Ballantyne Magazine

Winter 2018

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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inspirations of barbecue and seafood. It's a savory-sweet blend that lends itself to simple and complex cooking." Another new culinary partnership at The Ballantyne involves Traeger Grills, the manufacturer of outdoor grills known for high-temperature searing and consistent heat application. Favored by skilled chefs for yielding perfectly grilled meats and vegetables, Traeger Grills delivered 12 grills and smokers to The Ballantyne's chefs for outdoor cookouts, barbecues and poolside parties. Establishing Traditions Guests often remark on the warmth and hospitality they feel at The Ballantyne. To that end, the hotel is introducing new activities with an eye toward them becoming traditions, tied to both the region and its Scottish namesake. The property's guests are now invited weekly by the chief concierge (known formally as the "chef concierge") to gather at the cascading fountain at the hotel's main entrance. Each guest is provided with a Ballantyne pouch containing a penny to toss into the fountain while making a secret wish. Participants hear the story of The Ballantyne's founder and original owner, Smoky Bissell; his fondness for fountains; and learn about the legend of wishing wells. "Ballantyne has roots and riches that can be traced back to Scotland," says Radke, "The wishing well ritual began in Scotland centuries ago when water was a scarce commodity. Anytime good water sources were found, people would pay homage and wish for its continued supply. It is from there we've picked up on this fun tradition." Another activity launched to coincide with the hotel's makeover is the daily reciting of the legendary poem, "The Old North State." Written by Leonora Monteiro Martin, the poem is an ode to the natural beauty in North Carolina. It is recited daily at 4 p.m., announced by the ringing of a bell and read aloud as a "first in freedom" toast by one of the hotel's bartenders. "We want our guests to share in our love for our surroundings," Radke says, "and this is a fitting nod to the beauty found in our state and at The Ballantyne." The Lodge's spacious stone patio overlooks the golf course and has fire pits and a rocking-chair front porch. Photo by Michael Kleinberg BALLANTYNE WINTER 2018 - 2019 57 Feature Get our 3-Bed, 2-Bath, 4-Door, V-6 discount. 1103161.1 State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Indemnity Company, Bloomington, IL When you have a State Farm ® car and a State Farm home, get ready to drive around with a big, money-saving State Farm smile. GET TO A BETTER STATE. ™ CALL ME TODAY. Put auto and home together for hundreds in savings. Wil Brooks, Agent 12610 N. Community House Rd. Charlotte, NC 28277 Toll Free: 844-868-8451 wil@wilbrooks.com Mon-Fri 8:30am to 5:30pm Evenings and Sat. by appt.

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