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What to do and where to go in Lake Lure, North Carolina

On the Dock By Larkin Hammond

Look around and see all the beauty this place has to offer. See how lucky you are in your family’s faces. Enjoy the smiles that your hard work has helped to place there. Take time to enjoy every moment. Just turn those devices off for an hour and talk. You are surrounded by those you love. They may not be here tomorrow. Appreciate the beauty of the lake and the mountains. Remember how short life is and how very precious these moments on the lake are. You can never get time back so enjoy your family and friends here and now at the lake. Most of all, be grateful. You are one of the lucky ones to be here in Lake Lure. Enjoy!

Letter from the Editor: This is Lake Lure time. Time to start enjoying the good life and all that Lake Lure has to offer—all year long. We are no longer just a summer community, we are alive and well all of the four beautiful seasons. With the new school and the new medical facility, life keeps getting easier here.

Drive, Boat or Swim... ...Just get here!

Not only do we have one of the best yearround lakes for fishing and water sports, but there’s lots to do around the area on dry land, too. From hiking, zip-lining, biking and rock climbing for the sport enthusiast to wineries, shopping and relaxing by the fire for all of us when it’s a little too cool for a lake swim. Ingle’s stays busy and many restaurants are open all year now. The “Locals” dinners and wine tasting’s at Larkin’s are a great way to meet new friends and catch up with older ones in those cooler months. Now it’s YOUR time to join the year around residents who call Lake Lure home.

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EDITOR Larkin Hammond

MARKETING COORDINATORS Liz Buchanan & Shea Williams

Copyright 2014. All rights reserved, no duplication without prior written approval from publisher.

Larkin Hammond, Editor We need your feedback. What would it take for you to call Lake Lure home? Email me at Larkin@ and I will pass it along.

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sights on the lake

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As you stand on the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, perhaps looking up at the famous Chimney Rock above, you are standing on what was once known as historic Broad River Bridge #9. There is not only beauty here, but a rich history. Built to allow travelers to cross this rocky river that splashes down through Bat Cave and Chimney Rock Village as it approaches Lake Lure, the bridge was retired from its original purpose in 2011 and given to the Town of Lake Lure. A group of local residents developed a non-profit organization to re-purpose the structure as a public garden and walkway, the first of its kind in North Carolina. The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge was officially dedicated October 19, 2013, though it had begun welcoming visitors when the gardens were planted in April of that year. An estimated 30,000 visitors have enjoyed “the Gateway to Somewhere Beautiful� thus far, coming from most of the 50 states of the U.S. and from many foreign countries. Raised stone planters line the serpentine path that crosses the bridge. Each planter has a theme with an emphasis on plants native to the Hickory Nut Gorge and Southeastern mountains. Informational signage allows visitors to identify plants as they walk through the garden. The bridge garden was designed and is maintained entirely by community volunteers. Continued preservation and development is dependent upon both their hands-on efforts and the donation of generous visitors and benefactors. For more information, go to

homes on the lake


Mr. Lake Lure When it comes to local real estate, Greg Balk is known as “Mr. Lake Lure” for good reason. With his area knowledge, passion for the lifestyle and commitment to providing clients with exceptional customer service, he’s made a name for himself and left his mark on the community. Greg and his team of resident experts are continually raising the bar with their National Certifications as a Resort and Second Home Property Specialist and has become Lake Lure’s #1 Real Estate Firm every year since 2009 to 2014. As Greg transitioned from his previous business to life in Lake Lure, he shifted his career focus to real estate. Using his entrepreneurial skills and business savvy, he quickly made an impact in the community, earning him the name of “Mr. Lake Lure.” Whether he’s implementing the latest technological resources, opening the first Coldwell Banker franchise office in Lake Lure or utilizing creative marketing strategies, he’s always setting the pace in the local market.

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Whether he’s working with other residents in the Lake Lure community or out-of-town property owners from throughout the country, Greg takes his Mr. Lake Lure moniker to heart. He takes pride in knowing this market inside-and-out, from raw land and lakefront vacation homes to investment properties and permanent residences. “People know they can count on me and my team to provide the most comprehensive and effective service around”, Greg says. Greg is located in the Arcade Building, across from the town beach and the historic Lake Lure Inn.

Greg Balk, Broker Coldwell Banker, Quarter Real Estate 828-625-5554

“I fell in love with Lake Lure at first sight. For me, this is the perfect place to live, work and play. I enjoy the opportunity to share this lifestyle with others through my real estate career, helping them find their piece of the dream here.” —Greg Balk (aka “Mr. Lake Lure”)

Family Health Center Lake Lure


! 4 1 0 2 r e m m u S e t a Opening L We are Your Family Doctor Newborn, pediatric and adult care Well child check-ups Wellness and prevention exams Same day sick appointments Chronic disease management Family planning On-site lab

A Dream Realized

Family Health Center Comes to Lake Lure For years the residents of the Lake Lure area had a dream of adding medical services to meet the needs of local families. A new medical practice in Lake Lure is poised to make this vision a reality and will bring family doctors closer to home for many local residents. The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) will open the MAHEC Family Health Center at Lake Lure in 2014. “We are excited to bring great physicians and quality healthcare to local families,” said Dr. Jeff Heck, MD and MAHEC CEO, “MAHEC has a reputation for high quality care with well trained, passionate providers and we are excited to become part of the local community.” MAHEC is a non-profit organization established in 1974 and provides quality, compassionate healthcare as a foundation for training top physicians, dentists and health professionals. MAHEC has been a leader for 40 years committed to improving healthcare for the people of Western North Carolina.

Most forms of insurance are accepted and walk-ins are welcome Monday - Friday

The MAHEC Family Health Center at Lake Lure will provide full scope primary care services including: newborn, pediatric and adult care; well child check-ups; wellness and prevention exams; sick appointments; and chronic disease management.

Watch our website for details as construction progresses!

The practice will have six patient rooms as well as a procedure and trauma room and on-site lab services. There will be a special entrance for stretchers and space for ancillary services and other providers. Most forms of insurance will be accepted. The MAHEC Family Health Center at Lake Lure has received funding from The Golden LEAF Foundation, The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, and The North Carolina Rural Center. MAHEC is grateful for a generous donation of land from a private citizen, the encouragement of local residents, and support from The Town of Lake Lure.

146 Nesbitt Ridge | Lake Lure NC, 28746

dining on the lake

Lunch & Dinner Cruises to Larkin’s on the Lake 8

Larkin’s Themed Nights Larkin’s on the Lake invites everyone to be a part of our special themed nights. From buffets to coursed dinners, we’ve got the perfect night ready for you!

Your adventure starts when you depart from the Washburn Marina located just around the bend from the Beach at Lake Lure. The cruise will take you to parts of the lake most visitors don’t have the opportunity to explore. Your guide will show you points of interest around Lake Lure such as where the classic movie Dirty Dancing was filmed. You will hear about the legends and lore that have made Lake Lure a place visitors come back to time and time again. The boat then heads to Larkin’s On The Lake for your meal. Larkin’s offers creative, contemporary cuisine, along with the best stocked bar and wine cellar in the area including local micro beers on tap all served by an attentive staff. After your meal you board the boat and the cruise ends back at the marina where it began. Lunch cruises depart April through October Monday through Friday at 11 am returning you to the marina just before 2 pm. Adults are $20, seniors $17, and children $10 for the cruise only, cost of the meal is not included. A minimum of six passengers is required for the cruise to depart. Dinner cruises departs April through October Friday and Saturday evenings. Time of departure varies with the time the sun sets that day. Adults $25 for the cruise only, the cost of the meal is not included. This cruise is for adults only unless booked as a private charter. A minimum of eight passengers is required for the cruise to depart. Just before sunset you will re-board the boat head out to the center of the lake to watch the sunset behind the mountains surrounding the lake. A champagne toast is available through the restaurant, simply ask your server to arrange it. Please contact Lake Lure Tours at 828-625-1373 to confirm departure times for the dinner cruise and to make reservations for either the lunch or dinner cruise. For more information, visit our website or call Toll Free: (877) 386-4255 Phone: (828) 625-1373

$25.00/per person*

Group tours are available. Located across from the Lake Lure Inn. * Cost of dinner not included in price of tour

Local’s Night at Larkin’s

Larkin’s Wine Tasting Series

Local’s Nights are once a month from September to May. Fellowship among locals and regulars over a creatively themed buffet is a must-attend event!

Our themed Wine Dinners create the perfect evening of food and wine pairings. Tickets only $30 per person. Call 828.625.4075 for reservations.

Cape Cod Oriental Theme Jan. 16 Sept. 26 Let’s Halloween Go to Celebration New Orleans Oct. 30 Feb. 6 All American Southern Charm Feast March 13 Nov. 20 Christmas Italian Job April 9 Party Dec. 1 Spring is in Family Get the Air Together May 14 Dec. 19

Cabs From Tour of Around the World North America June 6 Dec. 12 Hot Weather Wines Celebration July 24 Jan. 30 End of Summer Celebrate Love Aug. 22 Feb. 20 Tour of Let’s Tour South America Europe Sept. 11 March 19 October Feast Spanish Tapas Oct. 23 April 23 Banfi Spring Fling Nov. 7 May 14

Seafood Wednesdays June 4 – Aug. 27

Seafood Wednesdays include a HUGE buffet of chef’s fresh seafood creations.

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Zip Lining is now more popular than ever and North Carolina plays host to the most zip parks in the nation.

You can go to almost any resort area in the state and find a zip line adventure nearby. Lake Lure is no exception being home to Canopy Ridge Farm and a ninety-minute high flying, adrenaline pumping zip line tour. The Adventure Park is nestled into the beautiful Hickory Nut Gorge, just a stone’s throw from the eastern shores of Lake Lure. A plethora of natural vegetation and sky-scraping tree lines almost mimic the feeling of sailing though a rain forest. Each zipline in the adventure tour are designed with exhilarating features including Zip Zilla which is over 1000 feet long and engineered for speed. It’s pure adrenaline! Canopy Ridge Farm is now in its fourth year. John Wagner who is also the founder of Lake Lure Adventure Company designed the park to be exciting and “fun for the whole family.” To date the youngest rider is three and the oldest eighty-four. “You’d be surprised how many people with a fear of heights have taken the tour,” explains Wagner. “The fear factor is quickly silenced by the sheer fun and adrenaline rush you get after stepping off that first platform.” The guides are there to support you all the way through. This year Canopy Ridge Farm will also offer paddle tours on the beautiful lower Rocky Broad River. It’s a great trip for beginners and children, or anyone seeking a relaxing river trip. In this section of the river, the flows are gentle with some white water and several fast moving shoals. All of the tours are professionally guided. Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge are quickly becoming a well-known destination for first-class fun with exciting outdoor activity and adventure. It can easily be found at Canopy Ridge Farm welcoming guests March through November.

Come soar through the trees. All ziplines are designed with unique and exhilarating features.


Kayak down the lower Rocky Broad River. All tours are professionally guided. LOCATED JUST MINUTES from Chimney Rock Park and Lake Lure.

Located just minutes from Larkin’s on the Lake and Hwy 26/center of town. 7115 US 64 74A Hwy Lake Lure, NC 28746 (828) 625-4500

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hiking around the lake

A Hiker’s Paradise The allure of Lake Lure is without a doubt the natural beauty that surrounds the town: mountains, waters and wildlife.


The best way to drink in all the splendor of the area is to put on your hiking shoes, grab a nice hiking stick, and walk your way through the wilderness. We have identified 12 great trekking locations within 35 minutes of the Lake Lure Beach area. Each hike offers different visual rewards as you journey through nature’s wonders. Our list of trails is in order of hiking difficulty (easy to hard) and provides general information to get you there and let you know the highlights of the hike. For more detailed hiking information, visit

crossings and a nice view of a 100 foot tall waterfall – getting to the base is well worth the effort, but be careful.

1 Morse Park 3 Little Bradley Town Walk: (Free) Falls: (Free) Located at the Lake Lure From Lake Lure Beach take Town Center 64E to NC9S – Right on HIKING DISTANCE: Garret Rd. – Right on Silver Approx. 2 miles Creek Rd. – Left on Holbert 5 Florence Preserve HIGHLIGHTS: Picturesque Cove Rd. for 6.2 miles: Upper Hickory Nut Gorge views of the surrounding parking on right – Trailhead Trailhead: (Free) From Lake mountains, Lake Lure and on South side of road Lure Beach take 74A North area flora and fauna. A HIKING DISTANCE: 7.7 miles just shy of Gerton, special treat from Spring 2 miles round trip NC. You will see a house through Fall is the Lake HIGHLIGHTS: The majority ruin with nothing left but Lure Flowering Bridge. of the trail follows Cove the chimney on the right. Creek so you have great Park here. Donald Ross 2  rushing water sounds as HIKING DISTANCE: Nature Park: (Free) you walk the wooded trail. Up to 4 miles Located on NC 9, There are 5 or 6 creek  HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful 1⁄4 mile south of 64W crossings so be prepared wooded trails crossing (across from Ingle’s) to get wet or rock hop. The and running along side of HIKING DISTANCE: pay-off: a triple-tiered, 50+ several creeks. Some trails 1⁄2 to 3 miles foot waterfall – gorgeous! pass by small waterfalls HIGHLIGHTS: Surrounded and old cabin ruins. Some by nature, well maintained 4 Big Bradley Falls: (Free) nice views of Hickory Nut trails and 2 open fields to Same as above – except – Gorge can be seen when let the pups run. Also, one Trailhead is on the North foliage is off the trees. nice view overlooking the side of the road. Lake Lure Municipal Golf HIKING DISTANCE: Course and up the Hickory Approx. 1.5 miles round trip Nut Gorge. HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful wooded hike with creek

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of a mile. Turn right on Boys Trail (moderate) takes you to the 6 Bearwallow Camp Rd (just past Flowering base of the 404 footwaterfall Mountain Trail: (Free) Bridge). Follow Boys Camp Rd. – gorgeous. Four Seasons From Lake Lure Beach take 74A 1.3 miles to entrance of Park on (moderate) is a beautiful wooded North 8.9 miles to Gerton – Left the left. trail. Exclamation Point Trail turn on Bearwallow Mountain HIKING DISTANCE: (strenuous) takes you to the top Rd. (paved road turns to gravel 1.5 miles of a rock face with breathtaking road) continue approxx. 2 miles  HIGHLIGHTS: Huge boulders views of Lake Lure and Hickory to where the road is paved once litter the landscape of this park. Nut Gorge. more – park on side of road – Watching boulder climbers can Trailhead on South side of road. 9 Buffalo Creek Park – Hiking and be quit interesting. Views from HIKING DISTANCE: Mountain Biking: (Free) the trails are best when foliage is 2 miles round trip From Lake Lure Beach take 64E down. Numerous side trails will HIGHLIGHTS: nice wooded for 6.1 miles and turn left on Bill’s take you to the granite rock face trail that takes you to a huge Creek Rd. Continue 1.9 miles at the base of Rumbling Bald pasture on the top of Bearwallow and turn left on Buffalo Creek Mountain – a unique perspective. Mountain (4232 ft. – tallest Rd. Continue on Buffalo Creek within sight of Lake Lure). Walk Rd. 4.9 miles passing Rumbling 8 Chimney Rock around the top to see 360 degree Park: (Entry Fee) Bald Resort. The trailhead is on views of the surrounding area. From Lake Lure Beach take the left. Park on side of road at Great pasture to let dogs run! 64W/74A for 1.4 miles to Chimney trailhead entrance. Rock, NC. The park entrance is on  HIKING DISTANCE: 7 Chimney Rock the left. Currently a 3.5 mile loop Climbing Park: (Free) HIKING DISTANCE:  HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful wooded From Lake Lure Beach head west Varies with trail – 1 1.5miles trails with numerous creek on Memorial Hwy. (74A) for 6/10 HIGHLIGHTS: Hickory Nut Fall crossings. Some nice views Now let’s hit the trails and enjoy the natural splendor of Lake Lure! Remember, be safe and don’t leave any evidence of your visit so others can enjoy their journeys.

Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach Presents the:

Spring Festival: May 24, 25 & 26, 2014 Autumn Festival: October 18-19, 2014 Downtown Lake Lure, NC – across from the beach

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Over 70 local artisans – some demonstrating & creating on site Great food & wonderful local entertainment Creek-side picnic area with kids activities & pet friendly FREE ADMISSION! Revenue from this event goes to feed people in need in our local community

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Lake Lure Adventure Company The Lake Lure Adventure Company provides safe, fun, and exciting adventure for the entire family, offering a variety of activities for everyone! From the moment you arrive on the dock, the staff will make you feel welcome and right at home. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, our certified instructors are trained to teach all levels. And you’ll find cutting-edge equipment and the hottest boats available in the area. Waterskiing is our passion, so get ready to feel the spray of the lake! Let our talented USA Waterski certified instructors take you and your family for a memorable ski trip on Lake Lure. New to the sport? Not a problem! Been on a slalom course since you were a kid? Not a problem! We’ll get first time skiers up and challenge those more experienced on our MasterCraft Pro-Star 197. And if waterskiing isn’t your thing, we can take you for a fun tubing or knee boarding ride. Wakeboarding on Lake Lure is amazing! If you’re new to Wakeboarding, we’ll get you up and cruising quickly. If you’re experienced and just want to nail an Ollie or toe side slide, let us coach you through it. Our MasterCraft X-2 is loaded with the latest equipment to give you the ride you’re looking for. Surf’s Up! Wake-surfing is the hot new sport on the lake, and from behind our X2 it’s totally bodacious! The swell is constant, and you don’t have to paddle out to catch the next wave. With our latest new boards, you’ll be jonesin’ for a radical ride. Hang TEN!

Gone Fishing? We also have something for that angler in the family. Expert fishing guide Rob McComas will show you where to catch the big one and provide your family with 4 hours of fun and excitement. The lake is stocked with trout, bass, bluegill, and catfish every year, so get ready to haul in the big one! Trips run Monday through Saturday starting at 6:00 or 7:00 A.M. Limit 3 per trip. Fly Fishing Trips are also available. Rent your own boat! Just want a family cruise to see all the beauty of the lake? Rent a modern, luxurious Pontoon boat on Lake Lure. The comfortable boats are perfect for cruising, swimming, fishing, or watching one of our famous sunsets. All rentals come equipped with floats and a cooler. Sorry – lake rules do not allow tubing or any towing behind rental pontoons. Now there are no excuses not to spend a day on the lake! Let our family take your family for an adventure with memories that will last a lifetime.

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Need to Know for Fun on the Lake Simple Rules for a Great Day on the Lake

Handy Numbers Lake Operations Dean Givens – Director Office: 828-625-9983, Ext. 128 Cell: 828-447-7430 Emergencies 911 Lake Lure Marina 828-625-1373 Town of Lake Lure Municipal Office 828-625-9983 Remember: All boat permits are only valid for the current calendar year. That means you have to renew it every year before using your boat on the lake.

• For starters, your boat permit has to be displayed on your boat • Remember, a ‘no wake,’ (idle speed) is required when you are: – In any of the lake’s coves – Within 75 feet from shore – Within 75 feet of other boats – Within 100 feet of a public safety boat while emergency lights are in use – No wake is also required from 7 pm to 7 am October through April and from 9 pm to 7 am from May through September.

The significant costs associated with operating Lake Lure, including dredging costs, are covered by lake-specific revenues from boat permit fees, tour concessions and fines. General property taxes are not used in lake operations. Although all citizens and property owners benefit from the lake’s beauty and value, the direct costs are borne by those who use it.

• We’re very proud of our lake. Please don’t litter or feed the geese and other waterfowl. Neither are good for the birds or the lake. • Only two people at a time can be towed behind any boat and both must wear, you guessed it, a PFD. • T hey may not like it, but when they’re on your boat, children under 13 have to wear that life jacket, also known as a PFD, or “personal flotation device.” • Only beer and wine are allowed on your boat. No fortified wine or spirituous liquors. All NC Laws pertaining to public consumption of alcohol will be enforced. Please don’t trespass on private property, docks or boathouses. • Are you in a rented boat or one supplied with your rental home? Sorry, but your permit does not allow any towing, skiing or tubing. However, local water skiing services are available. Once your boat is underway, everyone must stay inside the boat and its railings. • Remember to use your docking lights only while docking your boat. • For the safety of everyone, no swimming from town owned land or in the Washburn Marina Bay. o n t h e l a k e ~ 2 0 1 4 /2 0 1 5


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Points of Interest & Lake Coves Comprising 720-acres, Lake Lure is three miles north to south and three miles east to west from the bridge to Sunset Cove

Fishing Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, fishing is encouraged. Just keep these things in mind:

1.  Broad River 2. Town Hall Boat Permits 3. Morse Park 4. Flowering Bridge

9. Snug Harbor Cove 5. Lake Lure Public Beach 10. Garner Cove 6.  Town Center 11. Tryon Bay 7.  Grey Log Cove 12. Tryon Bay Cove 8.  Main Channel 13. Yacht Island

14. Picnic Point Cove 15. Golf Course 16. Lake Lure Dam 17. Sunset Cove

25. Lake Lure Village Cove 26. Rumbling Bald Mountains

18. Pier Point Cove

• A valid North Carolina fishing license is required • Children under 16 are exempt

• Public boat launch – #27 • A public beach & splash park – #5 • Full-service marina & gas station – #27 • Seasonal boat tours – #27 • Boat rentals & water ski services – #31 • Year round fishing & fishing guide services • Lakefront & lake view restaurants – #28 • Lakeside park, picnic tables & walking path – #3

Our Lake at a Glance

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The Flavor oF Carolina Soil 2662 Green Creek Drive | Columbus, NC 28722

Just a few minutes away from Lake Lure is an estate vineyard and winery where visitors can step back in time 300 years. At the Russian Chapel Hills Winery in Green Creek area, owner Andrey Medvedev tends 20 acres of grapes of different varieties. A native of the Moscow region who moved to North Carolina a few years ago, Andrey has followed his dream to make North Carolina wine as good as the famous Californian vintners from the Russian River Valley, where his Russian ancestors settled and beganhe cultivating grapesoF in the arolina 1800s. lavor oil

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2662 Green Creek Drive | Columbus, NC 28722

“I teamed up with locally renowned winemaker Jay Adams, whose career was spent as a geneticist with the National Institutes of Health, and who has extensive experience in winemaking and brewing. We have the same vision and share the same goal to make a great wine. As proprietors of an estate vineyard, we use only our own grapes. This allows us to control the quality from the vine’s bud break to the sorting table. Only the highest quality fruits are chosen for the production of Russian Chapel Hills Winery wines. Visitors are invited to sample Medvedev and Adams delicious results in the Russian Chapel Hills Winery tasting room. We offer tastings of local North Carolina cheeses and create your ideal pair with wine and cheese.

Also, the Russian Chapel Hills winery is carrying Karma wines from Rioja, Spain. We are the exclusive importer of our partner’s Bodegas Antonio Alcaraz wine, who produced the classical Rioja “Tempranillo” as well as exceptional “Viura”. You cannot buy it anywhere else in America except at Russian Chapel Hills Winery. Visitors to Russian Chapel Hills Winery will perhaps be most delighted at being able to visit an authentic, 17th century style Russian chapel. The chapel is not just a tourist draw attraction to us. Prayer services are held regularly at St. Anna Chapel, which is part of the Eastern Diocese of the Russian Church outside of Russia. It is our heritage that such steps are taken, continuing in the footsteps of our ancestors who have built the beautiful churches around the world for hundreds of years.


Much as the pioneers who settled the Russian River Valley, we hope God will bless a world class wine-making operation here, in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains, just south of Lake Lure. You are welcome to come and join us in our estate winery.”

We are located at 2662 Green Creek Drive, Columbus, NC, 28722. To get more information about our products, please visit our website, or follow us on Facebook.

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giving on the lake

Lake Lure's Premier “Couples Only” Retreat

Larkin’s Gives Back 24

Join Larkin’s in helping our friends at Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach and the community work towards eliminating hunger and providing emergency services with love and compassion to those in need. Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach was founded in 2001, and incorporated in 2004 as a non-profit social service agency serving Hickory Nut Gorge Community in Lake Lure North Carolina. They work to provide many families in need with the basic necessities of food, shelter, health care, education, jobs, and child care. Most of their efforts become possible through the support of the community. Larkin’s on the Lake in Lake Lure, NC and Larkin’s Carolina Grill in Columbus, NC both take food and toy donations for the Outreach program through the Fall for their mid-November collection. Ask us how you can help – today!

Please join us for THE LAKE LU RE P OLI CE D EPARTM E NT’ S

9th Annual


Police Recognition Dinner

and awards ceremony presented by larkin's on the lake


For Sponsorship Information or Ticket Purchases, Please contact Shea at Larkin’s on the Lake 828 625 4075

Come enjoy your own private HOT TUB under the stars, king size bed, fireplace, breakfast goodies, and so much more.

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Wineries of Polk County Many people have no idea of Tryon's rich viticultural history. Over 100 years ago, one of the most famous viticulturists from France recognized this. In the 1860's, Jacque Alexus Lemort was brought over from France by George Washington Biltmore to the Biltmore Estate where viticulture proved unsuccessful. By 1865, Lemort had made his way to the Tryon Foothills and discovered that with the more temperate climate, good drainage and better air circulation, grapes would thrive. That year, commercial cultivation began and Lemort, known as "A.J.", remained in Western North Carolina until his death in 1916. In fact, he is buried in the Tryon cemetery. Starting in the 1890's, the "Tryon Grape" was sold to passengers on trains that came through the Tryon Depot. Between the months of July and August, "Tryon Grapes, Tryon Grapes, Tryon Grapes" was a cry that was echoed around the railway station as trains passed through. This quaint custom continued until the mid- 1940's making Tryon and grapes as synonymous as Milwaukee and beer. In 1926 and 1927, the Tryon grapes were shipped to New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Charlotte. Over the following years, the fame of the "Tryon Grapes" spread far and wide. At one time as many as 10 passenger trains a day came through Tryon, 5 northbound and 5 southbound from Chicago to Charleston. At first, the Carolina Special train did not stop but, as the story goes, the people of Tryon flagged it down, served everyone on board some of Mr. Lemort's famous wine and immediately became a favored stop until its last run in 1968. One Tryonite was thrilled to find the "Tryon Grapes" even listed on the menu of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Many other historical vineyards paved the way for our current vintner's. Today, the Tryon Foothills of Polk County is proud to have approximately 20 local vineyards and 4 operational wineries with more on the way.

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In 1902, Dr. Lucius B. Morse and his brothers Hiram and Asahel purchased 64 acres (0.26 km2) around Chimney Rock (within present-day Chimney Rock State Park) for $5,000. They later acquired enough land in the area to bring the total to 8,000 acres (32 km2). Lucius Morse’s wife Elizabeth is credited with naming the lake (and the town).

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In 1925, the Morse family created Carolina Mountain Power Company and funded the construction of a dam on the Broad River (through a mortgage) which produced the lake after which the town is named. The full impoundment of Lake Lure was completed in 1927. At ordinary water levels, Lake Lure covers approximately 720 acres (2.9 km2) and has a shoreline of approximately 27 miles (43 km). The dam’s power plant began operations in 1928 with the sale of electricity under a 10-year contract to Blue Ridge Power Co., a local predecessor of Duke Power. The plans for development came to a halt in 1929 with the advent of the Great Depression. A mortgageholder, Stroud & Company of Philadelphia, foreclosed on the lake and the dam. Stroud owned them and the power the dam generated until 1965. In 1963 the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the legislation that authorized the Town of Lake Lure to issue revenue bonds for the purpose of acquiring the assets from Stroud. The dam, power company, and real estate of Lake Lure were acquired by the Town of Lake Lure in 1965. In modern times, the town continues to sell electricity to Duke Energy, although profits from the dam now come second to maintaining a fixed water level year-round for the residents of the Lake Lure area.

Call Robin or Shea 828-625-4075 or The Lake Lure area is commonly used as a filming location for major motion pictures. Films include My Fellow Americans a 1996 comedy-drama starring Jack Lemmon and James Garner, and Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze which was filmed here (the dance scenes at the Lodge) and in Virginia. It is also a common recreational area for residents and those within 100 miles (160 km) of the Lake from four states to come visit, picnic, water ski, boat and fish or spend the summer. Lake Lure was the location for the HGTV Dream Home contest in 2006 where a lucky contestant won a furnished home and an automobile. o n t h e l a k e ~ 2 0 1 4 /2 0 1 5


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Inquire. Inspire. Serve. The Lake Lure Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy (LLCA-CFA) is a tuition-free public charter school open to all North Carolina students. The school opened in the fall of 2010 and currently serves grades K-11. LLCA adds a grade level each year until the school reaches 12th grade in the fall of 2015. The curriculum utilizes the Core Knowledge Sequence, a detailed outline of

NOW ENROLLING GRADES K–11 A tuition-free public charter school THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOUR STUDENT: A safe, supportive learning environment Rigorous content-based curriculum aligned to North Carolina state standards A curriculum proven to increase learning A focused approach to developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills Teacher-led instruction that includes exploration and hands-on learning

specific content taught in language arts, history, geography, mathematics, science and fine arts. The high school program offers a rigorous college-preparatory classical curriculum that prepares students for a lifetime of critical thinking, self-motivated learning and active citizenship. In addition to a proven curriculum, LLCA offers students an active athletics program (The Raptors), after-school clubs for varied interests and tutoring.

Mission Statement: Lake Lure Classical Academy will provide a first-class education to every child, thereby developing thoughtful, articulate young adults.

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Factors to Consider When Buying a Lake Home Buying a lake home is more affordable than ever. Steady market values, brisk Buyer activity and low interest rates make buying a lake home an attractive investment.

Questions to Ask • Is the lake managed by a Utility company, Corp of Engineers or Privately? Lake Lure is managed by the Town; one of only 2 privately managed lakes in WNC. • Who determines lake levels? Check boat traffic, boat size, motor and use restrictions. • How busy is the lake on weekends? How noisy is the lake on weekends and nights? • House location: Do you prefer main channel, long views or quiet swimming coves? • Will there be morning or afternoon sun? • What is water quality at the property? • How does the property run into the water? The slope generally continues into the water. Level lots generally mean shallower water at the shore while steeper lots indicate deeper water close to your property. Walk to the lake and take in the view, proximity of the house to the water, boathouse and sundeck. • What is the pier appeal of the house? Your lakefront IS your front door. • Will I be allowed to upgrade, enlarge or improve the property? • Is there a survey? It is imperative to know what you’re buying. I highly recommend buyers update and record a survey. • Is the home connected to public water system, private or shared well? • Is the home served by public sewer or a septic system? • Is there a current septic permit? • Is there a Homeowners Association? What are rules, amenities and benefits? Be sure to review Deed Restrictions and Covenants. Ask your agent the age of home, the lot value, personal property to convey with purchase, how long has the property been listed, and what is the “fair market value”. Determine what the property is worth to you, then make an Offer. Savvy buyers research the market, property values, locations and personal lifestyle choices in order to make the best choice for their property investment. You can view for the latest Lake Lure Market Sales Report. Your lake house will be a source of relaxation, inspiration and memories. Work with a Broker who specializes in lake property. Many dream what few realize. Enjoy your time, sunrises and sunsets, and many happy memorable moments.

Lake Specialist Charlene Efird, CLHMS, CRS Broker/Realtor Keller Williams Professionals Realty 828-231-5503


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— by Lynn Carnes, Owner of Carnes & Associates, Inc.


There’s something new happening behind Ingles. Behind Ingles is a beautiful lake and retreat center called Mystic Waters. In 2011, local residents Russ and Lynn Pitts bought the former camp because they loved the land and the lake. Lynn Pitts, known professionally as Lynn Carnes has run her own leadership development business since moving to Lake Lure in 2000. With the purchase of Mystic Waters, she developed a vision for a retreat center that would allow her to stay home more and allow her clients to truly get away from their intense workloads. In 2013, Lynn Carnes and Susan Robertson held their first open enrollment program called The Freedom to Lead. This program is designed to unleash the full potential of senior women leaders and had a dramatic impact on the lives and careers of the women who attended in last year. Group meetings almost always include a visit to Larkin’s for a dinner and a view of Lake Lure. “We love introducing people to this amazing land and the community. Being able to work with people in this kind of setting is so meaningful,” says Lynn. So the old saying may be true. “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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