Banner Elk Lodging Recognized for Quality, Value

Banner Elk Lodging Recognized for Quality, Value

A major travel website says travelers seeking a desirable winter destination and affordable lodging rates can find both with Banner Elk lodging. TripAdvisor.com, which has more than 375 million unique visitors monthly, named Banner Elk to its list of Top 10 Affordable Winter Hidden Gems in the United States. Trip Advisor analyzed user ratings for all U.S. towns that have rental properties available on its website. It then calculated the average cost of a week’s stay in a two-bedroom vacation rental in those cities and towns. The end result? Banner Elk made the list thanks to a user rating of 4.8 stars on a 5-star scale and its affordable, yet upscale, lodging options. “There’s nothing cozier than a family cabin rental in the woods, where nights are spent around the fireplace drinking hot cocoa and enjoying each other’s company,” says Trip Advisor in its ranking. “Banner Elk offers this in spades, with rentals going for just $765 per week on average for a two-bedroom property. Depending which winter month you visit, you may catch temperatures warm enough for hiking and outdoor recreation, or it could dip low enough for fresh powder on the slopes.” Banner Elk has long been... Read More
Winter is Better Here

Winter is Better Here

North Carolina’s High Country is a welcome escape any time of year, but winter is especially magical. And when it comes to choosing a winter destination in the NC mountains, Banner Elk just might be the ideal spot. Banner Elk is a welcoming place known for cozy lodging, romantic getaways, family fun and great restaurants. It’s place that has both small town charm and big city amenities. The two largest winter sports venues in the South – Beech Mountain Resort and Sugar Mountain Resort – are located within 15 minutes of Banner Elk’s lone stoplight. Both resorts offers skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and snowtubing. There’s even a free youth sledding hill in the town of Beech Mountain. About 30 minutes away are more snow sports options at Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Appalachian Ski Mtn. And for travelers who like the mountains but not the snow, there’s always winter hiking and the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge at nearby Grandfather Mountain. When the sun goes down, Banner Elk’s reputation as a culinary hotspot takes center stage. There are more than a dozen popular restaurants within this town of just 1,067 residents. Culinary choices range from contemporary to traditional, with everything... Read More
The High Country’s Dining Destination

The High Country’s Dining Destination

Banner Elk is the culinary hot spot of the NC High Country. Whether you’re looking for an upscale meal to mark a special occasion, a hearty sandwich after a day in the great outdoors, or a steak… Read... Read More
Statewide Cycle Ride Kicks Off in Banner Elk

Statewide Cycle Ride Kicks Off in Banner Elk

Banner Elk has been selected as the starting point for the 2016 “Mountains to Coast Ride,” hosted by Cycle North Carolina. All participants arrive in Banner Elk on Saturday, Oct. 1. The ride begins the next day at Tate-Evans Park in Banner Elk and concludes Saturday, Oct. 8, in Atlantic Beach. A total of 1,100 riders are expected to participate, which is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation. The “Mountains to Coast Ride” was created in 1999 and is North Carolina’s only fully-supported ride. It is designed to promote North Carolina’s beauty, tourism, visitor attractions, historic sites, state parks, healthy lifestyle and the benefits of bicycling. During the course of the week, riders will bike an average of 60 miles per day. In addition to overnights in Banner Elk and Atlantic City, stays are also planned for the towns of Wilkesboro, Lexington, Burlington, Sanford, Clinton and Jacksonville. “Cycle North Carolina events generate an economic impact that exceeds $3 million a year for numerous small North Carolina towns,” says Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit NC. “The event travels secondary roads, exploring all areas of our great state.” For more details or to register online,... Read More
A Small Town Christmas

A Small Town Christmas

Soak up a season full of holiday cheer with “A Small Town Christmas in Banner Elk” the first weekend in December. Escape the rush of the season and enjoy an authentic small town holiday Dec. 2-4 in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Festivities start Friday evening with the lighting of a 40-foot frasier fir tree ringed by carolers, followed by a family-oriented holiday movie. Saturday’s schedule of activities stretches well into the evening, while Sunday is reserved for visiting choose & cut Christmas tree farms throughout Avery County. Weekend lodging packages include a choose & cut Christmas tree. “The whole town gets involved with A Small Town Christmas,” says organizer Jo-Ann McMurray of the Banner Elk Chamber. “We love seeing families and couples get away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy a simpler celebration in a small town. And what better way to end the weekend than visiting a tree farm and driving home with a hand-picked tree on top of the car?” Visitors are encouraged to drive up Friday evening for the 6 p.m. lighting of a beautiful Avery County Christmas tree on the green in front of the Historic Banner Elk School. The lighting ceremony includes holiday... Read More
Fall for Banner Elk this Autumn

Fall for Banner Elk this Autumn

Few places in the North Carolina mountains have the variety of leaf-viewing options that Banner Elk offers. Nestled at 3,740 feet above sea level, the area typically reaches peak color around the… Read... Read More
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