We took a trip to the mountains for my husband's birthday so that we could relax and do some outdoorsy stuff (white water rafting, biking, etc). We got lost on the mountains on the way up (get directions from a real person and don't rely on GPS for this area!), so I called Beverly (owner) and told her we'd be in well after dark, so she prepared our room for us by putting the heating and lights on! What great personal attention! The attention clearly extended to the room (the Edwardian) which was elegantly decorated without being stuffy or overly antiquey as many B&B's are (though there were some beautiful antique pieces like an Edwardian lamp). The bed was incredibly soft (I have a bad back so I'm usually fussy about beds), the bath had a jetted tub with bath salts available, the kitchen was stocked with some homemade goodies (my husband loved the chocolaate chip cookies and banana bread) and coffee with a mini grinder, the CD player came with a wide selection of classical music (I'm a sucker for Bach and Tchaikovsky), the fireplace was so inviting, and the deck (on the duplex cabins) was gated in so the guests could bring their pets and they'd have their own little space to play outside. She seems to have thought of everything! Breakfast was delicious and all homemade--cottage cheese and raspberry/ blueberry pancakes, crunchy multigrain bread, bacon, and fruit all served on elegant china in her dining room. We felt really welcome and comfortable the entire time. I only wish we could stay for longer! The town is out of the way from bigger areas like Boone, but definitely worth the drive. The inn is in walking/biking distance of a park (with dog park and there were kiddie stuff there too) and some shops/ restaurants/ espresso bar. It's all very cute looking. I would recommend bringing a road bike to this area. Also, have dinner at the Mast Farm Inn--I have a review on this too. It's about a 15 minute drive away and so worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Banner Elk Inn, B&B, Cottages, and Cabins -- a classic, Historic Inn, with 3 new luxurious cottages for two, a new Bark&Stone cabin for families and rental cabins. Winner of The People's Choice Award, #1 B&B in Avery County, the Inn offers perennial gardens/waterfalls & fountains/fireplaces/whirlpools/Private Baths/down comforters/cable TV/DVD library, snack bar & great breakfasts. Wireless available everywhere. In the heart of the High Country, near Grandfather Mountain, Sugar Ski Resort, Beech Mtn and Valle Crucis with easy level access. ... more less