We are timeshare owners and have been coming here in summer and fall for about 10 years. We enjoy the wild beauty, vistas, waterfalls and recreational activities, which are many.While some of the negative reviews can be justified, this has been a wonderful place to stay. There has been a change in housekeeping since the bad review of cleanliness, and the past few years the condo has been very clean. Next, amenities... The resort communities are tucked off Highway 64 and its amenities are placed in one local, central location. But the facilities are nice, even when you have to drive a mile or so to the community center / pools / weight room / game room / miniature golf, which is all located in one place to be enjoyed. The resort had slipped a little four or five years ago, but since then the Board of Directors has made great strides in updating the condos and they're really very nice. When you see the vastness of the place, the number of condos and the housekeeping and groundskeeping there is to be done, it's a little mind boggling. Here are some of the things we like to do here: of course, take advantage of the onsite amenitites... there are trips arranged by the resort you can take like to Biltmore House or a trainride through the mountains, among others. Kids can "gem mine" at the rec center. There are classes in art and crafting offered at the community center. There are the indoor and outdoor pools (heated). There are two golf courses nearby, which my husband and brother-in-law enjoyed. You can rent canoes and kyaks at the onsite lake. In addition to amenities, there's plenty else to do. I always take a shopping trip to Highlands cute and quirky stores (about 14 miles west on Hwy 64). I like to tour the many local waterfalls. You can take a day trip and whitewater raft (or float) down the Nantahala. Over toward Sapphire is a "gem dig" sure to delight the kids, because every bucket contains lots of "gems," planted there to be sure, but the kids don't know that. And you'll have a treat if you're lucky enough to meet the old gentleman who owns the gem dig. Whatever you do, don't miss a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We drive east to Brevard and get on there, driving up through the national forest. Turn to the right on the Parkway and ride up to Mt. Pisgah for lunch in the dining room of the little hotel on top... Good food, beautiful views, great gift shop. Drive back down to Sylva and come back to Cashiers via Rt. 107 -- take your time -- it's lovely. While on the Parkway stop at all the overlooks as they are all different. Bring your camera -- One of my photos from an overlook has been published in a magazine. If instead you want to finish your day at a Casino, stay on the Parkway to the city of Cherokee... I'm not a gambler, so we don't go there, but I'm sure it's fun if you do gamble. Climb Whiteside Mountain -- a challenge for an old girl like me (I'm 68 but can still huff and puff up to the top). Drive back down the mountains on the GA side to the town of Dillard -- lots of antique shops and quirky fun shops there. Shop the touristy shops in Cashiers. Go to Signal Marina up on Highway 107 and rent a pontoon boat and take a leisurely ride around beautiful Lake Glenville... pack a lunch. Good restaurants all around, tucked here and there. Favorites: Carolina Smokehouse in Cashiers (get the ribs), Oak Street Terrace in Highlands (get the soup of the day and a sandwich for lunch while you shop). Osteria, a little drive east -- great Italian food. Sapphire Brewery, onsite, great for pizza and a beer. I could go on and on about things to do here... It's a great place to vacation... We could trade our timeshare, and someday we probably will trade for another location, but the family all loves to come here, so we come back every year for at least 10 years. Hope this gives an honest look for you to make a decision on coming to Fairway Forest or any of the other communities within this resort. ENJOY!
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