Banner Elk is in the center of The High Country and is the ski capital of the South. Sugar Mountain Resort and Beech Mountain are conveniently located in the area. This is the destination for thousands of people who love the great outdoors and southern culture. The main attraction is the very agreeable climate, the local citizens, and the year-round activities found in the high country. Banner Elk has even been named one of the best small towns to visit.
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Dining & Shopping in Banner Elk
With a number of fine accommodations to choose from, world-class restaurants, and unique shops found in town, Banner Elk offers much for the seasonal vacationer as well as for our temporary and permanent residents. Many locally owned restaurants have put Banner Elk on the map as a culinary hot spot. For high-end dining, visit the impressive Artisanal or enjoy farm-to-table cuisine at Chef's Table. As for shopping options, find a number of winter sports stores to complete your ski or snowboard setup. Also enjoy multiple locally owned shops selling books, fine jewelry, handcrafted soaps, local art, and so much more!
Special Events in Banner Elk
Enjoy themed special events throughout the year, such as a Trunk or Treat in October and a Small Town Christmas in December. And you can't forget that Banner Elk is famous for its annual Wooly Worm Festival! In the summer months, enjoy concerts in the park and make sure to visit Art on the Greene during select weekends.
Things To Do in Banner Elk
The area is known for its outdoor activities like hiking and biking. In the winter months, the two ski resorts in the area offer easy access to skiing and snowboarding opportunities. Besides outdoor recreation, there are so many other attractions you can visit! See a show by the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre or see one at the Ensemble Stage. Or stop by the Apple Hill Farm and meet the alpacas on their family-owner fiber farm.
Housing in Banner Elk
Banner Elk is home to a variety of housing options ranging from traditional single-family homes to historic homes, cabins, and condos. Many gated communities and rental properties can also be found nestled in Banner Elk’s countryside. Whether you're looking for a cozy cabin, a luxurious estate, or a family-friendly vacation rental, Banner Elk has it all!
Demographics of Banner Elk
As of 2020, Banner Elk has a population of about 1,400 people with an average median age of 21 years old. The racial makeup of the town is predominantly White (82.3%), followed by Hispanic (6%) and African American (4.28%). Our local residents comprise the area's largest growing number of professionals, service personnel, and skilled trades people.
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