Enter to win a weekend getaway in a charming Southern town near Lake Norman. The winner will receive a two-night stay at Comfort Suites Lake Norman — Huntersville, four tickets to the Carolina Renaissance Festival (ends November 24), a Lake Norman waterfront restaurant gift card to Port City Club, four tickets to the Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze (ends November 4), and an Oakley travel backpack.

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Nestled on the banks of beautiful Lake Norman, just 20 miles from Charlotte, are the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville. These charming towns offer plenty of activities and adventures, including living history demonstrations, upscale shopping, and lots of fun on the water. Art and culture enthusiasts and outdoor lovers alike will enjoy Lake Norman’s small-town feel and the number of attractions and offerings will change your pit stop into a weekend destination. Check out VisitLakeNorman.org to start planning your next adventure.

Celebrating 26 years of cheers in Huntersville, the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival is upon us. The festival is a medieval amusement park featuring a 14-stage theater, a 25-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a feast, and a jousting tourney. The festival is held on Saturdays and Sundays from October 5 through November 24. Visitors will enjoy the unique mix of arts and crafts, food and drink, music and comedy, jousting knights, swimming mermaids, and hundreds of costumed characters. For more details visit carolina.renfestinfo.com.

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