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Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, NC Travel Review

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Chetola Resort

Chetola Resort

Don’t listen to what they say, go see.

— Chinese Proverb

Snow in North Carolina

We live in Florida and my grandson has never played in the snow, so we decided to drive north until we found some, and we ended up in Boone, North Carolina.

There was a little snow on the road here and there. We stopped at Mystery Hill in Blowing Rock and paid quite a lot to defied gravity and ride an electric bull.

Roca Bistro

Roca Bistro

Sharing a Meal at Roca Bistro

After all the excitement, we stopped to eat at a cute little restaurant all the Roca Bistro and ate almost everything on the menu.

As we kept driving finally, we saw a little bit more snow. It has been years since I saw snow and my daughter and grandson danced around and rolled around in it like a cat with catnip. It was fun to watch how excited they both were to get cold and wet in the newly fallen snow.

Playing in the snow

Playing in the snow

Driving to Dinner in a Blizzard

As We headed towards Chetola Resort and got caught in a little unexpected blizzard. It has been years since I drove in snow and it took me a little off guard, I was glad that everyone had slowed down to a bare minimum. We checked in and headed to our dinner reservations at the beautiful Gamekeeper Restaurant “Where the Wild Things Are.” We drove there on a long winding road with no streetlights in a snow blizzard.

Scenes from a blizzard

Scenes from a blizzard

The Gamekeeper Restaurant

The restaurant was way up on a hill and between the snow falling and the lights and smells of wild game cooking, we were ready to settle in and have a unique dining experience. Outside there were plastic igloos where people were dining by candlelight and inside on the walls there were many mounted elk, mouse and bison. The menu included smoked and grilled Elk, Duck, Bison short ribs, Lamb, Trout and Grilled Emu.

Gamekeeper Restaurant

Gamekeeper Restaurant

Chetola Resort in the Winter

The Chetola Resort is a beautifully landscape sprawling over 100 acres with a lake, indoor swimming pool, spa and a newly renovated restaurant. In the early years it was known for its therapeutic qualities and was known as a “Haven of Rest”.

In the 1800s a William Stringfellow who was suffering from tuberculosis purchased the property in hopes that the colder weather would help his health. Among other things, he added a horse stable and a servant’s house. Stringfellow was actually the one who name it Chetola, and his health did improve, and he went on to sell this beautiful property to another family.

The resort was very well maintained and the rooms were clean and facing the lake. Part of the lake was frozen, but where it was thawing from the afternoon sun the doves came to greet us.

Chetola Resort

Chetola Resort

Seasonal Activities

In the summer months, there are many activities like kayaking, fishing, and hiking that were not available in the winter, however, the Resort did provide free toboggans and we had fun sliding down racing each other up and down the hill.

My daughter took this video of me tobogganing down the hill, she thought it was funny that I screamed all the way down.

I Can't Stop Laughing

Blowing Rock

On the way home, we stopped at Blowing Rock and walked out to the end of the path and enjoyed the beautiful views, and take in another road trip to add to our memories.

Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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