Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock (The High Country’s Haven of Rest)

Last Updated on January 17, 2022

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In Cherokee, Chetola means “haven of rest.” Its namesake resort in Blowing Rock is exactly that, living up to the name in every possible way. At Chetola Resort, natural beauty and world-class accommodations come together to form one of our absolute favorite places to stay.

Chetola Resort winter lights

We’re not alone in our thoughts, as people have long been coming to this High Country paradise to create memories. Of course, there’s always the option of keeping to your cozy room and indulging in exquisite service and amenities. You can also enjoy the outdoor grounds among friends and family, either relaxing by the water or biding your time fishing for a nice catch.

It’s all possible at Chetola Resort. You just have to go and see it for yourself. And if you still don’t believe us, then we think you need to keep reading in order to understand all that awaits at this fabulous getaway.

We’ve organized this article to include all the necessary information you’ll need to book a stay at Chetola Resort. These are the topics we will discuss in this article:

  • History of Chetola Resort 
  • Lodging Options at Chetola Resort
  • Dining at Timberlake’s Restaurant
  • Things to do with Kids at Chetola Resort
  • More Things to Do at Chetola Resort
  • Fly Fishing and the Sporting Reserve 
  • Hiking nearby

This post is part of our series on awesome places to stay in North Carolina, especially if you’re hoping to enjoy the western part of our state.

Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock

For booking and location information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. Before you do that, we think you’ll enjoy learning more about the Chetola Resort’s background along with a deeper dive into all the things people of all ages (including kids!) can do here.

History of Chetola Resort

Silverlake was the original name and you'll see why when staring out at the waters of Chetola Resort.

The land that makes up Chetola has seen some interesting people come through. Lot Estes purchased 100 acres of it in 1846 and built a summer resort known as Silverlake. When the resort wasn’t in use, it was repurposed to store and sell ice.

In 1892, William Stringfellow bought the property to aid his debilitating tuberculosis. The Stringfellows were the ones to name it Chetola and they lived here through the beginning of the twentieth century.

The property came into the hands of J Luther Snyder, also known as the “Coca Cola King of the Carolinas,” when he bought it in 1926. Chetola came alive with frequent parties and celebrations.

That spirit of the Snyder era is exactly what current owner Kent Tarbutton hopes to keep alive. The two have sought to maintain the resort’s history while expanding it into the beautiful lodging we see today.

Booking a Stay at Chetola Resort

Guests have three options when booking a stay at Chetola Resort. This includes the Chetola Lodge, the Bob Timberlake Inn, and Chetola Premier Condominiums.

Chetola Lodge

Chetola Resort Lodge
Accessible rooms are also available at Chetola Lodge.

Overlooking the clear, pristine lake are the Chetola Lodge’s 42 spacious and inviting rooms. This is where you stay if you want to be in the center of it all. Recently updated in 2020, the Lodge features rooms with walk-out balconies, soaking tubs, and suites with luxury showers.

Chetola Resort Lodge double room

Rooms feature beautiful mountain-themed décor with large framed pictures taken by a local photographer over each of the beds. If you are traveling with your four-legged friend, the Lodge’s first and second floors are pet-friendly!

Newly Rennovated Rooms at Chetola

Your pup will even be greeted with amenities to make their stay more memorable.

The Bob Timberlake Inn

Luxury awaits at the Bob Timberlake Inn on the Chetola property.

If you are looking for a top-notch luxury experience minus kids, then one of the eight rooms at the adult-only Bob Timberlake Inn is for you. Built in 2004 as a collaboration with one of North Carolina’s most distinguished artists, each room contains unique, original furniture and artwork from Bob Timberlake’s collection.

In addition to the well-appointed room, the Inn also has a stocked 24-hour pantry of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to go with coffee and tea. Inn guests have a private innkeeper and there’s even a social hour with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Large room at Chetola Inn

Save room before bed for house-made chocolate chip cookies made by the Timberlake’s pastry chef!

Room at Chetola Inn

Each room at the Inn has been named for past and present owners of Chetola, as well as notable historic North Carolinians. Another bonus for guests staying at the Bob Timberlake Inn is breakfast included with a stay package.

Chetola Premier Condominiums

Chetola Resort Condos

Chetola also has 75 condominiums for rent, which is a nice accompaniment to the Lodge and Inn. Their one- to four-bedroom condos are spread out on the 78 acres of the property and are excellent options for families or groups who are traveling together.

Condos at Chetola Resort

All condominiums have fireplaces, spacious living rooms, and an equal ratio of bedrooms to bathrooms. While these condos are sprinkled around Chetola and tucked away to ensure privacy, they’re all within a five to 10-minute walk from the main lodge.

Dining at Chetola Resort at Timberlake’s Restaurant

Timberlake’s Restaurant is a world-class Blowing Rock restaurant that should not be missed when in the High Country! Whether you are staying at Chetola Resort are in town for a visit, diners will want to make reservations for a meal at Timberlake’s.

Timberlake's sits right next to the main lobby at Chetola Resort.

Since its 2012 opening in Chetola’s historic Manor House, Timberlake’s Restaurant has been serving exceptional breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are absolutely worth writing about. The menu is another collaboration with Bob Timberlake and this time, culinary genius and head chef, Matt Rivers.

Diners should expect fresh local produce and expertly executed techniques.

Timberlakes inside

The restaurant’s layout is perfectly set up for intimate dining, inside and outside, as it sits just across from the lake. A waterfront patio and private wine room accompany three dining rooms.

Breakfast at Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort

Start your morning off at Chetola with a delicious made-to-order breakfast. With options like stuffed French toast, chicken and biscuits, and shakshouka- foodies definitely want to dine at Chetola for breakfast!

Breakfast at Chetola Resort

The menu changes seasonally, but we’ve heard amazing things about the pan-seared Elk and roasted Carolina quail. If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, the Timberlake salads are miles above your average bed of lettuce.

While the food is certainly worthy of “fine dining” classification, you’ll find a relaxed atmosphere fitting for all times. Children are also welcome here and the menu for tiny foodies is equally exciting. Another reason to appreciate Timberlake’s if you’re staying in the condos is their take-home family meals that you can heat up.

Timberlakes Chetola Resort braised short ribs

And if you are looking for allergen-friendly food in Blowing Rock, Timberlake’s makes most of their sauces gluten-free and are very accommodating! The wait staff will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have regarding ingredients, too.

Chetola Resort Timberlakes dessert

Another culinary treasure at Timberlake’s is their house-made desserts. Pastry Chef Candace Hagaman uses fresh local ingredients to add a twist to classic southern desserts.

Honestly, you cannot leave Blowing Rock without having one of her Banana Fosters Cream Puffs!

Open to All

Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola is not just for guests, either. Anyone in the area should check this place out because it will easily rank among anyone’s favorite restaurants in Blowing Rock.

Note: Please call in advance 828-295-5505 for reservations.

Things to do with Kids at Chetola Resort

Tennis and pickleball courts await, along with 9-hole disc golf (I prefer “frolf”) and 3-hole practice course. There are also lawn games ready for you to get a match started, including cornhole, volleyball, and even horseshoes.

Chetola Resort Playground

The outdoor playground and an 800-square foot indoor playspace are a couple of ways kids can play here! Chetola also hosts Summer Camp for children ages 4 to 12 with fun interactive themes!

Chetola Resort things for kids

Make it an interactive stay at Chetola Resort with their Junior Ranger packet! Available for purchase from the front desk, children go on a scavenger hunt across the resort as well as learn to respect the great outdoors along the way!

More Things to Do at Chetola Resort

Try to keep score on all the things to do at Chetola Resort and you’ll quickly lose count.

Spa at Chetola

In case we haven’t relaxed you enough already, you can also receive world-class pampering inside the Spa at Chetola Resort. With five treatment rooms including one of the couples, guests looking to unwind can book a massage, facial, nail treatment, and even hair and makeup appointments.

Pool, Jacuzzi, and Sauna!

We're partial to the Chetola Resort pool but imagine people have other thoughts.

Attached to the Spa is the resort’s heated indoor pool, along with a jacuzzi and sauna. With these three options, you really should be able to unwind at Chetola.

And if you want to keep up with your workouts, there’s an impressive fitness room to do exactly what you need.

Enjoying Chetola Lake

You can spend your entire time at Chetola admiring the 8-acre lake that sits in front of Timberlake’s and the Lodge. There are chairs for lounging and one can really lose themselves looking out into the water, with the trees surrounding it, and mountains beyond.

If you’re lake-watching happens at the right time, you’ll see people of all ages casting their rods in the water. Honestly, it’s wonderful to see so many families together enjoying the outdoors.

Of course, they’re trying to catch one of the many trout that Chetola keeps the lake stocked with. And if you catch a good one (within measurements), Timberlake’s will clean, filet, and cook it for you!

The watery fun doesn’t end there, as you can also float on the lake in a paddleboat, kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards.

Chetola Resort Christmas Lights

Chetola Resort is also one of our favorite places to enjoy Christmas lights in North Carolina! The Festival of Lights is an annual tradition at Chetola and is free to the public.

More than 30,000 lights shine around the lake and there are even interactive components for children to enjoy as you walk around the lake!

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Fly Fishing at Chetola Resort

Orvis fly fishing at Chetola Resort

You can grab a rod and reel and fish on Chetola Lake at any time but we think you should also know about the incredible Orvis-endorsed fly fishing program.

Guided Fishing

A guided fishing trip will lead to some of the best fishing on the East Coast. That’s because the streams here are the highest waters east of the Mississippi River, meaning the water temperature stays consistent year-round and thus, encourages the fish population to stick around.

You’ll be picked up from Chetola Resort and taken to waters that are perfect for the weather and your experience level. Your guide will lead the way, even tying flies and untangling rods if necessary.

Casting Clinics

Fly Fishing at Chetola Resort

And if you are new to fly fishing, Chetola Resort also hosts casting clinics to help you learn. Equipment can be provided including up-to-date Orvis rods and waders. Bring your own equipment and the guides will help with a technique that you can take home.

Kids can even enjoy some fishing at Chetola!

You might think that fly fishing is reserved only for adults, but the Orvis program at Chetola is also accommodating to children! You can start out with a demo lesson on the lawn and then build your trip with the guide according to the adventure you and your family are looking for.

Excursions are half-day or full-day and we strongly recommend booking ahead!

More Recreational Fun at the Chetola Sporting Reserve

Your fly fishing excursion will likely take place on the 67-acre Chetola Sporting Reserve. It’s less than 20 minutes away and hosts bountiful fishing opportunities.

Chetola Resort Sporting Reserve

People also come here to test their skills on one of the 13 clay shooting courses, rifle, pistol, and archery ranges. Beginners are welcome to the clays, as the machine is adjustable so the clay comes out slow at first. Of course, they can speed up as your skills progress.

On top of that is 27 miles of hiking and ATV trails. An impressive clubhouse and pub allow for kicking back and relaxing, too.

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Hiking near Chetola Resort

Bass Lake in Blowing Rock NC

One of my favorite things about Chetola is all the ways one can enjoy the outdoors here. A newly constructed 1.8-mile trail connects Chetola to Moses Cone Memorial Park, around Bass Lake, and back. There are fun interactive stations along the hike for families as well!

You can walk around Bass Lake or trek 2.7 miles up and back from Moses Cone Manor to Flat Top Tower, one of our favorite hikes in Blowing Rock and throughout North Carolina.

Read More: 25 of the Most Amazing Winter Hikes in North Carolina

Chetola Resort: Perfect for ALL Ages

Kid friendly activities at Chetola Resort

From a family travel perspective, we think you can enjoy just about everything at Chetola Resort. The condos are spacious and we loved having the option to cook our own food. If you’d like to be closer to it all, you can by staying at the Lodge.

And if you’re not visiting with children, the adult-only Bob Timberlake Inn is wonderful for solo travelers and couples.

From the food at Timberlake’s to all the relaxation options and fun activities, you can choose your own path at Chetola Resort. With so many possible ways to enjoy Chetola, the only thing left is for you to book.

Chetola Resort Booking Info and Location

Booking Info: Website or Call (800-243-8652)

Address: 185 Chetola Lake Drive, Blowing Rock, NC 28605

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Disclosure Note

Special thanks to Chetola Resort for hosting us during our stay. All opinions within this article are our own.

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