It was quite a Monday for some airports around the country. The day started out like this at Denver International Airport
Wag Brigade back at SFO
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced that the SFO Wag Brigade, a team of certified stress-relief animals, is back on duty in the terminals after a 20-month absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The San Francisco SPCA certifies all participating animals through their Animal Assisted Therapy (ATT) Program. And, prior to returning to SFO, all Wag Brigade animals were recertified. We hope that means LiLou the airport therapy pig that used to visit SFO about once a month will return soon too.
Fire at DFW, No Water at CLT Airport
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) had to deal with a water main break nearby today.
And at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), there was a fire in one of the parking garages.
Not only is the World Chess Hall of Fame home to the World’s Largest Chess Piece (20 feet tall), but through May 16, 2021, the museum is hosting an exhibit of work by Keith Haring. In addition to Haring’s works and photographs of the artist, the exhibit includes bespoke street art chess sets from Purling London and newly-commissioned pieces by Saint Louis artists, all paying homage to the late pop culture icon.
As always, if we missed your favorite thing at CLT, please add a note in the comments section below. And keep in mind that some amenities mentioned may be temporarily unavailable due to health concerns, but we are sure they will be back.
5 Things We Love about Charlotte Douglas International Airport
1. The Rocking Chairs at CLT
CLT oozes charm with its signature rocking chairs.
The welcoming amenity first debuted at CLT in 1997 and since then hundreds of airports around the country have added rocking chairs of their own.
CLT also has towering Ficus trees in the terminal and a piano just waiting for volunteers to sit down and serenade passengers.
2. Selfie Stations at CLT
To add a bit of fun to layovers, CLT has several #TakeMySelfie stations in the terminal.
You will find giant CLT letters on the wall at Checkpoint E; a colorful vintage postcard on the Concourses A/B Connector; and a Queen Charlotte mural in the Concourse A Expansion.
3. Shopping at CLT
Take a look at some of the fun gifts and souvenirs you can pick up at CLT.
4. CLT’s Airport Overlook
CLT’s Airport Overlook is a large area near the airport (7300 Old Dowd Road) with parking, picnic tables, and benches. It is a perfect spot for watching aircraft take off and land.
Inside the airport, the best place to get great views of the Charlotte skyline is from Concourses D and E.
5. Art at Charlotte Douglas International Airport
The work of at least 14 artists, many of them local, is featured at CLT airport. Here are just a few of our favorites.
Charlotte is known as the Queen City and there’s a statue of Queen Charlotte by Raymond Kaskey in the garden area between the East and West Daily Parking Decks.
On the Concourse A Expansion near Gates A21 and A22 is Refik Anadol’s “Interconnected.” The piece is a series of three massive LED screens with ever-changing digital artwork modeled on real-time airport operations data.
It looks abstract, but the work is translating particles representing flight arrivals, departures, baggage movements and airport parking into millions of pixels.
And there’s there’s Journey 1 and Journey 2, by Ráed Al-Rawi. Charming!
Cantoro Italian Market Trattoria, a local, family owned and operated Italian market crossed with a modern corner store;
Air Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett’s airport restaurant with a local twist;
Detroit Street Café featuring Zingerman’s Coffee;
And Atwater Brewery, a Detroit favorite, that debuted downtown in 1997 with the mission to bring German brew-styles to the area.
DTW says these restaurants are the first of a phased dining redevelopment project to open. Cantoro Italian Market Trattoria opened on April 18 and is located pre-security in baggage claim. Atwater Brewery opened on June 1 and Air Margaritaville & Detroit Street Café featuring Zingerman’s Coffee opened on June 5.
Born in a food-truck and a favorite in several Seattle neighborhoods, Skillet has brought many of its menu favorites to SEA airport. The entrees include brunch favorites such as Fried Chicken & Waffle, homemade Doughnut Holes and the gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly Chilaquiles.
I guess I’ll have to forgive them for closing the Skillet in my neighborhood…