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. Not to mention 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.
Well, below are my top tips on ways to overcome those wicked work thoughts and kitchen duties, and 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 to ease my anxiety before I even get to the property.
- 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 as ideas pop in your head and once you’re ready to process the order, you can even schedule your drop off time. And don’t worry, StayLakeNorman team can share the exact address of your rental if you forget. Pro-Tip: Make sure you check the delivery address once you get home and realize you want to use Instacart again – I may or may not have delivered groceries to the next guest at the vacation rental on accident. 😱
- 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) and I adamantly warned our kids if they interrupt they would have to cook their own lunch. 🤣
- Hire a Private Chef – It’s your vacation too…don’t spend all your time in the kitchen, , cooking and cleaning for everyone. We had the chance to use one of StayLakeNorman’s recommended private chefs who prepared a gourmet meal for us (and yes they made something for the kids too) and our group, and 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 and these top chefs cleaned up the kitchen and left it spotless. I need one of these private chefs every day back home! 👨🏻🍳
- 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! 🚤
- 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 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.
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 waterfront spots just a short boat ride away to delicious meals, drinks and live entertainment while staying on the lake.
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, this is the perfect place to relax and experience life on the lake. 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 to add to your agenda.
Apps & Taps
Located next to Toucan’s with a sports-bar setting and boasting some of the best smoked wings and ribs on the lake, Apps & Taps
The building itself boasts watercrafts and uses pieces of real vessels integrated into their decor and architecture. 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. can 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.
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 and 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 shining through at Hello, Sailor.
Port City Club
Ranked as one of the top waterfront restaurants in North Carolina, Port City Club offers multiple options for dining on the water. For those that prefer to stay indoors, there’s a large, open and airy main dining room with bright colors and classic, comfortable furnishings. The enclosed deck area gets you a step closer to the water and offers more casual furnishings as well as 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 and a couple of televisions over the indoor bar if you want to catch the game while you eat.
Established in 1993, The Landing has become a staple in the Lake Norman 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.
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.
Lake Norman’s Ultimate Guys’ Getaway
Okay Guys! Who says that women are the only ones that can enjoy a Girl’s weekend away? Well…not so! 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 escape. Here are a few of our suggestions to make the best out of your time away!
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. Where you are fishing from, 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!
In the spirit of enjoying your Ultimate Guys’ Getaway, StayLakeNorman has a few suggestions for fantastic places to enjoy a brew or two 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. If you would 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!
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.
A Pet-Friendly Adventure
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 welcomed to come along.
A Stroll Through The Park
Sometimes it is nice to ditch the leash and just run free with your pup. There are a few fantastic parks in the Lake Norman area where running loose is preferred. Many of the parks in the area can be explored on the leash, but there are plenty that cater to dogs. Places like Fisher Farm Park in Davidson or Frazier Park that lies within Ramsey Creek Park, as well as Barkingham Park within Reedy Creek Park are leash-free dog parks. Of course, there are a few select beaches and nature parks that allow leash-free exploration around the lake.
Grab A Bite
Everybody gets a bit famished and in need of their thirsts quenched after a long day of exploration. These two spots are great hubs for a pup and his best friend to grab a drink or a treat. The Lucky Dog Bark and Brew allows owners and their four-legged friends to tip a drink or two back together.
Ikes’s Dog Pub’s also a stop where you and your dog can enjoy a cool beverage. Any dog that is spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccines, and is well behaved can come on in and relax like a human. Grab your favorite drink and a little something for your buddy and kick back for a while and make new friends.
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 Lake Norman rentals. While staying in a luxurious cabin your 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. We even have doggy towels just for your pup to dry off. 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 cabin.
Springtime brings a bit of green, new life, and celebration of warmer weather. In the spirit of celebrating spring, StayLakeNorman has a few suggestions for fantastic places to enjoy a brew or two from one of the area’s infamous craft breweries. Stay with us in one of our magnificent luxury lakefront vacation rentals and taste some of Lake Norman’s finest beverages.
On Tap And In A Bottle
There are a few notable stops that are well worth checking out on your visit to Lake Norman. The first being Bayne Brewing Company. This business has an array of specialty brews as well as a fun atmosphere and a great mission. One Percent of annual profits made go towards funding gorilla conservation, and they also take donations to help out with their contributions. So you can enjoy your brews and know that a bit of what you paid is going towards something meaningful.
Another fantastic place to grab a brew is at the Cornelius Drafthouse and Bottle Shop. The variety you will find here holds a plethora of bottled and tap beers. From uniquely flavored craft beers to the old faithful classics, you will be able to locate it on the fully stocked shelves lining the walls.
If you would like to safely and easily visit multiple breweries, you can hop aboard one of the several brewery tours in the area and taste plenty of samples and talk to the local brewmasters.
For The Wine Lover
If you are not fond of beer and prefer a more elegant beverage, then perhaps the Lake Norman Wine Cottage is the place for you. With beautiful views of the Lake Norman, you can sip on local spirits lakeside. You will find yourself in an old-fashioned and homey atmosphere for a relaxed day of enjoying a few glasses of wine.
Just as scenic as the Wine Cottage, Davesté Vineyards in the Troutman community of Lake Norman allows you to listen to live music while tasting an array of fine wines. The music you will hear ranges from acoustic music to the Lake Norman Symphony.
Best Of Both Worlds
Many people travel in groups or pairs. If you happen to have members of your party that want brews and the others preferring spirits, then The Cork and Cask is the best choice. A lively atmosphere, tasty dishes, and a seemingly endless selection of both wines and beers, you cannot go wrong with this spot. With everyone receiving a drink they will love, everyone in your party will be satisfied.
For the unique and creative, an intriguing stop for you may be into the Old Town Public House. With a creative corner, coffee shop, taphouse, bottle shop, vineyard, and live music all in one, this is the ideal stop for a bit of a variety.
If you are looking for fantastic stops to get spunky this spring, be sure to look up these fun and lively venues. Our luxury lakefront vacation rentals are ready to accommodate you while you are here. Bring a few bottles back to your rental for a relaxing night by the fire. Let’s celebrate spring together at StayLakeNorman!
You have your dates picked out and marked on the calendar and want to go to North Carolina for your getaway, but you are not quite sure just where you are staying yet. A waterfront rental is perfect for those looking for a warm getaway with access to fantastic waters and beautiful views. StayLakeNorman Luxury Vacation Homes has a variety of wonderful luxury lakefront vacation rentals for the perfect stay.
A Simpler Taste
If you are searching for more of a cabin style stay and enjoy life a little more simply, there are a number of rentals that could fit you. Blarney Bay is the perfect example of the more simplified properties available. With more of a lakeside cabin feel with an elegantly modern layout, you will feel right at home. Soak in the sun on the deck or relax on the covered patio while enjoying the views of the lake. Create your own meals comfortably in a full kitchen set up. You will have plenty of space with an open floor plan to move around comfortably. The water is only a few steps away so you can easily make a splash or access the lake with a watercraft.
Living In Luxury
For more of a luxurious taste in accommodations, a rental like the Lake Norman Playaway Vacation Home is a fantastic choice. Designed with impressive architecture, open deck areas on shore, and covered deck areas out over the water makes every area of this home tasteful. Modern furniture and appliances ensure that your stay will be optimal in comfort and functionality. Meander down to the lake where there is a comfortable spot for sitting around a toasty fire and socializing with family or friends. Luxury lakefront vacation rentals like this one can be found in different styles and sizes on the StayLakeNorman website.
Picking Out The Perfect One For You
To help you find the perfect rental for you, ask yourself these questions:
- How many people do I need to accommodate?
- Will I be bringing my pet?
- What is my budget?
- Is this stay for a wedding?
All of these questions will help narrow down your search. From there you can pick your favorite style. Flip through the options to see all of the rentals that range from luxury to simple and cozy. Once you have your rental picked out, pick up the phone and make sure you reserve it before someone else snags it. What is the final step? Arrive at your rental and have an incredible experience with StayLakeNorman Luxury Vacation Homes on Lake Norman. Your perfect rental is waiting for you!
Getting the family all together in one place can be a difficult task. Make it easier by taking a family trip to get away from the distractions and stresses of everyday life. Unplug and relax in luxury in one of the StayLakeNorman Luxury Vacation Rentals. There are so many Lake Norman things to do, including fun in the water and other activities on land that the whole family can enjoy.
Fun On The Water
Lake Norman is a vast man-made lake. So large that 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. 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 and roasting a few marshmallows over a fire, there are many fun things you and 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 and race to the checkered flag in go-karts at the GoPro Motorplex. With being in an area known for NASCAR fun, it is the perfect place to kick up some dust on a track. Climb to new heights by visiting the Cliff Hangers climbing center. 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. Enjoy seeing and petting various animals while learning about them up close and personal.
A Comfortable Stay Perfect For Your Family
When you want a comfortable stay on Lake Norman and a rental that will fit your family, you will be sure to find it with StayLakeNorman Luxury Vacation Rentals. There are plenty of options, 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 to have the best stay close to all the Lake Norman things to do and waterfront views. Your Lake Norman getaway is waiting for you.
The Holiday season can be stressful and busy. Spending time in busy stores, attending holiday parties, and hosting people from out of town. This year start a new tradition at Lake Norman. Remember what the holidays are all about and spend time with the ones you love. At StayLakeNorman, we provide luxury Lake Norman vacation rentals to fit your whole family, so all you have to worry about is enjoying the holiday cheer. Ring in the holidays with parades, lights, music, warm drinks, family, and everything to get you in the holiday spirit.
This year the 73rd Annual Mooresville Christmas Parade will take place on November 21st at 3:30 pm. Each year it gets bigger and better. Floats will glide down Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville. Performers, marching bands, scout troops, dance schools, and of course Santa will be in the crowd. Around 12,000 to 15,000 residents come out each year to enjoy the fun, so get there early, especially if you want a good spot!
Throughout the month of December visit Downtown Mooresville’s Annual Holiday Light Spectacular on the lawn at Town Hall. This free event is fun for the whole family and will put you in the holiday spirit. It is an orchestrated light show that includes over 85,000 lights and is set to music. Watch the magic and enjoy your favorite holiday tunes as the town of Mooresville lights up.
Celebrate the holidays in downtown Mooresville December 8th and 15th! Walkthrough Christmas tree lane, enjoy wagon rides through town, listen to holiday music, and tell Santa everything you want for Christmas, and more! Starts at 6 pm through 8 pm and activities take place on Broad & Main Streets. It is a great way to celebrate the holidays with the small town charm of Mooresville NC.
After all the fun holiday festivities relax at your luxury rental. Spend the evening by the fire playing board games or use the fully equipped kitchen to make a scrumptious holiday feast. Our Lake Norman vacation rentals have everything you need to create the perfect holiday getaway. Do things a little different this year and get away and appreciate what the season is all about in Mooresville, NC.
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.
With cooler temperatures and fewer crowds, fall is one of the best times to visit our 520 miles of pristine coastline. Celebrate the crisp air, the changing leaves, and the fantastic fall festivals. At StayLakeNorman we offer luxury properties, fully furnished so you can enjoy your fall celebrating worry free. Stay on the lake and enjoy everything that North Carolina has to offer from wine and beer festivals, music festivals, and so much more!
September. 22 – 24, Charlotte
Charlotte beer scene’s most anticipated event! Mecktoberfest is Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s eighth annual celebration. Spanning the brewery and Biergarten, there will be German-style food, award-winning beer, live bands and fun for the whole family!
September 9, 2017 – November 5, 2017, Huntersville
Head to Huntersville and get lost! Test your escape abilities at the giant seven-acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. It is one of the largest mazes in the southeast. After the confusing maze enjoy the rest of Rural Hill’s 265 acres. Take a hayride around the farm, play in the mini-mazes, explore the historic site, hike the trails, pick a pumpkin, and much more! Bring the whole family because there is something for everyone.
October 21, Yadkinville
The Yadkin Valley Grape Festival, celebrating its 14th year, is arguably North Carolina’s most famous wine region. In Yadkinville, there are more than 20 wineries to choose from. Have a tasting of fabulous wine as you listen to live music and enjoy the food vendors and artisans stands.
To top of all the events happening in North Carolina, it is also the 100th anniversary of our State and National Parks. So, get out and explore the incredible wilderness and the fall foliage during your event stay in Lake Norman.
StayLakeNorman is happy to host your trip. Situated right on Lake Norman you will have plenty to do and see right from your vacation rental and the events are only a short drive away. All of our homes are designed to host friends and family members, so bring everyone for a fun festival filled trip. We provide quality and clean homes, and a concierge service that sets us apart from the rest, so you can be sure you are getting the best. Experience North Carolina and get ready for endless amounts of fun.