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“A Great Inn in the NC Mountains”

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The Inn at Elk River
Ranked #1 of 8 Banner Elk B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 4, 2011

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at the Inn. Everything was very clean and fresh. The Inn is so welcoming with it's amazing views and the warmth of the fireplaces and sitting area. Darlene is a jewel. She is such a charming host, a wonderful cook and very knowledgeable about the area. We enjoyed our chats with her so much. We felt very relaxed with an at home atmosphere away from home. The cakes were delicious and such a warm extra that only Darlene could add! We'll be back.

Don and Patsy Thurmond
Columbia, SC

Room Tip: Our room had a fireplace. I don't think all of them did. We were on the upper level corner room...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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jslowery, Owner at The Inn at Elk River, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2015

Thank you sincerely for your review & stay with us in the fall of 2011, but we miss you!

As owners of the Inn at Elk River since 1996, we sincerely appreciate your feedback & review of our inn & our wonderful innkeeper, Darlene!

We appreciate your feedback to help us improve & we welcome your comments. Please share your experience with us with your friends & family. Thank you so much for your stay & please consider a return visit in the near future to our B&B Inn on your next visit to Banner Elk! Thank you again!

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Reviewed October 3, 2011

This was a wonderful B&B. 7 queen rooms and 1 king. The location was perfect. Whether you wanted to visit Grand Father Mtn. or downtown Boone. If the colors had been at peak it would be a great spot to see a lot of color. Darlene was the best. It didn't hurt her being from our hometown. She knows how to fix a mean omelet. She was very helpful and the German chocolate cake wasn't bad either. Darlene was kind enough to purchase us an anniversary card. It was our 27th. Couldn't have spent it at a better place. Highly recommend giving it a chance. Check out the website for upcoming specials.

Gary W.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank AppFanGastoniaNC
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jslowery, Owner at The Inn at Elk River, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2015

Thank you sincerely for your review & stay with us in the fall of 2011, but we miss you!

As owners of the Inn at Elk River since 1996, we sincerely appreciate your feedback & review of our inn & our wonderful innkeeper, Darlene!

We appreciate your feedback to help us improve & we welcome your comments. Please share your experience with us with your friends & family. Thank you so much for your stay & please consider a return visit in the near future to our B&B Inn on your next visit to Banner Elk! Thank you again!

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Reviewed October 2, 2011

We had put off our "ladies weekend" until we settled each of our kids into their first year of college. And thankfully, one Mom found the perfect place in the mean time - The Inn at Elk River. What a perfect place to enjoy peace and quiet...yet an energetic place for games, movies, and fabulous breakfasts! Darlene catered to each one of us from having an unlimited supply of cold Diet Cokes to offset those delicious cakes: German Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake, and Red Velvet Cake! What a great weekend "retreat" for us! Thank you so much! We will be back!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Pam T
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jslowery, Owner at The Inn at Elk River, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2015

Thank you sincerely for your review & stay with us in the fall of 2011, but we miss you!

As owners of the Inn at Elk River since 1996, we sincerely appreciate your feedback & review of our inn & our wonderful innkeeper, Darlene!

We appreciate your feedback to help us improve & we welcome your comments. Please share your experience with us with your friends & family. Thank you so much for your stay & please consider a return visit in the near future to our B&B Inn on your next visit to Banner Elk! Thank you again!

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Reviewed October 2, 2011

The experience of staying at The Inn at Elk River was amazing. The location is great being secluded but very close to town. Banner Elk is a great little city that is convenient to all the local attractions. From the time we booked to the time we left, Darlene (the innkeeper) was more than wonderful. When we booked, she asked us if we preferred a 1st or 3rd floor room and what kind of cake we liked because she always bakes cakes for the weekend. The cakes were great and a nice extra touch. When we got to the inn, she showed us around, called a local restaurant, asked us when would like to eat breakfast and what we wanted to eat. She is all about making the B&B experience a great one. That night, she got us out some wine glasses and a corkscrew for the wine we brought with us. The next morning, she made the breakfast, and it was GREAT!!! She also had a variety of teas, cocoa, and cider for those who do not like coffee. She made our stay a very relaxing, enjoyable time. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Chad W
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jslowery, Owner at The Inn at Elk River, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2015

Thank you sincerely for your review & stay with us in the fall of 2011, but we miss you!

As owners of the Inn at Elk River since 1996, we sincerely appreciate your feedback & review of our inn & our wonderful innkeeper, Darlene!

We appreciate your feedback to help us improve & we welcome your comments. Please share your experience with us with your friends & family. Thank you so much for your stay & please consider a return visit in the near future to our B&B Inn on your next visit to Banner Elk! Thank you again!

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Reviewed September 29, 2011

After staying a couple of nights in hotels, we discovered this lovely bed and breakfast. We met the inn keeper, Darlene, and instantly felt like we had known her our whole lives. She went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable and felt at home. She made the most AMAZING peach and apple turnovers. They were to die for! Our stay felt like we were visiting the home of a friend. The bed was so comfortable with nice linens. The view from the back deck was stunning! A perfect place to sit and sip a glass of wine. The town of Banner Elk is such a cool place and Darlene made sure we knew all of the best places to go. She even called and made reservations for us for dinner!! We are planning on coming back and bringing our family. We are so happy that we found this bed and breakfast and met this special lady. We recommend it to anyone and everyone!!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank sonogirl66
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jslowery, Owner at The Inn at Elk River, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2015

Thank you sincerely for your review & stay with us in the fall of 2011, but we miss you!

As owners of the Inn at Elk River since 1996, we sincerely appreciate your feedback & review of our inn & our wonderful innkeeper, Darlene!

We appreciate your feedback to help us improve & we welcome your comments. Please share your experience with us with your friends & family. Thank you so much for your stay & please consider a return visit in the near future to our B&B Inn on your next visit to Banner Elk! Thank you again!

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Reviewed September 25, 2011

The inn is a charm. The town is quaint and very beautiful. And Darlene, well all I can say is she is a true GEM!! 5 Star Diamond in my opinion. Southern Hospitality has met its match when it comes to this Inn and what it has to offer. Quiet, delicious food, beautiful views - unsurpassed - and all of the recommendations were right on!! We live outside of Charlottesville so the Blue Ridge area is similar, but NOT. High Country is a place worth going to and returning - We will definitely be back and made to order cake - you can't go wrong. Thanks again for making it a great weekend that was much needed and very much welcomed!! :)

Room Tip: Either one of the king sized rooms, but each room is a charm - the innkeeper let us see them all and...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank FromVA53
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jslowery, Owner at The Inn at Elk River, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2015

Thank you sincerely for your review & stay with us in the fall of 2011, but we miss you!

As owners of the Inn at Elk River since 1996, we sincerely appreciate your feedback & review of our inn & our wonderful innkeeper, Darlene!

We appreciate your feedback to help us improve & we welcome your comments. Please share your experience with us with your friends & family. Thank you so much for your stay & please consider a return visit in the near future to our B&B Inn on your next visit to Banner Elk! Thank you again!

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Reviewed September 19, 2011

The Innkeeper, Darlene, is the nicest person....totally a Southern lady and a joy to talk to. She just can not do enough for her guests. There is always tea and cake waiting for you. She prepares personalized breakfasts. She makes sure you know all the attractions in the area and has recommendations for local restaurants. The Inn was fresh, welcoming, and immaculate and the view off the balconies was spectacular. The trees were just beginning to turn. Even though the clouds were a little low, the experience was relaxing and refreshing. We will definitely stay at this Inn again.

Room Tip: All rooms are beautiful. Only two rooms have king size beds, others have queen size beds. Room 1 i...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
jslowery, Owner at The Inn at Elk River, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2015

Thank you sincerely for your review & stay with us in the fall of 2011, but we miss you!

As owners of the Inn at Elk River since 1996, we sincerely appreciate your feedback & review of our inn & our wonderful innkeeper, Darlene!

We appreciate your feedback to help us improve & we welcome your comments. Please share your experience with us with your friends & family. Thank you so much for your stay & please consider a return visit in the near future to our B&B Inn on your next visit to Banner Elk! Thank you again!

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Address: 875 Main St W, Highway 194, Banner Elk, NC 28604-7719
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Banner Elk
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Banner Elk
Price Range: $151 - $168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Inn at Elk River 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn at Elk River in Banner Elk, NC is honored to have received a 2012, 2013 & 2014 Trip Advisor Award of Excellence! For the past several years, Trip Advisor has ranked the Inn at Elk River as one of the top rated B&B facility in the NC High Country Mountain region, an honor that Innkeeper Darlene Calvert works very hard to maintain. The Inn is always spotless clean and fresh. The Inn has 8 rooms with private baths and a beautiful view of the NC mountains from the deck outside each room. Four of the eight rooms have working fireplaces for cool, cozy evenings. Room rates include a full breakfast for two prepared and served fresh each morning. The Inn at Elk River is an inviting Williamsburg Inn that has been owned and operated by three couples since 1996; John and Malinda Lowery, Bill and Loretta Dodgen and Richard and Ann Miller. Come and enjoy every season in Banner Elk N.C. As The Inn at Elk River is open year round and the hospitality will surpass your expectations. Come see for yourself why The Inn at Elk River has been highly rated as one of the best B&B's in the NC mountains by TripAdvisor for the past deveral years! ... more   less 
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