We read the reviews and knew there would not be much to do around Fontana due to so many things being closed in the off-season. But, that was pretty much what we wanted!
On the way in, you pass a couple of artist areas. Also, at the "Tail of the Dragon" end of the resort, they now have a small convenience store/restaurant. They are just getting it together, but it is super-cute. Also, they have gas there, so no need to stock up and worry about supplies. As you approach the resort, the views are amazing. And, luckily, there are lots of pull-off spots for photos. As we passed rainbow falls, it was frozen... just gorgeous!
At the resort itself, during this time of year, much is closed. About all that was open was the gift shop and the main restaurant. Of course, you could still get out and hike, play disc golf, etc. But, the General Store, the grill, the outdoors shops, etc. were all closed.
They are remodeling and updating most of the cabins as well as the main building. The main building has gorgeous views, and a HUGE fireplace with a gigantic sunken sofa in front of it. Free wi-fi in the lobby. Also, a computer you can use if you wish.
The room we reserved was behind the main building. It was a Garden or Fireplace room. The room is HUGE. The fireplace was already set for a fire. The bed was super comfy and the room was incredibly clean. It had a desk, sofa, TV with cable, phone, wi-fi (free). The bathroom did not have a tub, but the shower was HUGE and you could tell the room had a recent face-lift. The bathroom had a killer heater, too! What it does not have is cell phone reception! Usually not a problem for most, but I am on-call 24/7. So, I had to give my room phone number for any emergencies. When I mentioned this, the front desk made a note, so that they would also intercept any calls if we were not in the room and hunt for me. How many places would go to that trouble? None!
The room was silent. Of course, we were one of probably 25 guests in the entire complex. But, I don't think you would have heard anything anyway. It was so peaceful and wonderful. We slept like the dead.
Staff was super-friendly and, as mentioned above, very accomodating, going far above anything I'd ever have asked!! The restaurant was pricey if you were looking to feed a group economically, but for us, it was worth the price. Grilled pork chops with dried apples. Brunswick stew. Creme Brulee. Fabulous bread. An amazing wine selection, by bottle or glass. The best server I have had in ages!! The chef came out to talk to us for a few moments (again, off-season, so we were 2 of about 10 people in the entire dining room) and was so nice. We had a great time talking to him. We had leftover wine and since we were on-property, we just carried it back to our room.
Having seen all the wonderful things that would be available in warmer weather (2 pools, kids pool area, lazy river, paddle boats, bikes, kayaks, playgrounds, picnic areas, basketball and tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, disc golf), we are already planning a return with some friends in the summer.
- Also Known As:
- Fontana Village Hotel Fontana Dam
- Fontana Village
- Fontana Village Fontana Dam
- Fontana Village Hotel
- 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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