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Banner Elk

Banner Elk is one of the loftiest towns in the mountainous High Country region-at 3,739 feet above sea level. The towering peaks of Grandfather Mountain command the skyline, as do the two biggest ski areas in the High Country, Beech and Sugar mountains. The lofty ski hubs of both Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain are towns, too. No wonder Banner Elk license plates proclaim it the, "Ski Capital of the South."

A Century of Cool Mountain Charm

Banner Elk is a charming burg that's beautiful in all seasons of the year. Cool summers, flaming fall foliage, snowy winters and a vibrant, blooming spring season recommend the town's great restaurants and B&Bs. Attractions are many, including one of the area's great "swimmin' holes"-beautiful Wildcat Lake.

Lees-McRae College has been a catalyst in the Banner Elk area for about 100 years. Edgar Tufts founded the Elizabeth McRae Institute for Girls in 1900. Mrs. S.P. Lees was a major benefactor so the name changed to the Lees-McRae Institute in 1903. The institute became Lees-McRae Junior College in 1929, and then Lees-McRae College with four-year accreditation in 1990. Today the college is undergoing a renaissance of expansion. Its new May School of Nursing and Health Sciences debuts in October of 2014.

Featured Events

Jun 23

"Horn in the West" outdoor drama

6/23/17 – 8/5/17
"Horn in the West" legacy outdoor drama thrills young and old alike with this adventure from our nation's… more
Jul 01

Burning in Effigy of King George III

7/1/17
Celebrate Independence Day in 18th century style with a typical rally of 1780's and '90's North Carolina. (Note: In… more
Jul 04

Boone 4th of July Parade

7/4/17
The Downtown Boone Annual 4th of July parade starting at 11 a.m. and is a fun event for the whole family.   Take a… more
Jul 06

62nd Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

7/6/17 – 7/9/17
Blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes, delicate dancers, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular highland setting make… more
Jul 07

First Friday Art Crawl

2/3/17 – 12/1/17
Shop, mingle and meet local artists from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at downtown shops and galleries. Enjoy fresh art, lively… more
Jul 08

An Evening with Sutton Foster

7/8/17
Two-time Tony Award-winning actyress, singer and dancer Sutton Foster makes her debut on the Schaefer Center stage for… more
Jul 15

Jennifer Nettles

7/15/17
Grammy Award-winning Country superstar Jennifer Nettles has become one of the most admired singer-songwriters in music… more
Jul 21

MOMIX: "Opus Cactus"

7/21/17
Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of… more
Jul 22

Chris Botti

7/22/17
For more than two decades, multi Grammy award-winning master trumpeter and composer Chris Botti has amassed a variety… more
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815 W. King Street, Suite 10
Boone, NC 28607
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