Bordered by I-485, Providence Road, Johnston Road and Hwy. 51, Ballantyne is a happy place, with courtyard music at its retail centers bringing friends together on warm spring and summer nights, roadside farm stands, U-pick berry farms and equestrian centers for horse lovers.

April means the Queen’s Cup Steeple Chase comes to the area and when you are watching the action in the stands, you can people watch, with the ladies donning big, festive hats, men in seersucker and bowties, and champagne picnics. Or, wear your shorts and T-shirts and pop open a six-pack. It’s Steeple Chase weekend, and anything that works for you works!

The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge anchors the area, inviting resort and corporate guests year around with events and features including a world class spa, the Dana Rader Golf School and the annual Gingerbread House contest. Traditional afternoon tea is served Tuesday through Saturday in the hotel lobby.