It’s interesting, but I think I spent the better part of my 20s wanting to be somewhere else other than North Carolina. You see, I was born in North Carolina. I thought London, New York, or Hollywood would be the place I would want to call home.In my 30s, I put those big-city dreams behind me and decided that North Carolina was where I would remain. Now that I’m in 40s, I am so smitten with my home state that I want to share my love for it with all of you, in luxury hotel style, of course. Would you expect anything less from me?North Carolina’s largest city, Charlotte, was in the national spotlight earlier this year for the Democratic National Convention. Secret Service agents were spotted all over the luxurious and posh Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, a member of Starwood’s Luxury Collection, during the event.This Forbes Four Diamond hotel winner can certainly host VIP guests, and now it is ready to host you for two complimentary nights. I stayed at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge earlier this year, and fell in love with the property. The hotel’s Gallery Restaurant had the best coconut cake that I have ever tasted. Delicious!As I mentioned this summer, Charlotte, North Carolina, is a fantastic city to explore, shop, and dine. Uptown Charlotte is filled with fabulous museums. If you like life in the fast lane, then the NASCAR Hall of Fame is a must-see, too. And the shopping? How does Tory Burch, Lilly Pulitzer, Hermes, ST. JOHN, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom sound?