For our very first visit to Lake Lure, we stayed one week in a 1 bedroom upstairs unit at Fairways of the Mountains resort which is part of the Rumbling Bald resort. It was a quiet location on the 10th Fairway of the Apple Valley Golf Course (~5 minute drive to the major resort amenities on Lake Lure). The unit was nothing special and need of updating, but was clean. The few maintenance issues we had were fixed promptly. The kitchen was very small, but adequately stocked. The deck was new and good size, but exposed to hot afternoon sun. We had none of the lady bug issues that Lake Lure is apparently famous for. The Apple Valley pool is significantly smaller than the pool at Rumbling Bald and was not refreshing on a hot June day. Free Wi-Fi is available a short walk away in the lobby of the building that houses Luna del Sol restaurant and the Pro Shop for the Apple Valley golf course. However, we had excellent signal for our smart phones right at the condo. The bed in our unit was also very comfortable, but the bedroom does not have a ceiling fan. Our 16 year old used the pull out bed from the sleeper sofa all week without too much complaint. There was no DVD player in our unit. Regarding local activities, both 18 hole golf courses are very nice, but very tight - the back 9's of both are especially picturesque. The lake cruise available from the main resort area was very good. While the views from Chimney Rock are very good, the $15 entry fee is excessive for a state park (there is a $2 discount for AAA members). The walk to the top only takes about 10 minutes so skip the elevator unless you have health issues. The folks and guides at Canopy Ridge Farm (zip lining and kayaks) are very nice, but the price for riding the 6 zip lines was excessive ($60/person). It was fun, but not that fun. For eating we recommend Genny's for breakfast in Chimney Rock Village and Luna del Sol at the Apple Valley Golf Course. The local Ingles market is very nice and extremely well stocked with anything you should need. There is no fast food anywhere in the area so be prepared if there are any fast food junkies in your group.
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