1.01.2016

Charlotte, N.C: Your Destination to Buy American Girl Doll of the Year Lea Clark

American Girl’s Girl of the Year doll for 2016 is a talented photographer and animal lover named Lea Clark.
American Girl  Doll of the Year: Lea Clark
American Girl Photo
Lea is the newest doll in the specialty line which produces dolls depicting girls of diverse backgrounds and interests.  Lea is described as an adventurous 10-year-old girl who discovers a world of possibilities when she visits Brazil. She is now available at Charlotte's SouthPark Mall for purchase in-person. 
The Pink Experience at the Renaissance  SouthPark Hotel

One of my most popular posts here on the blog is my American Girl travel experience when Liza purchased the 2014 Girl of the Year Doll, Isabel, for her 5th birthday. To be perfectly honest, Isabel stays in her doll bed most of the time, and as a result, I've been able to save a lot of money by not having to purchase any other dolls or accessories for her collection.
However, she would love to go back to the American Girl Doll store, and do the entire hotel experience all over again in Charlotte because that experience was priceless. It is one of her fondest memories. She talks about it all the time. 
We did the pink room experience with the Renaissance SouthPark Hotel, which is an official hotel partner with the American Girl company. The package is still available, and the cost ranges from $179 to $384 through March 2016.  One of the reasons I chose this hotel is because I love the boutique feel that the Renaissance provides, and it also has an indoor pool which is great for kids in the winter months.  Read about our experience in Charlotte. 
Indoor Pool at Renissance SouthPark in Charlotte
The indoor pool at Renaissance SouthPark Hotel 

Several other hotels also partner with American Girl to offer some sort of official package. Other hotel partners in the area are: 
The Courtyard Charlotte SouthPark. This hotel has several packages for your American Girl lover. You can use basic with a doll bed and cookies or go all pink, too. The "all-pink" package starts at $189. This hotel has an outdoor pool. 
The Charlotte Marriott SouthPark.  Rates start at $209 for the basic AG package and $244 for the all-pink experience.   This hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool. 
The Hampton Inn and Suites Charlotte/SouthPark at Phillips Place. Rates begin at $195 and includes doll bed and cookies. There is no mention of the pink experience on the website so you will need to call to see if that option is available at this property. This hotel has an outdoor pool. 
Other Charlotte Hotel Properties with indoor pools for the winter, spring and fall in North Carolina. 
Indoor Pool at Ballantyne  Hotel in Charlotte,N.C..
The indoor pool at the Ballantyne Hotel

The Ballantyne, a Luxury Hotel Collection, Charlotte has a wonderful spa, gourmet dining, and a picture perfect indoor pool. It is not located in the SouthPark area, but it nine miles away. The hotel offers a family package with $25 resort credit, and children under 12 eat free with a paying adult. These rates start at $309. 
The Aloft Ballantyne is adjacent to the Ballantyne Hotel and has a happening indoor pool that kids love. Rates here start at $139. 
LeMeridien Charlotte. For a hip uptown stay, you may want to check into the new LeMeridien. It offers both an indoor and outdoor pool. They have several package offers including a connecting room option at 25 percent off. Rates begin at $218 for Spg members. 
Indoor Pool at Ritz-Carlton Charlotte
The indoor pool at Ritz-Carlton Charlotte

Ritz-Carlton Charlotte.  This luxury hotel has one of the best indoor pools in the Queen City. It overlooks the skyline. Book this resort for the ultimate luxury experience. Depending on demand and availability, weekend rates begin at $419. 
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