Foxrun Townhouses, Bluegreen Resorts’ vacation venue in Lake Lure, North Carolina, gives Bluegreen Resorts members the opportunity to escape from typical busy travel spots into a wilderness of varied possibilities for relaxation, appreciation of nature, and outdoor sports. Bluegreen Resorts visitors can enjoy a bike or horseback ride, go for a hike, or go sailing. The stunning vistas of Chimney Rock Park and the elegance of Biltmore Estate are among the experiences beloved by generations of vacationers in western North Carolina. Bluegreen Resorts guests can also soak up some history by visiting the North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace, the state’s first permanent capitol, where rotating exhibitions and tours aided by interactive devices help bring North Carolina’s early history to life each day.
Located about 45 miles east of Asheville and nestled in Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure is home to relatively mild summers and winters. Average January temperatures hover at 36 degrees Fahrenheit, and July’s mean temperature rises to only 74 degrees. National Geographic magazine has ranked the lake among the most beautiful human-created lakes on earth, and Waterski Magazine has called the area one of the world’s finest for enthusiasts of the sport.
The distinctive beauty of the Lake Lure-Asheville-Cherokee area has drawn the attention of motion picture directors, who have used it as the backdrop for location scenes in films such as Dirty Dancing, Forrest Gump, and The Last of the Mohicans. The cascades of mountain peaks, the meadows and rivers that wind alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the dramatic fall foliage colors of more than 100 species of trees have become iconic images of the region. For a new way to see the reds and golds of the leaves, Bluegreen Resorts members should try an early morning hot-air balloon ride. Visitors can glide as high as 2,000 feet in the air and see all the way to the vastness of the Pisgah National Forest.
Within the forest’s 500,000 acres, Bluegreen Resorts travelers will find waterfalls, soaring peaks, whitewater river courses, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Guests can make camp, go horseback riding, or take a botanical walk along a nature trail. The 60-foot-tall Looking Glass Falls and Sliding Rock are aptly named. Looking Glass Rock takes its name from the gleam of the ice on its walls in winter, and Sliding Rock is a popular natural water slide with a 60-foot drop.
Chimney Rock State Park welcomes Bluegreen Resorts members to its breathtaking scenery and 75-mile, 360-degree views sweeping over Lake Lure, Hickory Nut Gorge, and beyond. The 535-million-year-old, 315-foot-tall Chimney Rock rises to a total elevation of more than 2,000 feet. Bluegreen Resorts visitors can take advantage of the services of a local rock-climbing instructor, mount to the summit up 26 stories of steps, or take the elevator up to the Sky Lounge. The park also offers excellent opportunities for bird watching.
The 250-room Biltmore Estate, still family-owned, offers public tours of the stunning mansion and grounds that George Vanderbilt constructed at the end of the 19th century. Styled along the lines of a French Renaissance chateau, the house has long played a major role in tourism to the area. Today’s tours will take you through four levels within the house, where Bluegreen Resorts members will see vintage fashions, furniture, and household articles, as well as the family’s extensive art collection. The gardens and grounds, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, encompass the nation’s first-ever managed forestland, as well as some 250 varieties of roses.