Date of stay: 5/29 – 6/3/06
Our recent 5 night stay at Fairfield Bay was quiet and enjoyable. As the original resort in the Fairfield group, this vacation spot still remains a natural beauty, although the widely spread community boasts 2500 permanent residents. This city is governed not only by a mayor and elected officials but also by a long-standing community board. There is currently some disagreement about the placement of a proposed hotel, but residents realize the importance of new growth.
Our two bedroom unit was close to the tennis courts, which are being redone. The four Cliffside buildings are three stories high with access at the second level, which we were glad to have requested. They are roomy and include a fireplace and a 10 x 10 master bath with an enormous Jacuzzi. To our disappointment, the view was of trees and the lake was some distance away. While visiting the Bay, we bowled, played mini golf, attended the weekly two step dance at the senior center, went to the library, listened to karaoke performers, viewed the museum, the marina, and the two highly-rated golf courses. We also drove throughout the surrounding scenic areas; note – all roads are hilly and full of curves. Check your brakes, take your Dramamine, and beware of logging trucks. Even Highway 65 south from Branson is primarily 2 lanes. We were delighted with the Downtown Cafe and the Shitake mushroom grower in Shirley; and Bentley's Restaurant in Greers Ferry. Also, Heber Springs and Mountain View are worth the drives.
Our overall impression was that this Fairfield must have been a top of the line facility about 15-20 years ago; the staff is certainly friendly and efficient and the residents are well pleased with their community. However, the convention center is shuttered as are most of the shops in the on site mall. Only one computer was available in the office and no dial up service. Units are beginning to show their age; can they be modernized? Can we? The addition of a first rate fitness center five years ago is a huge boost, but the area must attract more visitors, more families, and new businesses. Meeting this challenge will determine the course of this lovely Fairfield resort.
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- Wyndham Fairfield Bay
- Wyndham Hotel Fairfield Bay
- Fairfield Bay Resort Arkansas
- Fairfield Bay Wyndham
- Wyndham Resort At Fairfield Bay Arkansas