There is a reason this is one of Bluegreen's most popular resorts. It lies virtually in the Smoky Mountains and offers great views from several of its buildings. We stay at Mountain Loft at least twice a year.
The resort has a phase 1 and a phase 2. There are many different style units. The two bedroom units some of which require separate entrances and no connection -great for adults, not so great for a family with young children if that is your case avoid building 8. Some units have decks while others just have a glass patio with a gate across it (so no patio at all). Be smart and ask those questions when you book the unit.
The resort has a policy that all rooms must be ready by 4:00. Sometimes they have cut it close and the room isn't ready untl 4:00, but in 10 years we have never gotten our room after 4:00 . It can be frustrating when we pull into town at 11:00, call ahead and say we are in town can we move in early, but the room isn't ready. We just leave our phone number for them to call us when it's ready. Sometimes it helps sometimes it doesn't.
One reviewer complained about being too close to the pool and hearing noise. We often stay in building 11 and never have had pool noise problems. The pool is too far away from that. Another reviewer commented that the pool was too far from the building (8) to walk. I don't agree with that either. I walk all over this resort. There are some steep hills around the resort property (remember I stated the resort is virtually in the Smoky Mountains), but they have never stopped our family from getting from place to place.
The entrance to the resort can be quite tricky. It is just around a bend and coming and going from the resort onto 321 (as cars zip past) can be a bit tricky.
Great hiking up highway 321 with Greenbrier (entrance to the Smoky Mountain National Park). Be sure and visit the Sugarland Visitor's Center for the National Parks and pick up a $5.00 map packet (best value). It has day hikes, waterfall hikes, auto touring maps in it, and more. Also pick up a newspaper the national park system prints with listings of all the FREE Ranger led activities while you are there. You can even watch a video of the history of the National Park.
Be sure and visit Cades Cove (the most visited part of the National Park). It takes a good hour to get there from the resort and a good hour to an hour and a half (depending on bear jams) since it is a one way road to do the entire thing. Great to bring a picnic lunch for the day and kill a day at Cades Cove.
Actually, I would say a resort weakness is that they don't promote the park system enough or at all. The concierge has/sells show tickets, but not any park information.
Security is present at the entrance at night so you have to have your tag in the window to show them. That can be tricky as the security house is right after you enter from that tricky turn.
There is a free computer to use at the club house if you just want to check your e-mail for 15 minutes each day. If you have AT&T for your wireless provider, just bring your information along with you and you get the Internet for free in your room or anywhere you may be on property with your laptop since AT&T is Bluegreen's wireless provide (that's true for any Bluegreen Resort). If not, the resort does charge a daily fee for wireless Internet.
There is a store and gas station just one block past the resort up Highway 321 so if you forget something and don't want to run to Wal-Mart in Pigeon Forge it's a close stop.
As far as as the sales presentations go there is no pressure to do the tour. However, if we go we realize it will take 2 hours of our time. We just weigh the "gift" against our time/length of stay to determine if it's worth it.
In short, great location, great rooms with views, and a very busy place to be in July and August.. That's why we prefer April - fewer crowds!
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