The Connection Between Beautiful Belmont, NC and Happiness

Belmont, NC

Is there a connection between Belmont, NC, and happiness?

There's something about discovering a picturesque town that makes me happy so when I visited Belmont, I couldn't help noticing a joyful disposition overtaking me. Located approximately 15-miles west of Charlotte in Gaston County, this charming suburb bordered by the South Fork and Catawba Rivers is a veritable slice of Americana. The city dates back to the 1750s and is just the sort of location that beckons guests to stop, shop, and enjoy the charms of this quaint setting in the Southern Piedmont.

 

Happiness Is a Charming Main Street

Main Street Belmont, NC PullOverandLetMeOut
Spending a Saturday afternoon strolling along the main thoroughfare is blissful. The scenic artery in the heart of the historic downtown features antique shops, boutiques, and specialty stores. Belmont, which thrived during the era of Big Textile, is a gorgeous mixture of modern businesses housed in re-purposed buildings from a bygone era.
Beautiful home Belmont, NC PullOverandLetMeOut

Wonderful examples of a variety of architectural styles has landed Belmont on the National Register of Historic Places

Delicious Dining

The String Bean Belmont, NC PullOverandLetMeOut

Outdoor dining at The String Bean.

Though my time in Belmont was short, I did get to enjoy a culinary treat or two. Outdoor dining was particularly pleasing at The String Bean. Delicious chicken salad piled high and served with sweet potato fries - outstanding!  Yes, I tend to order chicken salad when I'm traveling, I'm always intrigued to find new and unusual interpretations of this classic. The String Bean didn't disappoint!

In addition to The String Bean, there's a long list of unique culinary options in Belmont; Nellie's Southern Kitchen, LunaHombre, Old Stone Steak House, Supply, and Johnny B's Pizza to name a few.

Chicken Salad at String Bean Belmont, NC PullOverandLetMeOUt

Belmont Abbey College

Back in 1872, Father Jeremiah O'Connell, a Roman Catholic Missionary, purchased a 500-acre tract of land near the rail road and donated it to a group of Benedictine monks to establish a community and school. Belmont Abbey was thus established as well as the small college, Belmont Abbey College, which carries on today as a small, Catholic, liberal arts school. It's an exquisite campus well worth a visit, even if you aren't in the market for post-secondary academics.
Chapel at Belmont Abbey College Belmont, NC PullOverandLetMeOut

Belmont Abbey Basilica

Staying in Belmont, NC

Being so close to Charlotte affords an abundance of choices when it comes to accommodations. Belmont has a couple well known chain hotels and Lake Wylie nearby adds scenic lakeside lodging selections in the form of rentals and enticing B&Bs. The town is a keen choice if you wish to stay close to Charlotte without being downtown and it's less than 10-miles from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport making an overnight stay extremely convenient.
City Hall Belmont, NC PullOverandLetMeOut

 City Hall in Belmont, NC

When I add all the pleasing aspects of a visit to Belmont, it's easy for me to recognize the connection between Belmont and happiness. This quaint suburb is a little piece of small-town America near a bustling metropolis. Its charming tree-lined Main Street, majestic old homes, Stowe Botanical Garden, abundant dining and shopping destinations, appealing college campus, and its proximity to Lake Wylie, U.S. National Whitewater Center, and Charlotte makes it an epic location to say, Pull Over and Let Me Out. Thus, there is a connection between Belmont, NC and happiness.

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  • Sarah
    July 13, 2017

    Belmont has been a well-kept Charlotte-area secret, it’s starting to grow into its potential. So excited for you to discover it! I moved here 3 years ago and have definitely been happier for it!

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