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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.

5 Holiday Cooking Tips from a Pro

Male chef serving dinner to a large group of people around a Thanksgiving table with waterfront views overlooking Lake Norman.

As the season approaches, we could think of no one better to coach us through some holiday cooking tips than Chef Peter from Carolina Gourmet, our trusted advisor here at StayLakeNorman for all things food and celebrations. As a seasoned veteran in cooking for a crowd, we asked him to share his wisdom in hosting Thanksgiving dinner and helping it go more smoothly for the typical home chef. Here is what he told us:

1. Choose Quality Ingredients

Chef Peter’s first piece of advice was that ingredients matter. They are the stars of the dishes you are making, and choosing fresh and natural ingredients will elevate whatever you are serving. He said that buying top-quality ingredients makes the biggest difference in the presentation of the meal and will prepare you to cook like a chef.

View of a cooked Thanksgiving dinner displayed on a wooden table including turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, and a small orange pumpkin

2. Prep in Advance

In thinking about cooking for Thanksgiving in particular, typically with many more components involved than the average dinner, Chef Peter advised that anything that is served cold can be washed, sliced, or chopped ahead of time. Dessert can also be made in advance so that you don’t have to worry about it on the day of the event.

3. Prepare a Checklist

Another important reminder from Chef Peter is to make sure that you are NOT going to the grocery store on the day of your event. “I think it’s very important to have a shopping list and everything bought a couple of days before you actually start cooking,” he said. (And don’t forget staples like your salt, pepper and olive oil!) “Sometimes we forget about all the little things we need in order to make a meal really good. But it’s the little things at the end of the day that make a great difference. This is why I always use a checklist for everything.”

4. Make a Timeline, and Get Creative!

When it comes to timing, Chef Peter advises that, along with your checklist, you prepare a timetable for when things need to be in the oven or on the stove, and for how long. It’s important not to overbook your space! The next tip he gave was really valuable: “It’s also helpful to think about what are the other things that you have around the house that you can use to make a meal as well,” he said. “What can I cook on my grill, for example, that takes away from the kitchen space? If you turn your grill on really low, you can take your roast or turkey and you can put it on the grill to free up the oven space for other things. Just keep it really low and use it more as a holding cabinet. The turkey will stay nice and warm rather than actually cooking.” He also encourages being creative with other kitchen appliances, like a slow cooker, deep fryer, or toaster oven.

People toasting wine glasses and smiling around a Thanksgiving table with a gourmet meal in the foreground

5. Enlist Helpers

Lastly, keep in mind when you are preparing to host Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or another holiday, that no one can do it by themselves, not even professionals. While you may be able to handle the cooking on your own, there are so many other details to attend to when you are hosting a group. It’s ideal to be able to designate someone else to do the additional tasks like setting the table, serving drinks, and entertaining guests. 

Chef Peter sums it up like this: “Cooking for a crowd is a big task, and that’s why it’s so important to have the checklist, create a timetable, and give it a walk through. Just like if you’re planning a wedding, you’re not going to leave it to chance. You get involved with your caterer, you get involved with the seating arrangements, you get involved with who is going to do what and so forth.”

Take it from the pro: preparation is the key to a successful and enjoyable (and maybe even stress-free?) holiday meal.

Best Lake Norman Hikes to See Fall Colors

Wooden dock leading out to Lake Norman with colorful fall foliage

Autumn brings lots of things to do in Lake Norman, with cooler temps and the beautiful changing landscape! If you’re here visiting, you’ll be compelled to act like a local and get out in nature. The vibrant colors of this time of year cannot be matched! Best of all, the weather stays mild through the end of the year, making a hike the perfect Lake Norman activity throughout the season. Whatever your skill and adventure level, there is something for you here.

Hikes with a Lake Norman view 

If you are looking for a hike with a variety of trails in both length and difficulty, Lake Norman State Park in Troutman has something for everyone, from pleasant strolls to more challenging hikes. Spend an hour or all day exploring this expansive park and you will surely be rewarded with some of the best views the area has to offer!

If a shorter, easier, but equally delightful walk is what’s calling you, Jetton Park in Cornelius is right on the lake and easily accessible. You’ll also find a playground, picnic areas, and a non-swimming beach with an idyllic view of the lake. The 1-mile loop around the park is paved, so it is stroller and bike-friendly!

Another ideal spot to admire fall foliage is Rock Springs Nature Preserve in Denver.

This 108-acre preserve is protected by the Catawba Lands Conservancy and is home to a variety of plants and wildlife. The trail is gentle, uncrowded, and well-maintained.

Kid-friendly hikes

If you’re seeking a picturesque setting with views of falling water and historic buildings, try the South Fork Rail Trail in Lincolnton. The sights are sure to keep little ones engaged and you’ll likely come across some great photo-ops too!

Lastly, Mountain Creek Park in Sherrills Ford is a hidden gem for families. Not only does it have a number of hiking and biking trails (including a paved ADA-accessible trail that winds through a quiet cove,) but it also boasts the most epic adventure playground! There is also a small nature center with informational displays and exhibits, live reptiles, books, and hands-on activities for kids to learn about local plants, insects, and wildlife.

Plan your perfect day

Idyllic view of Lake Norman in the Fall

As a StayLakeNorman guest, we can help you plan your perfect day on the trails. Contact our Concierge Services for additional resources, maps, and even a picnic lunch to take with you! Creating your ideal experience is our specialty. And when your adventure is complete, you won’t have to leave the beautiful scenery behind. Returning to your waterfront StayLakeNorman home away from home will reward you with a cozy place to rest and even more breathtaking views. 
Looking for even more hiking resources? Check out All Trails and Carolina Thread Trail!

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.

Treat Yourself During A Lake Norman Escape

lady in spa

Are you looking for the perfect place for a relaxing getaway, with all luxury accommodations you could ask for? Are you looking to enjoy everything waterfront living has to offer? Look no further than StayLakeNorman! Our beautiful Lake Norman rentals are designed to provide you with all of the comforts of home. Enjoy all of this and more with an upscale experience you will never forget. Treat yourself with a Lake Norman escape and stay with us at StayLakeNorman. Indulge yourself in the all of best aspects the Mooresville and Charlotte NC area have to offer.

Lake Norman Escape: Relax And Rejuvenate

All of our Lake Norman waterfront homes for rent are located directly along the shores of the lake and are located near Mooresville and Charlotte NC. When you book one of our luxury vacation homes, be sure to reserve one of our Lake Norman boat rentals with your visit. Make your way down the shoreline to one of many fantastic spas for a bit of relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether you head north to the Mooresville area or southeast to Charlotte, you will have plenty of incredible options for your spa day escape. Furthermore, places like Ahlara International, Lake Norman Salt Spa, Relax Lake Norman, Zen Massage, and more are just waiting for you to unwind. Soak in the complete tranquility of a spa treatment you deserve.

The Lake Norman Experience

You can enjoy your private slice of paradise for as much relaxation as you need. Our Lake Norman rentals are full of endless fun lake activities for the entire family to enjoy. Above all, each of our homes are equipped to host the whole family. Try something new! Take out a stand-up paddle board for a bit of floating yoga or simply enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature and the fresh air. Get comfortable in one of the many cozy, sitting nooks of our homes and read your favorite book in tranquility. The options are endless when you stay with StayLakeNorman.

Your Next Relaxing Escape

When do you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of life at home? Grab your shades along with a few other relaxation essentials and head to Lake Norman Charlotte NC. Allow us to accommodate you for an unforgettable escape from busy schedules and provide a beautiful haven with our Lake Norman waterfront homes for rent. Whether you are hoping for a head-to-toe spa treatment or just a relaxing day by the rippling waters, you will find it at StayLakeNorman.

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 Vacation – Rest..Relax..Reset…

Lake Norman Shoreline

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? 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. A Lake Norman vacation is a great way to safely travel with your loved ones and enjoy onsite amenities. Choose from plenty of outdoor activities, private chef experiences, massages and concierge services.

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. Imagine the captivating views right outside your window. As you take in the magnificent canvas of blue skylines over tranquil waters, a private chef awaits you. Hands ladened with a hearty breakfast filled with delicious goodness, you can practically feel your mouth watering! You can smell the aroma of freshly prepared delicacies.

A Lake Norman Vacation: 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. In addition, finish off with imported wine hand-picked by your chef and sommelier.

This romantic getaway if waiting just for you! Book your next staycation and take advantage of lower rates for a limited time. Don’t miss out on the experience of a breathtaking romantic staycation with all the amenities you could ask for at your door.


Lake Norman: 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.