By Cathy Leestma

A very warm and friendly welcome to all of our visitors and guests joining us for one of the prettiest times of the year here in the Hickory Nut Gorge. Just as a child anticipates the beginning of a race as the starter projects “ready, set, go!”, we are excited that you are here.

The only thing you will find a shortage of is time! Too many hikes on mountain trails, vistas of extreme beauty, good eating and fun shopping, swims in the lakes and rivers, boating, rafting, golf, did I mention a shortage of time? Just promise you will come back again and again to create more memories as so many of our visitors do.

As a little girl, I arrived here in the dark of night, having driven up from Sarasota, Florida, with my family. The next morning, a wonderland unfolded before my eyes. And even though my life’s journey has taken me around the country to live, one of my very happy places to return to was always Lake Lure. You too? Share your story with us, and if you are hosting a family reunion, send us a good quality picture and a caption and we will feature your special gathering in an upcoming Breeze.