We stayed in the Apple Valley Villas for our long-weekend stay. We came for a regional golf tournament and had a very pleasant experience. While my boyfriend was off playing golf there was plenty of things for me to do around the resort. I enjoyed sitting on the terrace of the Lakeview Restaurant overlooking Lake Lure and reading a book while he was out playing.
Our villa was very comfortable and quiet. We did not utilize the kitchenette but it appeared adequate. The bathroom was clean with enough towels provided to last us the four days, three nights, we were there (if you need more it appeared there would be a charge). The water pressure in the shower was better then expected and the bed was comfortable. I would recommend bringing your own pillows as ours were very lumpy. The A/C unit cooled the villa down quickly, even it was kind of loud. The villas are not on the main resort campus so we did not have a view of the lake but it was a short, 2 minute drive from where we needed to go.
The resort offers a health center, mini golf, lazy river, "beach" access and two golf courses. My boyfriend enjoyed the Apple Valley course better then the other course but both were will managed. There are two outdoor pools but we chose to go to the Apple Valley pool as it is geared more towards adults. There was hardly anyone at the pool the two times we went so we were able to swim and relax without lots of kids. Bring your own beach towels because we read that the resort charges for beach towels and other little things. We played mini-golf our last night there which cost $10. For a resort, I feel that things like towels, inner-tubes, and mini-golf should be included.
The restaurants were hit or miss. Our first night we ate at Legends which is the pub at the main resort. They were very busy and it the type where you pick your seat and a waitress comes to see if you have been helped. Our waitress was not good (didn't know what beers were on tap, messed up our order, never brought the check) we ended up complaining to one of the other waiters right after the table behind us complained to. The bar also ran out of draft beer and only had canned beer left (what?!?) Our meal ended up being comped because everything was so messed up. It was typically bar food but my boyfriend said the hot wings were excellent. Legends is the cheapest place at the resort to eat so we ended up eating there our last night too. We had a different waitress who was awesome and it was a much better experience. I ate lunch at the Lakeview restaurant. The staff was very polite and constantly checked on you. Since I was dining solo I struck up conversations with the staff and other guests as we looked out onto the lake. I ended up ordering my boyfriend a sandwich once he was done with the tournament and our waitress packaged his BLT up quickly and put all extras on the side for him. We did not try the Luna del Sol restaurant at Apple Valley as we are not big Italian food eaters and the menu seemed limited.
Overall it was a great, quiet, relaxing weekend away. We would return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure is a picturesque mountain resort situated near Charlotte, Greenville, and Asheville. The resort is nestled at the base of majestic 2,800-foot Rumbling Bald Mountain on the north end of beautiful Lake Lure. One of the Southeast's most popular wedding destinations, Rumbling Bald Resort is great for all kinds of group functions, family gatherings, golf outings, or romantic getaways. With close to 150 vacation rentals that range in all sizes and price ranges. Each home, studio and condo on the Resort property are individually owned and each site therefore has a unique personality. Our rental sites are fully furnished, but will vary in the amenities each offers. ... more less
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