Fun and Easy Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

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- Fun and Easy Ways to Beat the Summer Heat -

Summer has officially begun, and it certainly feels like it. Temperatures are warm, humidity is high, and when combined, it can feel very uncomfortable. With everything going on this year, you deserve some easy and fun ways to beat the summer heat. 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).

As locals of the High Country, here are our top 5 ways to stay cool this summer:

Paddle Boarding

#5. Enjoy A Cool Beverage Under a Shady Tree

This one should be fairly easy, and although we recommend one of the large oaks by Chetola Lake, it can work almost anywhere in the High Country. Sitting in the shade can reduce the temperature by 10-15 degrees. Add some ice to your beverage, relax and enjoy.

#4. Find A Nice Level, Shaded Hiking Trail

As many have come to realize, finding large stretches of flat land in the High Country can seem challenging, but the Moses Cone National Memorial Park (adjacent to Chetola with private access!) has 27 miles of trails to explore. While there are some trails that go up in elevation, the walk around Bass Lake is flat and offers several shaded areas. Avoiding too much incline in your hike can help you stay cool, as your body doesn't have to work as hard. Also, just like #5, the shade can keep you cool

#3. Take A Sunrise or Sunset Walk

Enjoying a morning walk or an evening jaunt can keep you cool, as temperatures may be 20 degrees cooler than during the heat of the day. Summer offers almost 16 hours of sunlight, so there is plenty of time early or late in the day for enjoying the cooler hours. Unlike the lower elevations, evenings can be quite comfortable and may even require a light jacket or hoodie. Get the latest local forecast by visiting Ray's Weather featuring a report directly from our very own weather station.

#2. Go Even Higher

Air pressure is lower at higher elevations, which cause the temperatures to be lower as well. Think of it like inflating a bicycle tire- as you increase the amount of air, the pressure increases, producing more heat. The opposite is true with less pressure, which produces cooler temperatures. So, although it is cool in both Blowing Rock and Boone (each above 3000 feet), it is even cooler above 5000 feet. Grandfather Mountain and Beech Mountain both offer incredible views, trails, food, fun, and cool temps. The average high temperature on Beech Mountain even in the middle of the summer is around 70 degrees!

#1. Waterfall Hikes!

There are some areas of the High Country that are considered tropical rain forests due to the amount of precipitation that falls each year. All of this water has to come down, and since we are in the mountains, a lot of it flows over steep terrain. This results in a plethora of waterfalls. There are a number of easy to moderate waterfall hikes near Chetola Resort. These make for the perfect hike, as they are beautiful, often in shady areas, and may even allow for swimming. We assure you that you will certainly cool off when you swim in a mountain creek. Water temperatures are typically in the 55-60 degree range, so be sure to limit your time, bring a towel, and a change of clothes.

Summer is here, so get outside and enjoy it. We would love to welcome you to Chetola Resort, and North Carolina's High Country.

Top 5 Cocktails at Timberlake’s

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- Top 5 Timberlake's Cocktails -

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!

Watch as Timberlake's Bartender, Vincent, crafts one of our new summertime cocktails.

Blue Ridge Breeze

Ingredients:

.5oz Tiny Cat Vodka

.5oz Peach Schnapps

.5oz Coconut Rum

Top with equal amounts of cranberry and pineapple juice

Add a splash of Grenadine

Served in a Collins glass with an orange slice and cherry

 

This drink is the definition of a vacation cocktail, truly a tropical escape in a glass. This fruit-forward beverage uses local North Carolina based Tiny Cat vodka, fragrant peach liqueur, and fruit juices to create an easy-sipping summertime treat. We recommend shaking all ingredients in a cocktail shaker before pouring over ice. Enjoy!

Blowing Rock Bramble

Ingredients:

1.5oz Tito's vodka

.5oz Chambord

Juice from a half lemon

Muddled fresh blackberries

.25oz simple syrup

Served in a Highball glass with blackberries and a lemon twist

 

Enjoy our twist on this classic English cocktail. Traditionally, bramble cocktails are made with gin but we've opted for vodka because who doesn't love Tito's?!  We love this cocktail because of its simplicity and fresh taste. We recommend using extra ripe blackberries in this recipe for a deeper flavor profile.

Headwaters Sour

Ingredients:

1.5oz Disaronno

.5oz Maker's Mark

.25oz Rosemary mint simple syrup

.5oz Egg whites

Topped with housemade sour mix

Served in a Highball glass garnished with a rosemary sprig

 

Tangy. Rich. Nutty. Frothy. This cocktail requires five high-quality ingredients and they all come together beautifully to create our version of a classic sour. Our bartenders make their sour mix by hand and we recommend you do the same! The recipe consists of equal parts of lemon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. For a vegan version of this cocktail- try whipped chickpea juice instead of egg whites.

Brown Derby

Ingredients:

2oz Makers Mark

1oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka

.75oz Honey simple syrup

Served "up" in a martini glass and garnished with dehydrated grapefruit

 

If you're into brunch cocktails, the Brown Derby is perfect! The tart grapefruit flavors in this cocktail are sure to wake up your palate while the softer honey and bourbon notes soften the overall taste. The honey simple syrup in this drink can be made by mixing equal parts honey and hot water. We recommend shaking this cocktail with lots of ice before straining into a chilled martini glass.

20th Century

Ingredients:

1.5oz Sutler's Gin

.75oz Lillet Blanc

.75oz Creme de Cassis

Half of a lemon's juice

Served "up" in a martini glass with a lemon twist

 

This classic gin cocktail is sure to bring you a glimpse of what pre-prohibition era Chetola may have felt like. Our bartenders have placed their twist on this cocktail by using Creme de Cassis, a black currant liqueur. This cocktail is perfect as a before-dinner aperitif to stimulate your appetite. We recommend shaking all ingredients with lots of ice and straining over a chilled martini glass.

Bring Back the Joy

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*Temperature checks and brief health screenings are required at the Chetola main entrance for all guests. Please allow ample time to complete this brief screening prior to this event. Face coverings are also required for all attendees.

For more information on the steps we’re taking to keep guests safe, view our Health and Safety Promise (click here).

Lunch is available for carryout or dine-in service by reservation only.

Please make your reservation by calling 828-295-5505

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Family Camp with Comforts

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- Family Camp with comforts -

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.

Now, take all of those great memories you made, and the endless adventures discovering nature, and add your family & dog, and replace the 100-year-old cabins with much nicer accommodations and replace the camp food with creative, locally sourced dishes served along the lake, and you have Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. No, technically, it is not a camp for families, however, there are over 20 activities/ amenities offered on-site in the heart of NC’s High Country. Click HERE to see everything that families can do without ever leaving the resort.

And, while you are enjoying activities like fishing on the lake, paddleboards, kayaks, swimming, disc golf, hiking into Moses Cone National Park, bonfires with s’ mores, and music in the evenings, you can also step away for treatment at the spa, yoga by the lake, a clay shooting experience or guided fly fishing on trophy waters. You can also end the evening with a private dinner on your balcony overlooking the lake. So, yes, the activities and adventures, cool mountain breezes, and endless fun are just like camp. However, now you can share this unforgettable experience with the ones you love the most, and you can even treat yourself or the whole family as much as you please.

fishing

For accommodations, there are dog-friendly rooms for those who travel alongside their furry companions, as well as vacation rentals for families looking for a place with a kitchen and plenty of space to spread out. For dining, there is outside dining overlooking the lake, picnic delivery for those who want to keep it casual, as well as in-dining, and delivery to your room or vacation rental. There are even family-sized meals to take and bake at your condo. And, yes, there are kid-friendly items, along with snacks & appetizers, healthy salads, wild game, and classic Appalachian dishes. Finally, for those who decide to venture out for adventure, the Blue Ridge Parkway is only a couple of miles from the resort. Tweetsie Railroad is 3 miles away, and Grandfather Mountain is approximately 25 minutes away. There is so much to do, all in a fun, safe place on 78 acres. Many families come back multiple times each year to connect with nature, spend time with the family, and sneak in some fun treats too!

5 Hikes within 5 Miles of Chetola

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- 5 Hikes within 5 Miles of Chetola -

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. Adjacent to Pisgah National Forrest and Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Chetola is central to some of the best hiking in the Blue Ridge. We’ve compiled a list of five of our favorite trails just moments from the resort. We challenge you to make the most of your stay by exploring the panoramic views, pristine waterfalls, and fresh mountain air that lie just around the corner.

Bass Lake Loop
Length: .9 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Easy
Distance from Chetola: Adjacent to Chetola Resort (.1 mi)

The Bass Lake Loop trail is the easiest and closest hike to Chetola Resort. Guests of Chetola can easily walk from their room to the short connector trail leading to the Bass Lake loop. This short .9mi loop offers a wide well-maintained pathway that circles Bass Lake just below the Moses H. Cone Manor House. The flat, partially shaded trail is an excellent place to take a jog or stretch your legs after a long car ride. Wooden benches are spaced throughout the loop and offer an excellent place to rest or enjoy a picnic. Keep an eye out for wildlife including native birds, beavers, and deer. This trail is dog-friendly but requires a leash.

Flat-Top Mountain Trail
Length: 4.8 miles
Type: Out and back
Difficulty: Easy
Distance from Chetola: 3.9 mi

The Flat-top Mountain Trail is great for families or groups because the trail follows a mild incline while staying nice and wide to accommodate all hikers. As you make your way up Flat-Top Mountain, you will follow switchbacks under a canopy of large native trees that lead to a beautiful open meadow about halfway up the mountain. As you gain elevation, you will find a couple of overlooks along the way (one of which you can likely spot Chetola Resort). Once you reach the trail’s summit you may be brave enough to climb to the top of the 4 stories tall fire tower. The vantage point from the top of the tower is truly a bird’s eye view.  Make sure to visit the Southern Highland Craft Guild back at Moses Cone Manor before you head out!

Glen Burney Trail
Length: 2.3 miles
Type: Out and back
Difficulty: Intermediate
Distance from Chetola: 1.3 mi

When asking directions to a nearby waterfall, the location of the falls is almost never downtown. The Glen Burney Trail is located just off Main Street in Blowing Rock. While convenient, this trail is one of the more difficult hikes on our list. You will follow a narrow winding trail as you drop in elevation while following a series of streams and pools. We recommend wearing waterproof shoes or boots as some places on the trail may be wet or muddy. The bottom of the trail offers an amazing viewpoint of Glen Burney Falls, an impressive 40 ft waterfall. This out and back trail requires a good bit of steep climbing as you make your way back to the trailhead.  For this reason, we recommend a visit by more experienced hikers who don’t mind getting in a workout. This hike is a great way to start any day and is only a short distance from Timberlake’s Restaurant where you can return to enjoy a well-deserved meal.

Rich Mountain Carriage Trail
Length: 6.3 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Intermediate
Distance from Chetola: 3.5 mi

The Rich Mountain Carriage Trail offers a nice gradual incline that winds its way to a very large pasture and mountain views. Even though this trail is the longest on our list, it typically only takes 2.5 hours to complete. The trail follows the side of the mountain as you hike your way towards a beautiful meadow covered by many native wildflowers and butterflies in the spring & summer months. The trail continues to keep circling around the mountain until you reach the summit, where you'll find a nice oak tree to rest under for a few minutes. This hiking trail is great for families, dogs, and kids of younger ages. The trail is mostly gravel and follows a very gradual incline is enough for horses that frequent the trail.

Boone Fork Trail
Length: 5.2 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Intermediate
Distance from Chetola: 5 mi

The Boone Fork Trail is the furthest trail from Chetola on our list but is easily worth the 5mi drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This trail offers an ever-changing landscape as you hike through tall trees, wild rhododendron tunnels, an open pasture, Hebron Rock Colony, and a continuing series of mountain waterfalls. Much of the trail is moderately sloped but does require some steep climbs including a ladder near a large granite outcropping. We encourage you to make the most of the Hebron Rock Colony by taking a moment to relax on one of the massive boulders settled in the stream. While most of the trail is covered by trees, the rock colony offers a great place to soak in the sun. This loop is more frequently trafficked but offers room to spread out and ample parking at Julian Price Park. Make a day of it and bring a picnic to enjoy at one of the public picnic tables situated in the park.