July 22, 2016
Summer Fun at Craft City Social!
I have two new favorite Charlotte hot spots for this summer season, and luckily for me, I also have had the honor of working with both of them through Southern Belle in Training! Le Meridien and the Sheraton Charlotte are two neighboring hotels in Uptown Charlotte, and this summer each of the hotels opened up a fun new venue to both hotel guests and the general public. Le Meridien launched City Lights, a modern new rooftop bar concept for Charlotte, and the Sheraton launched Craft City Social, Uptown's first public pool and day club! Some of you might remember that I attended the grand opening festivities for both of these venues earlier in the summer.
Last weekend, I was thrilled to be invited to Craft City Social to attend their first DIVE IN movie night event of the summer! A little bit more about Craft City Social: the highlight of the venue is the brand new pool and beautiful cabanas surrounding it, which have a nice view of Uptown behind it! The bar and day club portion of Craft City opens beautifully to the pool as everything is open air. Inside there is a large bar, many comfortable couches and chairs that make the perfect hang-out space, and even some fun games like foosball! While Craft City is known more as a day club due to the pool, they are open well into the evenings as well, and continue serving there food and drink menus.
DIVE IN movie nights are a chance to cozy up on beach chairs or in the cabanas and to watch a movie under the stars! It's essentially a drive-in movie experience, but at a swanky pool club and in the heart of the city. For the inaugural summer of DIVE IN nights, Craft City has chosen to air retro and/or musical movies. The movie that was selected for the first event was Grease. Surprisingly I had actually never seen this classic film, so I was very excited to finally get to see the tale of Sandy and Danny played out on the big screen!
My "date" for the evening's festivities was my suitemate from senior year of college, Caroline. She's been on my blog before, and she actually took most of my blog photos in my final semester of school! We haven't seen a lot of each other this summer due to new schedules and travel plans, so it was so nice to have a girls' night out at the movies together. :-)
Caroline and I enjoyed some delicious strawberry basil margaritas on the house from Craft City, and then settled in to enjoy the movie! The weather began to get questionable right before it was supposed to begin, so the DIVE IN movie night was moved inside near the bar. But this ended up working to our advantage I think, as we got to relax on the comfiest of couches, and we ended up being closer to the gourmet popcorn bar that was set up for guests to enjoy (and complimentary!).
Sorry that my iPhone picture quality isn't the best, but this just shows you a little taste of all of the incredible popcorn toppings that were offered! I enjoyed hot pepper flakes and parmesan cheese on my popcorn and it was delicious.
Caroline and I had a wonderful time watching Grease at the first DIVE IN movie night, and as always I can't wait for more fun memories to be made at Craft City Social!
For all of you who are in the Charlotte area and interested in visiting Craft City, now is the time to do so because they are launching a special contest! One of Craft City's signature trademarks are their large and bright yellow rubber ducks that float around in the pool. In honor of a few of the rubber ducks that went missing in recent weeks, Craft City Social Club is hosting a Dirty Dozen Ducks contest! They have created 12 special ducks (which have been decorated by local artists), and these ducks are waiting to be "adopted" by Craft City guests. Craft City Social Club is encouraging those who take a special duck home to post 10 Instagram photos with their duck in various locations (tagging @craftcitysocialclub and #whattheduckclt in each post), and at the conclusion of the contest each duck owner will be entered in a contest to win three nights' lodging at Starwood Hotel properties (which own the Sheraton Hotel that Craft City is located in). How fun is this?!
The Dirty Ducks will be available for pick up on the Craft City Social Sunday Splash Bash Pool Parties on July 24th and 31st. (Those wondering what a Splash Bash Pool Party is like can check out my recap blog post of the 4th of July Splash Bash here!)
To my Charlotte readers: have you visited Craft City Social and/or City Lights yet? For non-Charlotte reader friends: is there anything comparable to this in your town or city? :-)
xoxo Miss ALK
P.S. Happy public access opening of the Nordstrom sale today! Check out my favorite picks in Wednesday's post, or in the widget on the top of my blog's homepage!
Craft City Social Club provided me and my guest with free admission to their event. All opinions are honest and my own. Thank-you for supporting the brands that support Southern Belle in Training!