If you’ve never visited Lake Norman during winter, you’re in for a treat. Because North Carolina’s largest artificial lake is in the central part of the state, winters here aren’t harsh. Think average temperatures from the high 30s to the 50s. Although we get occasional ice or flurries, Lake Norman is a perfect spot to grab some hot chocolate and enjoy a few days of winter fun.
Lake Norman also has plenty of options to keep you warm indoors too—including a stop at a mouthwatering seafood and raw bar or tasting the Italian restaurant specials at Eddie’s on Lake Norman.
While you’re enjoying our area, instead of Googling, “Find restaurants near me,” we hope you’ll drop by for dinner at Eddie’s or call us at (704) 799-2090 to find out what’s on the menu. Until then, enjoy our team’s top seven things to do during winter in Lake Norman.
#1: Shop at Birkdale Village
Located in Huntersville, this friendly shopping and dining spot has plenty of restaurants nearby and a wide range of wintertime activities to keep you and your family entertained all day long. Start the day with coffee before splurging on an indulgent meal at the infamous Red Rocks Cafe’s Sunday brunch.
After you’ve satisfied your appetite, shop ‘til you drop and enjoy the variety of local boutiques and national retailers. Take a photo in front of one of the Village’s elaborately decorated winter scenes, then wind down with a movie the whole family will love. For more information on special events, movies, and restaurants, head to https://birkdalevillage.com/.
#2: Grab A Craft Beer from King Canary Brewery or Hoptown Brewing Company
Alongside stunning outdoor scenery and a buzzing shopping scene, Lake Norman boasts several local breweries such as King Canary Brewing Company and Hoptown Brewing Company. King Canary was “born out of a passion for community, family, quality and beer.” They use the best ingredients to make the best, most inspired beer possible. While they brew a wide range of styles, they also focus on their favorite styles. At King Canary Brewing Company, you can savor numerous IPAs, fruited sours, dessert inspired stouts and everything in between. The brewery draws inspiration from many sources, including England, Belgium and Germany, with a mix of new, old and hybrid styles. As the owners note, “We learn from our predecessors, and we find them as a great source of inspiration.” While there, you’ll notice many photos of family in the decor and branding.
Scott and Sandy, Managing Partners of Hoptown Brewing Company, started their beer-making journey when Sandy gifted Scott with a home-brew kit during their dating days. Soon, Scott moved beyond kits to “all-grain-brewing” in a dedicated brewhouse on their home property. Things really took off in 2018 though, when Sandy began serving what was then known as “Hootenanny” beer, at her yoga studio. In no time at all, Hootenanny was showing up on tap at several bottle shops and taprooms around town. While the beer was growing in popularity, Scott was also donating Hootenanny beer to local charity events leading to an estimated $40K raised for non-profits.
With public support for expansion, Hootenanny got a brand-lift and was updated to a more approachable and community-oriented name, a clear vision, and a group of supportive investors: Hoptown was born. Whether you’re coming from across the street or the other side of the world, Scott and Sandy welcome you as a neighbor. They hope to make you feel like an old friend and will greet you with a smile and a friendly hello as they pour you an exceptional beer. Cheers!
#3: Play Bingo & Enjoy a Show at The Boatyard FKA Boatyard Eats in Cornelius
The Boatyard FKA Boatyard Eats in Cornelius curates some of the most exciting and varied live shows in the central North Carolina area. Depending on your travel schedule, you could enjoy a game of bingo and a concert, thanks to the venue’s beloved musical bingo nights. Alternatively, you and your friends and family can take in a Prince tribute band, a rock show, or an original country music act while enjoying shareable snacks and drinks. Learn more about Boatyard Lake Norman and check out its schedule at https://www.boatyardlkn.com/events.
#4: Create a Handmade Gift at AR Workshop
This boutique DIY workshop in Davidson offers visitors the chance to create personalized home decor such as porch signs, canvas pillows, wooden centerpiece boxes, frames, clocks, and chunky knit blankets. It also carries a curated selection of trendy and unique products such as candles and jewelry in its retail shop and DIY to-go kits so you can craft at your leisure. For more information, call (704) 765-3632 or visit https://www.arworkshop.com/davidson/.
#5: Explore Frankie’s Fun Park
Frankie’s Fun Park of Charlotte is Lake Norman’s largest attraction and an ideal spot to turn up the heat with a friendly competition. It features an indoor “Drop Zone” ride, a two-story laser tag zone, 120 different arcade games, 24 bowling lanes, a multi-person hologram arena, and more. No need to search for “restaurants near me” while you’re here, either. It has a full-service bar and restaurant. For more information, call (704) 875-7888 or visit https://frankies.com/charlotte/.
#6 Escape the Chill in an Escape Room
Escape 109 in historic downtown Davidson offers an imaginative way to duck out of the winter cold. Book an hour’s adventure trying to solve the mystery of a Lake Norman cabin in the woods or figuring out how to reach “Grandma’s” 100th birthday on time despite lots of twists and turns. To book a spot, visit http://www.escape109.com/ or call (704) 975-3647.
#7 Kick Off the New Year with a Hike
Lake Norman State Park in Troutman has several guided hikes that show off North Carolina’s lovely views, flora, and fauna, even in winter. Follow the shorelines of Hicks Creek and Norwood along Alder Trail, or start the year off right with a guided morning hike through the woods. Call (704) 528-6350 or visit https://www.ncparks.gov/lake-norman-state-park/home.
Get Cozy This Winter at Eddie’s on Lake Norman
Whether you’re in the mood to kick back with family and friends or warm up with a loved one, stop by Eddie’s on Lake Norman, especially if you’re looking for Italian restaurants or restaurants nearby Lake Norman.
Based in Mooresville, NC, Eddie’s has a relaxing Sunday brunch, a laid-back lunch, or luscious dinner featuring Italian specials, seafood dishes, sandwiches, burgers, light soups and salads, and delectable desserts.
Ann-Margaret Wagner brings her hospitality and restaurant expertise from New York to the shores of Lake Norman with Eddie’s On Lake Norman. Ann-Margaret is the former owner of a successful restaurant in Westchester County, New York, called The Muscoot Tavern, an iconic “Cheers-like” bar, and grille. After visiting Lake Norman, she fell in love with the area, saw potential in the restaurant, and decided to make North Carolina her new home with her daughter Lacy.
After purchasing the business, which was previously Vinnie’s Sardine Grille and Raw Bar, she completely renovated the entire space, sold the other restaurant, and moved south. The kitchen is filled with all new appliances, while the bar, dining room, and back patio were all touched up to create a clean, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Whether in North Carolina, New York, or anywhere else, Ann-Margaret’s mission is always to provide the freshest seafood, prime meats, produce, pasta, and bread, every meal.
“I hope you enjoy eating our delicious cooking as much as we love making it for you!”
If you would like to book an event at Eddie’s on Lake Norman, we require a $250 refundable deposit that can be applied to your bill and or credit card used for deposit. We charge a $50 Event Fee and 25% gratuity, plus tax. For more information, call us at (704) 799-2090.
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