Weekend Trip: Lake Lure

Lake Lure, North CarolinaEscape the summer heat with a weekender at this beautiful, sparkling lake in North Carolina, just 135 miles from Columbia. The lake is surrounded by tree-covered hills and mountains. The area is popular for hiking, birding, fishing, golf, swimming and boating.

Lake Lure: The Rocky Broad River flows through the
valley that feeds the lake. 720 acres of lake with a beach area. Popular with boaters (permit needed) and fishermen(state license required) as well as folks who love a crystal Sweet Tea Festivalclear, mountain lake. Both motor and non-motorized boats are allowed. Information on permits and licensing can be found here: www.ncwildlife.org

Morse Park: A 23 acre community park, managed by the Town of Lake Lure. Wonderful mountain views as well as a spot for picnicking, sunbathing on the beach, birding and relaxing. Consists of four distinct areas – the meadow, the gardens, the wetlands, and the riverside. Facilities include a basketball court, 2 lighted tennis courts, covered picnic tables with grills, restrooms, landscaped gardens and more. So much to enjoy!

Lake Lure Tours: Guided 1-hour boat tours with gorgeous views and scenes from “Dirty Dancing”. $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $7 for kids. Rent hydro-bikes, paddle boats, kayaks, canoes, or stand up paddle boards.Laurel Crest Equipment averages $14 an hour. Lake Lure Tours also operates a public beach with swimming area and water park. Visit lakeluretours.com for more info. Open 10am – 6pm.

Lunch: Bayfront Bar & Grill Beer, wine, and ice cream floats! This beachy restaurant serves sandwiches, burgers, battered shrimp, rib eye and steaks, and a barbecue combination. Open from 11am daily. 1020 Memorial Hwy | 828.625.4075

Dinner: Larkin’s on the Lake: This upscale highly rated establishment offers its guests panoramic Larkins on the Lakeviews of pristine Lake Lure, an award-winning wine list, and a gourmet menu. From their filet mignon, center cut ribeye, blue ridge mountain trout, to their baja chipotle salmon your taste buds are sure to be doing back flips. Open at 5pm daily. 1020 Memorial Hwy | 828.625.4075

The Lodge on Lake Lure
361 Charlotte Dr. | 828.625.2789
The Lodge’s 17 rooms are beautifully decorated, each with its own personality and offering sweeping views of mountains, the lake or their gardens. Take in sunset views on the veranda or meander through the garden. Enjoy Mingling Hour from 5-6pm for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine. Also, enjoy complimentary paddleboards and canoes on a first come first serve basis. Included in room rate is a fully cooked breakfast, plus Tree Tops restaurant is on site.

The 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa 
2771 Memorial Hwy | 828.625.2525
Lake Lure Inn & SpaModern comfort meets historical charm. Located across the street from Lake Lure Beach, the hotel is within walking distance to many activities such as swimming, fishing and canoeing. In addition to luxurious guest accommodations, the Inn offers a signature restaurant, The Veranda, and the Moose & Goose Lounge. Breakfast not offered on site. Guests can relax and rejuvenate at the Allure Spa offering a variety of services for a fee. Offers jacuzzi rooms, suites, cabins, and more! Click here to view a list of fun area activities.

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