We stayed here last week with my brother and his wife. I can tell that they have been working on some updates: carpet, flat screen tv, table & chairs, king size bed in master, lighting and lamps were all nice. And the beds--very comfy! We all slept well; nice linens. The Mountain Lofts are at the northern end of the resort, and each is an individual unit. Ours was #9, and faced the golf course and the mountains. My brother had requested a water view, but those were on the other side of the drive. The units on that side also had no stairs. Our unit had 14 stairs to enter. Which isn't a lot until you are loading and unloading! Overall, we enjoyed our stay and used the fireplace, which was nice. Not a fancy place, but I would rate it C +.
The minuses: the shower in the 2nd bathroom (ours) was too low. It would be fine for kids, but I had to bend backwards to wash my hair. DVR player is hooked up to tv in loft (which is an old tv and requires climbing spiral stairs). We moved it downstairs but could not get it to play movies; front desk was no help. We finally realized they needed an hdml cord! But we got it to play after fiddling around for 1/2 hour. Dressers and vanities need updating. Master bedroom had no room for night stands; perhaps they could put in a little wall shelf? My daugher and her family spent one night with us and slept in the loft; the pull-out sofa had virtually no mattress on it and not comfortable at all. (Luckily my brother had brought a blow-up mattress.) While the flat screen tv is nice, it sits atop an armoir (probably used to hold the old tv), and caused me to get a crink in my neck, watching it from the armchair. Sofa not comfy and difficult to arise from. In order to recycle, you have to take your stuff to the registration building, a mile or so away. We noticed some dry rot on the outside of our unit while sitting outside on the balcony (which was rather small; not large enough to eat out). Kitchen also small, but not much that can be done about that.
However, speaking of the kitchen, it was very well stocked with nice dinnerware, glasses (enough wine glasses for a party!), utensils, cookware, etc.--all very nice. It's just not meant for more than 1, maybe 2 people to be in at the same time.
Amenities on the site were nice; pools, mini golf, beach, etc. We just didn't get a chance to enjoy any of it because it rained and was cool all week but for one day. On that day, we rented a pontoon boat and went out on Lake Lure for a couple of hours--very enjoyable! We are big boaters, but had never been anywhere surrounded by mountains.
We took a day trip to the Biltmore and would definitely recommend that. Had breakfast on the way at Morning Glory Cafe, which was amazing. Organic and fresh everything. My eggs were wonderful, and my s-i-l had the shrimp and grits and said they were the best she's ever had. We did the Sunday Brunch at the Lake Lure Restaurant on site of the resort; it was ok. Larkins on the Lake is very good food; my parmesan trout was excellent. Another good spot to eat is Huckleberry's, owned by an 18-year-old chef. We spent a couple days at Chimney Rock (even my brother and I had a blast gem mining). On the way to Chimney Rock is this amazing garden built on an old bridge; it is just gorgeous.
All in all, it was an enjoyable vacation. Not luxurious, but I don't think any places in these mountains would be considered luxurious. You definitely need a car, as others have mentioned. There is a grocery store, Ingles, on Rt. 9 in Lake Lure that is amazing. We got mahi mahi there for the grill that was excellent. Everything you could want, including wine (and some very decent ones at that) and beer (no liquor; you have to go to ABC liquor on the way to Chimney Rock).
Note to Wyndham: I would suggest some updates to your mountain lofts: new dressers and vanities would make a huge impact, as would new countertops in kitchen and bathrooms. Update those sofas (main one and one in the loft) so you can actually sleep on them. And some nice artwork would do wonders to make it feel more home-y.
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