Lake Lure...A great family vacation destination!


Do people blog about vacations? I usually don't, but we had such an amazing vacation in October that though it is long past, I still want to share it with you. Let's hope I still remember. It's been 3 months and I've moved our entire house since then. Not sure I have a brain left in my head. But here goes...

First off, I'm a big fan of North Carolina. Y'all. It's such a great state. We are so blessed to live here and have access to beautiful beaches or majestic mountains in only a few short hours.

I have vacationed at Lake Lure dozens of times because my dad, in his wisdom, built a log home there over a decade ago and we have been enjoying it ever since! (Thanks, Dad!)

Here are some pics of the cabin and the view from the cabin...


My sweet little girl enjoying some "hot chock-et" on the porch.

Since I'd been vacationing here for years you would assume I'd know quite a bit about the area. While I was super proud that I was able to give someone directions and tell him how to get to the post office (I felt like a local for about half a second!), I know very little about Lake Lure. We had intentions of driving to several other areas while we were there, which is typical of our stays, but this time we decided to keep it local. And let me tell you, we were not sorry. Lake Lure is fantastic, y'all. It really is.

Here are some of the highlights....

1. Lake Lure Boat Tour
This is something I've always wanted to do but never have. When Adam asked me what was the one thing I wanted to do over the course of our week, this was it. We were the only people under the age of 70 on this tour and I loved it! It really was an historical tour but if you know me well enough you'll know the real reason why I wanted to go on this tour....

My heart was pounding and I think I might have even squealed a little when our tour guide took us into the cove where most of Dirty Dancing was filmed.....

Recognize this?

Then and now....

It looks a little different now but boy was I excited. All of the cabins (yes, Johnny's cabin too) and buildings burned in a fire many many years ago. Our tour guide said there is now a private resort on the property that once used to be a boy scout camp (hence all of the cabins in the film). Here are some more locations you might recognize from the film...

"The Beach" 

The steps where Jennifer Grey carried the watermelon

All that's left of the stone building where the staff danced
 Some more pictures from the boat tour and from our walk around the lake...








2. Cedar Creek Stables
My little girls love horses. The youngest is still afraid of them but the oldest is pretty fearless. (Which scares me a little). Anyway, their daddy wanted to take them riding. We were the ONLY people there. It was really kind of strange but we did go during the week so I guess that's to be expected. The little one got all suited up but then chickened out. My oldest was in her element.






 They also have gem mining...


3. Chimney Rock State Park
If you're familiar with Lake Lure then you've probably visited Chimney Rock, which is right next to Lake Lure and provides an excellent view of the lake from the actual rock. There are many trails to hike. Only downfall is that the elevator to the top has not been working for several years now. Not sure what's up with that. But if you're up for a good little hike, put your shoes on and climb the stairs! The waterfall in the pictures below was featured in the movie "Last of the Mohicans".....





4. Chimney Rock Village
The charm of Chimney Rock Village can't be beat. There is an excellent general store there with all kinds of goodies. There is a riverwalk with beautiful scenery and "sitting rocks." We ate at The Old Rock Café and the food was excellent. We've eaten at many of these restaurants over the years but I believe this one was my favorite. Most of the restaurants in town offer outside seating so you can listen to the creek as you dine. It's kind of magical. When we went, just before Halloween, the town was having a scarecrow competition. There were scarecrows everywhere you turned. Scary ones and funny ones. Visitors could go to certain stores to place votes for their favorites. Very cool way to get tourists interacting with locals.




5. Grandad's Apples
Right down the road in Hendersonville is Grandad's Apples. This is our favorite apple country stop. They have all kinds of activities for kids (corn maze, playground, pumpkin patch, petting farm) and goodies for adults (cookbooks, apple cider, coffee, desserts). And rocking chairs! I love a good porch rocker!












Though these were my "top picks," I'm sure I didn't even scratch the surface of the beauty and wonder of Lake Lure. If you've vacationed here before, will you leave a comment below and share with us about your experience and favorite spots?

I'll leave you with a few more vacation photos from the area. Thanks for reading and supporting my blog!

Blessings,
Michelle







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