Vacations are meant for sweet treats and delicious foods. And, the best way to start your vacation in Blowing Rock is with sweet, sugary treats from one of our favorite local donut shops.

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For many of us, we dread the idea of exercising while on vacation, however, it is easy to find a balance between a total “haven of rest” and an epic, heart-pounding adventure to the mountains. Because there are so many places to explore within walking distance of Chetola Resort, we have come up with a top 10 list of enjoyable walks to get outside,

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Epic adventures await you in the Blue Ridge Mountains when you stay at Chetola Resort. While everyone's idea of adventure looks different, we know some of our visitors are looking for an adrenaline-pumping experience. And if you’re looking for some adventurous bike rides, we've got you covered.

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Everything about the High Country is unique; from the attractions to the lodging, the weather, and the views, but one of our favorite things about the High Country is the variety of unique shopping options in this area.

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Few things are better than savoring an exquisite glass of wine while enjoying the scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lucky for us, there are quite a few beautiful wineries around the High Country for locals and visitors to enjoy. Here are a few of our High Country favorites only a short drive from Chetola Resort:

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Warm weather is arriving in the mountains and there is nothing better than enjoying a cold drink from a local High Country Brewery on a sunny day. With many options to choose from, no matter where your adventures may take you during your visit, there is a delicious brewery nearby. Cllick to read about a few of our High Country favorites just a short drive from Chetola Resort!

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The views along the Blue Ridge Parkway are always spectacular, however, there is something about how the blue hues pop in the winter that makes the season a special time to enjoy an adventure along the Parkway. In between winter and spring when it's warm enough for the parkway to be open, but cold enough that plants aren't blooming yet, there's no better time to enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Shepherd's Pie from Timberlake's Restaurant is ALWAYS a good idea. Whether you choose to tackle it yourself by trying Chef Matt's recipe or enjoying it on the patio at Timberlake's, our Shepherd's Pie is sure to make your taste buds do a happy dance!

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When visiting the High Country, we can oftentimes be overwhelmed with the plethora of outdoor activity options.  At Chetola Resort alone, we have hiking, disc golf, paddle boating, fly-fishing, sporting clays, tennis, kayaking, and more. While participating in these activities may be calming for some, for others, we prefer a bit of retail therapy.

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Valentine's Day may look a little bit different this year, but we want you to still be able to have a SWEET day with your favorite person. That's why Pastry Chef Abby has put together a tasty dessert recipe for you! So whether you're opting for a Valentine's Day from home this year or just want to make your valentine an extra special treat, this recipe is for you!

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It is important for families to get outside and enjoy the outdoors - no matter the weather. And while it is not always easy, and full disclosure, our kids occasionally resist our good intentions, we get outside just about every day. Here’s why this is so important for us:

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Here in the high country, we live in a haven for outdoor recreation with a variety of outdoor fitness activities at our fingertips. These activities range from skilled sports such as climbing at Blowing Rock Boulders to something as simple as taking a walk. Exercising outdoors offers so many benefits physically and mentally.

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Though this year's Winterfest will look a little bit different, due to restrictions and safety precautions there will still be fun activities going on for all our guests and Blowing Rock visitors to enjoy!

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Enjoy your favorite cup of hot chocolate from home with this delicious hot cocoa recipe from Pastry Chef Abby. You'll never go back to hot chocolate from a packet again. Get your whipped cream ready and enjoy a piping cup of hot chocolate by the fire.

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Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock makes for the perfect peaceful escape for couples looking to disconnect from their busy lives, and gain a closer connection to the natural world while enjoying cozy mountain lodging, upscale comfort food, awe-inspiring activities by day, and relaxing hospitality at night.

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In this interview with Eric Anderson from Ray's Weather, we learn about wild winter weather in the High Country, the perfect setup for a big snowstorm, whether or not the weather is ever predicted from Wooly Worms, and so much more! Learn all about the weather in your favorite mountains.

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A Chetola holiday tradition, the Festival of Lights brings many people holiday joy every year. Close to 30,000-holiday illuminations light up Chetola beginning at dusk in November and shine on through January 31st, 2021. The lights take weeks of hard work to set up and there's a story to how they came to be. This holiday season, we want to share with you, The Story Behind the Festival of Lights.

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The winter season introduces new resolutions, goals, and challenges that can quickly become overwhelming leaving no time for self-care. We believe that self-care is important as it allows you to digitally disconnect and personally revitalize. We’ve developed a guide to winter wellness to beat those winter blues and feel warm both inside and out.

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There’s nothing like skiing or snowboarding on a bluebird day in the mountains of North Carolina. The rush of soaring downhill, the scent of fresh pine in the air, and the satisfaction of successfully completing a challenging run. Find out how to make the best of your time on area slopes with Chetola’s guide to a seamless experience.

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Many of us have attended a corporate retreat in the past. Whether it is an annual event we enjoy (or not) or a quarterly trip off-site to help teams bond with one another, retreats allow individuals a much-needed break from the office to aid in proper reflection.

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We’re all about getting back to nature here at Chetola Resort. Whether you are in search of a new perspective or just need to stretch your legs after a long car ride: our staff are happy to direct you to the perfect trail for your needs. Chetola is central to some of the best hiking in the Blue Ridge and we’ve compiled a list of five of our favorite trails just moments from the resort.

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We’re all about getting back to nature here at Chetola Resort. Whether you are in search of a new perspective or just need to stretch your legs after a long car ride: our staff are happy to direct you to the perfect trail for your needs. Chetola is central to some of the best hiking in the Blue Ridge and we’ve compiled a list of five of our favorite trails just moments from the resort.

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Summer has officially begun, and it certainly feels like it. Your friends at Chetola have some ideas to share with you, which also encourage you and your family to get outside this summer, all while staying cool. Please note that in order to get the most out of our recommendations, we highly suggest that you visit the High Country (Blowing Rock/ Boone area and elevations above 3000 feet).

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Do you remember your first camp experience? Ok, besides the initial homesick feeling and having to crawl out of your comfort zone to try new things and meet new people. For introverts such as myself, year two was definitely a lot more fun, so think on that for a moment. You drive up into the mountains where it’s 10-20 degrees cooler, pass through those familiar gates and past the lake with the boats, and then beside the big field where you enjoyed endless games late into the evening. You pull up to the lodge or cabin and smell homemade goodness (I always had a thing for those camp cookies!). It’s that sense of familiarity, coming to a place you call your own where you know you’re safe, and people are genuinely nice, as they greet you with a smile or a friendly wave.

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When I was growing up, money was tight and for Easter dinner, we always had brisket instead of lamb. Brisket is a more affordable cut of meat that takes a little more time to prepare. This recipe is my updated version of my grandmother’s recipe that my mom prepared for us every Easter. I’m delighted to share this recipe with our friends and family of Chetola. This recipe typically feeds 8 to 10 people. Happy Easter!

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Nothing pairs better with summertime than a deliciously crafted cocktail. Our bartenders have compiled a list of their top five favorite drinks sure to please the cocktail connoisseur. Whether you’re sipping from our lake-front patio or your own front porch, we invite you to treat yourself with a classic from Timberlake’s Restaurant. Cheers!

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