You’ve worked hard all year and now it’s finally time to take a vacation and relax. If you’re like me, relaxing may take a couple of days to finally let all thoughts about work fade away. And by then, as the matriarch of the family, you’re tasked with spending time at the grocery store buying food, snacks, beverages, etc. Not to mention you’re planning meals for the whole family and undoubtedly planning twice as many because the kids won’t eat the dinner you planned for the adults.
Well, below are my top tips on ways to overcome those wicked work thoughts and kitchen duties, and indulge in full fledge relaxation mode while you are on vacation. My stays with StayLakeNorman are always the best because they help connect me with the right people to ease my anxiety before I even get to the property.
- Use Instacart – Why spend precious vacation time in the grocery store when you can order your groceries and have them delivered? You can start your cart weeks before as ideas pop in your head and once you’re ready to process the order, you can even schedule your drop off time. And don’t worry, StayLakeNorman team can share the exact address of your rental if you forget. Pro-Tip: Make sure you check the delivery address once you get home and realize you want to use Instacart again – I may or may not have delivered groceries to the next guest at the vacation rental on accident. 😱
- Hire a Private Masseuse – What better way to kick start vacation mode and unwind with a relaxing massage? StayLakeNorman referred one of the best masseuses I’ve ever used. She came to the house, set up where I wanted (she even offered to do it on the beach) and I adamantly warned our kids if they interrupt they would have to cook their own lunch. 🤣
- Hire a Private Chef – It’s your vacation too…don’t spend all your time in the kitchen, , cooking and cleaning for everyone. We had the chance to use one of StayLakeNorman’s recommended private chefs who prepared a gourmet meal for us (and yes they made something for the kids too) and our group, and they even clean up the mess! Are you kidding me? I can’t even get my kids to clean up their rooms after bribing them and these top chefs cleaned up the kitchen and left it spotless. I need one of these private chefs every day back home! 👨🏻🍳
- Rent a boat – Science has proven that being near water induces relaxation in the mind. Renting a boat from StayLakeNorman was sooo easy and didn’t take much time at all. After booking and filling out the paper work all I had to do is just tell them when we got to the house. No driving packing up the family and driving to a marina, no waiting in line to see if they have any more boats left, and no telling the kids we were getting a boat only to realize they were sold out that day. StayLakeNorman delivered the boat, did our orientation, and even included the tube and skis for our kiddos to enjoy. How perfect! 🚤
- Purchase Ready Made Meals – Again, who said you have to do all the cooking? The private chef experience was a blast but a few days we just wanted to enjoy each other’s company without the pizazz of a chef cooking up a storm. StayLakeNorman recommended a company that delivered sandwiches and salads for us to take on the boat and then they delivered individual meals for dinner to our house. Each person got to choose what they wanted and then we just popped them in the microwave and oven. It was dummy-proof and believe me when I say these are NOT the frozen TV dinners you grew up with! The salmon wellington was to die for. 🤩
Try using some of my tips here to slip into “Lake Norman Time” and get the most out of your vacation…you deserve it!
If you need more information on the chefs, masseuses, and boats, just call StayLakeNorman at (704) 924-0510 and they can help meet all your needs.
Vacations are a time of unwinding and letting go of the stresses of everyday life. When you stay in StayLakeNorman‘s Lake Norman vacation rentals, you are probably going to want to find nearby dining that matches your tastes. There are a quite few waterfront spots just a short boat ride away to delicious meals, drinks and live entertainment while staying on the lake.
For a fun beachy vibe on the shores of Lake Norman, head on over to the Toucan’s Lakefront. With a patio that serves rain or shine and access to the water, this is the perfect place to relax and experience life on the lake. Mixologists can make you delicious drinks while you sit beneath an umbrella table and soak in the sun. Fantastic food and drinks are often accompanied by live performances and lively tunes. Whether you are with the family, a few friends, or on a fun date, Toucan’s Lakefront is definitely a stop to add to your agenda.
Apps & Taps
Located next to Toucan’s with a sports-bar setting and boasting some of the best smoked wings and ribs on the lake, Apps & Taps
The building itself boasts watercrafts and uses pieces of real vessels integrated into their decor and architecture. With nine boat slips, you can take boat cruise from your Lake Norman vacation rentals and dock at the club. North Harbor Club serves brunch, lunch, and dinner along with a gluten-free menu and a few tasty extras, so there is something for everyone. Artisan-style dishes that are inspired by the lake atmosphere will submerge you in the life and style of Lake Norman. can be counted on for good times and great food. Check out their Pontoon Stage every weekend for live music. Sit back, relax and rock your cares away. Don’t forget to fuel up the boat here before you head back to your vacation rental.
North Harbor Club
Experience an authentic Lake Norman lifestyle on the water when you stop in for a meal at North Harbor Club. With nine boat slips, you can take boat cruise from your Lake Norman vacation rentals and dock at the club. North Harbor Club serves brunch, lunch, and dinner along with a gluten-free menu and a few tasty extras, so there is something for everyone. Artisan-style dishes that are inspired by the lake atmosphere will submerge you in the life and style of Lake Norman.
With the beautiful Lake Norman right outside, Hello Sailor is the perfect place for a bit of “seaside” dining. Find yourself in an upscale dining area adorned with chic water-inspired decor and delicious seafood dishes to keep the theme going. Chef-inspired dishes, tasty treats, and handcrafted cocktails will leave your taste buds singing. Experience Lake Norman like never before with its more glamorous side shining through at Hello, Sailor.
Port City Club
Ranked as one of the top waterfront restaurants in North Carolina, Port City Club offers multiple options for dining on the water. For those that prefer to stay indoors, there’s a large, open and airy main dining room with bright colors and classic, comfortable furnishings. The enclosed deck area gets you a step closer to the water and offers more casual furnishings as well as year-round climate control. Then, in the summer, why not go all the way and sit outside on the outdoor deck, lined with comfy couches in cozy, cabana-type set-ups. All of the food at Port City Club is made from scratch, using farm-fresh vegetables, organic chicken and fresh, line-caught seafood from Charleston, SC. You’ll also find local beers and wines and a couple of televisions over the indoor bar if you want to catch the game while you eat.
Established in 1993, The Landing has become a staple in the Lake Norman community. Open 7 days a week, their large variety of food, game room for the children and festive Tiki Bar has patrons flock by the boat fulls! During the summer months, you can sit outside and be entertained with live music on the weekends, many times some of the area’s best blues musicians.
Welcome to Havana 33, Lake Norman’s Miami-style Cuban restaurant. Served in a lively, laid-back atmosphere, you will enjoy an extensive menu of authentic Cuban favorites and incredible cocktails to whet your appetite and keep you coming back for more.
Eddie’s on the Lake
Whether you choose to sit on the patio by the lake, take your group into the special Reserve Room, or grab one of their “Seafood to Go” packages for cooking back at the vacation rental, Eddie’s offers American, French and Italian specialties that have been passed down through their family for generations. And if you’re looking for something to start your day before hanging out on the lake, enjoy Eddie’s brunch menu on Sundays.
All of these restaurants are located around Lake Norman and are only a short boat ride from Lake Norman vacation rentals by StayLakeNorman. You will be able to stay in luxury and dine in delight on your vacation. Check out these restaurants and visit the StayLakeNorman website to start planning your relaxing getaway.
Wow what a year 2020 has been! I think most of us can agree that we could use some time to get away from all the madness before the year ends. Have you been putting off that annual vacation that you usually take because of COVID? Maybe you need some time to rekindle the flame with your signification other. Don’t let the year slip away without breaking away to rest, relax, and reset. Staycations are a great way to safely travel with your loved ones and enjoy onsite amenities like outdoor activities, private chef experiences, massages and concierge service in a private setting.
Take Advantage of Your Own Private Chef
Imagine you and the love of your life waking up to a beautiful sunrise in one of StayLakeNorman’s luxurious lake homes with captivating views right outside your window. As you take in the magnificent canvas of blue skylines over tranquil waters, a private chef awaits you with a hearty breakfast filled with delicious goodness! You can smell the aroma of freshly prepared delicacies.
Get Pampered with a Massage
You indulge in a sweet romantic breakfast for two out on the deck overlooking Lake Norman. The outdoors enchants you with fresh air and the soft blow of the wind. You decide to take a walk after breakfast and you are greeted by a friendly masseuse who offers you a couple’s massage lakeside. You indulge in some much-needed pampering in the privacy of your lake home backdoor.
An afternoon boat ride on beautiful Lake Norman is perfect for your next adventure. Enjoy delectable appetizers before the evening sunset on StayLakeNorman’s wonderful lakeside backdrop. As the sun sets, you are seated to a 3-course dinner with fresh curated chef prepared ingredients to entice your palette. Cap off the night with a delicious dessert and imported wine hand-picked by your chef and sommelier.
This romantic getaway if waiting just for you! Book your next staycation and take advantage of lower rates for a limited time. Don’t miss out on the experience of a breathtaking romantic staycation with all the amenities you could ask for at your door.
Lake Norman’s Ultimate Guys’ Getaway
Okay Guys! Who says that women are the only ones that can enjoy a Girl’s weekend away? Well…not so! Leave those “girls” behind and head to the Ultimate Guys’ Getaway on Lake Norman with your best buds!
Only 30 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Norman is the perfect setting for you and your buddies to sneak away for your very own mancation. Load up the golf clubs, fishing gear, and pack your bag for some fun with the guys. StayLakeNorman’s luxury vacation homes are equipped with all the essentials you will need for your escape. Here are a few of our suggestions to make the best out of your time away!
Don’t forget to bring your golf clubs so you can take advantage of a relaxing round of golf. The mild climate of Lake Norman coupled with the numerous golf courses in the area makes it an ideal golf destination. If you are a member of one of Trump National Golf Clubs, you can even take a boat to the golf course!
Fishing & Boating
Fishing has always been a pastime that many people indulge in year-round on Lake Norman. Where you are fishing from, whether it’s casting a line from our private docks, hiring one of the local fishing guides, or renting one of our boats, relaxation is sure to meet excitement for a fishing outing that you will never forget!
In the spirit of enjoying your Ultimate Guys’ Getaway, StayLakeNorman has a few suggestions for fantastic places to enjoy a brew or two from one of the area’s infamous craft breweries. There are a few notable stops that are well worth checking out on your visit to Lake Norman. The first being King Canary Brewing Company. This business has an array of specialty brews as well as a fun atmosphere with the back of the brewery sitting on the river. If you would like to safely and easily visit multiple breweries in the Lake Norman area then hop aboard one of the several brewery tours and taste plenty of samples and talk to the local brewmasters.
Kayaking and Paddle Boarding
StayLakeNorman’s homes come with kayaks and some with paddle boards. If you’ve never tried paddle boarding, it’s time to get out on the water and give it a try. You can get a good workout as well as have lots of fun!
Just a short drive from our homes to Charlotte, you’ll find numerous sporting events from Panther’s football, to NASCAR racing to MLS soccer coming soon. And let’s not forget basketball! StayLakeNorman has enjoyed hosting many guys gathering in the Spring to watch the NCAA playoffs together in one of our spacious and comfortable waterfront homes.
Dinner by the lake
Whether you choose to go out to one of our area’s fine dining restaurants located on the lake, hire a private chef or cook yourselves, having a nice dinner overlooking the lake while spending time with friends.
Whatever you guys end up doing during your Guys’ Getaway to Lake Norman, you will enjoy the time unwinding and remembering what it’s like to have fun without all your day-to-day responsibilities. You will make this getaway an annual event! You can book directly by going to our website at http://www.staylakenorman.com or give us a call at (704) 924-0510.
It’s almost that time of year again: football season! Those Sunday games have a way of bringing people together from all over the country. Our goal at StayLakeNorman is to bring people together and to celebrate each other. So whether you’ve had a big win recently or you need to brush off a losing streak, head over to one of our luxury North Carolina lake homes to spend a Sunday surrounded by your team. And if you’re like us and love football, take your team to see our team. We’re close enough to Bank of America Stadium for you to attend a Panthers football game but far enough for you to leave the crowd behind after the last touchdown.
History of Panthers Football
The Carolina Panthers are a prime example of why Charlotte sports are so special. Their Keep Pounding movement has significantly contributed to the field of cancer research for over a decade. One of America’s most great coaches, Sam Mills knew how important it is for people to come together as a team. After his 2003 cancer diagnosis, Mills delivered a rousing speech to his team, saying “When I found out I had cancer, there were two things I could do: quit or keep pounding.” Panthers football made history that year, playing their first-ever Superbowl with Mills’ mantra in mind. The same values run through the team today. To date, the Keep Pounding Fund has raised $2.3 million. That’s the community you join when you visit North Carolina.
Games at Bank of America Stadium
When you attend a live football game, the excitement is contagious. The air is electrifying. The jerseys, the cheers, and the food all combine for an unforgettable time—even if you’re not usually a big football fan. The open stadium lets in plenty of sunshine and fresh air so you can get your tan on while we get our game on. Before, after, or in between those four quarters, be sure to visit the best sports bar Charlotte has to offer. Known for their award-winning chicken wings, Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill is a Charlotte staple. They have a wide range of menu options, like fried cauliflower buffalo bites, so everyone in your group will be satisfied.
Do you enjoy the aromatic flavors of an aged red wine? How about the floral or sweet tastes of delightful white wines? If you can’t get enough of the art of winemaking and can’t resist indulging in the unique creations of different vineyards, discover some of the best wineries in NC during your stay with us at StayLakeNorman.
Take a Wine and Beer Tour
One of the best ways to discover the full array of best wineries in NC while also finding craft brews for your beer-loving friends, the Lake Norman area has a fantastic wine and beer map. This map will take you on a stop-by-stop tour through the area’s best vineyards and breweries. It’s easy to see how North Carolina would be the perfect place to participate in a tour with having been ranked 7th in wine production in the nation and hosting over 100 wineries and 250 breweries. There are also several Charlotte wine tasting tour transportation companies like Five Star Limousine and Siver Fox Limos. Spend the whole day hopping from place to place and enjoy all of the incredible wine destinations surrounding our lake house rentals in NC.
Wine Tasting at the Best Wineries in NC
Charlotte and the Lake Norman area has a myriad of wine tasting rooms that you can visit for a casual lunch date or to spend the afternoon sipping to your heart’s delight. There are always Charlotte wine tasting events happening nearby that you can participate in or embark on your own tasting excursion to places like Daveste Vineyards and more! A number of incredible breweries can also be intermixed with your winery visits to experience the best breweries in the area.
Your Delightful Lakeside Vacation
As you sip and taste, pick a bottle or two to take back to your beautiful lakefront vacation rental to enjoy. Soak in a hot tub or chat about the day’s events and highlights around a cozy fire while enjoying your favorite winery find of the day. When it comes to a lakeside vacation with StayLakeNorman, you can enjoy the best aspects of life on the lake while also indulging in the best wineries in NC. This summer, experience all of the different things to do in Lake Norman and explore our neighboring cities for the best lakeside vacation imaginable with StayLakeNorman!
Do you love the wave of the checkered flag, the smell of burnt rubber in the air, and the roar of powerful engines speeding down a raceway? StayLakeNorman has the ideal getaway for every motorhead with a racing getaway in Moorseville, North Carolina. Discover all of the things to do in Lake Norman and the surrounding area as we introduce you to Race City USA.
Remembering the Greats
Though many of the tracks are still in use and new generations of racers are making their debuts each year, we still love remembering the greats. When you stay with us at StayLakeNorman, there are numerous places to get your fill of history and remember some of racing’s most celebrated figures. From Dale Earnhart to Darrell Waltrip, you can discover some of history’s most significant faces and vehicles of racing. Memory Lane Motorsports and Historical Automotive Museum are one of many museums that showcase the timeline of racing in NASCAR. The NC Auto Racing Walk of Fame, the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, and Dale Earnhardt Inc. are all fantastic places to see the vehicles and drivers of racing history in person. JR Motorsports, Kasey Kahne Racing, Kyle Busch, MTJ Motorsports, NASCAR Technical Institute, and so many more are also incredible ways to catch a glimpse inside the life of racing.
“Boogity Boogity Boys, Let’s Go Racing”
When you come to Race City USA, you can indulge in all of the different things to do in Lake Norman and Mooresville, but there is nothing quite like catching a race in person. Feeling the breeze off of the cars whizzing by, the roaring engines shaking the ground, and watching the spray of champagne as the winner celebrates crossing the finish line in person can’t compare to tuning in on the television. Mooresville Dragway has events every Thursday, and most weekends, so you can always find a motorsports event to get your heart pumping. Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMax Formula 1 Dragstrip, and The Dirt Track are also incredible places to watch drivers battler for the finish line. Experience your own highspeed encounter at PIT Indoor Kart Track or GoPro Motorplex. Strap in and get your game face on as you put the pedal to the metal and race to the finish line. Whether you have kids or are young at heart, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Race City USA!
A Racing Enthusiast’s Ideal Escape
During every adventure, having comfortable accommodations is an essential factor in ensuring your getaway is absolutely perfect. When you have experienced all of the racing adventures and visit the array of museums around Mooresville, you can return to your vacation rental for a relaxing evening by the water. Indulge in the myriad of things to do in Lake Norman and create memories that will last a lifetime at StayLakeNorman. What adventure will you embark on first?
Sunny summer days are growing closer, and that means that Lake Norman is the place to be! Soak up that sunny summer weather and take a lakeside vacation with StayLakeNorman. With plenty of Lake Norman boating, lakeside activities, and beautiful views out over the waters from your luxury waterfront rental, there is no better way to enjoy the summer than with StayLakeNorman.
Life is Better Boating
No matter what kind of day you would like to spend on the rippling waves, there are plenty of options with our Lake Norman boat rentals. Whether you wish to take the crafts available at your vacation rental or you would like to rent a specific boat from us at StayLakeNorman, you can spend the day as you wish. Soak in the sun while lounging on one of our high-performance tritoons, or race over the waters in either the Sea Ray Sun Deck 240 or Chapparal Sunesta 244 and 274. We also have standup paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and inflatables for tubing.
Cruising Lake Norman
If you don’t want to man your own watercraft and would rather get a first-hand look at Lake Norman, embark on a cruise with one of the local Lake Norman boat tours or a Lake Norman dinner cruise. The Catawba Queen is a popular vintage vessel that carries guests gracefully over the water’s surface while wining and dining the evening away. Lady of the Lake is also a popular vessel that sets out on regularly scheduled dinner cruises to take visitors through beautiful areas of the lake for an afternoon of delightful dining and breathtaking views. No matter which Lake Norman boat tours you choose, each experience is one you will never forget.
Lake Norman Boat Rentals and Vacation Rentals
When you set out for a lakeside vacation with StayLakeNorman, you can enjoy the lapping waves only a few steps from your door every day. Most of our rental properties have access to the lake with docks and boat slips, so you will always have an easy time reaching the waters. Whether you choose to head out on the water on one of our Lake Norman boat rentals or relax with a Lake Norman dinner cruise, there is no shortage of fun on the water when you stay in our luxury waterfront vacation rentals. Enjoy the summer sun and get your tan on while delighting in all of the spectacular aspects of Lake Norman during your time with us at StayLakeNorman.
If you love nature and discovering the wildlife of new areas, there are a few phenomenal places to meet our feathered and four-legged residents around Lake Norman. When you stay with us at StayLakeNorman, you will be close to fabulous Lake Norman beach areas and several other attractions that every animal and nature enthusiast will lovet. Discover native birds, animals, plant life, and even a few friendly farm animals that can’t wait to say “Hello!”
A Fun-filled Adventure to Zootastic Park
If you can’t help but get excited around various species of animals, there is one place that you could easily spend a full day visiting each exotic resident. Only a short drive from your Lake Norman beach rentals with StayLakeNorman, Zootastic Park is an incredible place to come face to face with all sorts of animal life. Explore all of the different enclosures to see an array of animals enjoying their days while learning interesting facts along the way. There are also several “Animal Encounters” that you can sign up for to experience up close and personal sessions with baby animals, giraffes, and several other safaris that allow you to meet various animals that call the Zootastic Park home.
Unique Experiences at Lazy 5 Ranch
Don’t be confused by the name, because Lazy 5 Ranch is far from your ordinary ranch operation. Though you can interact with farm animals of all shapes and sizes, there are also several exotic animals that happily await the loving attention of visitors. From horses to deer to lemurs, Lazy 5 Ranch has a full breadth of animals that help educate guests about these fascinating creatures as a family oriented place that deeply cares for each of its unique residents.
Learn and Explore at Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve
For an open and natural experience with exceptional educational opportunities, Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve is the place to be. With nearly 1,500 acres of natural land and a nature center full of educational information, anyone that has a love for nature and animals will feel right at home. Explore the nature center, embark on a hike, saddle up for a trail ride, and discover all of our native flora and fauna. Latta Plantation Nature Preserve is home to nearly 100 different species of birds, 9 species of amphibians, 14 species of reptiles, and 17 species of mammals.
There is no end to the experiences and wildlife encounters that await when you book one of our luxury lakefront vacation rentals. Bring your camera along and a pair of binoculars to discover and capture the best sights along the way. Discover this incredible area attraction along with many other fantastic natural areas on your Lake Norman beach vacation with StayLakeNorman!
Only 30 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Norman is the perfect setting for you and your besties to sneak away for the Ultimate Girls Getaway! Leave the kids with their dad, board the pup, and pack your bag for some quality time with your gals. StayLakeNorman’s vacation homes are equipped with all the essentials you will need for your escape. Here are a few of our suggestions to make the best out of your time away!
Yoga by the lake. Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat so you can take advantage of a relaxing yoga session by the lake.
Spoil yourselves with an “in house” spa day! Hire a masseuse and nail technician to come to the home and pamper you. We have a list of recommendations to make it easy for you!
Rent a boat to cruise the lake. If you’re an experienced boater, StayLakeNorman’s sister company offers boat rentals to our guests. They’ll dock the boat at the home and all you’ll need to do is hop in and go. The boats come equipped with sports equipment should you want to ski or tube! Or, you can beach up to one of the islands around the lake to take in a swim.
Kayaking and Paddle Boarding. StayLakeNorman’s homes come with kayaks and some with paddle boards. If you’ve never tried paddle boarding, it’s time to get out on the water and give it a try. You can get a good workout as well as have lots of fun!
Riverboat sightseeing cruise. Take in the view of beautiful Lake Norman aboard the Mississippi River boat Catawba Queen. They offer sightseeing tours as well as dinner tours.
Shopping. Just a short drive up from our homes you’ll find Birkdale Village, an outdoor shopping center with over 70 retail, restaurant and entertainment options.
Visit downtown Davidson. This quaint, historic town offers walking tours and is home to many fine dining restaurants including the James Beard award winning Kindred, antique shops, historic buildings, farmer’s market, outdoor concerts, and Davidson College.
Afternoon glass of wine (or two). There are several wine bars with a cozy setting that have tastings and light bites that are close to our homes by lake (The Cottage) or by land (The Barrel). These are the perfect setting for you and your girlfriends to lounge and catch up with each other.
Dinner by the lake. Whether you choose to go out to one of our area’s fine dining restaurants located on the lake, hire a private chef or cook yourselves, having a nice dinner overlooking the lake while spending time with friends.
Camp fire and smores. Don’t forget to pick up the ingredients for smores while you are at the store. What better way to wind down the evening than with a camp fire reflecting over the lake and indulging in yummy smores.
Whatever you ladies end up doing during your girls’ getaway to Lake Norman, you will enjoy the time unwinding and remembering what it’s like to have fun without all your day-to-day responsibilities. You will make this girls’ getaway an annual event!