Our Stay at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock

A gorgeous rock formation ridge, overlooking the landscape at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains with the Chetola Sporting Reserve. #mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort

I grew up in Asheville, NC and went to college in Boone, NC. We don’t travel back to Boone as much as I would like, so we decided to add a few days on a recent vacation and travel further into the mountains. We left Asheville and made the two hour drive to Blowing Rock, NC to stay the Chetola Resort. We timed this trip perfectly, with a recent snow and the annual Christmas light display, Blowing Rock was a magical Christmas vacation.

About Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock

A welcoming sight of the Chetola Resort, decorated with festive Christmas lights. #mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort

Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock is a 78-acre resort within walking distance of the quaint mountain village of Blowing Rock and adjacent to a 3,600-acre National Park nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. The resort offers accommodations in Chetola Lodge, 1 to 4-bedroom luxury Condominiums or the private Bob Timberlake Inn, fine dining at Timberlake’s Restaurant, relaxation in the Spa at Chetola Resort, and a variety of recreational activities and amenities across the resort.

Arriving at the Chetola Resort

Our gorgeous room at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. The hotel room was decorated with rustic mountain decor. Two queen size beds are decorated with white, red, grey, and black linens. A large full-wall photo of the forest adorns the hotel room wall. #mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort

When entering the lobby, we were greeted by the kind staff working safely behind plexiglass. Immediately upon entering, there was a cozy ambiance with a fire and the cutest gift shop with anything you might need, from local gifts to apparel and basic necessities. We stayed in the main inn at Chetola, with a ground level room and views of the lake. In 2019, the lodge’s first floor was completely renovated. I loved the special details and modern lodge designs, with fur furniture and accents. There was a nice chair for lounging and outdoor balcony with seating and beautiful views. I was able to sit at the spacious desk and get some work done while Scott napped. We also had a small kitchen area with a microwave, coffee maker, sink, and small fridge. The bathroom was spacious with a warm shower and soaking tub.

More details from our hotel room at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. The bedside table was a gorgeous 3-drawer dresser with a rustic aged finish. I love the rustic bedding in this hotel room, and the gorgeous full wall sized photograph of a creek in Blowing Rock.#mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort
The hotel room at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock came with a lovely welcome basket that contained snacks, bottled waters, air fresheners and local goodies.#mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort

The resort had several amenities like laundry, exercise rooms, an indoor heated pool, and more. The resort is following safety procedures to keep their amenities clean with immaculate cleaning and safe distance practices. We were allowed to use the gym facilities with a two person limit at a time. Most of our time was spent outdoors exploring the trails and walking to the nearby Blowing Rock shops.

A gorgeous partially frozen waterfall located near Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. #mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort
The city lights of the Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains with the Chetola Sporting Reserve. #mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort

Chetola Sporting Reserve

This lovely cabin is part of the Chetola Sporting Reserve in Blowing Rock, NC.#mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort

The highlight of this trip was just a short and scenic drive away. One of the hotel amenities includes the Chetola Sporting Reserve, with an array of outdoor sportsman activities including gun, rifle and pistol ranges, sporting clay course, 5-stand clay station, archery range, and OrvisĀ® fly fishing excursions. All levels of experience are welcomed. Scott and I selected the Level 1 NSCA Shotgun Instruction with Grayson, and he provided a basic instruction for shooting clays. We also moved out to the 5-stand sporting course for more challenging shots. We had a blast and felt very safe while receiving instruction. I can honestly say, this was a highlight of the trip and we will definitely do it again. We hope to try the OrvisĀ® fly fishing excursion when we return for another trip.

A gorgeous stone fireplace in the rustic cabin lodge at Chetola Sporting Reserve. #mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort
Shooting a rifle into the woods at the shooting range at Chetola Sporting Reserve. #mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort

Dining at Chetola and Blowing Rock

For our first night in Blowing Rock, we were tired from driving and exploring the nearby mountain towns so we opted to relax then dine at the Timberlake’s Restaurant at the Chetola Resort. We started with a Charcuterie Platter and Spring Berry Salad. For our entrees, we ordered the Korean Barbecue Boneless Short Ribs and Grilled Canadian Salmon. Both meals were substantial and delicious and we finished the night with a warm drink by the outdoor fire pits to admire the Christmas lights. The following morning, we ate breakfast at the resort as well, and it was great!

For our second night in Blowing Rock, we started at Blowing Rock Brewing Company. We snacked on the most delicious hummus with warm flatbread chips and celery. We enjoyed a few of their beers while sitting in front of a cozy fire and watching the snow flurries. My favorite was the Cloud Rise IPA, with the perfect amount of hops! Scott went with the Big Chocolate Porter and loved the roasted malt flavor.

The entrance to Blowing Rock Brewing Company, where we enjoyed lunch during our Blowing Rock vacation.#mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort

That evening, we dined at Bistro Roca and oh my goodness, we experienced one of our favorite meals to date! We started with Mama Phan’s Spring Rolls, which we learned are a special family recipe. They were fantastic! Then, we had Roasted Figs that were wrapped in prosciutto ham with manchego and sourwood honey. Dinner was quickly served with Scott ordering the NC Mountain Trout and myself the Fungi Pie. I absolutely love mushroom and white pizza and this hit the spot! It was honestly so delicious and I cannot wait to return!

A delicious "Fungi Pizza" served at Bistro Roca in Blowing Rock. A mushroom pizza with white sauce and scallions. #mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort

Things to do when visiting Blowing Rock

There are several things to do while visiting Blowing Rock. You can access the Blue Ridge Parkway (seasonal) with several waterfalls and hiking trails a short distance away. You can drive over to Linville and see amazing caves. While in town, take a drive to Grandfather Mountain to walk the mile high swinging bridge and visit the nature museum and wildlife exhibits. There are numerous ski resorts, with Appalachian Ski Mtn. right down the road from Chetola Resort. Head over to Banner Elk to check out Beech Ski Mtn. or Sugar Ski Mtn. There is also a new alpine coaster located in Banner Elk.

Gorgeous all-stone architecture is a favorite feature of Blowing Ridge, NC, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains with the Chetola Sporting Reserve. #mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort
Blowing Rock, NC has so much lovely architecture like this white wood and slate building in the downtown area.#mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort
The college campus in Boone, NC has gorgeous all stone buildings surrounded by woods and forest. #mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort

Visit Boone and admire the beautiful college campus, Appalachian State University. Take a stroll through Boone and stop for a bite to eat at Macado’s or have a beer at Lost Province Brewing Co. All three of the small towns have several shopping options as well. Take the kids to Tweetsie Railroad, which hosts several events throughout the year, like the Tweetsie Christmas and the Ghost Train. Nearby, visit Mystery Hill, a natural gravitational anomaly. Finally, go check out the actual Blowing Rock and majestic views!

A gorgeous all stone building on the college campus near Boon, NC. #mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort
Our mountain vacation to Blowing Rock, North Carolina to stay at Chetola Resort, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains with the Chetola Sporting Reserve. #mountaingetaway #mountains #westernnorthcarolina #boonenc #bannerelk #blowingrock #blueridgemountains #chetolaresort

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves while visiting Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. We cannot wait to return and visit the area again! What’s next? We’re planning a trip to Florida!

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  1. Thank you Amy I really enjoy your blogs.
    You trip to Boone and Blowing Rock look and sound amazing. Hope Jim and I can make the trip before long.
    Our best to you and Scott.
    Martha and Jim

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