There’s nothing like a delicious cup of coffee to make a good day in Blowing Rock great. The High Country is full of adventures, and the perfect start to a day full of fun is a divine cup of caffeine. Luckily, Blowing Rock & the High Country are full of amazing local spots to enjoy before or after your day's adventures.

Here are a few of our favorite spots in the area (just a short walk or drive from Chetola) to cozy up with a warm or iced cup:

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Birdies Coffee & Treats (Blowing Rock, NC & Boone, NC)

If you’re up for a little bit of an adventure, just a few minutes down the road — along Highway 321 in the cutest camper — is Birdies Coffee & Treats. Enjoy delicious seasonal beverages and classic coffee staples while taking in the view of the Middle Fork of the New River. Whether you drive up and order to go, or you enjoy your drink at a picnic table or while taking a walk on the Middle Fork Greenway, you’ll never be disappointed with a drink from Birdies.

If you’re not looking to drive-thru or the weathers a bit unpleasant, Birdies also has a fully indoor location located inside the Watauga Medical Center. With all the same delicious drinks that are offered at the camper and an indoor seating space, this is also a spot you don’t want to miss on your visit to the High Country.

P.S. Birdies often has sweet treat offerings from local spots around the High Country to go with your coffee!

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Tout Suite (Blowing Rock, NC) 

One of the newest spots in Blowing Rock, NC, Tout Suit is a creation of Cafe Violette (a cozy, sophisticated cafe with Mediterranean French flavors). Tout Suit takes after its partner and also boasts delicious treats and beverages with Mediterranean French flavors. A bakery and gourmet market serving pastries, sandwiches, bread, & coffee - whether you’re craving a delicious cafe au lait, lavender matcha, jambon beurre, or a mouth watering eclair, Tout Suit should be on your list of places to experience on your next visit to Blowing Rock.

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Camp Coffee Roasters (Blowing Rock, NC)

Just a short drive or walk from Chetola Resort, Camp Coffee is located on Main Street in Blowing Rock. Known for their yummy coffee and delicious pastries that make any day better, Camp Coffee Roasters is a well-known local entity in Blowing Rock. And with delicious seasonal coffees, tasty specialty drinks, and cozy upstairs seating area there’s no better spot in Blowing Rock to enjoy a morning or afternoon pick me up. 

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Bald Guy Brew (Blowing Rock, NC)

Another great spot right in the heart of Blowing Rock is Bald Guy Brew. Offering delicious hot chocolate, a variety of coffee brews, treats from local bakeries, and a cozy spot to sit, Bald Guy Brew is a spot you’ll want to experience for yourself. Located in the heart of downtown, Bald Guy also has quaint outdoor patio seating for warmer days or for sitting with your furry friend. 

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Hatchet Coffee (Boone, NC)

A favorite spot for locals, students, and visitors, Hatchet Coffee, located in East Boone is a must stop if you’re craving a delicious hot or iced cup of coffee. Aside from their mouth-watering coffees, Hatchet also has delightful specialty drinks, hot cocoa, tasty smoothies, and yummy snacks.

Local Lion (Boone, NC)

Although Local Lion is known for its amazing donuts, they are also known for their heavenly hot or iced coffee, espresso, hot cocoa, and tea for visitors to enjoy.  And you can enjoy all their drinks & treats inside their wonderful space overlooking Blowing Rock Road or take it on the go by picking it up in their drive thru.

Drip Coffee Bar (Boone, NC)

The newest coffee spot in Boone, NC, Drip Coffee Bar is located right on King Street next to Betty’s Biscuits. Housed in a former law office and newly decorated with a beautiful coffee mural and cozy vibes, Drip Coffee Bar is a wonderful addition to the coffee scene in Boone. With drinks from delicious chai’s to special teas to elevated classic coffees, Drip is a definite stop on your cozy coffee tour of the High Country.

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Espresso News (Boone, NC)

Espresso News is a staple in the Boone area. A long beloved coffee spot for locals, students, and visitors alike, there’s a reason this spot has withstood the test of time. Located in the heart of Downtown Boone with a cozy, eclectic atmosphere, and flavorful coffee, Espresso News has a full espresso bar, smoothies, hot chocolate, and pastries made in-house daily.

Talia Espresso Boone (Boone, NC)

Located on King Street in Downtown Boone, Talia’s Espresso offers a wide variety of coffee to choose from in their cozy space. With delightful brews like Blackberry Lavender Lattes, Cinnabun, Hummingbird Latte, and more there’s so many sips to enjoy at Talia’s. Besides yummy coffee, Talia’s has a wide variety of specialty drinks, hot & cold drinks, cozy spots to sit, and serves smoothies and pastries.

Kovu’s Coffee (Boone, NC)

Enjoy dog-gone good coffee on your next adventure to Boone at Kovu’s Coffee. Kovu’s offers a cozy spot for you AND your pup to enjoy some coffee, beverages, and treats. In addition to their delicious coffee, this adorable spot, just a short walk from Appalachian State University also offers hot chocolate, nitro cold brews, specialty drinks, and a selection of baked goods. 

P.S. Besides having awesome coffee, Kovu’s is the perfect spot to visit because your pup can join you in their cozy space.

Higher Grounds Coffee Shop (Boone, NC)

Whether you’re in the mood for a normal cup of coffee or a fancy drink, you can’t go wrong with any choices you make at Higher Grounds. A cozy spot, with old school vibes located away from the hustle and bustle of the main drag, Higher Grounds offers visitors a spot to work, cozy up, and even ‘grind-your-own’ beans. In addition to their amazing coffee options, you can also indulge yourself in one of their espresso creations, specialty beverages, coffee basics, and specialty hot chocolate.

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Mountain Dog Coffee (Foscoe, NC)

Another new spot to the area, Mountain Dog Coffee located in Foscoe, NC (just a short drive from Boone), will be you AND your dog's favorite coffee spot in the area. Housed in a former pet store in a newly renovated, beautiful stone building and with a dog park (!) right outside, Mountain Dog is the perfect place for you and your dog to have a good time. & with classic drinks like cortados to specialty drinks like white chocolate hot chocolate there is something for everyone (and your pup) to enjoy at Mountain Dog Coffee. 

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Mountain Grounds Coffee & Tea Co. (Banner Elk, NC)

Located in the shadows of Grandfather Mountain, Mountain Grounds in Banner Elk, is a cozy, comfortable coffee shop perfect for dropping in or staying all day. 

They serve tasty cups of coffee but also an array of specialty drinks, delectable & warm apple ciders, and other seasonally inspired drinks. You can accompany any of their drinks with an array of delicious locally made pastries, cinnamon rolls, breakfast burritos, or snacks. 

Insider Tip: On weekends, enjoy one of their specialty toast options like avocado, apple butter, or nutella - YUM!

Fred & Larry’s Coffee (Banner Elk, NC)

A Banner Elk staple, with great vibes and strong coffee, Fred & Larry’s Coffee offers many different coffee, espresso, and latte options for visitors to enjoy. If neither of those choices entice you, they also offer specialty hot chocolate, tea, smoothies, kratom, and kava to drink. And on certain days, enjoy live music and local art around the shop!

Banner Elk Café

Known for their gourmet hot chocolate and yummy coffee, the Banner Elk Café has its own espresso bar that serves fresh roasted coffees, hot teas, smoothies, specialty coffee drinks, and fresh baked bagels and pastries. Feeling a bit peckish? Be sure to also enjoy a delicious breakfast or meal while you’re there.

Starting a day (or ending it) with a local cup of coffee is the perfect way to get you geared up for adventure or to wind it down. With so many coffee spots in the High Country AND all kinds of fun activities, you’ll never be bored or non-caffeinated on a trip to Chetola Resort. We hope to see you with a cup of coffee in hand soon!

*If you’re winding down your day, and don’t want to leave the comfort of Chetola for a beverage, join us at Timberlake’s Restaurant for a plethora of delicious beverage options.


Frequently Asked Questions about Chetola Weddings

You’re engaged! Congratulations! This is a very exciting season of wedding planning, but don’t feel like you have to jump in right away. There are a lot of decisions and things to consider when planning a wedding. It can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. To make things a little easier on you, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions when planning your wedding at Chetola. 

  1. Do you require a day-of coordinator?
  • We do require a day-of coordinator for weddings with over 100 guests. Otherwise we would recommend having one to make sure your day is running smoothly. 
  1. What does Chetola include with the venue fee? What am I responsible for?
  • Included in the cost of the venue fee, Chetola provides tables, chairs, linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes. We also have special event enhancements, listed in our Wedding Guide. 
  • Florals, photography, hair & makeup, music, and cake are all up to you!We do have a list of vendors that we have worked with and recommend as well. 
  1. Is there a food and beverage minimum?
  • There is, that is dependant on the venue you select. 
  1. Do you offer tastings?
  • If you book we offer free tastings for up to 4 people
  • If you want to have a tasting before booking, there is an additional cost. But that payment will go toward your event costs if you end up booking.
  1. What is the overtime policy?
  • Typical wedding event contracts are for 4 hours. Each additional hour is $250. 
  1. What if it rains?
  • We always have a plan! It depends on the guest count and if there is a space being used for a reception. 
  1. Is outside catering allowed?
  • Timberlake’s, our onsite restaurant will take care of all your food and beverage needs. Outside food and beverage is not permitted unless approved by General Manager
  1. Is liability insurance required?
  • Not required but recommended. 
  1. What information do you need for a quote?
  • To provide you with an estimate, we need to know your venue(s), food selection (plated dinner, buffet tier, or stations), alcohol selection (beer, wine, liquor tier), and any event enhancements you may want to add on.
  1.  How does paying a deposit work?
  • The first deposit payment comes after signing the contract. The cost of the first deposit is the amount of the venue fees. The payments afterwards will be the food and beverage cost, and any enhancements, divided up. 
Photo Credit: Dawn Marie Photo


Questions for your Venue

  • Is it available on your chosen day?
  • Will it accommodate your guests?
  • Is it close to your ceremony venue?
  • How long is the rental for?
  • How much does it cost for the space itself and how much are the food and beverage minimums?
  • Is the price within your budget?
  • Does it have in-house caterers with menus you like?
  • Will there be other weddings taking place on the same day?
  • Can you move furniture and pictures?
  • Is there accommodations for guests, and will they be offered a discount?
  • Are you able to have a marquee/band/candles/fireworks?
  • If you want, can you have a full bar?
  • Does the quote price include the service charges?
  • Who will your main point of contact be and who will be on site that day?

    Photo Credit: Dawn Marie Photo

Questions for your Caterer  (for Chetola Weddings, all events are catered by Timberlake's Restaurant)

  • Can menus be mixed and matched?
  • Can they alter menus to fit your budget and requirements?
  • Do they offer menu tasting service as part of the consultation?
  • What does the service include? Do they provide wait staff?
  • Do they provide alcohol?
  • If you do provide your own wine, will the corkage costs offset your savings


Planning your dream wedding at Chetola Resort? The Weddings Team at Chetola Resort has created this wonderful checklist for you to help plan your special day from start to finish!

18-12 Months Before

  • Decide on budget
  • Narrow down dates & check with Chetola Weddings Manager to see availability
  • Pick one of the beautiful venue locations at Chetola Resort
  • Research vendors
  • Guest list first draft

12-10 Months Before

  • Book vendors 
  • Take engagement photos
  • Decide on bridal party
  • Send save the dates

10-8 Months Before

  • Registry
  • Order your dress 
  • Book DJ/band
  • Cake tasting & order cake
  • Plan decor

8-6 Months Before

  • Book honeymoon
  • Purchase wedding bands
  • Order bridesmaids dresses
  • Create song list
  • Hotel block
  • Book rehearsal dinner

4 Months Before

  • Confirm vendors
  • Order groomsmen attire
  • Order invitations
  • Bridal party gifts
  • Dress fittings
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Hair and makeup trials
  • Finalize timeline
  • Finalize menu with Chetola Resort & Timberlake's Restaurant
  • Send invites

2 Months Out

  • Finalize seating chart
  • Review ceremony with officiant
  • Write/decide on vows
  • Review songs with DJ/band
  • Purchase day of accessories
  • Confirm day of transportation
  • Confirm details with vendors

1 Month Out

  • Bachelor/Bachelorette parties (Chetola Sporting Reserve is a great spot to enjoy the day with friends)
  • Final fitting
  • Order Thank You cards

2 Weeks Before

  • Final dress fitting
  • Review music
  • Haircut/color
  • Organize outstanding payments
  • Give final guest list/food allergies
  • Must have images to photographer

1 Week Before

  • Finalize seating chart
  • Send out day-of schedule
  • Confirm with vendors

2 Days Before

  • Pack day of essentials
  • Mani/pedi at the Spa at Chetola Resort (advance reservations required)

Day Before

  • Get excited

Ready to start planning your wedding celebrations at Chetola Resort? Inquire with us about your dates by visiting

And to help you plan, download our Wedding Timeline Checklist Here:


At Chetola Resort we love supporting local non-profit organizations in our area. Nonprofits encourage civic engagement and leadership, drive economic growth, improve local communities, and strengthen the fabric of our communities.

#GivingTuesday is the global day of giving and is held each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. #GivingTuesday reimagines a world built upon shared humanity and generosity by encouraging individuals to give to their favorite organizations during the giving season.

We love and appreciate every organization in the High Country but here are a few whose mission speaks to our hearts.


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Chetola Resort's Festival of Trees Entry for 2022. Bid on our tree by visiting the Festival of Trees website.

Western Youth Network
(Festival of Trees)

Western Youth Network’s mission is to “transform our High Country community by nurturing and empowering our children so that they live HEALTHY, ENGAGED, and FULFILLED LIVES”. With initiatives like mentoring, after school programs, summer camps, high school success, and community health, Western Youth Network is helping to transform our community and make bright futures possible for the youth in our area.

During the holiday season, Western Youth Network puts on their biggest fundraising event for the year, the Festival of Trees. The Festival of Trees is an annual event where you can tour (and bid on) 100+ trees and wreaths in the High Country community, give to an awesome organization, and participate in 4 amazing events through December 1st! This year WYN is asking for donations on December 1st, 2022 (instead of #GivingTuesday) for their $20k-in-One-Day event!

Our tree at Chetola shares and shows off our love for the local community with ornaments and decor from our favorite local spots. Our tree is available for viewing in the front lobby near the elevators.

Learn more about the Festival of Trees or donate by visiting:


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Blue Ridge Conservancy

Blue Ridge Conservancy is saving the places we love in Western North Carolina. They work closely with state, federal, and private partners to expand the public’s access to land with significant recreational, cultural, and ecological value. Blue Ridge Conservancy has protected over 22,000 acres in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey counties. 

Middle Fork Greenway, a project of Blue Ridge Conservancy is a multi-use recreational trail that will connect Blowing Rock to Boone and connect residents and visitors to the natural world by giving them a spot to safely get outside and enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. This project is in the works but could always use more support.

You can be a part of the story. By supporting Blue Ridge Conservancy and Middle Fork Greenway you are helping support land protection projects that ensure our farmlands stay intact, our drinking water stays clean, and our views remain beautiful – forever. Learn more and donate to Blue Ridge Conservancy this #GivingTuesday by visiting:

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High Country Caregivers

High Country Caregivers strive to keep families together. They are a stand-alone not-for-profit organization dedicated to relatives, respite, and resources for kinship caregivers, and relatives caring for loved ones with life-limiting illnesses and debility. High Country Caregivers offers programs like The Children’s Wishlist, Coach’s Kids, Eyes in the Wild, The Learning Shack, RAPP, Kinship Navigation, and Play Me a Memory.

For the holiday season, High Country Caregivers is seeking sponsors for Christmas Angels. They are seeking sponsorships for children this Christmas season and for $250, you can help give a child a magical Christmas this year.

To learn more and donate to High Country Caregivers visit

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Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation works to ensure that Grandfather Mountain will continue to be able to preserve the astonishing variety of plants and animals found there, while welcoming thousands of visitors every year. 

Grandfather Mountain is not only one of our favorite spots to visit in the High Country but it is one of the most biodiverse and scenic places in the world. Visitors come from all around to enjoy the marvel of the animals, the plants, the trails, and the mile-high swinging bridge, and deepen their appreciation of nature and stewardship for the mountains. If there is something you’re particularly passionate about at Grandfather Mountain you can donate to different parts of the organization like animal habitats, educational programming, general needs, and field trip scholarships, or enter your own option.

To learn more and donate to the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation visit

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Casting Bread

Casting Bread Ministries strives to show the love of Jesus Christ in a tangible way by serving the community by feeding people physically as well as spiritually. 

All year round Casting Bread Ministries takes donations of food, hygiene, household goods, and monetary donations to help the local community with their needs. Their wonderful volunteers help with stocking items, client intake, loading vehicles, financial counseling, cooking, cleaning, picking up donations, and more.

To learn more, get involved, and donate to Casting Bread visit


We hope you’ll consider donating, volunteering, or getting involved with one of these great organizations this GivingTuesday.



It’s the most magical time of year in the High Country! It’s Christmas Tree season!

The High Country is known for its beautiful trees (even presidents like our trees!), lovely winter views, and expansive farms with trees as far as the eye can see. A High Country Christmas tree is the perfect addition to your home for the holiday season and what better time to grab your tree than on your holiday visit to Chetola Resort!

If you’re hoping to leave the mountains with a beautiful tree on the roof of your car, here are a few of our favorite tree farms to enjoy during the holiday season:

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Panoramic View Christmas Tree Farm (14 miles from Chetola)

The name of this tree farm says it all. The Panoramic View Christmas Tree Farm does in fact have stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains as you wander through the rows of trees to pick your perfect one. And with complimentary hayrides, a petting zoo, and fresh hot chocolate & apple cider this family-owned tree farm is an adventure the entire family will enjoy. There’s no better way to start your Christmas season than with a tree and winter adventure to Panoramic View Christmas Tree Farm.

Note: This family run farm also runs Clawson’s Christmas Tree Farm which has an even wider variety of trees. If you want lots of trees to choose from, visit them at Clawsons, but if you want the breathtaking views, head up the road to Panoramic.

Frosty's Tree Farm

Frosty’s Choose & Cut (26 miles from Chetola)

Frosty’s Choose & Cut Tree Farm is more than just a tree farm, it’s a Christmas experience for the whole family. Like most farms, Frosty’s has trees, wreaths, and garlands, but a visit to Frosty’s also includes a visit with Santa, tree stump souvenirs, hayrides, food trucks, trolley rides, build-a-wreath, hot chocolate, face painting, Christmas souvenirs, and Old Barn Winery where you can enjoy Christmas wines! You can’t help but feel the holiday spirit and joy after an adventure to Frosty’s Choose and Cut.

Circle C Tree Farms

Circle C Tree Farms (8 miles from Chetola)

A magical Christmas Tree Farm right in the heart of Boone, Circle C Tree Farm is the ideal spot for your annual family search for the perfect Christmas tree. With 7 - 13 foot trees available (with a few smaller ones), these beautiful, giant trees are the best way to bring the Christmas spirit home. With the option to use one of their handsaws, bring your own, or have their staff cut your tree, a visit to Circle C Farm is a special, holiday memory for everyone. 


C & J Christmas Trees (10 miles from Chetola)

If you’re looking for that Hallmark Christmas tree farm moment with breathtaking mountain views and beautiful trees, then C & J Christmas Trees is your go to for this year's tree. In addition to an array of Christmas trees and panoramic views, at C & J’s you can also enjoy food, hot cocoa, apple cider, wreaths, and more! With everything they have to offer, C&J’s farm is the perfect place for your family to grab their tree this season.

Important Note: GPS directions are not always accurate when getting you to C&J. Follow signs along Bamboo Rd. to get there.


The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a winter getaway to Chetola Resort and a Christmas tree adventure! No matter what tree farm you pick during your stay, you’re guaranteed to come home with a tree atop your car and magical times that will be cherished forever. We can’t wait to be a part of your family’s Christmas traditions and help you make new memories this winter at Chetola Resort!

*We recommend visiting the High Country early in the season, as some Christmas Tree Farms do run low on trees as it gets closer to Christmas.


Fall is the most beautiful season for hiking in the High Country. Breathtaking views of oranges, reds, and yellows, crisp autumn air, and crunchy leaves makes fall the perfect time to hit the trail.


Though any trail in the High Country is spectacular during the fall season, these are a few that you can't miss:

Moses Cone Manor (6.2 mile loop from Bass Lake)

Whether the Moses Cone Manor is a spot you frequent or you’ve never seen this spectacular home, the Cone Manor is a must see in the fall season. With the manor house surrounded by trees, blanketed in recently fallen leaves, views of Bass Lake below, and Blue Ridge Mountain views beyond, the Moses Cone Manor boasts one of the best views during the fall season.

If you’re looking for a long hike, you can enjoy the Moses Cone Carriage Trails directly from the Chetola grounds and hike to Bass Lake, the Apple Barn, or up to the Moses Cone Manor. If you’re looking for a beautiful drive, you can take the Blue Ridge Parkway to Milepost 294 and enjoy the Cone Manor without a trek.

Tanawha Trail (13.5 miles total | you can do small sections along the Blue Ridge Parkway)

Running parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway along Grandfather Mountain, the Tanawha Trail passes underneath the Linn Cove Viaduct, up boulders, through forests of beech and birch trees, over rivers, showing off panoramic views, and more. As the trail runs along 13 miles of the mountains, adventurers can experience unique environments and a trail unlike any other along the parkway, the Tanawha Trail is something you can enjoy sections of for years to come.

There are many ways to access the Tanawha Trail from the parkway. This lets hikers choose as long or as short of a section as they like.Visit to see a map of the trail and choose your section to explore.

Trout Lake Loop Trail (2.7 mile loop)

The Trout Lake Loop Trail is a relaxed, gradual walk around Trout Lake. Similar to Bass Lake but a little more secluded, visitors to Trout Lake can enjoy fishing, hiking, or running while enjoying the beautiful views. Besides these fun activities, explorers of Trout Lake can enjoy walking through forests filled with ancient conifers, thickets of rhododendron, a diversity of flora and fauna, and lakeside leaf views in the fall.

The Trout Lake Loop Trail is only a 7 min drive from Chetola Resort or if you’re feeling extra adventurous you can hike from Chetola to Bass Lake to the Manor House to Trout Lake which is about 7 miles round trip.

Cold Prong Pond Loop (0.5 mile loop)

What this hike lacks in panoramic views, it makes up for in low crowds, a relaxing walk, and unique flora and fauna. In the fall, the trees are covered in beautiful leaves and there are still a few flowers along the trail. The perfect spot for beginner hikers, those who need to stretch their legs, or those who love a good nature walk, Cold Prong Pond Loop is the perfect trail to step foot on.

If you continue along the trail, Cold Prong Pond Loop eventually meets up with the Tanawha Trail. So if you’re looking for a longer adventure, you can always enjoy that trail for a few miles as well.  


No matter what kind of fall hiking adventure you’re hoping to embark on during your next visit to Chetola, any or all of these hikes are the perfect escape to enjoy fall colors! We hope you’ll join us soon at Chetola for colorful fall days and beautiful trails!


*Always hike at your own risk.

**Leave what you find. Do not pick, rip, or trample flowers or other flora. Take only photos.

***Please remember when exploring these beautiful trails to leave the area better than you found it so that others can enjoy its natural beauty.


For more information on how to responsibly recreate on the trails and across North Carolina visit



Autumn in the mountains is simply unmatched. Between colorful leaves, crisp mountain air, pumpkin patches, apple picking, and cozy getaways to Chetola, we can't get enough of this season.

To make the most of the fall season, Chetola Resort has put together a Fall Bucket List to make sure guests can experience the best of fall in the High Country this season.

Savor Fall Fare at Timberlake’s Restaurant

Treat your taste buds to fall flavors at Timberlake’s Restaurant with our special fall menu! With fare like fried chicken livers, a winter garden salad, fried green tomato blt, ratatouille pasta, crispy duck breast, and more, you’ll be savoring fall at Timberlake’s all season long.

Chetola Resort Junior Ranger Program

Whether you have kiddos or you’re a kid at heart, the Chetola Junior Ranger Program will excite you to explore the best of Chetola Resort and the High Country in Fall (and every season)! Pick up a Junior Ranger Booklet in the Chetola Lodge lobby and complete all the activities to get your own Junior Ranger Badge!

Orvis Endorsed Fall Fly Fishing with Chetola

Fly Fishing is a magical experience no matter the season. But when you hit the rivers in the fall, with the colors in the leaves and on the fish, there’s no better time to be on the water.

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Enjoy Autumn at Chetola Sporting Reserve

With clay shooting, archery, a pistol & rifle range, and an adventurous drive with breathtaking fall views, your fall visit to Chetola Resort wouldn’t be complete without spending some time at Chetola Sporting Reserve. 

Visit a local Pumpkin Patch

Is the fall season truly complete without a visit to a pumpkin patch? Big, small, orange, colorful pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors galore, the local pumpkin patches around the High Country have a pumpkin for everyone. Learn more about our favorite local pumpkin patches by visiting our blog here.

Pick your own apples at a local apple orchard

There’s something extra magical about wandering through an apple orchard on a crisp, fall day and plucking the apples from the tree. In the High Country, we’re lucky to have many apple picking spots to choose from within an hour of Chetola Resort. Learn more about our favorite local apple farms by visiting our blog here.


P.S. If you’re staying at one of Chetola Resort’s Premiere Condominiums, you can use your kitchen to bake fall goodies with your fresh picked apples. 

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Experience Autumn at Grandfather Mountain

Enjoy activities like native wildlife exhibits, the newly renovated Wilson Nature Center, spectacular fall views, hiking trails, and the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge.

Enjoy Fall Views along the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a spectacular drive in any season, but fall is when this scenic drive really shows its colors. Some of our favorite fall views include: Raven Rock Overlook, Thunderhill Overlook, and the Linn Cove Viaduct!

Please practice Leave No Trace Principles when exploring outdoor spaces!

Navigate a Corn Maze

Pumpkin patches, apple orchards, AND corn mazes - the High Country has it all. Most corn mazes in the area are connected with pumpkin patches so you can enjoy two of your favorite fall activities in one visit. Our go-to corn mazes include: Harvest Farm Corn Maze, New River Corn Maze, Ashe County Corn Maze, and the Alpha & Omega Corn Maze.

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Ride the Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train

One of the most popular events of the season, the Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train transforms Tweetsie from the Wild West into a haunted park with Halloween thrills. Advance tickets are highly recommended.

In addition to the Ghost Train, around the park are trick-or-treat stations, themed photo opportunities, a Palace Spooktacular Show, a Haunted House, the murky Freaky Forest, and brave guests can enjoy the Creepy Carnival.

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Play at a High Country Fall Festival

There’s a lot to love about fall in the High Country, but one of the best things is the unique fall festivals in the area. Between Autumn Art in the Park, OktoberFest at Sugar Mountain, the Woolly Worm Festival, and the Valle Country Fair, you’ll be immersed in fall all October long in the High Country.

Support Local Shops, Artisans, & Farmers Markets

Autumn coziness and fall goods abound in the local shops and farmers markets around Chetola Resort. With Downtown Blowing Rock, Tanger Outlets, and Downtown Boone only a short drive away there are endless options for fall goods to commemorate your visit.

Don’t want to leave the Chetola Grounds to shop? Visit The Wading Room at Chetola Resort for local fall treats and all your fly fishing gear needs.

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Fall in the love with panoramic views at The Blowing Rock

Enjoy stunning, panoramic autumn views at North Carolina’s Oldest Travel Attraction, The Blowing Rock. Besides savoring various beautiful views, enjoy nature trails, a picnic, the gardens, Blowing Rock photo gallery, and more.


No matter what fun fall activities you’re hoping to cross off your High Country Fall Bucket List this year, Chetola Resort is your perfect autumn adventure basecamp!

P.S. The best spot to enjoy a cozy fall meal is Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort. 


They say not to go chasing waterfalls, but when you’re visiting an area like Blowing Rock or Chetola with 20+ waterfalls around you, it’s impossible not to enjoy them. So we say grab your gear, pack accordingly, and go chase those High Country waterfalls. 

Though there are many waterfalls and trails to choose from in the area, our favorites to chase include:

Glen Burney Falls (3.2 miles)

Located just 3 minutes from Chetola Resort, these beautiful falls are right in the heart of Downtown Blowing Rock. On this 3.2 mile out and back trail, enjoy views of Glen Marie Falls and Glen Burney Falls at the end of the trail. In addition to viewing the falls, at the beginning of the trail you can find remains of an old structure.

This trail is a favorite of Chetola guests and visitors because its location makes it a great adventure to experience before or after exploring downtown Blowing Rock. You can even walk from downtown to the trailhead for the falls! It’s the perfect hidden gem, right in town!

Important Note: Though many spots list this trail as easy, it is more moderately challenging the further you go down the trail and is often slick and muddy. Please prepare accordingly.

Otter Falls (0.9 miles)

Located just a short drive away in Seven Devils, NC, this short hike that is rated as moderately strenuous follows a beautifully forested trail as it descends 230 feet to Otter Falls. With 4 different colored trails, each exploring a different part of the forest, there is a nature walk in Seven Devils for everyone to enjoy! There are also observation decks for hikers to take in the views from the top of the falls as well as trails that lead to the bottom.

Visitors love this spot because the trek is less strenuous than some other waterfall hikes in the area, but Otter Falls is just as stunning as some of the bigger falls.

The trek to Otter Falls is rated as moderate and does descend about 230 feet towards the falls. Hiking boots or sturdy shoes are recommended

Cascades Trail (0.8 miles)

The Cascades Trail is an easy, 1-mile loop trail located at Milepost 271.9 along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Deep Gap, NC. This beautiful hike takes adventurers past views, gorgeous High Country plants and spring blooms, before reaching two overlooks that show off the falls. There is an upper and lower view of the falls, and both provide spectacular scenes. If you’re looking for a shorter hike with great views and a waterfall in the middle, then this is the perfect trail to explore.

Important Note: Please do not climb on the falls or atop the stone walls. Both are very slippery and injuries have occurred. 

Linville Falls (distance varies)

Linville Falls is considered one of the area's most beautiful waterfalls. Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway and marking the beginning of the Linville Gorge, Linville Falls is an iconic waterfall and a must-see for all hiking enthusiasts. With 4 different trails and viewpoints of Linville Falls, there is a trail (and a view) for everyone’s tastes. 3 of the trails are considered easy treks, while the 4th is considered as strenuous and only recommended for experienced hikers. 

Important Note: This hike can get extremely busy during the warmer months especially on weekends. Please plan to hike early in the morning or during the weekdays. Swimming in this area is extremely dangerous and not allowed. Please stay behind all signs and follow all rules. They are there to keep you safe from the falls. And remember to leave this area better than you found it.

Crab Orchard Falls (1.4 miles)

The 1.4 mile trek to Crab Orchard Falls is a moderate, uphill trek that leads to small water pools and beautiful cascading waterfalls. Winding up through forested areas, with tall trees, and wonderful nature sounds, this hike is worth the uphill climb to enjoy the views beyond. And since what goes up, must come down, enjoy a gradual downhill all the way back to your vehicle as you enjoy the hike back.

Important Note: The wooden bridge to Crab Orchard Falls can be slick. Use caution when walking this part of the trail.

Elk River Falls (0.8 miles)

Located just past Banner Elk in the town of Elk Park, the Elk River Falls trail provides a spectacular view of a 50 ft waterfall after a short hike. Follow the trail sign for “Big Falls” for an easy ¼ of a mile walk and you will find yourself at the top of the falls. Take in the views of the water tumbling down and then continue down the trail for another ¼ mile (this last part is a little steeper) and you’ll find yourself at the base of the falls. At the base, there is a big, flat rock where many sit to enjoy the views or take a picnic (we highly recommend a to-go meal from Timberlake’s). Many people also take the opportunity to swim in this spot, but please read the notes below about safety precautions at Elk River Falls.

Hiking boots or sturdy shoes are recommended.

*Important Note: Although swimming is allowed at the pools below the falls, you should NOT swim near the base of the falls or at the top of the falls. The currents are too strong for wading in these spots and can be deadly. You should also not jump from the top of the falls.

Bonus: Chetola Dam (0.4 miles from Chetola Lodge)

Though not necessarily a true waterfall, the Chetola Dam is a hidden gem that not many people know about. Historically, the original entrance to Chetola Resort, the dam now serves as a beautiful spot to enjoy the view, picnic, fish, and take a little trip back in history. This spot can be accessed by guests of the resort.


We can’t wait for you to chase waterfalls on your next getaway to Chetola Resort!

For the best experience while waterfall hiking, here are a few extra tips for hiking to see these spectacular spots:


  • Follow Outdoor NC’s 7 principles for recreating in the North Carolina
  • Check the weather! Know what conditions will look like during the day.
  • Wear sturdy shoes. Many trails can be slick and muddy during all seasons.
  • Bring water and stay hydrated.
  • Be safe and have fun out there!


*Please be sure that when exploring you leave the waterfalls and the surrounding areas better than you found them. Please pick up all trash, leave only footprints, take nothing but photos and follow OutdoorNC’s seven principles for recreating in North Carolina. Find the seven principles by visiting


Women’s Only Basic Shotgun Course

Sunday, August 12

Chetola Resort and Chetola Sporting Reserve

Instruction by Morgan Tarbutton


7:30am - Registration
8am - Class/Workshop

Appalachian Blue Ridge Room, Chetola Resort



Chetola Sporting Reserve

This NRA-sanctioned Women's Only Basic Shotgun Course focuses on shooting fundamentals, safety, camaraderie, and basic skills of the sport:

Shotgun Knowledge and Safe Handling  /  Ammunition Knowledge and Shooting Fundamentals  /  Firing the First Shots with Practical Exercise  /  Shotgun Activities with Moving Targets

Sporting Reserve Member Price: $125 per person
Non-Member Price: $150 per person

Fee Includes:

  • Basics of Shotgun class instruction
  • 50 shells of ammo (28, 20 & 12 gauge). No outside
    ammo allowed.
  • Boxed lunch
  • Eye and ear protection
  • NRA handbook and certificate of course completion
  • BYOG, or rent one of ours for $15/person. Supply is limited.
  • Discounts on lodging, spa, restaurant, fly fishing, and
    gift shop
To register, contact Morgan Tarbutton: 828.773.8375 or
Or click HERE to register at

Accommodations are not included in fee, but all participants receive 20% off accommodations in Chetola Lodge or 1 to 4-bedroom Condominiums; discount applies Sunday through Thursday only. Refer to code "NRAClass" when booking. For lodging reservations, call 828.295.5500.

Future Classes

September 9 - Women's Basic Pistol Course
November 4 - NRA Women on Target Event

For questions, contact

Women’s Only Basic Pistol Course

Sunday, September 9

Chetola Resort and Chetola Sporting Reserve

Instruction by Morgan Tarbutton

women pistol shooting


7:30am - Registration
8am - Class/Workshop

Appalachian Blue Ridge Room, Chetola Resort



Chetola Sporting Reserve

This NRA-sanctioned Women's Only Basic Pistol Shooting Course focuses on shooting fundamentals, safety, camaraderie, and basic skills of the sport:

Firearm instruction / Gun safety / Pistol training / Aiming and hold control / Breathing control / Trigger Control / Follow through / Form and function

Sporting Reserve Member Price: $150 per person
Non-Member Price: $175 per person

Fee Includes:

  • Class instruction
  • Shooting and 200 rounds of ammunition  (.22 and 9mm)
  • Lunch
  • NRA handbook and certificate of course completion
  • BYOG: if needed, guns are available to rent for $15 per person. Supply is limited.
To register, contact Morgan Tarbutton: 828.773.8375 or
Or click HERE to register at

Accommodations are not included in fee, but all participants receive 20% off accommodations in Chetola Lodge or 1 to 4-bedroom Condominiums; discount applies Sunday through Thursday only. Refer to code "NRAClass" when booking. For lodging reservations, call 828.295.5500.

Future Classes

August 12 - Women's Basic Shotgun Course
September 9 - Women's Basic Pistol Course
November 3 - NRA Women on Target Event

For questions, contact