"We absolutely loved our stay (I didn't want to leave), and hope to return next summer. My husband and I are school teachers in Palm Beach County, and just needed a place to relax for ten days. We chose Lake Norman after we had stopped by in March while visiting our daughter, (25) who lives in Charlotte. It was perfect because she was able to commute to work everyday, and still spend the evenings with us. My son (23) was able to fly into Concord for a long weekend. The Cottage at Sunset Key was the very first property I found, and fell in love with on HomeAway.com. It was under a prospective contract, but I was fortunate enough to have it become available for the dates I requested. The cottage was not only immaculate, quaint and cozy, but very private from the local traffic. The view of the lake from all windows was spectacular, and we were able to see 20+ displays of fireworks, all around the lake rim, the entire weekend of the Fourth of July from the private boat dock! All amenities we could possibly need, were provided, and more, including towels, linens, and a well-stocked kitchen for cooking. (we had take out pizza from Giovanni's twice, because it was superb!) For shopping convenience, Harris Teeter was a quick, easy drive away, and all other types of businesses including Target, Walmart, Food Lion, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald's, various pubs, and eateries, a little further in town. We did not take advantage of the pool table or horse shoes because we were either sitting on the beautiful deck, fishing from the dock, or out on the boat every chance we got. As for the boat, we rented a pontoon boat from Lake Norman Jest Ski Rentals, also called CS Rentals (they were wonderful and the boat, fantastic!) located at Queen's Landing, and traveled to the Blue Parrot for lunch one time, and The (Midway) Boathouse for breakfast several times. All in all, it was a great week with my family, and we will cherish the memories forever. I will always be grateful to the owner/s for sharing their property (and a beautiful experience) with others."
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