Fontana Village Resort

Two-Night Stay with Recreation Passes and a Lake Cruise at Fontana Village Resort in Great Smoky Mountains, NC

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Scenic Resort next to 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 and boasting gorgeous views of the mountains. But you don't have to rough it quite like the dam builders and hikers did—the resort is a sprawling, upscale lodge with onsite, family-friendly activities ranging from mini golf to mountain biking.

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.

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

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, or toss a frisbee down the wooded fairways of the 18-hole disk-golf course. There's also a dance floor at the recreation hall, home to music and dancing on the weekends. Once that scene begins to settle down late in the night, the party might move outside to a community campfire for roasting marshmallows.

Fontana Dam, North Carolina: Historical Settlement amid Great 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. 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, you could head to Clingmans Dome, a 6,600-foot mountain with spectacular panoramic views from Tennessee’s highest point.

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

What You Get

2-night stay for up to four in a lodge room

Travel 8/1/13–9/30/13

  • Option 1: $199, valid for check-in Thursday–Saturday (up to a $350 value)

Travel 7/23/13–9/30/13

  • Option 2: $169, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday (up to a $316 value)

Included in all options:

  • Two 2-day recreational passes valid for unlimited use of putt-putt golf, disk golf, and tennis equipment at the Village
  • Scenic cruise for two on Fontana Lake

Policies and Fees

Book by: 9/20/13

  • Cancellation policy and fees: all cancellations subject to $50 fee. 30-day notice or fee of applicable 1-night's stay up to Groupon price applies
  • Taxes: 12.75% tax not included

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


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

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 9/20/13 or promotional value expires
  • Valid for travel 7/23/13-9/30/13 or 8/1/13-9/30/13 depending on option purchased
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $50 fee
  • 30-day notice or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • 12.75% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

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.
  • Checkout: 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, Tennessee; about 93 miles west of Asheville, North Carolina

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 per person.
  • See FAQs here

Customer Reviews

528 Ratings

There were so many activities and things to do a great anniversary spot!
Brittany P. · October 22, 2013
All of it!
Brittany P. · October 22, 2013
Nice get away spot. Enjoyed the free boat tour of the lake and the Fontana Dam..very interesting and informative.
Frank D. · October 18, 2013
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