abound at Chetola Resort when the best restaurants of the High Country
gather for WinterFeast, a restaurant crawl in the dead of winter all
located under one roof! Enjoy small plate selections prepared by the area's
best chefs, cash bar and an after party.
retailers join forces to bring you the latest fashions and accessories for
women and men in the Evergreen Ballroom at Chetola Resort. The newest
winter and spring apparel will be featured from the area’s top retail
stores. Be there when the doors open for passed hors d’oeuvres, mimosas and
spritzers until 11:30 am when the runway opens. Enjoy a cash bar,
intermission entertainment, giveaways, gift bags and coupons for shopping!
Tickets: $35 advance
(until noon Jan. 24th) / $40 at the door.
The Polar Plunge
in Chetola Lake is one of the highlights at WinterFest. 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 at 8 am in the Chetola Lodge 2nd floor foyer. Participants
begin jumping at 10 am, but get there early for good viewing! Warm drinks
will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit local charities.
Taste chili from
local non-profit organizations and “vote” for your favorites with your
dollars in their tip jars! Proceeds go directly to the charities, many of
which have partnered with local restaurants to prepare their chili. This
year's event will take place at the Blowing Rock School gym.
Tickets sold at the
door only. $8 adults / $5 kids (ages 5-11), free for kids under 5.
The 3rd Annual
Winter Beer Garden is sponsored by The Speckled Trout Restaurant and Bottle
Shop. Local and regional breweries and distilleries will be sampling their
beverages outside the American Legion building while attendees view the
exciting K-9 Keg Pull races taking place in the front lot. Live music by
Handlebar Betty and spirit tastings will be accessible only to Beer Garden
patrons on the back deck of the Legion. Guests can also visit the Silent
Auction & Raffle inside the building. Food will be available for
purchase from The Speckled Trout and Betty’s Biscuits.
Tickets: $30 advance
(until 5pm Jan. 25th) / $35 at the door.
Join Green Park Inn
for an exceptional selection of international and NC wines! The tasting
begins at 3 pm; auction immediately follows at 5 pm. Register for the
auction as wine will be only one of the many types of items on the bidding
block, including a Savor Blowing Rock ticket package and lots more!
Starting bids for some items are amazingly low!
Tickets: $30 advance
(until 5pm Jan. 25th) / $35 at the door.
Help carver Cathleen
Gallagher create an ice sculpture in Memorial Park! Children and adults
will be able to assist Cathleen as she creates a polar bear from a block of
ice. Hand chisels and safety goggles will be provided.
The Winter Warmer
Project, organized by the BSG bike ride committee, will be stationed
on the Chamber lawn serving hot chocolate and collecting warm winter items
for those needing them in the High Country. The most needed items are
blankets, wool blend socks, gloves, coats and shoes/boots. The organization
will also accept donations by cash, check or credit card.
Blowing Rock and see all the gorgeous ice sculptures! Artisan Ice
Sculptures is one of only five
Master Ice Carvers in the United States. Creativity abounds with the ice
sculptures on display in front of businesses in town. Spend some time in
the shops and businesses while you enjoy the stroll.
Sculptures has again joined forces with Blowing Rock WinterFest to bring
you the best ice carving event you’ve seen in quite a while – at least
since last year! Come by Memorial Park to see what the Artisan Ice
team is creating including a bench made of ice for the perfect WinterFest
Dogs of all
sizes/abilities are matched up with empty beer kegs that are mounted on
sleds/snowboards.The course will be located in the parking lot in front of
the American Legion building with the WinterFest Beer Garden and Silent Auction & Raffle taking place right along with it!
Registration is available online prior to the event as well as in person
from 11:30 am -12:30 pm the day of the event. Proceeds benefit PARTNERS!
Held in the
courtyard next to The Mountain Thread Company, WinterCraft is the High
Country's only outdoor handmade winter market! The event features local and
regional makers and high-quality artisan crafts rolled into a memorable
outdoor setup in the heart of downtown Blowing Rock.
Chetola Resort will
host an evening of outdoor winter fun at their firepit beside Chetola Lake.
Keep warm by the fire while enjoying a cash bar with winter drink specials,
gourmet s’mores packets and entertainment for the whole family.
Come to the American
Legion and bid on items donated by area retailers and
businesses. Items include lodging at area hotels and inns, spa day
packages, massage and wellness certificates, outdoor adventures, art work
by local artists, gift certificates to area restaurants and much
more! In addition, buy raffle tickets for baskets of goodies from your
favorite shopping stops. Proceeds benefit Mountain Alliance.
Show off your
four-legged best friend or just come to see the cutest dogs around in the
WinterPaws Dog Show at the Blowing Rock School gym! Come as a participant with
your dog or come and watch all the excitement. Proceeds benefit Watauga Humane
Spectators: $5 adult
/ children free. Participants: $5 entry fee per category.
Our restaurants will be busy
serving WinterFest visitors all weekend. There are a few options scheduled
to handle some of the overflow. On Saturday in front of the American
Legion, Betty's Biscuit Truck will be serving all day starting at 9 am. The Speckled Trout will be serving from a tent in front of the Legion
during the Beer Garden from 1 - 4:30 pm. And Friday and Saturday from 12 -
2 pm (or while supplies last), the Chick-Fil-A of Boonetruck will be serving lunch in
the courtyard at Tanger Outlets.
Information on all things WinterFest can
be found at BlowingRockWinterFest.com. Events go on rain, snow and shine. No
refunds. Any unforeseen changes to Chamber events will be posted on the
Blowing Rock WinterFest Facebookpage.
Come on out and celebrate the fun side of
winter! It's going to be a fantastic, fun-filled
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Chamber Information and Meetings
High Country Economic Kickoff
Breakfast: Thursday, January
24th at 7:30 am, Appalachian Ski Mtn
Blowing Rock WinterFest: January 24th - 27th, various
locations around Blowing Rock
Annual Chamber Awards Luncheon: Tuesday, February 12th at 11:30 am,
Business After Hours: Tuesday, February 19th at 5:30 pm, Reid's
Board of Directors Meeting: Wednesday, March 6th at 8 am
All meetings are held in the Chamber
Boardroom unless otherwise noted.