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Choose your own Charlotte adventure with EDIA Maps

By Elizabeth Thomas

February 22, 2016

Ready for an adventure? Tired of doing the same old thing every weekend? There’s a map for that. EDIA Maps, creators of the Great NC Beer Map and the Great NC BBQ Map launched a new project for just that: adventure.

The Charlotte Adventure Map is hand-drawn with pen, ink and watercolor details that bring a fresh perspective to the question of “What to Do?” For the native Charlottean, the transplant, or just a casual visitor, the Charlotte Adventure Map offers ideas that may have been overlooked.

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Photo credit: Covet Atelier @covetatelie (Instagram)

With 140 unique, hand-illustrated icons and listings, the Charlotte Adventure Map’s personally curated offerings range from drive-ins and hamburger stands, parks and rec swimming pools and ping pong, secret gardens, historical monuments and odes to the surviving vestiges of Charlotte’s past– and of course, CLTure’s favorite: music. The map includes historic venues and neighborhood institutions, such as The World Famous Milestone, The Double Door Inn, The Visulite and Neighborhood Theater. Delving deeper, the Charlotte Adventure Map will take the music lover off the beaten path for little gems they probably didn’t even know existed.

Like to have a game plan? The Charlotte Adventure Map offers more than two dozen themed adventure itineraries for all times day or night, so you can pick when you want to play. While the Queen City certainly has much to offer, this one-of-a-kind map will guide you on road trip adventures, day trips, which will get you there and back on about a half-tank of gas. The map also features lots of incredible events you shouldn’t miss throughout the year. While driving is fine, you’ll also learn several adventurous ways to travel to one of the 99 additional suggestions on where to wine, dine and shop ‘til you drop.

On the back of the map, detailed listings are organized by neighborhood and provide address, hours and a description, with symbols that indicate if activities are free, sometimes free or cash-only.

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We all know Charlotte is an incredible place to live and visit, so that’s why EDIA Maps plans to update the map and put out new editions to keep up with the ever-evolving city—and they’re just as excited as we are to see what new things are on the horizon.

It’s fitting for a map devoted to Charlotte to have been exclusively designed, produced and printed all right here in the Queen City. The illustrations and watercolor work was completed by Charlotte native Melissa Terry; Jessica Coate, a South Carolina transplant, produced the layout and graphic design components; EDIA Maps’ Amanda Fisher hand-lettered all of the text; and Charlotte printer, Boingo Graphics, did all of the printing.

North Carolina natives themselves, EDIA Maps co-founders, Amanda Fisher and Paul Bright, partners in both business and life, have taken their love for our great city and poured it into something we can all enjoy, and consider it a gift to their fellow Charlotteans as they prepare to embark on a new adventure in a new city.

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EDIA Maps co-founders, Amanda Fisher and Paul Bright

“This map has been a labor of love, and it’s a perfect finale to our time here, as we leave for a new adventure of our own. We see this map as our love letter to the city—a thank you for all it’s given us, a heartbreaking goodbye for all we’re leaving behind, and a reminder of all we have to come home to,” Fisher said.

“We’re explorers at heart and are ready for a new adventure ourselves,” Fisher said of she and Bright’s plans to move from Charlotte. “We’ll actually be traveling around, working remotely for a good bit of the year, and aren’t totally sure where we’ll end up after that.”

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The Charlotte Adventure Map is now available at www.ediamaps.com and will soon be available for purchase at shops across the Queen City. If you’re old school and like the fold-up style road maps, that version of the Charlotte Adventure Map will run you $9.99. Flat, poster versions are available for $29.99.

Once you’ve made your rounds at all of the hundreds of stops on the Charlotte Adventure Map, check out EDIA Maps’ Great NC BBQ Map and Great NC Beer Map to take moo-and-brew trip across the Tarheel State.

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