Banner Elk: Cabins, Adventure And Cool Mountain Breezes

Photo: Todd Bush

Looking for a socially distanced getaway in the North Carolina mountains? One spot worth considering is the small resort town of Banner Elk.

Banner Elk welcomes summertime visitors with cool breezes, outdoor adventure and plenty of rental cabins. The town sits at an elevation of 3,700 feet in the Blue Ridge, surrounded by the majestic peaks of Beech, Grandfather and Sugar mountains.

Visitors choose from many outdoor activities, such as Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster, the state’s only alpine coaster. Grandfather Mountain, among the largest and best-known attractions in the High Country, is just 15 minutes away. Grandfather’s nature preserve includes hiking trails, animal habitats and the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge.

Folks wishing to stay in Banner Elk and visit Grandfather Mountain can do so via special lodging packages that include accommodations and admission tickets to Grandfather Mountain.

Apple Hill Farm is another popular outdoor attraction. This working farm allows guests to interact with alpacas and llamas, as well as goats, chickens and other animals. Tours are available daily by appointment only.

More outdoor fun is available at Beech Mountain Resort and Sugar Mountain Resort. Beech Mountain Resort offers scenic chairlift rides, downhill mountain biking, disc golf, and food and beverage options, including outdoor service at the 5506′ Skybar.

Sugar Mountain Resort provides scenic chairlift rides and downhill mountain biking, including the new Easy Street trail for beginning and intermediate riders.

Other outdoor activities include Elk River Falls, two whitewater rafting outfitters, and numerous hiking trails at Grandfather Mountain State Park and the Emerald Outback.

After a day of recreation, Banner Elk satisfies the appetite with an impressive collection of restaurants. The town has earned the nickname “Culinary Hot Spot of the High Country” for its cuisine. From white linen dining to casual bistros, Banner Elk serves up a variety of choices.

Afterwards, retire to the front porch of your rental cabin, where the chilly mountain air is a welcome respite in the dog days of August.

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