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Venue: The Westin Charlotte

The Westin Charlotte, 601 S College Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202, is located in Uptown Charlotte, in the center of many of the Queen City’s top attractions. The LYNX Light Rail makes a stop at the Westin Charlotte, putting guests just minutes from attractions throughout the city. The Westin Charlotte features a restaurant, Ember Grills & Terrace, and a Starbucks kiosk.

All meetings will be located within the Westin Charlotte. The Westin Charlotte provides both single (king bed) and double occupancy (two double beds) rooms. Hotel check in time is 3:00 p.m.; the hotel may allow you to check in early if there are rooms available. There is an early departure fee of $75. The housing deadline for the Westin Charlotte is Friday, May 17.

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Arriving in Charlotte

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is served by seven domestic carriers and three foreign flag carriers. Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is approximately 7.5 miles (11.75 km) from the Westin Charlotte.

Transportation to and from the airport can be provided by taxi (approximately $25) or shuttle (Super Shuttle serves Charlotte-Douglas International Airport).

Charlotte is also served by Amtrak’s Crescent and Carolinian / Piedmont routes. Amtrak’s Charlotte station is located just a mile from the Westin Charlotte.

If traveling by car, the Westin Charlotte provides general directions and has valet and self-parking from $18-$25 per day.

 

Childcare

The Westin Charlotte does not provide childcare services.

 

Places of Interest

This map includes site of interest, restaurants, drug stores, and a hospital. You may also go to the interactive Google Map.
 
The Charlotte Travel and Tourism Board provides a helpful guide to the city.

 

 

 Map of Charlotte

 

View Self-Guided Tour of Charlotte in a larger map

 

The Venue 

 photo 1_zps5bb4a654.gif The Westin Charlotte

The Westin Charlotte Hotel is located in Uptown Charlotte, putting it at the center of the best things to do in Charlotte. The flexible meeting space features sophisticated technology, calming decor and an uncomplicated layout, created by convention hotel experts John Portman & Associates and Portman Holdings. 
Attractions

 photo 2_zps41547c4a.gif NASCAR Hall of Fame

With reverence and humor, the NASCAR Hall of Game entertains both the serious fan and the curious observer. At Brevard St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, the Ceremonial Plaza honors drivers with commemorative bricks. Catch a glimpse of Glory Road displaying 18 historic cars. The ascending grading coveys the incline of 46 historic and current tracks. Inside enjoy interactive exhibits and simulators, the science of racing, and the poignant history and heritage of NASCAR.

 photo 3_zps3d0bf75c.gif The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Named for Charlotte’s first African-American mayor, this 45 x 400 ft. building showcases a glass mural by NC artist, David Wilson, at Stonewall and College Streets. The three galleries provide the unique display of African-American visual art and expressive culture.
 photo 4_zpsd36c5ff0.gif Mint Museum Uptown
The name is worth an explanation. After gold was discovered northeast of town in 1799 and identified in 1802 at the Reed’s farm, a gold rush began. From 1837-1861, the first branch of the U.S. mint operated on the corner of W. Trade St. and Mint St. Uptown. In 1936, the building was moved and became the first art museum in NC, called the Mint Museum. The Mint Museum Uptown houses world-renowned Craft + Design, American and Contemporary collections.
* Site of ATLA Opening Reception
 photo 5_zps1a11d92c.gif Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Created by Nikki de Saint Phalle, the whimsical Firebird (L’Oiseau de Feu sur Ll’Arche) offers a bright welcome to the Levine Center for the Arts. Designed by Swiss architect, Mario Botta, the Bechtler features mid-twentieth century modern art. Next door, the Knight Theater is the primary venue for the NC Dance Theatre and other performers.
 photo 6_zpsa3a0d8d9.gif Charlotte Visitor Info Center
Find souvenirs and all the fun things to experience in Charlotte by browsing brochures or consulting with an information specialist to personalize your visit.
 photo 7_zpsccb69345.gif The Plaza
Celebrate the exuberance of childhood with the bronze likenesses of children playing in the cascading fountain, created by Dennis Smith and David Wagner.
 photo 8_zps46c6978b.gif First Presbyterian Church
Built on the site of Charlotte’s interdenominational town church, this Gothic-revival style church from 1857 was modified in the late 1800s. Ben Long’s fresco, The Good Samaritan, provides inspiration in the fellowship building.
 photo 9_zps65edd8d6.gif Discovery Place
In this hands-on museum, science comes alive through experiments, changing exhibits, a rain forest, aquariums totaling 24,000 gallons of sea water, and the IMAX Dome Theatre.
 photo 10_zps94e07e3d.gif Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Today the Library’s 20 locations include a Main Library, an innovative library for children and teens called ImaginOn, and a network of branch libraries throughout Mecklenburg County. Throughout the system, the Library provides free and open access to its physical and electronic collections and information, as well as to its services for people of all ages, from toddlers to teens to adults. Note the quotes on the columns. The Carolina Room offers reference materials about local history.
 photo 11_zps87722364.gif Spirit Square
This complex was inspired by the former sanctuary of First Baptist Church (1908), now called McGlohon Theatre for composer, Loonish McGlohon, of Charlotte. From College St., enter the Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, one of only four such museums in the U.S.
 photo 12_zps2c66137f.gif Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance
This center is named for two former New York City Ballet stars who are now NC Dance Theatre’s artistic directors. Plies and pirouettes are visible to passers-by on Tryon St. in these NC Dance Theatre rehearsal studios.
 photo 13_zpsba905434.gif McColl Center for Visual Art
Built in 1927 as an ARP church and repurposed after a fire as a sanctuary for artists in 1999, the exposed brick and vaulted ceiling provides the perfect canvas for galleries and studios.
 photo 14_zps40f15b17.gif Levine Museum of the New South
Through interactive exhibits, this museum captures moments in history of the South and the Charlotte area, in particular, from the end of the Civil War to the present. Feel the texture of cotton before processing, walk through a tenant farmer’s cabin, and sit at a lunch counter to learn about civil rights. In addition, the museum offers various events to explore the history and contemporary issues of the New South.
 photo 15_zps4946da6c.gif ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
Designed to excite all ages from toddlers through teens, ImaginOn is an extraordinary high-tech
“green” library and children’s theater combination. Enjoy the large outdoor sculptures of The Writer’s Desk by Larry Kirkland.
Restaurants
 photo 16_zpsa2df241e.gif The Green
Giant books and pages as well as a walkaway of magical sounds enliven this literary-themed wonderland of a park. Colorful benches and the fantasy Fish Foundation offer areas to relax. Dine alfresco or indoors at restaurants along the park.
 photo 17_zpsb1f34c62.gif EMZY Sushi Bar
Located in the Duke Energy Center, EMZY Sushi Bar and Asian Kitchen is convenient to the Knight Theater, Mint Museum Uptown, Bechlter Museum of Modern Art, the Charlotte Convention Center, The Green, and more.
 photo 18_zps3f61aa3e.gif Aquavina
"This beautiful seafood restaurant overlooks The Green, giving it one of the best patios in town. Inside, the look is both warm and cool, with undulating artworks all around. Owner Stefan Latorre has given talented chef Jason Pound freedom to create, which works out well for us."  -- Charlotte Magazine

 photo 19_zps1fd01dbb.gif Dean & Deluca

Over its history, DEAN & DELUCA has earned a reputation as an icon of New York City culture and lifestyle. Revered as a hub for the discovery of new culinary trends and little known culinary traditions, DEAN & DELUCA is the only brand that has the cultural status and global brand awareness to be the defining brand in gourmet food retail around the world.   
 photo 20_zps4c2deb6a.gif The EpiCentre
The EpiCentre offers the unique combination of cafes, restaurants, late night spots and retail. Just minutes away from all of Charlotte's local attractions, including Time Warner Cable Arena, and Bank of America Stadium, The EpiCentre is the perfect location to start or end your day with nonstop fun. With nearly 40 venues including nightlife spots, restaurants, shopping and a captivating rooftop terrace, The EpiCentre is the perfect spot to journey through day or night!
 
 photo 21_zpsa8853a79.gif Fuel Pizza Café
FUEL pizza got jump started in 1998 by a few guys from New York that craved really good pizza but couldn’t find a slice anywhere in Charlotte. They needed REAL pizza made with the finest mozzarella, vine-ripened tomatoes and the highest-quality fresh ingredients. Unable to find the perfect pizza, they decided to do it themselves. Fortunately, they found a funky 1930′s gas station on Central Avenue and FUEL Pizza was born.
 photo 22_zps8d2fb870.gif Halcyon Flavors from the Earth
Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth is a celebration of artisinal farms, dairies and wineries from the Carolinas and beyon. A true seasonal dining experience featuring the creations of Chef Marc Jacksina within the new Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC. 
 photo 23_zps310ee76e.gif McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
Each McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant’s menu is printed twice daily, featuring the signature “Fresh List” highlighting an impressive number of fresh seafood varieties, in addition to aged steaks, poultry, entrée salads and pasta. McCormick & Schmick's commitment to local freshness is apparent in the seasonally inspired dishes and regionally inspired preparations offered. To learn more about our food, click here.
 photo 24_zpse90ef54d.gif Mimosa Grill
Consistently named one of Charlotte’s best restaurants since 1995, Mimosa Grill features global cuisine with a unique southern twist. Dedicated to artisans, farmers, and craftsmen whose passion for food creates the finest ingredients possible, Executive Chef Jon Fortes creates Mimosa Grill’s dishes using only the freshest, natural ingredients that come straight from farm to the fork. The cuisine along with the restaurant’s stunning décor by renowned architect Bill Jonson, make Mimosa Grill one of Charlotte’s most distinctive dining experiences.
Hospital and Drug Stores
 photo 25_zpsc19a8118.gif Walgreens Store Charlotte
 photo 26_zpse698afdd.gif CVS/Pharmacy
 photo 27_zps81e7eaf0.gif Rite Aid
 photo cross_zps5e8c1ac7.gif  Carolinas Healthcare Syste m- Mecklenburg Medical Group