My husband and I just returned from a week at Fox Run Resort at Lake Lure (4/24 - 5/1), and we had a great time. Before our trip, I read the reviews of Fox Run posted on this site, and I became very leery of our trip. I have to say, I worried for nothing.
We got our directions to the Welcome Center from AAA and found the resort with minimal effort. The staff at the Welcome Center was very friendly and very helpful. The map and directions they provided to the resort were excellent and very easy to follow.
Perhaps it was because we were there in the "off season", but we did not have to pay the $50 activity fee, and we still received the $15 per person discount at the Bald Mountain Golf Course.
My husband and I are beginner golfers, and the Starter at Bald Mountain took good care of us. When she noticed that we were feeling rushed (trying not to hold up other golfers behind us), she offered to let us come back in the afternoon to play the rest of the course when it was less crowded. We decided to keep playing, since we'd made other plans for the rest of the day, and so the Starter gave us 9 free holes of golf with an afternoon tee time the next day. In our opinion, this was above and beyond her duty, and we were extremely grateful. And she was right--playing in the afternoon was much more relaxing. I also recommend bringing your camera--the back nine at Bald Mountain's course is very pretty.
The unit we stayed in was clean and well-stocked with towels, linens, soap, dish detergent, and laundry detergent. The kitchen in particular could have used a face lift, but everything was clean and comfortable. Our biggest disappointment was not being able to burn anything but Duraflame logs in the fireplace. But otherwise, the unit was great. We could easily have slept 6-8 people in our unit, even though it was just my husband and me.
For the people who complained about the twisting, winding Buffalo Shoals Road, it's really not that bad if you follow the speed limit signs. It reminded my husband and me of the Road to Hana on Maui.
We also went to Chimney Rock Park, and my advice would be to try going in the afternoon. We were there as soon as the park opened, and while the view was still great, it was pretty hazy. Perhaps it would have been clearer in the afternoon? When the guides and the signs tell you that the Skyline Trail is difficult and strenuous, BELIEVE IT! It was a great hike, but my legs were shaking after coming down through Needle's Eye. Definitely try to plan at least 5 hours there if you want to see it all. The 3 hours we were there was not enough.
Food: We had some great meals during our vacation, but the absolute best meal we had was at the Point of View restaurant at the intersection of Buffalo Shoals and HWY 64/74a. The crab-stuffed mushrooms are amazing, and the Chicken Pierre and Shrimp Diane were fabulous.
Overall, we had a great time at Lake Lure, but I guess it's all about what you make of your trip. We were there to have a good time, and although we were one of the few couples under 40, we still had a great time.
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