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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

Dec 02

Solar Christmas Tree Lighting

12/2/16
5:30 pm - Refreshments; Entertainment; 6:30 pm - Tree lighting ceremony. … more
Dec 03

An Appalachian Christmas

12/3/16
Once again, Grace Lutheran Church will host this Mountain Home Music High Country tradition, started by Joe Shannon… more
Dec 03

Boone Christmas Parade

12/3/16
The annual downtown Boone Christmas parade starts at 11am. The lineup includes many festive floats, shiny red fire… more
Dec 09

Indoor Concerts at the Jones House -

12/9/16
"Genuine, quirky, and rootsy," are words frequently used to describe Asheville-based songwriter Chuck… more
Dec 09

SugarFest

12/9/16 – 12/11/16
Consumer ski/snowboard equipment demos, live North Carolina bluegrass music, fireworks, preseason adult ski clinic… more
Featured Events
815 W. King Street, Suite 10
Boone, NC 28607
(T) 828-266-1345  •  (F) 828-266-1346
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