10 Burgers and Brews in Lake Norman you NEED to Try

Hey foodies and beer lovers, we’ve compiled a list of the tastiest burgers and most refreshing beers in Lake Norman. With so many restaurants and breweries in the area, picking our favorites was no easy task. A combination of upscale dining, burger joints, breweries and bottle shops, this list will have your stomach rumbling.



Best Burgers

Wild Blue Burger – Brickhouse Tavern

Hamburger Steak Sandwich – Char-Grill

Bacon Jam Burg’r – Crafty Burg’r and Tap

White Trash Burger – Pinky’s Westside Grill

Lamb Burger – Port City Club



Best Brews

Swell Rider IPA – D9 Brewing Company

Imperial IPA – Ass Clown Brewing Company

Lawn Boy American Lager – Primal Brewery

LKN IPA – Eleven Lakes Brewing

Brain Transplant Sour Ale – Bottled and Tapped (TRVE Brewing Company)


Check out VisitLakeNorman.org to learn more about our favorite burgers and brews!



The Best of Lake Norman Farmer’s Markets

Summertime in Lake Norman means it’s farmer’s market season! From May-August LKN farmer’s markets are your one stop shop for local produce, handmade goods, bakery favorites and fresh flowers. With two thriving markets in the area, there’s no question you’ll be able to find something exciting. Read on to learn about our two markets and a few vendors you don’t want to miss.

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Huntersville Grower’s Market

Since 1999 the Huntersville Grower’s Market has provided the Lake Norman area with fresh produce, meats and more. The market is temporarily located at Huntersville Elementary for the summer 2017 season while its main location, Veterans Park, is being renovated. Open every Saturday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.



Davidson Farmer’s Market

Located in the heart of Downtown Davidson, the Davidson Farmer’s Market wakes up the town every Saturday Morning. From 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. You can browse around, sample local treats and enjoy live music. Open every Saturday during its peak season and select Saturdays November-April.

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Coddle Creek Farms (Huntersville Grower’s Market)

Specializing in honey for over 40 years, this family-owned farm brings you some of the freshest jams, jellies, nut butters, and of course, locally-sourced honey in the area. Their array of options makes it hard to pick just one product, but the Farm Fresh Pure Local Wildflower Honey is a MUST.

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Mood Indigo Soaps! (Davidson Farmer’s Market)

Owner and soap-maker Réa Wright has a passion for helping people live joyful, vibrant, healthy lifestyles, and that definitely shines through in her products. A psychotherapist local to Davidson, NC, Réa puts an incredible amount of energy into her soaps. Her funky bars, bath bombs, lip balms and more are created using essential oils and lots of love. Be sure to pick up a Coco-Loco soap bar next time you’re at the market!

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Abby’s Better Nut Butter (Davidson Farmer’s Market)

Craving something sweet while she was stuck at home one day, 15-year-old Abby Kircher played around with some nuts and a food processor and Abby’s Better Nut Butter was born. Made with all-natural ingredients and no additives, her five nut butter flavors won’t disappoint. Grab a jar of Coconut Cashew and experience nut butter bliss.



Click here to learn more about market vendors and events.

Looking to have a weekend getaway with the girls? This revitalizing girls-only trip is sure to be a great time. It has everything from a relaxing trip to the spa, wine tasting, a day out on the lake, and fun nightlife. Not only will you never want to leave the peaceful and beautiful Lake Norman area, but you’ll also be begging to come back.


3-Day Itinerary

Day 1- Spend the day being pampered at the spa. Then enjoy a place to shop, taste exquisite wine, and indulge in a waterfront meal.

Day 2- Do some shopping and visit the area’s best stores and boutiques.

Day 3- Enjoy a day out on the water paddle boarding, jet skiing, or boating around the lake to take in its beautiful surroundings.


Day 1

Begin your vacation with a day of relaxation. Start with breakfast at one of the coziest restaurants in Davidson, Famous Toastery. You can pick up something light or get a full breakfast with fried eggs, bacon, blueberry pancakes and hash browns. Also, don’t forget to request the highly recommended corn beef hash. This popular breakfast spot is only a short drive from your first destination.


Then, head to Dancing Leaf Spa Escape and spend the day indulging in the ultimate spa experience for your mind, body, and soul. You can get your hair done, get a manicure and pedicure, or receive one of their spa treatments including facial and body treatments, massages, and cosmetic enhancements. After a day at this relaxing escape, you’ll be sure to leave feeling rejuvenated.


Next, visit Davidson Landing where you can experience food and wine with lake views and a little retail all in one place. First, you can visit Lake Norman Cottage and taste new wines while indulging in their famous homemade cookies. You can also do some shopping and browse through the apparel, accessories, and unique gifts throughout the store. Take a stroll along the lakefront and stop in The Cabin for happy hour cocktails before dinner. Indulge your taste buds for lunch or dinner with a relaxing waterfront culinary experience at  North Harbor Club. The green tomato BLT sandwich, lobster mac n’ cheese, and asparagus fries wold be worth trying.


Day 2

On your second day, visit local stores and shops every woman is sure to love! Start with Old Town Cornelius and visit the small boutiques and antique shops such as Avalilly’s, Home Heart & Soul, and The Tuscan House. These stores offer apparel, furniture, accessories, home décor, jewelry and more.


Then visit Birkdale Village and enjoy an outdoor shopping experience. This beautiful location has stores lining the streets, as well as bubbling fountains and colorful gardens in the center of the village. At this shopping center you can find apparel, accessories and jewelry, home furnishings, and cosmetics. With a great combination of shopping and dining, there’s no shortage of restaurants perfect for lunch or dinner. We recommend The Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar, eeZ Fusion & Sushi, Red Rocks Café, or Dressler’s Restaurant for any ladies group. For a special treat, Dressler’s has an amazing low country crab dip appetizer, a heavenly seafood and grits entree (even good for those that don’t like grits), and key lime pie to share (or not) for dessert.

Birkdale Village

Birkdale Village

Day 3

For your last day, spend your time out on the lake enjoying the water and scenery! First stop for breakfast at Summit Coffee Outpost location. A family owned coffee cafe right in the heart of Davidson College campus. Not only will you fall in love with their locally roasted specialty coffee, breakfast will fullfill cravings with items like the west coast brunch sandwich, almond butter and blackberry jam toast, or the scones drizzled with chocolate icing.  You will feel ready to burn some energy during paddle boarding lesson at My Aloha Paddle Sports. This unique and peaceful experience provides beautiful views of the water and a great workout.


Afterward, grab a quick salad or sandwich from Fresh Chef Kitchen like the herb shrimp wrap with kale salad. Then head to Kings Point Morningstar Marina where you can rent a boat or jet ski to cruise around Lake Norman. All rentals are equipped with life jackets and safety equipment to ensure your time on the water is smooth sailing.


For nightlife, we suggest Cork and Cask, Lake Norman’s premier spot for a girl’s night out. Relax on the patio and work your way through their extensive list of boutique wines, craft beers, and artisan cheeses.


For more information:

Visit Lake Norman


(704) 987-3300

For the Girls: Relax and Unwind at Lake Norman

July Hotel News

VLN would like to congratulate Comfort Suites Lake Norman – Huntersville on being named one of the Top 100 Best Hotels for Group Travel by HotelPlanner and Meetings.com. With only three hotels in North Carolina on the list,  we’re proud to acknowledge one of Lake Norman’s own!

Hotel Events:

Karaoke Night! – Homewood Suites in Davidson will have karaoke at the Nautical Nook Bar on Thursday, July 27th from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. 


A Guide to an #LKN Father’s Day

Father’s Day is quickly approaching, but if you’re stumped on what to do with dad, don’t worry! Lake Norman is full of activities perfect for his special day. Check out some ideas below that guarantee a fun filled day with dad.


For the fishermen

A day on the lake is a day well spent. Treat dad to a guided fishing tour of LKN with a local expert like Captain Gus Gustafson of Fishing with Gus. If you want to tackle the fish on your own, visit Ramsey Creek Park’s fishing pier. Grab some snacks from the concession stand and you’ll be set to fish all day.

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Photo credit – Capt. Gus: Dan and Tyler Cohn of Cornelius holding striped and hybrid bass taken on a recent Lake Norman fishing trip.

For the NASCAR lovers

It’s no secret that the Lake Norman area is a NASCAR fan’s heaven. If dad loves the sport, you can’t pass up a visit to Joe Gibbs Racing. Home of the team’s legendary cars, JGR headquarters offers a race shop viewing area and an extensive souvenir shop.


For the foodies

You can’t go wrong with barbecue on Father’s Day. Save dad the hassle of cooking his own and visit a local joint. Enjoy some eastern NC style barbecue brisket at Lancaster’s BBQ or some hickory smoked pulled pork at award-winning, Mac’s Speed Shop.


For the beer guys

Lake Norman has quickly become a craft beer destination. Just recently the community welcomed its newest brewery, Eleven Lakes Brewing, which features unique drafts like Teri’s Berry Wheat. Stop by the visitor center to pick up a Lake Norman Beer and Wine Trail map to get your day started. With 11 breweries and bottle shops in the area, dad is sure find his new favorite brew.



For even more fun things to do with dad, visit the VLN website here.

VLN wants to thank everyone in the hospitality and tourism industry that contributes to Lake Norman being the destination it is today! We celebrated National Tourism Week  early May and below are a few photos to recap.

Weekly social media posts highlighting hoteliers and visitor center staff

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NTW Visit Lake Norman tourism information card

Hotel Events:

Karaoke Night at Homewood Suites in Davidson will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Nautical Nook Bar!
Join Homewood Suites as they celebrate the hotel’s 9 year anniversary on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Tour newly furnished rooms, enjoy live music, light fare, a photo booth and more!

June Hotel News!

National Tourism Week Recap

Since 1983 a celebration of National Tourism Week has occurred each May. Destinations highlight hospitality industry partners, leaders and businesses that make an direct impact on tourism every day. Below we’ll highlight how Visit Lake Norman (VLN) celebrated #NTTW17 and this year’s theme of “Faces of Travel”!


  1. We celebrated with daily “Faces of Travel” social spotlights for you to be more knowledgeable about these front line employees.


2. Visitor Center festivities! Each year we encourage you to stop by the VC for light refreshments and time with our knowledgeable ambassadors, who know the in’s and out’s of Lake Norman. Call or stop by the visitor center M-F 9am-5pm for additional assistance before, during or after your trip to LKN.


We want to thank ALL of our Lake Norman hospitality partners including hotels, restaurants, venues, local businesses and attractions that positively impact our visitors each year. Until next year!

Learn more about National Tourism Week and how to get involved here. Also check out more on the VLN website to see the trip planning tools and stay up to date on the calendar of events!

April has arrived and that can only mean one thing, NC BEER MONTH. In North Carolina craft beer is celebrated all month-long and we are buzzing to tell you how to join in on the fun in Lake Norman. Check out the top 5 ways to tap into the craft below!


  1. The most obvious, visit a brewery.

In North Mecklenburg, the craft beer scene has been gaining momentum and it doesn’t look like there’s an end in sight, YES. We suggest grabbing a pint and a seat at the bar or on the patios of 4 (almost 5) breweries: Ass Clown Brewing Company, Bayne Brewing Company,  D9 Brewing Company and Primal Brewery. (Eleven Lakes Brewing is on the way!) Each brewery has their own vibe and during #NCBeerMonth you will find Visit Lake Norman (VLN) goodies like coasters, magnets and beer maps inside, that tell you how to enter the social media promotion! (more info below…)


   2. Try a local tap house or bottle shop.

The supply of beer in LKN isn’t lacking so along with visiting the breweries, we suggest  trying out a local tap house for additional NC craft favorites. In Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville you can find many of these including: Crafty Beer Guys, Davidson Beverage Company, Cornelius Drafthouse, Bottled & Tapped, Old Town Public House and more. Hint: you can find all of these on the VLN Beer & Wine Trail Map at a brewery or the Visitor Center in Cornelius.


   3. Find an event.

Get out the pen and calendar (or phone) and start planning for a number of annual and monthly events that go on surrounding beer. The Scottish Festival & Loch Norman Highland Games highlight the fun things about Scottish culture that everyone can appreciate (‘hello’ good food and drinks!) We think a kilt, a pint, a scotch egg and bagpipes is the recipe for a perfect weekend- THIS weekend to be exact. Another upcoming event is the ‘Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival, April 29th at Oak Street Mill. Local beer, local art, food trucks and music…need we say more? The breweries are also busy with events throughout spring and summer, keep up with them here.

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4. Hop on the BREW BUS.

Want an affordable ($10) and safe way to check out some of the bottle shops and taprooms in LKN? Grab a ticket for the Brew Bus that has unlimited rides on a loop to all stops from 7pm-12am, the next one is scheduled for Saturday 3/18. The stops include Bayne Brewing Company, Bottled & Tapped, Cornelius Drafthouse and Old Town Public House. Bring the whole group on the bus for a no-hassle way to experience Lake Norman breweries each month.

Now that you know where you’re going, check out VLN’s promotion details below for NC Beer Month and how to enter in just a few simple steps!
  1. Find a brewery or tap house & post your favorite beer related pics on Instagram or Facebook.
  2. Be sure to tag @visitlakenorman and use #LKNbeer to enter your pic.
  3. Wait to win each Wednesday during April, for awesome prizes like restaurant gift cards, brewery giveaways, pint glasses, VLN prizes, tickets to the NC Brewers & Music Festival and more.

[Reminder, don’t forget to grab a VLN coaster and magnet]


View more details on VLN’s promotion and beer website listings here.

CHEERS and happy posting!

4 Ways to Celebrate NC Beer Month in Lake Norman

Congrats to Hampton Inn & Suites in Huntersville for their 11th Consecutive Out-Standing Quality Insurance Inspection and 5th straight Lighthouse Award win!


Hotel events!

Homewood Suites in Davidson

ART GALLERY CRAWL- Join them for an Art Gallery Crawl on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 6 pm – 9 pm in the Hotel Lodge at the Nautical Nook Bar at Homewood Suites by Hilton – Davidson. Enjoy Live Music, Art, Light Refreshments and Cocktails at the Nautical Nook Bar.

KARAOKE NIGHT- Join in for a fun Karaoke Night on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 8 pm – 11 pm at the Nautical Nook Bar.

Another congratulations to all 2016 Making Waves Hospitality Awards winners, and for joining us at the Peninsula Yacht Club! See you again next year for 2017 winners.

See you around LKN!

April Hotel News!

February Hotel News & Updates


Lead to Succeed Management category winner 2015- Dominique Wright


Homewood Suites, Davidson: Beacon IMG is excited to announce a new member of our core management team in Charlotte, NC.  Many Lake Norman residents will recognize the name of Dominique Wright, who has been a long time General Manager of the Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel in Davidson, NC.  In December, Dominique accepted a promotion from to become Beacon IMG’s Regional Director of Operations responsible for the Hyatt Place hotel in Uptown Charlotte, The Hyatt Place Hotel in Chapel Hill, NC and the Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel in Davidson.  Dominique has worked previously in several other positions at Beacon IMG managed hotels, including front desk agent, front office manager and AGM.  Dominique brings with her a wealth of experience, a great deal of energy and a proven focus on achieving tremendous guest service feedback and she will be a terrific addition to the Beacon IMG core management team. Congratulations, Dominique!



Karaoke Night at the Nautical Nook Bar at the Homewood Suites Davidson from 8pm – 11 pm on Thursday, February 23, 2017