A Family Affair
I was traveling alone, but had I been absconding with my fiancé or gearing up for a week of nonstop action with my family, Rumbling Bald Resort would have been up to the task. Nestled at the foot of the exposed-stone-faced mountain for which it was named, the resort is an ambling, 3,600-acre community that boasts two award-winning golf courses, indoor and outdoor pools, and a full-service Aveda salon and spa. The resort now manages more than eighty properties ranging from one-bedroom efficiency condos ($65-$110 per night) perfect for weary golfers or single travelers like myself, to an 8,200-square-foot, eight-bedroom home ($7,860-$8,500 per week) big enough for twenty and located right on the lake.
Photos courtesy of the Rumbling Bald Resort
Rumbling Bald Resort Lake Lure, NC
Kayaks, speedboats, and pontoons can be rented from the resort’s beach cabana, but being less than athletic, I opted for a guided boat tour of Lake Lure. Much to my delight, the tour included a drive-by of the famous spot where the Dirty Dancing “water lift” scene was filmed. Back on dry land kids of all ages can run wild on the resort’s basketball and volleyball courts, or my favorite, the minigolf course. The resort also runs daylong excursion trips to local wineries and the nearby Biltmore Estate, offering you a true taste of all that Western North Carolina has to offer. —Jenn Thompson
112 Mountains Blvd., Lake Lure, 828-694-3000, www.rumblingbald.com
Tee off at two of Rumbling Bald’s renowned golf courses: Apple Valley and Bald Mountain. Golf Digest recently selected both courses for their prestigious list of “Places to Play.” The shorter holes of Bald Mountain are tucked into mountain crevasses with plenty of rolling hills and altitude changes that require sharp short-game skills, while the expansive fairways of Apple Valley challenge the modern, long-drive golfer. A weekday round is $58, weekend is $63 (Thrifty tip: wait until 1 p.m. to tee off and you’ll only pay $35). Book tee times at www.rumblingbald.com .
HORSE BACK RIDING
Explore Lake Lure from a whole new angle by saddling up with Cedar Creek Stables for a trail ride through the mountains. Rides range from one hour ($25 per person) to two hours ($50 per person) or you can pack a picnic basket for a three-hour lunch or dinner ride and dine atop a scenic overlook ($65 per person). Fishing excursions, gem mining rides, and overnight packing trips in the Pisgah National Forest are also available. 524 Cedar Creek Rd., 887-625-6773,
Sure, the lake is nice to look at, but you’ll have a lot more fun if you get a little wet. That’s the goal of the Lake Lure Adventure Company, a seasonal, full-service water sport operation that offers hourly, half- and full-day pontoon boat rentals ($80-$480), water skiing, wake boarding, wake surfing, knee boarding, and tubing ($109 per hour) as well as private and guided fishing trips ($150-$250). Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. U.S. Highway 64/74 and Buffalo Shoals Rd., 828-625-8066, www.lakelureadventurecompany.com
Luring You In
Resting in another nearby cove of this cozy man-made lake is the The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa. Recently restored to preserve its historic 1927 charm, the inn (pictured) boasts an impressive collection of paintings and antiques from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that merit a visit on their own. The fifty guestrooms ($135-$155 for standard, $225-$245 for a suite) retain their historic vibe, but also come equipped with satellite TV and wireless Internet, and bear some familiar names such as the “Swayze Suite” and the “Jennifer Grey Suite.” Dining is provided in The Veranda Restaurant and the Moose and Goose Lounge, and sensual treatments abound at the Allure Spa. —J. T.
2771 Memorial Hwy., 888-434-4970, www.lakelure.com