Welcome to Banner Elk
Banner Elk is a popular getaway near Boone in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the North Carolina High Country. It’s a place that blends small town relaxation with the amenities of a larger city.
Enjoy a richness of culture and adventure. Within 15 minutes of the town’s lone stoplight you can experience the great outdoors, fabulous dining, theater and the arts, family attractions like Grandfather Mountain, and the South’s two largest ski resorts: Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain.
A thriving food scene awaits. In fact, Banner Elk is known as the culinary hot spot of the NC High Country. Food aficionados indulge in everything from five-star white-linen dining to upscale casual to down-home cooking to tasty delis. An array of wineries and craft breweries lie within a 15-minute radius of downtown.
Famed mountain attractions like Grandfather Mountain, Linville Caverns, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Tweetsie Railroad and The Blowing Rock are just a short drive away.
With so many things to see and do (and eat), Banner Elk provides an ideal getaway for couples, families, adventure seekers and baby boomers. The mix of lodging available in Banner Elk assures something for every taste and budget. Please click here to review the many accommodations available.
Travelers wishing to visit the North Carolina mountains can do so in Banner Elk. We are open to visitors. Located near Boone in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Banner Elk began welcoming tourists back on May 6, 2020. Since May 22, lodging places in Banner Elk have been able to rent all of their available units. […]
Following a two-month closure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Grandfather Mountain, which is 15 minutes from Banner Elk, has reopened as of May 22, 2020. All ticket sales have moved online. In accordance with Gov. Roy Cooper’s three-phased “reopening” of North Carolina, the nature park will strictly limit visitor numbers to follow social […]
Art on the Greene transforms the grounds of the Historic Banner Elk School into an art gallery multiple times each summer. These popular shows take place Fourth weekend, the first weekend in August and Labor Day weekend. Each show highlights works from local and regional artists, and allows shoppers to add to their art collections […]
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. […]
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 dinner in a casual setting, this town’s thriving food scene has it all.
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 third weekend of October. Leaves typically begin to change at the end of September with a vivid progression through late October.