Make a Final Rest Cocktail with Drayton

We love to see you in person at Headwater's Pub, but when you can't join us in person or you need a taste of Chetola then this Final Rest cocktail will be your new go-to drink.

The recipe for the Final Rest is as follows:

0.75 oz Mezcal

0.75 oz Luxardo

0.75 oz Campari

0.75 oz lime juice

After combining ingredients in a shaker, shake and strain into a martini glass. Enjoy!


We can't wait to see you at Headwaters Pub at Timberlake's Restaurant at Chetola Resort!

Thanksgiving Weekend 2021

Thursday, November 25th

Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner

Four-course Plated Meal | Noon to 6:00 pm - Timberlake's Restaurant 
Please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner. Reservations begin Monday, October 25th at 9 am. 828.295.5505 (Menu coming soon)

Family Style To-go | 11:00 am to 6:00 pm - Timberlake's Restaurant 
Enjoy a Timberlake's Thanksgiving from the comfort of your home or rental. Reservations begin Monday, October 25th at 9 am. 828.295.5505 (Menu coming soon).

Friday, November 26th - Saturday, November 27th

Festival of Lights
Close to 30,000-holiday illuminations light up Chetola beginning at dusk on Friday, November 26th, and running through the end of Blowing Rock Winterfest, January 31, 2022. As you stroll around Chetola Lake, view glittering ice skaters, a Nativity scene, a colorful train, Rudolph’s “Holiday Catch”, and much more.

Story Time with Santa and Mrs. Claus
*every 30 minutes, 5 pm-7:30 pm Friday and Saturday evenings (reservations required, as seating is limited)

In an effort to keep Santa and Mrs. Claus safe this year, they have agreed to offer a socially safe reading of a Holiday Classic. Families with kids will be able to say hello (social distancing), hear them read a Holiday classic, and write a letter to Santa to leave with him. Offered every 30 minutes, beginning at 5 pm (last reading at 8 pm) both Friday, November 26th, and Saturday, November 27th. Reservations for resort guests will begin Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Sign-ups will be available the day of to the general public. Story Time with Santa and Mrs. Claus is a free event, however, we recommend a donation to Crossnore School & Children’s Home.

Carriage Rides, 5pm-9pm (reservations required)
Guests of Chetola Resort will enjoy this Holiday tradition of a carriage ride around Chetola Lake to see the Festival of Lights. Reservations can be made with Chetola Guest Services prior to arrival. Adults, $30/ each & Kids (ages 3-12), $15/ each. Payment must be received at the time of booking. Reservations for resort guests will begin Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Sign-ups will be available the day of to the general public for remaining rides.


Autumn has arrived at Chetola Resort, and with that, the desire to delight in fall colors, crisp mountain air, and pumpkin patches.

No matter where you are, the fall season wouldn’t be the same without the wonderful and colorful pumpkins. To help you celebrate the season in the High Country, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite pumpkin patches in the area, just a short drive from Chetola Resort.

Photo courtesy of Harvest Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Harvest Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch (Valle Crucis, NC)

Harvest Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch is located about 30 minutes from Chetola Resort in the beautiful area of Valle Crucis. This spot offers a corn maze that is enjoyable for all ages and a U-Pick pumpkin patch with a wide variety of fall pumpkin friends. Enjoy all your favorite aspects of the fall season with beautiful mountain views at Harvest Farm!

Note: This pumpkin patch is only open Friday - Sunday

Photo Courtesy of New River Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

New River Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch (Deep Gap, NC)

Just 25 minutes from Chetola Resort, enjoy a pick your own pumpkin patch, tram rides, and a corn maze at the New River Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch. The New River Corn Maze is located on the historic Brown Family Farm in Deep Gap. And, besides giving visitors a wonderful spot to enjoy pumpkin picking, you can also enjoy beautiful scenery, take a walk along the New River, and take in the breathtaking fall colors.

Note: This pumpkin patch is only open Friday - Sunday

Photo courtesy of Ashe Country Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Ashe County Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch (Jefferson, NC)

If you’re looking for a pumpkin patch that has so much more than just pumpkins, Ashe County Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in Jefferson is a must-stop. A 45-minute drive from Chetola Resort, at Ashe County Pumpkin Patch, experience activities ranging from tractor hayrides and pumpkin bowling, to live music every Saturday of the season. This patch has fall fun for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Note: This pumpkin patch is only open on Saturdays & Sundays

Photo courtesy of Johnny Wilson's Pumpkin Patch

Johnny Wilsons Pumpkin Patch (Granite Falls, NC)

Visiting Johnny Wilson’s Farm & Pumpkin Patch is an entire fall experience. Visitors can enjoy farm animals, a corn and a hay maze, pumpkin patch, bounce house, corn crib, and more! Just a 45-minute drive from Chetola Resort and located in Granite Falls, this family-friendly adventure is sure to get everyone excited for fall!

Note: This pumpkin patch is only open Thursday – Sunday.

No matter which pumpkin patch you choose to experience, all of these amazing spots are guaranteed to add some fall spice to your autumn adventures in the mountains.

We hope to see you this fall so that you can carve out some new fall memories at Chetola Resort!



Rainy, fall weather calls for one thing: warm, chewy cookies. And we have the perfect recipe to make your rainy day at home (or at a Chetola condo) feel mountain cozy.

Here’s Pastry Chef Abby’s favorite recipe for Chewy Ginger Cookies:


2 1/2 cups (11 oz) all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup neutral-tasting vegetable oil, such as grapeseed

1/4 cup unsulphured molasses

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1/2 cup (3 oz) crystallized/candied ginger (optional)

3 TB granulated sugar or ginger sugar (for coating)



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or a separate bowl using a hand mixer, combine brown sugar, molasses, and vegetable oil. Mix on medium speed until thoroughly combined; about 3 minutes. Scrape down the bowl (this ultra-thick mixture will stick tenaciously, so you might have to put some muscle into it), and mix in the first egg, then the second. Beat about a minute longer, until the batter is smooth and uniform.

Add the flour mixture at low speed until all traces of flour have disappeared and the dough begins to clump together. Stir in crystallized ginger, if using.

Using a medium cookie scoop or a spoon, scoop dough into 1.5-inch balls. Flatten slightly and dip each side in granulated or ginger sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 mins. These cookies don’t brown much so be sure not to overbake, which will render them dry and crumbly.

Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week.


We hope you enjoy it and can’t wait to see you at Timberlake’s this fall to enjoy some autumn-inspired desserts in person.



The High Country is full of beautiful hiking trails that lead to breathtaking views, yet there is one that gets a lot of love, Rough Ridge. We love Rough Ridge, however, this iconic hike receives so much praise and traffic, that it has now become overused and overloved. To give some other amazing trails some attention, we’re sharing with you our favorite Rough Ridge alternates!

Summit Trail – Elk Knob State Park

The 4-mile Summit Trail at Elk Knob State Park is worth every step of the climb. As you wind up the switchbacks, enjoy walking through beautiful forests, discover rare plants and flowers, reward yourself with a view at the halfway point, learn about amphibolite mountains, and then get ready to soak in the amazing views at the top.

Though the view at the top isn’t 360°, the summit offers both a North and a South viewpoint that show off all your favorite mountain ranges in the surrounding area like Three Top, Mount Jefferson, Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, Mt Rodgers (Va.), and the Iron Mountains in Virginia and Tennessee.

Flat Top Tower – Moses Cone Memorial Park

Though longer in mileage than Summit Trail, the 5-mile hike to the Flat Top Tower at Moses Cone Memorial is perfect for any kind of adventurer. Following along a gravel, carriage trail, this hike takes you through forests, mountain fields with beautiful views, past the Cone Cemetery (if you choose to stop), and up to the summit where the historical Flat Top Fire Tower still stands.

If you don’t have a fear of heights, we highly recommend climbing the fire tower (it is structurally sound). The 360° views from the top are a breathtaking sight no matter what time of year you are adventuring up the trail.

Raven Rocks Overlook – Blue Ridge Parkway

Not a hike per se, but the Raven Rocks Overlook is known as one of the best sunset spots on the parkway and if you’re not a hiker, a stunning view to enjoy without a trek. However, if you want more than just a view, hop on the Mountains to Sea Trail from the Raven Rocks Overlook. Hike through the trees of North Carolina until you reach Clingmans Dome or Jockey’s Ridge State Park, or you can just settle for a mile or two 😉 to experience a piece of the beautiful MST.

Black Rock Nature Trail – Grandfather Mountain

This 2-mile trail follows through the rocky forest of Grandfather Mountain to a rockface where it opens to a stunning view of the Swinging Bridge, MacRae and Attic Window Peaks, Beacon Heights, and Grandmother Mountain. Not only does this trail give you that quintessential mountain view, but the trek to get there through the forest is almost as fun as the view at the end.

*Note: to access this trail, you do have to pay to get into Grandfather Mountain. However, if you’re already planning a trip, add this hike to your itinerary for a phenomenal view.

Rhododendron Trail – Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

The Rhododendron Trail is a 1.3 mile trail at Mount Jefferson State Natural Area. This beautiful trail follows along the crest of the mountain until it reaches Luther Rock, a viewpoint that offers expansive views of the mountains surrounding Ashe County. Besides beautiful views, the park boasts a diverse population of trees, shrubs and wildflowers which is how it received the classification of “natural area.” This short, beautiful hike is one you don’t want to miss.

No matter which Rough Ridge alternate hike you choose to enjoy in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, we hope you end your day resting at Chetola Resort with a stay in one of our beautiful accommodations, a post-adventure meal and dessert at Timberlake’s Restaurant (you earned it), or a trip to the Chetola Spa to rejuvenate those hiking muscles.

To learn more about how you can help protect North Carolina’s beautiful spaces, please visit



When Was the Last Time You Went on an Adventure?

Are you adventurous? Or, do you secretly wish you were? So, when was the last time you were…was it last week or last month or two years ago? AND we’re not talking about an adventure to the beach or to the local winery…we’re talking about a REAL adventure. One that creates memories you will never forget. One where you are surrounded in a canopy of trees without cell service. We know losing cell service could be an adventure in itself.

The literal meaning of adventure is “an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous experience or activity.” An adventure is seeking out a spot that no one else really knows about. One that starts at the top of a mountain and ends at one of the most beautiful lodges you have ever seen. This place is a spot where the whole family can come and enjoy endless fresh mountain air – including the grandparents – we know they will love it!

Chetola Sporting Reserve 5-Stand

This spot, where your adventure takes place, is down at the Chetola Sporting Reserve, where there are exhilarating experiences like shooting and archery. Not too many people know about this spot. Your adventure to the Sporting Reserve starts at the gatehouse at Blue Ridge Mountain Club. Make sure to say hi to our friends at the gatehouse. Wind your way down through the twists and turns until you spot our RED arrow and sign. So, you turn down that road that looks like it’s a road to nowhere. At your first turn, make sure to take in that view. Roll down the windows and catch a sniff of the bark from the trees and hear the sound of the water flowing through the creek. Then, count the number of deer you see on your journey down and check out all the different colors of wild mushrooms. You might forget this, but don’t - take lots of pictures because you know you are going to want to show your friends this adventure!!! Just take your time and soak it all in.

Once you have made it to the bottom of the canyon, you will see the green roof, which means you are an official adventurer- congratulations! Way to go! Now, park the car, take a deep breath, fill your lungs with that mountain air, and clear your mind to get ready to shoot. BECAUSE today is your adventure…and one that you will never forget!

- Christina Dean, Office Manager at Chetola Sporting Reserve


Looking for more epic adventures during your stay at Chetola? Check out some of our other favorite activities in the area:


Although every season in the Blue Ridge Mountains has its own feel of magic, there’s something extra special about autumn. The changing of the leaves, the cooler air, the cozy evenings, and the fun activities like picking your own apples, always make this season memorable.

One of our guests’ favorite fall traditions is gathering with family or loved ones to pick apples at a local orchard. And this year, we’ve compiled a list of a few of our favorite U-Pick Orchards within an hour of the Resort!

Photo courtesy of The Orchard at Altapass

The Orchard at Altapass (Spruce Pine, NC)

The Orchard at Altapass is located about an hour from Chetola Resort along the Blue Ridge Parkway- mile marker 328.3. In addition to offering U-Pick apples or apple bundles, The Orchard at Altapass offers birding on the deck, walking trails, music + dancing, and a general store that serves warm apple pie along with other fun items! Fill up your basket with apples and memories this fall at The Orchard at Altapass.

Photo Courtesy of Perry Lowe Orchards

Perry Lowe Orchards (Moravian Falls, NC)

Perry Lowe Orchards is a sixth-generation apple orchard located about an hour from Chetola Resort in Moravian Falls, North Carolina. On their 100-acre orchard, they grow 30 different varieties of delicious apples for eating, cooking, and preserving. Perry Lowe Orchards offers U-pick tours on weekends, apples, apple cider (including special variety blends), local produce, and more!

To make a reservation to pick your own apples at Perry Lowe Orchards visit

Photo Courtesy of Apple Hill Orchard

Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill (Morganton, NC)

Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill is a fifth-generation apple orchard located about an hour from Chetola Resort in Morganton, North Carolina. At Apple Hill Orchard they offer 20 varieties of apples (18 of which are U-pick), a flower field (you can pay to pick flowers as well), and a market with a bakery that sells honey, jams, fruit butters, and a variety of baked goods like scratch-made apple donuts, fried pies, apple bread, apple cakes, and more! Enjoy a day of freshly picked apples and home-made baked goods that will make your mouth water with a visit to Apple Hill Orchard.

To pick your own apples at Apple Hill Orchard visit

No matter what orchard you pick during your stay, you’re guaranteed to come home with a basket full of delicious apples and fun times that will be cherished forever. We can’t wait to be a part of your family’s traditions and help you make new memories this autumn at Chetola Resort!



Many of Chetola’s guests feel like Blowing Rock is a “home away from home.” If you are looking for lodging that offers privacy, room to spread out, enough bathrooms for the entire family, along with all of the resort’s amenities, then one of Chetola’s condos might be the perfect option. We have put together some helpful information that will allow you to get the most out of your visit.

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1. Each condo has a fully equipped kitchen
Start a vacation tradition with each family member cooking their favorite meal for the whole crew or order take-out from Timberlake’s and enjoy on your patio overlooking the mountains. The condos have a fully equipped kitchen with stove, microwave, full fridge, dishwasher, and plenty of cabinets. Don’t forget to bring your own food, or feel free to stock up once you get to Blowing Rock. There is the Blowing Rock Market in downtown Blowing Rock or Food Lion, both less than a mile away. In Boone, there is Lowe’s Foods, Publix, Earth Fare, and Be Natural Market, among others. Boone is 10-15 minutes from Chetola.

Tip: there are starter packets of dish detergent, but if you are staying for more than a couple of nights, it is recommended to bring your own. Also, for cooking, please bring whatever yummy herbs and spices you desire. If you forget your favorite spice, stop by The Spice & Tea Exchange in Downtown Blowing Rock.

2. Every unit has its own washer and dryer
No need to find a public laundry or use the ones in Chetola Lodge, as each condo has its own washer and dryer, along with a starter pack for your first load. If you have a busy family or plan to stay for extended period of time, it is recommended that you pack some detergent and dryer sheets. With so much to do around the resort, you will likely want to get outside as much as possible. And, with changing weather conditions, it is recommended that you pack layers, as temperatures can vary 20-30 degrees throughout the day. In late September, highs are generally in the mid-60’s to mid-70’s with lows in the 40’s and 50’s.

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3. We deep clean the condo prior to arrival
We receive a lot of questions about the cleaning of the condos, so here are the details. Our team thoroughly deep cleans each unit prior to your arrival. Then, we allow you to enjoy your “home away from home.” We don’t show up unexpectedly to clean or interrupt your experience. There are basic cleaning items in there if you would like to tidy up. Otherwise, we will clean it again upon your departure.

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4. Every condo unit is unique
The condos are individually owned, so each unit has a different décor, style, and setup. We work with our homeowners to ensure that everything is up to date and in working order for you. Some guests stay in the same unit every visit and others like to try new ones out. Regardless, you will find plenty of space, a full kitchen, and privacy in a beautiful location.

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5. Final Tips and Packing Suggestions
We have shared some helpful information to allow you to make the most of your Chetola Escape. Now, here is a list of some suggestions to help you pack. They are in no particular order:
-Toiletries and personal care items
-Laundry and dishwasher detergent
-Food for any meals at “home”
-Beverages, including coffee and teas
-Spices, herbs, cooking oils, coffee creamer, etc.
-Cell phone and electronic chargers
-A variety of clothing and jackets (layer up!)
-Boots for hiking Moses Cone Memorial Park or other trails
-Hats and sunscreen
-Books, digital e-reader for enjoying some quiet time
-Your favorite board games, cards, or other traditional game (some units have these too!)

We look forward to helping you plan your visit to Blowing Rock and Chetola Resort!
-PJ Wirchansky, Director of Marketing


Experiencing a fly-fishing adventure with our Orvis® Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides is one of our guests’ favorite ways to add a special experience to their trip. Part of what makes those trips so special is the moment when you can net your perfect Trophy Trout.

Netting a fish can be easy and safe for both you and your fish with proper etiquette. Here are a few tips from our Orvis® Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides on the best methods for safely netting a fish and taking that epic fish photo:

  1. Let your fish breathe.

The most helpful suggestion that we can offer is to let your fish breathe for a few minutes in the net prior to taking them out of the water for a photo or for measuring. Imagine doing a 30-minute uphill hike to Moses Cone Manor and as soon as you get there, and are huffing and puffing from all that exertion, someone holds your head underwater for a minute so they can take your picture! This is exactly what the fish goes through when you do not allow proper oxygenation after the big fight. You both deserve a little break for doing such a great job! This allows you both to catch your breath and it also increases the fish’s survival rate more than anything else you can do, besides leaving them in the water.

  1. Wear a fishing glove. And remember the 7-second rule.

A fishing glove is very helpful for first-timers or those who are nervous about touching the fish... it gives you a little extra grip when holding your wet fish and keeps you from squishing them when they naturally try to wiggle away. If you need a few tries to take your perfect fish photo, take your time. Remember the 7-second rule- 7 seconds out of the water and then back in to let them breathe. You can do this multiple times to get your photo and it is better for the fish. This method also produces much better fish pictures since everyone is more relaxed.

  1. Control your catch by the base of the tail.

The base of the tail is the best place to control your fish. Please keep in mind that your fish’s heart is right between those little front fins, so squeezing there to hold the fish may end up stopping its heart. We heavily encourage patience and practicing being a professional every time so that you and the fish are both safe.

  1. Make sure your hands are wet before touching the fish.

Make sure that you wet your hands in the water before touching any part of your beautiful fish. All fish have a natural protective coating over their entire body that acts like a shield against bacteria, viruses, bugs, and people! When you touch any fish with dry hands, it rubs their coating away leaving your fish damaged and in danger when you release them back into the water.

  1. Use a Ghost Net.

We recommend using a 'Ghost Net', which are composed of a clear, rubber-like material that helps your fish keep safe and happy.

By using a soft net, wetting your hands, using a fishing glove, practice proper handling, and letting your fish breathe, you will give your catch the best chances of recuperating from your battle and living to fight again another day! Nothing makes us feel like better environmental stewards than catching the same fat and healthy Trophy Trout year after year.

– Morgan Tarbutton, Fly Fishing and Outdoor Programs Manager


To book a trip with us, please call 828-295-5509! We can't wait to see you out on the water!