Airbnb On the Lake

by | Nov 17, 2022 | High Rock Lake

November is the season of being thankful. We made it through the Carolina summer heat and humidity. Now, it’s cool nights and warm days. It’s time to be thankful for our health, our family and friends, our work-life balance (hopefully), and for me… the view of High Rock Lake. Every day feels like a bit of vacation, with visitors in my peripheral, ranging from geese and eagles to jumping fish and deer.

Geese on the Lake

High Rock Lake, with fishing tournaments and long holiday weekends showcasing recreational vehicles, can get busy during the height of the summer months. However, when fall hits our region it just may be the best time to “get away” at High Rock Lake.

HRL Sunset

Since the lake is nestled in a rural area, the best option to sample High Rock Lake is utilizing local Airbnb’s. Whether you are looking for a rustic cabin, a house to accommodate a large family gathering or unique stays in a tiny house, or even a camper, High Rock can accommodate you.

I have never stayed at an Airbnb. I have ventured out and stayed at many B&B’s mostly in New England, and my local research revealed that Airbnb is certainly a cost-effective way to enjoy our backyard yet feel like you are truly on vacation.

To begin my research, I reached out to a friend who could be called an expert in the Airbnb space, as she exclusively coordinates her work travel through Superhosts.

Superhosts are experienced, highly-rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests. To become a Superhost, you must host at least 10 stays in the past year, respond to 90% of messages within 24 hours, maintain a guest rating of at least 4.8 overall, and have a cancellation rate of less than 1%. Hosts who do not meet these requirements or fail to maintain them will not achieve Superhost status. OK, good to know.

I wanted to check out the many options High Rock Lake offers. The variety of rental possibilities can accommodate a large family vacation, or a romantic weekend away for two.

But deciding upon these locations is as much of a choice as the number of catfish in High Rock Lake.

This is just a sampling of the key questions that I thought would be of importance for your search:

What are the amenities of the accommodation? If lake access is a must, is it located ON the lake, or BY the lake, is there a pool? Is there a private dock? Is there a boat for use, kayaks, and life jackets?

Is there an outdoor space to enjoy the view, patio, or balcony? Nothing is better than morning coffee watching the sunrise, or evening cocktails while the sun sets.

How is the parking on site? Is there Wi-Fi, TV, and a washer/dryer?

Does the host follow Covid safety practices? Is there a self-check-in or lock box?

Is there a possibility of a long-term rental at this property? Are pets allowed?

What are the nearby destinations? Are there restaurants in close proximity?

Is the location in an area that is good for walking or running?

Here is a sampling of posted rentals on High Rock Lake. Not all are in Rowan County but it’s only a short drive around the lake to Davidson County:

1.    Parrish Place,  Starting at $85.00 a night/2 guests, Denton.

Parrish Place is a one-room lake cabin built in 1954. Beautiful natural pine walls milled from trees on the family land. You will have access to the lake and dock. Great fishing. Kayaks are available to guests. A private deck for that morning coffee overlooking the lake. New gas grill on the deck for guests to use.
We are Pet friendly; your fur babies will enjoy swimming in the lake and so will you. The Superhosts live on the property, although guests have complete privacy with their own deck and private dock down on the water.

Photo Creds: Mena, Parrish Place Superhost

2. Driftwood Gardens Guesthouse on High Rock Lake, Starting at $70.00 a night/2 guests, Salisbury.

Our home is on a 4-acre lot on High Rock Lake. The guest space is a fully furnished guesthouse above a detached storage area (15 steps). The bedroom has a king-size bed and TV, the den has a full sofa, recliner, and TV with an HD antenna​ and Netflix – NO CABLE. There is a full kitchen, bath, washer/dryer​, and​ walk-in closet. There is a small deck with a ​table and chairs overlooking the lake. Guests have access to the pier, two kayaks, a swing, firepit, grill, and gardens. ​We DO have Wi-Fi.​​

Photo Creds: Dawn, Driftwood Gardens Guesthouse Superhost

3. Lake retreat with dock Starting at $208.00 per night/6 guests, Lexington.

Brand new lakefront property with a private pier and two tandem kayaks to use during your stay. Bring some food to throw on the grill. Enjoy the night by the fire pit or on the screened porch. Watch your favorite shows on the 70” smart tv. There are two king beds and a queen inflatable mattress to sleep up to six. The inflatable bed plugs into the wall to inflate.

Great lakefront retreat with friends and family. No parties are permitted per our rules and Airbnb rules.

Need more space? We own the house next door and another property 4-5 minutes away that has lake access, a pool table, darts, grill, and a fire pit. Message me for more information. All our listings can be viewed at vacayvibes. Full access to the house and pier — bring your boat! Come check out North Carolina’s best kept secret, High Rock Lake!

Photo creds: Rikky & Tanya, Lake Retreat Superhosts

Photo creds: Rikky & Tanya, Lake Retreat Superhosts

4. Waterfront historic log cabin Starting at $315.00 per night/8 guests, Salisbury.

Make incredible memories at this unique and spacious, waterfront log cabin. This sensational lake house has been artfully restored to its original grandeur. With over 200′ of beach access, this home is the perfect family getaway for watersport fun and features stunning panoramic views, kayaks for your enjoyment, a game room with a candy bar, an outdoor fire pit, a propane barbecue, and multiple tree swings. This oasis is a slice of heaven in the heart of North Carolina!

Waterfront log cabin and lake house built with 100+ year-old logs. This spacious retreat offers three beautifully appointed bedrooms amidst two floors and comfortably sleeps eight. The living room features a sofa sleeper, a wood-burning fireplace, and a wall-mounted Smart TV on the main floor. This room is situated next to a built-in wet bar and a full-sized Kitchen with Dining Room, and each room overlooks beautiful High Rock Lake. Views galore from every space in this private retreat.

Outside, you will be blown away by the natural beauty of the property’s surroundings. The back porch is the perfect setting to take it all in, with rocking chairs overlooking the lake and two ceiling fans above. A few steps away, a beautiful oak tree is lined with café lights that light up the night sky each evening. Guests enjoy grilling on the propane barbecue on a lakeside deck, which also has a fire pit and Adirondack chairs for your enjoyment. Across the yard is another lakeside amenity: an outdoor dining area that seats eight guests under a lakeside gazebo. Beautiful up-lights can be turned on from the inside of the home and twinkling lights can be found in trees throughout the property.
The front yard is expansive, with a “wishing well” and circular driveway, with plenty of parking.

Photo Creds: Courtney, Waterfront Historic Log Cabin Superhost

5. Lake house Oasis at HIGH ROCK LAKE Starting at $469.00 a night/10 guests, Salisbury.

Welcome to unique High Rock Lake house with three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, luxury home is perfect for your next family getaway (or business retreat). This High Rock Lake rental is located on a full acre of land, this home accommodates up to 10 people and provides access to 120 feet of shoreline, great view of the lake to enjoy the sunsets, or mornings, as well as steps to provide access to the lake. The colors shimmering off the lake will make you feel you have nowhere else in the world to be.

Photo Creds: Kuldeep, Lake House Oasis Superhost

Photo Creds: Kuldeep, Lake House Oasis Superhost

And definitely review the reviews on each listing, before booking. Knowledge is power.

Now that you have considered staying at High Rock Lake and have even secured that perfect vacation rental home, what will you do with your days on the lake? The possibilities are endless, but quality time with family and friends is a must.

I would love to hear from you on what your favorite lake activity is, or someone that you would like me to feature in the coming months. Please email me at highrock@YourRowan.com


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About The Author

Joyce Caron-Mercier

After three decades of working in the motorsports industry from track and team management to public relations, and overseeing sponsorship and driver contracts within NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar and World of Outlaws competition, Joyce wanted more. She came to ACS Charlotte in February 2020 as the staff lead for the annual Taste of Hope Charlotte gala. Joyce’s role encompasses event production, sponsorship cultivation and implementation, public awareness, and interaction with the Charlotte gala Board of Ambassadors, and launched the Young Professionals CLT ABOA in 2022. Joyce and her husband Paul of 32 years discovered High Rock Lake, situated between Rowan and Davidson Counties, and quickly became full-time lake residents on North Carolina’s second largest lake with their two Great Danes, Max and Molly. Joyce writes a monthly blog for Your Rowan, a county marketing initiative to share the positive attributes of Rowan County with its residents and visitors. Joyce’s blog and social handles are called ‘Joyce on the Lake’. Being community minded is important and I serve as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the High Rock Lake Association, High Rock Lake Clean Sweep, and assist the Rowan Chamber with their annual Dragon Boat Festival.