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National Tourism Week and Faces of Travel

A business is only as good as the people who work there and believe in its mission and genuinely care for the customers it interacts. We want to feature the “Faces of Travel” to the people and places behind the variety of attractions, restaurants, and hotels that make living and visiting Lake Norman a wonderful place. Memories and new friends will be made which will only add to the whole experience of the Lakeside of Charlotte. Kicking off National Tourism Week, we highlight Midwood Smokehouse in Birkdale Village, Aloha Paddle Sports, and the Davidson Village Inn.

Midwood Smokehouse opened up its first location in Plaza Midwood, where people from all over, made this a booming restaurant. Now, with 5 locations throughout the Charlotte area down into Columbia, South Carolina, it opened its new doors in Birkdale Village back in September. This location is a must visit for everyone from BBQ enthusiasts to lovers of trying new food. The employees add value to the culture and experience of Midwood Smokehouse. Previously at the Ballantyne location, David Foy has been the captain of the ship for almost a year. His staff is filled with people who bring excitement and promote the high standards and points of service of Midwood. Born and raised in North Carolina, Austin Sinsky has always loved BBQ and even enjoys amateur barbeques at home. Isabelle Doolly has been waitressing with Midwood since its opening and will continue to do so in Columbia while she attends the University of South Carolina starting this Fall. Executive Chef Paul Cruz won a burger feature last year, so he brings national recognition to the location.


The staff makes the experience of eating at Midwood a strong focus. The waiter or waitress will welcome you and ask if you’ve been a customer before. For first timers, you will be informed of the Midwood process and facts, in addition to, the manager will come out and make sure you are having a great experience. David really cares about the people who come through their doors and wants it to be an on-going experience. Their dessert selection changes every 2 to 3 months and they have a Chef Special each day.

The hickory wood is cured at least a year before it is smoked and it takes place at the “heart of the house.”  Everything on the menu is done 100 percent here guaranteeing you receive quality, fresh food on your plate each time you come. Your visit should consist of getting the Well Fed Platter which comes with 4 proteins, 2 sides of your choosing, like hush puppies and bacon wrapped jalapenos. Get their famous South Carolina Mustard or Spicy Habanero sauce to compliment the mouth-watering meats. The Midwood Chopped Salad is the traditional salad with a twist: smoked corn. Midwood makes use of all the corn it encounters. From using the corn kernels right off the cob on the salad to using the cob stock in the Creamed Corn. Fans of the Philly Cheesesteak will love their 1930 Cheesesteak which is served on a Philly roll from the famous J.J. Cassone Bakery to give it an authentic Northern taste.


After you’ve cleaned your plate off, reward yourself with some dessert. All of the Midwood locations have a designated pastry chef. Their Pecan Cobbler is just like a warm pie except it is thicker, better and served with whipped cream. The Coco Loco Chocolate Cake makes your taste buds tingle as soon as you see the waiter or waitress come out with it. Topped with chocolate crumbs, it makes a great pairing with vanilla ice cream.


At Aloha Paddle Sports, customer experience is a priority. Rob Bennett, owner and spirit behind the famed business, is a former WPA and Level 2 Paddlefit Certified Paddleboard Instructor. Leaving the corporate world to follow his dreams, he has helped form a strong paddleboard community on the Lakeside of Charlotte. He is always active in raising funds for organizations such as the Autism Society of North Carolina. The Aloha staff is composed of a group of people who want you to have a memorable experience. They teach introductory to advanced lessons and even help train stand up paddle board yoga teachers!


 The Davidson Village Inn is an extraordinary hospitality venue that adds to the experience of Lake Norman. For over 17 years, Joy Penninger is the guest services manager who sets the standard for the Inn. Her co-workers call the “Wow” factor because she is an amazing person who puts names to each guest that passes through and remembers any small detail about them. People will stop by and say hello to Joy even if they aren’t staying at the Inn. Joy was the first recipient of one of the hospitality awards categories which was for the Outshines from the Front Lines, and we are honored to have an asset greeting visitors here in the Lake Norman community.

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9 Spring Events & Festivals Happening in Lake Norman

As the warmer weather approaches, spring becomes packed with events that you don’t want to miss. The area hosts a variety of events that are fun for the whole family. From music festivals and boat races to paddleboarding for a great cause and watching athletes throw battle axes. This season brings some of the largest signature events to the area so mark your calendars to be in Lake Norman for the next couple of months!

Spring Food Truck Rally (April 6)

Rural Hill is a place that always hosts events and the Spring Food Truck Rally is one of them. There will be seventeen food trucks along with wine and beer sales.  With live music, you are sure to have a wonderful time.  A Kids Zone with bounce houses and various games lets the young ones run wild and a hay ride that features beautiful scenic views top off this popular event.Food Truck Festival

‘Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival (April 14)

The ‘Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival will be held at Old Town Cornelius and it features brilliant local artists, live music, food trucks, craft breweries, and games for the kids! There won’t be just one, but two stages of live music. Walk down the street and see over 80 local artists showcasing their work, so be sure to bring some money as you may find some pretty unique craftsmanship. Walking creates an appetite, so there will be two different food truck courts ready to satisfy those munchies. The kids will have bounce houses, face painting, and various arts and crafts to participate in. And don’t forget to bring your A game as there will be prizes for game winners!TawbaWalk-Gallery-10

Loch Norman Highland Games (April 20-22)

Loch Norman Highland Games is a Scottish festival hosted at Historic Rural Hill that everyone can enjoy. Come watch world ranked professional heavy athletes perform in seven traditional Scottish events that include throwing a battle axe, shooting long bows, and throwing weights for distance and height. For the kids, make sure to pick up a passport that allows them to learn about Scottish heritage and traditions by going to tents representing different parts of Scotland. Music and dance performances will also be happening throughout the two-day event.loch norman highland games

Hooked on Cornelius and Earth Day Celebration (April 21)

Celebrate two events in one! Hooked on Cornelius will be held in conjunction with the annual Earth Day Celebration at Robbins Park. They will offer opportunities for nature walks, arts and crafts for the kids, and educational activities. There will also be a giveaway of free seeds along with tree planting demonstrations for those who don’t have a green thumb. The first forty registered participants for Hooked on Cornelius will receive a free youth tackle box and will get the chance to fish at the pond!Earth Day

Concerts on the Green (April 22)

If you’re looking for a nice way to spend Sunday evenings, Concerts on the Green in Downtown Davidson should be marked on your calendar. Musicians and bands perform in front of the public library, where you can spread a blanket or set up a comfy chair and listen to great music. You have access to some of the best restaurants in Davidson as well. Tell your family and friends to come out and enjoy an evening of music and fun.Concerts on the Green

Paddle 4 Purpose (May 5)

Paddle 4 Purpose is an event at Port City Club that brings professional and amateur paddleboarders around the country to compete in a series of races. Be a member in the audience or join in on the fun and participate in the race. All the money collected from the races will benefit six local charitable organizations and one international foundation.paddle 4 purpose 2

NC Brewers & Music Festival (May 11-12)

The NC Brewers & Music Festival is a two-day event celebrating great music, North Carolina, and its brewing traditions. Grab a group of friends and come enjoy the free tastings of the top brews the state has to offer. Both days will be filled with live music, beer, and food, so why not lay down a blanket or put up a tent to enjoy this rain or shine event in Rural Hill.NCBMF.JPG

Asian Festival & Dragon Boat Race (May 19)

The Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Race at Ramsey Creek Park highlights Asian cultures while having live music and dance performances. The event kicks off with the first round of Dragon Boat Races that attract local and regional teams to the waters of Lake Norman. After the first round is over, stop by the booths showcasing the different cultures and grab a bite of delicious Asian food brought to you by local vendors. After you’ve satisfied your taste buds, watch the Martial Arts demonstration and then take a break from walking around to watch the dance and music contests. The winners will be announced at the end of the event along with the winners of the Dragon Boat Races. Come celebrate diversity with the beautiful community of Lake Norman.dragonboat racing

Cornelius Jazz Festival (May 19)

The Cornelius Jazz Festival in Smithville Park is filled with music and fun for everyone. Come listen to the many jazz bands that will be performing, while drinking the area’s local craft beer and munching on the foodie favorites. There will also be activities for the children so there’s something to do for all ages! Money raised at the event will benefit Send-A-Kid-To-Camp at the Lake Norman YMCA.Jazz Fesetival

Lake Norman is a great place for family and friends to come together. As always, don’t forget to share your experience and tag us in your posts on Facebook or Instagram @VisitLakeNorman!

5 Proposal Worthy Places in Lake Norman

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We all dream of hearing a few little life changing words while being surrounded by a little water and a little sand on a beach or trail near the lake. Lake Norman offers a variety of places for your dream proposal from beautiful waterfront restaurants to breathtaking lakeside views. A planned photography session makes a great surprise reveal for the day you ask your partner to marry you. Choosing the right place is just as important as popping the question, so we’ve compiled a list of proposal worthy places in Lake Norman.

Jetton Park

The 104-acre lakeside park is the perfect backdrop for a proposal. With numerous areas to picnic, nature trails to walk to the sunning beach and the gazebo, it can be the place to get down on one knee and ask the question. Birds chirping, a few leaves rustling, the lake flowing in the background with you proposing makes for quite the memorable day. Jetton Park also features Waterfront Hall whenever you are ready to choose the venue for your wedding reception!

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Ramsey Creek

Do you want the romantic movie proposal dream to come true? Ramsey Creek is a 46-acre lakeside park that provides a beach, many picnic areas and floating docks for boat launching. Walk your loved one down the dock and take in the magnificent sight of the lake on a clear sunny day. Go ahead and take a picture of that special person with the lake in the background so you can remember 25 years from now the day you asked the love of your life to marry you.

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Port City Club

If you’re looking for something more formal, Port City Club is the perfect waterfront restaurant to have that romantic dinner with your future partner. Sit in the elegant interior of the restaurant or the comfortable outdoor patio. With a wide variety of tasty foods to choose from, dinner takes care of itself. This location can be a special place for you and your partner. After dinner, turn your best friend into your fiance. Take a stroll on their white sandy beach and soften the blow of your knee when you pop the question fireside.

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North Harbor Club

A romantic waterfront dinner is unique itself, but you asking that special someone to marry you makes it iconic. This restaurant offers a fine cuisine for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Food that will make your mouth water and a view that will leave you in awe. It also has a dock which is perfect for you to ride up on a boat and eat…North Harbor calls it “Dock and Dine.” Make a reservation for the day you propose and it will be an unforgettable moment.

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Latta Plantation Preserve

The Latta Plantation Nature Preserve is your proposal place. Offering over 18 miles of hiking trails, there is plenty of nature for two to see. Flowing streams, wooded areas, floral gardens, and trails that lead to paddling and fishing fun. Make the most of a walk in the woods by whispering your proposal amongst  the trees. Surprise your soulmate on this incredible nature adventure to start the beginning of the next chapter in your lives.


After you’ve gotten engaged and soaked it in, it’s time to plan. Visit Lake Norman can help you in the process of planning your wedding! Complimentary services include venue selections, booking discounted hotel rooms, and catering selections. Why would you stress over these things when someone else can handle it for you? Focus your time and attention on your vows and what you’re going to wear. Visit Lake Norman also offers complimentary wedding bags if they assist with any of your hotel needs. Also, enter the “Say I Do” wedding contest by May 31 and you will have a chance to win a two-night weekend stay at a Lake Norman hotel ($300 value) and a $100 Visa gift card! Go ahead and make the call now at (704) 987-3300 or visit our Weddings page! And don’t forget to share your engagement photos by tagging @VisitLakeNorman on IG and FB!



Travel Back in Time at the Renaissance Festival

Want to explore the Middle Ages with knights, fairies, and other enchanted characters? Visit the Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival held every Saturday and Sunday during the month of October and into November. Here you will discover European civilization through music, costumes, food, games, and more!

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Once you cross over to the medieval time, you will be greeted by the fine servants of Fairhaven. The stone structures and colorful banners will guide you through this journey. Thou wilt enjoy this day!

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The Renaissance Festival welcomes you into the sixteenth century. Throughout the village of Fairhaven, you will hear beautiful pieces of music ranging from the guitar to the harp. The non-stop music is accompanied by a traditional Morris dance. This English folk dance is executed with swords, sticks, and bells. Thou dost play well!

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Channel your inner Robin Hood and test your skills in archery! The Renaissance Festival offers many weaponry games, such as axe throwing, archery, and throwing stars. If weapons aren’t your strong suit, you can get your hair braided, make wax hand statues, or even ride a camel! If you enjoy crude humor, I recommend watching/playing Vegetable Justice. You get a chance to throw rotten tomatoes at a man while he insults you. Be warned, you should not participate if you are easily offended. Nonetheless, it is very amusing to watch. You would be surprised at how significant insulting was in the Middle Ages. This is the place to call a foolish man a fopdoodle.

Eat, Drynk & Be Merrie! Getting hungry? No worries. Feast like a King at the Cottage Bakery, Lancer’s Pub & Joust Kitchen, or Waffle & Crepes Inn. This village makes the best fish and chips, or should I say fyssche and chips. And did you even go to the Carolina Renaissance Festival if you didn’t get a turkey leg? If you’re just looking for a place to quench your thirst, try Tudor Rose Pub or The Cappuccino Inn! Their Frozen Princess Mocha will trigger your inner Elsa! Let it go, let it go!

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Speaking of Elsa, who is one with the wind and sky, nature plays a huge role in medieval times. You might feel like you’re in the Middle Ages, but the Artisan Marketplace allows you to look like you truly belong in the Renaissance period. Flower crowns and bird whistles are sold off of wagons throughout the village. You will also find feathers, leaves, and flowers incorporated to all types of clothing. You will find all types of people walking through this village. The peasants typically wear baggy, unflattering sheets of clothing while royalty is seen with tight, silky laced dresses.


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Joust for last! The main event features three different medieval knights performing combat activities horseback for supremacy. This intense battle will have you on the edge of your seats as you cheer on your knight in shining armor.

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a collision of fantasy and history. Prepare thy heart for a day of entertainment. Thee wilt not beest twid’ling mine thumbs at this festival! Inquire more details here! Don’t forget to tag us in your time traveling adventure to the Middle Ages @VisitLakeNorman.

Get Lost at the Amazing Maize Maze

Get lost in Huntersville’s giant seven-acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. Rural Hill farm is one of the largest in the Southeast with 265 acres! AMM

Think you can escape a seven-acre corn maze covering over two miles of interconnecting paths? The Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze is one of the top activities you must try this fall. It starts every September running Fridays through Sunday until the first weekend in November. Rural Hill covers 265 acres of land offering a variety of entertainment for everyone. You can take a hayride around the historic farm, play corn-hole, or pick a pumpkin to take home!


The Amazing Maize Maze is a child-friendly event including many different mini-games throughout the farm. From the entrance, you will find two massive bounce houses and an interactive sport inflatable. They even offer mini mazes for those not ready to venture out into the great jungle of corn stalks.


Don’t fret! Though the seven-acre maze is challenging, there are many volunteers to assist you through the labyrinth. Once you are ready to begin your journey, grab your ticket and a map, and find an orientation counselor!


Orientation allows first time maze runners to learn basic tips and tricks to navigate their way through the puzzle. Rural Hill has one of the largest corn mazes in the Southeast, so it is mandatory that you carry a flag into the maze to communicate with volunteers in case of an emergency.


The average time to complete the maze is about an hour and a half. The staff has conveniently placed water stations and bathrooms throughout the maze to ensure a carefree experience. Along with trying to escape the Amazing Maize Maze, there are two optional mini games included in this activity. The games consist of ‘The Kernel of Knowledge Crossword Puzzle’ and ‘The Amazing Maize Maze Gameboard.’


Want my personal advice to get through the maze? Wear comfortable walking shoes. Stay hydrated. Don’t eat the corn.


Are you up for the challenge? Find more information here! Don’t forget to tag us in your Amazing Maize Maze adventure on Facebook or Instagram @VisitLakeNorman.

Homewood Suites in Davidson is featuring a Local Food Truck paired with Karaoke Night on Thursday, November 9, 2017. The food truck being featured from 7 pm – 9 pm is the Carolina Craft Butchery’s “WTF Little Red Wagon”.  Menu items will include Tacos, Burritos and Nachos all made with fresh local meat.  Karaoke is from 8pm – 11 pm at the Nautical Nook Bar!


Go check out the new renovations at the Microtel Inn & Suites in Cornelius. * All the guest rooms, public space, lobby, breakfast area, parking lot and landscaping have been renovated! 28356_lobby_view_1

Be sure to visit our website for more upcoming events & so much more!

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SIP Into Fall with these LKN Craft Beer Staples

HELLO, October! Celebrate everything  to love about fall in Lake Norman by indulging in all of the staples. Annual events, family outings to the pumpkin patch, foliage photos, pumpkin everything and BEER.

Check out this list of a few can’t miss brews that’ll have ‘falling’ in love with LKN beer each year.

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Pumpkin everything  is essential for autumn, including this malty Pumpkin Ale rich with nutmeg and clove. (Yep, we’re off to a good start!)

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Keeping with the theme is this tasty Imperial Pumpkin Ale! With subtle spice and everything nice, you’ll be ready for this fall staple each year.

2017-10-02_1336_0013. ORANGE CITRUS IPAAss Clown Brewing Company, Cornelius NC

Orange you glad we mentioned this one? An Ale brewed with orange peels and a smooth taste is sure to please the palate.

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A true fall match made in heaven. This malty wheat beer with hints of chocolate and a slight maple finish will have you craving a boozy brunch, for sure!

2017-10-02_13365. ORANGE CREAMSICLE BLENDEleven Lakes/D9 Brewing Co., Cornelius NC

From LKN’s newest brewery, this is the definition of POWER COUPLE. Eleven Lakes infuses their zesty Orange Pale Ale with D9’s Brown Sugar Brown Cow for a melt in your mouth experience.

Tap into the Lake Norman beer scene with a glance at where to go and what to sip, here. Be sure to download the Visit Lake Norman Beer & Wine Trail Map, also located on the breweries page.

The Ultimate Nature Experience in Lake Norman

With picturesque Lake Norman, it’s no surprise that there are many nature related attractions in Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville. Visit Lake Norman and explore everything from a nature preserve, to kayaking, to farm-to-table dining.


2-Day Itinerary

Day 1

Experience the beauty of Lake Norman by exploring historic attractions and enjoying a day at the beach, followed by an outdoor shopping and dining excursion.

Day 2

Visit a nature preserve and conservation center, then take stand up paddleboard lessons and shop for local goods at a farm store before dinner.


Day 1

We suggest beginning your day with breakfast at Café 100, one of the local favorites set in a quaint little house in downtown Huntersville. With an extensive breakfast menu, you’ll be sure to find something delicious that will leave you energized for the day ahead. It will be worth the wait for any house special like the shrimp n’ sausage omelet creation with their tasty home fries or try the peanut butter and banana stuffed French toast with fresh fruit.


Spend your morning exploring the grounds of Rural Hill. Now a county park, the land was once owned and farmed by several generations of the Davidson family, dating back to the mid-1700s. Its 265 acres include beautiful nature trails, Scottish cows, and an endless lineup of events year-round.

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For lunch, grab some eastern NC style barbecue pork and brisket from Lancaster’s BBQ  before heading to your next stop. Everything is made fresh from scratch and your meal will come with a warm basket of complimentary hush puppies.

Beat the heat at Ramsey Creek Beach. Located at the point of Ramsey Creek Park, the beach is open to swimmers from Memorial day weekend to Labor day weekend. With picnic shelters, a concession stand, and half an acre of clean, sandy beach, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the beauty of the lake.


To end your day, visit Birkdale Village and enjoy a great combination of shopping and dining. With bubbling fountains and colorful gardens, you are sure to enjoy strolling through the village to the various stores lining the main street. Then dine at one of its many mouthwatering restaurants such as eeZ Fusion & Sushi, Red Rocks Café, or Dressler’s Restaurant You will love eeZ Fusion & Sushi’s colorful plates with favorite appetizers like the crab Rangoon dip and avocado and tuna tini. The Birkdale Roll is a meal in itself with ebi shrimp, kani, cream cheese, tempura asparagus, topped with premium tuna and avocado.

 Day 2

After you grab a breakfast feast of pancakes, omelets or French toast at
Famous Toastery in Huntersville, start the day off with a hike around
the Historic Latta Plantation & Nature Preserve. Take in scenic views
of the forest, streams, and Mountain Island Lake on 16 miles of beautiful
trails and tour the historic home and grounds of James Latta of the 1800
circa plantation. The preserve also includes the Carolina Raptor Center, a living museum dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey. Discover eagles, falcons, owls, hawks, and other raptors. You can walk on the nature trail, watch Bald Eagles nesting, and learn about raptor rehabilitation, research, and conservation.


Next, stop by Crafty Burg’r in Cornelius to dine in or to pick up the
burger of your dreams with mac n’ cheese, egg, double spicy or all of the
above to bring it for the perfect waterfront lunch picnic at Blythe Landing or Jetton Park. With playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, floating piers, and beautiful views, both are great places to stop and enjoy a pleasant spot by the water.


You can’t leave Lake Norman without checking out My Aloha Paddle Sports one of Lake Norman’s most loved paddleboard companies. Book an introductory stand up paddleboard lesson with one of their experienced staff members, or rent a kayak and admire plant and animal life as you paddle around the water’s edge.

Make a stop at The Bradford Store to browse tons of organic products and local produce. A significant part of William Bradford’s early 1900s farmstead, the store has provided members of the community with locally made goods since 1912. From bees wax candles to fresh flowers and homemade jam, you’re sure to find something you’ll love and take back home.


Finally, have a special treat at Fork or Kindred Restaurant. Both are
farm-to- table restaurants specializing in cuisine featuring fresh, local
ingredients. The menu changes with the seasons and the year-round
favorites won’t disappoint. At Kindred, you can order plates to share
with your table to try a bit of everything. Include staple items starting
with milk bread and the squid ink conchiglie plate favored by bon
appetite and chef Joe Kindred, James Beard award nominee. Finish your
meal with a piece of the chocolate birthday cake with sweet cream ice
cream and sprinkles.


For more information:

Visit Lake Norman

(704) 987-3300

Lake Norman Art and Culture Tour

Did you think Lake Norman was just a water sports destination? Think again! Our three towns are full of culture, history, and works of art.

Home to several works of internationally known artist Jon Hair, it’s no surprise that the Lake Norman area has great art attractions. You can stroll through the Town of Davidson’s art district and Old Town Cornelius to visit many different galleries and art centers. You can also visit a DIY studio and create your own masterpiece. Come explore all the art Lake Norman has to offer!


2-Day Itinerary

Day 1

Spend the day strolling through the Town of Davidson’s art district and see a movie at a unique theater that’ll make you feel right at home.

Day 2

Experience all different types of art by visiting sculpture, photography, wood-working, folk art, and music attractions in the area. Then do some shopping and see a community play.


Day 1

We suggest starting your day with breakfast at Famous Toastery, one of Davidson’s most popular breakfast spots. You’ll have a relaxing morning with its comfortable atmosphere and delicious food. Located in Downtown Davidson, the restaurant is only a short walk from the day’s attractions.

Next, stop by the Wooden Stone Gallery located in the heart of South Main Davidson. Splurge a little, as this gallery showcases furniture, pottery, kitchenware, home décor, gifts and jewelry. Since opening, the gallery has grown to represent over 600 artists and craftspeople from the United States and Canada.


Head around the corner and you’ll find yourself at AR Workshop. This DIY workshop and boutique offers mixed media classes where you can learn to craft canvas pillows, tote bags, centerpieces and more. Visit their website to book your seat in a workshop or head into the store and shop their custom creations.


After a short walk down the street, you’ll be at the Whistling Swan Gallery, which features a Fraktur Art exhibit by well-known American Folk Artist, Susan Soloway Daul. The gallery is filled with antiques, reproductions, folk art and more from several featured artists.


You can stop for lunch at any of the several restaurants on Main Street, including award-winning Kindred. There’s also Flatiron Kitchen & Taphouse, Restaurant X, The Soda Shop, and Fuel Pizza. Don’t forget to stop for a quick dessert at Whit’s Frozen Custard.

Then explore several art attractions on the Davidson College campus. First, see the magnificent sculptures in the Davidson College Sculpture Garden, then stop in the Belk Visual Arts Center to see the galleries of William H. Van Every Jr. and Edward M. Smith.


To end the day, check out Our Town Cinemas, which provides a comfortable, inviting, and more intimate setting than traditional movie theaters. The concession stand offers all standard theater treats, but also delicious staple items from Brickhouse Tavern and Davidson Chocolate Company truffles. Don’t forget the funnel cake fries, wine by the glass or bottle, beer and other alcoholic beverages.


Day 2

For breakfast, we suggest Café 100, which is conveniently located in close proximity of the day’s attractions. Check out some of their house specials like the quiche of the day or the Greek Frittata.


Next, visit the Cornelius Arts Center to take classes or workshops in a variety of media. Enjoy the displayed art in the gallery and see the current exhibits.


Then make your way to Cornelius Heritage Hall. Based on the book “A Town by Any other Name,” by Leslie Rindoks, the hall features antiques, photographs, and maps that provide a tangible overview of the town’s history.

Just across the street, stop by Cornelius’ Old Town Public House. With industrial decor and specializing in craft beer, this neighborhood pub will be the perfect pit stop to your art-filled trip.

With many great restaurants around, it’s hard to pick where to go for lunch. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it in this area. We suggest trying a waterfront experience at Port City Club or Hello Sailor. Port City Club has favorable crab cake appetizer and a lobster roll hoagie sandwich that’s worth giving a try. Hello Sailor is also known for their chef-driven cuisines. You won’t regret having the crab Louie salad, fried catfish fillet, and their new take on hush puppies.

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After lunch do some antique shopping in Old Town Cornelius. Stop in Oak Street Mill, a 10,000 square foot historic cotton mill, and browse through furniture, home décor, and vintage knick-knacks. Continue your stroll around town and check out the various boutiques that line the streets.


Lake Norman’s community theatre scene is one you can’t pass up. For your next stop, check out Warehouse Performing Arts Center or Davidson Community Players. Both offer riveting performances that feature local actors. Grab your tickets and head to a show!


End your night at Cornelius’ Ass Clown Brewing. Ass Clown Brewing is uniquely decorated with a wall of craft beer bottles and another with pennies. Even their draft handles are custom made out of bullet casing shells. You will enjoy their foodie flavored craft beers available like coffee, lemon, or truffles.

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For more information:

Visit Lake Norman

(704) 987-3300