If you are planning a trip to Blowing Rock there are so many activities that you can do during your stay, and many of them can be enjoyed without ever having to leave the grounds of the Chetola Resort.
Check out the amenities
All guests, whether you are staying in one of the rooms at the resort or a condo, have access to the spa, pool and various other activities, which include canoeing, paddle boating and Bonfire Night. We did not join in on Bonfire Night during our stay (there was a rehearsal dinner going on during the regularly scheduled activity) but if you want to enjoy the event, you can purchase S’more’s packs at $5 dollars each. There is also an outdoor bar (depending on the weather) and live music.
In the event of a downpour (or other inclement weather,) the music will be moved inside Timberlake’s Restaurant.
Enjoy a swing and some fresh air
There two swings to choose from, the largest one is located between the trees overlooking the lawn, gazebo and lake, where you can sit and read, or watch the swans. The second smaller swing (big enough for two, possibly three) is located near the Timberlake’s patio. Both swings are very popular among the guests, so be sure to keep an eye out for when they open up.
I could literally have spent hours curled up on this massive swing with a good book. Speaking of good books, be sure to check out tomorrow’s post featuring my interview with Ann Mah, the author of The Lost Vintage.
Have a picnic
With all of the markets and farm stands both on your way up to Blowing Rock and in nearby Boone (just a 15 minute drive from the Chetola) you can enjoy a little picnic on the lawn during your stay. While we didn’t have a picnic on this particular trip, we definitely plan to pick up some of the local berries and honey along with fresh bread and cheese from one of the nearby grocery stores for a picnic the next time we stay at the Chetola. (We’re already talking about making our stays at Chetola a yearly event.)
My sister let us borrow her picnic basket for the pictures, and it was easy to imagine enjoying a picnic tucked up underneath one of the shady trees that surround the beautiful lake.
Play a croquet match
Another activity that we love to engage in is Croquet. We picked up this set for my mom a couple of years ago after a visit to Montage Palmetto Bluff. While there we had the chance to learn the basics of croquet including the proper way to hold your mallet. Turns out I almost had that one down beforehand, just had to perfect my swing and follow through.
Head down to Main Street for a little shopping
I can still remember walking through the crowded Main Street shops when we first started visiting Blowing Rock when I was in elementary school. My grandparents, mom, sister and I would take day trips to Blowing Rock, which would usually start with brunch at the Chetola and finish up with an afternoon in the shops.
Mom and I popped down to Main Street to take some pictures and we even found this LBD from Cupcakes & Cashmere at Monkees. (It was in my size too!)
One thing I will warn you about is parking can be an absolute bear, so try to get there early before the shops open, or plan your visit following the lunchtime rush if you’re hoping to get street parking. Otherwise you’ll have a walk ahead of you from one of the parking decks.