Lake Lure, North Carolina
Population = 1192, Latitude 35º 26’ N, longitude 82 º 11’ W, Elevation = 1125 feet above sea level. Average January low temperature = 21.3, July high = 83. Average sunny days = 218, annual snowfall = 3.6 inches.
Our place in Fairfield Bay was snuggled into the rolling hills of the Ozarks. Lake Lure is perched on the mountainsides of the Appalachians. It took a few days to get used to driving on those roads, but gradually, it became less hair-raising. You have to get over your fear of plunging to your death over the edge of the road and just play the video game that is your windshield. It helps to lean into the sharply banked curves.
The lake is a sparkling jewel, surrounded by foothills and mountains. The elevation stated is for the lake itself. Add about 500 feet straight up to account for the homes people have somehow managed to build on the mountain tops around the lake. I’m sure the view is amazing, but the commute must be tough.
During the summer, Lake Lure is a vacation destination where the city folk come to escape from the North Carolina heat and humidity. Flocks of pontoon boats and flotillas of fishing boats ply the cold, clear water. We arrived after the lake season was over. There were still canoes for rent but that would have been a very cold day. Instead we played some golf. The courses here were much less strenuous than the evil ones in Branson. We were delighted to find what was, I believe, bermuda grass on much of the fairways. This stuff grows something like sphagnum moss, thick and spongy, and it holds the ball up a little so it is easy to get a club under it. Great stuff!
Other than golf, we spent our time mostly relaxing in our cabin, sightseeing, and enjoying the local people and food. The Epic Burger at Larkins On The Lake stacks burger, roast beef, and pulled pork for a monster burger that is truly, well, Epic.
Lake Lure is a nice little resort community. Great place to visit in the summer. If you are way into fishing and hunting, or mountain biking and hiking, you might consider living here. For us though, it is a little too remote, too small, too nerve-wracking to drive in, to be a possible place to settle. Next stop, Asheville.