At the Beach on a Lake in the Mountains

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Ready to plan that fun-filled family vacation, a well-deserved weekend with friends, a romantic getaway with your loving plus-one, or a restorative solo retreat? Of course you are! Now comes the hard part—where to go? You can enjoy: a) a leisurely day at the lake, b) an invigorating trek into the mountains, or c) soaking up the sun and sand at the beach. Decisions, decisions. Tucked in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a destination resort that boldly answers, d) all of the above! The Rumbling Bald Resort takes its name from the majestic Rumbling Bald Mountain, so called due to a 1874 earthquake that locals said caused the ground to ‘rumble’ and the mountain’s sheer rock-face that can be seen from miles away. Nestled along the north end of picturesque Lake Lure, NC, the resort is a unique blend of year-round resident owners, timeshare guests and vacation visitors who come to enjoy the site’s winning combination of prime pastoral location, magnificent mountain views, and extensive amenities. Over its seventy year history, Rumbling Bald Resort has slowly evolved from a lone boathouse on a lake to a small jewel in a large corporate real estate crown by the early 1990s. Fortunately, early residents recognized the potential of this special mountain community and took steps to prevent over-development. When the opportunity arose, they returned the property to private ownership and self-management. Today, Rumbling Bald Resort is an active 3600-acre resort community that is keen to protect the relaxed, friendly, inviting and affordable atmosphere so valued by owners and visitors alike. It offers guests the chance to choose the tone of their getaway experience, be it rustic or refined, front porch or first-class. image 1 With nearly 720 acres of crystal clear water, breathtaking views of Rumbling Bald Mountain and the beautiful Blue Ridge in the background, the lake and adjacent beach are the resort’s crown jewels. The beach is the perfect place for fabulous family fun and fireworks, which is exactly what the resort will have on June 14th when it hosts the Summer Kick Off Celebration 2014. This popular annual event will be the highlight of Father’s Day weekend. Rumbling Bald Resort’s first major event of what is sure to be an action-packed summer season, the Kickoff Celebration is open to the public and offers something for everyone. Locals, visitors and guests can take full advantage of the sandy beach, play area for the youngsters, fire pits, romantic wedding gazebo and, of course, the lake itself. Bring a beach chair, family and friends to enjoy music, dancing and family games from 5-9 p.m. All that merriment is bound to work up an appetite, so be sure to reserve your plates for the Low Country boil starting at 6 p.m. Round out a fantastic day of fun in the sun by enjoying the marshmallow roast beginning at 8 p.m. Last, but certainly not least, the celebration will end with a dazzling fireworks display at 9:20 p.m.   Lodging specials and custom packages are available to mark this festive start of summer. image 2 Those seeking either action and adventure or rest and relaxation have come to the right place, too. The resort has two 18-hole championship golf courses (both open to the public), two outdoor pools, tennis courts, a fitness and wellness center, an Aveda spa and salon, and a lakefront beach that accommodates a wide range of water-related activities. Lovers of sports and the great outdoors not only have those offerings, but they can also enjoy walking trails on the resort proper, as well as trailhead access to the Buffalo Creek Park trail system directly from the property. Also close at hand is a cornucopia of other natural resources from rivers and waterfalls to state parks that are used for a variety of sport and recreation. Nearby attractions include Chimney Rock State Park, Biltmore House and Estate, the Carl Sandburg Home and the Flat Rock Playhouse, just to name a few. Gourmands and foodies can the offerings at any of the resort’s three restaurants—spectacular views and delicious food that top the Lakeview Restaurant’s menu, eclectic Mediterranean comfort found at Luna del Sol, or more casual dining at Legends Pub & Pizzeria. For those looking for a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience, there is also a dinner cruise on the lake during warmer months—just be sure to book your reservations well in advance. A kaleidoscope of other dining establishments is also within an easy drive to nearby Hendersonville, Asheville, and Brevard. To make reservations or get additional information, call (828) 694-3015 or visit

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