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Blessed with 500 miles of forested shoreline, Lake Norman, North Carolina, radiates year-round beauty and a quaint, lake-life atmosphere. Stay with Inspirato at Timberlake, a spacious, handcrafted log home with direct access to Lake Norman. Cozy up at Larkhaven, a home located in a prime and private spot along Lake Norman featuring a screened-in porch and deck overlooking the water.
Situated roughly 20 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Norman is the largest manmade lake in the Carolinas, lined with waterfront communities hugging the shores. Here, outdoor recreation centers on the lake, from powerboat rentals to kayaking, jet skiing, swimming, fishing, and more. Explore the charming waterfront towns along Lake Norman, including Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville, where you can nosh on freshly caught seafood and sip craft beers, shop local boutiques, and catch a stunning pink-and-purple sunset in places like Ramsey Creek Park.
Dine lakeside and enjoy a freshly caught meal—like largemouth bass, striped bass, or yellow perch—with a laid-back, nautical atmosphere at several area restaurants. Waterfront views stretch out to the horizon from outdoor terraces.
Start your weekends with fresh produce and local baked goods at area farmers markets. Davidson Farmers Market runs every Saturday morning, and the Huntersville Growers’ Market takes place on Saturday mornings from May–October.
If you’re looking for a fun way to splash around the area, rent a captained boat from one of the many nearby marinas or charter your own excursion to cruise around. There are also a few local shops where you can sign up for waterskiing and wakeboarding lessons.
The summers in Lake Norman are generally hot and humid, with temperatures reaching the upper 80s. Rainfall is more likely during the warmer months, but storms tend to pass by quickly. In the winter, temperatures are typically mild, with highs in the 50s and very little snowfall expected.