Ballantyne Magazine

SPRING 2017

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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horizoneye.com Why go out of your way, when South Charlotte has its own personal multi-specialty eye care center? Our Waverly location offers complete ophthalmology services including pediatrics, glaucoma, cataracts, cornea and retina. As well as the finest selection of optical and contact lenses. For a convenient appointment, visit horizoneye.com or call 704.365.0555 . 11835 Southmore Dr., Charlotte NC 28277 Across Providence Rd from Providence Country Club Sometimes, better vision just comes to you resorts. Once over the short bridge to Captiva, a quiet road winds along million-dollar properties, ending at a charming village of eateries and shops bounded by unspoiled beaches. Benoliet recommends staying at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa or South Seas Plantation Resort. Other top choices are Casa Ybel Resort, Tween Waters Inn and Sanibel Har- bour Marriott Resort and Spa. Foodie favorites include Sweet Melissa's Cafe, The Mad Hatter, The Mucky Duck, Captiva Island Inn and the funky Bubble Room Restau- rant, known for scrumptious desserts like Key lime pie. Fort Myers As a gateway to Sanibel, Captiva and other remote islands of southwest Florida, Fort Myers also attracts Ballantyne residents. Norm and Lee Schmidt spent several weeks there last fall and returned in January for another five weeks. "The Hamp- ton Inn on Colonial Boulevard was superb," Lee reports. "We like the native pink shrimp at Pinchers, a seafood restaurant in the historic district, and Ford's Garage, also in that area." While there, the Schmidts enjoyed Fort Myers Beach and touring the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. The site features an old-style riverfront home on 14 acres, laboratory and experi- mental botanical gardens maintained as a tribute to one of the world's inventive geniuses. A top selfie spot is a banyan tree given to Thomas Edison by Henry Ford in 1925 and now one of the largest of its species in the world. Next door sits "Man- goes," the winter retreat of automotive magnate Ford, who bought it in 1916 while visiting his friend Edison. Jen Lochte visits Fort Myers every summer. "We love it because the water is incred- ibly crystal clear and the kids like to find sand dollars and starfish — which you must put back in the water," says the Ballantyne resident. "The downtown boardwalk area is fun for the kids to walk around and has great restaurants. Dur- ing summer, though, I would recommend staying along the water to catch the breeze." Spring Training Fort Myers is a major spring training destination for fans of the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins. JetBlue Park at Fenway South has replicated the manual score- board and "Green Monster," the high left field wall of Boston's Fenway Park. The picturesque Hammond Sta- dium, where the Twins hold preseason games, is modeled after Churchill Downs, with statuesque Royal Palms lin- ing the entrance that leads to a waterfall fountain plaza. No matter the season, though, Ballantyne residents agree that the southwest shores of Florida are a delightful des- tination, offering a sanctuary from everyday cares. Jen Lochte's daughter, Reese, found starfish at Fort Myers Beach. Photo courtesy of Jen Lochte BALLANTYNE SPRING 2017 87 Escape

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