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1. Important Contacts 2. High Country Attractions 3. Shopping 4. Dining
5. Local Retailers 6. Pharmacies 7. Cell Phone Retailers 8. Doctor's Offices
9. Hospitals 10. Gas Stations 11. Banks 12. Hardware Stores
13. Wrecker Services 14. Lodging

Important Contacts

Lees-McRae College

Barry M. Buxton, PhD
President, Lees-McRae College

Todd Lidh, PhD

Jon Driggers
Vice President of Student Development
and Dean of Students

Craig McPhail
Vice President of Athletics
and Club Sports

Sandy Ramsey
Director of the Post Office

Harry Stewart
Security Director
Cell: 828-260-0505

Banner Elk/Avery County

Banner Elk Police Department
583 Main St E
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Avery County Sheriff's Office
300 Shultz Cir
Newland, NC 28657
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Things to do in the High Country

Unique High Country Attractions

Avery Arts Council, Inc. - 8.4 Miles

77 Ruffin Street (behind the Old Hampton Store)
Linville, NC 28646
Admission: Free
Description: Opportunities for the enjoyment of the arts through education & programming for the people of Avery County.
Months of Operation: Open year round
Days of Operation: Mon-Fri
Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Banner House Museum - 1.1 Miles

7990 Hickory Nut Gap Road
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Admission: Adult $5/Children under 12 $1
Description: Experience 19th century history of life in Banner Elk and the High Country in the home of one of Banner Elk's original settlers. View demonstrations as you wander back in time through the re-created household of the 1870-80s.
Days and Hours Open: Banner House Museum will be open from June 18th to October 11th, Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.


Grandfather Mountain - 5.6 Miles

US 221, 2 miles north of Linville and 1 mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 305
828-733-2013 | 1-800-468-7325 (toll-free)
Admission: Adult (13-59) $18, Senior (60+) $15, Child (4-12) $8, under 4 are free
Description: The highest peak in the Blue Ridge and a globally recognized nature preserve. Endless vistas; beautiful mountain scenery and mountain views; the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge; South's best alpine hiking trails; bears, otters, cougars, eagles and deer in natural habitats; picnicking; nature museum; environmental education; gift shops; restaurant.
Months of Operation: Open year round, winter weather permitting
Days of Operation: Daily except Thanksgiving & Christmas days Hours of Operation: Winter: 9 am - 5 pm; Spring & Fall: 9 am - 6 pm; Summer: 9 am - 7 pm.


Linville Caverns, Inc. - 23.4 Miles

19929 Highway 221 N.
Marion, NC 28752
828-756-4171 | 1-800-419-0540 (toll-free)
Admission: Adults $7.50, Seniors (62+) $6.50, Children (5-12) $5.50, children 5 and under free with adult/senior admission
Description: Unique opportunity to see the magic nature created inside our mountains. Stalactite, stalagmite, column, drapery & straw formations, & an underground stream with blind trout, and total darkness are just part of our guided tour experience! Also, we have an outstanding gift shop on the premises.
Months of Operation: Open year round
Days of Operation: Mar-Nov: Daily; Dec, Jan & Feb: Sat & Sun Only Hours of Operation: Mar - Nov (including weekends only): 9 am - 4:30 pm; Apr, May, Sept, Oct: 9 am-5 pm; June 1 - Labor Day: 9 am - 6 pm.


Linville Falls - 19.8 Miles

The falls are located at Mile Post 316.3 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, north of where US 221 crosses the Parkway and south of where NC 181 crosses the Parkway.
Admission: Free
Description: Linville Falls is a waterfall located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Trails lead to views of both the upper and lower falls. Forests offer virgin hemlock mixed with other familiar trees such as white pine, oaks, hickory, and birch. A colorful and varied display of wildflowers decorates the trails in the spring. Red and golden leaves in fall beautifully contrast with the soothing green of hemlocks. The falls are open dawn-dusk year round.


Mast General Store - 6.2 Miles

Highway 194
Valle Crucis, NC 28691
Description: Since 1883, the Mast General Store has been the center of the Valle Crucis community. Once carrying everything from cradles to caskets, it's still packed with all you'd expect to find in an old-timey country store. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Open daily.
Months of Operation: Open year round.
Hours of Operation: Original Store: Mon - Sat: 7 am - 6:30 pm; Sun: Noon - 6 pm; Annex: Mon - Sat: 10 am - 6 pm; Sun: Noon - 6 pm (Winter hours may vary slightly.)


Ski Beech Mountain - 2.4 Miles

1007 Beech Mountain Pkwy
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
828-387-2011 | 1-800-438-2093
Description: Beech Mountain is located at an elevation of 5,506 feet.. Ski Beech offers a wide variety of activities year round; these include: Skiing, Snowboarding, Snow Tubing, Ice Skating, Terrain Parks, Mountain Boarding, Mountain Biking and Festivals. Ski Beech offers different rentals and rates throughout the year, Check with Ski Beech for current rates and offerings.


Sugar Mountain - 4.3 Miles

1009 Sugar Mountain Drive
Sugar Mountain, NC 28604
828-898-4521 | 1-800-784-2768
Description: Sugar Mountain is located at an elevation of 4100-5300 feet. Sugar Mountain offers a wide variety of activities year round; some of these include: Skiing, Snowboarding, Snow Tubing, Ice Skating, Festivals, and Summer Chair Rides.

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Alpine Ski Center - 2.5 Miles

3440-B Tynecastle Hwy.
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: Entrances of Ski Beech and Sugar. Rental equipment for skiing & snowboarding. Retail sales of clothing, equipment & accessories. Ski & snowboard rentals. Also, In-Line skates.


Banner Elk Winery/Villa - 2.2 Miles

60 Deer Run Lane P. O. Box 1274
Banner Elk, NC 28604
828-260-9090 (Winery) (toll-free)
Description: Banner Elk Winery is the North Carolina High Country's first commercial winery.
The winery not only offers wine for sale but wine tasting and educational tours which include instruction in the various steps and processes on how wine is made.
Open for Wine Tasting and Tours Wednesday through Sunday Noon to 6 p.m.


Boone Mall - 17 Miles

1180 Blowing Rock Rd # E6 Boone, NC 28607
Description: Boone Mall is the first indoor shopping center in the High Country, located on Blowing Rock Road in Boone, North Carolina. It has two main anchors: Belk and JC Penney, and four junior anchors: Old Navy, T.J. Maxx, Panera Bread and Sears.


Edge of the World, Inc. - 0.4 Miles

Tynecastle Highway
Highway 184 PO Box 1137
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: Guided Whitewater Rafting , Kayaking, Rock Climbing & Rappelling Trips; Complete Skateboard & Snowboard Shop.


Erick's Cheese & Wine Shop - 4.6 Miles

4004 Hwy 105 PO Box 2140
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: Retail wine, cheese, gourmet foods, gift baskets & party trays. Free wine tasting parties every Saturday.
Open year round.
Days of Operation: Mon. - Sat.
Hours of Operation: Jan - Apr: 11am-6 pm; May-Dec: 10 am-6 pm.


Fred's General Mercantile, Inc. - 1.7 Miles

501 Beech Mountain Parkway PO Box 523
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: Hardware, birdfeeders, books, kites, sleds, gardening supplies, Christmas trees at Christmas time, fresh apples in the fall, pumpkins for Halloween, toys, crafts, unusual gifts, clothing & mountain gear. Rentals, sales & service of skis & snowboards. Also, retail sales of ski clothing & accessories galore. As Fred says, If we don't have it, you don't need it.
Months of Operation: Open year round (Even Christmas Day!)
Days of Operation: 7 days Hours of Operation: Spring, Summer & Fall: 7:30 am - 10 pm; Winter: 7:30 am - 10:30 pm.


Mast General Store - 6.2 Miles

2918 Broadstone Road Valle Crucis, NC 28604
630 West King Street Boone, NC 28607
(828) 262-0000

Snow Toys Ski & Board Rental - 1.5 Miles

1757 Hwy 184 (Tynecastle Hwy) Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604
Description: Snow Toys brings the fun and "all the toys" you will need to have a great winter holiday or vacation! Located between Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain, Snow Toys rents all the top brands in the ski and snowboarding industries. You can even pickup rental equipment the night before your day on the slopes or take advantage of multi-day rentals!

Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway - 24 Miles

278 Shoppes on the Parkway Road Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Description: Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway offers more than 40 outlet stores.


The Great Train Robbery - 1.3 Miles

2120 Tynecastle Hwy.
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: The High Country's Greatest Shopping Attraction. Emporium, shops, art gallery, Mountain Sotheby's International Realty, and dining at The Blackboard Restaurant. Furnishings, gifts, antiques, apparel, and more. Special events, design seminars, entertainment, festivals and shopper packages year-round.
Months of Operation: Open year round
Days of Operation: 7 days Hours of Operation: 10 am - 6 pm: Mon - Sat; 11 am - 4 pm: Sunday.

WingN'It - 0.2 Miles

441 Shawneehaw Avenue Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: An eclectic shop located at the "The Little Red Caboose" in downtown Banner Elk. WingN'It offers a great selection of wild bird supplies and gifts!
Days of Operation: Wednesday - Sunday (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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Artisanal Restaurant - 2.2 Miles

1200 Dobbins Rd
Banner Elk NC 28604
Description: The Artisanal Restaurant is a premier fine dining restaurant in the NC Mountains in a rustic, but elegant barn. Chef Bill Greene and staff make beautiful creations with a "farm to table approach". Each recipe is made from scratch in this contemporary atmosphere.
Hours of Operation: Closed Jan-Mid April - Open Mid April - Dec. 31, 5:30-10pm.


Banner Elk Café - 0.2 Miles

119 Central Way SW
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: The Banner Elk Cafe offers a beautiful courtyard, located directly in the middle of the Lodge Espresso Bar and Pizzeria and a ice cream parlor. Courtyard diners will enjoy being served fare from all 3 restaurants. There is live entertainment on weekends. The Banner Elk Cafe serves a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. A wide range of nightly specials are sure to please any palate. Children's menu available. The Lodge Espresso Bar and Pizzeria offers fare from Espresso, frappes, fruit smoothies, fresh fruit salads, bagels, pastries and delectable desserts.
Hours of Operation: 6am-10pm.


Bayou Smokehouse Grill and General Store - 0.2 Miles

130 East Main Street P. O. Box 2191
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: Shop and Play and Wine and Dine! No place like it in Banner Elk for family food and fun! Great home cooking, deck dining plus pool table and video games! Brunch Saturday and Sunday - 11:30 am to 3 pm. Beer and wine is also sold in our General Store.
Months of Operation: Open year round Days of Operation: 7 days
Hours of Operation: Sunday, Monday-Thursday - 11:30 am- 11 pm Friday and Saturday - 11:30 1m to 12 midnight.


Bella's Italian Restaurant (In the Food Lion Shopping Center) - 4.3 Miles

3585 Tynecastle Highway
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: A neighborhood great Italian restaurant. Bar serving complimentary snacks.


China House (In the Food Lion Shopping Center) - 4.3 Miles

3581 Tynecastle Highway
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: A Chinese takeout or eat in restaurant with buffet.


Dunn's Deli - 0.2 Miles

134 W. Main Street, Downtown Banner Elk, near the traffic light, across from the Exxon
PO Box 2512
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: Full-service deli serving fresh made to order sandwiches made using premium meats and cheeses. Great soups and salads, too. Breakfast served daily until 11 AM. Fresh-baked breads daily. Meats and cheeses sold by the pound. Daily specials. Months of Operation: Open year round Days of Operation: 7 days
Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri: 7 am - 7 pm; Sat: 9 am - 6 pm; Sun: 9 am - 5 pm.


The Lodge Espresso Bar & Ice Cream Shoppe - 0.2 Miles

119 Central Way SW
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: The Lodge Espresso Bar and Pizzeria offers fare from Espresso, frappes, fruit smoothies, fresh fruit salads, bagels, pastries and delectable desserts.


Louisiana Purchase - 0.2 Miles

397 Shawneehaw Avenue
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: Louisiana Purchase Food & Spirits serves Creole and Cajun cuisine in a fine dining restaurant.
Days and hours: Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 6pm with Sunday Brunch at 11am.
Reservations Preferred.


Mountain Grounds Coffee & Tea Co. - 4.5 Miles

Grandfather Shopping Center
3990 Hwy 105 Suite 10
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: The High Country's finest coffee house where you can sit and enjoy free wireless internet with a true mountain lodge setting. Gourmet coffee from around the world. Specializing in all espresso drinks, coffee, teas, fresh smoothies and frappes from true Baristas. We'll even offer brewing advice for all of our products.


Nick's Restaurant - 4.3 Miles

Description: American Cuisine and Bar Food.


Painted Fish Café and Beer Bar - 1.4 Miles

2941 Tynecastle Hwy
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: Amazing food inspired by friends and family. The Painted Fish Café has a great ocean atmosphere with an inspiring view of Sugar Mountain.
Hours of operation: Vary, but closed Mondays.


The Pedalin' Pig - 4.7 Miles

4235 NC Highway 105 South
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Puerto Nuevo - 1.3 Miles

2120 Tynecastle Hwy, Ste 3
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: Puerto Nuevo serves authentic Mexican Dishes made fresh daily and provides some of the best beers from around the world.


Scott's Pizza Place - 1.4 Miles

2951 Tynecastle Hwy.
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: Scott's Pizza Place delivers and offers, pizzas, calzones, Stromboli, wings, subs, spaghetti, and more.
Hours of Operation: Open Daily at 11am, Saturday and Sunday 3pm, and Closed Tuesdays.


Sorrento's Bistro - 0.2 Miles

147 Azalea Circle
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: This upscale Italian bistro is open all year serving lunch and dinner with an extensive wine list.
Days and Hours: Closed on Tuesdays.


Stonewalls - 0.2 Miles

344 Shawneehaw Av. PO Box 569
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: Restaurant serving the best in steaks, prime rib, seafood, and an extensive salad bar.
Hours: Open 5pm Daily.


The Frog and the Monkey - 0.2 Miles

128 Banner Rd Banner Elk, NC 28604
(828) 898-3764
Description: Food Styles, Greek and Mediterranean, Indian/Pakistani, Pizza, Sandwiches, and Vegetarian.
Hours: Open Mon - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm


Tokyo Express - 1.6 Miles

100 High Country Square
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: Tokyo Express is a Japanese hibachi restaurant.

Zuzda Tapas - 0.2 Miles

502 West Main Street P.O. Box
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: Tapas menu has over 100 items, extensive wine list, all ABC permits, and live music.

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Local Retailers

Dollar General - 0.9 Miles

767 Main Street East
Banner Elk, NC 28604-9241

Food Lion - 4.3 Miles

3555 Tynecastle Highway
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Lowes Food - 4.8 Miles

4000 NC Highway 105 South
Sugar Mountain, NC 28604

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Banner Elk Pharmacy - 0.3 Miles

110 Park Avenue
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Rite-Aid - 4.3 Miles

4059 NC Hwy 105 South
Sugar Mountain, NC 28604

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Cell Phone Retailers

Verizon - 1.3 Miles

4004 NC Hwy 105 S.
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Carolina West Wireless - 1.4 Miles

2043 Tynecastle Hwy
Banner Elk, NC 28604

AT&T (Boone) (Located in the Boone Mall) - 11.9 Miles

1180 Blowing Rock Road
Boone, NC 28607

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Doctor's Offices

Elk River Medical Associates - 0.3 Miles

150 Park Avenue
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Blue Ridge Health Plus - 0.3 Miles

110 Park Avenue
Banner Elk, NC 28604

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Cannon Memorial - 9.8 Miles

434 Hospital Drive
Linville, NC 28646

Watauga Medical Center (Boone) - 18.7 Miles

336 Deerfield Road
Boone, NC 28607

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Gas Stations

Banner Elk Exxon - 0.2 Miles

115 Main Street West
Banner Elk, NC 28604

BP - Kangaroo Express - 0.2 Miles

379 Shawneehaw Avenue
Banner Elk. NC 28604

Shop & Save Exxon - 4.3 Miles

3980 Hwy 105
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Shell - Scotchman Store - 0.2 Miles

4520 Tynecastle Highway
Banner Elk, NC 28604

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Bank of America - 0.3 Miles

330 Main Street East
Banner Elk, NC 28604

BB&T - 0 Miles

ATM - Cannon Student Center
191 Main Street West
Banner Elk, NC 28604

BB&T Bank - 4.3 Miles

4501 Tynecastle Hwy Suite 15
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Fifth Third Bank - 0.9 Miles

1667 Shawneehaw Lane
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Highlands Union - 0.2 Miles

115 Main Street East
Banner Elk, NC 28604

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Hardware Stores

Lowes Hardware - 1.5 Miles

2014 Tynecastle Highway
Banner Elk, NC 28604

New River Building Supply - 1.5 Miles

2340 Tynecastle Highway
Banner Elk, NC 28604

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Wrecker Services

Banner Elk Exxon - 0.2 Miles

115 Main Street West
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Description: Services all types of cars in the service bay and is open 6am-11pm daily.

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Area Lodging

Banner Elk Lodging

Best Western Mountain Lodge 828-898-4571
Little Main Street Inn & Suites 828-898-6109
Azalea Inn B&B 828-898-8195
The Banner Elk Inn 828-898-6223
The Inn at Elk River 828-898-9669
1902 Turnpike House B&B 828-898-5611
The Perry House B&B 828-898-3535
Cabins/Local Rentals
A and W Mountain Rentals & Realty, Inc. 828-898-9188
Avery Realty 828-898-6223
Banner Elk Mtn. Cabins 828-387-1209
Mountain Retreats Realty 828-963-6325

Nearby Lodging

Beech Mountain (7 miles)
Archers Inn 888-827-6155
Beech Alpen Inn 828-387-2252
Pinnacle Inn 800-405-7888
Top of the Beech 828-387-2252
Valle Crucis (8 miles)
Mountainside Lodge B&B 877-687-4333
The Baird House 800-963-5581
The Mast Farm Inn 828-963-5857
The Taylor House Inn 800-963-5581
Valle Crucis B&B 828-963-2525
Foscoe (10 miles)
Foscoe Rentals
Lees-McRae College parents or guests will receive a 10% discount!
Toll Free: 800-723-7341
Local: 828-963-8142
Near Boone (10-20 miles)
Smoketree Lodge 800-422-1880
Comfort Suites 828-268-0099
Country Inn & Suites 828-264-4104
Courtyard by Marriott 828-265-7676
Sleep Inn 828-262-0020
Super 8 828-264-4133
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