Get Away to Rumbling Bald Resort and Beautiful Mountains

Rumbling Bald ResortGet Away to Rumbling Bald Resort and Beautiful Mountains

Rumbling Bald Resort is nestled at the base of mountains, and rests on the shore of Lake Lure

Visitors come to the North Carolina mountains year-round for their many outdoor adventures and chances to unwind. Unforgettable experiences are within easy reach when you make Rumbling Bald Resort the centerpiece of your vacation.

You’ll feel at home in any of the resort’s 200 accommodations, which range from cozy studios for two to roomy homes for large groups or families. Plus, many are pet-friendly and have kitchens. If you don’t want to cook, the resort has four dining options. Lakeview Restaurant serves spectacular surroundings with its seafood, pasta and steak dishes. Don’t pass on its weekly prime rib buffet or molten lava chocolate cakes. Legends Pub & Pizzeria is perfect for a casual meal, whether pizza and wings or breakfast.

You’ll find plenty to do at the 2,900-acre Rumbling Bald Resort. Tee up at its two championship golf courses. Enjoy the view of Bald Mountain from the 11th hole of Apple Valley, named one of the most beautiful mountain courses by Golf Digest’s Places to Play. Navigate narrow fairways to reach Bald Mountain’s small greens, where putts always break toward the mountain. Scenes for Dirty Dancing were filmed at its 16th hole.

Rumbling Bald Resort golf course

Rumbling Bald Resort

Rumbling Bald Resort features two championship golf courses

Choose from salon services, skin and nail care, and massages at the resort’s spa. Can’t pick one? Try the Spa Sampler: an express facial, Swedish massage and your choice of treatment. The spa, along with an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and steam rooms are located in the Wellness Center. Outside its doors are four lighted tennis courts. Bring your racquet, or take a swing at pickleball, which is a mashup of tennis, badminton and table tennis, where you and up to three more players use paddles to bat something akin to a wiffle ball over a net.

Follow West Lake Road to the opposite end of the resort, where you’ll find access to the Buffalo Creek Park Trail System. Mountain bike or hike its five miles of trails, showcasing Hickory Nut Gorge’s rock outcrops, waterfalls and other beautiful sights.

Cool off after your hike in the resort’s two outdoor pools or with a float down the lazy river. The pristine waters of Lake Lure are perfect for swimming. The resort’s private sandy beach is open daily and offers a defined swimming area and lounge chairs. Rent a pontoon boat, kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard and head out onto the waves, where you also can fish for big bass and colorful trout.

Rumbling Bald Resort family canoeing

Rumbling Bald Resort

Make the most of your time on Lake Lure by renting a pontoon boat, kayak or canoe from the resort

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge crosses the Rocky Broad River, Lake Lure’s main tributary. The 155-foot-long bridge is nearly 100 years old and was retired in 2011, when an adjacent replacement was built. Enjoy the fruits of this all-volunteer effort by wandering through the different flower beds, including one dedicated to the state wildflower of the year. It’s open year-round and hosts special events.

Chimney Rock State Park is a jewel that’s minutes from the resort. Take the elevator or climb the 499 steps to the top of Chimney Rock – the park’s namesake monolith – for views that stretch 75 miles. Below you’ll find restaurants, picnic areas and an easy hike to the base of Hickory Nut Falls, the second highest in the East. Pan for gold and gemstones at Chimney Rock Gem Mine in the nearby village. You’re guaranteed to find a treasure, and more are available in the store, including jewelry and rocks and minerals from around the world.

Chimney Rock near Rumbling Bald Resort

Rumbling Bald Resort

Climbing the steps to the top of Chimney Rock is worth it for the amazing views

You may uncover some courage when you sail through the forest on Canopy Ridge Farm’s 90-minute zip line tour. TripAdvisor.com reviewers ranked it the No. 1 Lake Lure activity. There are several zip lines, including the speedy 1,000-foot-long Zip Zilla, and kayak tours.

If you prefer feet on the ground, try horseback riding. Riverside Riding Stables’ three trails offer something for riders as young as 2 years old. Its two-hour ride takes you through a river and over a mountain trail. Family-owned Cedar Creek Stables offers three trails, too. Overlook is its most popular and winds along a mountain ridge.

Several wineries – Russian Chapel Hills, Mountain Brook Vineyards, Overmountain Vineyards and Parker Binns Vineyard – are tucked in the foothills and mountains that surround the resort. Their operators love explaining the wine-making process and pouring tastes. If you’d like more of a learning experience, reserve a spot on the resort’s weekly tour, which visits three wineries and includes lunch.

Mast General Store in Hendersonville

Mast General Store

Bring home keepsakes from Mast General Store in downtown Hendersonville

Historic downtown Hendersonville is off Interstate 26 and a short drive from the resort. Stroll 16 blocks of galleries, restaurants and 120 unique stores, including the venerable Mast General Store and its candy-filled barrels. Hendersonville is also home to the North Carolina Apple Festival, which is held over Labor Day weekend. Continue north to George Vanderbilt’s 250-room Biltmore in Asheville. The self-guided tour takes you back a century, explaining life and work at the country’s largest private home and its acres of manicured gardens. Afterward, cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway to Milepost 305 and Grandfather Mountain. Explore the wildlife exhibits, nature museum, hiking trails and picnic areas there before crossing the Mile High Swinging Bridge.

Written by Pete M. Anderson for VisitNC.com, in partnership with Rumbling Bald Resort.

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