(©NC Division of Parks and Recreation)
Named for a rather large body of water 20 miles from the center of Charlotte, the Lake Norman region boasts three towns (Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville) and a whole lot of entertaining pursuits. From nature preserves and parks, to yacht clubs, golf courses and breweries, to performing arts and more, there are fun activities for many and most. Shopping, too, is big in the area and includes antiques and vintage, art galleries, specialty shops, gifts, and farmers’ markets. In the open-air setting of Birkdale Village, visitors can shop, dine and even hear live alfresco concerts in fair weather.