Just returned today from a 3 night stay at Fontana Village Resort with my wife and 2 kids, all I can say is I am glad that I ignored the negative reviews here, awesome! The area is great, right off of 28, down the road from the Tail of the Dragon. The resort is very rustic and very much a "mountain type" family resort. It is old but is very well kept. We had a room in the lodge, 2nd floor facing the pool and the village. The room was very well kept and very comfy. The beds and pillows were great and I am usually picky when it comes to that. The Mountview restaurant is the only place to eat this time of year since the Wildwood Grill is closed during the off season, but that was not a huge deal since the food was great! I have celiac disease and Joey, Will, and the waitresses were very accomodating to me and my dietary needs. I had a rib eye steak one night and it delicious, a little under cooked for my liking but very tasty. My kids loved the food and all of the activities. JP the recreation director was great. He seemed like he liked his job and liked socializing with the guests. All of the employees we encountered were very friendly and told us all about the resort while being accomodating. One little hidden secret so to speak is the Hellbender Pitstop. If you don't know it is there you obviously will not go there. It is great for lunch or a snack. It is a cool old style gas station and eating place. They have pizzas, nachos, and drinks as well as local craft beers on tap ( I was disppointed I could't enjoy one since I can't have beer anymore!). The lady that works there is great. We talked with her a couple of times and she has been there for 20 years and is very friendly. To sum up for anyone on the fence about visiting, just go and visit, you will not regret it! Just know that you are very secluded and in a very remote mountain area with nothing around for at least 40 minutes or so, so pack accordingly and bring a lot of your own food/groceries as well as some sort of lattern in case lose of power. We are used to visiting secluded mountain resorts in the Pocono Mountaons in Pennsylvania and love those type of areas. We will definitely be back for a summer visit, I hear that is when the village is really hopping!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fontana Village Resort, a year round destination resort, is set amidst the pristine beauty of the Nantahala Forest of western North Carolina, gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Village has a wide range of accommodations, including rooms in the intimate settings of The Lodge, suites, cabins in the forest, as well as RV & tent camping on Cheoah Lake. Add conference space, complimentary wi-fi service, restaurants and lounges, General Store, gift shops, outfitters, pools, marina, massage and fitness center, mountain bike shop, miles of on-site trails suitable for biking and hiking, and it's easy to see why Fontana is a Great Smoky Mountain Destination. The resort offers an assortment of dining options including the Mountview Restaurant and the Wildwood Grill offering resort-casual dining and event catering. The Pitstop offers a fast fare menu for guests or travelers on the go. If watersports are on your itinerary during your stay, the Fontana Marina, located on the beautiful 30 mile long Fontana Lake, has an assortment of different watercraft rentals and equipment available. The Marina's ship store offers a complete line of tackle, light groceries and snacks and anything else guests might need for a perfect day on the water. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fontana Village Hotel Fontana Dam
- Fontana Village Fontana Dam