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“Decent Resort, but BEAUTIFUL AREA!!”
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Fox Run Resort
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Lake Lure
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“Decent Resort, but BEAUTIFUL AREA!!”
Reviewed May 22, 2009

My family visited Fox Run Townhome on a short mini-vacation in March. The resort itself is compiled of these townhomes, plus some other townhomes as well as golf villas and private mountain residences. It is private access which makes it nice to have the whole resort to only owners and guests. The resort is beautiful with the golf course all throughout the property. We went while the resort was largely unoccupied which made the overall trip much more enjoyable. However, the downside was that many of the amenities were not open for us to enjoy such as the on-site restaurant and some of the pools. Yet, in the summer this resort easily has some of the nicest amenities of any other resort around. There is a huge beach area and marina, as well as mini golf, business center, and indoor/outdoor pools. There are also really nice walking paths everywhere that are great to walk on during the evening or early morning. Look to some of my pictures for a better idea of the amenities.

The townhomes themselves are near the back of the resort and the streets get very confusing especially the very first time. So you definitely do not want to arrive at night!! However, after a few days you get used to it and it becomes much easier. There are 2 townhomes together and they are in a more wooded area that the rest of the resort. Our particular unit even had a partial view of a small lake down below. There are also many deer on site and the first night we were there we encountered about 10 of them right below our deck. The inside of the townhome is older, but it was clean! They are beginning to replace many of the decks and furniture so most of the units have a mix of old and new. The beds are comfortable and the bedrooms are spacious. The kitchen however isn’t very big so I really wouldn’t want to cook very many meals there. It is also a split level plan with varying numbers of steps in each unit but for us it worked out nice with practically 3 separate floors. The only problems in our unit was the heating was a little off making the basement master bedroom a little cold sometimes, and the refrigerator desperately needed replacing as it was hardly cooling. Look to some of my pictures for a better understanding of the inside of the townhomes.

The general surrounding area of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock is definitely what makes this place worth the visit!! This area of the N.C. Mountains is easily one of the most beautiful natural places I have ever seen. The resort is located at the furthest end of Lake Lure, so the drive into town is about 25 minutes one way, so you definitely want to make longer rather than shorter trips. The broad river or the lake itself is running right beside the road for most of the ride so the beautiful scenery will make the time pass quickly. When we visited the towns were very quiet, but they seemed to have a ton of amenities for the summer. Stop by the visitor’s center in Lake Lure; the people are very helpful and have wonderful suggestions of things to do. There is also a beach swimming area and boat tours of Lake Lure in town. Further up the road just a big is Chimney Rock; a very charming mountain town with lots of really neat shops. One thing to definitely not miss is the River Walk which is a natural rock walkway that runs along the river and is one of the coolest things you will ever see!! We also took the time one day to make the trip to the Biltmore House and Asheville which is about an hour away. We got a great deal this time of the year, but if you decide to go regardless of the season get your tickets from the check-in office because they provide a great discount! The city of Asheville is also a really unique city and really completes a wonderful day trip. Also like some other people have said, the grocery store is not really nearby, BUT it is on the way to the town of Lake Lure, so you could easily make a stop one day - just ask the front desk and they will be glad to give you directions!

Overall, this resort was decent and enjoyable. No, it was not the nicest place I have ever stayed, but the overall area will more than make up for it! The units were older, but they were clean and to me that matters the most! Also, the time of season that we went, they were at a much discounted value, so it made it easier to deal with. You will be sad to leave and the area will make you want to visit again and tell all your friends about it. It’s such a unique mountain area that makes it a must see for anyone!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 19, 2008

My husband and I loved our trip to Lake Lure area. We booked Fox Run via an RCI exchange. I read another review that said there was a $50 activity fee but we DID NOT find that to be true.
The two golf courses were beautiful and only $28 after 1pm. We put our kayaks in on the resort's Bald Mountain Lake (no fee). You do need to pay a weekly fee if you put in on Lake Lure though but it's only $10. The resort's end of Lake Lure had a beach that was very nice as was the lake. We didn't use the pools or mini golf but they looked good. The exercise facility was good. Our unit was very nice although the living room furniture could have been a little better. Loved sitting out on the deck in the evening and early morning, looking at the mountains. The view was beautiful, air was so fresh and we loved the quiet. Wildlife could be seen from the deck and balcony. Had a very good dinner ( prime rib buffet ) at the Lakeside restaurant and loved the green beans at Laura's in Chimney Rock and the homemade jams and butters we bought at Lawters roadside stand were fantastic. Mikes on Main in Hendersonville provided a good breakfast on our trip to Hendersonville. Between golf, kayaking on the lakes, and hiking to the Waterfalls in Chimney Rock park, siteseeing/shopping in Hendersonville and Asheville, we had plenty to do. In fact, we would like to go back and check out the fishing and horseback riding that we didn't have time for. We could have easily spent another week there.

  • Liked — quiet comfortable
  • Disliked — steps
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Evans City, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed July 8, 2008

If you like scenery and peace and quiet this is the place to go. We just came back from Lake Lure in North Carolina and had a great time. The resort itself was okay, but the scenery was great! We stayed in Fox Run Resort as we have a timeshare and wanted to see Lake Lure. We were at the top of the resort away from all the amenities that they have, so we had to either hike or drive to everything. The golf course was great according to the men and the swimming pool was great also. The condo we stayed in had two bedrooms and two baths. The master bedroom had a king size bed and a master bath with a whirpool tub and the other bedroom had two double beds with a tub-shower combo. It had a dining room-living room with an open out couch and a small kitchen. We enjoyed the cool evenings on the back deck. The only draw back was that you could not see anything from the deck as it was facing the woods that surrounded the house. We took a ride to the beach on the resort which was across from the pool. It was very clean and had picnic tables and a playground for the kids. The only draw back with staying there was that everything and I mean everything was so far away. They had a restaurant at the golf course which was very expensive and everything else was quite a distance. There was a grocery store about 15 miles away which we took advantage of. We went to Chimney Rock Park about 25 miles away and Ashville about 50 miles away. Chimney Rock was awsome! You have to go there if you are in the area. We probably will go back sometime in the future, but by ourselves and not with family. I would recomend this resort.

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Highland, Maryland
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Reviewed July 5, 2008

We booked our week via Interval International using a trade from our "home resort" of Swallowtail (Hilton Head Island.)

Fox Run may be an older property; however, our particular unit (# 14) had recently been refurbished and was in excellent condition.

The on site activities (golf, pools, beach, boating) were great and there is free wireless net access in the main buildings where the restaurants are located (but not the individual units.) Some of the units have quite a few steps to get to unit entrance and many are in need of significant repair.

Contrary to some other reviews, there is now a full service grocery (Ingles) that is fairly close by so there is no longer any need to shop on your way to the resort.

The boat tour of Lake Lure is very nice and the guide narratives of the history and the details on some of the lake front homes was well worth the price.

For those who like gambling, there is a casino in Cherokee that is managed by Harrah's. If you have a Rewards account, check their website to get a comp room -- the hotel/casino is very nice.

Asheville is fairly close by and the Biltmore Estate is is a great day trip.

Take another day to drive through the Great Smoky Mountains. Bring a bathing suit -- there is a great "swimming hole" on the drive where the road splits to Townsend and Cades Cove.

  • Liked — Location was close to several WNC attractions.
  • Disliked — Steps to the unit were in really bad shape; bordering on dangrous.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed May 22, 2008

My family & friends (ages 57 to 83) had a marvelous trip to Lake Lure and the Asheville area. The scenery is simply breathtaking in the mountains and the windy country roads worth the trip.

We did a time share exchange through Interval International and found a lovely unit - 3 steps down from the parking spaces to the main floor with 1 bedroom - 2 full size beds, bath; kichen, dining area (for 4), fireplace, living room, with TV, DVD & VCR. Downstairs was a large MBR with kingsize bed, jacuzzi tub, shower, etc. Off both the MBR and the living room were very nice decks with chairs & tables. Our Unit overlooked the woods and we once saw 2 fawns with Mother Doe nearby. The kitchen was fully stocked with a service for eight. We brought in one of the patio chairs for our party of 5 to eat & play games together. We also played a round of minigolf and relaxed in the pool & hot tub.

The resort does have many units with lots of outside stairs, so if anyone has walking/climbing problems it would be good to ask them what your unit would be like first.

The resort was about an hour from downtown Asheville, 45 minutes from the Biltmore Estate, both worth the drive. We also found the Cherokee Museum and Village extremely interesting. While a distance (almost a 2 hour drive) we also took part of the Blue Ridge Parkway back to lake Lure and enjoyed the vistas.
The closest attraction was Lake Lure itself and we did enjoy the hour sightseeing cruise; we finally got to Chimney Rock on our last day - it had been closed earlier in the week due to a damaging wind storm - this storm had also knocked out our electricity, but flashlights were found in all the rooms. Our power was restored by the time we returned that evening.

We ate at many restaurants while out sightseeing, but only Azaela's at the resort. The next closest restaurant that we all enjoyed was Larkins on the Lake, very nice & good food.

Golfers would be in 7th heaven & families with children would enjoy the beach area & amenities in the summer.

The southern hospitality, beautiful scenery, interesting sites made this a memorable vacation.

  • Liked — Quie & private
  • Disliked — distance traveling places
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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NJ
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Reviewed May 4, 2008

We exchanged into a two bedroms units through Interval International. Thanks to reviews from Tripadviser and other websites we have planned our trip accordingly!

The theme of this trip to gem mining, inspired by the Cash and Treasure Show in Travel Channel. We choose Lake Lure as our base camp since it is at the center of the three major mining area we plan to visit. Gem mining is so much fun and rewarding experience for kids. Fees for this fun recreation is very moderate and the reward highly offset the price. Here are the major area and Gem Mountains we visited on this trip. There are many more:
Franklin (mason County): Saffield Ruby Mine
Spruce Pines: Gem Mountain and Emerald Village
Hiddenite: Emerald Hollow Mine
Lake Lure: Chimeny Rock Gem Mine (not good)
Each mine has there own websites. If you plan to go in spring wear warm layer and old clothing and shoes. Definitely pack lunch and drinks!

We drive from Bergen County NJ for 11.5 hours. We made sure we arrive in daylight thanks to other reviewers adviser. If you don't have a GPS Navigation device going to this area is a good investment. Just the gas you safe without getting lost and the ability to see hairpin turn on the mapping device is a good idea. Check-in was fast and comes with information about grocery shops,, attractions, restaurants and big and beautiful lakes and golf courses.

Our unit is up in the mountain, built on two levels. It is hugh and very nicely maintain. I love the skylight roof and the two balconies. The walk-in level is second bedrooms with two queen beds and its own shower and bath, closets for outerwear with some cleaning tools, another closet with big washer and dryer, big living room with TV, fireplace and open kitchen with counter and everything you need to cook a meal, dining sit four. All the furnitures and appliance are in great condition. The long stairway to the bottom level is the big master bedroom with a king bed, TV, very big walk-in closets and bathroom with shower and jacuzzi. The lighting system in the unit is the best I have seem. All the switches are very convenient. This unit has the most storage spaces as well.

The resort has recreation center with very nice indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub, exercise room and free internet. The ourside area has large lake with kayak, paddle and power boats, fishing, miniature golf, swimming, playground. There is small country shops and one big one (angles) 20 minutes away. We used a lot of the ammenities and they are good and manage by friendly staff.

We only ate at Legend Pub and Grill at the resort and The Pizza restuarant at Downtown Lake Lure. They are both very good. We went to Chimeny Rock one day. It was very good hike. The riverwalk area next to the entrance is free and a lot of fun.

This city family has a lot of fun in the Lake Lure area and the Carolina Mountains. We will be back!

  • Liked — The area is beautiful, the resort is very high quality. There is a lot to do in the location. Like gem ming : )
  • Disliked — The garbage storage is not good.
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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Pennsylvania
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Reviewed August 21, 2007

We had a great time. The units are older, but have been updated. While we were there they even brought in new mattresses. They were clean and well stocked. Yes, you do need to drive to get to a major grocery store. If you like to stay in the resort area, there are plenty of things to do and restaurant variety to pick from. There was not a fee for the pools or lake. The pool was fantastic. Putt golf was fun and only $5. I was very worried about going to this vacation because of all the negatives on here. As we drove out of the resort the kids asked if we could go back next year ! The split level setup gives a family plenty of room to roam and don't forget about the great views from the 3 decks.

  • Liked — Secluded, relaxing, and safe for the kids.
  • Disliked — The drive to the stores.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Fox Run Resort
Address: 180 Herman Wilson Rd, Lake Lure, NC 28746-9338
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Lake Lure
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Lake Lure
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Hotel Class:2 star — Fox Run Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 140
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