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    Where to stay

    Dunhill Hotel

    237 North Tryon St.

    800-354-4141, www.dunhillhotel.com

    Ten-story historic hotel convenient to uptown attractions, from $129.

    Ritz-Carlton Charlotte

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    201 East Trade St.

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    704-547-224

    The Queen City claims the state’s only Ritz-Carlton, from $299.

    What to do

    Levine Museum of the New South

    200 East Seventh St.

    704-333-1887, www.museumofthenewsouth.org

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    Traces Charlotte’s history from mid 1800s to present. Admission $8, seniors $6, children ages 6-18 $5.

    Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

    420 South Tryon St.

    704-353-9200, www.bechtler.org

    Bechtler family collection includes works by Miró, Picasso, and Giacometti. Admission $8, seniors and college students $6, 11-18 $4.

    NASCAR Hall of Fame

    400 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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    704-654-4400, www.nascarhall.com

    Chronicles history of stock-car racing. Admission $19.95, seniors and military $17.95, 5-12 $12.95.

    Mint Museum Uptown

    500 South Tryon St.

    704-337-2000, www.mintmuseum.org

    Showcases world-renowned collection of craft and design. Admission $10, seniors and

    college students $8, 5-17 $5.

    Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

    551 South Tryon St.

    704-547-3700, www.ganttcenter.org

    Rotating exhibits preserve and promote African-American history and achievement. Admission $12, seniors, military, teachers, college students $10, 3-13 $8.

    NoDa Brewing Co.

    2229 North Davidson St.

    704-451-1394, www.nodabrewing.com

    Fifteen-barrel brewery helped launch a microbrew push in Charlotte.

    Where to eat

    Amelie’s French Bakery

    2424 North Davidson St. (main location) 704-376-1781, 330

    South Tryon St. (uptown) 704-376-1782

    www.ameliesfrenchbakery.com

    Strawberry gâteaux $5.79, almond tea cakes $1.29.

    Harvest Moon Grille

    235 North Tryon St.

    704-342-1193, www.harvestmoongrillecharlotte.com

    Farm-to-fork restaurant in the Dunhill Hotel, entrees from $19.

    Price’s Chicken Coop

    1614 Camden Road

    704-333-9866, www.priceschickencoop.com

    To-go crispy fried chicken.

    Dinners from $6.05.

    The King’s Kitchen

    129 West Trade St.

    704-375-1990, www.kingskitchen.org

    Not-for-profit restaurant serves Southern food with a community mission. Dinners from $18.

    5Church

    5 Church St.

    www.5church.com

    Stylish new-American restaurant is the darling of the downtown scene. Dinners from $16.