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A guy’s guide to relaxation in Charlotte: 6 low-key destinations that’ll leave you refreshed and renewed

Why does it feel like women have all the options when it comes to services that leave you feeling relaxed and renewed? Sometimes, a man also needs to slow down and take a minute to find his zen—without sacrificing his masculinity. Here’s a round-up of some of the best spots to escape that are cool, low-key, and will leave you refreshed.

Escape to Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley, where the views are breathtaking and the livin’ is easy

A mile high in the Maggie Valley area of the North Carolina mountains is a gem of a vacation spot that will leave you refreshed, renewed, and ever-grateful that you live less than three hours from a slice of how life used to be. Allow us to introduce you to Cataloochee Ranch (cataloocheeranch.com) a getaway that’s been family-owned and operated…

Farm to City: Uptown’s new restaurant Haymaker serves up local seasonal ingredients in a stunning urban setting

Uptown’s newest restaurant, Haymaker, is serving up local seasonal ingredients in a stunning urban setting. When it comes to farm-to-table fare, Chef William Dissen is the real deal. Haymaker’s owner and chef hails from the mountains of West Virginia, where he grew up spending time on his grandparents’ farm and in his grandmother’s garden-fed kitchen. He attended the Culinary Institute…

The owner of Bold Missy Brewery blazed a trail—and now pays homage to other female changemakers

Carol Waggener is pretty much the original Bold Missy. The owner of the popular NoDa brewery says an old boss at Tropicana gave her the nickname and it stuck. Born and raised in Florida, the 52-year-old was working for Anheuser-Busch when the company moved her to Charlotte and then eliminated her job. But Waggener loved the Queen City so much,…