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In Banner Elk North Carolina, "the Balcony of the Blue Ridge", you can gaze out across mountain ridges stretching almost 100 miles to the horizon from your cabin or vacation rental. Banner Elk is in Avery County, the northwest mountains of North Carolina, in a region known as the High Country. Avery encompasses Banner Elk and several small communities of less than 1,000 year-round residents. With three major ski resorts in the immediate area, the county has evolved into a premiere southern destination for NC skiing, snowboarding and winter adventures. 
The first settlers  in Banner Elk were members of the Banner Family, originally from Wales. In 1848 a permanent settlement was established by the 55 members of the Banner family and the settlement was named Banner's Elk. In 1911  the town became incorporated and the name shortened to Banner Elk. 

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Lees-McRae College is a private four-year college located in Banner Elk and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA. Originally an all-female high school , it became an accredited co-ed junior college in 1931 and was granted status as a 4 year  college in 1990. The college currently offers   20 majors, including Wildlife Rehabilitation, Wildlife Biology, Performing Arts Studies, Business, and Elementary Education. The campus includes several historic stone  landmarks -  the Rock House, Tuft Tower and the North Carolina House. 
The Elk River headwaters begin in the Northwestern slopes of Peak Mountain and flow  west to Banner Elk and on to Elk Park. Prior to crossing into Tennessee it flows over Elk Falls, a locally-known attraction which is approximately a 40 foot drop. It then flows down a narrow, relatively steep valley to the tiny community of Elk Mills. 
 Events and Festivals in or near Banner Elk:
3/24 Easter in the Park  
5/26-27   Art on the Greene  
6/2 Annual Taste of Avery  
6/30-7/1 Art on the Greene 
6/29 - 7/4 Annual Mile High 4th of July Parade and Celebration 
7/4 Annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration 
7/12-15 Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering O' Scottish Clans  
7/20-22 Annual Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival in July 
8/11-13 Annual Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival
9/1-2 Art on the Green
10/13-14 Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain 
10/20-21 Wooly Worm Festival
10/31 Trunk or Treat  
12/7-9 A Small Town Christmas in Banner Elk
 See Beech Mountain, Sugar Mtn, Boone and Blowing Rock for nearby activities

                                             ONGOING EVENTS:
Concerts in the Banner Elk Town Park  Every Thursday evenings June through September the community of Banner Elk gathers in the town park for a summer concert. Performers range from bluegrass to beach, to country, to top 40, to blues, to jazz, to Motown, to big band.
FORUM Cultural Series at Lees-McRae   Every Monday evening mid June through August
Live Music at the Village Shoppes - Wednesdays in downtown Banner Elk
Banner Elk NC Cabins and Vacation Rentals:
For additional cabins and rental near Banner Elk see Blowing Rock and  Linville
4 bedroom mountain cabin rental with view Large Family Home Rental with Mountain View - 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps up to 10. Breath-taking views at 3900 feet. Wrap around deck with hammock and grill, fireplace, hot tub, WIFI. Stylish and comfortable furnishings.  See photos, details or book online  
Banner Elk rental with mountain views in quiet setting Enjoy the view and quiet setting - 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, sleeps up to 9. Wrap around deck with close range mountain views and hammock, wood burning fireplace, pool table, WIFI. Located in Seven Devils between Banner Elk and Boone.   get details, photos and availability  
Banner Elk Mountain View Cabin rental with view Modern Log Cabin at 4,000 feet - 3 bedroom 2.baths, sleeps 6. Deck with mountain view and grill, covered outdoor fireplace and pit, gas fireplace, pool table, WIFI, master bedroom with views and jetted tub,  one acre lot. Pets considered.  see details, photos and current availability
enjoy the mountain views Mountain view cottage near the slopes - 1 bedroom +loft, 1.5 baths, sleeps up to 4. Views of Grandfather and Sugar Mountains inside and out, deck with dining area and hot tub, fireplace, gas grill, WIFI.           Check photos and availability  
incredible mountain views Log cabin with gorgeous views from inside and out - 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 6. Hot tub, fireplace, foosball, HDTV, Internet., 1700 square feet of deck. $165 - $190 night, $900-$975 week.       See details and photos 
vacation by the stream on 83 acres Streamside vacation home on 82 acres - 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 8. Newer cedar home 50 feet from Beech Creek, stocked trout waters. Hot tub, covered porch and open deck with grill, fireplace, video games, onsite hiking.    See photos, details, availability 
Additional Banner Elk Cabins, Vacation Rentals, Cottages:
A and W Mountain Rentals - 25+ Banner Elk and High Country Rentals
Avery Realty Rentals - 1 bd/1 bath, walk to downtown, quiet setting.
Blue Ridge Vacation Cabins 60+ vacation rentals throughout the High Country

Cabins of Sugar Grove  - 2cabins, hot tub, WIFI, wooded setting \
Cornerstone Cabin Rentals 3 cozy cabins and a 2-4 bedroom lodge from 
Cottages at the Azalea Inn - cottages or "Cabinettes" on the Inn grounds
Hemlock Ridge - log cabin, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, fireplace, view.
Little Elk Cottage Rental - 3 bedrooms, 1 bath,  farmhouse, hot tub, from
Mountain Retreats Realty 25+ rentals available from 1-4 bedrooms, from
Serenity Haven Cabin Rental -  5 bds, 3 baths, sleeps up to 16. Mountain view, deck with hot tub and gas grill, fireplace. Located on 25 acres 1 mile from downtown Banner Elk.
Walnut Tree Log Cabins 2 cabins, 1-3 bds, 1-2 baths, hot tub, WIFI, from
For website links or more information on these rentals, just send a request to: info@ClimbEveryMountain.com
Banner Elk Inns,  Bed and Breakfast, Lodges,
For additional inns and B&Bs near Banner Elk see Blowing Rock and  Linville
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Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Banner Elk Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast - 6 guest rooms, 2 suites, 3 cottages. Some clawfoot tubs and whirlpool tubs. Bedrooms beautifully decorated with antiques, quilts, color TVs and down comforters. Full breakfast included. Lobby fireplace. View of Horse Bottom Ridge.
              Check availability and current rates
Stay at the Blueberry Villa on the Banner Elk Winery Banner Elk Winery and Villa - The Blueberry Villa accommodates 16 people in 8 distinctive suites with jacuzzi baths. Complimentary wine tasting, full breakfast, Internet, common areas with terrace and porches overlooking the private trout pond, golf green, vineyard and winery. Wedding facilities. 
Banner Elk Bed and Breakfast Inns List:
1902 Turnpike House - 317 Old Turnpike Road Northwest Banner Elk, NC
Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast
- 149 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk NC
Banner Elk Inn B&B and Cottages - 407 Main St E, downtown Banner Elk NC
Banner Elk Winery and Inn - 60 Deer Run Lane Banner Elk, NC
Banner Haven B&B and Cabins - 509 Beech Mountain Parkway, Banner Elk
Little Main Street Inn - 607 Main Street East, Banner Elk NC
The Inn at Elk River - 875 Main Street West Banner Elk, NC
Mountainside Lodge Bed & Breakfast 1709 Broadstone Road, Banner Elk NC
For website links or more information on these inns, just send a request to: info@ClimbEveryMountain.com
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Banner Elk Hotels and Motels
Blue Ridge Village offers pool, mini golf, lake and more Blue Ridge Village a Festiva Resort  - One and two bedroom suites with free WIFI. Indoor pool, fitness center, canoeing on lake, mini golf, basketball, volleyball, clubhouse, picnic area, grills, lobby fireplace, video library. Some smoking. Rates from $119.  get details or book online
pet friendly and free WIFI Pet Friendly Best Western PLUS Mountain Lodge - 100 recently remodeled guest rooms with cable TV and WIFI. Outdoor heated pool, laundry, game room, business facilities. Free breakfast. On site full service restaurant and lounge.            Check current rates 
Banner Hotels and Motels List:
Archer's Mountain Inn - 2489 Beech Mountain Parkway, Banner Elk, NC
Best Western Mountain Lodge -
1615 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk NC
Blue Ridge Village -
3781 Tyne Castle Highway, Banner Elk NC
SmokeTree Lodge
- 11914 Highway 105 South, Banner Elk NC
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Banner NC Campgrounds and RV Parks
Gradnfather Campground RV Resort and Recreational Park Grandfather Mountain Campgrounds  Over 100 acres including RV and Tent Sites, Campground Store, Laundromat, Barbecue Grills, Playground, Scenic Acres, Cabin Rentals, Deluxe Bathhouses, Picnic Tables, Fishing in Watauga River, Stocked Trout Pond and Hiking.
       Get rates, details and reservation information
Additional Banner Elk Campgrounds:
Grandfather Campgrounds - 125 Profile View Rd., Banner Elk, NC
The Little Campground by the Creek - 564 Curtis Creek Rd, Elk Park NC
For more information about Banner Elk Camping contact info@ClimbEveryMountain.com
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Sports and Outdoor Activities:
        Sugar Mountain Resort
Ski in the Winter and enjoy outdoor sports the rest of the year. The 40+ year old resort offers twenty slopes and trails spread over 115 skiable acres providing for all levels of skiing and snowboarding. Additional activities include 700 ft tubing runs and a 10,000 square foot refrigerated outdoor ice skating rink. Relax at the Last Run Lodge, shop the sports store or fuel-up at the cafeteria.  In the warmer months enjoy golfing, hiking, mountain biking and summer rider on the scenic lift.
Beech Mountain Resort, Inc. opened in 1967, Ski Beech is Eastern America's highest ski resort at 5506 feet above sea level. Alpine skiing and wpe4F.jpg (27139 bytes)snowboarding will appeal to the thrill-seekers and for those looking for something a little tamer, the resort also features ice skating. Snow making is on 100% of the skiing terrain and there is night skiing. Snow tubing is also a recent addition. To round out your fun-filled day, spend some time in one of the charming shops or tempting restaurants.
       Hawksnest  (Seven Devils)
          Snow Tubing and ZIPLINE
Hawksnest’s is the largest Snow Tubing Park and the longest Zip line Tour on the East Coast. There are 4 different areas to snow tube with 20 lanes of fun, 400 – 1000 feet long and 2 moving carpet lifts. Hawksnest has 100% snowmaking and lighting on all lanes to provide the best possible conditions and fun for the whole family. 

Zip Line Tours are available year around with 19 zip lines including 4 super or mega zips over 1500 feet, including 4 miles of zipline riding with heights over 200 feet and speeds up to 50 mph. 
Apple Hill Farm
400 Apple Hill Road, Banner Elk, NC 
Banner Elk Stables
796 Shomaker Road, Banner Elk NC
Edge of the World Outfitters
394 Shawneehaw Ave., Banner Elk NC
Foscoe Fishing Company and Outfitters
8857 NC Highway 105 South, Boone NC  
Grandfather Trout Farm
10767 Highway 105 S, Banner Elk NC 
High Mountain Expeditions
3149 Tynecastle Hy, Banner Elk NC
Banner Elk NC area Attractions
                 Tweetsie Railroad
North Carolina's first theme park, takes you back into the days of the Old West. Hop aboard the train for an unforgettable three-mile journey through the scenic mountains. Even in today's high-tech world, there's still a place for old-fashioned fun like Tweetsie Railroad, a unique attraction that allows children and families to explore their imaginations and a whole lot more. Be a cowboy, Indian or an engineer. And of course, every guest will want to take a ride on our historic steam locomotive, Number 12, listed on the National Register of Historic Places
           Grandfather Mountain 
GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountain range at an elevation of 5,964 feet. Grandfather Mountain inspires awe through an abundance of natural wonders. Today it is  designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve and protected forever by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, there is nowhere else on Earth that you can enjoy such a variety of mountain life in one amazing place.
                  Linville Caverns
The Caverns are located at the base of Humpback Mountain in the beautiful Linville Valley lies a natural wonder, Linville Caverns.  After remaining a mysterious secret for centuries, the caverns have been opened for safe and convenient public touring. Through the ages, nature has decorated this intriguing inner space with new deposits of minerals forming elegant shapes, multiple textures, and splashing a spectrum of color.  
Banner Elk Winery (and Villa B&B)
60 Deer Run Lane Banner Elk,
Grandfather Vineyard and Winery
225 Vineyard Ln, Banner Elk, NC
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Banner Elk NC Crafts, Galleries
   Crossnore Weavers & Gallery
 For decades Women would weave  rugs and clothes on looms in a special building at Crossnore, and sell their wares from the site. They have passed on their tradition to young Crossnore residents and today weavers still ply their craft and visitors the nation over marvel at their skills. Located at 205 Johnson Lane, Crossnore NC.
            The Art Cellar Gallery
 Established in 1993 The Art Cellar Gallery Art_Celler_Gallery_Banner_Elk_NCbegan as the lifelong vision of Pamela McKay. Having grown up in the area, she understands the correlation between the beauty of North Carolina's environment and the inspiration it gives area artists.  Located at 920 Shawneehaw Avenue, Hwy. 184 in  Banner Elk NC.
                  Carlton Gallery
 Louise Pinto - "Rolling Hills of Foscoe"25+ years as the largest, most established gallery in the High Country with the widest variety of fine art and fine crafts. Over over 200 local, regional, and national artists are included in the Gallery's collection. Located at 10360 Highway 105 South in Banner Elk NC. 
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Banner Elk Restaurants, Entertainment
Artisanal - Upscale American cuisine with unique components: squash blossoms, lobster mousse, Hawaiian big eye tuna tartare, artisanal poached pear & rocket salad, North Carolina mahi, New Zealand elk chop...and more. The restaurant specializes in day boat fish from Hawaii to Maine and  the menu focuses on seasonality and creativity. Chef Bill's main focus is for the guest to have a great experience from start to finish and make the evening a memorable one. 1200 Dobbins Road, Banner Elk NC 
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Bayou Smokehouse, Grill and General Store   130 E Main Street
Village Shoppes, Banner Elk NC
Blind Squirrel Brewery
4716 S. US Hwy. 19E, Plumtree, NC
Carolina Barbeque   828-737-0700
500 Pineola Street,  Newland, NC 
Dunns Deli 
134 W Main Street, Banner Elk  
Erick's Wine & Cheese Shop
4004 Hwy 105, Banner Elk, NC
Fred and Larry's Coffee Shop
3591 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk NC
Inner Harbor Restaurant  
HWY 184, Banner Elk NC 
Jan's Jams
50 Raintree Lane, Banner Elk NC
Melange Mountain Bistro   828-898-5750
4501 Tynecastle Hwy, Ste 1, Banner Elk 
Mountain Grounds Coffee & Tea Company
3990 NC Hwy. 105 S., Banner Elk NC
Nick's Restaurant & Pub  828-898-9613
4527 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk  NC
Painted Fish Cafe' and Beer Bar
2941 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk NC
Papa's Pizza To Go
456 Hardees Alley Rd., Newland NC
Pappys Barbeque   828-898-6777
4235 NC Highway 105 South, Banner Elk 
Puerto Neovo   828-898-3332
2120 Tynecastle Hwy. Ste 1, Banner Elk
Sorennto's Bistro  
140 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk  NC 
Stonewalls Restaurant  
344 Shaneehaw Avenue, Banner Elk NC 
Valle de Bravo Mexican Restaurant
4501 Tynecastle Hwy # 1, Banner Elk NC
Vivos Cafe  828- 898-5282
142 Main Street E.  Banner Elk  NC 
Zuzda Tapas Restaurant and Bar
Banner Elk NC 
Banner Elk Shops, Services
                Ski Country Sports
carries all of the major brands including K2, Burton, Nordica, Head, Volkl, Tecnica, Ski Country Sports sels and rents ski and sports gear  Ride, Salomon, Spyder, North Face, Arcteryx and Patagonia. Ski Country is the largest independent ski and snowboard rental operator in the south, with over 1,000 sets of skis and snowboards. Highway 184 - Across from Sugar Mountain, Banner Elk NC  
Alpine Ski Center   
3440 Tynecastle Hwy Unit B, Banner Elk
Banner Elk Winery  
60 Deer Run Lane, Banner Elk NC 
Clemmens Produce  
1947 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk NC 
Edge of the World
Highway 181, Banner Elk NC 
Flora Ottimer  
4501 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk NC 
Gray Light Gallery  
231 West Mitchell, Newland NC 
High Country Municipal ABC Store
4004 Hwy. 105, Suite 11 Banner Elk, NC
Main Street Antiques   828-737-9070 
115 Main Street, Elk Park NC 
Mountain Grounds Coffee and Tea   3990 Hwy 105, Suite 10, Banner Elk NC 
The Pink Gorilla  
3175 Tynecastle Hwy.Banner Elk NC 
Ken Blackburns Rustic Rooster 
4501 TyneCastle Hwy # 14 
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