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


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.