A Night Out in … Davidson, N.C.

Our date night series continues
Little gem lettuces with radish, feta, yeshi, and berbere-spiced pepitas at Kindred.

CELEBRATE THE OPENING of the Interstate-77 toll lanes from I-485 headed north to visit this idyllic college town. While it’s best known perhaps for the eponymous college, the town has much more to offer for a special date night out.

Of course, you’ve heard of Kindred and its milk bread. We can’t recommend this spot enough. The only tough choice – if you have this choice at all – is where to sit. Outside in the leaf-lined courtyard, upstairs with a view of the town or downstairs amid the energy of one of the city’s best restaurants? (Pro tip: Trust the bartender and order the Barkeep’s Choice. You won’t regret it.) Down the road is the Pickled Peach, a charming café and market, boasting fresh treats, soups, and takeaway picnic items. Mestizo, also on Main Street, is another reliable choice for fajitas, margaritas, and more before a Wildcats basketball game.

While you’re already there, grab a drink at Pickled Peach. There are always a few local brews on tap along with grab-and-go ciders, beers, and wines. Just a block away is Gateau on Main, which recently moved from the 7th Street Public Market. Always armed with a sandwich board out front with a witty, half-baked (Forgive us.) joke, the sweets inside are anything but.

Come fall, the town’s entertainment offerings explode as students return. Aside from the legendary Davidson College basketball games (Stephen Curry, who attended the school, just returned for a game when the National Basketball Association All-Star Game was in Charlotte.), the school offers a slew of concerts, theater and a whole lot of reminiscing for Wildcat alumni. Outside the campus, Lake Norman waits for you. Boating opportunities and watersports rule the summer.

Unexpected activity:
Lucky you if you know a Davidson College student or staff member. (Editor’s note: Misner is also Davidson College’s social media manager.) Davidson College Lake Campus, a 110-acre forested and lakeside property, is open only to students and staff. (Alumni can pay for a pass.) There’s a small beach, ample picnic opportunities and canoes, kayaks and paddleboards for rent during the summer.


Misner is a writer for this magazine. His work has also appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Knot and Logo

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