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Lake Norman Boating – A Lakeside Vacation

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Sunny summer days are growing closer, and that means that Lake Norman is the place to be! Soak up that sunny summer weather and take a lakeside vacation with StayLakeNorman. With plenty of Lake Norman boating, lakeside activities, and beautiful views out over the waters from your luxury waterfront rental, there is no better way to enjoy the summer!

Life is Better with Lake Norman Boating

No matter what kind of day you would like to spend on the rippling waves, there are plenty of options with our Lake Norman boat rentals. Do you wish to take the crafts available at your vacation rental? Or do you would like to rent a specific boat from us? Well, with StayLakeNorman, you can spend the day as you wish. Soak in the sun while lounging on one of our high-performance tritoons. Or race over the waters in either the Sea Ray Sun Deck 240 or Chapparal Sunesta 244 and 274. We also have standup paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, and inflatables for tubing.

Cruising Lake Norman

Don’t want to man your own watercraft and would rather get a first-hand look at Lake Norman? Embark on a cruise with one of the local Lake Norman boat tours or a Lake Norman dinner cruise. The Catawba Queen is a popular vintage vessel that carries guests gracefully over the water’s surface , all while wining and dining the evening away. Lady of the Lake is also a popular vessel that sets out on regularly scheduled dinner cruises. Take a trip through beautiful areas of the lake for an afternoon of delightful dining and breathtaking views. No matter which Lake Norman boat tours you choose, each experience is one you will never forget.

Lake Norman Boat Rentals and Vacation Rentals

When you set out for a lakeside vacation with StayLakeNorman, you can enjoy the lapping waves only a few steps from your door every day. Most of our rental properties have access to the lake with docks and boat slips, so you will always have an easy time reaching the waters. Whether you choose to head out on the water on one of our Lake Norman boat rentals or relax with a Lake Norman dinner cruise, there is no shortage of fun on the water when you stay in our luxury waterfront vacation rentals. Enjoy the summer sun and get your tan on while delighting in all of the spectacular aspects of Lake Norman during your time with us at StayLakeNorman.

Things to do in Lake Norman – Racing

NASCAR track

Do you love the wave of the checkered flag? The smell of burnt rubber in the air? The roar of powerful engines speeding down a raceway? StayLakeNorman has the ideal getaway for every motor head. Discover all of the things to do in Lake Norman and the surrounding area as we introduce you to Race City USA.

Remembering the Greats

Though many of the tracks are still in use and new generations of racers are making their debuts each year, we still love remembering the greats. When you stay with us at StayLakeNorman, there are numerous places to get your fill of racing history. From Dale Earnhart to Darrell Waltrip, you can discover some of history’s most significant faces and vehicles of racing. Memory Lane Motorsports and Historical Automotive Museum are one of many museums that showcase the timeline of racing in NASCAR.  The NC Auto Racing Walk of Fame, the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, and Dale Earnhardt Inc. are all fantastic places to see the vehicles and drivers of racing history in person. Furthermore, JR Motorsports, Kasey Kahne Racing, Kyle Busch, MTJ Motorsports, and NASCAR Technical Institute are also incredible ways to catch a glimpse inside the life of racing.

“Boogity Boogity Boys, Let’s Go Racing”

When you come to Race City USA, you can indulge in all of the different things to do in Lake Norman and Mooresville. However, there is nothing quite like catching a race in person. Feel the breeze off of the cars whizzing by. Feel the roaring engines shaking the ground. Watch the spray of champagne as the winner celebrates crossing the finish line. Seeing this in person can’t compare to tuning in on the television. Mooresville Dragway has events every Thursday, and most weekends. There are plenty of opportunities to find a motorsports event to get your heart pumping. Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMax Formula 1 Dragstrip, and The Dirt Track are also incredible places to watch drivers battler for the finish line. Experience your own high speed encounter at PIT Indoor Kart Track or GoPro Motorplex. Strap in and get your game face on as you race to the finish line. Whether you have kids or are young at heart, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Race City USA!

Things to Do in Lake Norman: A Racing Enthusiast’s Ideal Escape

During every adventure, having comfortable accommodations is an essential factor in ensuring your getaway is perfect. Experience all of the racing adventures and visit the array of museums around Mooresville. Then return to your vacation rental for a relaxing evening by the water. Indulge in the myriad of things to do in Lake Norman and create memories that will last a lifetime at StayLakeNorman. What adventure will you embark on first?

The Best Wineries in North Carolina

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Do you enjoy the aromatic flavors of an aged red wine? How about the floral or sweet tastes of delightful white wines? If you can’t get enough of the art of winemaking, discover some of the best wineries in North Carolina during your stay with us at StayLakeNorman.

Take a Wine and Beer Tour

One of the best ways to discover the full array of best wineries in North Carolina is to use the Lake Norman area’s wine and beer map. This map will take you on a stop-by-stop tour through the area’s best vineyards and breweries. It’s easy to see how North Carolina would be the perfect place to participate in a tour. The state has been ranked 7th in wine production in the nation. Furthermore, it currently hosts over 100 wineries and 250 breweries across the state. There are also several Charlotte wine tasting tour transportation companies like Five Star Limousine and Siver Fox Limos. Spend the whole day wine hopping and enjoy all of the incredible wine destinations surrounding our lake house rentals in North Carolina.

Wine Tasting at the Best Wineries in North Carolina

Charlotte and the Lake Norman area has a myriad of wine tasting rooms that you can visit. Whether it is for a casual lunch date or to spend the afternoon sipping to your heart’s delight, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to indulge yourself. There are always Charlotte wine tasting events happening nearby that you can participate in. Or embark on your own tasting excursion to places like Daveste Vineyards and more! A number of incredible breweries can also be mixed in with your winery visits. With plenty of options, experience the best breweries the area has to offer!

Your Delightful Lakeside Vacation

As you take a sip, pick a bottle or two to take back to your beautiful lakefront vacation rental. Soak in a hot tub or chat about the day’s events with loved ones while enjoying your favorite winery find of the day. When it comes to a lakeside vacation with StayLakeNorman, you can enjoy indulging in the best wineries in North Carolina. This summer, experience all of the different things to do in Lake Norman and explore our neighboring cities for the best lakeside vacation imaginable with StayLakeNorman!

Lake Norman Day Trip – Ultimate Guys’ Getaway

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Okay Guys!  Who says that women are the only ones that can enjoy a Lake Norman day trip? Leave those “girls” behind and head to the Ultimate Guys’ Getaway on Lake Norman with your best buds!

Only 30 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Norman is the perfect setting for you and your buddies to sneak away for your very own mancation.  Load up the golf clubs, fishing gear, and pack your bag for some fun with the guys.  StayLakeNorman’s luxury vacation homes are equipped with all the essentials you will need for your Lake Norman day trip.  Here are a few of our suggestions to make the best out of your time away!

Golf

Don’t forget to bring your golf clubs so you can take advantage of a relaxing round of golf.  The mild climate of Lake Norman coupled with the numerous golf courses in the area makes it an ideal golf destination. If you are a member of one of  Trump National Golf Clubs, you can even take a boat to the golf course!

Fishing & Boating

Fishing has always been a pastime that many people indulge in year-round on Lake Norman. Whether it’s casting a line from our private docks, hiring one of the local fishing guides, or renting one of our boats, relaxation is sure to meet excitement for a fishing outing that you will never forget!

Brewery Tour

In the spirit of enjoying your Ultimate Guys’ Getaway, StayLakeNorman has a few suggestions from one of the area’s infamous craft breweries. There are a few notable stops that are well worth checking out on your visit to Lake Norman. The first being King Canary Brewing Company. This business has an array of specialty brews as well as a fun atmosphere with the back of the brewery sitting on the river.  Would you like to safely and easily visit multiple breweries in the Lake Norman area? Then hop aboard one of the several brewery tours and taste plenty of samples and talk to the local brewmasters.

Kayaking and Paddle Boarding

StayLakeNorman’s homes come with kayaks and some with paddle boards.  If you’ve never tried paddle boarding, it’s time to get out on the water and give it a try.  You can get a good workout as well as have lots of fun!

Sporting Events

Just a short drive from our homes to Charlotte, you’ll find numerous sporting events from Panther’s football, to NASCAR racing to MLS soccer coming soon.  And let’s not forget basketball!  StayLakeNorman has enjoyed hosting many guys gathering in the Spring to watch the NCAA playoffs together in one of our spacious and comfortable waterfront homes.

Dinner by the lake

Whether you choose to go out to one of our area’s fine dining restaurants located on the lake, hire a private chef or cook yourselves, having a nice dinner overlooking the lake while spending time with friends.

Whatever you guys end up doing during your Guys’ Getaway to Lake Norman, you will enjoy the time unwinding and remembering what it’s like to have fun without all your day-to-day responsibilities.  You will make this getaway an annual event!  You can book directly by going to our website at http://www.staylakenorman.com or give us a call at (704) 924-0510.

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.

Rest..Relax..Reset..StayLakeNorman!

Lake Norman: Private Lake Getaways

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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!

Lake Norman Waterfront Dining

Waterfront Dining

Vacations are a time of unwinding and letting go of the stresses of everyday life. When you stay in StayLakeNorman‘s Lake Norman vacation rentals, you are probably going to want to find nearby dining that matches your tastes. There are a quite few Lake Norman waterfront dining spots just a short boat ride away to delicious meals, drinks and live entertainment while staying on the lake.

Toucan’s Lakefront

For a fun beachy vibe on the shores of Lake Norman, head on over to the Toucan’s Lakefront. With a patio that serves rain or shine and access to the water, it is the perfect place to relax. Mixologists can make you delicious drinks while you sit beneath an umbrella table and soak in the sun. Fantastic food and drinks are often accompanied by live performances and lively tunes. Whether you are with the family, a few friends, or on a fun date, Toucan’s Lakefront is definitely a stop you need to make.

Apps & Taps

Located next to Toucan’s with a sports-bar setting. It boasts some of the best smoked wings and ribs on the lake. The building itself boasts watercrafts and uses pieces of real vessels integrated into their decor. With nine boat slips, you can take boat cruise from your Lake Norman vacation rentals and dock at the club. North Harbor Club serves brunch, lunch, and dinner along with a gluten-free menu. Artisan-style dishes that are inspired by the lake atmosphere will submerge you in the life and style of Lake Norman. It can always be counted on for good times and great food. Check out their Pontoon Stage every weekend for live music. Sit back, relax and rock your cares away. Don’t forget to fuel up the boat here before you head back to your vacation rental.

North Harbor Club

Experience an authentic Lake Norman lifestyle on the water when you stop in for a meal at North Harbor Club. With nine boat slips, you can take boat cruise from your Lake Norman vacation rentals and dock at the club. North Harbor Club serves brunch, lunch, and dinner along with a gluten-free menu and a few tasty extras, so there is something for everyone. Artisan-style dishes that are inspired by the lake atmosphere will submerge you in the life and style of Lake Norman.

Hello, Sailor

With the beautiful Lake Norman right outside, Hello Sailor is the perfect place for a bit of “seaside” dining. Find yourself in an upscale dining area adorned with chic water-inspired decor. Enjoy delicious seafood dishes to keep the theme going. Chef-inspired dishes, tasty treats, and handcrafted cocktails will leave your taste buds singing. Experience Lake Norman like never before with its more glamorous side of dining.

Lake Norman Waterfront Dining: Port City Club

Ranked as one of the top waterfront restaurants in North Carolina, Port City Club offers multiple options for waterfront dining. For those that prefer to stay indoors, there’s a large, open main dining room with bright colors and, comfortable furnishings. The enclosed deck area gets you a step closer to the water and offers more casual furnishings. Furthermore, you will be treated with year-round climate control. Then, in the summer, why not go all the way and sit outside on the outdoor deck, lined with comfy couches in cozy, cabana-type set-ups. All of the food at Port City Club is made from scratch. Using farm-fresh vegetables, organic chicken and fresh, line-caught seafood from Charleston, SC. You’ll also find local beers and wines. In addition, you’ll find a couple of televisions over the indoor bar if you want to catch the game while you eat.

The Landing

Established in 1993, The Landing has become a staple in the Lake Norman waterfront dining community. Open 7 days a week, their large variety of food, game room for the children and festive Tiki Bar has patrons flock by the boat fulls! During the summer months, you can sit outside and be entertained with live music on the weekends, many times some of the area’s best blues musicians.

Havana 33

Welcome to Havana 33, Lake Norman’s Miami-style Cuban restaurant. Served in a lively, laid-back atmosphere, you will enjoy an extensive menu of authentic Cuban favorites and incredible cocktails to whet your appetite and keep you coming back for more.

Eddie’s on the Lake

Whether you choose to sit on the patio by the lake, take your group into the special Reserve Room, or grab one of their “Seafood to Go” packages for cooking back at the vacation rental, Eddie’s offers American, French and Italian specialties that have been passed down through their family for generations. And if you’re looking for something to start your day before hanging out on the lake, enjoy Eddie’s brunch menu on Sundays.

All of these restaurants are located around Lake Norman and are only a short boat ride from Lake Norman vacation rentals by StayLakeNorman. You will be able to stay in luxury and dine in delight on your vacation. Check out these restaurants and visit the StayLakeNorman website to start planning your relaxing getaway.

Top Lake Norman Vacation Tips for Relaxation

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You’ve worked hard all year and now it’s finally time to take a vacation and relax.  If you’re like me, relaxing may take a couple of days to finally let all thoughts about work fade away.  And by then, as the matriarch of the family, you’re tasked with spending time at the grocery store buying food, snacks, beverages, etc. Furthermore, you’re planning meals for the whole family and undoubtedly planning twice as many because the kids won’t eat the dinner you planned for the adults. I hope with my top five Lake Norman vacation tips listed below, you will be able to overcome those wicked work thoughts and kitchen duties.

Instead of stressing, indulge in full fledge relaxation mode while you are on vacation. My stays with StayLakeNorman are always the best because they help connect me with the right people, In addition, my anxiety is always put at ease before I even get to the property.

  1. Use Instacart – Why spend precious vacation time in the grocery store when you can order your groceries and have them delivered? You can start your cart weeks before. Once you’re ready to process the order, you can even schedule your drop off time. And don’t worry, the StayLakeNorman team can share the exact address of your rental if you forget. Pro-Tip: Make sure you check the delivery address the moment you get home. You may end up realizing you want to use Instacart again. I may or may not have delivered groceries to the next guest at the vacation rental on accident. 😱
  2. Hire a Private Masseuse – What better way to kick start vacation mode and unwind with a relaxing massage? StayLakeNorman referred one of the best masseuses I’ve ever used. She came to the house, set up where I wanted. She even offered to do it on the beach! I adamantly warned our kids if they interrupt they would have to cook their own lunch. 🤣
  3. Hire a Private Chef – It’s your vacation too…don’t spend all your time in the kitchen. You’re on vacation after all. There is no need for you to cook and clean for everyone.  We had the chance to use one of StayLakeNorman’s recommended private chefs who prepared a gourmet meal for us. Yes, they made something for the kids too. They even clean up the mess! Are you kidding me? I can’t even get my kids to clean up their rooms after bribing them. These top chefs cleaned up the kitchen and left it spotless. I need one of these private chefs every day back home! 👨🏻‍🍳
  4. Rent a boat – Science has proven that being near water induces relaxation in the mind. Renting a boat from StayLakeNorman was sooo easy and didn’t take much time at all. After booking and filling out the paper work all I had to do is just tell them when we got to the house. No driving packing up the family and driving to a marina, no waiting in line to see if they have any more boats left, and no telling the kids we were getting a boat only to realize they were sold out that day. StayLakeNorman delivered the boat, did our orientation, and even included the tube and skis for our kiddos to enjoy. How perfect! 🚤
  5. Purchase Ready Made Meals – Again, who said you have to do all the cooking? The private chef experience was a blast but a few days we just wanted to enjoy each other’s company without the pizazz of a chef cooking up a storm. StayLakeNorman recommended a company that delivered sandwiches and salads for us to take on the boat and then they delivered individual meals for dinner to our house. Each person got to choose what they wanted and then we just popped them in the microwave and oven. It was dummy-proof and believe me when I say these are NOT the frozen TV dinners you grew up with! The salmon wellington was to die for. 🤩

Try using some of my Lake Norman vacation tips here to slip into “Lake Norman Time” and get the most out of your vacation…you deserve it!

If you need more information on the chefs, masseuses, and boats, just call StayLakeNorman at (704) 924-0510 and they can help meet all your needs.

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.