What if I told you, you could spend a magnificent day on the lake and NOT have to get on I-77 to get there? Cue the angels singing.
Tucked away off Highway 150 (from Charlotte you’d get there by taking Highway 16) is the Lake Norman Motorcoach Resort. Drive by it too quickly and it looks like just a RV campground. But it’s also home to 12 tiny houses available for rent.
I am a huge fan of the tiny home shows on HGTV, although I’d never want to actually live in one. So I just had to give these a try.
There are seven different floor plans to choose from out of 12 units. Each one is slightly different in decor and style.
I recommend units 1-5 for lake views. Each tiny house is adorable and comes in around 399 square feet. That’s because technically they aren’t houses at all but park model RVs. Don’t worry, they don’t look or feel like an RV.
“I wanted it to look like a home,” said resort owner Jim Davidson. That’s why he visited five or six manufacturers looking for permanent siding, drywall, and high pitched roofs. The most popular floor plans feature a loft.
“The kids love the loft,” he said.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy them. Most feature walk-up stairs and the ceilings are 5 feet high instead of 3 feet. You can’t stand up straight in them but there’s no fear you are going to bang your head in the middle of the night either.
The Lake Norman Motorcoach Resort is rated in the top 2 percent of RV campgrounds in the country according to Affinity Group.
There are little details everywhere, like a complimentary bottle of wine and chocolate upon check in.
“That was my daughter’s idea,” Davidson said.
There are also lakeside grills and swings to gaze at the view, and a 4,000-square-foot bar area where they have music and special events on holiday weekends.
A canoe, fishing boat, kayaks, paddle boats and paddle boards are available for free on a first come, first served basis. There’s even a giant raft you can just hang out on if you want to get in the water without getting in the water. That was my daughter’s favorite.
On the day we were there, the lake was perfect. Not busy and bumpy like it can be in some of the more popular spots. I attribute that to the fact that it’s on the northwest side of the lake where there is less water traffic. It was so smooth I was kayaking like an Olympic athlete — or was that just in my head?
If you want to spend a little money, you can rent a pontoon boat starting at $225 for the whole day.
After all of that, we were too tired to mess with dinner so we literally walked across the street and had a steak dinner at Lineberger’s Steakhouse. If you want something more casual, the popular Blue Parrot Restaurant and Bar is just 10 minutes down the road. It’s great for cheap eats and live music.
Next, it was time to open that complimentary bottle of wine and watch the sunset from the spacious front porch of the tiny house.
While I think the tiny house would be great for a romantic retreat or a mini girls getaway, this busy mom was just grateful for a little quiet time with my family.
Photos: Allison Andrews, Lake Norman Motorcoach Resort