The Queen City, they call it. It’s an elegant appellation for Charlotte – North Carolina’s most populous city, growing more so by the day. Christened by 18th-century settlers after Queen Charlotte, wife of His Majesty King George III, the grand gesture doubtless was intended to score all possible points with England’s reigning monarch. The Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, boasts all the bona fides it needs to be counted among the city’s elegant and historic assets. All served up with a generous splash of Southern soul.