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Fall is all about the colors. The leaves are changing from green to bright yellow, burnt orange, fiery red and even purple. Autumn is all about getting outside and exploring. The weather is cooler, and the sun is less intense, perfect for hiking and an adventure. At StayLakeNorman you will be surrounded by fall foliage in your Lake Norman vacation rentals. If you have not experienced fall in North Carolina, you haven’t experienced fall.

The Great Outdoors  

Spend a week or weekend exploring the parks, forests, and waterways throughout Lake Norman. Explore the lake and kayak, hike, fish, picnic and more. You will find plenty of scenic places for these activities at Lake Norman.

Lake Norman State Park

Lake Norman State Park is located on the largest human-made lake in North Carolina. Popular for mountain biking with 30.5 miles of single track trail. The five mile Lake shore trail will take you along the body of water and offer views of changing red maples, dogwoods, and oaks. The trees reflected in the water will give you a fantastic photo op.

Cruise Around the Lake

Hiking not your think?  Then get out on a boat! StayLakeNorman has a great selection of high performance tritoons available for rent — with over 500 miles of shoreline and many waterfront restaurants to explore, your stay is not complete without a boat.  Rent for a day or the whole week. Cruise along the shore line and feel the crisp fall air and surround yourself in the abundant, autumn hues of Lake Norman.

Football!

Another great outdoor activity is to sit back and catch a football game at Bank of America Stadium, just a 30-minute drive from Lake Norman.  Whether you are coming to watch your team versus our Carolina Panthers or crossing your figures that the Panthers win, the outdoor stadium is full of excitement during the autumn season. With the cool air, smell of stadium food, and the shooting of football fans, your fall experience will be complete. Take a look at the schedule and plan your fall football experience!

On your incredible adventures make sure you are taking pictures and use #staylakenorman on social media for your chance to win Lake Norman “swag”.  We will be on the lookout for the best photo that captures the vibrancy of Fall Time on Lake Norman to include in our Hall of Fall gallery.

This year do things a little differently and plan a fall vacation. StayLakeNorman offers luxury vacation rentals surrounded by the vibrant fall colors. Whether you are in need of Lake Norman vacation rentals with enough room for the whole family or a pet-friendly accommodation for your little travel companion, we have the property for you. Take the time to enjoy the changing seasons and Fall into Lake Norman.

It’s 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.

Carolina Panthers Schedule 2021

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 Bank of America 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. 

When you’re done in the city, head back to one of our North Carolina lake homes for a beautiful view of Lake Norman and a quiet, peaceful place to sleep.

In the age of technology, living in the left lane, and life in the office, it is always fun to take a step back and revisit our childhood fantasies. A time of fairies, mermaids, knights in shining armor, and royalty was something we all envisioned as we put cooking pots on our heads or boasted a crown in a game of imagination play. Adults and children alike can discover what it feels like to watch these images come to life with Lake Norman fun and a visit to the Carolina Renaissance Festival during their StayLakeNorman getaway.

An Event For Everyone

Though many believe these fairytales are only for children, the Carolina Renaissance Festival proves to bring out the youth in all of us. Watch as mermaids swim through the water at the Circus Siren show and watch in awe as magic glimmers in the eyes of onlookers. There are feasts, pubs, and of course plenty of spots to grab a glass of delicious mead for adults while an array of performers create entertainment for patrons of all ages!

Take the kids to the games and rides section of the fest where they can discover the fun of non-motorized wooden rides and games like archery. The petting farm is also something that is fantastic for children and adults to learn about different animals, from horses to more exotic species like the lemur.

Finding The Best Entertainment

When it comes to the Renaissance Festival, there is no shortage of entertainment. Spend the day shopping around for handcrafted armor, art, accessories, magical potions and brews at many of the vendors throughout the festival. In between checking out all of the unique artisan market areas, there are numerous shows that you can catch. From comedy shows and traditional dance performances to jousting and sword battles, there is undoubtedly something to peak your interests. While some performers wander the grounds singing and interacting with guests, a few stages host special acts that you can pull up a seat and enjoy as you munch on a turkey leg and other treats that you found along the way.

A Full Day Of Fun And An Evening On The Lake

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a full day affair that you will want to leave yourself plenty of time to explore. When the day comes to a close, head back to your StayLakeNorman lakefront rental for a bit of Lake Norman fun to wrap up your adventures. Relax on the water or sit around a calming fire by the shores. There is plenty of Lake Norman fun to discover during your time with us here at StayLakeNorman, so come and explore with us during the Carolina Renaissance Festival and find a little magic with us!

2021 Bassmaster Open

This week Lake Norman is host to the 2021 Bassmaster Open.  How exciting it is to watch professional anglers from all over the United State converge on our lake to compete for the grand prize.  With only two additional competitions left for 2021, this competition can be a pivotal point for the winner of the Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year.  StayLakeNorman wishes all of our competiting anglers the best of luck!

Fishing has always been a pastime that many people indulge in year-round across the globe. Here at StayLakeNorman, you can discover the beautiful rippling waters of Lake Norman while also casting a line for a thrilling catch. Relaxation meets excitement when you stay in one of our beautiful lakefront vacation rentals and take out one of our watercraft rentals for a fishing outing that you will never forget!

The Fish Of Lake Norman

Every area has a little bit of a different fishing experience, but Lake Norman is home to plenty of impressive catches that you won’t want to miss out on. Set out every morning from your lakefront vacation rental with your gear and get ready to reel in your daily limit. With five different species of bass, three different catfish species, several panfish such as crappie, and schools of yellowfin bream, there is no telling what you might pull from the waves.

How To Have The Best Fishing Experience On Lake Norman

Fishing in waters that you are not familiar with can end up a little sticky if you don’t check up on the regulations before you cast out. At Lake Norman, fishing is low stress as those under 16 years of age do not need a fishing permit, and all other anglers are only required to purchase a basic fishing license. If you are planning on taking home any fish, please check out this website to be sure that all of your catches meet size and daily limit requirements. Knowing the regulations before you fish helps you avoid any unnecessary bumps in your day, and you can have a stress free time on the waters.

The Best Part Of Lakefront Vacation Rentals

When you stay in one of our StayLakeNorman lakefront vacation rentals, you will have easy access to the water. Many of our luxury Lake Norman rental homes have docks and slips so that when you rent from us, you can keep your boat nearby and also come and go as you please. No matter what schedule you would like to fish on, our lakefront vacation rentals make it easy to get your gear to the boat, stop for meals, and set your own agenda for your Lake Norman fishing excursion. Are you ready to cast your lines? Visit our StayLakeNorman website, and begin planning your North Carolina fishing trip today!

A Pet-Friendly Adventure

When you have a deep passion for travel and exploring but also have a four-legged best friend, it can be hard to get the best of both worlds. Many businesses have no pet policies, or there are too many “no dog” areas. However, when you stay with us at StayLakeNorman in one of our pet-friendly Lake Norman rentals, your best friend is welcomed to come along.

A Stroll Through The Park

Sometimes it is nice to ditch the leash and just run free with your pup. The Lake Norman State Park with its 30.5 miles of trails can be explored on the leash, but there are plenty that cater to dogs.  Places like The Preserve Dog Park in Davidson, NC or the new Officer Jordan H. Sheldon Memorial Park in Mooresville are leash-free dog parks.  

Grab A Bite

Everybody gets a bit famished and in need of their thirsts quenched after a fun day on the lake.  Many of Lake Norman’s lakeside restaurants have exceptional outdoor eating with amazing views, and are great hubs for a pup and his/her best friend to grab a drink or a treat. 

A Cozy Place To Stay

When you decide you have explored all there is and want to relax by the lake for a while, head back to your pet-friendly Stay Lake Norman rental. While staying in a luxurious home, you will be a hop and a skip from the lake waters. All of our pet-friendly homes are waterfront with quick access to the water for you and your pup to make a splash. Lounge on the decks with the lake breezes flowing through. Both you and your four-legged best friend will find a little slice of paradise in our Lake Norman rentals. You can visit our website or call us at 704-924-0510 to speak with one of our StayLakeNorman staff members to find that perfect vacation home.

 

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.

  1. 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. 😱
  2. 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. 🤣
  3. 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! 👨🏻‍🍳
  4. 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! 🚤
  5. 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.

Toucan’s Lakefront

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.

Hello, Sailor

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.

The Landing

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.

Havana 33

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.

Rest..Relax..Reset..StayLakeNorman!

Lake Norman Ultimate Guys' Getaway

Lake Norman is home to many premier golf courses

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!

Golf

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!

 

Lake Norman Ultimate Guys' Getaway

Fishing is year round on Lake Norman

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!

Brewery Tour

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!

Sporting Events

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!