Weekend Getaway to Chetola Mountain Resort

Weekend Getaway to Chetola Mountain Resort | Always A Foreigner

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Weekend Getaway to Chetola Mountain Resort

As the leaves change into vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges, the best place to view them is from the mountains. We recently spent the weekend at Chetola Mountain Resort in Blowing Rock, North Carolina and it’s safe to say that this is one of the prettiest places we’ve stayed.

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The Grounds

As you enter the grounds, you’ll be taken around a small lake by a winding road lined with beautiful trees. In the fall, the lake reflects the trees tinged with the colors of fall, and at night it reflects the festive lights of the resort. As we neared reception, we were amazed at how much land is a part of Chetola Resort. There are roads that go off in many directions from the main road, up to condos and private homes.

Check-In

We were greeted by a kind hotel staff who checked us in without a hitch. He then offered us a map of the grounds, explained how we were to navigate to our condo, and gave us a rundown of the services provided by the resort.

Amenities

Some of the onsite amenities include a fitness center, pool, spa, multiple restaurants, and arranging of activities in the area such as fly fishing trips. There is a Sporting Range on the grounds, with the opportunity to shoot clay pigeons or practice archery. If we had more time, I would have definitely rented a bow and arrow for $20 a person!

The resort holds activities for guests as well, and on our first night there they were hosting a bonfire. I believe that there are also events that take place in the bars and restaurants such as happy hours, but we did not attend.

The Condo

As we reached our condo that we had rented, we were amazed at how spacious it was. We had a full kitchen, two bedrooms, and a living area with a fireplace. It would have been more than enough room for a family to share, and for just us two, it was very large. The condo was decorated with typical mountain decor, and it had the feel of being like a home rather than living in a hotel. Free Wi-Fi was also included, which is always necessary for us. 

Walking Distance to Downtown

One of the best parts about Chetola Mountain Resort though, was the proximity to downtown. We saw many similar mountain resorts, but these were all farther away from the downtown area. We were easily able to walk downtown, and we observed many other guests doing the same. Blowing Rock is notorious for their horrible parking. It’s definitely even more hectic in the fall with everyone trying to view the leaves. By following the serene walking path that circles the lake, you will be downtown in 10 minutes.

chetola mountain resort

All in all, I was very impressed with the quality of Chetola Mountain Resort. Their grounds are fabulous and well maintained, and the rooms were comfortable and sparkling clean. The resort gave us more options for activities than we had time. It is a five minute drive from the Blue Ridge Parkway and hikes, and a short walk into downtown. It truly made for the perfect weekend in Blowing Rock.

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