are you ready for blowing rock?
We've created a tailor made guide for area visitors to experience the best of the high country.
48 Hours as a Local
Late Afternoon Exit Strategy
Whether it’s the weather, or “personal” errands, it is important to begin your exit strategy from life’s craziness as early as possible. Less than 2 hours from Charlotte and Greensboro, and less than 3 hours from two-thirds of NC, Blowing Rock is easily accessible for a 2-night retreat. It is a beautiful drive, and we recommend taking the Blue Ridge Parkway for as much of it as possible.
View from Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock
Check into Chetola Resort & Spa, one of the best stays in the Blue Ridge according to Southern Living Magazine. The resort sits on 87 gorgeous acres nestled right in the heart of Blowing Rock. Choose from Chetola Lodge, the Bob Timberlake Inn, or one of their hilltop vacation rental condos. The Resort offers on-site patio and indoor dining, weekend bonfires, a full service spa, Orvis fly-fishing, a sporting reserve, fitness center, yoga, and more. For locals, there is a special getaway package that includes overnight accommodations in the Lodge, dinner for two, and breakfast starting at $249/ night (plus tax, gratuity, and fees). Guests who call to book will receive a special welcome gift upon check-in (800-243-8652).
Winter Bonfire at Chetola Resort
Walk from Chetola to downtown Blowing Rock (less then 15 minutes) to stretch your legs, enjoy some local boutique shopping & art galleries, and then head over to Chef & Somm for a glass of wine or cocktail, and their irresistible salmon dish. After dinner, head back to Chetola and take a stroll around the lake, complete with trails, resident swans, and geese. Finally, warm up by the outdoor fire pit before settling in for the night.
Dinner at Chef & Somm
Enjoy Chetola’s outstanding breakfast buffet that may include shrimp & grits, eggs, bacon, sausage, house made biscuits, fresh fruit, and coffee/ tea service, or order off the menu. Now, to decide what to do for the day- during the winter months, there is downhill skiing at App Ski Mountain, which is less than 10 minutes from Chetola (Open for the Season!). This local Blowing Rock ski hill offers dependable snow throughout the season, and there is a complimentary daily shuttle for guests of Chetola Resort. For those looking for a little more skiable terrain, head over to Sugar Mountain or Beech Mountain, approximately 45 minutes from Blowing Rock. Not feeling the need for alpine speed? There’s Bass Lake in the adjacent Moses Cone National Memorial Park, which offers a mile loop trail, or explore the 3500 acres with 27 miles of trails. In the winter, many locals cross country ski or snowshoe on trails when snow covers the ground. The Park remains open year-round. Bistro Roca, just off main street in downtown Blowing Rock, offers a warm and welcoming environment with local cuisine-perfect for lunch. After your adventure and a bit of refueling, return to Chetola for their signature Swedish massage and facial combo-a must do after exploring the high country.
Now that every muscle is relaxed and your mind is completely at ease, take a stroll down by the lake and enjoy a book, a cocktail, or a good conversation just before dinner. Timberlake’s Restaurant is only steps away from either the lake or your room at the Resort. Try their famous Ahi Tuna Nachos, a Locally Sourced Salad, and their Elk Strip Loin for dinner. The chef creates house made desserts daily, perfect for sharing. Live music completes the evening, as the Resort offers entertainment several nights each week (check Timberlake’s site for evening schedules).
Timberlake's Restaurant, Chetola Resort
Departure Day (or, extend it!)
Sleep in. For those of you who are unable to do this (that’s ok), walk over to Bald Guy Coffee for a pour over or nitro, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the morning in Blowing Rock. There is virtually zero traffic noise early in the day, and it is a great time to walk through the Blowing Rock Park. For breakfast, visit Sunny Rock Eggs and Things, as it offers southern hospitality, along with scratch made biscuits, eggs, French toast, along with a healthy menu as well. Next, venture over to Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (aka BRAHM to locals). Walk through one of their modern art exhibits, or participate in an educational program. And, admission is always free! Be sure to grab a treat from The Backstreet Bakery before heading out for a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway (be sure to check the road report, as the Parkway occasionally closes during the winter months due to snow and ice). During the winter months, the views from the BR Parkway are unobstructed, allowing for long range vistas. There are plenty of pullouts for taking photos, enjoying your house made treats, and being in awe of the natural beauty of this place. Plan a hike along the way home, or just take your time getting back. Or, better yet, extend your stay another night!
If this is your first visit to Blowing Rock, we know that this won’t be your last visit. If you have already visited the area, then we personally invite you to come back for a fresh experience that will leave you energized, recharged, and ready!
-Your Blowing Rock Ambassadors, Outdoor Recreational Aficionados, NC Foodies, High Country Enthusiasts, Winter Weather Nerds, and hopefully your hosts from Chetola Resort & Spa
Art exhibit at BRAHM