Are you thinking about moving to North Carolina? Consider Waxhaw, a wonderful small town with a sense of community that is truly special. Find out why Waxhaw is one of the North Carolina cities we hand-picked to build homes in and why it could be a perfect match for your family.

Driving into this southern town, you can’t miss the tall water tower at the corner of Highway 16 and North Main Street, where people of the community can gather together for events.

Locally-owned shops, restaurants, and a healthy dose of small-town charm are just a few of the things that make people fall in love with Waxhaw, NC.

Being only 45 minutes from Charlotte, this quaint town is a breath of fresh air if you want to get away from the city. Everything is practically within walking distance, allowing you to have time to get to all the best shops and meet your new neighbors!

Here are 8 of the best things to do in Waxhaw:

1. Waxhaw Farmers Market

It’s Saturday morning, and you want to get your hands on some fresh produce. What better way to do that than to give the farmers market a visit? There are so many great products to get, including vegetables, local honey, baked goods, fresh eggs, and more. The Waxhaw Farmers Market is open most Saturday mornings from 9 am to 1 pm, but you can get all of the details you need here.

2. Waxhaw Antique Mart

Spice up your shopping day by checking out the Waxhaw Antique Mart. As you walk through, keep your eyes peeled for collectibles, art, furniture, and other unique finds. It’s really easy to spend a ton of time checking out all of the cool pieces here, so give yourself plenty of time to explore!

3. Waxhaw's Local Eats & Sweets

While you make your way through downtown, satisfy that sweet tooth! Even if you don’t like sweets, you can appreciate the artistry in the dessert choices here. With about 15 different cookie dough choices, you can create a bowl with your favorite flavors and maybe add in a scoop of ice cream. You also have the option to have a specialty dessert such as a layered brownie, fresh-baked cookies, milkshakes, and more.

4. Cork & Ale

This restaurant could potentially be your last stop of the day if you decide to unwind with a glass of wine. This wine bar, taproom, and restaurant all in one is the perfect place to grab a drink with friends or have a date night. Choose from a variety of red and white wines, craft beers, and delicious eats.

5. Cane Creek Park

If you want to reset in nature for the day, a trip to Cane Creek Park is the perfect location for you. There are shelters, walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, a disc golf course, and you can even fish from the bank on the pond. Other activities include paddle boats, mini-golf, and a beach area where children can play, or you can kick back and relax with the gentle water creating the perfect afternoon ambiance.

6. The Dreamchaser’s Brewery

Another great place to unwind after a long day is The Dreamchaser’s Brewery, a locally-owned joint in the heart of downtown. This brewery is in the old volunteer fire department building, which ties it deeper into Waxhaw’s history. You can get a craft beer poured from the tap or choose to have a glass of wine instead. Cheers to visiting with your group of friends!

7. Crossroads Coffee House

For all the coffee gurus out there, this cafe is for you. You’ll go back time and time again to try their gourmet lattes, cappuccinos, espresso, and even milkshakes and smoothies. If you don’t prefer coffee, there are other options like hot chocolate and a huge tea selection. There is also a variety of baked goods and snacks to pair with your drink of choice!

8. Museum of the Waxhaws

Did you know that the town was established as a memorial to one of the US Presidents? To really round out the Waxhaw experience, you need to get your history lesson in at the Museum of the Waxhaws. Take the family to check out different artifacts and read stories about the town’s beginning and how it has developed over the years.

It’s easy to support your local businesses when you move to Waxhaw, whether you are grabbing a cold beverage, shopping for that perfect antique piece, stocking up on fresh produce, or spending the day learning about the area. You will always find something to keep you or your family involved in this lovely town.

If you’re ready to move to the Waxhaw, NC area, we are here to help. Contact our team to learn more about our Waxhaw new home communities!


Melissa Shubin


As Internet Sales Manager at M/I Homes in Charlotte, Melissa’s role is to assist customers with their new home search by answering questions about a variety of topics. With her multiple years of experience in her role, Melissa knows that when customers are searching for answers online, they appreciate a timely response from a real person that is local to the area. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her Yorkie-Poo, Roxy, hiking new trails, and exploring pet-friendly shops and restaurants in the Charlotte area.