Lake Norman & Catawba
Catawba County is located in the western part of North Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The county's three lakes and its location in the foothills exert a strong influence on the area's climate and ambience, providing moderate winter temperatures and pleasant summer breezes allowing residents to enjoy year round recreational opportunities. The county has successfully diversified and balanced its traditional manufacturing base of furniture, textile, and telecommunications while recently been recognized as being one of the top ten areas in America to raise a family.
Lake Norman has a busy calendar of events for residents to enjoy. From boat shows and fishing tournaments to county fairs and home and garden tours, Lake Norman has something for everyone. Residents can enjoy the Lake Norman Festival in May, the nearby Bluegrass Festival and Apple Festival, and the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival. The popular Loch Norman Highland games incorporate the contribution of the Scotch and Scotch-Irish with fun and games. If you find the need for speed, Lowe's Motor Speedway hosts the races. Nearby communities also host Concerts on the Green, Lake Norman Balloon Regatta and the Halloween Hoot & Howl, to name a few. Other attractions near Lake Norman include the Energy Explorium, the Latta Plantation House, the Carolina Raptor Center, the Amazing Maize Maze, the Lazy 5 Ranch and the Biltmore Estate in nearby Asheville. All of this, plus many fine restaurants, shopping and a large variety of accommodations in the Lake Norman area held make it one of North Carolina's most popular spots.
The nearby city of Charlotte, known as the "Queen City," is just a short drive from Lake Norman and offers even more exciting possibilities. With the stimulation of a progressive city and the ease of Southern hospitality, Charlotte presents a unique blend of big city style and down-home appeal. Charlotte offers things to see and do unlike any destination in the country, including the culture and art of the Mint Museum and the Levine Museum of the New South, the Discovery Place science museum, the NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and serving as a national center for professional sports. Charlotte presents an impressive skyline, boasting awards and recognition for its active populace. Prevention Magazine recently named Charlotte number four in the "Top 20 Walking Cities" in the nation, while Self Magazine named Charlotte one of "Five Cities with Big Outdoor Appeal." Other attractions in the city of include the Charlotte Museum of History, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, the Nature Museum, plus guided walking tours of Historic Uptown Charlotte.
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