Bonfire at Chetola Resort

Beginning in January, every Saturday at the fire pit on the lawn of Chetola Resort, 7-10pm. S’mores packets ($5 each) with winter drink specials available for purchase.


Polar Plunge at Chetola Resort

Watch fearless contenders take the Plunge. The Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake is one of the highlights at WinterFest. Chetola starts cutting through the layer of ice well in advance so Plungers can feel the full impact! Agonize with your favorite “Plunger”, most in costume, while enjoying the antics and one liners of Emcee John Carter, WBTV news anchor! Judges will award the famous “Golden Plunger” award to the best costume. Day-of registration and check-in begins at 9am (pre-registration online is encouraged). Plungers gather in the indoor pool area at 9:30am for a safety speech and then the party starts with the annual march to Chetola Lake. Participants begin jumping at 10am, but get there early for good viewing! Proceeds will benefit local charities.

Wanna Plunge?  

Click here to register online.

Last-minute plungers will still be able to sign up the morning of the Polar Plunge in the Recreation Center on the 2nd Floor of Chetola. Registration is $35 per person and begins at 9am. The first 75 plungers to register will receive a
“Freezin’ for a Reason WinterFest Gift”. Plunge begins
promptly at 10am.

**Absolutely no one under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be allowed to participate in the plunge.

Location: Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock 185 Chetola Lake Drive, Blowing Rock 800.243.8652

POLAR PLUNGE BRUNCH  10am – noon in Timbers Room

Featuring a live feed of the Polar Plunge, drink specials and a special brunch menu.

$22 adults, $16 children 12 and younger (Gratuity and drinks not included)

Limited Seating Available for Live Feed Viewing ~ Reservations Accepted                                                                                                                             (Regular breakfast will be served from 7:30-10am)

Reservations:  828-295-5505

Click below to see video of previous Polar Plunges!

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**NEW**  New Format, Better Event!   In order to alleviate the crowd of people in the bar waiting for tables, we are making more room in the bar and we are having a Post-Feast Party in the Appalachian/Blue Ridge Room!  Enjoy live music, cash bar and warm beverages while you wait.  After dinner, head upstairs for your desserts, more entertainment and beverages! 

Culinary delights abound when the best restaurants of the High Country gather for WinterFeast, a Restaurant Crawl in the dead of winter all located under one warm and cozy roof!    Enjoy small plate selections prepared by the areas best chefs to satiate every taste and appetite.  With 15 different restaurants, the opportunities are abundant.  Peruse the selections, take your seat, and enjoy your favorite beverages from the cash bar.  This event has sold out for each of the past five years so don’t delay.

This is a “Cruise Style” seating event.   We cannot guarantee all parties sitting together but we will try. The earlier the request, the more likely we can accommodate!

Choose from 3 seatings – 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8:00pm       Get your tickets early!   No Refunds


  • Timberlake’s
  • Speckled Trout
  • Canyons
  • Best Cellar
  • Chestnut Grille at Green Park
  • Bistro Roca
  • Restaurant at Gideon Ridge
  • Rowlands at Westglow
  • Woodlands
  • Town Tavern
  • Table at Crestwood
  • Savannah’s Oyster House
  • Six Pence Pub
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Twigs

Upstairs Dessert After-Party

  • Ugga Mugga
  • Timberlake’s
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