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A Family Vacation To Lake Norman

Family on Vacation

Getting the family all together in one place can be a difficult task. Make it easier by taking a Lake Norman family vacation to get away from the distractions and stresses of everyday life. Unplug and relax in luxury in one of the StayLakeNorman Luxury Vacation Rentals. Certainly, there are so many Lake Norman things to do, the entire family can get in on the fun. Have fun in the water or take part in various activities on land that the whole family can enjoy.

Fun On The Water

Lake Norman is a vast man-made lake. In other words, it is so large, it spans across four counties and has 520 miles of shoreline. You can take part in just about any water-related activity on Lake Norman. From fishing to wakeboarding to swimming, the possibilities are endless. StayLakeNorman’s sister company offers a selection of rental boats with sports packages to take out on the lake. Or step aboard some of the river boats or yachts offering cruises with a dinner. There is endless fun out on the water and plenty of lake to enjoy and explore. You can even take a sunset cruise or learn some exciting information about Normie, the fictitious Lake Norman Monster, on a relaxing tour of the lake.

Staying On Shore

Aside from kicking it back lakeside at your vacation rental, there are many fun things your entire family can do on land. Take in the views with a hike or bike around the lake on the many trails that surround it. See which member of your family has a need for speed by hitting the asphalt by racing to the checkered flag in go-karts at the GoPro Motorplex. Similarly, climb to new heights by visiting the Cliff Hangers climbing center. It comes loaded with various levels of rock walls and bouldering areas. Get a little exotic by spending the day at Lazy 5 Ranch. You can take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon to see Henry Hampton’s home of unique animals. Most importantly, enjoy seeing and petting various animals while learning about them up close and personal.

A Comfortable Lake Norman Family Vacation Perfect For Your Family

If you want a comfortable stay with your family on Lake Norman, you will be sure to find it with StayLakeNorman Luxury Vacation Rentals. There are plenty of options to choose from. From a lakeside villa that can sleep up to 18 guests or a cozy cabin that sleeps up to 8 and room for your four-legged best friend. Take a look at StayLakeNorman’s different accommodations to find the perfect fit for your family. Stay close to all the Lake Norman things to do and waterfront views. Your Lake Norman getaway is waiting for you.

Explore Lake Norman: Kids Activities

kid friendly on lake

Summer is well underway, the kids have been out of school, and the sun is shining bright. This summer, do not miss out on an incredible getaway with the family to StayLakeNorman. Find your ideal luxury lake rental and discover all of the Lake Norman kids activities left to explore. Lake Norman has something for everyone, so get out and explore with us!

Adventures Ashore

When it comes to Lake Norman kids activities on dry land, there is no shortage! There are numerous exciting things to do that the young, old, and everyone in between can take part in. For those with a craving for speed, a fantastic stop is at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC. Discover the home of racing history and then put your own foot to the floor with a thrilling adventure at the GoPro Motorplex for a competitive session of Go-Karts.

The Carowinds Theme Park is another place of fun for everyone with high rolling coasters and more. For those in the family that prefer an educational adventure with nature and new things, the Carolina Raptor Center is a great option.

Lake Norman Kids Activities: Fun Afloat

Lake Norman has over 500 feet of coastline and offers unlimited boating and water-filled adventures. One of the best ways for the entire family to get out on the water is to rent a pontoon and float the day away. You can bring some tunes and spend your time floating over the waves, strap on life jackets and jump into the waves, and lounge in the sun. You can also find a jet ski rental for a little bit of fun racing over the water. Stand up paddle boarding is becoming ever more popular and you can experience why so many love this growing trend by renting your own and discovering what all the talk is about with My Aloha Paddle Sports.

The Stay That Has It All

No matter what you choose to do while you are here, a stay with StayLakeNorman will provide you with the perfect location to enjoy it all. You can find your ideal home with just the right accommodations for the whole family to be comfortable as well as the best location for access to the water and surrounding attractions. Bring the family to our lake paradise and escape for some summertime fun with the family at StayLakeNorman. There is no shortage of things to do near Lake Norman North Carolina, so come and discover them all!

Lake Norman Nature Park: Best Attractions for Animal Lovers

Lake Norman Pet Friendly

Do you love nature and discovering the wildlife of new areas? Then there is no better place to meet our feathered and four-legged residents than at a Lake Norman nature park! When you stay with us at StayLakeNorman, you will be close to fabulous Lake Norman beach areas and other nature attractions. Discover native birds, animals and even a few friendly farm animals that can’t wait to say “Hello!”

A Fun-filled Adventure to Zootastic Park

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 if you love animals! Only a short drive away, 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 along the way. There are also several “Animal Encounters” that you can sign up for to experience up close and personal sessions. Hang with baby animals, giraffes, and attend several other safaris that allow you to meet all of the 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. This is a family oriented place that deeply cares for each of its unique residents.

Lake Norman Nature Park: ​​​​​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. It contains 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. Discover all of our native flora and fauna. Furthermore, the 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 on your Lake Norman beach vacation with StayLakeNorman!

Lake Norman: Private Lake Getaways

father son fishing

Are you looking to enjoy a private getaway on the lake? StayLakeNorman offers a number of fantastic private lake getaways which are the perfect places to host a vacation escape! Our luxurious properties feature a variety of upscale amenities you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you’re outside enjoying pristine views, taking a dip in a private pool, making use of the fully equipped kitchens, or catching up on your sleep in our comfortable, quiet bedrooms, your vacation to Lake Norman will be a memorable one when you choose to stay in our private lake properties.

A Lake Norman Vacation: Your Together Awaits

Family on Vacation

Do you miss spending quality time together with those you love? The ideal Lake Norman vacation getaway with your closest friends and family awaits when you book one of our lakeside vacation homes on Lake Norman! Enjoy a quiet, idyllic setting on the water along with the highest quality property features when you book with StayLakeNorman. Wake up to scenic views over the water. Cook breakfast in our fully equipped kitchens. Then while the day away on the lake before heading back inside for a quality night’s rest in our serene bedrooms. StayLakeNorman is here to help you make unforgettable vacation memories!

A Carolina Renaissance Festival Adventure

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 little children. Adults and children alike can discover what it feels like to watch these images come to life with 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. In addition, 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. Furthermore, there is an array of performers around to 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. Adults too can 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, and magical potions. Shop around for various 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!

Fall Time on Lake Norman

Fall time on the Lake

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.

Why You Should “Vacay” at a Vacation Rental!

TRUST US!  YOU WANT TO “VACAY” AT A VACATION RENTAL

Travel is back…and so is the savings!

Travel is back with a force in Lake Norman, North Carolina, so optimize your next trip with a vacation rental home.

Let’s simplify the why in “Why choose a vacation rental home?”:

  • Ideal space and privacy for individuals or groups
  • Quality at-home dining
  • Individualized, local concierge team and amenities

Don’t sacrifice space…or money

Next to destination, lodging is the most important decision one can make for their vacation. Compared to hotels, vacation rental homes provide unbeatable space, and with space comes valued privacy.

No more bickering about who gets which side of the hotel bed or running to the elevator with your furry friend in the early morning or waiting for the group of 16 polka players to exit the hot tub before hopping in.

No, instead, you’ll hear, “I call the room with the view of Lake Norman!” and “Look! Lucky’s chasing a squirrel again,” and the quiet, soothing sounds of Mother Nature.

Guests of StayLakeNorman are assured the home-like comforts of space and privacy with individual bedrooms, plentiful seating and dining areas, washer/dryer, and each property has its own private dock. Even more, StayLakeNorman’s team of local experts can expertly guide you in choosing the best property for your group’s needs, whether it’s finding a family (or pet) friendly home with a pool or a lake hideaway for your next scrapbooking retreat.

StayLakeNorman’s local experts will not only guide you to your individualized lake oasis but will save you money if you book direct. Did you know that booking directly with StayLakeNorman, rather than VRBO, Expedia, AirBNB…can save you on the average up to $499? No more third-party fees!

Eat well, save well

We know vacation rental homes provide optimal space for travelers and that is especially felt with the comforts of a full kitchen and indoor/outdoor dining areas.

Having access to a kitchen means a place to create and enjoy meals together, it means a stocked fridge for your little (or big) snackers and it means saving money because often hotel travel forces you to dine out which quickly adds up. With your savings, you can explore and shop your destination’s local shops or farmer’s markets. Many lake-area visitors in Mooresville, North Carolina make Josh’s Farmers Market a destination stop and for good reason. Any day at Josh’s is a special day but Granny’s Donuts’ days are something you won’t forget!

While vacation rental homes make eating well easy and accessible, StayLakeNorman understands that sometimes their guests are looking for a more relaxed stay and less time in the kitchen. So, to elevate your STAY experience, we offer varied styles of private chef referrals and have partnered with a local, chef-crafted prepared meals company, Carolina Gourmet who can stock your fridge prior to arrival. Make sure to try their Salmon Wellington or Tomahawk Porterhouse from their butcher shop — you won’t be disappointed.  Bon appetite!

Live like a local, stay awhile

Vacation rental homes immerse travelers in the comforts of home, as well as the comforts of the neighborhood and community surrounding them.

The best way to enrich your trip is by working with a local vacation property management company. Local vacation rental property teams know the inner workings of each house and property, they offer unmatched insight into your destination’s most unique attractions and, most importantly, you are treated as more than a visitor; you are a guest of the home and treated like a local, or as we call it at StayLakeNorman, family.

So, how can you use the savings gained from a vacation rental home? We recommend flexing major lake vibes with your group around Lake Norman and nothing screams local and fun more than water sports.

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.

What are you waiting for? Book your vacation rental home now!

The “whys” of vacation rental homes are simple — enjoy the comforts of home at your destination of choice with more savings for you! Book your vacation rental now by visiting www.staylakenorman.com or give our local experts a call at (704) 924-0510.

Five Tips to Fill Your Lake Norman Vacation with Holiday Spirit

It’s that time of year when we get swept away in the sights, the sounds, the flavors, the smells and the feel of the holidays, so with only a few more days left until one of the most celebrated days of the year, Christmas, let your senses guide the way for you and your loved ones. As you make last minute holidays plans or adjustments, know it’s not too late to capture the magic of the season at a StayLakeNorman vacation rental, and if you are traveling away from home this holiday, these five easy tips will bring the spirit and nostalgia of Christmas with you, whether you’re relaxing by the lake or exploring a new town.

1. Decorate

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree…

Nothing feels like Christmas more than decorating, so get creative as you spruce up your Christmas destination. A Christmas tree is the best place to start! At StayLakeNorman, the Christmas trees are up and ready to be enjoyed, but don’t stop there. You can also add your own personal touch by bringing along some of your favorite ornaments or picking up a string of lights and simple garland to deck the halls of your vacation rental!

Family at Christmas

2. Tastes of Home

Oh, bring us some figgy pudding…

StayLakeNorman wants you to be able to relax and enjoy your Lake Norman holiday time with family and friends and not spend lots of time in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up dirty dishes. We have a list of private chefs as well as locally, chef-prepared meals to take the work out of holiday meal prep and make the most of your time. Of course, all of our homes are well-equipped if you have special holiday recipes that you look forward to year after year. 

Bring a special ingredient, like Grandma’s favorite jar of vanilla, and make those favorite foods that help it feel like home. Remember, keep it simple by picking one or two favorites, so you can truly enjoy the tastes and comforts in your home away from home. If you do bring Grandma’s vanilla with you, here is one of our simple but favorite Christmas cookie recipes.

3. Explore local holiday attractions

Ding, dong, ding, dong, Christmas bells are ringing…

Holiday carols, the ooh’s and aah’s of Christmas light displays and laughs of joy (or cries of terror) when your little ones visit with the jolly, old man in the big, red suit are universal sounds of the seasons that we embrace each year.

Explore the many sounds of the seasons in Lake Norman local attractions around your waterfront vacation destination and create memories that will last for many Christmases to come. Downtown Mooresville, just minutes away from many StayLakeNorman homes, has their annual A Classic Christmas In Mooresville. With ice skating, a life-sized snow globe, local holiday cocktails and treats and Santa visits, this festive event has something for everyone in your group, even the Grinch!

Santa and Elf

4. Relax with your favorite holiday movie

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear…

Watching your favorite holiday movies is a great way to unwind after a long day. Have everyone wear their pajamas, pop popcorn, warm some hot chocolate and cozy up to a holiday classic. A Christmas movie (may we recommend one of our favorites, Elf) will help set the mood for your group to relax and be merry.

5. Traditions

All is calm, all is bright…

Christmas traditions connect us to our loved ones and our memories, so as you travel this holiday season think of one or two beloved traditions and bring them with you! Packing your stocking is a simple way to have a tradition from home with you this season. Try a gift exchange personalized to your destination town by visiting a local Christmas market and find souvenirs you wouldn’t at home. We welcome you to start a new Christmas tradition by staying in one of our luxury Lake Norman vacation homes year after year! 

If you are vacationing this holiday season remember these Yuletide tips that will help you and your loved ones cherish Christmases of the past and embrace the joyful differences made during your holiday vacation. With just ten days left until Christmas don’t wait to book with StayLakeNorman and create memories that will be the greatest gift of all!

A StayLakeNorman Workcation

Chasestone Peninsula Office

Whew!  The holidays have come and gone and back to work we go.  Since the onset of Covid in 2020, the “new normal” for many is the ability to work remotely.  However, the monotony of working from your home can become stale and boring.  Instead of looking out the same window at the same scenery day in and day out, why not try a Workcation at one of StayLakeNorman’s luxury vacation rentals.

Benefits of a StayLakeNorman Workcation

  1. Change of scenery. All of StayLakeNorman’s vacation rentals are located directly along the shores of Lake Norman with breathtaking views.  Imagine starting your workday off with these mesmerizing views as your backdrop.  This change of scenery is a great way to jumpstart your creativity and productivity for the day.
  2. High Speed/Wireless Internet. High-speed internet is a must in our homes so you can still easily access your Zoom calls and keep up with emails.  You may even decide to take the laptop to the deck to fully immerse yourself in the beautiful outdoor surroundings.
  3. All of the Amenities from Home. Past guests have raved of how well our homes are stocked — from the spices and cooking utensils in the kitchen to the laundry room to the linens, everything you need to have the comforts of home are provided.
  4. Private Work Environment. If you’re bringing others along for the stay, many of our homes have a designated work space so you can work privately without distractions from others. Our team of local experts can help find the perfect home for you.
  5. Feels like a vacation. Even though you are still working, you will feel like you are on vacation. Take a break and cast a line off the dock to see what fish are biting, kayak around the quiet cove, take a boat ride out for lunch or dinner, or simply chill out by the lake watching the waves meet the shoreline.  Don’t forget to take full advantage of our many Concierge Services which include in-home massages, private chefs, or chef-prepared meals to help put the vacation in your workcation.

Your Perfect Lake Norman Workcation

If you’re ready to book your workcation, give our local experts a call at (704) 924-0510 or check out StayLakeNorman’s specials to take full advantage of maximizing your workcation.