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“Beautiful place to take on the fall leaf color. Near highlands nc. About 2 hours from atlanta” 5 of 5 stars
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Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Sapphire Valley
70 Sapphire Valley Road, Sapphire, NC 28774   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sapphire
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“Beautiful place to take on the fall leaf color. Near highlands nc. About 2 hours from atlanta”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012 via mobile

On the golf course with lots of outdoor activities. We have visited in the winter
and skied, snowboarded. We panned for rubies in the creek nearby. Visited the Baltimore House in Asheville.
Lots to do nearby.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

We stayed in a Foxhunt unit on the little lake. It is such a beautiful location. Over the past two years we have taken the tour bus trips to local scenic spots, but this year we only went on the Pisgah Forest trip to the Blue Ridge - a must do trip because it is always different due to the weather. The rest of the time we went to every water fall and trail we could find. Maps are provided that tell you how challenging the hikes are and the people behind the desk and bus drivers are very helpful for the really local spots. We walked around Fairfield Lake and came across a patch of Ladyslippers. What a delight. And be sure to ride the horses at Whitewater Equestrian! We will be back next year to do all the things we did not have time to do this year.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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South Carolina, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

Wife and I booked a week at this time share to relax for awhile. What a pleasant surprise as a base for looking at beautiful scenery and waterfalls, it couldn't have been better. What a surprise to have (2) great restaurants on site (Mika's has great food ranging from pizza to pasta) and the little restaurant on site had the best crab (yes, crab) I have eaten in quite awhile. The recreation center had great indoor pools to relax and extensive gym to work out. Nice game room for kids (or kids at heart). The one bedroom condo we rented was nice and well furnished. You will either end up with a jacuzzi tub or fireplace depending on where they put you. I give alot of credit for the Monday orientation they hold where it isn't a time share sales pitch but they actually give you suggestions on what to do while you are there and answer questions. Was really nice with a large grocery store only 3 miles away to stock up and even cook your own meals if you want. We will be back as this time of year was very uncrowded and the people there are fantastic. Only reason I didn't rate as 4 stars as the door between the upper and lower condos is not soundproof and you can here the other people in the rentals whenever they are watching TV or doing dishes.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011

...and practice your downshifting. As one should suspect, mountain roads tend to be curvy and Sapphire Valley is no exception. Don't let this stop you. We have stayed in a number of facilities here over the last six or seven years. Admittedly, some of the smaller units have weird configurations, but one shouldn't be staying here if all you want to do is enjoy the comforts of your unit. There are so many outdoor activities to enjoy! We especially like the walk to the top of Whiteside Mountain and we have looked in wonder at many of the area's waterfalls (some of which are a tough walk to get to). In years past, we have enjoyed the Sapphire National Golf Club. It usually eats my lunch but the setting is so gorgeous you tend to forget how poorly you scored. This year, while nursing a bad back, we played the little Red Robin executive course four or five times and it is fun as well.

We started going to Sapphire Valley because it was the closest time share to Brevard, NC which hosts a fantastic young peoples' music camp every summer. We have continued to participate. The camp performances alone are reason enough to visit. Other years we have driven to the nearby town of Highland to a regional professional play house. We have also had kids and grandkids who enjoyed the "sliding rock" just outside of Cashiers. Finally, this past summer, we rented a pontoon boat and sailed all over Lake Glenville. Is this a great country or what! I am already steamed up about going next summer!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leesburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2011

First and foremost. Buy a map and use it. Your GPS will lead you in circles. The Sapphire Area is nestled among never ending breath taking views. The roads in and out of the area are truly long and winding county mountain roads. If you own a roadster automobile take it with you. There is no short way to Sapphire and nothing outside of the immediate resort area is close. It is 90+ minutes of awesome fun-filled driving to everything outside the immediate area. The resort is a compilation of several older resort properties with only a small section of units is owned and maintained by Wyndham hence the mixed reviews by other travelers. We had a two bedroom unit in the Laurels. The units in this section are older circa 1985. Our unit was well mainteined and was very spacious. it was nicely decorated and the decks were of a good size with excellent views. The units was equipped with all the standard household items a time share trader should expect. All in all a very nice unit. The resort is older and several of the facilities in need of updating. Nothing that should ruin a vacation.

The staff was marginally helpful with the exception of the fellows at the resort's boathouse. They were awesome and quite a pleasure. Spend a day at the lake it is very relaxing and enjoyable.

The county is a dry county. Pack you own adult beverages unless you have a large check book or don't mind driving 45 minutes to an ABC store.

The golfing was excellent. Priced right and an excellent value with some georgeous, well maintained courses. Several within a 20 minute drive.

We traveled with our 11 and 13 year old daughters. They had a great time. They never ran out of things to do.

Recommend: (1) the NOC (NOC.com) for white water rafting. They were excellent and reasonably priced. A great family time. (2) EarthShine near lake Toxaway for zip-lining. The staffs of both those companies could not have been more friendly, helpful, or courteous.

The waterfalls are magnificent. Take your camera, I suggest a waterproof one. Use the map and directions from the boathouse. They are dead on target. Be prepared to walk/hike but they views are worth it. Pack lunch and go for a walk.

We will not hestitate to go back.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2011 via mobile

We had a bad experience with staff member Phillip. He didn't seem like he wanted to talk to guests let alone answer general inquiries regarding the town. The condos are clean but extremely outdated. The floors sqeek as you walk and the sheets have those hard balls on them- the ones that appear from washing sheets too many times.

The place is ok. I will never be back.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2010

I was very disappointed with the condo unit at this resort. The floorplan was very odd - we were in the 1 bdrm unit. You walk in and the living area is very small. You then walk down a flight of stairs to the kitchen and bedroom. It was not designed for a family to stay together. The furniture is very dated (80's decor) and shabby. The bed, pillows and sheets were very tired. I think the stove was the original from when the condo was built and smoked heavily when used. The unit did have a stackable washer/dryer that came in handy.

This is a good resort for the kids to learn to ski/snowboard. There is only 1 lift so it is okay for beginners. I would not come to this resort if you are an advanced skiier looking for challenging blue or black diamond runs.

The rec center was good for the kids. They have a pool table (.75 cents/game) and a couple ping pong tables that entertained the kids for hours. The put put golf and ping pong tables are free. They have a nice size tot lot and basketball courts across the street from the rec center. They do have a couple computers in the rec center to use and it is WIFI if you bring your own laptop.

There is an Ingles grocery store a few miles away if you plan to cook or store up on food.
Bucks in Cashiers is a nice coffee house. We did visit Highlands and enjoyed the Main street as well as Dillsboro to see the Old Square. The highlight of the trip was the Biltmore esteate in Asheville. It took almost 2 hours to get to Asheville driving through all the winding roads and mountain towns. Next time we will stay in Asheville as there is a lot to see and do there.

We would not consider staying at this resort again until it is completely updated.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 70 Sapphire Valley Road, Sapphire, NC 28774
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Smoky Mountains > Jackson County > Sapphire
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sapphire
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