The beach bum in me has been spending quite a bit of time at mountain lodges it seems. The second the weather warmed up, you’d have imagined I’d have rushed off to find cool cerulean waves and scorching white sands. But there I was, nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina amidst nearly a dozen waterfalls and hiking trails, tasting homemade chocolates and home-brewed beers. My home for the weekend in the quaint village of Blowing Rock was the 87-acre Chetola Resort, complete with lodge, lake, and spa. Relaxation was the name of the game and with downtown a mere minutes away and Boone nearby, finding things to do was really easy. If you’re a fan of outdoor activities, you arrange several upscale sports like fly fishing, golfing and clay pigeon shooting from the website or with the help of the concierge.
At First Glance, Chetola Resort is exactly what you picture when someone says they are off to stay for a weekend in the mountains. The lodge is set back about a half mile from the road, so to enter the grounds you must stop and give your name to the friendly guard before a slow drive along a lighted fence. Smart choice, because it builds ambiance as you the grounds are revealed. We arrived in the evening so the reflection of the lights in the lake, the gazebo, and the fire pits lead us to the front of the inn. Fantastic reveal.
The Room: Chetola Resort has a rustic, traditional wood build with a rural appeal. The resort rooms are designated the Chetola Lodge features 42 guestrooms with can be rented with balconies and view of optional view of the lake and grounds. The Bob Timberlake Inn includes 8 large B&B suites decorated in signature Bob Timberlake artwork. There are also 100 condominiums on the property for rent, lease and/or purchase should you decide to never leave.
We stayed in the Deluxe Lake View with Balcony and double queen beds. The decor was a simple, clean white and brown with a few touches of burnt orange that reminded me of fall. (I bet it’s lovely in Autumn.) There was nothing quite elaborate, but I appreciate that it wasn’t gaudy or old fashioned like some of the bed and breakfasts I’d seen in the area. I actually had a hard time suggesting other hotels in my city guide because the rooms were such eye sores. The beds were high and firm, with a plush duvet. The TV was big with full cable and a mini wet bar which I always love to have.
Dining: Timberlake’s Restaurant is the onsite dining establishment and the only meals we’ve had all weekend that wasn’t weirdly over prepared. It’s a very unassuming and quiet place. The decor is old fashioned, southern lodging with the option to sit outside near the fire, overlooking the lake. As a naturally cold natured individual, a window view is just as good.The meals were really well cooked. So good that we actually ate there both nights, despite having plans to meet friends at a local college joint in Boone. The menu was complete of heavier, savory mountain staples like a pan-seared duck and roasted Carolina quail and tasty side dishes like mushroom risotto and golden Yukon potatoes. (This is only place I’ve ordered and finished cauliflower) Semi-sweetened, fresh cornbread, and apple butter are served with dinner and we nearly filled up on before the waiter can back with drinks. For dinner, on Friday we order the duck breast medium with cranberry port wine compote and Black Angus filet cooked rare finished with traditional Au Poivre sauce. Both came out quickly and cooked to perfection. On Saturday, we tried the salmon. I had a Pan-Seared Salmon topped with roasted tomatoes, sauteed spinach and beurre blanc sauce and J opted for a classic caesar salad topped with similar pan seared salmon. The fish flaked perfectly at the flick of the fork. In the morning breakfast was a buffet of traditional western style foods included with the stay.
Overall Stay: The overall trip was pleasant and relaxed. The hotel was quiet and. At first, we were under the impression that we were accompanied by a much older demographic but by Saturday and especially Sunday morning, we saw a girls group in their early thirties having a getaway weekend and lots of couples our age. The younger residents were out and about around town. The weekend was a fun and relaxing stay at a first class mountain resort and I would absolutely return in the fall when the weather cools and the leaves along the Blue Ridge are epically golden and red. Everyone was so kind and our waiter were quite the little hams. They should form a comedy troupe. Between dining room jazz and smores by the fire pit under stars, I didn’t think about work for a single second. Blowing Rock managed to outdo Asheville which was a complete surprise. I hate to use cliche terms like hidden gen and underrated, but that basically sums up everything about this cute town. I felt like total local and spent so much time outside at the resort in the swings looking out over the water. I guess I’m the southern strolling type now.
Chetola Resort Owned & Operated
Private – Exclusive Club Membership
Limited Chetola Guest Membership
67 Acres of Pristine Wooded Land
Orvis Endorsed Lodge & Guides
NRA Certified Instruction
Beretta and Ceaser Gurini Shotguns
5 Stand Clay Station
13 Station Sporting Clay Course
Pistol & Rifle Range
Float and Wade Trip Fly Fishing Adventures
Public and Private Waters
Corporate and Executive Retreats
Weddings and Receptions
- The resort offers fitness classes, tennis and pickle ball, indoor swimming, lake activities, and a full-service spa. Special packages for every occasion available.
- Two-night minimum stay is required. Residents of the Bob Timberlake Inn must be 21.
- No drinks before 5 pm. I wanted a Chetola Relaxer and it was a no go. And the bar was closed. But you can go to the downtown area and hit up one of the many restaurants and bars.
- There were no children during the weekend we stayed. So extra points for that.
- There’s a full-service spa. I’ve mentioned it twice already, but…there’s a full-service spa. Get your all day pampering on.
Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock
185 Chetola Lake Drive
Blowing Rock, NC 28605