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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

Mar 25

High Country Grizzlies vs. LeHigh

3/25/17
High Country Grizzles is Boone's brand new indoor football team. Join them on Appalachian State Univeristy's campus at… more
Mar 25

Meltdown Games

3/25/17 – 3/26/17
Winter isn’t over until we say it is. Come enjoy Appalachian’s classic end of the winter celebration on… more
Mar 28

Beer 101: Belgian Beers II

3/28/17
The theme of this month's Beer 101 dinner is Belgian Beers II; Belgian Beers paired with Belgian Cuisine. Each dinner… more
Mar 31

Fancy Pants: Part Deux -- Fine Wine &

3/31/17
Taste 40+ wines at four favorite eateries in Boone: CoBo's, The Local, Proper and Vidalia. Plus, it's a Fancy Pants… more
Apr 01

38th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby

4/1/17
The 38th Annual Derby begins at sunrise on Saturday, prizes awarded at 4:30pm. Win prizes for biggest fish in separate… more
Apr 01

5th Annual High Country Brewer's

4/1/17
Boondocks is holding the 5th Annual High Country Brewer's Experience in West Jefferson (Ashe County), NC. This year… more
Apr 01

High Country Grizzlies vs. Dayton

4/1/17
High Country Grizzles is Boone's brand new indoor football team. Join them on Appalachian State Univeristy's campus at… more
Apr 08

5th Annual Boone Birding Festival

4/8/17
A FREE family-oriented festival celebrating the unique birding opportunities in the NC High Country! Valle Crucis Park… more
Apr 09

High Country Grizzlies vs. Jacksonville

4/9/17
High Country Grizzles is Boone's brand new indoor football team. Join them on Appalachian State Univeristy's campus at… more
Apr 20

SAVOR Blowing Rock

4/20/17 – 4/23/17
A four-day celebration of wine, craft beer, fine cuisine and entertainment, featuring lectures, art classes, cooking… more
Featured Events
815 W. King Street, Suite 10
Boone, NC 28607
(T) 828-266-1345  •  (F) 828-266-1346
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