Recipe serves 4

- Ingredients -

1/3 cup cocoa powder
¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups whole milk
2/3 cup water
½ tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon
Marshmallows or whipped cream (optional)

- Instructions -

  1. Bring the water to a simmer in a medium-sized saucepan.
  2. Add in cocoa powder, salt, and cinnamon whisk until smooth.
  3. Add in whole milk, return to a simmer.
  4. Add in chocolate chips, whisk often until smooth and melted.
  5. Divide into your favorite 4 mugs, top with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired.

- Special Notes -

For extra indulgence, add 1 tbsp Kahlua, Amaretto, or Bailey’s to your hot chocolate just before serving.


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1. How long has Ray’s Weather been providing forecasts and the most accurate weather information for the High Country?

RaysWeather.Com (what we call RWC) has evolved from "Ray's hobby in Beautiful Downtown Rutherwood" in 1999 to the most widely read media outlet in NW NC; about 4 million web pages delivered each month and read by about 250,000 people per month. We cover the weather from NC/VA line to Waynesville, NC, the Mountains to the Foothills, and all the micro-climates in between.

2. What is the craziest swing in weather from recent history? Either temperature swing, or from heat to cold & snow, or something similar?
It is not uncommon during the winter months to go from temperatures in the 60’s or 70’s to the 20’s and 30’s in 24 hours.

3. What makes the weather in the high country so unique compared to other areas in the southeast?

The orography and elevation of the area. One unique weather feature for the High Country is that you can get upslope conditions from both sides of the mountains. The Northwest flow can provide snow showers and snow squalls, and the East flow can provide a classic “Wedge” where cold air wedges against the east side of the mountains. Boone averages over 50” of precipitation each year- 2020 was above average for the year with over 70”!

4. The High Country is certainly cooler due to the elevation around here; because of this, what would be a comparable climate with regards to latitude?
The lower Great Lakes and Northern Ohio Valley/ southern Michigan.

5. For those who love snow, what is the perfect setup for a BIG snowstorm?

You need a solid and ample Gulf flow of moisture, along with the perfect southern track for a Low-pressure system. Then, you would want the system to become a Nor’Easter, as the wrap-around moisture would come from the NW, providing ample snow/ snow showers on the backside of the system, along with more cold air.

6. So, the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a more active, colder winter compared to last year. Do you all produce a seasonal outlook, and if so, what shall we expect this winter?
Yes, the Fearless Forecast for this winter calls for snow totals 10% less than long-term averages. For Boone, this means 33” of snow this winter. Temperatures are expected to be near seasonal averages, and the bulk of winter occurring mid-November until the end of January.

7. Do you ever look to the Wooly Worm or other “indicators” for weather or seasonal outlooks?

No folklore used; Ray’s Weather focuses on the scientific approach and data; no fogs in August or Wooly Worm data.

8. What is the earliest and latest snowfall recorded in North Carolina? Snowiest on record?
There has been measurable snow on Mt. Mitchell every month of the year, with the exception of July and August. In 2009, Beech Mountain, NC received 166” of snow in a season. Boone’s snowiest winter on record is 1959-1960 with 104” of snow. Rounding out the top 5 include winters with 79”, 77”, 64” and 59” respectively. The most recent big snow year was 2009-2010 in Boone, which was the 5th snowiest with 59”.

9. For those who want to come up to experience the weather extremes up here (wind, cold temps, snow, etc), what do you all recommend that they do in order to prepare for it?

Don’t come up blindly. Follow the forecast and plan accordingly. Also, be prepared for changing conditions, as the temperatures can be 20 degrees cooler or more, depending on the season.

10. What is the most common misconception about weather forecasting (either in general or here in the High Country)?
With the ease of access to weather reports and models, it is easy to create a forecast and play into the sensation of what could be. The National Weather Service and Ray’s Weather are solid, reliable, and trusted sources. It is important to understand the local climate and local variables that impact the weather.


Many people become meteorologists as they are fascinated with weather extremes, as well as the science behind the weather. They also love the challenge of trying to figure out what it is going to do.

We would like to thank David Still and Eric Anderson for their time, as well as their knowledge and dedication to keeping all of us safe here in NC’s High Country.

A group of individuals were asked to describe 2020 in one word. Here are the top family-friendly answers: unprecedented, unpredictable, extreme, abnormal, exhausting, chaotic, and relentless. Now that 2020 is technically behind us, it is a new year, and we truly believe that everyone, literally everyone deserves to get away. Vacations and getaways have always been a great way to spark rejuvenation, recharging, and renewal. For many couples, there have been physical, financial, and emotional challenges this past year, which can certainly challenge one’s relationship.

In the past, to help relight that spark, many of us have looked for new experiences, new adventures, or something extraordinary. For 2021, many couples are content to explore tried and true experiences in a safe environment. Since everyone’s idea of a getaway might be slightly different, we encourage you (and that special someone) to create your own getaway style. Do you want to climb to the top of Grandfather Mountain, or sit in the spa with a glass of champagne? Or, are you looking for a little bit of both? Maybe some downhill skiing at App Ski Mountain in the morning, with massages at Chetola Resort & Spa in the afternoon. For couples looking for a little bit of everything, we recommend a morning of skiing, followed by a few hours of clay shooting at Chetola Sporting Reserve, and then enjoying some room service at Chetola Lodge, while you stream your favorite shows in a suite overlooking a mountain lake.

Since many of us are juggling schedules, family, and work-related responsibilities, we may not be able to plan for a weekend escape until the last minute. Then, we check the weather and it looks, well unpredictable. The good news is that regardless of the weather, Blowing Rock has a little bit of everything to help make sure you still get that time away. And, that time away is so important! Here is a quick guide to help you get the most of your getaway whether the weather is good or not:

If the weather forecast is:

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- walking around Chetola Lake
- shopping downtown Blowing Rock or at Tanger Outlets
- hiking in Moses Cone or at Grandfather Mountain
- skiing at App Ski Mountain (or Beech & Sugar Resorts)
- driving the Blue Ridge Parkway
- shooting clays at Chetola Sporting Reserve
- fly fishing one of the many area rivers for mountain trout with Chetola Resort’s Orvis® Endorsed Guides
- taking in the winter views at The Blowing Rock.



- skiing at either App Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain, or Sugar Mountain
- tubing at Hawks Nest
- cross country skiing at Roan Mountain, around Bass Lake in Moses Cone, or at Elk Knob State Park
- ice skating at App Ski Mountain

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Want to stay inside?

- spa day at Chetola Spa
- explore Linville Caverns
- stroll around Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
- go shopping

Cold, windy, rainy, or anything less desirable

For this, we suggest staying inside your Bob Timberlake Inn suite in front of the fire and enjoying breakfast served in your room (included in your stay), then enjoying a day at the Chetola Spa, followed by an afternoon treat at Camp Coffee in downtown Blowing Rock & a stroll around the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum’s latest exhibit. Finish the day with one of Chef Matt Rivers’ delectable specials at Timberlake’s Restaurant. For those looking for some adventure, hike Moses Cone, as many trails are in the woods and provide some relief from wind and weather. Or, head down to Chetola Sporting Reserve, as the 5-stand is covered, heated, and the clubhouse is the perfect place to warm up after busting some clays!

While all of these activities contribute to the much-needed disconnection from life’s stresses, the most important piece is that you do something you both enjoy. We recommend turning off your email, your text messages, and anything else that may distract you from enjoying the simple things that have always made a getaway special- time together.

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. We invite you to join us in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina!

Whether the Weather Package

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Special Occasion Package

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Winter at Chetola Resort is one of our favorite times of the year. Although winter winds and snow can impact our plans, the wonders of the season can also make it magical. The Festival of Lights, an annual tradition at Chetola Resort, originally began as a way to encourage visitors and locals to come experience winter holiday magic at the resort, even in the middle of winter.

When Kent Tarbutton, the proprietor of Chetola Resort, first arrived in the late 1990s, there were only four or five light displays around the grounds. Since then, additional displays have been added every year to the original collection and the current Festival of Lights now consists of over 30,000 lights for visitors, locals, and guests to enjoy.

Those 30,000 lights don’t just appear from Christmas magic- our grounds team begins working on the light displays in late September. It takes about 3 weeks to check and replace all the broken or dead bulbs, and an additional 6-8 weeks to get all the displays ready and set up. And, even when all the lights are set up, they must constantly be checked to ensure Christmas magic is at 100%.

This year’s new displays include a Nativity scene and dancing holiday lights with music. The Megatree, a part of the dancing lights display is the “ultimate creation” of Chetola Grounds Manager, Craig Lesowski. Craig’s intention in creating the Megatree was to create a new display that would allow families to create memories during their visit to Chetola.

The Megatree is exciting by itself, but what makes it extremely unique is that much of the display was created using recycled materials. The Megatree is made up of PVC pipes that have been glued together. The snowflakes near the tree were created using pieces of rebar that were welded together. And the hoops in front of the tree were created from an old cascading waterfall display that has been repurposed into accessories for the Megatree. The only new pieces of the Megatree are the lights themselves, the equipment to synchronize the lights, and the tomato cages which make up the baby trees in front of the Megatree. In total, this magnificent holiday light display is made up of 3,900 dancing lights with 2,200 just for the Megatree.

The dancing lights for the Megatree and surrounding accessories were programmed by Chetola’s IT Manager Mike Osborne to dance along to various Christmas songs. Many of the lights had to be connected to various circuits that allow them to actually “dance”. The work that goes into this enchanting Chetola tradition is endless, and we are grateful to every team member who helps to make this display memorable each year.

Looking ahead to next year, Craig promises a few new surprises, including more Megatrees made from recycled materials and a few other displays made of reused materials that we can’t quite share yet. You’ll just have to make Chetola’s Festival of Lights a winter tradition! We hope you have a wonderful winter and holiday season - we can’t wait to see you at the Festival of Lights!

Chetola Resort’s Festival of Lights is on display now through the end of Winterfest on Sunday, January 31, 2021. Enjoy a walk or drive around Chetola Lake to view stunning holiday lights, music, and more! Order a meal to go, or join us in Timberlake’s Restaurant for an unforgettable dining experience.

Whether the Weather Package

Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot,
We’ll weather the weather,
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not!

Don’t let the weather keep you in!
Are you the type of person that makes time to get outdoors, regardless of the weather? If so, then we invite you to come up to the High Country to experience Chetola’s Whether the Weather Package. Your base camp will be the Chetola Lodge at special package rates, with breakfast included each morning to fuel up for a day of adventure. Then, Mast General Store will be waiting with a special Whether the Weather deal just in case you need to gear up before heading out. At the end of the day, share your summit adventure with us via social channel in exchange for a complimentary treat.

This package includes:

  • Special discounted lodging rates in Chetola Lodge or Bob Timberlake Inn
  • Complimentary breakfast each morning
  • $10 off $50 coupon at Mast General Store in either Boone, Banner Elk or Sugar Grove
  • Summit treats at the end of the day (with social sharing)

* based on availability, as package offering is limited; available beginning November 8, 2020 through March 31, 2021; 

To book your package, call 800.243.8652

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Candace’s Ooey Gooey S’mores Recipe

Interested in finding out more information? Call Chetola at 800-243-8653, or Click Here to email Chetola.

- Candace's Gourmet Campfire Salted Caramel S'mores Dip -

"Feel like a kid again with this ooey-gooey take on your classic s' mores. Enjoy them over a campfire or in your oven!"

- Candace Hagaman, Pastry Chef | Timberlake's Restaurant

- Ingredients - 

Small cast iron skillet 6" - 8" and/ or heavy-duty tinfoil
Non-stick pan spray
1 package of mini marshmallows
1.5 cups of good quality semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (preferably Ghirardelli)
1 box of Honey Graham Sticks or Honey Graham Crackers
1 bottle or jar of salted caramel (ex. Ghirardelli Sea Salt Caramel sauce)

Place a grate over the campfire to set the cast iron skillet on. For easy clean-up, spray the cast iron skillet with non-stick pan spray
Spread an even layer of mini marshmallows in the bottom of the skillet. Spread the chocolate chips evenly over the marshmallows. Drizzle salted caramel sauce over the chocolate chips. Top with another layer of mini marshmallows.
Cover the skillet with tin foil, place on the campfire. Let it cook until the marshmallows and chocolate are completely melted, about 5-10 minutes. Uncover the skillet and let the flames brown the marshmallows. Remove from the fire, drizzle with additional salted caramel.
Serve with Honey Graham Sticks or Graham crackers for dipping. Enjoy!
Add toppings such as sliced bananas, peanut butter, cinnamon pecans, etc

Special Notes:
*If you do not have a cast-iron skillet, you can use several layers of heavy-duty tin foil to make a bowl for the dip
*If you do not have a grate to place on the campfire, simply just wrap the entire skillet in tinfoil and place in the fire
*If the weather does not permit a campfire, you can make this dip in a cast-iron skillet or oven-safe baking dish, by baking in the oven until melted and marshmallows are brown and bubbly. About 10 minutes @ 350 degrees

Bonfire Nights

Candace’s Apple Cobbler Recipe

Interested in finding out more information? Call Chetola at 800-243-8653, or Click Here to email Chetola.

- Candace's Apple Cobbler with Cinnamon Swirl Biscuits -

"Capture the sweet, warm flavors of fall in this gorgeous apple cobbler! After all, is there anything better than your home smelling like freshly baked cinnamon apples? Three of my personal favorites, apples, biscuits, and cinnamon rolls come together in this unique, satisfying dessert. Enjoy!"

- Candace Hagaman, Pastry Chef | Timberlake's Restaurant

- Ingredients - 

For the biscuits:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons of butter
1/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla


For the cinnamon swirl filling:
½ cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, melted

For the apples:
2/3 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
6 cups sliced and peeled granny smith apples
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ginger
1/8  teaspoon allspice
2/3 cups water

- Preparation - 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

  1. For biscuits, in a medium bowl combine flour, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk until fully combined. With a pastry blender, cut in 4 tablespoons of butter into the flour mixture. It should resemble coarse crumbs. Stir together milk and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the milk and vanilla all at once. Using a rubber spatula, stir the dough together just until it forms a ball. Do not overmix.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently for about 5 strokes. Roll the dough into a 12" x 16" rectangle. Combine, nuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Brush the dough with 1 tablespoon of butter and sprinkle with nut mixture all the way to the edges. Roll up in a spiral, starting from the short side. Pinch seam to seal. With a sharp knife, cut into six 1-inch thick slices, set aside.
  3. For the apple filling, in a large saucepan stir together 2/3 cups brown sugar, corn starch. Add apples and water. Cook and stir until bubbly and apples are tender. Carefully pour hot filling into an ungreased 2-quart rectangular baking dish.
  4. Arrange biscuit slices cut side down, onto the hot filling. Bake about 25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until biscuits are slightly golden. Serve warm, with vanilla ice cream.

Cooking not your thing? Taste this tasty treat by Pastry Chef, Candace Hagaman, herself at Timberlake's Restaurant.