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a grandmother reads to her grandchildren by a Christmas tree in a StayLakeNorman luxury vacation rental

The holiday season is here and December celebrations are well underway. If you are looking for the perfect place to celebrate with loved ones, look no further than one of our Lake Norman Luxury Vacation Rentals. A stay in one of our Lake Norman waterfront homes is a holiday getaway you and yours will never forget. With homes that sleep anywhere from 8-21 guests you’ll have room for the whole crew. Every one of our homes is the perfect base from which to explore the many Lake Norman and Charlotte area holiday happenings. We’ve gathered up some of our favorites and listed them here to help you experience the holidays like never before.


If holiday activities for kids are what you are after, you won’t be disappointed. The list below includes Chanukah celebrations, Winter Solstice celebrations, and Christmas events! If you are looking for where to find Santa, jump ahead to the next section!

The Polar Express Train Ride

When: December 8th – 11th, 13th-23rd

Where: North Carolina Transportation Museum

Participants are encouraged to wear pajamas when this holiday favorite comes to life aboard the trains at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. There will be cookies and hot cocoa and a reading of the Polar Express Book while young ones are transported to Santa’s Village where everyone can remember what it’s like to hear the bell and believe.

Chanukah Celebration at Birkdale Village

When: December 20th

Where: Birkdale Village

Come to celebrate the third day of Chanukah with the Chabad of Lake Norman at Birkdale Village. There will be group activities, hot food, and drinks, all making for a memorable evening with your loved ones.

Movies on Main Presents Holiday Films

When: December 21st, 8-10pm

Where: Charles Mack Citizen Center

Bring a blanket and your friends and family for a free movie night where you’ll enjoy the Holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life!

RCNP Winter Solstice Celebration for Kids

When: December 21st, 3pm

Where: Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

Spend some time with your loved ones outdoors this holiday season at the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve where you’ll celebrate as the seasons shift from Fall to Winter.

three adults smile and laugh with a child in front of a Christmas tree in a StayLakeNorman luxury vacation rental


If photos with Santa are part of your Christmas tradition, there are plenty of fully immersive experiences to choose from! The following events will make you and your young ones feel like they’ve landed at the North Pole!

A Classic Christmas in Downtown Mooresville

When: December 9th, 6-9pm

Where: Downtown Mooresville

You’ll not only find Santa in Downtown Mooresville, but you’ll also find ice skating, Christmas carolers, live musical performances, plenty of shopping and dining, hot cocoa and treats, a gingerbread house competition and a life-sized snow globe!

Santa at Birkdale Village

When: November 20th – December 24th

Where: Birkdale Village

The elves have told us that booking an appointment is recommended to ensure a special time with Santa at his North-pole inspired cottage in Birkdale Village. Walk-ups are accepted if time allows.

Zootastic Park Christmas Wonderland of Lights

When: November 18th – January 1st

Where: Zootastic Park

Have you ever heard that Santa has baby kangaroos? He does at Zootastic Park! You’ll also experience 4 million Christmas lights in their drive-thru display. Be sure to stop for hot chocolate, s’mores, and a ride on their carousel or train!


Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t explore the great outdoors and the wonderful winter activities this time of year brings. There is ice skating, hiking, snow tubing and even the option of a Holiday 5k!

Ice Skating at the US National Whitewater Center

When: Mid-November – Mid-February

Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center

The Whitewater River has turned to ice! There are two open skating rinks and an ice trail to explore at the Whitewater Center this year. Also available are hot cocoa, beer, and snacks for all to enjoy!

Light the Knights

When: November 23rd – January 6th

Where: Truist Field

Did someone say snow tubing in Charlotte? Truist Field has transformed into a winter wonderland, with ice skating and hockey rinks, a holiday light show, a Christmas Village complete with European treats, and a 150-foot snow tubing hill!

Huntersville Half Marathon and Holiday 5k

When: December 9th-10th

Where: Huntersville

The Huntersville Holiday 5k starts Friday night at 7pm with the Half-Marathon and 10k event starting on Saturday morning at 8am. Runners can compete in two events if they are up for the challenge!

couple exchanging gifts in front of Christmas tree at a StayLakeNorman luxury vacation rental


If holiday shopping is on your to-do list, you’ll discover plenty of beautiful gifts and one-of-a-kind finds at the many Christmas Markets that come to town. Immerse yourself in these European-style holiday markets where food, music, and shopping abounds.

Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market

When: December 9th-11th, 16th-18th

Where: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Come experience a German Christmas Village when the Biergarten transforms into a holiday market, complete with shopping, music, lights, food, fire pits, and of course, plenty of beer!

Mistletoe Market

When: December 4th, 11th, 18th

Where: Camp North End

Camp North End transforms into a Winter Wonderland with 25 of the most amazing regional handmade and vintage vendors. You’ll also find dogs in sweaters, marshmallow roasting over an open fire, live music, food, and drink!


With so many museums, cultural centers, performing arts venues, and galleries so close to Lake Norman there is no lack of events that tantalize the senses and engage the intellectual. These December events are ones that every art lover and cultural enthusiast will love.

Charlotte Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

When: December 9th-23rd

Where: Belk Theater

With live music from the Charlotte Symphony, the Charlotte Ballet’s rendition of “The Nutcracker” is one you won’t want to miss!

Chanukah Concert

When: December 24th

Where: Epstein Family Chabad Center

See Yoel Sharabi perform live on the seventh night of Chanukah during a time of celebration and music. Refreshments will be served and a Menorah lighting will take place. This is a Chanukah event you won’t want to miss!

Kwanzaa Charlotte

When: December 26th – January 1st

Where: Charlotte

Join Kwanzaa Charlotte for 7 days of Kwanzaa celebrations in Charlotte! Each celebration highlights the 7 principles of the Nguzu Saba, which are unity, self-determination, collective and work responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

Holiday House Tours at Historic Rosedale

When: December 6th – December 22nd

Where: Historic Rosedale

Walk through rooms of Christmas past as you witness a Victorian Christmas Dinner setting in the Great Hall, a 1940’s wartime family parlour decorated for the Holidays, and a cellar kitchen full of traditions of the African-American community at Rosedale.

Holidays Around the World

When: November 25th – December 31st

Where: The Schiele Museum

Take a journey in the James H. Lynn Planetarium & Science Theater as you experience holidays as they are celebrated around the world in this seasonal film.

Winter Solstice Celebration at UUCC

When: December 21st, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Unitarian Universalist Community of Charlotte

There will be crafts, celebration, and hot beverages as you celebrate the Winter Solstice and the returning sun in this multigenerational, outdoor service. Dress warm and bring a chair!


If you’re looking for where to find the best Christmas light displays in Lake Norman and the surrounding areas, look no further than the following list. These Christmas light attractions will take your holiday celebrations to a whole new level.

4th Annual Lake Norman Lighted Boat Parade

When: December 17th, 5:30-7pm

Where: Lake Norman

This is a Lake Norman Christmas Tradition you won’t want to miss! Boats follow a path from Blythe Landing to Ramsey Creek to the Duke Explorium. Be sure to end the festivities with a delicious meal from one of the food trucks stationed at Duke Explorium.

Speedway Christmas

When: November 18th – January 8th

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Less than 30 miles from Lake Norman, the Speedway Christmas at the Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of the Southeast’s largest Christmas holiday traditions. Four million lights follow a four-mile course, set to synchronized Christmas music. The show is open from 6-10pm, rain or shine.

Christmas Town USA

When: December 1st – 26th

Where: McAdenville

Enjoy over a mile of resident’s homes decked out for the holidays in this illuminated Christmas tradition. Viewers can explore by car or foot. Be sure to check the calendar for special events throughout the month.


Whether you enjoy drinking hot cocoa after a long day of ice skating or taking in the lights after a fun day of holiday shopping, Lake Norman has something for everyone. Why not make Lake Norman the holiday destination you return to year after year? Make your holidays magical by spending them in one of our stunning lakefront homes for rent. Start a new tradition when you cozy up in one of our luxury vacation rentals while making the most of this holiday season with the ones you love.

Article Updated December 5th, 2022

Best Local Breweries and Bottle Shops in Lake Norman, NC

Two women toasting local craft beer on the sand next to a warm fire at their StayLakeNorman waterfront vacation rental.

When you’re a guest with StayLakeNorman, the lake is the star, but you’ll also find an abundance of fun to be had in our community. While the activities change with the seasons, it’s always a good time of year to explore Lake Norman’s local breweries and bottle shops. Breweries are plentiful here, and each offers something unique. Whether you are looking for a place to hang for a casual night out or a curated selection of drinks to take home, you will find every opportunity to sip in style (whatever your style may be) at these local establishments.


D9 Brewing Company
9815 Sam Furr Rd, Suite J #313

With a community-oriented taproom and peaceful outdoor space, D9 is an ideal place to gather with a group and sample some of Lake Norman’s award-winning brews. Don’t forget to check out the events calendar – they always have a number of things going on! On weekends, you can typically find a food truck parked outside, or you can always order Mexican food from a local Lake Norman restaurant to be delivered to the taproom.

Primal Brewery
16432 Old Statesville Rd

Primal Brewery craft beer glass being filled at the tap.

Inside, Primal Brewery has “low ceilings, warm finishes, and no TVs” to promote a sense of community and conversation. Outside, the beer garden is extensive with picnic tables, fire pits, and a steady rotation of some of the area’s most popular food trucks. You will have no problem finding a spot to relax, unwind, and drink like a local here.

Ass Clown Brewing
10620 Bailey Rd E

Ass Clown Brewing specializes in bold and unique flavors and has one of the largest selections of beer of any local brewery. The taproom is tucked away in an industrial park, but it is cozy and welcoming once you’re inside. Food is not available on site, but there are many restaurants on Lake Norman from which to order, or you are welcome to bring your own.

Lost Worlds Brewing
19700-D One Norman Blvd

At Lost Worlds Brewing the vibe is all about adventure. An impressive taproom leads to an expansive (and dog friendly) beer garden. From live music to yoga classes to pop-up markets and a rotating selection of food trucks, there’s always something happening at Lost Worlds!

Hoptown Brewing Co
107 Plantation Ridge Dr

Hoptown is known for serving a wide variety of beers with different tasting profiles that appeal to different tastes. Among the most popular is their “Sip it Forward” blonde ale, which allows you to give back to a charity of your choice by voting with a token that comes with your beer. Pizza and Mexican food are available to order from one of the nearby Lake Norman restaurants, along with bar snacks and charcuterie boards in house.

People drinking Hoptown Brewing craft beer on a busy outdoor patio at dusk.

King Canary Brewing Co
562 Williamson Rd

King Canary Brewing Company craft beer brewing equipment

King Canary Brewing was built on “love of family” and the homey vibe inside conveys this immediately. The outside provides a peaceful place to sit awhile and enjoy the water views of Lake Norman cove. Here you’ll find a space that appeals to everyone in your crew, including a gaming nook for the kids! Check the calendar online to be in the know about fun food truck appearances, special events like trivia and workshops and even the occasional pop-up market!

Ghostface Brewing
427 East Statesville Ave

Ghostface Brewing is your place for both great beer and an extensive menu – the highlight being their wood-fired pizzas. Everything is made from scratch using high-end, local ingredients. Live music and trivia nights add to the friendly and welcoming vibe you’ll notice right when you walk in the door.

Bottle Shops

Barley Market
20052 Zion Ave

Barley Market is a tucked-away neighborhood bottle shop and tasting room with a rotating list of favorite beers on tap. You can also create your own 6-pack of craft beer or pick up a bottle of wine to enjoy at home! It’s a casual and comfortable place to chill out and enjoy the ones you’re with!

Side Bar Bottle Company
208 S Main St

This new spot in downtown Davidson boasts a chic and intimate atmosphere for a drink or two before heading out to dinner or maybe on your way home from one of the awesome Lake Norman restaurants in the area. While you can certainly stop in and find a curated wine and beer selection to go, the spot is so adorable you’ll be tempted to stay awhile.

B Squared Bottle Shop and Tasting Room
13812 Cinnabar Place

The tasting room at B Squared is large yet cozy with exposed brick walls and string lights. They serve high-end small plates to accompany your selections from among the varied, rotating brews on tap. Of course, the retail space offers plenty of enticing options to take home with you as well!

Beer, Wine, and Food Delivered

And if you’re a guest at a StayLakeNorman waterfront vacation rental and just aren’t up for going out, keep in mind that Carolina Gourmet offers gourmet meal delivery accompanied by local beer and wine if you choose.

Vacation Rental Safety Tips You Need to Know

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Vacation safety tips are on everyone’s mind as they are planning a trip, or they should be. Here at StayLakeNorman, we are lucky to be connected with Justin Ford, Director of Short-Term Rental Safety at Breezeway, who is an industry expert in vacation rental safety. We sat down with him to ask a few questions about what travelers should consider when booking a vacation rental.

As a vacation rental safety expert, what do you look for in a listing or on a website when booking a vacation rental yourself?

It’s really important for me to know that the organization I’m working with has a commitment to safety. For example, if you’re going on a cruise, it’s really nice to know that they do a lifeboat drill before you get on board. If you’re flying, it’s really nice to know that they’re going to do a safety check before you take off. So I’m looking to see that a vacation rental does that same thing. I’m looking [at a listing] to see if they have checked all the boxes. I’m looking in the photos to see if they have smoke alarms. In the photos, does it look like they have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen? I think that’s probably the biggest one. If they’ve got a fire extinguisher out and visible in the kitchen, that to me immediately says, “wow – there’s someone who’s taken that extra step. They get it.”

What about when you first arrive at your vacation rental, is there anything you would look for when you first check-in?

Low angle view of a white male testing a smoke detector in a vacation rental home.

Yeah, when you first check-in, you’ve got to do a full safety check and figure out what you’re going to do in an emergency. It’s really important to embrace the worst-case scenario. We do that with so many other parts of our lives, but in our own home, we don’t do it every day. So we just assume when we go into someone else’s home that they’ve done that for us, and they may not have. Yes, we can look around and say, there’s the hot tub, there’s the pool…but also, if there’s a fire, how am I getting out of here? And is there something to tell me that there is a fire so that I can get out of here?

Are there any red flags that people should be aware of, either during the booking process or upon arrival at a vacation property?

When you’re booking a property and you speak to somebody like a reservationist and you ask them about safety features, such as, “when was the last time you checked smoke alarms in this property, or does the property have smoke alarms? Does it have fire extinguishers?” If there’s any hesitation by the person you’re booking with and they have to think about it, that to me is a red flag.

If you call a hotel and ask that question, they’re going to say “absolutely, we do monthly fire safety checks. I just saw the fire department come through here the other day.” But when you call [a vacation rental] and they say “Hmm… I don’t know. I’ll have to check. I’m not sure.” That’s a really big red flag to me that they haven’t put a safety culture in place enough such that the reservationist is instantly saying, “Oh, yeah, absolutely. We check all of our properties for safety all the time. I know that our crew was out last month.”

A red flag when I go to a property is certainly if the smoke alarms look old and yellowed. If they’re older than 10 years or if the batteries are missing in the smoke alarms, that’s a problem.

On the part of the property owner, it’s a lack of awareness of trip hazards. We know that 83% of all accidents in short-term rentals come from slips, trips, and falls. And so many property owners are so focused on aesthetics that they don’t recognize that. For example, that throw rug that’s loosely placed in a kitchen may look great, but you might as well have frozen the floor into a sheet of ice because someone’s going to slip and fall on that.

For guests, I think one of the biggest things that they overlook relates to kids and understanding that yes, you’re on vacation and you want to relax, but you can’t drop your guard. In fact, you’ve got to lift your guard because now your kids are in an unfamiliar environment. You’ve got to be more aware than you typically are to make sure that they’re going to be safe.

outdoor seating area next to in ground pool with tall safety gate surrounding it at a StayLakeNorman luxury vacation rental

Any specific vacation safety tips you would give to families with young children?

Again, you can’t drop your guard, you have to lift your guard. Here’s a story that expands on the point I’m trying to make. It was almost two years ago that it made headlines. A man went to a vacation rental and his kid found a gun in a dresser drawer. That was the big news. A sheriff’s deputy left his gun behind and people couldn’t believe a gun was left behind in a vacation rental and the kid found it. That was not big news to me. We know over 40% of guests travel with a gun. It’s not unusual, it happens. The big news there was in the last paragraph of that story. It was that the kid had found the gun within five minutes of arrival in the second dresser drawer down in the master bedroom. What the heck is a kid doing, arriving at a vacation home and searching dresser drawers in the master bedroom? That’s the story there. You’ve got to respect and understand that kids want to explore in this new environment and you’ve got to get ahead of them. You’ve got to make sure that you’ve explored it. And don’t be surprised when they suddenly show up with matches that they found in a cabinet drawer. You may never even have talked to them about matches because you don’t have matches in your own house.

Are there any ideas you could give to parents in anticipation of providing the safest environment for their kids on vacation? Should they be having conversations with them ahead of time? Should they be doing a safety sweep when they get in the house?

I haven’t heard anybody do this yet, but it’d be great if, a few hours before arrival, the property owner sent the guests a text message saying “Hey, you’re checking in soon. Now’s the time to take a pause for a minute and talk to your kids about safety before you arrive at the property. There’s a pool there, so you should remind them that they can’t go into the pool without permission, etc.”

The same thing goes for parents. You’ve got to have a talk [with your kids]. I think just getting people to pause for a moment. They’re excited- half of a vacation is the planning and the travel to get there. Encompassing that safety piece into the planning is key.

Tell us what has made you so passionate about the work you do.

I look at what I do as just common sense. Getting people to see things differently is really what drives me the most. To point out the obvious and help people get to that level where they now are looking at things differently, that’s why I get up every day. That and knowing that people recognize that, with this information, we may have just saved some lives here.

Thank you again to Justin for his valuable insights and important vacation rental safety tips! To help you prepare for your next trip, we’ve compiled a list of quick safety checks that you can do upon arrival at any vacation rental. Just a few minutes is worth your peace of mind! And to see Justin in action, check out his spot on Good Morning America!

Vacation rental safety checklist:

  • Check for working smoke alarms on every level, in every sleeping area and as required by state law
  • Check for working carbon monoxide alarms on every level and as required by state law
  • Check for a fire extinguisher within 30 feet of all cooking appliances, including grills
  • Check to ensure cleaning products that could pose a threat to young children are safely stored away from their access
  • Check all cabinets and drawers in the kitchen accessible to children for any hazards, like matches
  • Check all dresser drawers accessible to children for any hazards
  • Check underneath coffee tables and couches if traveling with a crawling infant
  • Check hot tub and/or pool area to ensure children won’t be able to access them except with an adult
  • Make sure gates close and latch as they should, pool alarms are operational, and windows are secured
  • Have a conversation with your kids about safety

Top Reasons to Visit Lake Norman in October

Everyone loves visiting Lake Norman during the summer months, but did you know October is the locals’ favorite time of year around the lake? Lower temperatures, lower humidity and significantly lower rental rates are just some of the reasons to visit Lake Norman in October!

Events & Festivals

With crisp nights and mild days with average temperatures in the mid-70s, Lake Norman weather in October is perfect for enjoying the outdoors. Some of the top festivals and activities in the area for folks of all ages include the Carolina Renaissance Festival, Carolina BalloonFest, Scarowinds, Laketoberfest Music and Brew festival, Carrigan Farms for pumpkin picking and hayrides, Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze and Ghosts of Davidson.

For the avid sports fans, there are quite a few exciting events taking place in October ranging from NFL to NASCAR. Watch the Carolina Panthers take on Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or catch your favorite driver speed through the checkered flag at the Bank of America Roval 400.

Boating & Fishing

Another Lake Norman favorite pastime in October is boating. With fewer boats and wakeboarding, October is meant for cruising around the lake to appreciate nature’s fabulous art show as foliage colors change and reflect off the waters.  StayLakeNorman has a large selection of premium tritoons available for rent that can be delivered directly to your waterfront vacation rental for your convenience.

Traditionally when temperatures drop, feeding activity picks up for bass and crappie, just two of Lake Norman’s favorite fish to catch.  Make sure to check that your fishing license is up to date!

Take advantage of significantly lower rates now. Give StayLakeNorman a call at (704) 924-0510 to plan your visit to Lake Norman this October and get the recharge you need for those busy last 2 months of the year.  

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!

Summertime at Lake Norman

Family on Vacation

Imagine sitting on the dock overlooking the lake as the kids are splashing in the water and having the time of their lives. This summer that dream can become a reality! At StayLakeNorman we have the perfect vacation rentals in Mooresville NC to fit your family’s needs. Whether you are looking for a couples’ getaway or a place for the whole family reunion, we have space and accommodations to make your summer vacation one to remember. You will want to come back year after year!


Just as we have fallen in love with Lake Norman so will you. After years of traveling, we decided to settle down at Lake Norman and share our passion for the Lake. As a result, StayLakeNorman Luxury Vacation Rentals was created! No expenses have been spared in creating the finest vacation rentals in Mooresville NC. All of our homes are designed to host friends and family members for a resort-style vacation.  Providing quality and clean homes, we provide a 5-star customer and concierge service that sets us apart from the rest. Whether you are putting your rental in our hands as an owner or renting with us, you can be sure that you are partnered with the best.

Fun In The Sun

Escape from the hustle and bustle of life and just relax as you take in all of the fantastic views our vacation homes have to offer. Lakeside living is the only way to vacation in Lake Norman, boasting ideal views of the rippling waters and only 30 minutes from the big city lights of Charlotte. Get out on the lake and enjoy over 50 square miles of tranquil waters. Offering endless water sports options, from gliding peacefully on a paddleboard to reaching for the skies or wakeboard.  Get outside and travel through forests experiencing birdlife and wildlife while hiking and biking. Rent a boat and sit back and enjoy some quality time with the fish or catch some rays on the sandy shoreline. At night gather around the campfire and indulge in some s’mores. This summer will be full of activity when you stay at Lake Norman.

From the magnificent sunrise to the amazing sunsets reflecting across the lake, you are sure to have a memorable time at Lake Norman! StayLakeNorman Luxury Vacation Rentals makes it easy for you to enjoy your vacation from fully stocked kitchens, washer/dryers, a fully furnished house, fresh linens and towels and so much more your whole family will be comfortable. Take a break this summer and get your vacation rentals in Mooresville NC for a summer full of fun!

Time On The Lake: Your Lake Norman Vacation

Lake Norman kayaking

Lakeside living is the only way to spend your Lake Norman vacation. Get out on the lake and enjoy over 50 square miles of tranquil waters. Offering endless water-sports options, from paddle boarding to wake-boarding. StayLakeNorman can provide you luxurious lakeside living for when you need to rest your head. Wake up to the sparkling views of the water and end the night by the lake cozied up to a bonfire. Everything is better at the lake, and it is the time that you experience it.

Lake Norman is nicknamed North Carolina’s “Inland Sea.” With more than 32,475 acres spanning across four counties and 520 miles of shoreline, this lake has plenty of room for activities. Lake Norman is the largest man-made lake in North Carolina. The Inland Sea offers plenty of outdoor fun and recreation such as fishing, boating, swimming, and so much more! Experience lake life and let us know if you see Normie, the Lake Norman Monster.


There is an abundance of water activities from tubing, waterskiing, wake boarding, or sailing — Lake Norman is a water-sports paradise. The best way to see the lake is to get out on the lake. There are plenty of places to launch your boat but if you do not have a boat, no worries! Norman Boats is our sister company that offers boat rentals for your stay. Rent for a day or the whole week. The Lake is an adventure for the entire family.


Your perfect catch awaits. Anglers come from around the world to Lake Norman for their chance at a record winning catfish, largemouth bass, crappie, yellow and white perch, and striped bass. The fish bite all year round and summer brings peak fishing with warmer temperatures. Catch and release method is encouraged on Lake Norman to make sure the Lake stays populated and thriving.

At StayLakeNorman Luxury Vacation Homes we know how valuable time is and that is why we want to ensure you are not wasting any time. Spend your time on the water and everything will be ready for you to rest your head and refresh for the next day of fun in the sun. Our luxury properties come fully furnished, so all you have to do is bring your boat or rent one and experience all of Lake Norman. From the turns and twists of the shore to the gorgeous sun setting in the distance your Lake Norman vacation will be filled with adventure.

The Ideal Lake Norman Trip

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Today is the day! The trip you have been waiting for all year is finally here, and you are heading to Lake Norman. You arrive in North Carolina and are ready to enjoy the water and the gorgeous surroundings. You pull up to your Lake Norman vacation rental and are in awe. The luxurious home is more than you could have ever imagined and the views are even better. The kids run past you and right away start picking their rooms and unpacking. After everyone is settled in, you decide to go out to one of the many local restaurants and grab groceries on the way back to stock up for the week’s adventures. Once you return to your Lake Norman vacation rental, everyone tucks themselves into their cozy beds for a good night’s rest before the vacation activities begin.

You wake up to the sun glistening on the water and the breeze blowing through the window. You can tell that today is going to be a great day. You make breakfast with the family and enjoy a fantastic meal around the dining room table. Everyone is talking about what he or she wants to do and all the fun they are going to have and you decide today will be spent the lake.You grab your beach bag and towels and are set to get on the boat that you rented from Norman Boats, StayLakeNorman’s sister company, so you can have fun on the lake all week long. You and your family enjoy a day of waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, and much more!

After all the laughing and excitement you head back to your Lake Norman vacation rental for lunch and then prepare to get out and fish. Lake Norman boasts one of the best spots for crappie, bass, and catfish; and you are up to test your skills on the lake to catch the biggest fish yet. After some friendly competition of who can lure in the perfect catch, you head back and start grilling up dinner. Then after your meal, you and your family gather around the lakeside bonfire. You take in the gorgeous sunset falling below the lake and indulge in some s’mores. Your family is sharing stories of their favorite parts of the day and the memories of past family vacations, all the while you feel a sense of relaxation and happiness that you have had another successful family vacation, and you do not want it to end. After a day full of family time, adventures, and smiles you get ready for bed and prepare to do it all over again!

At StayLakeNorman we offer luxurious lakeside living for you and your friends and family. We strive to create a space where everyone can come and spend quality time together and not worry about anything else. With all the activities from exploring the town to cruising around on the beautiful waters, your family will have the time of their lives. So whether you are wanting a relaxing vacation or one filled with activities and adventure, your Lake Norman vacation will be the best yet.