Belmont, North Carolina
Listen to any southerner talk about growing up in a small Carolina town and you’re bound to hear about a place like Belmont. Concerts and festivals in Stowe Park, the town’s cultural heartbeat, combined with the picturesque brick drive that makes up Belmont’s downtown keep this little village pumping all year long.
Along its historic district, Belmont is lined with houses that range from Tudor Revival architecture to Colonial styles. This pleasant jumble of design, spanning 1,700 acres of the city, in the town’s oldest suburb gives character to an area that the National Register of Historic Places has recognized since 1996. With the addition of downtown’s Stowe Mercantile Co, Belmont’s old-fashioned General Store, and Stowe Manor, a 1924 inn that sits on three acres of land just a few minutes away from center city, Belmont is naturally inclined to bring its visitors back to a simpler, community-oriented time.
While Belmont has the smarts to keep its old facade looking sharp, its history of education adds an even wiser edge to this mix. Home to Belmont Abbey College, a stunning school known for its in-house monastery, Belmont’s outskirts ring with church bells as hard-working collegians rush to class.
Such a great curb appeal is hard to pass up, which is why many Belmont residents choose to stay outdoors rather than miss the town’s happenings locked in their houses. The Belmont Drive-In, one of North Carolina’s last remaining outdoor movie theaters, offers a summery alternative to a typical family movie night.
If captivated by more natural wonders than the big screen, though, some venture to one of Belmont’s 11 gardens, retreating to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s 400-acre facility for an impressive array of nationally-renowned botany.
No matter what you choose to dabble in, Belmont’s beauty keeps you on your toes. Its rich history, spectacular structures, and outdoor escapes keep inhabitants settled in this southern nook.