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From majestic peaks to hip and historic small towns, Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills offer everything you need for a getaway that will help you renew your senses. With great food, fun things to do, and amazing things to see, the lake may lure you – but the spectacular scenery and abundant activities will make you want to stay awhile.

Now, you can win a family trip for four to the area that Frommer’s Budget Travel called ‘a lake not to miss’. The winner will receive:

  • Two rooms for four nights and breakfast for four at the historic Lake Lure Inn and Spa
  • Admission for four to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park and a picnic lunch provided by the park’s Old Rock Café
  • A one-hour Lake Lure Boat Cruise for four.
  • A 90-minute eco-kayak tour for four and a ½ day pontoon boat rental from the Lake Lure Adventure Company.
  • A half-day guided fishing trip for two from Granddaddy Fly Fishing.
  • A two-hour guided scenic horseback tour for four from Cedar Creek Riding Stables.
  • $100 gift certificate for MSquared Restaurant
  • $100 gift certificate for the Anna Rose Restaurant
  • $100 shopping voucher
  • $500 travel voucher

Enter today! The sweepstakes ends August 31, 2009.

Courtesy of www.visitnc.com


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Floridians love the serenity and carefree lifestyle associated with lake living. Within the FloridaHalfbacks region of mountain and lake destinations, are two very special lakes named Smith, each with it own unique character and abundant vacation and relocation opportunities:

Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia
is a large artificial lake southeast of Roanoke, Virginia, and southwest of Lynchburg, Virginia. The area lies in a broad valley nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of rural south-central Virginia of the Appalachian chain. The lake is 20,600 acres and has over 500 miles of shoreline.
Smith Mountain Lake has become a popular recreational area. Fishing is very popular, especially for striped bass. The lake has hosted professional fishing tournaments. Boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, and riding personal watercraft are also common activities. Smith Mountain Lake State Park opened in 1983 and provided a beach and a section for swimming. Golf at one of the several nearby courses is a popular landside activity.

The lake was featured prominently in the 1991 movie comedy “What About Bob? “, directed by Frank Oz and starring Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss and Julie Hagerty.

Smith Lake, Alabama
Like a diamond that is deep, clear and blue, Lewis Smith Lake is one of Alabama’s treasures. Located in Walker, Winston and Cullman counties, this 21,200-acre lake is different than most other Alabama reservoirs with dozens of different feeder streams, winding bays, and sloughs. Steep bluffs cradle much of the lake, with water depths dropping as deep as 60 or 70 feet just a few yards offshore. The water often appears emerald green, and a bass that strikes a lure 10 feet down can be seen as it hits. If you typically fish a shallow body of water, then your first trip onto Smith Lake can be intimidating. Watching your depth finder jump to 200 plus feet can leave you feeling lost. However, like most lakes, the majority of bass, bream and crappie fishing is done by casting to the numerous large rocks and fallen trees along the shoreline. With 500 plus miles of shoreline, it isn’t that difficult to find fish. An hour north of Birmingham or south of Huntsville and just off I-65, the lake is easy to find.

Find your perfect mountain or lake cabin, best golf courses, intimate bed and breakfast inns, or a tranquil campground at lake’s edge. Find more information about real estate and accommodations at the two Smith Lakes by visiting www.FloridaHalfbacks.com.

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