This post is sponsored by the Charlotte Ballet. All opinions are my own.
January and February (and even into early March) are my hibernation months. They’re the months that you’ll find me at home in my sweatpants on a Saturday night, cuddled with the cats on the couch in front of the fireplace and TV. AJ and I will discuss take out options at length (there are too many to choose from, but we’ve been on a Mexican and Vietnamese kick lately, and pizza is always a strong contender), open up a bottle of wine, and settle in for a movie or flip through the sports on TV (most recently watched: Inside Out. AJ’s pick). Don’t get me wrong; I love a good night out, whether a date night or with a group of friends, but much prefer soaking up the spring and summer sun on a brewery patio or socializing on a night where fall’s air just has a mild bite (maybe I’ve just become soft since moving to Charlotte 3 years ago).
Although I’m quite comfortable on my couch, with a little bribe, it’s not too hard to pry me out from under my fleece blanket on a Saturday night in January. Tickets to Charlotte Ballet’s Innovative Works and a plan to stop at two of my favorite spots in the Fourth Ward was just the push I needed to break up the January monotony (which makes us sound boring but I promise we’re not! we’re fun!) of debating over take out and Netflix options. We donned our date night finest, called ourselves an Uber (I know you don’t call an Uber but you get it) and cruised towards Uptown for a night of culture, cocktails and snacks.