Friday, March 25, 2011

Lake Lure Shoreline in Spring



Sometimes I just have to turn off the TV, put the newspaper away and get away from it all.  Yesterday was one of those days.  It was a cool blustery day but the skies were deep blue and the sun was out.  My husband and I took a drive down to Lake Lure, dropping about a thousand feet in elevation.  Spring is further along here and trees were leafing out.  Azaleas, red buds and maples were showing their colors and some daffodils still held on. We even saw some wisteria in full bloom - in March no less!


Redbud


Boathouse with deck and the island to the left.

The cottages along the lake are built into steep hillsides with no yard to speak of - just the lake.  Most have boat houses and build decks on top of them.  We drove out to the far reaches of the lake and onto a small island.  One lone boat zipped under the bridge as I stood in the howling wind to take photos.

Yellow for FMTSO!



Many of the homes here sit well below the road.  Parking is above the house and stairs take you down to the entrance and multitude of decks over the lake.  It must be lovely to look out over the water from every place in the house. The sizes range from tiny bungalows to sprawling mansions.


A tiny island home.

A mansion on the mainland.
 
Another island home.
  
What a view!
The day was ending as we headed home but my spirits were lifted after this excursion to another world!  Hope you enjoyed the tour too.

31 comments:

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Your post lifted my spirits too! Our sping is not far behind!
<><

~JarieLyn~ said...

These are all amazing images. What a nice lake and lots of great scenery to enjoy. My favortie photo is the very last one. Something about it really draws me in. I want to be there on the water.

Bonnie said...

So pretty - some day I will get down there to explore your area.

Kerry said...

Nothing like azaleas in the springtime; I bet you were glad to get out and enjoy them.

KarenG said...

Thank you for sharing your day. Love the photos!

Odie Langley said...

That is a gorgious place. I needed that.

Picturit said...

It's good to get away from a mad world great scenery lifts the spirits

Old Kitty said...

I have never seen such a thing!! Houses on a lake??? Beautiful houses on the lake!! How amazing!!! Oh wow!!! The mansion house is stunning but I do like the tiny island home best - looks so cosy and so cute!! What an amazing place!!! Thank you for sharing this hidden gem here! Lovely!!!

Awwww the spring blooms!!! Yay for spring! Take care
x

Catherine said...

So much pretty scenery around you! How wonderful ~ thank you for sharing your beauty!
xo Catherine

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

It is so important to be able to turn away from both the media and our computers to enjoy the beauty of the world around us. Thankyou for sharing the beauty that surrounds you in your part of the world.

Pauline said...

What a beautiful part of the world, so close for you to enjoy. Love the little lake cottages.

EG Wow said...

Looks like your world is just about perfect right now. A good time to break away and enjoy it!

In the eye of the beholder said...

I'd really like to take that drive.

Doreen said...

so beautiful where you live. still sort of drab and dull here. can't wait for Spring to emerge.

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous!

My flowers, have a lovely Sunday!

cieldequimper said...

Oh how absolutely lovely! If I could, I'd be right over to explore!

Louis la Vache said...

What a fine contribution to Sunday Bridges - not only the bridge, but the entire post.

John said...

Lovely blooms!

Fern is what I have in my page for you.

Woody said...

Thanks for the great tour, love the bridge!

Pondside said...

What a pretty drive - there's something special about visiting a cottage community before the leaves are all out - you get great views of the lake and of the houses surrounding it.

Mary said...

Oh, it looks like such a wonderful place! My husband and I honeymooned on a lake in Vermont, so it's bringing back memories for me, too. :) Thanks for sharing at MM> :)

My garden haven said...

Your world is just perfect for exploring and capturing great shots to share with us. Thank you for inviting us into your world.
Rosie

eileeninmd said...

Nice post and a great day to be out. I lvoe the flowers, especially the wisteria. The little homes are cute. Thanks for sharing.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love Lake Lure! It's a beautiful place to take a walk and enjoy the scenery! In the summer months it always feels cooler there, too! Great photos! ♥

Genie said...

What a grand series of beautiful shots from Lake Lure. Believe it or not, I never went these though many of my friends had lake houses there. I am so glad to finally put a face to the spot, and now I know why folk think it is such a wonderful place. Your spring is a wee bit ahead of us up here. We had more snow Sunday morning but it was gone by the night...thanks heavens. Talked to Weezie today and she is no longer driving. It is so sad. I really need to get down there. Did you see my note on the comment about sending me your address so I can mail you the map to the old house in the Manor Grounds? I would love to send it to you with some picture. Hugs....G

Shirley said...

Gorgeous scenery! Thank for sharing the beauty!

Carver said...

Beautiful flowers and I also enjoyed your shots from Lake Lure. I've spent some very happy summer days at Lake Lure.

Joyful said...

It looks very beautiful there and your photos are wonderful.

GrandmaK said...

Such lovely pictures and you mosaic is grand! Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by! Cathy

LDH said...

Oh, your photos are beautiful and the scenes are gorgeous! No TV or newspapers can compare! What a wonderful trip!

So nice stopping in to visit with you!

Kindly, Lorraine

lexie said...

You can actually rent that mansion out for vacations or events.

LinkWithin

Related Posts Widget for Blogs by LinkWithin

ShareThis