Hotel at a Glance: Chetola Resort
Built in 1846, Chetola Resort is tucked away in a quiet pocket of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a stately yet rustic getaway that lives up to the name “Chetola,” a Cherokee word meaning “haven of rest.” With a private lake and 87 acres of rolling hills, the property offers outdoor pursuits ranging from fishing to hiking, along with a restaurant, spa, and play areas for kids.
- Hit the slopes at Appalachian Ski Mountain or learn how at its quality ski school, just a 10-minute drive from the resort.
- Dinner with a view: Sample Appalachian specialties in the waterfront restaurant, Timberlake’s, which also serves breakfast and lunch.
- Where you’ll stay: an elegant guest room inside Chetola Lodge
- Pamper yourself with a deep-tissue massage in the spa, which is decked out with maple-wood floors, sea-stone inlays, and a wall fountain that sets the mood.
- Stay fit with a Pilates or yoga class (available on site).
Blowing Rock, North Carolina: Scenic Hikes and Skiing in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Blowing Rock sits on the edge of the 500,000-acre Pisgah National Forest in northeastern North Carolina. The town, named for a rock formation, is a home base for outdoor recreation in the Blue Ridge Mountains—especially hiking, whitewater rafting, fly-fishing, and horseback riding. Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, a historic estate on 3,600 acres of forests and meadows, has 26 miles of carriage roads designated for walking and horseback riding. To see the sights from a car, head to the Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic motorway through the Appalachians.
Aside from the parkway, there’s plenty to do year-round here, from whitewater rafting and fly-fishing in the summer to cross-country and downhill skiing in the cooler months. About 25 miles northwest of Blowing Rock is Beech Mountain Resort, a popular ski spot with 17 trails for all skill levels. According to Fodor’s, it’s the highest ski area in the eastern United States, at 5,500 feet above sea level. Back in town, Blowing Rock’s Main Street is lined with antique shops, boutiques, and upscale bistros.