The MAGIC of LAKE BURTON
Day dreaming while riding in a boat on Lake Burton, it's easy to forget the troubles that plague your life. Comfort is inevitably found in the gentle rocking motion of the vessel and the sound of lapping waves as you stare into the robin's egg blue sky and watch the Red Tail hawks and an occasional bald eagle soar overhead.
Life on Lake Burton is simple, yet sophisticated. The mix of lifestyles is evident as are the variations of architectural styles of both the homes and the boat houses. While some houses are large and elaborate, others are quaint and their humble beginnings as mere fish camps are obvious. It's always fun to take first time visitors for a tour around the lakeshore to look at the boathouses. Many are more elegantly constructed than the houses they belong to.
Small or large, old or new, impressive opulence or faded glory, each house on Lake Burton sports its own name. From ‘Sticks ‘n Stones', an elaborately detailed Adirondack style home with 7 bedrooms and 9 baths to ‘Uncle Fred's', a bungalow ‘up the river', directions can be followed by those in the know simply by going past ‘Uncle Fred's' up toward Camp High Harbor or by taking a right turn at ‘the water safety man'.
Hungry fish wait for fishermen at the Cat Gap ‘put in' in the Persimmon Valley. The regular lake-goers and locals have their favorite spots to eat around the lake. The snack bar at Anchorage Marina serves both hotdogs and enormous hamburgers cooked and topped however you request. Joanie's, located just off the lake on Laurel Lodge Road, is noted for the fresh seafood that arrives weekly. Families used to crowd around the outdoor tables to share the many Italian style dishes served at Pazzo's near the southern entrance to Laurel Lodge Road, but a sign posted there as of February 2009 states the restaurant is for lease. If and when it re-opens, I'll let you know.
Situated on the mountain to the north and overlooking the lake is Waterfall at Lake Burton . Many Lake Burton home owners are members of the club and find it a welcome respite for activities on rainy days. Golfers love it because they play on what Golf Magazine called 'One of the top 5 golf courses in Georgia'! The most recognized name of all places on Lake Burton is LaPrade's. Originally a fish camp opened in 1925 by the LaPrade's family, the new LaPrade's is now a full service marina with slip rentals, boat rentals and the only water front dining on the lake at both the Lakeside Grill and the Water's Edge Restaurant. LaPrade's and Joanie's are both also noted for the famous faces that show up from time to time. While these folks may be notables, no one takes much notice. Lake Burton is just that kind of place.
No matter your reason for being at Lake Burton, you can't help but fall in love with the lake and everything about it. As you watch the sun sparkle off the clean, clear mountain water and hear the sounds of laughter and happiness all around, it is impossible not to be transported into a time of joy and relaxation.
Lake Burton's magic touches everyone; all you have to do is be ready to embrace it.
For a tour of Lake Burton by car or by boat, give me a call or send me a message. I'd love to show you around!