Destination guide

Beautiful Banner Elk in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Banner Elk is a pretty little town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Banner Elk vacation rentals are surrounded by small town charm with big city convenience. Enjoy the richness of culture and delight in the amazing adventure here. Within 15 minutes of the town’s only stoplight, you can experience the great outdoors and all the thrills they have to offer. For something a bit more tranquil, visit an alpaca farm, or sample the local wines at the Grandfather Winery & Vineyard. There are plenty of vacation rental options to suit couples, groups, or the whole family.

Things to do

Banner Elk: something for everyone

Banner Elk vacation rentals truly are the perfect place for action-packed trips. If you want a day away from all the adrenaline-fueled sports of the lakes, head into town for a bit of retail therapy. For a dose of cute critters, Apple Hill Farm is home to alpacas and other farm animals. Tours are held on different days throughout the year so be sure to check they are running before you go. Adults will enjoy sampling the local produce at the Grandfather Vineyard & Winery while taking in the spectacular mountain views.

Activities

Plenty of fun in beautiful Banner Elk

Banner Elk vacation rentals can be your summertime home base for a wild activity vacation, which can include hiking, biking, rafting, tubing, and horseback riding. Try exhilarating whitewater and river adventures, or for something on land, how about a rock climbing excursion? For a more relaxing outdoor experience, head on down to the 13-acre Wildcat Lake—a free public lake complete with a white sandy beach, swimming area, and a fishing pier. In the winter, skiing and snowboarding are king at the 2 resorts in the area: Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain.

Weather

4 seasons of family fun in Banner Elk

Banner Elk vacation rentals are the perfect getaway any time of the year. Summer is mild with temperatures averaging highs of 70°F, and winter temperatures range between lows in the 20s to highs around 40°F. These moderate temperatures allow for year-round fun with rainfall at a steady 4-5 inches per month, and an average snowfall of 45 inches in the winter. The winter weather is perfect for winters sports down the slopes of Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain resorts! Summer, fall, winter, or spring—it’s always a good time to go to Banner Elk.

Natural features

Banner Elk—the perfect location for your vacation

The town of Banner Elk is located 3,740 feet up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Avery County, North Carolina. Its waterways include the Elk River, Wildcat Creek, Shawneehaw Creek, and Hanging Rock Creek. The area is also home to Historic Mill Pond and Grandfather Mountain State Park. Surrounded by rolling hills and exquisite scenery, this little town of just over 1,000 residents enjoys a perfect position in the mountains, close to rivers and the exciting outdoor wilderness that make the Blue Ridge Mountains so beautiful.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Banner Elk

The nearest airport is in Tri-Cities, TN (TRI-Tri-Cities Regional), located 37.1 mi (59.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Abingdon, VA (VJI-Virginia Highlands), which is 37.1 mi (59.8 km) away.

Where to stay around Banner Elk?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,193 vacation rentals near Banner Elk. From 724 Cabins to 676 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Banner Elk for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Banner Elk?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Banner Elk:

  • Mill Ridge: 74 vacation rentals
  • Tynecastle: 75 vacation rentals
  • Southcrest: 174 vacation rentals
  • Beech Mountain Resort: 1,365 vacation rentals
  • Linville Ridge: 229 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Banner Elk?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Banner Elk. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sugar Mountain Resort: 1,883 vacation rentals
  • Banner Elk Winery: 2,365 vacation rentals
  • Land of Oz: 2,308 vacation rentals
  • Grandfather Vineyard & Winery: 2,429 vacation rentals
  • Lees-McRae College: 2,310 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Banner Elk listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Banner Elk?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 724 Cabins in Banner Elk. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Banner Elk include:

  • Houses: 676 rentals available
  • Cottages: 724 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 605 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Banner Elk?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 555 vacation rentals with pool available in Banner Elk. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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