Lakeview at Fontana

Lakeview at FontanaLakeview at Fontana

Lakeview at Fontana in Bryson City

Located in the hills of western North Carolina in Swain County, Lakeview at Fontana is the perfect cross between a European villa and a Smoky Mountains hideaway. Down comforters, Aveda bath products and in-room candles are just a few of the touches that make you feel special during a stay. Guests particularly enjoy beginning their day with French press coffee and pastries, and ending a day of adventure with the complimentary wine and cheese hour.

But perhaps one of Lakeview’s greatest amenities is its location – minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala River.

Owner Tetia McMichael doubles as the resort’s official tour guide and can point you in the right direction regardless of interest – from stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking on Fontana Lake to a leisurely hike in the national park.

There’s no need for you to leave the resort’s 45-acre property to enjoy the region’s scenic beauty. Lakeview sits on a hill overlooking Fontana Lake, and the view from the main deck and cabana alone is worth the visit.

If the cool mountain air, peace and quiet, and picture-perfect sunsets aren’t enough to relax you, don’t worry. Lakeview’s spa offers a full, yet affordable, menu of services, ranging from facials and body treatments to ultra-pampering massages.

One possibility is to treat your stress-soaked body to a European facial that seems to instantly subtract years from your face, or Lakeview’s signature green tea detoxifying wrap, which exfoliates, refreshes and de-stresses the entire body.

Lakeview at Fontana is known for its “Girls’ Night In” package that includes three or five nights’ accommodations, three to four spa treatments per guest, daily coffee and pastries, afternoon wine and cheese, yoga classes, popcorn, books and magazines, and an in-room s’mores maker.

Lakeview at Fontana was named a “Top Girlfriend Getaway” by SpaFinder Wellness, a premier spa website and magazine. It was a big honor, as this was a reader’s choice survey of spas worldwide.

McMichael says Lakeview is not as fitness-oriented as other spas. She says most of Lakeview’s guests come to relax and escape from everyday life. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ample opportunities for you to flex your muscles. Lakeview offers daily – and sometimes poolside – yoga classes. If you’re looking for a more rigorous regimen, the resort’s 2.5 mile, uphill hiking trail offers just that. Plus, the views and complete silence at the summit are well worth the workout.

While the bungalows are purposely furnished without telephones or televisions – remember, you’re here to relax and escape – Lakeview does offer a guests-only gathering area with overstuffed sofas, Wi-Fi, a fireplace and a flat-panel television. Plus, the café is also wireless for those who can’t live without their technological tethers.

Lakeview at Fontana is open from mid-March until October.

Teree Caruthers and Lynn Seldon contributed to this story

Request your Travel Guide

Download or order FREE guides and maps

Discover Project Project 543

Explore unique spots across North Carolina