If you're looking for a great summer getaway with your family or for a beautiful place for a romantic weekend, Chetola Resort should be high on your list.
Last week Mr. Fanatic, youngest daughter Fanatic and I spent the week in a condominium at Chetola.
There's also a lodge and a Bed and Breakfast at Chetola, as well.
Not being fancy people and preferring to take care of ourselves (must be the diy in us), we loved staying in a two bedroom condo nestled in tall trees and perched up on a hill. Of course we also loved the fact that the whole stay at the Chetola only cost us $250 because we used some extra points my dad had in his timeshare.
But, if you don't have timeshare points to use, you can always be on the lookout for a Groupon for the Bed and Breakfast. A couple we met at the fire ring one evening mentioned it.
You can't miss the Chetola Resort when you drive to the little mountain village of Blowing Rock.
I've always dreamed of staying there ever since first visiting the area several years ago.
The drive is lit in the evening with lights along the wooden fence.
The road meanders around the lake and across a stone bridge, then over the creek.
Chetola is a Cherokee word that means "haven of rest".
Definitely a fitting name.
The Bob Timberlake Inn is up ahead...
The Inn also has a wonderful restaurant where we had dinner the night before we left. The Bob Timberlake Inn was once the Manor House for some of the previous owners.
Here's the view of the lake, looking back at the Inn.
On the day we arrived, there was a big white tent set up for a wedding passed the gazebo.
Just as we got out of our car to check in, the bride and her father were waiting to cross the road and walk down the path to the lake.
At the far end of the lake, there is a bridge and a spillway with a little island below filled with hostas and rhododendron.
Looks like a little secret garden. Wish we could have walked down there, but the wooden steps were blocked off.
The rhododendron bloomed during our week long stay. They were everywhere and so beautiful!
There's lots to do at the resort. You can read about all the activities, spa, etc. that this resort has to offer at chetola.com.
All three of us went out on a paddleboat and peddled out to the middle of the lake. Lucky for me, Mr. F and daughter Fanatic got to be the ones who "powered" the boat.
I just enjoyed the ride!
Needless to say, I would pack my bags and go back any time. The weather was perfect and so much cooler than back in Charlotte.
Where are you off to this summer?
Do you have something fun planned and do you go on vacation where you can get pampered?
ps. I was not compensated in any way from Chetola Resort; I just wanted to share a great place to go to in Blowing Rock!