My first experience enjoying the Sapphire Valley Resort amenities and activities was swimming laps in one of the three outdoor pools while enjoying nature’s patchwork of abundant fall colors. That was over seven years ago before I moved to Sapphire Valley full-time. Since then, with my amenity card, I have enjoyed most, if not all, of the privileges being a property owner has to offer.
What is there to do as a visitor to Sapphire Valley? There are plenty of activities for all the members of the group no matter the season or the weather.
In the 1800s, gold and gems (most likely Sapphires!) were being mined in the area and gem mining still exists today as a fun activity for the entire group. Stories abound about the iconic Fairfield Inn which was opened because of the gold rush just before 1900. In the mid-1950s, Gene Howerdd, Sr., purchased the Fairfield Inn and his vision brought us to where we are today.
Camp Merrie-Woode was founded in 1919 as the Lake Fairfield Camp. A few years later, it was renamed Camp Merrie-Woode. The rustic summer camp still flourishes today. Camp Merrie-Woode now adjoins the Sapphire Valley Resort amenities and visitors enjoy perks like the agility hike, when the camp is not in session. It includes a somewhat moderate hike to the top of Bald Rock Mountain or a gentler walk around Lake Fairfield, which is especially popular with dogs in the fall. There also used to be a gold mine located at the base of Bald Rock Mountain.
Narrows Falls is tucked away off U.S. Highway 64 East. You’d never know you were less than a mile away from the highway. Park your vehicle at the end of the gravel track and walk down an easy trail and hear the roar of the water get louder. There’s a knack of getting to see the actual waterfall, but it never disappoints. Check with one of our agents for directions and ask for a local guide while you are here.
The Sapphire Valley Community Center isn’t just for getting your amenity cards. It’s the information hub for all the things to do in and around Sapphire Valley. The Sapphire Valley Community Center also serves as a wedding venue, and it’s a popular place for holding meetings. It serves as a gathering place for weekly bridge tournaments, mahjong, knitting and crocheting groups as well as just a place to sit quietly and read in front of the fire.
The rec center is across from the Community Center. At the rec center, you can enjoy indoor and outdoor swimming. The indoor pool is open year-round. A gym, putt-putt golf and games room are located here, too. You can also book a massage after your hike, if you’d like.
While visiting Sapphire Valley, you must present your amenity card. Talk to any one of the friendly employees if you have questions about the resort while you are here.
Lake Fairfield and Bald Rock Mountain are located on the north side of U.S. Highway 64 and both offer a great deal of fun-filled activities. Lake Fairfield is non-motorized, except for trawling motors. You can rent a variety of non-motorized boats during the summer or enjoy the beach and picnic area. It’s stunningly picturesque all year round, but especially in the fall when the colors of the trees reflect in the still waters of the lake. Bald Rock always looks majestic in the background.
Winter activities at Ski Sapphire! Sapphire Valley Resort offers something all year long. For example, there’s zip-lining in the summer months, and tubing and snow skiing during the winter season. Ever heard of Outhouse Races? Look no further than Sapphire Valley for the sporting event of the year! On February 15, 2020, the annual outhouse race will take place at 3 p.m. Bring your cameras to take pictures of creative outhouse designs as they compete for the finish line. Southeast Tourism Society has named this a top-20 event in the Southeast. So, mark your calendars!
Summer activities. There’s almost no end to all of the things to do near your Sapphire Valley Resort rental especially during the summer months. All season long, there are activities at the community center, including arts and crafts fairs, fine art displays, concerts on the slopes, which is a delightful way to spend the evening in the cool mountain air, a kid’s camp, tennis clinics and round robins. Discover the thriving tennis community here in Sapphire Valley! Although the plateau has an abundance of golf courses, most of them are private. You can play golf at Red Bird Golf which is open to the public. They offer a nine-hole course, a driving range, chipping and putting greens. There is also a pro-shop. For more information about joining the Sapphire Valley Country Club and the various membership options, please contact one of Landmark Vacation Rental’s agents. We work closely with their management team and have current information on fees and membership options. And, don’t forget July 4 celebrations. If you’re thinking about visiting for the summer, the area offers multiple fireworks displays over several days. We have weekly breakfasts and barbeque lunches, too.
For the kids, there is a playground within the boundary of the walking track. The dogs enjoy taking a stroll here, too.
If you’d like to experience what it’s like to enjoy the privileges of Sapphire Valley Resort amenities and activities, book a vacation rental with us! We offer vacation rentals within the footprint of Sapphire Valley and communities range from the high elevation of Falcon Ridge bordering Transylvania County to homes in many other communities just off U.S. Highway 64. They provide easy access to Highlands and Cashiers and all the amenities in Sapphire Valley.
Some rentals are just a stone’s throw away from restaurants and the hub of activities at the Sapphire Valley Community Center, playground and recreation center, the Country Club of Sapphire Valley and Ski Sapphire. Landmark Vacation Rentals offers assistance with all your real estate and rental needs, including buying and selling real estate across the plateau as well as seasonal and long-term rentals in Sapphire Valley. Call us today to talk to local, knowledgeable brokers and staff about the process of getting your amenity cards. Once you’ve settled into your rental just go along to the Sapphire Valley Community Center where you can pick up your amenity cards for the duration of your stay for a minimal fee per day. Kids ages 14 and under receive their amenity cards for free!
If you’d like some more information on Sapphire Valley Resort amenities and activities before you book, call us for local knowledge and insight or you can go online and reserve your ideal rental. We look forward to welcoming you to your own Blue Ridge Mountains resort. What are you waiting for?