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Quiet Retreat at the Lodge on Lake Lure

Spectacular Views at the Lodge on Lake Lure

We spent the night at the Lodge on Lake Lure and enjoyed it tremendously. My sweetheart captured the views very well with her new cell phone. The next morning I shot the photo below with my DSLR camera. You be the judge…

Morning view from the Lodge at Lake Lure

At the Lodge on Lake Lure it doesn’t matter where you wander or which direction you look, the views are serene and beautiful…

Beautiful views at the Lodge on Lake Lure

One of our favorite spots at the Lodge is the deck where breakfast is enjoyed in the morning, as well as complimentary wine and appetizers in the evening…

Deck for Breakfast or Wine and Snacks

The Lodge was originally built in the 1930’s by the North Carolina highway patrol as a retreat for patrolmen and their families. It still appears quaint and humble from the entrance…

Front Entrance at the Lodge on Lake Lure

But the view from the lake is more revealing…

Rear view of the Lodge on Lake Lure

Inside the Lodge are two guest lounges, or gathering areas. The larger one has a huge stone fireplace, with a piano and comfortable seating…

Piano Lounge at the Lodge on Lake Lure

Both rooms are very nice, but the smaller one is exceptionally cozy (we can’t wait to come back at Christmas time)…

Cozy Lounge at the Lodge on Lake Lure

The Tree Tops Dining Room is one of our favorite restaurants in western North Carolina…

Tree Tops Dining Room at the Lodge on Lake Lure

Once again the chef did not disappoint us. Both our dinner and breakfast were superb. At dinner we started with a bottle of wine from the owner’s vineyard in South Africa along with some of the best bread I’ve ever tasted, followed by two excellent hors d’oeuvres

Appetizers with Bread and Wine

Our beef tenders and fresh trout entrées tasted as good as they looked…

Entrees at the Tree Tops Dining Room

Dinner included dessert, so we chose bread pudding and crème brûlée…

Desserts at the Tree Top Dining Room

For breakfast we had delicious blueberry pancakes and a German omelet…

Breakfast at the Lodge on Lake Lure

The Lodge on Lake Lure offers four categories of rooms, each equipped with flat-screen TVs, wireless internet, plush bathrobes, and premiere mattresses and linens. We stayed in the Looking Glass room, which had a fireplace and king-size bed, as well as a balcony with a beautiful lake view, and a large claw-foot tub and separate shower in the bathroom. It could not have been nicer…

Looking Glass Guest Room at the Lodge on Lake Lure

If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend, you’ll find the perfect get-away retreat at the Lodge on Lake Lure. The innkeeper and staff at the Lodge on Lake Lure are exceptionally helpful and friendly, so call them directly for information and reservations at (828) 625-2789. And visit the Lodge on Lake Lure website for more photos, location info, and other details.

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No Fear at French Broad Rafting & Ziplines

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Well, actually, “No Fear” might be a slight exaggeration. Okay, it’s a total lie. I had a terrible fear of heights when I started out. By the time I got to the really fast, 980-ft. and 1,080-ft. long zip lines, I was so scared I didn’t think I could step off the platform. My fear was so bad that I hit the brakes too hard and didn’t make it to the next platform. I stopped early and had to turn around and pull myself in…

Don't brake too early or you won't make it to the next platform.

It took a while, but with the encouragement of my friend, Fred, and the help of our guides, Brian and Ryan, I actually got over my fear. In fact, I wasn’t even afraid of the 60-ft. rappel…

Rappelling at French Broad Rafting and Ziplines

Before we ever stepped onto a platform our guide, Brian, gave us lots of advice and instructions on the ground…

Zip Line Instructions at French Broad Rafting and Ziplines06

Both Brian and Ryan continually encouraged and instructed everyone…

Guides Continually Encourage and Instruct

Before I had finished the tenth zip line on the course I was totally free of fear (something I never thought could happen) and everyone was smiling, including this old guy on the left (Fred was smiling before we started)…

All Smiles at French Broad Rafting & Ziplines

To get a better feeling for the excitement and thrill of zip lines at French Broad Rafting & Ziplines, click on the image below and watch the video by Hummingbird Aerial…

Video of Zip Lines at French Broad Rafting and Ziplines

For additional information and zip line reservations visit the French Broad Rafting & Ziplines website or call 800-570-7238.

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