Theater Packages Provide a Romantic Escape

Theater Packages Provide a Romantic Escape

Looking for a romantic getaway? Book a Banner Elk theater package and escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains. A trio of Banner Elk accommodations have teamed up with Ensemble Stage to offer theater packages that start at just $119. Each package includes one night of lodging for two, a pair of tickets to an Ensemble Stage performance, discount dining coupons for Banner Elk Café & Lodge, and breakfast at your lodging the next morning. The packages are centered around Ensemble Stage, a professional theater group that performs year-round in an intimate setting in the renovated auditorium of the Historic Banner Elk School in the heart of town. Shows range from comedies to dramas to murder mysteries. Lodging options for the packages are the Azalea Inn Bed & Breakfast, Best Western Mountain Lodge and Perry House Bed & Breakfast. The Azalea Inn and Perry House are walking distance to the theater and restaurants, and Best Western is located just 1.3 miles from the theater. Booking a package involves two easy steps. First, go to the theater package page to pick the date of the show you wish to attend, then contact your choice from the lodging options and request a... 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
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 3,701 feet above sea level, the area usually reaches peak color around the… Read... Read More
Banner Elk is a Top 15 Summer Cabin Destination

Banner Elk is a Top 15 Summer Cabin Destination

Looking for fun and affordable summer cabin vacation? Look no further than a Banner Elk cabin says one of the world’s largest travel websites. TripAdvisor.com, with more than 375 million unique visitors monthly, named Banner Elk to its list of 15 Affordable Summer Cabin Getaways Across America. 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 one-week stay in July in a two-bedroom cabin rental in those cities and towns. Banner Elk made the top five for having an average weekly cabin rental of $768, while offering “no shortage of challenging hikes and spectacular overlooks.” TripAdvisor further commented on Banner Elk’s convenient location: “This Blue Ridge Mountain getaway is close to major attractions like Grandfather Mountain, Blowing Rock, and the Appalachian Trail.” It also noted, “the wine and beer scene won’t disappoint, either, with Banner Elk Winery, Grandfather Vineyard, and Flat Top Brewing Company offering delicious grapes and suds.” “Trip Advisor is the top website in the U.S. for consumer-rated travel. It’s a big deal when a site of that magnitude recognizes Banner Elk,” says Nancy Owen, representative of the Banner Elk Tourism Development... Read More
Mile High Fourth Offers a Sizzlin’ Cool Getaway

Mile High Fourth Offers a Sizzlin’ Cool Getaway

Make plans now to attend the annual Mile High Fourth of July celebration, June 29-July 4. The resort towns of Banner Elk and Beech Mountain have joined forces for six days of fun that includes: fireworks, live music, arts, culinary options and Banner Elk’s famous Fourth of July Parade and Party in the Park. The fun begins on Friday, June 29, with music on the patio at Banner Elk Cafe at 6 p.m. Also that day is a Lee-McRae Summer Theatre performance of the musical The Wiz at 2 p.m. in Banner Elk. The centerpieces of this fun-filled weekend are Beech Mountain’s Fireworks and 47th Annual Roasting of the Hog on Saturday (June 30) and Banner Elk’s Fourth of July Parade and Party in the Park on Wednesday (July 4). Saturday’s fireworks & pig pickin’ take place atop Beech Mountain, more than a mile high at 5,506 feet above sea level. Slow roasted barbecue pork and turkey are available beginning at 6 p.m., with a fireworks spectacular at dark. Wednesday’s July 4th lineup in Banner Elk is an all-American celebration to make Uncle Sam proud, starting with the Fourth of July Parade on Main Street at 11:00 a.m. The... 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, located near Boone, is 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
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