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“Relaxing Fall Getaway”

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The Inn at Elk River
Ranked #1 of 8 Banner Elk B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Plano, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Relaxing Fall Getaway”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

My wife and I spent 4 notes at the Inn from Oct. 5 - 9. We had traveled from Dallas, TX to enjoy fall in the NC Mountains. The inn is beautiful situated on the side of a hill overlooking the valley cradling Banner Elk. Room was very nice - exceptionally clean,quiet and comfortable. Enjoyed star gazing from deck outside our room. Each morning, we were greeted with wonderful breakfasts served on the glassed in sun porch that over looked the fall foliage and the ever-changing patterns of mists, clouds and light. The Innkeeper Darlene was great and made you feel at home and part of the family. She formerly owned a restaurant, it was reflected in the scrumptious treats each morning. We were lucky enough to meet her other Linda and enjoyed several warm and friendly chats with the 2 of them. Southern hospitality and warmth - were the essence of the Inn.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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jslowery, Owner at The Inn at Elk River, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
All of us at the Inn at Elk River appreciate your glowing review of our inn & our wonderful innkeeper, Darlene! Thank you so much for your stay & please tell all of your friends! Please come back to our B&B inn on your next return to Banner Elk! Thanks again!
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Bristol, Tennessee, United States
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Our trip was amazing! The Inn at Elk River was gorgeous and the hospitality was beyond amazing. Darlene quickly became like family to April and me. The room was very clean and the food was delicious. I would recommend staying here for every visit!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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jslowery, Owner at The Inn at Elk River, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
All of us at the Inn at Elk River appreciate your glowing review of our inn & our wonderful innkeeper, Darlene! Thank you so much for your stay & please tell all of your friends! Please come back to our B&B inn on your next return to Banner Elk! Thanks again!
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Hartsville, South Carolina
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay this weekend. Host was excellent. Rooms were clean and you could tell they had been recently updated. Breakfast was awesome! Location was great and view couldn't be beat. Will definitely return.

  • Stayed October 2012
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jslowery, Owner at The Inn at Elk River, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
All of us at the Inn at Elk River appreciate your glowing review of our inn & our wonderful innkeeper, Darlene! Thank you so much for your stay & please tell all of your friends! Please come back to our B&B inn on your next return to Banner Elk! Thanks again for your visit & positive review of our Inn!
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

This Inn was not only beautiful and clean on the outside and inside with a breathtaking view, but also had a wonderful Inn-keeper Darlene. She was prepared for any question that we had about restaurants, directions to other towns, or local events. She had several menus for the local restaurants at her fingertips and pulled them out without us even asking. She also made us a reservation at Louisiana Purchase, a fine dining restaurant literally five minutes down the road- and it turned out to be the best decision in dining we had made all weekend- with Darlene's suggestion, of course! I could go on and on about the place.... We felt like we were right at home the whole time we were there! The fireplace in the "general room" was very cozy on the chilly nights, coupled with the cable t.v., comfy seating, and a delicious night time dessert. Not to mention, they have wine glasses and bottle openers to go with your wine that you bring... The breakfasts were better than any restaurant you could go to, coffee was perfect (they also have teas and hot chocolate readily available if you prefer), and the scenery from the dining area was just as beautiful as if from the full length porch outside of our rooms. The bed was VERY comfortable!! It was like laying on a soft firm cloud! You don't get that kind of comfort in all beds.... This one, you do! So to some it up, if you are looking to stay in Banner Elk, N.C., you need to stay at the Inn at Elk River! It was the best! And we will definitely be visiting again!

  • Stayed October 2012
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jslowery, Owner at The Inn at Elk River, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
All of us at the Inn at Elk River appreciate your feedback & review of our inn & our wonderful innkeeper, Darlene! Thank you so much for your stay & please tell all of your friends! Please come back to our B&B inn on your next return to Banner Elk! Thanks again!
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Our office used the Inn at Elk River for a Christmas event. We're a small group, so it was perfect for us! Close to skiing/boarding and the rooms were cozy and clean. Darlene made us feel right at home. The food was excellent! We hope to stay there again!

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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jslowery, Owner at The Inn at Elk River, responded to this review, October 3, 2012
All of us at the Inn at Elk River appreciate your glowing review of our inn & our wonderful innkeeper, Darlene! Thank you so much for your stay & please tell all of your friends! Please come back to our B&B inn on your next return to Banner Elk! Thanks again!
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

my husband and I stayed at the lodge in August, at the height of the meteor shower season. We had a "front row" seat on the back deck for to watch the spectacular show. The room and bed was quite comfortable and the innkeeper Darlene made us feel so welcome. Breakfast was splendid feast and we'll be going back VERY soon!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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jslowery, Owner at The Inn at Elk River, responded to this review, February 16, 2015
Thank you sincerely for your review & stay with us in Septmeber 2012, but we miss you! All of us at the Inn at Elk River 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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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

As our Scottish Clan Society used this Inn as our primary place to stay during the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, we were greeted by Darlene as family! It is a great place to gather and the surrounding scenry is wonderful...as well as the accommodations. Darlene went out of her way to make us feel welcome. We really appreciate the hospitality. Breakfast was outstanding as well as the treats that were provided. Very highly recommended.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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jslowery, Owner at The Inn at Elk River, responded to this review, February 16, 2015
Thank you sincerely for your review & stay with us in the fall of 2012, but we miss you! All of us at the Inn at Elk River 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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Property: The Inn at Elk River
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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