Fontana Village Resort

Two- or Three-Night Stay with Pontoon Rental or Breakfast at Fontana Village Resort in Great Smoky Mountains

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Scenic Resort Bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park

To hike the Appalachian Trail through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, most trekkers cross the Little Tennessee River, by way of the Fontana Dam. From the top of the 480-foot-high structure, the tallest dam east of the Mississippi, views of the mountains stretch for miles in every direction. It’s easy to see why hikers often take their time when passing through area, and for visitors of nearby Fontana Village Resort, the lure is just as strong.

The hotel maintains more than 20 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails in the immediate vicinity. Trails vary in terrain from meandering, creek-side footpaths along Lewellyn Cove to steep switchbacks. Down at the resort's marina, pontoon boats are all revved up to navigate the 30-mile-long Fontana Lake. In the Village, the resort's activity hub, guests can toss frisbees down the wooded fairways of the 18-hole disc-golf course, or test the buoyancy of their cell phones at the Stone Creek Pool and Lazy River. After the dance floor at the Recreation Hall begins to settle down, the party might move outside to a community campfire, where marshmallows will surely meet their match.

Deluxe rooms are situated in the main lodge, which features a lobby with stone pillars, oversize leather couches, and a crackling fireplace. There are also a slew of freestanding cabins, each uniquely designed and furnished with a mix of rugged and modern amenities such as a wood-burning fireplaces, flat-panel TVs, and whirlpool tubs. Visits from April through June come with an included daily breakfast of two eggs cooked to order, choice of breakfast meat, bread, and grits or hash browns.

Fontana Dam, North Carolina: Historical Dam Amid Smoky Mountains Wilderness

The town of Fontana Village sprung up in the early 1940s as a place to house Tennessee Valley Authority workers as they constructed the Fontana Dam. Today, Fontana Village Resort is a convenient outpost to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park— the two nearest entrances are about 50 miles away in either direction, through Townsend, Tennessee, or Cherokee, North Carolina. Within the park, visitors should check out Cades Cove, an 11-mile loop accessible to both cars and bicycles. Regarded as some of the area’s best wildlife viewing spots, the meadows along Cades Cove are often visited by deer, black bears, and picnicking college mascots.

What You Get

Two-night stay for four with a two-hour pontoon-boat rental, valid February–March

  • $149 for lodge accommodations
  • $239 for best-available cabin

Three-night stay for four with daily breakfast for two, valid April 1–June 17

  • $210 for lodge accommodations, valid for check in Sunday–Thursday
  • $235 for lodge accommodations, valid for check in Friday or Saturday
  • $320 for best-available cabin, valid for check in Sunday–Thursday
  • $335 for best-available cabin, valid for check in Friday or Saturday


  • Two onsite restaurants
  • Outdoor pool and lazy river
  • Full-service marina
  • Disc golf and mini-golf course
  • Basketball, sand-volleyball, and tennis courts
  • Fitness center
  • Mountain biking and hiking trails
  • Free WiFi in the lodge lobby

The Fine Print

  • Feb-Mar: book by 3/17/12 & complete travel by 3/31/12
  • Apr-Jun: book by 6/3/12 & complete travel by 6/17/12
  • Not valid 4/13-4/14, 4/19-4/21, 5/2-5/5, 5/17-5/19, 5/25-5/27, 6/13-6/16
  • 2/person, 2 as gifts
  • 2/visit
  • 30-day cancel notice or fee of applicable 1-night's stay up to amount paid for Groupon applies
  • Must be 21+ to check in; 18+ w/ Boaters Safety Cert
  • or 26+ to operate boat
  • CC req'd at check-in
  • Fuel not incl'd in rental
  • Not valid w/reward points
  • 9.75% tax & 6.75% food tax not incl'd.

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call Fontana Village Resort by expiration date.
  3. Choose a valid date based on option purchased.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

In All Included Rooms

  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed


  • One king-size bed or two queen-size beds
  • Cable TV


Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for $10 per night
  • Smoking policy: smoking rooms available upon request during booking
  • Pet policy: dogs up to 50 pounds are allowed in cabins for $150 per dog per stay.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking or check in for an additional cost.

What It's Worth

Two-night stay for four, valid February–March

  • $149 for lodge accommodations (up to a $338 value)
  • $239 for best-available cabin (a $524 average value)

    Included in all options:
  • Two-hour pontoon-boat rental (a $120 Value)

    Total value: up to $644

Three-night stay for four with daily breakfast, valid April 1–June 17

  • $210 for lodge accommodations, valid for check in Sunday–Thursday (a $360 value)
  • $235 for lodge accommodations, valid for check in Friday or Saturday (a $426 value)
  • $320 for best-available cabin, valid for check in Sunday–Thursday (a $786 average value)
  • $335 for best-available cabin, valid for check in Friday or Saturday (an $885 average value)

    Included in all options:
  • Daily breakfast for two (a $90 value)

    Total value: up to $975

Getting There

  • By plane: about 50 miles from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)
  • By car: about 65 miles south of Knoxville, Tennessee

Traveler's Tips

  • Customers must pay for fuel and oil used during their pontoon-boat rental period.
  • 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.

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