Written by MilwVon on 30 May, 2011
Named as one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the world by National Geographic, Lake Lure gives its name to the surrounding town of some 1,000 year-round permanent residents. Incorporated in 1927, Lake Lure is situated in the foothills of the western Carolina…Read More
Named as one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the world by National Geographic, Lake Lure gives its name to the surrounding town of some 1,000 year-round permanent residents. Incorporated in 1927, Lake Lure is situated in the foothills of the western Carolina mountains less than an hour from Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway.Perhaps most famous for the scenes in the popular movie "Dirty Dancing" (1987) where Patrick Swayze is teaching Jennifer Grey the lift moves in the lake while at summer camp; visitors can stop by Firefly Cove by car or boat to see where the movie was filmed.The lake is approximately 700 acres and spans roughly three miles end to end. High above, you can see Chimney Rock and the neighboring state park, as well as the beautiful mountain skyline.There is a public beach and marina area in the central part of the lake area, that I would consider "going to town" if you are staying elsewhere around the lake. There are a couple of restaurants as well as the 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Restaurant. Visitors have a wealth of lodging options in the area including private cabin rentals, timeshares and lodges. Some of the motels in the area look rather dated and primitive, so I would suggest doing some research before committing deposit money on a stay.During our visit, we enjoyed a four hour personal tour of the lake via a 17' pontoon boat we rented at our resort development. For $175, we felt that was the best way to go allowing us to explore at our own pace to include stopping along the way for a picnic lunch if the mood struck us.All around the lake and the many coves were summer vacation homes, most with boat houses and/or docks. Some were very modest and frankly looked in disrepair, while others were very extravagant and majestic. The lake is popular during the summer for many activities including canoeing, water skiing and fishing. You can also rent peddle boats at the marina in town or at the Rumbling Bald Resort (where we rented our pontoon boat).The views from around the lake are breathtaking . . . the waters refreshing. We would highly recommend vacationing at Lake Lure. Close
Written by vampirefan on 06 Sep, 2007
Since we didn’t have a lot of room in our cabin for cooking, we decided to eat breakfast out on our last morning. We headed back into Chimney Rock Village and parked in the parking lot. We headed left and went in search of someplace…Read More
Since we didn’t have a lot of room in our cabin for cooking, we decided to eat breakfast out on our last morning. We headed back into Chimney Rock Village and parked in the parking lot. We headed left and went in search of someplace open that we had not been to. As we passed by several closed restaurants I wondered if we would be dining at Laura’s again when I saw the open sign at Genny’s. We checked in with the hostess and were quickly escorted out on the back deck for riverside dining. They serve guest on either the back deck or inside. On this beautiful holiday morning everyone was enjoying the lovely weather and great views instead of being inside. Almost as soon as we sat down our waitress comes over to get our drink order. I have OJ while John has tea. The breakfast menu includes egg combos, pancakes, French toast, omelets, and breakfast sandwiches. Our waitress quickly returns and I order the 2 pancakes and John orders an egg combo of 2 scrambled eggs, grits, sausage, and a biscuit. We sat enjoying the view. The building sits right on the bank of the French Broad River that runs through the charming town. If you are at the end of the deck you can also get a view of Chimney Rock. We were on the wrong end for that. After our waitress takes our order we don’t see anyone but the bus boy for 40 minutes! I guess they were too afraid of coming out since after a while the guests were getting upset. You could hear people complaining and wondering where a waitress was. No one came out for refills on drinks or to assure anyone they had not been forgotten. I see two couples get up and leave the empty table beside of us after getting tired of waiting for a waitress. Finally after 40 minutes one waitress peaks her head out as if she is being turned over to the inquisition and tries to walk though without looking at the customers. John grabs her and inquires about our order. We are told we are waiting on the pancakes. 40 minutes on pancakes? You can make them in an easy bake oven quicker! The whole porch sounds like an uprising as customers are complaining loudly looking for food. Finally 5 minutes later our food arrives. The waitress plops it in front of us and that is the last we see of her. They seemed to just deliver the food and then leave. John’s tea glass was empty and she never asked if we needed anything else. I finally go inside and ask for a picture of tea. John refills his and then we pass it on to the next table since the waitresses don’t seem to be doing their job. After all this and the wait our food wasn’t that good. My pancakes were flat tasting. John said they apparently don’t believe in seasoning since nothing had flavor to it, his sausage patty was burned, as was half his biscuit. The place was busy but not over flowing. There are about a dozen and a half booths outside and several of those stayed empty since no one would ever come and wait on those people. And there was no one inside. So why 45 minutes on pancakes and eggs? I haven’t a clue. The restaurant also has a gift shop and bakery. The gift shop is primarily homemade jellies, jams, and sauces. The bakery has cookies and fudge. Given the uniform size and roundness of the cookies, I imagine they are not handmade and I would bet the fudge isn’t either. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are not open on Sundays. There is parking right out front and parking in the village. They are mere steps away from the entrance of Chimney Rock Park. Since I am not recommending the place I didn’t bother to get the hours. Having been in business since 1976, I would think by now they would have figured out how to run a business. The only redeeming feature here is the view. But it is the same view you can get on the Riverwalk. While they aren’t many places in town for breakfast, they are not the only ones open. Laura’s House and Fibber McGees are both open and as we left we saw another Close
I had originally planned BBQ for this evening, but when John and I were walking past the restaurant, he stopped and looked at the menu posted in the window and asked what I thought of the place. I gave it a quick glance and noticed…Read More
I had originally planned BBQ for this evening, but when John and I were walking past the restaurant, he stopped and looked at the menu posted in the window and asked what I thought of the place. I gave it a quick glance and noticed their special for $8.95 which included a choice of meat, 2 veggies, and a roll. Since I didn’t have to have BBQ I said OK and we went on inside. Inside we checked with the host and he informed us it would be just a few minutes. In less than 5 minutes we were taken upstairs and given a seat by the huge picture window. Like most other places in town, there is a view here. In this case you can look up and see Chimney Rock. You can also walk out on their porch and get fantastic views of the mountains and the town itself. The menu here draws on homestyle Southern country cooking. Everything is hand made and fresh. Their entrées include chicken, pot roast, meatloaf, and pork chops. They also have sandwiches, salads, soup, and burgers. Our waitress comes over and takes our tea order as we try to decide what to have. We know we are already going for the dinner special since that is what brought us here in the first place. When our waitress takes our order John asks what is the best thing on the menu and she replies the chicken telling us it is not greasy or dry. We both decide on their fried chicken. John gets the slaw and mashed potatoes and gravy while I get mac and cheese as well as glazed carrots. We both go with biscuits over cornbread. It doesn’t take long before our meal comes out. I take a bite of my chicken and it is piping hot but oh so good. The chicken is not greasy and not overloaded with a coating as can sometimes happen. My mac and cheese is made from a white cheese and is some of the best mac and cheese I have ever had and my carrots are wonderful. John’s potatoes were fluffy, creamy, and yummy (yes I snuck a bite) and I took his word that the slaw as good. Our waitress comes back with tea refills and to make sure we are fine. As hungry as we are I save some room for dessert and that chicken I didn’t eat gave Jazzy a treat for being stuck in the room while we dined out. Their dessert menu is a sweet tooth’s delight and includes cobbler, pudding, short cake, pie, and 9 different cakes including lemon, chocolate, red velvet, and carrot cake. Their signature dessert is the Hickory Nut Gorge which is a decadent looking brownie sundae. When we order our cobbler we are given a choice of apple or peach. I said apple and John said peach. We were both too full to have our own, so I conceded and we went with peach. When it came out it was pure heaven for your taste buds. There has been a restaurant on this property for more than 130 years. But the current owners have been here since 2001. The restaurant is housed in a very attractive 3-story A-framed building. It has a lovely stair case leading to the dining room and high vaulted ceilings with walls of a pretty moss green and yellow. It offers large floor to ceiling glass windows allowing incredible views of the surrounding area. It is nestled with the mountains behind it as even more of an attraction. They do offer private dining for events and large groups. The property is located within the Chimney Rock village beside of Bubba’s General Store and across the street from the Riverwalk entranceway. You can find parking in the village. They are open for lunch and dinner and breakfast on weekends and some holidays. Hours: Monday to Friday - 11am to 8pmSaturday and Sunday Breakfast 8:30 am to noon. Lunch noon to 8pm. Hours may change by season and demand so always call ahead in off season. With fantastic views, great service, and exceptional food, I must say I am sure glad John looked at the menu and suggested this place. While I am sure the BBQ would have been excellent, I certainly was happy with our final choice. They are in the $10-$20 pp range. V Close
Given my luck with first dining choices, as we drove through Lake Lure on the way to my intended stop I make a mental note of the restaurants we are passing by. We pulled into my first choice which offered river side dining and sat…Read More
Given my luck with first dining choices, as we drove through Lake Lure on the way to my intended stop I make a mental note of the restaurants we are passing by. We pulled into my first choice which offered river side dining and sat down at a table. After 10 minutes of being ignored, John asked me if I noticed what restaurants were back in Lake Lure. I mentioned La Strada and off we went. We pulled into their parking lot and the first level was packed so we drove up to the next parking level. Even if the lower level has space come up on this level as the views of the mountains are incredible. With the parking lot so full, we were afraid this will mean a wait. We walk on down and when he get to the hostess she tells us the wait for patio dining is at least 45 minutes, or we can be seated now if we wish to dine inside. We were hungry so inside it is. La Strada sits across from Lake Lure and offers diners a great view of the lake and mountains. The dining area is set up though to offer everyone a great view. There is a lower level inside that sits beside of the patio and then the upper level where we sit also allows for a great view. So even inside you are certain to be wowed. The decor of the restaurant is nice and invites customers inside to relax. They have nice wooden tables and booths, a fireplace, and lovely paintings offering the artists view of Italy. Even though this is an Italian restaurant, the menu offers something for everyone. Their appetizers include wings, calamari, quesadilla, and dips. They have plenty of pasta dishes on the menu as well as seafood and steaks. They are known for their NY Brick Oven Pizza offering a variety of toppings. John and I decide to keep it simple and he goes for baked lasagna and I have a simple spaghetti marinara. I also get a side salad with Italian dressing. Our waiter, Kevin, quickly returns after getting our order with our 2 teas, my salad, and their homemade rolls. These rolls are small, but boy are they good. They smell like they have enough garlic to keep Dracula away for decades. I hesitantly bite into one thinking it will taste as strong as it smells, but I am pleasantly surprised when the roll isn’t overpowered by garlic. It doesn’t take long for our dinner to arrive. John and I dive in and the food is magnificent. It was fresh and everything tasted homemade. When we are done our tummies and taste buds are happy. They do offer a full service bar and they have quite a yummy looking dessert menu that includes cheesecake, Tiramisu, cake, and canolies. We are too stuffed to even think of dessert. Our waiter was great, the food was divine, and since the price for the two of us was a little over $31, not bad on the budget either. They do have room for private parties. They do have room out on the patio to view the surrounding natural beauty. I and several others with cameras take advantage of it. They are also quite popular since every time we drove by I noticed the patio was full. They are located near the legendary Inn at Lake Lure. So if you have parked there or across the street in general parking, the building is close enough to walk to. For great food, exceptional service, and breathtaking views make sure you stop while you’re in town. They also have several locations in Charlotte. Hours/info: Hours:11:30am to 9pm except Friday and Saturday when they close at 10pm. Website: www.lastradaatlakelure.com They are in the $10-$20 pp range. Very highly recommended Close
Written by kstraveler on 21 Oct, 2004
Lake Lure Tours has several pontoon boat tours on Lake Lure. We took one of these rides on our first free day at Fairfield Mountains. The tour was very interesting since the tour leader told us the history of the lake. Lake…Read More
Lake Lure Tours has several pontoon boat tours on Lake Lure. We took one of these rides on our first free day at Fairfield Mountains. The tour was very interesting since the tour leader told us the history of the lake.
Lake Lure is a 15,000 acre man-made lake, which Dr. Morris, the owner of the valley in the early 1900s, had built. A small town was flooded when the lake went in and still lies below about 100 feet of lake water. Only the very wealthy lived on Lake Lure at the beginning, but when Dr. Morris fell on hard times during the depression and failed to pay his taxes, he lost ownership of the lake and others were allowed to put homes on the lake. There are still many expensive homes surrounding this beautiful lake, and it is a major recreation area for locals and tourists in summer. We enjoyed hearing about the lake's history and seeing the homes and other sites on Lake Lure.
During our orientation get-together at Fairfield Mountains, we were told that apples were ripe and that they were selling for $9 a bushel at Edneyville. Before making the trip to Edneyville, we stopped at a roadside stand near Lake Lure and bought a couple…Read More
During our orientation get-together at Fairfield Mountains, we were told that apples were ripe and that they were selling for $9 a bushel at Edneyville. Before making the trip to Edneyville, we stopped at a roadside stand near Lake Lure and bought a couple of small sacks of apples. The man at the stand said the apples were from Edneyville. Upon sampling our apples and discovering that they were some of the most delicious we had ever had, we were all ready to drive to Edneyville to buy a bushel of apples.
Edneyville is a small town on the road to Hendersonville. Many of the fruit stands in Edneyville were decorated for Halloween and had big containers of pumpkins for sale. Many also offered the option of picking your own apples. We decided to buy apples at the stand and not pick them. Our North Carolina apples were some of the very best we have tasted. We enjoyed them during the rest of our stay at Fairfield Mountains and brought a large number of them back with us to eat at home.
On one of our prettiest days at Lake Lure, we drove over to the Chimney Rock Park to explore the beauty there. We began by taking an elevator, which traveled up about 26 stories to the Sky Lounge. From there it was about…Read More
On one of our prettiest days at Lake Lure, we drove over to the Chimney Rock Park to explore the beauty there. We began by taking an elevator, which traveled up about 26 stories to the Sky Lounge. From there it was about 44 steps up the top of Chimney Rock. From that height, about 2,280 ft, we were able to see beautiful Lake Lure and the surrounding mountains. It is estimated that on a clear day you can see a distance of around 75 miles. It was beautiful, but very scary as we approached the protective fence at the edge. We decided that we shouldn't climb any higher, so we did not hike on the Skyline Trail above. We drove down to the parking lot for the Hickory Nut Falls Trail and hiked over to view the falls from below. The hike was about 2 miles with a lot of it being uphill. We took our time and walked slowly and stopped for rest breaks when we felt winded. It was a beautiful hike and we took a lot of photos on our walk. The climactic fight scene in the film "The Last of the Mohicans" took place and was filmed at the top of the Hickory Nut Falls. We felt the long walk was well worth our effort when we viewed Hickory Nut Falls. It was very beautiful. Our money was well spent on our tickets to Chimney Rock Park. We enjoyed our day and the beauty of the trees, mountains, & waterfalls of this part of North Carolina. Close
We had visited the Carl Sandburg home while we were at Fairfield Sapphire Valley in 2001, but my sister & her husband wanted to see it, and we made another trip to Flat Rock to see it. We picked a beautiful day for our…Read More
We had visited the Carl Sandburg home while we were at Fairfield Sapphire Valley in 2001, but my sister & her husband wanted to see it, and we made another trip to Flat Rock to see it. We picked a beautiful day for our trip and the temperature was about as perfect as we could have hoped for. The property is named Connemara Farm, and sits atop a steep hill, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. It didn't take us long to realize how easy it is to love this farm. It's a real beauty and we are very glad that the National Park Service is doing such a good job of preserving it in same condition it was in when Carl Sandburg, his wife Lilian, and their two daughters lived here. Carl Sandburg was 67 when the family moved to Connemara and it proved a good location for him to write. His wife loved it because it was a perfect place for goats. The house was built around 1838 and does not appear to have changed very much. We walked through the barn and farm areas, viewed the goats, the garden, the orchard, and several old buildings from previous owners. Then we walked up to the house and took a guided tour. It was very interesting and we enjoyed it more this time than we had in 2001. A visit to the Carl Sandburg home is a wonderful outing for those who love old homes, farms, goats, & history. We highly recommend it. (HINT: The Golden Age Passport allows free admission & is exactly the same price as two adult tours of the home.) Close
Written by larrygc48 on 14 Nov, 2004
The Biltmore Estate is a place that everyone needs to see in their lifetime. It is the most beautiful house imaginable for being built back in the late 1800s. …Read More
The Biltmore Estate is a place that everyone needs to see in their lifetime. It is the most beautiful house imaginable for being built back in the late 1800s. Close
Written by Nick and Janet on 29 Dec, 2002
When staying in Lake Lure, NC, they have fireplaces that require duraflame logs. They do sell them in the small gas station on the property, but you would be wise to pick up your essentials before you leave the interstate. The nearest store…Read More
When staying in Lake Lure, NC, they have fireplaces that require duraflame logs. They do sell them in the small gas station on the property, but you would be wise to pick up your essentials before you leave the interstate. The nearest store is about a 45 minute drive. The resort is lovely, but it is very isolated. Close