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!
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- Also Known As:
- Fox Run Hotel Lake Lure
- Fox Run Lake Lure