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I feel like my spirit lived in Lake Lure, North Carolina in a previous life.

Itís elevated every time I arrive and see the forested green of the pine trees surrounding the beautiful lake setting.

Where is Lake Lure? Itís located in Rutherford County in Western North Carolina. Lake Lure to Asheville is about 45-minutes. Itís just under 4 hours from Raleigh, and only five minutes drive to Chimney Rock State Park (see more about Chimney Rock down below).

The lake is surrounded by lush mountain tops and sheer granite cliffs. In the distance are the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Hickory Nut Gorge with names like Buffalo Head and Sleeping lady.

Itís ancient. Timeless. Connected.

Itís not long after arriving in Lake Lure that I slip into lake time. It moves slow and rhythmically like the oars on my stand up paddle board moving across the lake.



Paddle boarding is one of our favorite things to do in Lake Lure and itís the first thing we did when we arrived at our accommodation, the Lodge on Lake Lure.

Kalyra (our 11 year old) pauses her paddling to do handstands and cartwheels. I watch in amazement and work up the bravery to slip off the board into the cool waters.

Itís cool and refreshing. The perfect complement to the humid air.

Thereís no fear of sharks, jelly fish or crocodiles like back in Australia (our homeland). I can swim freely in the pools of serenity.


Lake Lure NC is my happy place, and itís one of my top two favorite places to visit in North Carolina along witWrightsville Beach.

I want to buy a lake house here. I want to buy a summer home here. I just want to spend my summers on this lake, in my lakeside home, with my paddle board.

This was my mantra for our very short two day Lake Lure vacation.

I just had to bring my parents here on our big road trip from Dallas to Boston. It was slightly out of the way, but totally worth it.



My mum and dad loved it too. My Dad being a huge movie buff, he loved the connection that the Lake Lure and Chimney Rock area has to the Last of the Mohicans with Daniel Day Lewis.

I love the connection the lake has with the classic film, Dirty Dancing.

It was the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing when we visited and we attended the 8th annual Dirty Dancing Festival, and if youíre a Dirty Dancing fan donít miss this festival (see more about this down below).

Relax, Learn and Dream on a Lake Lure Boat Tours

Lake Lure boat tour

You can see the stairs from Dirty Dancing where Baby carried the watermelon on a Lake Lure boat tour, which we did on our last afternoon in Lake Lure, North Carolina.

It was sunny and warm and the breeze gentle. Surprisingly, the seats on the boat were padded and spacious.

We had plenty of room to watch the world go by and learn more about its history Ė and those gorgeous lake houses on its bank Ė from our captain and guide.

Including the famous stairs Baby carried a watermelon up and danced back down.


The town of Buffalo, a small Gold Rush and farming town, now sits at the bottom of the lake. 

Legend of the church said to be 70 feet below in the center of the lake whose bell is said to be heard ringing on stormy evenings

The lake is now owned by the town of Lake Lure, with private homes surrounding most of it. Access is provided via a town marina, beach and park.

What I love about this beautiful lakeside destination, is that it has NOT become one large lake resort.

Itís mostly a popular USA destination of privately owned homes that caters to families who vacation in North Carolina every summer.

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Lake Lure, North Carolina 

Lake Lure runs along the floor of Hickory Nut Gorge in the mountains of western North Carolina, and its shores might look a bit familiar to you: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray filmed scenes here for the classic film Dirty Dancing. Visitors can relax on the lakeís beaches or take to the hills to explore the surrounding mountains; donít miss Chimney Rock, which offers panoramic views of the gorge and the lake.



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LAKE LURE, N.C. (WCIV) ó Why in the world would we drive four hours to go to a beach? We live on some of the most beautiful beaches in the eastern United States.

The simple answer is because our beaches,don't look like Lake Lure Beach and Waterpark.

Our beaches also don't have the activities that they do. Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, literally, in the shadows of Chimney Rock, lies a perfect beach on Lake Lure.

Sun chairs, sand, temperate water are all there- but there was so much more.

Some of the attractions include large water slides that drain out into the 70-degree water, a splash pad and splash park for the younger kids, roped off swim areas with lifeguards, boating, eating, and most importantly, ample parking!

It's cost efficient at only $9 per person to enjoy a day on the beach, in the mountains.

Those we spoke to also highly recommended the small town of Lake Lure, less than a mile down the road. Stores, restaurants and breweries dot the main street, making for a perfect "post-beach" venture.

The beach has locker rooms and changing areas and the views are simply breathtaking.

It's certainly someplace to spend an afternoon, or more, right on Lake Lure in western North Carolina.

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An easy two-hour ride from Columbia, Hickory Nut Gorge in North Carolina is home to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village. My daughter, Gabi, and I set out for a mother-daughter getaway on a beautiful weekend filled with dramatic scenery, friendly locals, and an abundance of great food, including fine dining and down-home comfort fare.

Where to Stay

The charming 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa sits next to Lake Lure, offering magnificent views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. We took a peek on the second floor to see where actor Patrick Swayze stayed when he was on location to film Dirty Dancing. No mention of the Lake Lure Inn and Spa would be complete without a nod to its more non-traditional guests, such as Lucius Morse, a Chicago physician who founded the community in the 1900s because he needed a palliative climate in which to recover from tuberculosis. He built the hotel in the 1927 and, according to local lore, still frequently returns to ignite the fireplace in the great room.

Where to Dine

Upon our arrival, we headed out for lunch at The Old Rock Cafť. This riverside dining offers such comfort foods as burgers, salads, sandwiches, and the house-made apple brown Betty for dessert.

Dinner our first night was at Legends at Rumbling Bald Resort. We started with the house chips ó a delicious concoction of house-made chips with blue cheese, bacon, green onions, and a balsamic glaze drizzle. We watched the sun go down over the lake and feasted on roasted spaghetti squash with salmon. We made sure to save room for the blueberry pancake torte, a version of cake made with pancake batter with maple syrup infused icing and topped with whipped cream, fresh blueberries, powdered sugar, and a caramel drizzle. Legends at Rumbling Bald Resort is a sort of sports bar meets fine dining experience as little ones run around and families enjoy their drinks after a day on the lake.

Breakfast the next morning brought us to Medinaís, a bistro in the heart of Chimney Rock Village. The cinnamon roll is the specialty of the house. Featured in Southern Living and National Geographic Traveler, this concoction is light and fluffy, not too sweet, with a cream cheese icing in the middle. We also dined on the Royal Breakfast Hash Casserole, which features corned beef, potatoes, onions, peppers, cheese, and a creamy Italian white sauce, topped off with an over-easy egg.

We had lunch at La Strada, a family-owned and operated authentic Italian restaurant that has boasted a fantastic view of Lake Lure and the surrounding mountains for more than 40 years. We enjoyed angel hair pasta with mushrooms, broccoli, and Roma tomatoes, sauteed with garlic pesto and white wine and topped with parmesan encrusted fried jumbo shrimp.

On Saturday night we went to The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant, which provides exclusive wines and hand-crafted beers, not to mention fine dining fare and a signature duck dish. We started with the Esmeralda Rosť, a mix of vodka, rosť and elderflower syrup, with raspberry puree lemon juice and lavender foam. We loved the charcuterie board of house-made crackers; labneh, a house-made cheese; along with a local goat cheese. We split the tasty crab cakes with pimento cheese grits, and for dessert, we had the Carolina Peach Shortcake, made with local peaches served tart with fresh whipped cream.

Our last meal on Sunday was a delicious brunch at The Treetops Restaurant at The Lodge on Lake Lure. Committed to locally sourced products, including beef, the restaurant offers an amazing view. After our brunch of crab Benedict and potatoes with smoked paprika and roasted red bell pepper, we toured this beautiful getaway that features 17 luxurious guestrooms, each with a fireplace and personal veranda.

What to Do

Lake Lure is known as the setting for the 1980s blockbuster hit Dirty Dancing, and appropriately the town still hosts an annual Dirty Dancing Festival each September.

The Lake Lure Beach is open for swimming and activities Memorial Day through Labor Day; offered are boats, kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. Visitors can also enjoy a specialty cruise on the lake for lunch or dinner.

For more than 100 years, Chimney Rock has been a favorite destination in the Western North Carolina mountains. Itís where another famous movie was filmed, Last of the Mohicans. At the summit of this giant monolith, the 75-mile view is spectacular. This past year, the 26-story elevator was refurbished inside the mountain and runs smoothly to the top of the ďchimney.Ē The park also offers miles of trails for hikers of all levels. Rock climbing, complete with a two-hour clinic option, is also a popular activity, as is the guided bird walk.

Visitors to the area should not miss experiencing the Flowering Bridge. This gardenerís delight entices visitors, both domestic and international, to meander through this garden, which sits right in the middle of town. With more than 2,500 different species of plants and flowers, this labor of love is made possible by the many volunteers who lovingly plant, deadhead, and mulch each week. Featuring painted windows, painted bricks, and peanut butter trees, it also provides a smorgasbord for caterpillars and bees throughout the year as well as a native habitat for monarch butterflies.

During our walk in the village, we stopped in at Coffee on the Rocks to check out the coffees and pastries. We also dressed up in saloon attire for an old-timey photo!

A special surprise was Burntshirt Vineyards Tasting Room & Bistro in the heart of the village. Burntshirt Winery has more than 25 award-winning wines and has been named the N.C. Winery of the Year for the last five years.

Canopy Ridge Farm offers the more adventurous visitor the chance to sail through the mountain air on a zipline course or enjoy the water via guided kayak tours and tube rentals.

We headed back to Columbia and vowed to return in the fall to witness the changing leaves, enjoy some hiking, and feast on more of the fabulous food in the friendly local restaurants that make this area so special.



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Thereís no better place to stretch out the lazy days of summer than in a nostalgic little lake town, watching the sun set over the water from an Adirondack chair. Iíve rounded up the 10 best lake towns in North America, offering quaint main streets, boardwalk shops, wooden roller coasters, and, of course, ice cream parlors.

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Like its name suggests, Lake Lure will pull you in with its tranquil charm. Visit the highly Instagrammable Chimney Rock (a 315-foot granite peak), the water park at Lake Lure Beach, and the walking-only garden bridge, Lake Lure Flowering Bridge.


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Lake Lure, NC

Seeking a scenic escape? Head to Lake Lure. (Perhaps you know it from the 1987 film Dirty Dancing.) Spend the day splashing in the refreshing water or wakeboarding. Afterward, up the romance with a sunset pontoon cruise.