A Day Trip to Davidson NC

A Day Trip to Davidson NC

Day trip to Davidson: Explore a bookshop, eat Bolognese, visit a dog park
ByJessica Swannie – Charlotte 5 –
April 5, 2019

Photo by Jessica Swannie. Kindred

Downtown Davidson beckons weekend travelers to tour its Main Street, whether for a girls’ weekend or brief romantic getaway. Endearing shops, celebrated eateries and a quaint college campus decorate the town in a vibrant whimsy. Take the short 30-minute drive and check out these must-see spots:

Jessica Swannie – Main STreet Books

Nestled on Main Street with a cheery blue exterior, Main Street Books is a bibliophile’s dream. The scent of fresh books greets visitors upon arrival, and antique bookshelves and original wood floors create a comfortable nook to get lost in a small town. Pro Tip: Bring a friend who will lovingly drag you out of there before you spend hundreds of dollars on books.

Photo by Jessica Swannie – Honeysuckle Home
Photo by Jessica Swannie – Rumor Mill Market

Channel your inner Joanna Gaines at Honeysuckle Home, where eclectic pieces welcome you into a wonderland of unique decor. Then, complement all of your selections with items from The Rumor Mill Market, which was featured on HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living.

While on a shopping spree, tour The Village Store, where locals have found gifts, jewelry, and home decor since 1966. The vibrant shop features a large selection of items in a small space, including a sizable Vera Bradley collection.

Photo by Jessica Swannie – The Village Store

Featuring more than 35 local farmers and producers, the Davidson Farmers Market is a must-see. The homey gathering space offers live entertainment and special events to educate visitors about the importance of eating local. It’s open every Saturday 8 a.m. – noon.

Photo by Jessica Swannie
Davidson Farmers Market


A canopy of trees and winding brick paths provide a haven of relaxation on the College of Davidson campus. Take a seat on one of the benches and enjoy the fresh air while flipping through the pages of your bookstore treasures.

Photo by Jessica Swannie
College of Davidson

After a short rest on campus, explore a nearby park. Fisher Farm offers 200 acres of land naturally populated with wildlife as well as beginner and advanced mountain bike trails. For pet-friendly trails, head to The Preserve Dog Park to hike and mingle with other furry friends. Wander to the Nature Preserve to stroll along the Sterling Martin Trail or rent a kayak or paddleboard for a quick adventure on Lake Davidson.

Photo by Jessica Swannie
North Harbor Club


If the hype hasn’t already lured you into Kindred, let me be the one to tell you it’s worth all of the attention its garnered. Whether you sit on the cozy patio under the market lights or among the mid-century modern decor inside, the ambiance creates an unparalleled dining experience.

Photo by Jessica Swannie
Conchiglie Alla Bolognese ($10)

We stopped in for lunch, greeted with a warm bowl of Conchiglie Alla Bolognese (beef, pork, and parmigiano reggiano) and a Skillet Burger (quick pickles, onion, cheddar cheese, aioli). Their menu constantly changes, but you can see current offerings here.

The charming, old-school exterior of The Soda Shop is as inviting as their menu, packed with comfort food favorites like smothered fries, pimento cheeseburgers and buffalo chicken hoagies. Bring your appetite, but save room for dessert: their floats and sundaes complete the experience.
Dishes at The Pickled Peach reflect a commitment to connecting with the community of Davidson, prepared with fresh ingredients from local vendors. Order the Cornmeal Fried Shrimp ($10.50) for a hearty meal or a Grilled Halloumi Salad ($8.50) for a feel-good bite.

Photo by Jessica Swannie
Whitser ($4.25)

A short walk from the main strip, Whit’s Frozen Custard is worth the quick trek. Create your own Whitser: choose your flavor and specify the mix-ins (select from 30 different options including candies, fruits, and nuts), or enjoy a classic banana split.

No matter your ideal afternoon, Davidson’s Main Street offers a charming escape from Charlotte’s bustling city life.

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