I know it might seem odd for me to blog about a restaurant, but The Pointe is so much more than that. Once a week my husband and I drive thirty minutes to Lake Gaston– one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever seen. The Pointe is just off Eaton Ferry Road near Littleton, North Carolina. The first thing you’ll notice is the Tiki Hut–a gazebo-like, glassed-in structure on stilts. With wooden tables and high benches, it overlooks the lake and the dock area, where boats and ducks come to refuel. During nice weather, the glass panels are opened to let in lake breezes and nature sounds. It’s gives a definite vacation feeling, even though we’re not that far from home.
A few steps across a bridge will take you to the main building’s porch next to a picnic area dotted with red and white umbrellas. There’s also indoor seating, with a Tiki bar and a bright color scheme. The friendly service and delicious food keep us coming back, but so do the magnificent view and great music. (I usually order a hamburger steak with fries and fried okra.)
When the weather turns cool in the fall, we continue our trips toward the Virginia border, soon to be ensconced on the enclosed porch or in the Tiki Hut, warmed by gas heaters. The lake and sky seem extra blue that time of year, and we never get tired of that view. Even when a hurricane brushed past North Carolina, we made the trek to The Pointe, sitting on the porch, wondering if the plastic canvas would blow in on us. White caps appeared on the lake and small waves broke on the shore, but we still had a great time. It was an adventure.
In warmer weather, pontoons and motor boats come and go, and geese mingle with the ducks, hoping to receive some of the food people bring for fish near the docks. The Pointe isn’t just a restaurant. It’s an experience that varies from an open, summery outing to a cozy getaway, and that’s why we go.