January 23-26, 2020
Stay at Chetola Resort while enjoying all the great Winterfest events, including WinterFeast, the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Chetola Lake, Chili Challenge, Ice Carving competition, bonfires, hayrides and much more!
Call 800.243.8652 to book now.
Two-night stays are required in condos.
Culinary delights abound when the best restaurants of the High Country gather for WinterFeast, a Restaurant Crawl in the dead of winter all located under one warm and cozy roof! Enjoy small plate selections prepared by the area’s best chefs to satiate every taste and appetite. With 15 different restaurants, the opportunities are abundant. Peruse the selections, take your seat, and enjoy your favorite beverages from the cash bar. This event has sold out for the past 7 years, so don’t delay. This is a “Cruise Style” seating event. We cannot guarantee all parties sitting together, but we will try. Choose from 3 seatings – 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8:00pm.
In 2018, we introduced a successful new format we’ll continue for this event! In order to alleviate the crowd of people in the bar waiting for tables, we made more room in the bar and hosted a Post-Feast Party in the Appalachian/Blue Ridge Room. Enjoy live music, cash bar and warm beverages while you wait. After dinner, head upstairs for your desserts, coffee and tea, and more entertainment!
Get your tickets early HERE! No Refunds
- List of participating restaurants coming soon!
Upstairs Dessert After-Party
Dessert, coffee and tea, cash bar, DJ, and photo booth from 6-10pm!
A wonderful way to spend a Friday brunch with the ladies!
Blowing Rock retailers join forces to bring you the latest fashions and accessories for women and men during the WinterFest WinterFashion Show, taking place in the Evergreen Ballroom at Chetola Resort. The newest winter and spring apparel will be featured from the area’s top retail stores. Be there when the doors open at 10:30 am for passed hors d’oeuvres, mimosas and spritzers until 11:30, when the runway opens with winter and spring looks and intermission entertainment. A cash bar will also be available. We’ll have great prize giveaways and gift bags for all attendees. Come find out what you need in your closet and leave with coupons to go get it! Buy Tickets Here or at the door for $5 more.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge.
Polar Bear Plunge
The Polar Bear Plunge in Chetola Lake is one of the highlights of WinterFest. It’s FREE to watch as a spectator, and $35 to TAKE THE PLUNGE into the lake! Proceeds benefit local charities and plungers can select one of our designated charities to benefit! Plungers should arrive between 8-9am to sign a waiver and hear the safety rules. Plunging will begin at 10 am. All Plungers should plan to wear shoes the entire time to protect their feet.
All plungers who register by January 3, 2020 will receive a commemorative Polar Plunge long-sleeved t-shirt in their chosen size. Plungers registering online between January 5-25 are not guaranteed a t-shirt in their requested size. Pre-registrants will also be entered into a drawing for a complimentary massage at the Spa at Chetola Resort on the day of the plunge!
All plungers must check-in at the registration table located in the Chetola Lodge 2nd Floor Foyer upon arrival to sign a waiver and receive a wristband to plunge. Registration will begin at 8am. Day-of registration will be available for $40, and a small assortment of additional t-shirts will be available on a first come, first served basis for an additional $10 per Plunger. Take advantage of our pre-registration benefits and register NOW!
Chetola starts cutting through the layer of ice well in advance so Plungers can feel the full impact! Agonize with your favorite “Plunger”, most in costume, while enjoying the antics and one liners of our plunge emcee, WBTV News Anchor John Carter! Judges will award the famous “Golden Plunger” award to the best costumes. Plungers begin jumping around 10 am, but be sure to get there early for good viewing! Hot chocolate and coffee will be available for purchase to keep you warm and toasty.
Polar Bear Plunge Brunch
Join us at Timberlake's Restaurant for the Polar Bear Plunge Brunch on Saturday morning from 10:30am - Noon. Experience the excitement of the Polar Bear Plunge from the comfort of the indoors with a live stream of the event running on various screens throughout the restaurant. Enjoy eggs benedict, biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, hickory smoked bacon, sausage, smoked salmon, quiche, chicken & waffles, assorted breads, tomato bisque, and more! Make your reservation today : 828-295-5505
$22/Adult, $16/Children (12 and younger)
(Timberlake's everyday breakfast buffet will be served 7:30am - 10:30am)