Shelby, NC

Around here, we believe that a little shopping and dining are essential to staying healthy. You fuel up with the perfect meal, get your cardio in as you traverse shops, and practice that strength training as you walk around with your bags full of treasures. So if you are ready to get your steps in for the day, head over to Cleveland County.

Medium Activity

2 days | 17 stops

Day 1

STOP 1: Breakfast at Pfeiffer Café

Pfeiffer Café is the perfect breakfast spot. It’s right in the heart of Uptown Shelby, so it’s easy to find. It’s menu offers everything from coffee to pastries, muffins to bagels and more. Even the pickiest eater can find something they like and change their mind a dozen times. Specials change week to week. So there’s always something new to discover.

STOP 2: Workshop Vintage Market

No shopping trip to Shelby would be complete without a visit to the largest craft and vintage market in Cleveland County. More than 80 vendors await in Workshop Vintage Market, perfect for shoppers who love to scour, scavenge, and collect repurposed and vintage furniture and home goods. Another bonus? This stop hosts DIY workshops for creative projects like macrame, watercolors, painting and more.

STOP 3: Foothill's Farmers Market

Local foods defined! Doesn’t get more local than this. Stop by the gorgeous Foothills Farmers Market for meat and produce direct from family-owned farms in Cleveland County and the surrounding 50 miles. Grab a watermelon. Stock up on ears of corn fresh from the fields. Check out nuts, poultry, cheeses and more. Pick up a homemade pie that you really don’t need. Selections change by the season but if you can grow it on a farm or it's locally made, chances are you can find it here. Winter market runs 10 am - 1 pm through March. In addition to local sweet and savory food items from vendors, you can usually find a food truck onsite as well.

STOP 4: A. Griffin Pottery

Hand thrown pottery in the shape of your new favorite coffee mug are waiting at Griffin Pottery. Owned by potter Susan Jones and featuring the works of several talented artisans, this shop is a must stop in Shelby. Honey pots, wine mugs, intricately crafted trays all sculpted, glazed, and fired on site in the kiln. Stop in and see what’s new. These artists always have their hands in a new creation.

STOP 5: Lunch at J-Bird's Deli & Ales

Ready for a masterpiece made of premium cold cuts? J-Bird’s Deli is the next stop on your culinary adventure. This local deli specializes in artisanal crafted sandwiches. Try the Captain Fantastic --fresh sourdough piled high with chicken, pimento cheese, jalapeno, and garlic aioli. Order up the Bolognious Monk --sliced ciabatta with bologna, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, mayo or build your own edible art and pair it with the latest craft brew. We’ll save you a seat.

STOP 6: Antique Market of Shelby

Antique Market of Shelby is four floors of antiques in Uptown Shelby. Owners Bill and Myra have been collecting for over 40 years during travels around the world. These world-class pickers have done the hunting so you don’t have to. A vintage wooden rocking horse, vinyl records, gorgeous antique furniture and homewares in every style from Victorian to mid-century. Antiquers may never leave this gorgeous treasure chest.

STOP 7: Buffalo Creek Gallery

Purchasing art can seem a little intimidating. But that’s not the case here at Buffalo Creek Gallery. When you walk in the door, you’re immediately inspired and surrounded by unique, beautiful works of art. This Co-op gallery is filled with paintings in a variety of mediums. There’s also jewelry, pottery, furniture, you name it! The gallery showcases the work of over 50 local and regional artists.

Get ready to find lots of gifts for the hard-to-buy-for people in your life and of course a few for yourself!

STOP 8: Dinner at Newgrass Brewing Company

Anybody can drink a beer. But it takes intelligence to enjoy it. At least, that’s the thinking at Newgrass Brewery. That’s why they handcraft beer in small batches using only the finest ingredients from local farmers and around the world. Quality ingredients are the start of any great brew. Try a flight and see for yourself. It doesn’t matter if you prefer a pale ale or a stout, this place has the flavors to keep your beer palate at full attention. Nice weather begs for toasts on their patio in front of the larger than life mural of Earl Scruggs. AND, Newgrass isn't just known for their beer but also for their casual and delicious farm to table menu which includes some incredibly scrumptious vegetarian options.

STOP 9: Morgan and Wells Bed & Breakfast

Welcome to Morgan and Wells Bed & Breakfast, located in the suburbs of Charlotte, NC in Historic Shelby. Enjoy the quiet comforts of everyday Southern living just minutes away from the attractions of the city. Here at Morgan & Wells, each room is tailored to bring comfort and luxury to our guests in this traditional Craftsman Style home. Built in the early 1900s, the five intimate guest rooms maintain the heritage of the home, with its polished oak and heart pine floors, 12-foot-high ceilings, and guestrooms decorated contemporary- transitional to embrace modern luxury and Old World Charm.

Day 2

STOP 10: Breakfast at Big Red's Cafe

Homemade donuts? Check. Warm ambiance? Check. Show stopping service? Check. This spot is known for their love of coffee, connection and community, and it shows! Fuel yourself up with their delicious food, take a break on their wrap around porch, and start your morning off right.

STOP 11: Patriot Jack's Outfitters

Gear up at Patriot Jack’s Outfitters. Yeti, Patagonia, Kavu, Vineyard Vines, North Face, Chaco and more--they have all your favorite brands to get moving and look good doing it. Located at the base of King’s Mountain State Park and the King’s Mountain Gateway Trail, it’s the perfect place to get that fleece you forgot or a new tumbler for your morning coffee. Need a new pair of river shoes or a new hiking bag? They have those, too. Or grab an Eno hammock in anticipation of the nap post hike.

STOP 12: Southern Arts Society

Everything about the Southeastern Arts Society is unique. Located in a historic Southern Railway Depot close to downtown Kings Mountain, it’s home to the creative wandering of more than 80 local artists. Enter the doorways and you’ll find hand-blown glass vases, hammered copper jewelry, pottery that would look perfect on that shelf that always seems like it is missing something. Everything is one-of-a-kind. Find the perfect gift for anyone. Even if that anyone is you.

STOP 13: Trackside Wine & Spirits

Trackside Wine and Spirits carries a great variety of wine from all around the world and over 100 different beers. They offer house wine by the glass or bottle and mixed drinks With live local music, it's a fun gathering spot and a great place to pick up a gift.

STOP 14: Lunch at 238 Cherokee Gril

When the menu includes a sandwich called the Pork-a-saurus, you know the meal is going to be a topic of conversation. That’s exactly what you get at 238 Cherokee Grill. Located a few minutes from Gateway Trail, this unpretentious little tavern offers big flavors to satisfy any appetite. The food is American with a Southern kick. Chicken is served smothered. Green beans are breaded and fried. Come hungry and with a belt you can loosen a couple notches.

STOP 15: Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard and Winery

This vineyard is nestled into the rolling hills and farmland that has been in the Baker family for over a century. Inspired by a visit to Napa and Sonoma, the owners planted the first grapes here in 2003. Today the grounds include the historic farmhouse and eight different grape varietals ready to harvest. Venture into the original milking room for a tour of the wine-making operations and a tasting flight that may include chardonnay, merlot, Riesling, scuppernong and more. Raise your glass to a wonderful afternoon. That you may or may not remember.

STOP 16: Veronet Vineyards

Where the foothills begin to ripple towards the Blue Ridge Mountains you’ll find Veronét Vineyards & Winery. This 70-acre estate includes panoramic views of Crowders Mountain along with six acres under vine. Good soils and a sustainable approach allow for a variety of grapes to grow abundantly. Sample a Chardonnay or Orange Muscat. Pour a glass of Malbec or Sauvignon Blanc. Each wine bearing the Veronet name is chosen, blended and aged with the utmost care and passion.

STOP 17: Dinner at 133 West

Located in Historic Downtown Kings Mountain, 133 West brings a modern and creative approach to Southern cuisine. The atmosphere is light and relaxing. The menu is always changing. There is a focus on freshness and seasonality. But there's also a global curiosity to the dishes at 133 West. They are definitely Southern at heart. But you may also find a kick of Greek or Arab mixed in to keep your taste buds on high alert. (Ask to sit on the patio. It's the perfect way to enjoy your meal this time of year.) Burn off brunch in Patriot’s Park which boasts a gorgeous mountain mural by the splashpad, a gazebo, outdoor amphitheater, and easy walking trails.