Lake Lure is a beautiful, secluded lake town in the scenic Western Carolina Mountains. With its spectacular views, beautiful sunsets and mild weather, it’s an optimal destination to have your special event. LakeHouse offers exclusive, wide-ranging catering services with capable staff that can work with you to plan for your special event(s) at the restaurant or at a venue of your choice. Please browse through our event information and catering menus and give us a call at the restaurant to book your premier event today.
In 1902, Dr. Lucius B Morse and his brothers Hiram and Asahel purchased 64 acres around Chimney Rock (within present-day Chimney Rock State Park) for $5,000. They later acquired enough land in the area to bring the total to 8,000 acres. Lucius Morse’s wife Elizabeth is credited with naming the lake (and the town).
In 1925, the Morse family created Carolina Mountain Power Company and funded the construction of a dam on the Broad River (through a mortgage) which produced the lake after which the town is named. The full impoundment of Lake Lure was completed in 1927. At ordinary water levels, Lake lure covers approximately 720 acres and has a shoreline of approximately 27 miles. The dam’s power plant began operations in 1928 with the sale of electricity under a 10-year contract to Blue Ridge Power Co., a local predecessor of Duke Power.
The plans for development came to a halt in 1929 with the advent of the Great Depression. A mortgage-holder, Stroud & Company of Philadelphia, foreclosed on the lake and the dam. Stroud owned them and the power the dam generated until 1965. In 1963, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the legislation that authorized the Town of Lake Lure to issue revenue bonds for the purpose of acquiring the assets from Stroud. The dam, power company, and real estate of Lake Lure were acquired by the Town of Lake Lure in 1965. In modern times, the town continues to sell electricity to Duke Energy, although profits from the dam now come second to maintaining a fixed water level year-round for the residents of the Lake Lure area.
The Lake Lure area is commonly used as a filming location for major motion pictures. Some of these popular films include My Fellow Americans a 1996 comedy-drama starring Jack Lemmon and James Garner, and Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze which was filmed here (the dance scenes at the Lodge) and in Virginia. It is also a common recreational area for residents and those within 100 miles of the Lake, from four states, to come visit, picnic, water ski, boat and fish or just to spend the summer.
Lake Lure was the location for the HGTV Dream Home contest in 2006 where a lucky contestant won a furnished home and an automobile.
What spaces do you have available?
At LakeHouse we will close the upstairs dining room for a minimum charge as well as a room rental fee. We also cater at several locations in the Western Carolina Mountains. Please inquire for suggestions. What does it require to reserve LakeHouse Catering services? We require a $500 non-refundable deposit or 10% of the estimated event (whichever is greater).
How long can we have the room for?
The event can last up to four hours, additionally additional hours are available for a nominal fee. We make the space available at least one hour prior to your event for decorating etc. However, in most cases it can be available the full day of the event.
When do have to get our decorations and equipment out?
LakeHouse does not assume responsibility for any décor or equipment that is used at the event. Additionally, all client equipment must be removed within one hour of the closing of the event.
Can we bring our own wine or beer?
LakeHouse will allow wine to be brought in, we charge a $20 per bottle corkage fee, and we require that our bartenders serve all alcoholic beverages. Beer and liquor may not be brought on premises.
What fees does LakeHouse charge besides the cost of the food and beverage and the room rental?
LakeHouse charges a $150 set up fee and a $150 break down fee. This fee includes all basic linens, china, glassware, flatware, simple votive candle center pieces, beverage napkins and ice, as well as the labor to set the tables, chairs, and then clean up after your event. Additionally, LakeHouse charges $15. Per hour for bartenders and a $35 per attendant for carving stations and action stations. And, of course, there is the North Carolina 7% sales tax.
When is final payment due, and does LakeHouse accept checks?
Payment is due 7 days in advance of the event if being paid by check. Credit cards can be accepted the day of the event.
Accommodates up to 80 guests for a seated event, 100 for a cocktail style reception.