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The Weather in Banner Elk
Check out our climate diagram to find the perfect month for your vacation. July is the warmest month of the year in Banner Elk with temperatures reaching a maximum average of 78°. Conversely, January is the coolest month in Banner Elk, with temperatures going under 24° The rainiest month is July while the driest month is November.
Culture and adventure at a vacation rental in Banner Elk
Banner Elk's motto is “Escape. Unwind. Indulge.” It lives up to this catchphrase, dutifully ensuring that visitors are entertained with its eclectic dining options, art, and family-friendly distractions. It's also close to two of the South's largest ski areas. Savor the region's laidback vibes at a vacation home or a toasty Banner Elk cabin rental.
Acclaimed for its culinary prowess across North Carolina's High Country, Banner Elk proposes it all, with upscale establishments, intimate farm-to-table restaurants, and good ol' delis. Banner Elk Café, a local favorite, is recommended for its freshly caught trout, sourced from the mountain streams. While here, pop into the Lodge Espresso Bar and Eatery for a quick coffee break. Cheesesteak sandwiches and chilled drafts can be enjoyed at New York-style Dunn's Deli. For a taste of bayou cooking, the jambalaya and gumbo at Bayou Smokehouse and Grill won't disappoint.
Banner Elk Winery, the region's most celebrated winery, is known for its delicate and nuanced flavors that honor the mountain tradition. Flat Top Brewing Company lets discerning tipplers choose from over twelve beers on tap and brews such as Kölsch and black-rye IPA.
A great way to get acquainted with 19th-century life in North Carolina's mountains is at the Banner House Museum, former home of Samuel Henry Banner, one of Banner Elk's original settlers. Banner Elk is also home to Lees-McRae College, set at the highest elevation among all colleges east of the Mississippi. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the historic campus.
The 25-year-old Art Cellar Gallery offers a choc-a-bloc calendar full of art shows, book signings, and art talks. Learn about the region's wildlife at the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which also houses rescue birds. One of the town's more unique cultural events is the Woolly Worm Festival, where a caterpillar predicts the upcoming winter. There are free concerts, food, art, and crafts as well.
Renting a car in the mountains is recommended – a fifteen-minute drive will get you to the heart of nature. World-class attractions such as Grandfather Mountain, Linville Caverns, and the Blue Ridge Parkway are all easily accessible by car. Hike up easy greenways or take on the more challenging trails that lay hidden among some of the highest peaks east of the Rockies. Navigate the region's spectacular topography with a mountain bike, or embark on a whitewater paddling excursion. If gliding over treetops appeals to you, consider a canopy tour and zip line adventure at the Blind Squirrel course.
If you come in winter, you're in for a treat. Strategically located between the Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain ski areas, Banner Elk has rightly earned its reputation as the ski capital of the South. Go skiing, snowboarding, and tubing to your heart's content. Your cabin rental in Banner Elk, NC, awaits.
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