destinations you might want to consider for your Germany trip are Rügen Island in the Baltic Sea and the harbor city Hamburg. For more inspiration you can find videos about German travel destinations in this Youtube playlist.

My Beautiful Adventures Photography

I do no talk often about my photography business on My Beautiful Adventures, however it has become a significant part of my life and I now consider it a third full-time job.  I average between 4-7 photo shoots a week ranging from magazine editorials, fashion, mommy, and lifestyle bloggers, family portraits, events, engagement and wedding photos, corporate head shots, and branding.  Thus, I thought it was time to finally share some of my favorite photos from various sessions over the last year.  If you are interested in booking a photo shoot with me you can find out more information here.  I would love to get you in front of my camera!

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How Travel Can Revive Your Bleak Relationship

Over time a romantic relationship can begin to dissolve, you see cracks in the foundation that was laid with love from the very beginning and now you wonder should you even stay together?  It can be hard to be with someone for years only to question do you still love the person?  When you find that your relationship is struggling, you may be wondering what you can do to turn it around.  Many consider taking a weekend trip or vacation together to try and revive the relationship.  This can be done, if both parties are willing to give it a shot.  Read further to learn how you can use travel to revive your bleak relationship.

Have Fun Again

When you have been in a relationship for some time, things began to become monotonous.  When this happens you can feel as though you are in a rut with your spouse or significant other and just forget to have fun together.  Bills, work, and even children can cause stress on your relationship if you forget how to have fun together.  By taking a small weekend trip or vacation together, you can remember what it is like to have fun which can put the spark back in to your relationship.  Choose an activity you both like to do so you can laugh and smile, all the while having fun.

Time Alone

With work and/or kids, you will find that you have less time to spend alone with your spouse.  You want to be sure to take time alone to rekindle what you once had.  This can be done with travel.  Plan a trip where it will be just the two of you and put away your phones and electronic devices.  You need to focus on each other and really talk and have fun, with no distractions.

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Remember Who You Fell In Love With

As with any relationship, people change over time.  We all adapt to our surroundings and environment.  When you are in a long relationship, you can forget to be romantic or actually feel more like roommates.  Take the time to travel to a beach or mountain area for a quiet romantic weekend.  Try to recreate old dates or trips so that you can remember who you fell in love with and let go of whatever it is that is pulling you apart.

Be Honest

During your travel time together, remember to be honest.  Both people in the relationship need to be able to discuss what is causing the strain in the relationship without feeling attacked or going on the offensive.  By being honest with each other and discussing issues in a calm manner, things can change so you can get your relationship back on track.

Challenge Yourself

Maybe you are so confused and have no idea how to turn your relationship around?  Sometimes you have to find a challenge so you and your loved one can work together to find common ground in the challenge.  This can help to bring you back to each other.  Consider something odd and unconventional like a Machu Picchu trek for a challenging hike and adventure that would be perfect for coming back together.  By challenging your body and your mind, you will be able to find a way to love each other once again and hopefully get your relationship back on track for good.

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Living Abroad: Why The World Is Your Best Textbook

Education can take many forms.  Whilst embarking on any kind of qualification will enrich your life in many ways, traveling holds a unique power when it comes to broadening your horizons.  Since time spent abroad will allow you to develop a sense of perspective, valuable life skills, and a thriving professional network, in many ways the world can teach you as much as any useful textbook.  Read on to find out more about how you can benefit from distance learning abroad:

Personal Growth

As well as providing you with the opportunity to develop new ‘hard’ skills like learning a foreign language, having to make your own way in a completely unfamiliar environment is sure to make you feel more confident about yourself.  It will also help you to become self-reliant, since traveling abroad assists in creating your own set of values and deepens your appreciation of your own heritage that you might never considered.  Feeling comfortable living in another country will not only reinforce your sense of independence, but it will improve your cross-cultural communication skills.

Intellectual Growth 

Away from the constraints of the classroom, some students get the chance to fully indulge in their academic passion.  In addition to developing a whole new facet of your intellectual curiosity, distance learning can give you the chance to put into practice those leadership and communication skills that will make you stand out from your peers.  By taking a little time away from study to work or volunteer, branching out and living abroad can be a rich and rewarding experience in so many ways.  Better yet, with online dissertation writing assistance available at a click, you will be able to concentrate on gaining the kind of experience that will benefit you throughout your entire life.

Professional Enhancement

Getting out into the world by yourself can also help to make you much more marketable in the workplace.  By using your time away to develop your critical thinking and problem solving skills, the chances are that you will now be able to adapt to an even bigger range of challenges than before.  Having learned to interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures and taking responsibility for your learning, safety, and choices, will help you stand out from the crowd wherever life takes you.

Living abroad is a decision that can change your life, thus it should be done with careful planning in advance.  Services like FN Worldwide help take the stress and hassle out or packing and moving, so that you can focus completely on your new life in a new country!