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Since 1997, Charlotte magazine has dedicated its May issue to the BEST OF THE BEST. We call it The BOBS, and we recognize the city's finest in food and drink, nightlife, entertainment, shopping, mind and body, and more- hundreds of winners in all. And then we throw a huge party! The event offers all of Charlotte a chance to sample the best food and drink as well as mingle with all of the BOB winners. It has become one of the most anticipated parties in the city. Check back here for more information on the 2014 BOB Awards! Voting will begin in January.


The 2013 BOB Award winners have been announced! See the winners here.  Congrats to all the winners! For a complete guide of BOB winners from 2011-2013, check out our BOB Winners' Guide by clicking here.


The 2013 BOB Award party was held at Label Charlotte Thursday, May 23. BOB Award-winning restaurants including Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, e2 emeril's eatery, Sushi Guru, Queen City Q, TCBY, Pickleville, Bean Vegan Cuisine, Duckworth's Grill and Taphouse, and Cantina 1511 served their delicious food. Live entertainment including dancers, performances by Caroline Calouche, Hannibal, Miss Mena and Caricatures by Joel. The event was hosted by 107.9 the Link's Kelly McKay and Ramona Holloway and 107.9 the Link's Anthony Michaels Show was live. Thank you to all who attended!


Video by: Vittorio Video Productions


Red carpet photos by: Catch Light Studios. CLICK FOR RED CARPET PICTURES.


Photos below by: poprock photography.

McDowell Nature Preserve

  • Recreation

Essential Information

15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC 28278


There are nearly seven miles of hiking trails here, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get lost in them. Start on a path that hugs the shoreline of Lake Wylie, then turn right into the woods. There’s the sharp and holy scent of Eastern Red Cedars. There’s the murmur of the creek as sunlight filters through the high branches of oak and pine. Back here, far from the lake and hidden from the main road, the trees envelop you. Not many weekend hikers venture out to the Cedar Ridge Trail, the steepest path in the park. But if you find it, you’ll be rewarded with a view that silences the chatter in your mind. A glimpse of the forest floor, with its depth and shadow, reminds you why you venture out here in the first place.

Additional Information

Year Won:

Pick: Editor's Pick

Website: http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/count...

Award: Best Bird Watching - 2012, Best Natural Escape Within County Limits - 2015

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