Have a BEERcation in Lake Norman with these upcoming events that are sure to not only fill the calendar, but those bellies full of local LKN beer.


1. Langtree Live/ Every Thursday/ 5-10pm/ Langtree at LKN

A popular concert series where you can bring a chair and relax on the lawn with a D9 Brewing beer in your hand. Mark your calendar each week!

2. Sip N Shop/ Thursday, Aug. 18th/ 6-9pm/ Bayne Brewing Company

This could be dangerous. The taproom will be full of brands showing off their products while you sip on some local beer and wine…um, see you there!

3. 2nd Annual Old Town Cornelius Jazz Festival/ Saturday, Aug 20th/4-9pm/ Smithville Park

Chill out with a drink and some cool tunes at the Jazz Festival. Check out local food trucks, live painting and local artisans, kids zone and so much more. Proceeds support the Smithville Community Coalition. Beer provided by D9 Brewing Company.

4. LKN Summer Concert Series/ Saturday, Aug. 27th/ 5-10pm/ D9 Brewing Company

Music, food trucks, vendors, friends and beer. Need we say more?

5. Cork & Cask’s 3 Year Anniversary Party/ Friday, Sept. 2/ 6-12am/ The Cork & Cask

The Cork & Cask’s 3 year party is where you’ll need to be-eating, drinking and celebrating!

6. Lovefest/ Saturday, Sept. 3rd/ All day/ Primal Brewery

This event is showing the love for Huntersville first responders by partying in their honor with music, food and so much more. Proceeds from retail sales will go directly to the town departments!

7. Live music by Ryan Winters/ Every Sunday/ 4-9pm/ Ass Clown Brewing Company

The tunes will be going and the beer will be flowing every Sunday!


To learn more about these events and more, visit the calendar here. 

Beercation in Lake Norman

  • Congrats to Hampton Inn Lake Norman in Cornelius for recently receiving a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award that recognizes hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on the TripAdvisor site over the past year. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least 4 out of 5, have a minimum number of reviews and been listed on the site for at least a 12 months.
  • Comfort Suites Huntersville/Lake Norman is proud to be the only hotel in the Lake Norman area to offer “A Room with a Brew“. This unique room package offers a discounted room rate in addition to special perks from local breweries including complimentary flights and souvenir pint glasses.
  • The kitchens are in! Residence Inn Lake Norman just recently replaced all their full kitchens.
  • Help us, help others! Lake Norman area hotels and Visit Lake Norman are doing a water drive to assist Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen in Huntersville summer bagged lunch program. So far, the program has delivered 8,701 lunches in 7 Lake Norman communities, in which families benefit from free and reduce priced lunches at school. Bottled water is in need for the summer stretch run and join the cause in donating a case of bottled water to Visit Lake Norman’s Visitor Center. Donate a case and receive a free Lake Norman coffee mug.
  • Need Discount Hotel Rooms?? Contact VLN’s sales office by clicking here.

Hotel News

Part 2 of Out & About is here! Check out more things going on around the banks of Lake Norman and keep an eye out for part 3.


Within the Latta Nature Preserve is the Latta Equestrian Center. A small store stands near the arena area that has everything you’d need during a trip over, they even have descriptions and traits of each horse so you can get to know them better. Book a relaxing trail ride through the preserve, plan your own event or keep updated with camps and horse shows on their site.


Did someone say BBQ? If you’re in town and craving NC BBQ, Lancaster’s is the place to be, located in Rural Huntersville in the original Puckett’s Gas Station & General Store. With nearly 100 local craft beers, complimentary hush puppies and a menu full of southern staples, we wish you luck when deciding what to have (because you can’t really go wrong).


Get lost in the historical building filled with unique booths at Oak Street Mill in Cornelius. Tip-if you’re interested in furniture, be sure to block off some time to check out nearby stores, COCOCO Home and Pick-It Furniture Co.


A little advice, you do not want to pass by the Lake Norman breweries. With 4 breweries in the area, you’re sure to find a new favorite beer here. Stop by D9 Brewing Company in Cornelius to socialize, drink, play games and even grab a bite from a food truck that may be parked outside. Get to know the beer culture in the area by  searching #LKNbeer.


Home of Davidson College, the quaint main streets are lined with plenty to see and do. We suggest heading to South Main St. and spending time in Wooden Stone, a large art gallery filled with local, regional and national artist works. Next, hop over to Carburritos for fresh Mexican. We promise you won’t be able to resist the smells walking down restaurant row.

For a list of events check out the Visit Lake Norman calendar. Want to get more familiar with the area? Check out the VLN FAM video here. 

OUT & ABOUT Lake Norman pt. 2

In this blog series, we’ll take you around to see what a visit to the lakeside of Charlotte is really like.


You may already be familiar with Historic Rural Hill’s events, but not realize what’s happening behind the scenes of this busy non profit. Rural Hill’s working farm is home to  4 Scottish Highland cows that showcase the rich Scottish history in Huntersville. Davidson, Daisy, Bubba and Fiona are very well taken care of by Freddie the farmer day in and day out. Next time head over to catch a glimpse of the gentle giants getting cool by the pond.


Main St. in Davidson is known as restaurant row, but could also be referred to as retail row. The street is lined with boutiques filled with unique gift items for that special someone (yourself included!) There you’ll find Lake  Norman and NC gifts along with jewelry, home ware and apparel. Check out Seasons at the Lake, Monkees of Lake Norman, Main Street Books, The Village Store and more. Stay tuned to see more ways to shop in Lake Norman.


The Cornelius Arts Center is currently exhibiting “Talons”, a collaboration with the Carolina Raptor Center by the local artist  Ingrid Erickson. She studied the birds extensively and used her artistic experience in various Asian cultures to influence the paper cut art. Step inside through July 30th and take a peek at the intricate artwork that was once 300 feet of paper.


When you walk into Joe Gibbs Racing you may get a warm welcome by none other than the man himself, ready to sign his book for you race (or football) fans. Start your race trip off right by watching from above as the crews work on the cars, explore the gift shop and possibly a chat with Mr. Gibbs.


We suggest the picture perfect  Pimm’s Cup at Kindred if you’re want something refreshing on these hot summer days. Its not only delicious, but interesting to look at with a swirl of fresh cucumber inside the glass and topped with mint. CHEERS!


Want to get more familiar with the area? Check out the VLN FAM video here.  Stay tuned for part 2 of OUT & ABOUT. Also check out the calendar of events to keep up with the latest events.

OUT & ABOUT Lake Norman pt. 1

Not sure where to take Mom for her special day? Here are a few suggestions sure to please around Lake Norman.

Adventures with Mom begins with an early morning yoga session. There’s nothing more refreshing than a trip to the yoga studio to start the day and Lake Norman has plenty to choose from! Next take her out for a nice brunch..possibly waterfront? Check out North Harbor Club and other surrounding restaurants here for Mother’s day menus. After brunch, visit Latta Plantation Equestrian Center for a fun trail ride on the gorgeous nature preserve. Onto the next adventure with a trip to My Aloha Paddle & Surf for an instructional stand up paddle lesson. An action packed day with mom is the best day.

If you’d like to show mom a relaxing time, book a slot at a local spa for a well deserved pamper session. After you’re fully relaxed and ready to take on the day we suggest heading down to the adorable lakeside town of Davidson for unique boutique shopping and lunch! No trip to Davidson is complete without stopping into Brickhouse Tavern , Kindred and any others on ‘restaurant row’ for that matter! Next head to the Cornelius Arts Center to check out the latest exhibits or sign up for a pottery or watercolor class.Top off your relaxing day with mom by treating her to a show   We think mom will enjoy a day with just the right mix of fun and relaxation.

There are PLENTY of options for mom on the banks of Lake Norman and these are just a few that may help you when planning. For more ideas visit us here.



Spend Mother’s Day on Lake Norman

If you’re like us, we like to check out the latest YELP reviews to keep up with things going around Lake Norman. If you need some inspiration and want to hear first hand from the visitors, check out the list below. You may want to add some of these stops to your weekend itinerary!


Davidson Farmer’s  Market (Davidson)- 5 star rating “Can’t beat a farmer’s market you can walk to.  That gets 5 stars off bat.  Fall in love with the small town feel of Davidson and then the vendors this market brings.  You can get fresh flowers, veggies, meat, donuts, honey, bread & cheese.  Seriously, just about anything you would need for the week.  We love getting breakfast at the Bleu Barn Bistro food truck (grit bowl with bacon is my fave) or juice from Clean Juice truck.  Summit Coffee has their pop-up stand with pour-overs and espresso drinks outside.  There is often live music and sometimes a chef food demonstration.  LOVE LOVE LOVE!” – Kim

Clean Juice

Clean Juice Birkdale (Huntersville)- 5 star rating  “What a great little juice store.  It’s perfect if you are juicing and need a quick meal or if you’re just trying to keep it healthy. They have a little something for everyone.”-Evan

YELP Bayne pic

Bayne Brewing Company (Cornelius)- 5 star rating “Finally made another field trip out to Cornelius. The bad news is, that the more breweries I visit and the more beers I taste, the more critical I get. There is a lot of average beer out there with few good ones in between. It’s a joy when you find a good one and a chore when you have to slog through the others.

My flight of four consisted of the Breakfast Porter, the Irish Red, Pale Ale and Double IPA. I was pretty surprised that there was no Standard IPA on tap. Surprisingly I enjoyed the Porter (as I’m in the tail end of an IPA phase) – it was smooth and smoky – pleasant to the palate. I was also pleasantly surprised by the double IPA – not a total hop bomb and no high alcohol taste from the higher ABV. The Red and Pale just didn’t do it for me – chalk it up to personal tastes. So two outta four ain’t bad. If you are a Porter fan definitely make a pit stop here for that one.

Small family friendly tap room – odd outdoor seating cordoned off in the parking lot – but if you’re drinking , who cares?!”- Michael

Crafty Burg’r (Cornelius)- 5 star rating “Great place that needs to be recognized. Absolutely wonderful services, reasonable prices and tasty quality food.”- Shelby


Waterbean Coffee (Huntersville)- 5 star rating “I am not a big fancy coffee drinker but I will be back when I have more time. They have a thing you can buy to let you sample, I would love to try that. I went with a mango smoothie and a muffin thinking I was taking the safe route. WOW! Was I mistaken, they were both absolutely incredible and it didn’t break my wallet either. They are in a great spot if you need a break  in your workday. I would love to go when they have events going on.”- Jillian

Rural Hill (Huntersville)- 5 star rating “I made it out to Rural Hill to partake in the Loch Norman Highland Games.  I had never been out to this park before and getting to see it filled with spectators was great.  It is my understanding that Rural Hill came under the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Park System just a few years back.  And, though it is way out there from the rest of the parks, It has become a favorite for events and activities like the Highland Games.

The ground are impeccably kept, and the views are stunning.  In addition to the games I enjoyed getting a chance to see some Carolina heritage activities at some of the buildings on-site.  Moreover, I think that the staff at the facility was perfect.  I think this would be a great venue for a wedding or large party.  Concerts here would be great as well because of the massive amount of parking.  Kudos to the staff.  I look forward to heading out that way again.”- Brad


The Harp & Crown (Cornelius) – 5 star rating “Fantastic place! So far we’ve had fish and chips, curry chicken and the Guinness stew pot pie. Always accompanied by a Guinness with black current syrup. Truly a great find and makes one miss Ireland. Great for large or small parties, patio seating and great service!”-Matt

Look out for more upcoming blogs that include recently the reviewed around Lake Norman!







Recent YELP reviews around town

During the month of April we celebrate NC beer month by promoting, drinking and learning about great craft beer in North Carolina. On a more local level, Lake Norman has exploded with a similar culture including four breweries within 10 miles of each other. Each brewery is unique in their own way and we suggest making a trip to each one while in town for the full experience.


While there are plenty of breweries to keep you busy, the Lake Norman towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville share numerous tap houses and bottle shops. These are the perfect spots for watching the game and enjoying a pint of local beer or grab something crafty from another state to take home!

You may have caught a glimpse of the VLN Beer & Wine Trail Map while out and about at one of the breweries. This map is the “go to” resource for creating your ultimate beer itinerary, which leads us to our beer contest that’ll continue through the month of May! The process for entering couldn’t be more simple.

Step 1: Visit one of the 4 breweries and grab a beer trail map. (below)


Step 2: Order a pint or a flight of your favorite brews and  snap a pic of your beer alongside the map. Or a pic of a friend, holding the map and a beer-the photo ops are endless!

Step 3: Once you’ve gotten all the angles right, upload the pic to the social media platform of your choice.(FB, Twitter or Instagram) Just be sure to tag your location and use these 3 hashtags (so we’re notified) #visitlakenorman #lknbeer #ncbeermonth 

Step 4: Keep sippin’ and visiting the bottle shops and breweries on the map and continue to post your pics until May.

Step 5: Wait to win!

Contest prize package includes: $50 gift card to Port City Club, Visit Lake Norman branded backpack cooler, and a variety of brewery giveaways and VLN gifts.

Contest ends on Wednesday, May 25 and the winner will be announced the final week of May.

Visit the Breweries page here for more contest details and click here to find more about upcoming events like the NC Brewers & Music Festival at Rural Hill!

LKN Beer Contest

We love a good Lake Norman festival, who doesn’t? This week we’re reminiscing about the Annual Scottish Festival at Rural Hill in Huntersville, NC. If you’re a wee-bit to 99% Scottish, anyone can appreciate this fun filled weekend full of local craft beer, Scotch eggs and a lot of plaid. Below are a few things you can expect to see next year.


The Kilts. There’s something about seeing the traditional Scottish dress all weekend that’ll make you want to start kilt shopping now!


Be prepared for the awesome bagpipers.  You’ll most likely hear the numerous pipe bands practicing and see up close and personal performances throughout the weekend. Heads up, they are amazing.


The food. Scotch eggs, fish and chips, haggis, bangers and mash, sticky toffee pudding, homemade shortbread, ice cream, and kettle corn. Need I say more?


Throughout the weekend there are numerous events like Scottish country dancing, whiskey tastings, athletic competitions, the Parade of Tartans, sheep herding and much more. Make sure to always grab the complete list or stop in a clan tent and ask those seasoned festival goers- everyone is so friendly!


VLN information booth across from the bounce houses! Let the kids bounce away while you’re getting the latest area information from our local experts.


Last but certainly not least, get your entertainment by watching the sheep dodge the smartest (and cutest) sheep dog.  The herders are happy to answer questions and inform you on the art of sheep herding!

Basically what we’re saying is mark the calendars for next year’s Scottish Festival & Loch Norman Games and imagine yourself in the highlands all weekend, aye!

You can visit our annual calendar of events here. 

A day at the Scottish Festival & Loch Norman Games

Lake Norman is a popular destination in the summer for many reasons. The nice Carolina weather paired with  outdoor activities, oh and delicious food. If you want to enjoy some fresh air along with your Mojito, we’ve got some recommendations for you. (to name a few!)


131 Main

Port City Club

Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails

Galway Hooker

The Harp & Crown

Jack’s Corner Tap

The Rusty Rudder


North Harbor Club

Toast Cafe


Brickhouse Tavern

The Soda Shop

Flatiron Kitchen & Taphouse



Red Rocks Cafe

Killingtons Restaurant & Pub

Pinky’s Westside Grill

Bonefish Grill

Cafe 100

Hickory Tavern

eeZ Fusion & Sushi


View a complete list of restaurants in Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville. Check out the list of pet friendly patios here. 

Popular LKN patios

LKN…a water sports paradise!

Start planning your spring getaways at the lake with these local businesses that will give you all of the resources needed to enjoy wakeboarding and wakesurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking and so much more! Lake Norman is a playground for water sports and we’ve highlight a few places you can get geared up for the season.



My Aloha Paddle & Surf has everything you need to know about paddle boarding. Take a group or chill out on a board and even practice yoga.If you’re a paddle newbie, they’re happy to do an instructional session so you’ll be a pro in no time. My Aloha also has kayaks for rental, so if you’re not feeling so stable, jump in a kayak and take on the lake.


Need wakeboarding or wakesurfing lessons?  Look no further than Icy Wakes Surf Shop in Cornelius. Let the pro’s guide you through the do’s and dont’s of these thrilling lake activities. You can even sign the whole family up for a wakeboarding camp.

boat rentals

If you’re itching to relax on a boat or zoom around on a jet ski,  just check out the numerous shops like Morning Star MarinasPremier Boat RentalCarolina Boat Rentals  or Wher-rena Boatland. Wanting to charter a boat for an event or special occasion? See Yachta Yachta Yachta for your next luxury cruise around the gorgeous lake.

After a day playing on Lake Norman, you’re sure to only be worn out, but also ready to return for more fun in the Carolina Sun.Visit us here to view the complete lake activities listings.