Amenities & Activities
Countless Opportunities for Enjoyment.
At an elevation of 4,298 feet, Grandfather towers above the lush Linville River Valley. The vistas are spectacular, working their hypnotic and calming magic. While life is different up here, it is by no means dull. There are so many things for people of every age to enjoy together.
Very unique to Grandfather, the Art Loft is a place where members commune for drawing and painting sessions, special demonstrations, and classes – all designed to release participants’ inner artist.
A beach in the mountains? Everything is possible at Grandfather. The sandy shore and Beach Pavilion on Loch Dornie Lake provide hours of summertime fun for all ages. Sun, swim and enjoy lunch at the Beach Pavilion.
Loch Dornie Lake invites everything from sunfish sailing to lazy afternoons paddling off the shore. Early-morning fishing adventures unite all generations. This beautiful lake offers a unique perspective of breathtaking Grandfather Mountain.
Grandfather members enjoy various Bridge games among the company of good friends. Enjoy Wednesday evening party Bridge, Thursday men’s games and Friday ladies’ competitions.
Chapel By the Lake
This non-denominational and member-directed endeavor offers Sunday morning services and weekly lectures from accomplished authors, humanitarians and seminarians. The Chapel operates as a 501(c)3, benefiting many deserving Avery County charities.
Two manicured croquet courses with a North Carolina Club Team provide regular clinics and tournaments throughout the season. Croquet brings members of all ages together for rousing competition.
Enjoy hands-on cooking classes by both our executive chef and pastry chef, as well as delightful wine tastings hosted by our on-site wine director. These evenings are always a favorite of our members.
Grandfather is a fisherman’s paradise. Loch Dornie Lake is known for bass fishing. Native streams winding through the property brim with trout. Fly fish or find a fishy spot and spend hours relaxing on the banks.
The fitness facility features his and her locker rooms, cardio and strength training equipment, fitness classes and on-site personal trainers.
Numerous trails range from moderate to strenuous. Hike, bike or just take a walk to enjoy the natural beauty of a mountain home. Additionally, nearby Grandfather Mountain State Park has 11 nature walks and hiking trails to enjoy.
Grandfather offers everything needed for an active lifestyle, including a 2.5-acre all-sport field for soccer or softball with a quarter-mile paved walking track, volleyball court, full-length basketball court and horseshoe pit.
Grandfather is in close proximity to three ski resorts. Enjoy cross-country skiing, ice-skating and exploring the snowy woods with a thermos of soup.
With both indoor and outdoor courts, Grandfather offers tennis even on a rainy day. Members also enjoy tennis lessons, camps, clinics and matches for every ability and age.
Grandfather frequently plans activities, games and outings for children around the Loch Dornie Beach, in nature or on the sports fields. Ping-pong, foosball and pool are available in the Beach Pavilion. Grandfather is a place where children look forward to visiting any time of the year.