Fontana Village Resort - Fontana Dam, NC

Two-Night Stay with Recreation Passes and Optional Resort Credit at Fontana Village Resort in Fontana Dam, NC

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Scenic Resort Bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cabins once lined the town of Fontana, North Carolina; many of these were the homes of the workers who built the Fontana Dam, the tallest dam east of the Mississippi. Nowadays, hikers on the Appalachian Trail pass by Fontana as they make their way through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fontana Village Resort is situated just south of the dam, right near the Appalachian Trail amid views of the mountains, but you don't have to rough it quite like the dam-builders and hikers did—it's a sprawling, upscale lodge with family-friendly activities onsite.

The hotel maintains more than 20 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails in the immediate vicinity, near the Great Smoky Mountains. Trails vary in terrain from meandering, creek-side footpaths along Lewellyn Cove to steep switchbacks. Down at the resort's marina, you can hop on a pontoon boat to navigate the 30-mile-long Fontana Lake during a scenic cruise.

In the Village, the resort's activity hub, you can flash your included recreational passes to get unlimited free rentals of putt-putt clubs and tennis rackets. Also, feel free to toss frisbees down the wooded fairways of the 18-hole disk-golf course. There's also a dance floor at the Recreation Hall; once that begins to settle down late in the night, the party might move outside to a community campfire, where you can roast marshmallows.

Deluxe rooms are situated in the main lodge, which features a lobby with stone pillars, oversize leather couches, and a crackling fireplace. Reserve your room early to get one with a good view—some rooms include private balconies overlooking forested slopes.

Fontana Dam, North Carolina: Historical Settlement amid Smoky Mountains Wilderness

Before it gained protected status, the Fontana area was a coveted resource for logging and copper mining. Today, Fontana Village Resort is a convenient outpost in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Within the park, visitors should check out Cades Cove, an 11-mile loop accessible to both cars and bicycles. The meadows along Cades Cove are regarded as some of the area’s best wildlife-viewing spots—they're often visited by deer, black bears, and picnicking college mascots. Alternatively, head to Clingmans Dome, a 6,600-foot mountain with spectacular panoramic views from the highest point in Tennessee.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Two-night stay for up to four in a deluxe lodge room

Travel window: September 18–October 31; book by October 31

  • Option 1: $149, valid for check-in Sunday-Wednesday (up to a $276 value)
  • Option 2: $169, valid for check-in Thursday-Saturday (up to a $320 value)

Travel window: November 1–December 29; book by October 31

  • Option 3: $145, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday with a $25 resort credit (up to a $279 value)
  • Option 4: $165, valid for check-in Thursday–Saturday with a $25 resort credit (up to a $311 value)

Included in all options:

  • Two two-day recreational passes, good for unlimited use of putt-putt golf, disk golf, and tennis equipment

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Marina
  • Disk-golf and mini-golf course
  • Basketball, sand-volleyball, and tennis courts
  • Massage and fitness center
  • Mountain-biking and hiking trails
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The Fine Print

  • Book by 10/31/12 or promo value expires
  • Must complete travel by 10/31/12 or 12/29/12 based on option bought
  • Not valid 9/21-9/22, 9/28-9/29, or 11/21-11/22
  • Limit 2/person +2 as gifts
  • Limit 2/visit
  • Valid only for date and option bought
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $50 fee; 31-day notice or fee up to 50% of Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21+ to check in
  • Credit card required at booking & check-in
  • Not valid w/reward points
  • 12.75% tax not included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

Deluxe Lodge Room

  • One king bed or two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 in king rooms; 4 in queen rooms
  • Adding occupants above standard: no charge
  • Cable TV

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed in deluxe lodge rooms.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 53 miles from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)
  • By car: about 66 miles south of Knoxville, TN; about 93 miles west of Asheville, NC

Traveler's Tips

  • For a less-crowded experience in Cades Cove, consider biking or walking the loop; the road is closed to cars every Wednesday and Saturday morning until 10 a.m. from early May until late September.
  • Additional two-day recreational passes can be purchased for $15/person.

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