Across the famed Mile High Swinging Bridge lies the wondrous Grandfather Mountain State Park—home to wildlife in its natural habitats and grand alpine trails. Enjoy walking and hiking the mountain while encountering a wealth of photograph opportunities. After exploring the natural splendor, head to The Nature Museum and learn about the region’s history. Grab a tasty treat at The Fudge Shop or Mildred's Grill afterwards, and call it a perfect day.
Steve Tatum and his wife founded the winery as a simple indulgence of their wine-making hobbies. Grandfather Vineyard & Winery offers wide selections of dry white and red wines, with prices varying depending on the availability of wines in flight. Following your wine tasting experience, you’ll receive a Grandfather Vineyard wine glass as a memento!
High Mountain Expeditions has years of experience as one of Banner Elk’s favorite attractions. They are experts in Nolichucky River Rafting, Watauga River Rafting, Wilson Creek Rafting, New River Tubing, Hiking and Caving. See the North Carolina mountains from a whole new perspective from the waters and trails.
Banner Elk Stables welcomes families and friends to one of the area's most adored attractions. The guided one-hour tours will lead you over beautiful trails across the high mountains of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the flanks of Beech Mountain. Impressively, some of their horses have worked on popular films such as “For Richer or Poorer," "Shallow Hal," "Cinderella," "National Treasure," and more!
As High Country's only Orvis Endorsed Flyfishing Outfitter and Guide Service, Foscoe operates a full service fly shop and high quality fly fishing on the Watauga, Linville, Toe, Elk, New River, and many other mountain streams. They also offer float and walk guides on the tailrace waters of Tennessee on the famous Watauga and South Holston Rivers. These waters offer great opportunities for catching Brown, Brook, and Rainbow trout, and there is great smallmouth fishing in the area as well.
Sugar Creek Gem Mine is the perfect place for children or adults who want to feel like children again. Mimic the prospectors of centuries ago with a bucket of your own. Find an impressive variety of gems: amethysts, sapphires, quartz, emeralds, rubies, red jasper, garnets, aquamarines and more! Mining a 5-gallon bucket lasts around 1 hour.
It might not appear to be at first glance, but the Grandfather Trout Farm is perfect for children and the whole family. They give everyone the chance to land the "big one!" Bait and tackle are furnished at no charge, and they supply the buckets, towels, nets and other gear for your fishing needs. After fishing for the day, you may clean your fish or have them clean them for 50 cents each.
The Sugar Mountain Resort is famed for its hills. It features a 1,200-foot vertical drop, as well as ski runs of 1.5 miles. There are 115 acres, 20 runs and seven lifts that include one triple, four double, and two surface lifts. Snowshoeing, tubing, and ice skating are also available.
It is impossible to look upon the face of an alpaca and not smile! At Apple Hill Farm, the smiles abound. Their mission is to share its beauty and animals with Banner Elk, which means you can meet all of their alpacas, cats, chickens, dogs, donkeys, goats, horses, ponies, llamas. and even mini donkeys! The farm itself is located on the site of a 45-year-old apple orchard atop Valle Mountain.
The newly constructed YMCA of Avery County is located in Linville. Enjoy access to over 30,000 square feet of the wellness center, aquatics center, XRKade interactive fitness, group exercise, water aerobics, KidZone child watch, massage therapy, and much more.
Food mirrors art at Artisanal. Experience fine, American dining at its best with Executive Chef Bill Greene’s craft courses. Choose from a selection of delectable dishes such as Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto, Grilled South Carolina Quail, North Carolina Redfish, Ribeye Cap Steak, and Apple Braised Pork Chops. Artisanal’s interior is dressed in rustic woods in true Carolina fashion.
Located in front of The Historic Perry House Bed & Breakfast, Dunn's Deli is a Banner Elk mainstay. Find an impressively scrumptious menu of made-to-order Overstuffed Sandwiches (which are served on fresh, homemade croissants, subs, blunts, and Kaiser rolls), as well as wraps, salads, soups and their award-winning High Country Chili. For drinks, enjoy the unique Build-Your-Own Beer Tasting, wine, or freshly brewed tea.
Stonewalls arrives alongside Banner Elk’s more formidable restaurants. The cuisine is Traditional and Contemporary American, with steaks, prime rib, seafood, chicken, burgers, and lighter fare from the specialty bar. The atmosphere is casual and entirely family friendly.
Known for their fabulous pizzas, Bella's is also a favorite for their fine Italian cuisine and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy a selection of fresh pasta, seafood and quality, local meats. To complement your meal, they also possess a wide selection of fine wines and microbrews right from North Carolina.
The Gamekeeper is prime for "Mountain Cuisine" and Southern prowess. Their meals are prepared by wood fire and plated with finesse. Menu selections include Brunswick Stew, Mixed Game Grill, Grilled Escarole, Elk, Buffalo, Pheasant, and desserts such as Bread Pudding, Coffee Cake, and Macaroons.
Casa Rustica Restaurant draws its origins from the Cannobio, the Lake Region of Italy. Using genuine family recipes, they craft gourmet dishes with free range beef and fresh, local ingredients. Featured entrees include Duck Leg Confit, Linguini with Clam Sauce, and Chicken or Veal Saltimbocca Piemontese.
Enjoy fine Creole and Cajun dining at the Louisiana Purchase. They've enjoyed nominal success in Banner Elk with excellent dishes. Look to BBQ North Carolina Shrimp, Cajun Seafood Etouffee, and Creole Jambalaya for guaranteed perfection. There is also a full bar that serves 14 wines by the glass.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, Banner Elk Café has it all. For your morning fare, look to eggs, biscuits, French toast, pancakes, fresh coffee, and more. Lunch reels in favorites like burgers, chicken sandwiches, pizza and salads. Healthy entrees complete dinner, with dishes like the grilled mahi and wraps. Be sure to check out the drinks menu for the acclaimed Bloody Mary and Cadillac Margaritas.
With open mic every Friday and Saturday, it’s easy to see why Fred and Larry’s Coffee is a favorite of Banner Elk. Opening Monday through Saturday at 7am allows you to stop in early for great coffee, which includes an iced caramel latte that’s all the rave. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting, with a friendly staff and welcoming owners.
Mountain Grounds is one of High Country's finest for coffee and teas. Its prime location places guests in the midst of Grandfather Mountain, Banner Elk, Sugar Mountain, and Beech Mountain. The coffee shop has a lodge feel, which invites you in and surrounds you with aromas of their delicious beverage.
Styled after the famed streets and venues of New Orleans, Bayou boasts of a bar that offers an array of cocktails, beer and wine. The beer menu encompasses American Craft beers. You’ll never miss the big sporting events and can play pool and National Trivia while dining on Cajun and Texan cuisine.
Zuzda’s is a welcome drift from the mainstream restaurants and bars of the contemporary American bar scene. Enjoy 120 small plate options spanning escargot, sesame-seared tuna sashimi, saffron paella, mushroom ragout, sautéed squid steak, fried cheese ravioli, steamed clams, grits and cheese, and more.
The Painted Fish Café and Beer Bar prides itself on “recognizable food with a twist.” Their dishes are made from scratch and are supplemented by a beverage menu of local and national microbrews and fine wines. Relax in a friendly ambiance with heated, outdoor seating available. Vistas of Sugar Mountain are complimentary.
Completely unexpected and always raving, The Sushi Club offers not only some of High Country's best sushi, but unending nighttime entertainment. One part restaurant, one part lounge, The Sushi Club bounces with South Beach lighting, plush white leather seating, and live music. DJ sets and Jazz set the tones, with theme nights and events taking place monthly.
Foggy Rock Eatery and Pub is chef Burt Myers' original restaurant in the High Country. Enjoy the casual dining experience for both lunch and dinner, with nightlife options streaming aplenty. The pub has the most televisions in town, with NFL Sunday Ticket, ESPN Gameplan, and more.
The Art Cellar Gallery provides artwork from the area's local artists, with an influence extending throughout the Southeast. There are three floors of exhibition space that offer regional pottery, woodworking, and glass. Find everything, from primitive to realistic and impressionistic to abstract art.
Maggie Black Pottery is actually one of Banner Elk's best attractions. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, Gingko and Maples leaves are combined with Stoneware Vases, bumblebees or the profile of Craggy Grandfather Mountain are carved into Vessels, Candle Holders are made of leaves, dragonflies slip-trail Orchid bowls and melted glass is used on Raku Pots.
Banner Elk is accessed by way of the Asheville Regional Airport, which is 80 miles south of Banner Elk itself. AVL services American, Delta, Continental, United and US Airways. Vision and AirTran both offer seasonal flights to Destin and Orlando. Ground transportation services are provided by taxi cab, bus, limousine, car service, and rental cars.