Asheville, NC area lake

Mar 9th, 2006, 06:22 AM
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Asheville, NC area lake


Were planning the annual family week with my in-laws and have decided on North Carolina, around the Asheville area. They would like to stay on a lake, not too developed, for fishing, and in an area for hiking, etc., but I would also like to be fairly near Asheville (no more than an hour), as well a any other nearby towns, etc., for shopping, and getting a nice dinner or drink (Im more of a beach and city gal, while my in-laws like more remote areas, so were trying to compromise!).

Doing research last night, we thought that Lake James looked like it may fit the bill my question: has anyone been here, and can tell me what you thought, or can suggest another lake on which to stay? Wed like to rent a house for a week, and Im having trouble finding information on house rental on Lake James, so if anyone has any resources to check out, that would be great, too!

Thanks so much!
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Mar 9th, 2006, 07:15 AM
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Look at Lake Lure. I think this would be a good fit.

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Mar 9th, 2006, 07:19 AM
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Lake Lure would also be my suggestion. Since it sounds like you may have several people check out for homes to rent in that area.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 08:23 AM
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I agree - Lake Lure is a good option. I don't think that Lake James is quite built out yet (they just got permission to build on it a couple years ago).

While Lake Lure looks fairly close to Asheville on a map, it's about 45 minutes of pretty winding mountain roads.

If you don't have to have a lake, you can rent a house in the nice little town of Black Mtn, and easy 20 minute drive to Asheville.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 09:27 AM
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Thanks, everyone! Lake Lure looks just about perfect - just one other question - is it terribly developed and built up? Just curious!

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Mar 10th, 2006, 05:17 PM
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I'm concerned about Lake Lure being too developed for your needs. Look for some pictures on the web and, I don't think I've every recommended this, but try a satelite photo:

There is plenty of mountains around Lake Lure (Chimney Rock is great for hiking and views), but I remember the area around the lake having a few too many houses for my taste.

I don't know of any lakes, but have you considered Brevard, NC? This is a nice little town and is about 45 minutes south of Asheville. Beside Brevard is the Pisgah National Forest with the Davidson River (trout fishing) and hiking.

Mike Honeycutt
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Mar 13th, 2006, 04:58 AM
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I think Lake Lure would fit the bill as well. You might also check into some B&B's/inns/rental houses that would be out in the country near small(er) lakes or mountain streams (fly fishing?). A couple areas that come to mind would be Hot Springs or Wolf Laurel - both less than 1 hr from Asheville.
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Mar 13th, 2006, 08:28 AM
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I think that Lake Keowee just over the NC/SC line is absolutely gorgeous. One of the most beautiful lakes I've ever seen.

What about Lake Toxaway and the Greystone Inn?

Lake Lure is very nice.
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