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“Resort needs updating...but loved the area.”
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Fairway Forest
Reviewed May 11, 2009

The resort was in a beautiful location. But the units needed to be updated. The carpet felt sticky so we had to were slippers and/or socks all of the time. The lower level bedroom smelled moldy and felt damp. We sleep upstairs instead. The tv speakers in the living room were terrible. You could hardly hear the tv unless you had it turned up loud. TV should be replaced. The tv in the bedroom was much too small. The clothes dryer is installed so high that you need a stool to stand on in order to use it. The paper towel holder in the kitchen was broke. We were there from May 1-6 and 4 out of the six days our keys did not work. We had to call maintenance 5 times and they could not fix the problem. So every time we left for the day and when we returned, we had to go to the office so someone could let us in to our unit...very frustrating. It would be nice if they had a toaster oven. The fireplace in the living room was really a nice touch.

The towns of Highlands and Cashiers were amazing. They are about 15 minutes from Sapphire. Lots of great shops and beautiful scenery. We did not like the food at Mica's or the Carolina Smokehouse. The Oak Street Cafe in Highlands was yummy... the Library was very good also, but with a very limited menu.

It rained every morning we were there, but it was one of the best vacations we have had mainly because of the beautiful surroundings. We plan on returning in October for the fall colors...it should be a visual overload...will try and stay somewhere else instead of the Fairways.

Staff was somewhat friendly, but we got the impression most of the time that we were bothering them.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank cc4cats4
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Reviewed January 17, 2008

My family and I spent a week during Christmas at the resort. We wound up picking the place through our timeshare catalog. Since we live in Florida, we wanted to go to a place that was relatively close and that would hopefully have snow (there or nearby). I was a little nervous about the place because I couldn’t really find any reviews about it on the internet (which I know better next time). We had both an A and B Unit, which together were huge. The B Unit itself might have been okay for just 1 or 2 people. When you walk into the B Unit only, there is basically a sofa (not a sleeper) and a tv. Then you go downstairs (my family like to call it the dungeon) to a small kitchen, a bedroom (with a king-size bed and a patio), a jacuzzi tub, and a bathroom with a very small shower. The A Unit was definitely a good size (except the kitchen was only big enough for 1 person at a time). The unit was somewhat clean, but it needed a serious deep cleaning. The unit was okay, but it wasn’t what we were used to resort-wise. Plus, it had a musty smell to it. I would not allow a small child to crawl around on the floor. When we used anything in the kitchen, I made sure to wash it first. Using the washing machine both up and downstairs was a huge pain. The lid would not open all the way because the dryer was (on top) in the way. I had to hold the lid open with one hand and pick up the dirty clothes in another to put them in the washer, then do the same from the washer to the dryer.
The check-in office and the amenity center (2 separate places) were about 2.5 miles away from the resort. I believe the grocery store (Ingles) was about a mile further. The amenity center offered an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi and 2 saunas, a small workout room, an arcade room with pool tables and ping pong tables, a tanning bed, a massage room and putt-putt outside. Also, separate from that, was a ski/tube area which was not open due to the fact that it had been a warm winter so far. In order for our kids (ages 16 and 9) to go tubing, we had to drive 1.25 hours to Maggie Valley.
In all actuality, there was nothing to do there (without having to drive at least an hour) besides go on hikes (which we did a lot of) and golf. There were plenty of beautiful golf courses, but it was just too cold that time of year. We hiked to the top of Bald Mountain which was very strenuous and to several of the many waterfalls that surrounded the area (which were absolutely beautiful). The only chain restaurant that we saw anywhere nearby was Subway; a lot of the “mom & pop” places were closed. There was shopping close by in Cashiers, but we’re not big fans of the small, boutique-type stores. There was a nice lake there for fishing and canoeing, but I don’t think the rental place was open during that time.
The resort / area was just okay. The area was beautiful, but I would not go back. I would not recommend this area in general for families with older kids either. The only thing that really made our trip worthwhile was that it did happen to snow for a couple of hours Christmas night. Of course when we got up the next morning, most of the snow had melted.
We did like the fact that we were not hounded by salespeople during our stay there. Someone did call toward the end of our stay. When we said we were not interested in attending their presentation, they graciously took “no” for an answer and didn’t bother us again.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with family
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5  Thank KimnJoe
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Address: 4350 US Highway 64 W, Sapphire, NC 28774-9694
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Jackson County > Sapphire
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Ranked #4 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Sapphire
Price Range: $157 - $238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Fairway Forest 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
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