MMI Now Operates Fontana Village Resort & Marina In NC

Published August 21st, 2023

Officials of MMI Hotel Group (MMI), a leading operator of core, lifestyle and destination resorts and hotels located primarily in the Southeast United States, today announced the company has been selected to operate Fontana Village Resort & Marina in Fontana Dam, N.C. Nestled in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, Fontana Village is a resort property comprised of approximately 356 scenic acres that includes a 91-room lodge, 124 cabins, two restaurants, a general store, two swimming pools including a lazy river, multi-purpose sports fields/courts, post office building, gas station, 60-slip marina with 18 floating cabin moorings, horse stables and public trails. If that's not enough, guests can also enjoy an 18-hole miniature golf course, mountain biking, white water rafting, boat rentals and a myriad of local excursions.

“Originally constructed as the core of a community brought together to build Fontana Dam, Fontana Village has transitioned into an authentic destination for visitors to the Smoky Mountains and the Appalachian Trail,” said Micajah Sturdivant, CEO, MMI. "The resort offers tremendous activities, amenities and accommodations for adventure lovers of all ages."

Fontana Village is a year-round destination as guests may enjoy Fall Hike Week in the neighboring Great Smoky Mountain National Park, cross country skiing in the winter and various activities peppered throughout the four seasons. A nearby internationally famous destination for motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts is Deals Gap, a mountain pass along the North Carolina–Tennessee state line which includes an 11-mile stretch of two-lane road known as the "Tail of the Dragon," with 318 curves.

The Lodge offers cozy rooms with fireplaces and balconies as well as poolside cabanas and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Cabins range from 1- to 4-bedroom units with comfortable living arrangements featuring a living room with a sofa and television, kitchen and a private porch. Dining options include The Mountview Bistro, offering farm-to-table meals, baked goods and desserts; The Wildwood Grill, a three-meal casual restaurant; and The Bear’s Den Lounge, a full-service bar with local wines, craft beers and small plate meals.

“With a reputation for generating superior guest satisfaction and improved bottom lines at historical lodgings, MMI was the obvious choice for us to lead operations at Fontana Village Resort & Marina,” said Robin Turner, partner, Fontana Ventures, LLC. “In addition to their successful track record operating similar properties, we were immediately struck by a shared sense of values and philosophy on providing truly unique, one-of-a-kind experiences for guests that will not be duplicated or forgotten.”

About MMI Hotel Group

Founded in 1956, MMI Hotel Group, is a private, full-suite, hotel management company focused principally on people. Currently serving team members based at full- and focused service product across the Sun Belt, this third-generation company has established a tradition of successful partnerships grounded in performance and trust. While MMI's culture is a constant, the diversity of the MMI portfolio - franchised and independent, core and lifestyle brands – remains a competitive advantage for the company as best practices generate superior results. (