Blake Miller

Correspondent

  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Blake Miller is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent who lives in Charlotte. Before embarking on her freelance career, Miller was an editor at Philadelphia and Charlotte magazines, the latter of which she oversaw all travel coverage. During her time at Charlotte, she helped launch two award-winning ancillary publications, Charlotte Home + Garden and Charlotte Wedding. The self-described wannabe foodie and fitness freak has covered travel, interior design, and health and fitness for US Airways Magazine, Redbook, Self, ElleDecor.com, Four Seasons Magazine, Women’s Health, among other national and regional publications.

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  • On October 2, 2013
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    What is the style of The Spa & Wellness Center?

    The Spa & Wellness Center at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte boasts a modern aesthetic. The clean lines and sleek detailing in both the guest suites and lounge areas are similar in design with both featuring dark wood paneling, artwork in grays and blues, and fresh-cut floral arrangements that rival some of the best weddings in the South. In addition, the Spa & Wellness Center’s lounge areas as well as its treatment rooms, though modern and cool, are truly warm and inviting; this is achieved through not only the gracious hospitality of the spa staff but also the gentle lighting, soft music, and delightful scents pouring throughout the 13,000-square-foot space.
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    What kinds of massages are offered at The Spa & Wellness Center?

    There are several options to choose from when it comes to massage treatments at The Spa & Wellness Center. For starters, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte Signature massage is the most traditional of all of the massages available. A classic Swedish massage, the Charlotte Signature is coupled with one of five organic aromatherapy oils making it a wholly relaxing experience. Other tranquilizing massage options at the Spa & Wellness Center include the Carolina Lily Muscle Ease, an intensive, deep-tissue massage designed to relieve tension, while the Sampler offers a touch of everything: it includes the Southern Hot Stone, Reflexology, Charlotte Signature, and Carolina Lily Muscle Ease massages all in one 100-minute luxurious treatment.
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    What kinds of skincare products are used at The Spa & Wellness Center?

    While The Spa & Wellness Center features several beauty and skincare lines in its retail shop including Archipelago, MoroccanOil, and Me! Bath, spa aestheticians utilize Eminence Organic Skin Care in many of its treatments. The organic line of beauty and skincare has become a favorite with celebrities while Charlotteans love the green factor the line boasts. One other element the Spa & Wellness Center aestheticians like to incorporate into their treatments is the property’s honey harvested from its bees that live onsite. The rooftop-grown natural honey is used in treatments such as the Honey Detox and Chocolate Truffle, a 110-minute luxurious body treatment that includes exfoliation and a body wrap.
  • On September 30, 2013
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    What is the cancellation policy at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte?

    If you have to cancel your reservation at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, make sure to contact the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel by noon of the day of arrival. Otherwise, you’ll be charged for one night of your room rate, plus tax. The luxury Charlotte hotel is home to unique offerings you won’t want to miss — in the lobby, Bar Cocoa focuses on all things chocolate, including weekend brunch and chocolate afternoon tea. Inspired by your treat? Catch a class at the Cocoa Lab, offering hands-on dessert instruction. For a taste of something stronger, visit Urban Sip, a wine and scotch bar.
  • On September 30, 2013
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    What restaurants does The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte have?

    You won’t check out of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte hungry. For people-watching — this is where the city’s power players meet for drinks — the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s Lobby Lounge serves light fare and drinks, but for a real meal, head to BLT Steak. The restaurant from chef Laurent Tourondel fuses classic steakhouse style and French cuisine. Order the prix fixe menu for dishes such as seared scallops, thyme-basted venison and Granny apple cake.

    To please your sweet tooth, visit The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte’s Bar Cocoa adjacent to the Lobby Lounge. The chocolate-and-cocoa haven is an all-day destination for sweets, including hot and cold chocolate drinks, pastries and, of course, chocolates. Dive into weekend brunch or the chocolate-and-champagne five-course dessert dinners.
  • On September 30, 2013
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    Where is The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte located?

    The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Ritz-Carlton Charlotte is situated in one of the most prime areas of Uptown at College and Trade streets. This relatively new property, which opened in 2009, is the most luxurious in Uptown, boasting a cool, modern aesthetic and one of the most popular bars in the city. Sightseeing is easy from the hotel — use the Charlotte Area Transit System, LYNX Blue Line light rail service or the charming Charlotte Trolley, which connects Uptown and South End.

    The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is a LEED Gold-certified hotel, with amenities including a BLT Steak restaurant, a chocolate-focused eatery and a dessert cooking school. Ready to relax? Head to the 13,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte Spa with an indoor pool, whirlpool, steam room and fitness and cycling center.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    How do I get a reservation at BLT Steak?

    The best way to get a reservation at BLT Steak is to call the restaurant directly. Reservations on Friday and Saturday evenings tend to be more difficult to land at the French-inspired steakhouse from star chef and Forbes Travel Guide Tastemaker Laurent Tourondel, so plan on calling early in the week. For those more tech inclined, consider making a reservation via OpenTable. An easy link from the Charlotte restaurant’s website (via The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte’s own site) takes you directly to the reservation form for OpenTable, making it seamless to reserve a table via your computer, phone, iPad or tablet.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    What is the dress code at BLT Steak?

    The atmosphere at BLT Steak is a seamless combination of cozy French bistro and modern, urban steakhouse. The result is a relaxed yet chic setting where nearly any attire goes. For lunch, most diners are in full suit and tie simply because the Charlotte restaurant attracts bankers and businessmen midweek who do dealings over juicy porterhouses and New York strips. While the steakhouse will tell you to don casual attire, you’d be better off dressing up a bit to fit in at its home inside The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. Sophisticated casual wear for both men and women is the unspoken dress code at BLT Steak.
  • On September 18, 2013
    Blake Miller answered the question: Blake Miller

    What is the dress code at BLT Steak?

    The atmosphere at BLT Steak is a seamless combination of cozy French bistro and modern, urban steakhouse. The result is a relaxed yet chic setting where nearly any attire goes. For lunch, most diners are in full suit and tie simply because the Charlotte restaurant attracts bankers and businessmen midweek who do dealings over juicy porterhouses and New York strips. While the steakhouse will tell you to don casual attire, you’d be better off dressing up a bit to fit in at its home inside The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. Sophisticated casual wear for both men and women is the unspoken dress code at BLT Steak.
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  • On July 29, 2013
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    What are some things to know before visiting Charlotte?

    1. Rent a car. Charlotte’s public transportation system is lacking and because the city is laid out much like Atlanta (pockets of suburban-like neighborhoods make up the city) it’s easiest to get around by car.

    2. The ocean is close but it’s not that close. So often visitors to the Queen City want to head to the beach. But the closest beach to Charlotte—the biggest being Myrtle Beach in South Carolina—is still about three to four hours away.

    3. Southern cuisine is king, but there’s much more to try. Sure, Southern favorites such as shrimp and grits, fried chicken, and collards can be found on what feels like every corner. But Charlotte’s dining scene is constantly evolving and boasts fantastic Thai and sushi places, modern steakhouses and Mexican spots, as well as high-end seafood restaurants.
  • On July 29, 2013
    Blake Miller answered the question: Blake Miller

    What are some things to know before visiting Charlotte?

    1. Rent a car. Charlotte’s public transportation system is lacking and because the city is laid out much like Atlanta (pockets of suburban-like neighborhoods make up the city) it’s easiest to get around by car.


    2. The ocean is close but it’s not that close. So often visitors to the Queen City want to head to the beach. But the closest beach to Charlotte—the biggest being Myrtle Beach in South Carolina—is still about three to four hours away.

    3. Southern cuisine is king, but there’s much more to try. Sure, Southern favorites such as shrimp and grits, fried chicken, and collards can be found on what feels like every corner. But Charlotte’s dining scene is constantly evolving and boasts fantastic Thai and sushi places, modern steakhouses and Mexican spots, as well as high-end seafood restaurants.