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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.  

Dog Friendly Restaurants in Lake Norman

Golden at a dog friendly restaurant in Lake Norman

Whoever said you have to go to your favorite restaurant without your four-legged best friend? You shouldn’t have to leave your best friend behind while you are going out to get some great tasting food, regardless of where you are headed. If you are looking for dog- friendly restaurants in Lake Norman, StayLakeNorman has you covered! Here is a list of the top-rated best dog friendly restaurants in Lake Norman your family and you need to visit!

Top 5 Dog Friendly Restaurants in Lake Norman

1. The Toucan’s Restaurant

Originally established in 2020, the Toucan’s Restaurant is the restaurant to go to if you want to get a taste of the local cuisine. It is a place to mingle with locals, order some great food and enjoy a few drinks with friends, all with your furry best friend by your side. Relish the warm ambience of a traditional dining experience, or head out to the patio to enjoy a lovely view of Lake Norman in the most relaxed environment possible. Savor a plate of crab cakes, a delicious island burger topped with local ingredients or shrimp fajitas for some island flair. 

2. Apps and Taps

If you are looking for that traditional pub atmosphere, Apps and Taps is the waterfront restaurant to visit. Apps & Taps is a Lake Norman waterfront restaurant best known for its live events. You don’t want to miss Purple Madness, the Prince tribute band. Grab a beer and admire the lake with your dog as you listen to live music. In addition to great music, catch a bite of classic pub food! Enjoy classics such as Irish potato skins, BBQ pork sliders, crab cake sandwiches or seared Ahi-Tuna. Find the perfect food to satisfy your taste buds!

A dog waiting patiently in a patio area at a dog friendly restaurant in Lake Norman.

3. Hello, Sailor

Feeling like you want to paw-ty? Grab your pup and head over to Hello, Sailor for the Lake Norman atmosphere you have been looking for. Serving fresh seafood daily, Hello, Sailor is a restaurant with a retro charm and local Lake Norman flair love. This is the perfect place to go if you want to enjoy great food and great company.

4. Eddie’s on Lake Norman

This is another quality Lake Norman restaurant you can visit with your pooch on their lakeside patio if you both have a hankering for fresh, local favorites. Eddie’s prides itself on using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients possible. Many of the meals you get from Eddie’s are crafted from old recipes, handed down through the generations. You can taste the history in every bite! Even the pickiest pooch will love something on the menu.

5. North Harbor Club

Try one of Lake Norman’s most popular and longstanding waterfront restaurants, North Harbor Club. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, the North Harbor Club offers exceptional dining with fresh ingredients topped with the perfect touch by their Executive Chef complemented by the waterfront ambience of Lake Norman. They have nine boat slips for you to dock your boat, so come on out and have an amazing meal and a good time. Dogs need to eat too…why not with a view?

There are many different pet friendly restaurants in Lake Norman. Many of these restaurants welcome dogs of all breeds and sizes in their outdoor patios or tables. Hopefully now you have found plenty of restaurants to visit with your pup during your next visit to Lake Norman.

StayLakeNorman: All Dogs Stay Free

StayLakeNorman is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the Lake Norman area. Over the years, StayLakeNorman has worked diligently to help promote Lake Norman as the amazing vacation destination it is, for both family and pets. 

At StayLakeNorman, we believe that dogs are like family. We love dogs and don’t want you to leave them behind. That is why when you book one of our pet-friendly rentals, ask us about our All Dogs Stay For Free policy. Don’t leave your dogs at home! Bring them along for the family fun!

Dogs (up to 2) stay free. Dogs must be approved prior to reservation by the StayLakeNorman and a separate Pet Addenda must be signed.

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!

A Lake Norman Pet Friendly Vacation

Pet Friendly Vacation

Are you looking to enjoy a Lake Norman pet-friendly vacation? 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 always welcomed.

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. However, there are plenty other parks 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. Are you in need of having your thirst quenched after a fun day on the lake?  Many of Lake Norman’s lakeside restaurants have exceptional outdoor eating with amazing views. In addition, they are great hubs for a pup and his/her best friend to grab a drink or a treat. 

Lake Norman Pet Friendly Vacation: 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.

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.