There’s nothing like a delicious cup of coffee to make a good day in Blowing Rock great. The High Country is full of adventures, and the perfect start to a day full of fun is a divine cup of caffeine.

Here are a few of our favorite spots in the area (just a short walk or drive from Chetola) to cozy up with a warm cup:

Camp Coffee Roasters

Just a short drive or walk from Chetola Resort, Camp Coffee is known for their yummy coffee and delicious pastries that make any day better. And with delicious seasonal coffees, tasty specialty drinks, and cozy upstairs there’s no better spot in Blowing Rock to enjoy the morning. 

Bald Guy Brew

Another great spot right in the heart of Blowing Rock is Bald Guy Brew. Offering delicious hot chocolate, a variety of warm coffee brews, and a cozy spot, Bald Guy Brew is a place you’ll want to experience. Located in the heart of downtown, Bald Guy also has quaint outdoor patio seating for warmer days. 

Birdies Coffee & Treats

If you’re up for a little bit of an adventure, just a few minutes down the road — along Highway 321 in the cutest camper — is Birdies Coffee & Treats. Enjoy delicious seasonal beverages and classic coffee staples while taking in the view of the Middle Fork of the New River. 

P.S. Birdies often has sweet treat offerings from local spots around the High Country to go with your coffee!

Hatchet Coffee

A favorite spot for locals, students, and visitors, Hatchet Coffee, located in East Boone is a must stop if you’re craving a delicious warm cup of coffee. Aside from their mouth-watering coffees, Hatchet also has amazing specialty drinks, hot cocoa, tasty smoothies, and yummy snacks.

Local Lion

Although Local Lion is known for its amazing donuts, they also have heavenly hot coffee, espresso, hot cocoa, and tea for guests to enjoy. And you can enjoy all their drinks & treats inside their wonderful space or take it on the go by picking it up in their drive thru.

Espresso News

Espresso News is located in the heart of Downtown Boone and in addition to a cozy atmosphere and flavorful coffee, Espresso News has a full espresso bar, smoothies, hot chocolate, and pastries made in-house daily.

Talia Espresso Boone

Located on King Street in Downtown Boone, Talia’s Espresso offers a wide variety of coffee to choose from in their cozy space. Besides yummy coffee, Talia’s has a wide variety of specialty drinks, hot & cold drinks, cozy spots to sit, and serves smoothies and pastries.

Kovu’s Coffee

One of the newest coffee shops in the High Country, Kovu’s Coffee offers a cozy spot for you and your pup to enjoy some coffee beverages and treats. In addition to their delicious coffee, this adorable spot, just a short walk from Appalachian State University also offers hot chocolate, nitro cold brews, specialty drinks, and a selection of baked goods. 

P.S. Besides having an awesome coffee, Kovu’s is one of our favorites because your pup can join you in their cozy space.

Higher Grounds Coffee Shop

Whether you’re in the mood for a normal cup of coffee or a fancy drink, you can’t go wrong with any choices you make at Higher Grounds. In addition to their amazing coffee options, you can also indulge yourself in one of their espresso creations, specialty beverages, coffee basics, specialty hot chocolate or when it finally gets warmer, a cold and refreshing drink.

Mountain Grounds Coffee & Tea Co.

Under new ownership and recently renovated, Mountain Grounds in Banner Elk, not only serves delish cups of coffee but also an array of specialty drinks, delectable & warm apple ciders, and other seasonally inspired drinks. You can accompany any of their drinks with an array of delicious pastries or snacks. 

Insider Tip: On weekends, enjoy one of their specialty toast options like avocado, apple butter, or nutella - YUM!

Fred & Larry’s Coffee

A Banner Elk staple, Fred & Larry’s Coffee offers many different coffee, espresso, and latte options for visitors to enjoy. If neither of those choices entice you, they also offer specialty hot chocolate, tea, smoothies, kratom, and kava to drink. And on certain days, enjoy live music and local art around the shop!

Banner Elk Café

Known for their gourmet hot chocolate and yummy coffee, the Banner Elk Café has its own espresso bar that serves fresh roasted coffees, hot teas, smoothies, specialty coffee drinks, and fresh baked bagels and pastries. Feeling a bit peckish? Be sure to also enjoy a delicious breakfast or meal while you’re there.

Little Deer Café

Located in Linville, Little Deer Café is a quaint little spot that offers heavenly coffee alongside fresh, homemade pastries, other specialty drinks, delicious breakfast bites, and savory lunch options.


Starting a day with local coffee is the perfect way to warm you up and get you geared up for adventure. With so many coffee spots AND fun activities, you’ll never be bored or un-cozy on a trip to Chetola Resort. We hope to see you with a cup of coffee in hand soon!

*If you don’t want to leave the comfort of Chetola for a cozy cup, enjoy some coffee in The Wading Room at Chetola Resort. And if you’re looking for a delicious adult hot chocolate to enjoy after a day's adventure, visit us at Headwater’s Pub at Timberlake’s Restaurant for a Toasted Marshmallow cocktail!


Frequently Asked Questions about Chetola Weddings

You’re engaged! Congratulations! This is a very exciting season of wedding planning, but don’t feel like you have to jump in right away. There are a lot of decisions and things to consider when planning a wedding. It can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. To make things a little easier on you, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions when planning your wedding at Chetola. 

  1. Do you require a day-of coordinator?
  • We do require a day-of coordinator for weddings with over 100 guests. Otherwise we would recommend having one to make sure your day is running smoothly. 
  1. What does Chetola include with the venue fee? What am I responsible for?
  • Included in the cost of the venue fee, Chetola provides tables, chairs, linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes. We also have special event enhancements, listed in our Wedding Guide. 
  • Florals, photography, hair & makeup, music, and cake are all up to you!We do have a list of vendors that we have worked with and recommend as well. 
  1. Is there a food and beverage minimum?
  • There is, that is dependant on the venue you select. 
  1. Do you offer tastings?
  • If you book we offer free tastings for up to 4 people
  • If you want to have a tasting before booking, there is an additional cost. But that payment will go toward your event costs if you end up booking.
  1. What is the overtime policy?
  • Typical wedding event contracts are for 4 hours. Each additional hour is $250. 
  1. What if it rains?
  • We always have a plan! It depends on the guest count and if there is a space being used for a reception. 
  1. Is outside catering allowed?
  • Timberlake’s, our onsite restaurant will take care of all your food and beverage needs. Outside food and beverage is not permitted unless approved by General Manager
  1. Is liability insurance required?
  • Not required but recommended. 
  1. What information do you need for a quote?
  • To provide you with an estimate, we need to know your venue(s), food selection (plated dinner, buffet tier, or stations), alcohol selection (beer, wine, liquor tier), and any event enhancements you may want to add on.
  1.  How does paying a deposit work?
  • The first deposit payment comes after signing the contract. The cost of the first deposit is the amount of the venue fees. The payments afterwards will be the food and beverage cost, and any enhancements, divided up. 
Photo Credit: Dawn Marie Photo


Questions for your Venue

  • Is it available on your chosen day?
  • Will it accommodate your guests?
  • Is it close to your ceremony venue?
  • How long is the rental for?
  • How much does it cost for the space itself and how much are the food and beverage minimums?
  • Is the price within your budget?
  • Does it have in-house caterers with menus you like?
  • Will there be other weddings taking place on the same day?
  • Can you move furniture and pictures?
  • Is there accommodations for guests, and will they be offered a discount?
  • Are you able to have a marquee/band/candles/fireworks?
  • If you want, can you have a full bar?
  • Does the quote price include the service charges?
  • Who will your main point of contact be and who will be on site that day?

    Photo Credit: Dawn Marie Photo

Questions for your Caterer  (for Chetola Weddings, all events are catered by Timberlake's Restaurant)

  • Can menus be mixed and matched?
  • Can they alter menus to fit your budget and requirements?
  • Do they offer menu tasting service as part of the consultation?
  • What does the service include? Do they provide wait staff?
  • Do they provide alcohol?
  • If you do provide your own wine, will the corkage costs offset your savings


Planning your dream wedding at Chetola Resort? The Weddings Team at Chetola Resort has created this wonderful checklist for you to help plan your special day from start to finish!

18-12 Months Before

  • Decide on budget
  • Narrow down dates & check with Chetola Weddings Manager to see availability
  • Pick one of the beautiful venue locations at Chetola Resort
  • Research vendors
  • Guest list first draft

12-10 Months Before

  • Book vendors 
  • Take engagement photos
  • Decide on bridal party
  • Send save the dates

10-8 Months Before

  • Registry
  • Order your dress 
  • Book DJ/band
  • Cake tasting & order cake
  • Plan decor

8-6 Months Before

  • Book honeymoon
  • Purchase wedding bands
  • Order bridesmaids dresses
  • Create song list
  • Hotel block
  • Book rehearsal dinner

4 Months Before

  • Confirm vendors
  • Order groomsmen attire
  • Order invitations
  • Bridal party gifts
  • Dress fittings
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Hair and makeup trials
  • Finalize timeline
  • Finalize menu with Chetola Resort & Timberlake's Restaurant
  • Send invites

2 Months Out

  • Finalize seating chart
  • Review ceremony with officiant
  • Write/decide on vows
  • Review songs with DJ/band
  • Purchase day of accessories
  • Confirm day of transportation
  • Confirm details with vendors

1 Month Out

  • Bachelor/Bachelorette parties (Chetola Sporting Reserve is a great spot to enjoy the day with friends)
  • Final fitting
  • Order Thank You cards

2 Weeks Before

  • Final dress fitting
  • Review music
  • Haircut/color
  • Organize outstanding payments
  • Give final guest list/food allergies
  • Must have images to photographer

1 Week Before

  • Finalize seating chart
  • Send out day-of schedule
  • Confirm with vendors

2 Days Before

  • Pack day of essentials
  • Mani/pedi at the Spa at Chetola Resort (advance reservations required)

Day Before

  • Get excited

Ready to start planning your wedding celebrations at Chetola Resort? Inquire with us about your dates by visiting

And to help you plan, download our Wedding Timeline Checklist Here: