Golfing at Lake Norman

Golfing at Lake Norman

Looking to hit the links during your trip to Lake Norman? Check out a few of our favorite local courses. Lake Norman Golf Courses Verdict Ridge Very nice. Close. If you are a high handicapper, you’ll find it difficult. It’s in a golf development but the houses are not close to the fairway. Located on 500+ acres, and conveniently located to Charlotte, Huntersville, Cornelius, and Mooresville, Verdict Ridge Country Club and the surrounding residential community offers a serene escape from the hustle, bustle and stresses of everyday life. The Club serves as the centerpiece of the community and provides a host of amenities, activities and events that bring the residents together in an invigorating, relaxing and social atmosphere. There is no better word than ‘Family’ to capture the spirit of membership and/or residency in Verdict Ridge. Rock Barn Nicest public course in area. Exceptional (and priced accordingly). A unique Country Club community nestled in the rolling foothills of western North Carolina with two championship golf courses, a full service day spa, three award winning dining venues, award winning corporate event and wedding venues and much more! Fox Den Low price. Fun course. Nothing fancy here, but a good golf experience and not difficult to get on the course...
Boating & Fishing at Lake Norman

Boating & Fishing at Lake Norman

While we may be a little biased, we tend to thing that Carolina Hideaway is one of the best vacation rental homes on Lake Norman, we can’t overlook the biggest star of Lake Norman…the lake! Many of our guests leave great reviews of their time at Carolina Hideaway and activities on the lake. If you’re looking to spend some time on the water during your visit to Lake Norman, please check out the helpful links below. Boat Rental @ Lake Norman Lake Effects We have a boat rental place that we like a lot. The boats are nice and clean, and the pricing is good. They are close, they deliver and pick up your boat. Please check out Lake Effects at 980-395-3980. They know the Hideaway well and have deliver to us regularly. Their email is info@lakeeffectsboatrentals.com and their website is http://www.lakeeffectsboatrentals.com/. John or Walt will take good care of you. Make sure you tell them that you’re staying at the Hideaway. Fishing Guides @ Lake Norman These two groups come highly recommended. While the owners at Carolina Hideaway haven’t personally used their services, we’ve heard great reviews from guests and locals. If you hire either of these guides please share your feedback with us! Ty-1-On Fishing Guide Service: http://www.tyoneon.net/index.html Fish On Lake Norman: http://www.fishonlakenorman.com/ Public Landing – Boat Launch @ Lake Norman Pinnacle Shores Very close to the house by water. It is right next to the Blue Parrot Restaurant in Mooresville, just off Route 150. (Restaurant address is 169 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville NC 28117). If you put your boat in here, take a right when you enter the main channel...
Buying Groceries Around Lake Norman

Buying Groceries Around Lake Norman

One of the benefits of renting a private vacation home on Lake Norman is that you’ll typically have a fabulous kitchen for preparing family meals. There are a plethora of great restaurants around Lake Norman, but when you need to stock up on groceries there are plenty of local options. Harris Teeter Brand new on Rt 150 toward Mooresville. Very nice. Very good regional chain. 118 Argus Lane, The Village at Byers Creek, Mooresville, NC 28117 Publix Another great regional chain. 631 Brawley School Rd, Mooresville, NC 28117. Super Target It’s the 2nd closest supermarket. Selection is “good” and produce is generally good. Location: 594 River Hwy Mooresville, NC 28117 Walmart Supercenter The selection is much better and it’s only a mile further away. Location: 169 Norman Station...
The Best Ice Cream Around Lake Norman

The Best Ice Cream Around Lake Norman

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Real Ice Cream, made fresh daily! The ice cream is great, fresh in all kinds of interesting flavors that change every visit. The portions are huge so be prepared when you order. You’ll love it. Bruster’s premium flavors and artisan desserts are made right in the store where they are served. We use only the freshest, finest ingredients we can find, including cream from Pennsylvania dairy farms. Superior ice cream handcrafted from the farm to you, fresh… cone after cone. Counter-serve chain where all of the ice cream selections are made fresh on-site every day. Address 17029 Kenton Dr, Cornelius, NC 28031 Hours Friday 11AM–11PM Saturday 11AM–11PM Sunday 11AM–11PM Monday 11AM–11PM Tuesday 11AM–11PM Wednesday 11AM–11PM Thursday...
Lake Norman Restaurants

Lake Norman Restaurants

We hope you enjoy your stay at Carolina Hideaway. It’s a special property on a special lake – we hope you enjoy it as much as our past guests. While we’re sure you’ll enjoy dining freshly prepared meals from our gourmet kitchen (and possibly dining al fresco), we’ve prepared the list of local Lake Norman restaurants that we enjoy for those nights you want to step out. The Landings (at Lake Norman Motel) This is our favorite “dive” restaurant on the water. It’s basically sandwiches of all kinds, fajitas, and their famous “Oh My Cod” fish sandwich. You’ll get lots of local flavor here … including a Tiki Bar, Carolina Blonde Beer on Tap, great wings, $1.50 Coronas on Tuesdays, video games and kids meals in Frisbees for the kids, and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.  Fine dining it is not. It is a lot of fun though. They also deliver pizza. It’s solid but one of the few places that we have found that delivers. (828-478-2817) The Blue Parrot Across the main channel … just north of the 150 bridge. Good food. Cold beer. Local flavor. Live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. They also sell gas for boats. Tony’s Pizza (no delivery) Our favorite pizza in NC. It’s NY style pizza with a large pizza so big they need to fold over the edges to fit it in the box. They don’t deliver and it’s very “light” on ambiance but a great carry-out option to take back to the Hideaway. It’s great pizza !!  (704) 658-1926. Giovanni’s Pizza and Pasta (pizza and Italian food delivered)...
Lake Norman Private Chef

Lake Norman Private Chef

Feel like staying in and dining at Carolina Hideaway? But maybe you don’t feel like cooking. Well meet Ken Rizzo. Ken Rizzo is the “Charlotte Chef.” For about $50 per person, Ken will come prepare a wonderful meal for you. It’s quite a show, a lot of fun and the food is fantastic. For the price, you get high-end restaurant quality food and presentation. You pick the menu and he will typically prepare two entrees and side dishes. Ken’s from New York and is a showman. He sets up, cooks, cleans up, etc.—and you’ll typically have food leftover for lunch the next day. This will definitely be one of the highlights of your vacation. Ken Can be reached at 704-877-CHEF (2433), www.CharlotteChef.com or...
How to Rent a Vacation Home on Lake Norman

How to Rent a Vacation Home on Lake Norman

Renting a Vacation home on Lake Norman can be a very simple process. That said, renting the wrong home can mean for a disappointing vacation for your family. Here are the five things to consider when determining which home to rent on Lake Norman. How much privacy will you have? Many homes are on small lots, with neighbors who are not excited about renters. The size of the homesite really matters, as you will not be excited about unfriendly neighbors during your vacation trip. On what part of Lake Norman will your rent? The closer you are to Charlotte, the more crowded you will find the lake to be, particularly on the weekend. If you rent a vacation home north of mile marker 12, you will find the lake much less crowded and enjoyable for your boating and swimming. Are you renting a true vacation home? Some homeowners on Lake Norman today try to rent homes they can’t sell, or they just try to rent a couple weeks a year to make a little money.  They are not renting homes that are thoughtfully set up as rentals. These homes are typically not well equipped, so you could end up with a frustrating Lake Norman vacation rental experience, if you rent a home without a successful track record of rentals. How customer service oriented is the owner? With some vacation rental homes on Lake Norman, you will find the owner to be very responsive. In other cases, it will take a day or two to get a response to your call or email. The responsiveness of the owner will matter...
Five Tips on Finding the Ideal Lake Norman Vacation Rental Home

Five Tips on Finding the Ideal Lake Norman Vacation Rental Home

If you’d like to rent the perfect vacation home on Lake Norman, you’ll want to ask a number of questions to help ensure you have a great vacation. Here are just tips on How to Find a Lake Norman Vacation Rental Home: Are there things to do at the house? What activities exist at or near the vacation home? Is there a fire pit? Games?  A movie theatre? A beach area? Outdoor ping pong? Kayaks? Is your Lake Norman vacation rental in a private setting? Some neighbors are very close (and not all are happy about their neighbors renting their homes). Is the water in front of the home of adequate depth? Some vacation rental homes on Lake Norman are in coves and may have shallow water in late summer in a dry year. Is the boat traffic heavy in front of the vacation home? In some areas, particularly in the southern part of the lake, the boat traffic can be very heavy on weekends? Is the owner service oriented? If an owner doesn’t return your calls or emails promptly BEFORE they have your money, imagine how service-oriented they’ll be (or not be) after they have payment. Lake Norman is a fabulous lake. Picking a vacation rental home on Lake Norman can be a tricky experience. Ask owners lots of questions and make sure the reviews on the home are positive. Learn from others’ experience! We’d like to think that the Carolina Hideaway is the ideal vacation home on Lake Norman. We look forward to helping you and your family create once-in-a-lifetime memories at our home — and then having...