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STYLE! FUN THINGS TO DO AROUND THE LAKE THIS SUMMER FOR STAYCATION!
The early history of the Lake Norman region is characterized by flourishing, tight-knit farming communities. In fact, historical records indicate that the first settlement in the area was as early as the 1740s, a decade before settlement in Charlotte. And today, the area boasts the greatest number of early homesites such as Latta Plantation and Cedar Grove. Numerous other historical sites and structures can be found throughout Lake Norman. Check out the CharlotteMecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission’s Driving Tour (Route V) for a day-long excursion in which you can take them all in.
EXPLORE NASCAR COUNTRY
When you’re in Lake Norman, you’re in NASCAR country! You’ll find numerous places to get your fill of NASCAR history from the Memory Lane Motorsports and Historical Automotive Museum in Mooresville to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Center City Charlotte. For an up-close view of what goes on in a race shop, you can visit a number of driver headquarters, such as JR Motorsports, Kasey Kahne Racing, Kyle Busch, and MTJ Motorsports. And, of course, you don’t want to miss the iconic Charlotte Motor Speedway, where you can feel the ground shake from the roar of the engines and see the spray of champagne as the winner celebrates crossing the checkered flag.
TA K E A W I N E A N D C R A F T B E E R T O U R
North Carolina is the home of America’s first grape, and our state is the only place in the world where every major type of grape is grown. So it makes sense that some of the best wineries in the nation can be found in the Tarheel State. In fact, there are several wineries in and around the Lake Norman area. You can also find a number of craft breweries in the area for your beerloving friends. With all the possibilities, you can spend the entire day hopping from place to place and enjoy all of the incredible wine and brewery destinations surrounding the lake.
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W AT E R S P O R T S
As the largest lake in North Carolina, Lake Norman is a watersports paradise. Explore the 520 miles of shoreline via motorized watersports such as jet skiing or experience the lake on your own power in a kayak or on a paddleboard. You can even try paddle board yoga. Don’t worry if boat ownership isn’t for you--there are numerous rental facilities throughout the Lake Norman area. w
July 2020 Lake Norman Woman Magazine