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How to Relax at Lakeview At Fontana (One of the Best Spa Resorts in NC)

Published by Christina Riley. Last Updated on April 29, 2024.

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Lakeview at Fontana is somewhat hidden, just south of Bryson City and just over one hour from Asheville. Located just off a twisty portion of US-74, Lakeview at Fontana is the perfect romantic getaway for couples.

After visiting more than a few spa resorts in North Carolina, we think Lakeview at Fontana is among the best.

Tucked up above the treetops, this is the ultimate relaxation spot for friends, family, and solo travelers. For starters, you can enjoy unbeatable views of Fontana Lake from one of the resort’s treetop soaking tubs.

Of course, if you have more time, extend your stay by several days in one of their exquisite rooms.

We’ll share all of these details and more in this guide to Lakeview at Fontana (a.k.a. Lake Fontana Resort).

In case you’re looking for something specific, we’ve broken this guide into three sections. Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Where is Lakeview at Fontana?
  • Treetop Soaking Cabanas
  • Lakeview at Fontana Guest Rooms
  • Gift Certificates
  • More Things to Do in Bryson City

After reading, we think you’ll be convinced that this place belongs on your NC Bucket List.

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Where is Lakeview at Fontana?

Address: 171 Lakeview Lodge Dr, Bryson City, NC 28779
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As we mentioned, you can reach the Lakeview at Fontana Bryson City via US-74 between downtown and the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) inside Nantahala National Forest.

While US-74 is not always busy, we think arriving from the NOC is easier because you’ll make a right-hand turn without worrying about traffic from the opposite direction.

You can see Fontana Lake surrounded by trees and the beautiful Smoky Mountains, even from the Lakeview welcome area.

Visually plan your Lakeview at Fontana visit and stay with the following maps created with Google Maps by NC Tripping:

Treetop Soaking Cabanas

Lakeview at Fontana

The treetop soaking cabanas are most certainly the star at Lakeview at Fontana! Two secluded and open-air cabanas are available to book.

Including a stand-alone tub that is large enough for two and signature bath salts, their soaking cabanas may be the most romantic thing to do in North Carolina

Here are five things we loved about Lakeview at Fontana Soaking Cabana Resort!

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Fresh Air and Epic Views

Breathe in the fresh mountain air and take in the view. Soaks are 90 minutes long, and there are a variety of options to choose from. 

The Signature Soak

Lakeview at Fontana NC Signature Soak

The signature soak is one of them and includes Lakeview at Fontana’s own essential oil-infused salts and luxurious Turkish towels. We recommend upgrading your soak to either include champagne, CBD-infused salt, or spa treatments. 

Perfect for Hot and Cold Days!

Lakeview at Fontana is great on both hot and cool days! Enjoy a cooling soak on a hot day after hiking or snuggle up with a Sherpa robe in cold weather! There is really no bad time to soak at Lakeview at Fontana. 

It is important to note that the cabanas are located on a wooded hillside and do require stairs along the wooded trail. 

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Complete Privacy

Cabanas at Lakeview at Fontana

Also, you have complete privacy during your rental. At the time of our rental in 2021, check-in was contactless and easy. I think this really helped us shift into a more relaxed mindset once at the cabana! 


If you want to uplevel your experience, book a massage with your cabana! Enjoy a relaxing massage, hot towel, or a hand and foot massage. 

Lakeview at Fontana Guest Rooms

The guest rooms at Lakeview at Fontana are simple and relaxing. The rooms reflect the former 1950s motor court that once stood here with bright whites and airy windows. 

Guests also have access to a pool, a hiking trail, and a WiFi lounge (there is no wifi in the accommodations). Inside the WiFi lounge, there are various kitchen items available for guests to borrow and sundries for your comfort. 

Gift Certificates

One of my experiences with Lakeview at Fontana was as a gift for my father. I booked him a soaking tub for his 70th birthday and I think a visit here is the perfect gift for any occasion.

Lakeview at Fontana also offers gift certificates, in case you’d like to purchase a future visit for someone special! 

Personally, I can see a gift certificate to Lakeview at Fontana as an excellent wedding gift or for tired, stressed-out moms! But, even if you aren’t local to Bryson City, the soaking cabanas are so luxurious that they make an excellent reason to take a trip! 

Ready to Experience Lakeview at Fontana?

No matter what brings you to Lakeview at Fontana, we think you’ll agree that this is one of the best spa resorts in North Carolina.

The secluded location, the breathtaking views, easy-going staff, and all in between make this one place that we’ll keep visiting. You can also read hundreds of Lakeview at Fontana Reviews that feel the same as we do!

Have you ever spent time at this amazing spa resort? We’d love to know more about your experiences in the comments section.

More Things to Do in Bryson City (and Nearby)

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

In case you’re spending more time in the area, you may want to get out and explore your surroundings in and around Bryson City.

Downtown Bryson City is a walkable collection of local shops and restaurants.

The town can get crowded on nice warm days, especially when the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad unloads its passengers! We’ve actually paired our visit to Lakeview at Fontana on the same day as riding the train, and it was pretty spectacular!

Additional things to do in Bryson City include hiking the Deep Creek trail and kayaking or hanging around by the river at the Nantahala Outdoor Center.

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Fontana Dam

Keep following US-74 toward the NOC but turn right onto NC-28 and you’ll drive alongside Fontana Lake. This is the largest lake in Western North Carolina and pretty fantastic place to boat.

You can rent a pontoon boat, kayak, or just enjoy the water views. Fontana Dam is also a pretty spectacular thing to see in person, and you can even drive across it!

Closer to Bryson City and away from the dam is The Road to Nowhere, which tells the story of Fontana Lake differently.

With the lake’s creation, several communities were displaced, and a couple even went underwater. They had been promised a road to connect them to their communities, but it was never completed. This tunnel is the end of that story and is frequently visited.

For further reading and more photos, here are some additional things to do near Lakeview at Fontana.

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