Foliage Report 2019

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chetola resort at blowing rock

Fall is one of the most wonderful times of year to visit The High Country! The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most sought-after locations to view the vibrant colors of autumn and is located only a mile from our entrance. Don't miss out on peak season views!

Visit our local foliage report to better plan your trip to Chetola:

2019 Fall Color Report



AENC October Promotion

For AENC Members only!

lake at fall

Stay 2 or more nights during the month of October in one of Chetola’s Premier Vacation Rentals, and receive 20% off your stay! Use your savings to enjoy a spa treatment, shooting experience at the Chetola Sporting Reserve, or a private guided fly fishing trip. With the leaves beginning to change, it is the perfect time to visit NC’s High Country.

When booking, use code: AENC

*Must mention AENC at time of booking; 2 night minimum; available any night of the month with the exception of October 18 & 19; cannot be combined with any other offer, not available for groups of 10 or more; valid on Chetola Condominiums only


Chetolafest 2019

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chetola resort at blowing rock

Friday, October 4th, 2019
Chetola Resort's Lakeside Tent

4:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for a family friendly event accompanied by musical group The Mason Jar Confessions.
Chetolafest is the official kickoff to the beautiful leaf season!

Free and open to the public

4-6pm lawn games and kids activities, cash bar opens at 5pm

6-9pm live music and s'mores


are you ready for blowing rock?

We've created a tailor made guide for area visitors to experience the best of the high country.

48 Hours as a Local

Late Afternoon Exit Strategy
Whether it’s the weather, or “personal” errands, it is important to begin your exit strategy from life’s craziness as early as possible. Less than 2 hours from Charlotte and Greensboro, and less than 3 hours from two-thirds of NC, Blowing Rock is easily accessible for a 2-night retreat. It is a beautiful drive, and we recommend taking the Blue Ridge Parkway for as much of it as possible.

Rough Ridge

View from Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock

Settle In
Check into Chetola Resort & Spa, one of the best stays in the Blue Ridge according to Southern Living Magazine, which sits on 87 gorgeous acres. Choose from Chetola Lodge, the Bob Timberlake Inn, or one of their hilltop vacation rental condos. The Resort offers fine dining & casual dining, weekend bonfires, a full spa, Orvis fly-fishing, a sporting reserve, fitness center, yoga, and more. For locals (residents of North Carolina), there is a winter getaway package that includes overnight accommodations, dinner for two, and breakfast for $/ night (plus taxes & fees).

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Winter Bonfire at Chetola Resort

First Evening
Walk from Chetola to downtown Blowing Rock (less then 15 minutes) to stretch your legs, enjoy some local boutique shopping & art galleries, and then head over to Chef & Somm for a glass of wine or cocktail, and (recommended dish). After dinner, head back to Chetola and take a stroll around the lake, complete with trails, resident swans, and geese. Next, warm up by the outdoor fire pit before settling in for the night.


Dinner at Chef & Somm

Next Day
Enjoy Chetola’s outstanding breakfast buffet that may include shrimp & grits, eggs, bacon, sausage, house made biscuits, fresh fruit, and coffee/ tea service, or order off the menu. Now, to decide what to do for the day- during the winter months, there is downhill skiing at App Ski Mountain, which is less than 10 minutes from Chetola. This local Blowing Rock ski hill offers dependable snow throughout the season, and there is a daily shuttle for guests of Chetola. For those looking for a little more skiable terrain, head over to Sugar Mountain or Beech Mountain, approximately 45 minutes from Blowing Rock. Not feeling the need for alpine speed? There’s Bass Lake in the adjacent Moses Cone National Memorial Park, which offers a mile loop trail, or explore the 3500 acres with 27 miles of trails. In the winter, many locals cross country ski or snowshoe on trails when snow covers the ground. The Park remains open year-round. Bistro Roca, just off main street in downtown Blowing Rock, offers a warm and welcoming environment with local cuisine-perfect for lunch. After your adventure and a bit of refueling, return to Chetola for their signature Swedish massage and facial combo-a must do after exploring the high country.


Downhill Skiing at Appalachian Ski Mountain

Second Evening
Now that every muscle is relaxed and your mind is completely at ease, take a stroll down by the lake and enjoy a book, a cocktail, or a good conversation just before dinner. Timberlake’s Restaurant is only steps away from either the lake or your room at the Resort. Try their famous Ahi Tuna Nachos, a Locally Sourced Salad, and their Elk Strip Loin for dinner. Their chef creates house made desserts daily, perfect for sharing. Live music completes the evening, as the Resort offers entertainment several nights each week (check Timberlake’s site for evening schedules).

Timberlake's Restaurant, Chetola Resort

Departure Day (or, extend it!)
Sleep in. For those of you who are unable to do this (that’s ok), walk over to Bald Guy Coffee for a pour over or nitro, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the morning in Blowing Rock. There is virtually zero traffic noise early in the day, and it is a great time to walk through the Blowing Rock Park. For breakfast, visit Sunny Rock Eggs and Things, as it offers southern hospitality, along with scratch made biscuits, eggs, French toast, along with a healthy menu as well. Next, venture over to Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (aka BRAHM to locals). Walk through one of their modern art exhibits, or participate in an educational program. And, admission is always free! Be sure to grab a treat from The Backstreet Bakery before heading out for a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway (be sure to check  the road report, as the Parkway occasionally closes during the winter months due to snow and ice). During the winter months, the views from the BR Parkway are unobstructed, allowing for long range vistas. There are plenty of pullouts for taking photos, enjoying your house made treats, and being in awe of the natural beauty of this place. Plan a hike along the way home, or just take your time getting back. Or, better yet, extend your stay another night!

If this is your first visit to Blowing Rock, we know that this won’t be your last visit. If you have already visited the area, then we personally invite you to come back for a fresh experience that will leave you energized, recharged, and ready!

-Your Blowing Rock Ambassadors, Outdoor Recreational Aficionados, NC Foodies, High Country Enthusiasts, Winter Weather Nerds, and hopefully your hosts from Chetola Resort & Spa

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Art exhibit at BRAHM


Rest up. Chetola offers a variety of options that are sure to fit your needs. Choose from the Chetola Lodge, Bob Timberlake Inn, or Chetola Condominiums.

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Plan ahead. Ray's Weather is the go to for locals when planning any outdoor excursion.

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Your first visit to Blowing Rock won't be your last

Autumn Condo Sale – 20% off

Stay two nights during the months of September or October and receive a discounted rate! Enjoy cooler temperatures and the beautiful mountain scenery during the peak of our leaf season.  It’s the perfect time to visit and take in all of the amenities at Chetola Resort.

  • 20% off any Sunday-Thursday two night stay in Chetola Condominiums

Use code OCTOBERSALE when booking.


End of Summer Getaway

Stay two nights between August 18-September 8 and receive a FREE gift! Enjoy a final trip with the family before it’s time to head back to school.  It’s the perfect time to visit and take in all of the amenities at Chetola Resort.

  • $75 Resort Gift Card good for Timberlake’s Restaurant, The Spa At Chetola and more!
  • FREE breakfast for guests of Bob Timberlake Inn or Chetola Lodge (limited to 2 adults per room) 

Use code ENDOFSUMMER when booking.

Please note that if you are booking via our website you will receive the $75 gift card upon check-in, as this does not reflect in the booking summary.