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nancdb May 17th, 2007 03:37 PM

North Carolina Birthday trip help needed
 
Hello, I'm planning a surprise birthday trip for my husband to the Lake Lure area for 5 days starting May 22. Last year was his 60th birthday and I had big family plans made at a chalet with all our children and other family members, but instead I ended up spending a month in the hospital. My husband was my true savior and without him, I wouldn't be here today. I just had another surgery last week, but feel well enough to take him away this year. He loves North Carolina so I've rented a vacation home, but am not familiar with the area. I'm looking for restaurant suggestions within a 40 mile range and also ideas as what to see, what cute towns there are to visit, natural places to see, just any ideas at all. I'm still napping a lot, so haven't done much planning yet. I'd like a special place to take him to dinner with a lake view, if possible. There will be just four of us this year. Thank you. Nancy

cmcfong May 17th, 2007 05:08 PM

That is great news you are feeling better. YOu are coming to a lovely part of North Carolina and there are many regular posters who know the area well. Take a look at the threads on Asheville, Hendersonville, and Black Mountain to get some general ideas about your options.

SAnParis May 18th, 2007 05:22 AM

The best restaurant nearby is the Point of View (located at the end of the Lake & fairly close). For lunch there is a good little deli in Chimney Rock as well. Make sure you meander through Chimney Rock (thetown & the park). We typically pack a picnic lunch and stop alongside the road (anywhere you please), haul everything out to a boulder in the creek & have at least one lunch there. Check out www.chimneyrock.com, www.chimneyrockpark.com & www.townoflakelure.com. Also make sure & take the evening cruise on the boat around the lake. I believe they also have a deal where they will boat you to The Point of View for dinner & boat you back. Black Mt. is also a favorite of ours but you should be able to keep busy in the area you are in. Black Mt. is probably a good 45 minutes away depending on traffic. Since you are pre-Mem. day, it should be pretty good from a traffic standpoint.

nancdb May 18th, 2007 10:49 AM

Thanks so much for the information. I'll make reservations at Point of View. Also, is Saluda a neat town to see? Nancy

SAnParis May 18th, 2007 02:27 PM

Been to Flat Rock & Hendersonville but never Saluda. If I were going to venture that far however, I would hit Asheville or Black Mt. unless you are coming from that direction.


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