We are welcoming the spring season with the introduction of our newest addition, The Wading Room, Fly Shop & Coffee Lounge. The Wading Room is a curated and charming retail space inside the Lodge. It is the perfect space for our guests and visitors to enjoy coffee, cozy up on plush leather sofas, shop OrvisⓇ gear, experience an intimate meeting space, and so much more.

Tucked into the walkway between our lodge rooms and the main lobby, the entrance is surrounded by a hardscape of tall trees. Bark branches gracefully bend overhead, beckoning the ultimate outdoor experiences. This isn’t your typical fly-fishing shop, but we aren’t your typical resort getaway.

As the first Orvis®-endorsed fly-fishing lodge in North Carolina, we are also the home of Orvis®-certified fishing guide, Dustin Coffey. Known for his ability to help guests of all ages and skill levels catch a big one, Coffey and Fly-Fishing Manager, Morgan Tarbutton are known across the Southeast for exceptional fly fishing. Trips with our fly fishing team range from a variety of float trips and wade trips taking place in both public and private waters in the High Country area.

Since the grand opening, groups have used this new space as a place to gather before taking guided fishing trips as well as a space to enjoy and relax. As an Orvis® Platinum Dealer, our new shop is stocked with gear and clothing for adventurers of all kinds. While our primary focus is fishing and outdoor adventure, we offer lattes, macchiatos, espresso shots, and coffee to fuel up. To make the space even more enticing, guests can order food from the pub menu and enjoy it on leather sofas that cozy up to our cozy vapor fireplace. With a pull-down projection screen and video monitors, The Wading Room is also available for private meetings and events.

Co-owner Greg Tarbutton says the new retail area evolved as a natural expansion of the outdoor ethos of the resort. “We’ve built a world-class trout fishing program here at Chetola. What we lacked was a world-class flying fishing shop featuring Orvis® products. Thanks to the hard work of Dustin Coffey, Morgan Tarbutton, and the design skills of Dawn Pearson, we have achieved that vision. The space is comfortable and captures Chetola‘s historic, mountain vibe." Tarbutton says Coffey and Morgan Tarbutton outfitted the fly shop with everything an angler needs for a great day on the water. "Women will be as delighted by our offerings as the gents,” Tarbutton adds.

Ask anyone who stops by, it’s an angler’s happy place, and so much more. We hope to catch you in The Wading Room soon!


With over 78 acres of sprawling property, Chetola Resort is the perfect place to enjoy our 20+ onsite amenities or to create an adventure of your own! As we gently ease back into group gatherings one of the top priorities for many family reunions, corporate groups, and even wedding parties is enjoying activities together as a group. These activities can range from groups of 10 to 100 depending on what you are looking to do, the important part is that you remember to plan ahead!

Did you know that when you stay as a guest at the resort, the resort fee covers amenities like a heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, hiking trails, fitness center + classes, tennis and pickleball courts, fully stocked ponds, disc golf, paddle boats, kayaks, and more! But if you and your group are looking for something more, at Chetola Resort we offer a variety of activities just for groups!

Kids Camp Hike

One of the most popular group activities are our guided hikes.  Guided hikes offer the opportunity to experience the beauty and foliage of the area alongside a trained guide. Chetola offers guided hikes to Moses Cone Memorial Park, Bass Lake, and if you want to go offsite for spectacular views, we can even accommodate transportation to the beautiful Rough Ridge hiking area along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  And if you want to add even more to your hike, we work closely with local area experts who can take your group on a bird watching hike, a foliage hike, or a geology hike.

Our fitness classes are complimentary for our guests but if you are looking to book something unique we offer sunrise yoga, sunset yoga, or group meditation classes. We would love to help you book a private class either on our sprawling lawn, or in one of our cozy meeting spaces.

The same can be said for another popular onsite activity held inside our heated pool that includes building your own boat from the materials we provide and racing across the pool against your coworkers, friends, or family.  This activity can be booked for teambuilding or just for good laughs and fun.  And don’t forget all of the fun tournaments we can help you coordinate including pickleball tournaments, disc golf tournaments, and fishing tournaments.

If you wish to take a trip offsite and explore the Blue Ridge Parkway, our Chetola Sporting Reserve is only a 25 minute drive from the property. The Sporting Reserve features a beautiful clubhouse, clay shooting, archery, and a pistol range. Play a round on the 5 stand, or participate in our 13 station clay course, which is like golf but better. Reservations are always highly recommended in advance, especially if you are coming with a larger group for this popular activity.

Chetola Fly Fishing

Another fun offsite activity is our fly fishing trips. Chetola offers half day or full day wade or float trips with our Orvis endorsed guides. If you have never been fly fishing before, do not worry, Chetola offers onsite casting clinics right on our lake and our trips are great for beginner or experience anglers. Fly fishing trips and casting clinics are always encouraged to be booked in advance for smaller more intimate groups under 20.

If the outdoors aren’t really your thing, and you just want to kick back and relax, do not forget our onsite full service spa. Corporate groups love treating their guests, employees, and clients to our relaxing massages, facials, and manicures or pedicures. During the summer and fall months our spa can be booked up to a month in advance, so be sure to plan accordingly!

And if your group enjoys specialty drinks, local beer, or good food, don’t forget about all of the local restaurants (including the onsite Timberlake’s Restaurant), breweries, and wineries in the area.  Chetola is happy to help coordinate brewery and winery tours.  For smaller groups Chetola is happy to accommodate transportation.  Our onsite restaurant, Timberlake’s also features a number of delicious appetizers including a savory charcuterie board that you can take with you on the road when you are exploring nearby wineries or breweries.

No matter what your group is interested in, Chetola Resort has a group activity to enhance your visit to Chetola Resort. We can’t wait to welcome you and your group to Chetola Resort!

To make reservations and schedule group activities for your visit please contact our Director of Group Sales, Alex Morales by emailing alex@chetola.com.



The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and beautiful days abound in spring and summer at Chetola Resort. To us, this picture-perfect weather means it’s time to grab our favorite meal (and maybe a dessert) to-go from Timberlake’s Restaurant, pack up our picnic basket, and head into the mountains. So, pack up your blankets and favorite foods and be sure to explore these beautiful spots for your next picnic during your spring vacation to Chetola Resort.;

Chetola Lake
Though we're a little biased, our favorite spot to enjoy a picnic is right on property at Chetola Lake. With picnic tables placed along the lakeside, no matter where your choose to sit, Chetola Lake is the deal spot for enjoying a picnic-style to-go meal from Timberlake's Restaurant. Plus, if you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of our swans or ducks (but please don't share your picnic with them). 🙂

Broyhill Park (3 minutes from Chetola Resort)
Broyhill Park is located in the heart of downtown Blowing Rock and offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful outdoor picnic while savoring views of Mayview Lake. This picturesque picnic spot features a gazebo, walking trail, and a deck for fishing.

Blue Ridge Parkway Overlooks (Distance from Chetola Resort varies)
Although you can’t go wrong with any of the overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a few of our favorites for picnics include: Julian Price Memorial Park, Thunder Hill Overlook, Raven Rocks Overlook, Jeffress Park, and Linville River. These spots provide beautiful views of mountains, rivers, and a place to enjoy the moment (and a meal) with your favorite people.

Photo courtesy of Watauga Democrat


Strawberry Hill (16 minutes from Chetola Resort)
Located in the heart of Boone, Strawberry Hill provides a large grassy area with great views of the town of Boone. And after enjoying your delicious picnic, enjoy a walk along their gentle trails or through the nearby Daniel Boone Gardens.

Sterling Creek Park along Middle Fork Greenway (7 minutes from Chetola Resort)
A peaceful spot by the Middle Fork of the New River, Sterling Creek Park is perfect spot to bring a picnic, read a book, listen to the birds amongst the towering trees, or fish in the mossy-bouldered (not sure this is a word- maybe use quotations or replace) stream. Located along the Middle Fork Greenway across from Mystery Hill, Sterling Creek Park is a hidden slice of nature that the whole family will cherish.

Julian Price Memorial Park (8 minutes from Chetola Resort)
Located at Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 297, visitors can enjoy this idyllic, as well as the largest picnic area along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This 100-site picnic area along the parkway offers gorgeous spots by Boone Fork Creek, comfort stations, grills, and is only steps away from the Boone Fork Trail – the perfect spot for an after-picnic walk.

Ready to load up your picnic basket and savor quality time outdoors? Check out our most recent menus to plan your picnic for your next getaway to Chetola Resort.



Savor spring zing with a bite of Atlantic Beach Pie

With warm weather and sunny days ahead, this is the perfect spring treat to enjoy at home!

Atlantic Beach Pie

Yield: 1 pie.

1½ sleeves of saltines or Ritz crackers (about 2 cups)
⅓ to ½ cup softened unsalted butter (the crackers have enough salt!)
4 tablespoons sugar
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
Zest of 1 lemon or lime
½ cup lemon or lime juice, or a mix of the two
Fresh whipped cream and coarse sea salt for garnish


Preheat oven to 350˚. Crush the crackers as you would for graham cracker crust - you can use a food processor or crush by hand. Add the sugar, then knead in the butter until crumbs hold together like dough. Press into an 8-inch pie pan. Chill for 10 minutes, then bake for 15 minutes or until the crust is golden. Set aside to cool.

While the crust is cooling, make the filling: beat the egg yolks into the sweetened condensed milk, then mix in the citrus juice thoroughly. Pour into the pie crust - it’s okay if the crust is still slightly warm.  Bake for 16-18 minutes until the filling has set. Cool completely before slicing.

Serve with fresh whipped cream and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.

Whether you’re a fan of salty, sweet, or a little bit of both, this dessert is the perfect way to complement any spring get-together!

Recipe by Bill Smith from Crook’s Corner with tweaks from Timberlake’s Restaurant Pastry Chef Abby Tetterton

2022 Symphony By the Lake at Timberlake’s Restaurant

The 2022 Symphony By The Lake with the theme of movie soundtracks will be an unforgettable event! With limited seating options this year, we invite you to join us at Timberlake's Restaurant for dinner and the Symphony. Below are the dining options at Timberlake's Restaurant.

Call us at 828-295-5505 for reservations (required)

2022 Symphony by the Lake will be held Friday July 22, 2022

Dinner on the Patio (includes dinner, private seating on the patio to enjoy the Symphony- does not include a ticket to get into the stage area)
$150/ person

Dinner at the Arbor (includes heavy appetizers, private seating at the Arbor to enjoy the Symphony- does not include a ticket to get into the stage area)
$110/ person

*the Arbor has the best view of the fireworks show!

Please call us at 828-295-5505 for reservations (required)

Additional Information & Dining Options
*Regular dinner will be served from 4 pm to 6 pm
Chetola Picnic option includes a house-made wrap, side, and dessert ($16)
A limited bar with specialty cocktails will be available for all Symphony Guests


Spring is coming, but it’s not quite here yet so there’s still a few weeks to enjoy winter cocktails at Headwater’s Pub at Chetola Resort!

Whether you’re coming to see us at Headwater’s Pub in the next few weeks or want to enjoy one last wintry cocktail at home, we’ve got you covered with the Hornet’s Kiss.

Hornet’s Kiss Cocktail


▪︎ 1.5 oz Tanqueray gin

▪︎ 0.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

▪︎ 0.5 oz Jalapeno Honey Simple Syrup



Combine ingredients and stir lightly.

Strain into a fresh rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon twist.


Cheers! We hope to see you soon for a drink at Headwater’s Pub!


The High Country is known for its delicious food, elegant wines, and tasty beers but if you know where to look, it also has some amazing dessert spots. After a day full of adventures, if you’re craving something divine to slice into, check out our favorite spots around the High Country to enjoy a treat.

And, if you’re curious what spots our in-house pastry chef, Abby recommends look for a star * next to the name!

*Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort

If you haven’t been to Timberlake’s Restaurant to enjoy one of Pastry Chef Abby Tetterton’s amazing desserts, your tastebuds are missing out! With dessert specials changing every few days, there’s always something delicious to devour like Banana Pudding Cheesecake, French Toast Bread Pudding, Lavender Crème Brûlée, and more!

*Reservations are always recommended for dining at Timberlake’s Restaurant.

Flavia’s Blowing Rock

Though only open May – November, life is better because their desserts are some of the best. With mini personal cheesecakes, eclairs, opera cakes, cannoli’s, and so many more mouth-watering treats to choose from, you can’t visit Blowing Rock without enjoying a dessert from Flavia’s.

Photo courtesy of Stick Boy Bread Co

*Stick Boy Bakery

A staple of the High Country, it isn’t a true trip to the area unless you stop by Stick Boy Bakery for a magic cookie, a cinnamon roll with cream cheese, or anything in their pastry case. End your adventurous afternoon with a sweet treat from Stick Boy Bakery or stop by and pick something up to enjoy during your day out

Photo courtesy of Blue Deer Cookies

Blue Deer Cookies

Blue Deer combines two of your favorite desserts (cookies + ice cream) into one with their creamy + crunchy ice cream sandwiches. With unique seasonal ice cream flavors like strawberry, lemon, peach, and classics like chocolate, cookies ‘n’ cream, and a whole array of cookies to compliment them, this is the perfect treat for any day.

Photo Courtesy of The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge

The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge

Craving a dessert, you can just dive into? Then look no further than The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge. With delectable and classic options like NY Cheesecake, a Pecan Bar, or a Flourless Chocolate Torte you’re sure to find something to quench your sweet tooth.

The Penny Path Blowing Rock

Enjoy the pastries of France right in the heart of Blowing Rock at The Penny Path. With classic options like Nutella or Plain & Fancy and elaborate options like Crepe Tiramisu or Bananas Foster, a crepe for dessert will more than satisfy your sugar craving.  And though this blog is all about dessert, The Penny Path also has some delicious savory crepes.

Troy’s Diner

Troy’s Diner, a 50s style retro diner, is known for their delicious milkshakes that truly make you feel like your transported back in time. Offering 11 different flavors, like banana, strawnana, chocolate, and more, be sure to take a trip to the past to Troy’s Diner.

Photo courtesy of Proper Boone


Every ingredient put into the food and dessert at Proper is sourced locally and that means you know it’s yummy. With desserts like peach cobbler, raspberry shortcakes, chocolate peanut butter pie, and so much more, be sure to check out Proper’s local dessert selection on your next visit to the High Country.

Coming Soon! Locally made treats will soon be available in our new fly shop, The Wading Room!

You’re on vacation, be sure to treat yourself to a bakery tour of the most delectable desserts the High Country has to offer. We can’t wait to see you for a sweet treat soon.


We love spending days outside enjoying the beautiful mountains but some days call for indoor adventures!

Whether traveling with family, friends or even solo, sometimes it can be difficult to find activities for all interests – especially on a rainy or snowy day. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of fun activities for all interests! Read on for a few of our favorite indoor activities around the High Country!

Center45 Climbing

Whether you’ve been climbing for years or want to try out bouldering for the first time, Center45 is the perfect spot for the entire family to experience bouldering. Along with its bouldering walls, Center45 also has a fitness area and a variety of climber training resources. Center45 offers day passes to climb and shoe and chalk rentals.

blowing rock art and history museum

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

Explore art and discover the history of Blowing Rock at the BRAHM. With various art, history, and sometimes special exhibits for kids, the BRAHM is the perfect indoor activity where the whole family will find something to enjoy. And be sure to check their upcoming events calendar during your visit for things like Yoga at BRAHM, Doodlebug Club, or Afternoon Art.

Photo courtesy of: Docs Rocks Gem Mine

Docs Rocks Gem Mine

Have you ever wanted to learn about the historical geology of the Appalachian mountains and mine for fascinating gems? Then Docs Rocks is the perfect spot for you and your family to experience during your visit to Blowing Rock! In addition to mining for gorgeous gems (that you get to take home), at Docs Rocks, you can also explore their fossil museum (if your kiddo loves dinosaurs, they’ll really like this), and their new indoor paleo putt-putt course! With 3 activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on a winter day at Docs Rocks Gem Mine.

Photo courtesy of Mystery Hill

Mystery Hill

A day of fun and wonder awaits you on a trip to Mystery Hill in Blowing Rock. With 10+ activities like Tomahawk Hill, Prospector Hill Gem Mining, Bull Riding Challenge, Bubblerama, and more, there is an experience for everyone in the family to have fun! With so many fun activities in one stop – Mystery Hill should be added to your indoor fun itinerary!

Photo courtesy of Linville Caverns

Linville Caverns

Experience a subterranean world and the history of the Linville Caverns with a tour of these age-old mountains from the inside! Linville Caverns is open year-round and is always a balmy 52 degrees F (a perfect indoor winter adventure). The caverns are an ideal adventure for everyone as they are accessible for all visitors of any age. Go explore the splendor and wonders nature created "inside a mountain" at Linville Caverns!

Photo courtesy of Turchin Center

Turchin Center

The Turchin Center engages visitors in meaningful experiences with visual arts. With two wings and six different galleries with changing exhibitions of contemporary artwork and local artists, whether you’re an art connoisseur or just a casual observer, there will be something for you to admire. Be sure to check their events schedule for special workshops or talk series during your visit! And if it’s a nice day see if you can spot all the Turchin outdoor sculptures around Appalachian State University’s campus.

Photo Courtesy of High Country Lanes

High Country Lanes

Enjoy 16 lanes of family fun! Take your family, friends, or colleagues and get bowling at High Country Lanes! With food and drinks available onsite, an afternoon or evening of bowling at High Country Lanes is the perfect way to spend the day and have fun with the whole family.

Photo Courtesy of Elwood's Hatchet House

Elwood’s Hatchet House

Boone’s first & only indoor Axe Throwing Tavern, Elmwood’s Hatchet House has 8 axe throwing targets, 2 corn hole lanes, a giant connect four, a pool table, air hockey, pinball, drinks, great food, and fun for everyone! Whether you’re looking for your next favorite snowy day activity or something entertaining for the whole family, an afternoon at Elmwood’s is sure to be a hit!

Photo Courtesy of Mysterium Escape Room

Mysterium Escape Room

Discover the only interactive escape in Boone, North Carolina, Mysterium Escape Room! Mysterium’s Escape Room is made from scratch and the rooms are built in-house which means you’ll have a totally unique experience that you’ve never had anywhere else. Whether you’re an escape room fanatic or looking to try something new, the Mysterium Escape Room is sure to be a fun indoor experience for all!


No matter what kind of activity you and your family are looking to enjoy on your next trip to Chetola, this list has lots of fun for everyone to enjoy (and add to your itinerary) for years to come! We can’t wait to see you on your next trip to Blowing Rock!


Finding time for a family escape can seem like a daunting task, but when you have endless opportunities to get outside and explore the great outdoors, we believe that it is easier to make it happen, as creating unforgettable memories is a must! Spring in the mountains is an exciting time, as winter’s glistening glaze has receded, yet the views remain unobstructed and the trails relatively unexplored. We have compiled 5 of our favorite and lesser-known adventures that are perfect for the whole family. Do a little stretching, grab your favorite boots, and the rest of your favorite people, and head this way!

Horses, boots, and your favorite pair of Wranglers
Many horseback riding enthusiasts truly believe that experiencing the world from the back of a horse feeds the soul. There are very few natural ways to explore the trails in and around the High Country and horseback riding allows all experience levels to enjoy the beauty of the mountains. There are trails in the adjacent Moses Cone National Memorial Park, nearby state parks, as well as private trails with outfitters like Dutch Creek Trails. Whether you are just wanting a quick escape with a short trail ride or wish to bond with your new favorite steed on an epic adventure, there are plenty of opportunities to get outside and ride horses in the mountains this season.

Chetola Sporting Reserve

Clay Pigeons, Wide Open Spaces, and Archery for the Kiddos
While many people may think of gun clubs when they think about target practice, did you know that one of the fastest-growing sports among women is clay shooting? And, did you know that there is a family-friendly sporting reserve that offers a 5-stand & 12-station course (clay pigeons), as well as archery and bb guns for the kiddos with NRA-Certified instructors? The Chetola Sporting Reserve even has a Lodge to enjoy small bites, drinks, and a cozy fireplace after your family has enjoyed a little time on the range. The 5-stand is also covered and heated in case Spring turns back to Winter and ushers in some cool weather. To top it off, the adventure starts even before you arrive, as guests enjoy a ridgetop drive through the Blue Ridge Mountain Club overlooking miles and miles of the Blue Ridge before descending 800 feet to the sporting reserve. This is quintessential awe-inspiring fun! For those looking for a little less excitement, there is another access point with less dramatic terrain (be sure to talk to the Sporting Reserve for directions).

A River Runs Through Our Majestic Mountains
Guided fly-fishing has become one of the most natural ways to immerse yourself in the natural world. There are hundreds of miles of pristine blue-ribbon trout waters that flow throughout the High Country of North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. As the first Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge in North Carolina, Chetola Resort offers families both walk-wade and float trips to learn the sport of fly-fishing. Not only is it awe-inspiring to watch your kids catch their first fish on a dry fly, but guides teach you about entomology, river health, and fish species. This is certainly an unforgettable experience. For kiddos 12 & under, we recommend a half-day to start.

Photo by Judi Sawyer | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Up Close and Personal with Wildlife
Have you ever wondered what is involved in caring for wild animals? At nearby Grandfather Mountains, guests have the opportunity to enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the wildlife and their habitats throughout the spring and summer months. Families can learn where the cougars, bears, and elk sleep at night, as well as what they eat, and even some of the training methods used in the operation. You will also get to see Bald Eagles and River Otters while enjoying the views from above 5000ft elevation. While these behind-the-scenes tours are only offered over the weekends, the park itself is open daily and offers plenty of trails for all abilities, a museum, the mile-high swinging bridge, as well as places to grab a snack or simply take in the view. GM also has specialty programs in the evenings, so be sure to check out their website (link) for more information.

Photo courtesy of Mountain Warriors UTV

Exhilarating Rides Through the Blue Ridge Mountains
Riding over varied terrain in a 4-seater while enjoying breathtaking views might be a bucket-list activity, however, at Mountain Warriors UTV, this experience can be replicated as often as you like! They offer guided tours through the mountains with some of the nicest UTVs available. This experience is a must for any thrill-seeking family looking to get the most out of a mountain getaway. There are miles and miles of trails, expert guides, unmatched equipment, and plenty of opportunities to breathe in the fresh mountain air. You will certainly be sharing this experience with others!

Whether you are looking to fill your bucket-list adventures all at once or you simply want one epic adventure on each trip, there are plenty of exciting things to do in North Carolina’s High Country. Make Chetola Resort your family’s basecamp for an awe-inspiring Spring adventure and create some memories the kids will never forget.


When going on a trip with your family, it can be hard to plan activities that will appeal to everyone’s interests.

We want you to have the best Chetola Resort and High-Country experience possible. To ensure an amazing trip, we’ve put together a few sample winter itineraries to help you and your loved ones plan the best trip ever – no matter your interests.


For the adventurous family:

  • Go for a winter hike together to see beautiful mountain views. See our favorite winter hikes here
  • Book an experience at the Chetola Sporting Reserve and choose from archery, clay shooting, or all of the above! Read about a CSR experience here
  • Enjoy a waterfall hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains. See our favorite waterfall hikes here
  • Create wonderful memories with Chetola Fly Fishing! Prepare for your fishing experience here
  • Play in the snow and go skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing with your favorite people. Plan your perfect ski experience here
  • Get your adrenaline pumping and go for a mountain bike ride on one of our favorite High Country Trails. See our favorite trails here
  • Experience what it’s like to fly through the trees on a ziplining adventure with Sky Valley Zip Tours, Hawksnest Ziplining, or High Gravity Zip Tours.

For the family who wants a relaxed getaway:

  • Enjoy a cozy drink or snacks in our new Orvis Shop Lounge
  • Go for a walk around Chetola Lake. Explore our favorite walks in Blowing Rock here
  • Warm-up in the hot tub as a family after spending time outside
  • Ditch the screens and grab a board game to play in the lodge, in your room, or in our new Orvis Lounge
  • Go for a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. See our favorite winter overlooks here. Check Blue Ridge Parkway closures here
  • Experience a walk-through fine art and history at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. And enjoy a kid-specific exhibit, “Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites” now through February 26, 2022.

For the foodies:

  • Enjoy a delicious meal and dessert at Timberlake’s Restaurant. We are family-friendly; we do highly recommend reservations in advance.
  • On Saturday mornings, visit the Boone Winter Farmers Market for seasonal fresh vegetables, storage crops, locally raised meats, eggs, honey, homemade jellies, jams, baked items, handcrafted skincare, candles, unique crafts, and more!
  • Taste the Chetola’s Staff Favorite High Country eats (besides Timberlake’s Restaurant). Check out all our other top restaurant picks in the area here.
  • Have a “fancy” night in your lodge room or condo with a gourmet dessert and a charcuterie + artisanal cheese board from Timberlake’s Restaurant along with a movie

For those who like to shop til’ they drop:

  • Explore Chetola Resort’s *NEW* Orvis Fly Shop & Lounge for all your fly-fishing and outdoor needs
  • Take a short walk or drive to Downtown Blowing Rock to find unique antiques, art, jewelry, clothing boutiques, and home décor
  • Shop all your favorite designer brands and a few shops unique to the High Country at the Tanger Outlets located right next door to Chetola Resort
  • Take a trip back in time and shop for everything you can think of at the Mast General Store. Explore the one in Boone or the original in Valle Crucis
  • Experience unique shopping in Downtown Boone where they offer antique stores, craft venues, specialty shops, and moreMountain Sporting Clay Course at Chetola

For those who like a little bit of everything:

  • Enjoy s’mores by the lakeside firepit every Friday & Saturday night (weather dependent)
  • Take a trip to The Blowing Rock – experience the towns namesake and breathtaking views
  • Explore Linville Caverns and enjoy walking through an unusual series of underground rooms and passages
  • Climb to new heights and experience bouldering at Center45 in Boone
  • Enjoy a meaningful experience with visual arts at the Turchin Center
  • Reserve an experience with Chetola Sporting Reserve and spend the day shooting sporting clays

For those who never want to leave the Chetola grounds:

  • Make reservations for meals at Timberlake’s Restaurant or make plans to order room service! We serve Breakfast, Lunch, Pub Fare, and Dinner.
  • Get your body moving in our fitness gym or with one of our fitness classes going on during the week!
  • Spend some quality time in your accommodations with a puzzle, board game, or DVD Rental from Highlands Recreation
  • Explore our Kids in Park Track Trail that leads to Bass Lake and see views of Moses Cone Manor!
  • Become a kid again and play on the outdoor playground
  • Test your frisbee skills on our 9-Hole Disc Golf Course
  • Enjoy kid-friendly movie night on Thursday evenings in the Camp Room


No matter what you and your family are hoping to do on a trip to Blowing Rock, we’re here to help you have the best winter getaway possible. We can’t wait to welcome you to Chetola Resort this winter!