The High Country region of North Carolina transforms into a winter wonderland with mountains blanketed by snow. Get ready for your weekend of adventure – or relaxation.
Whether you stay in the town of Beech Mountain, or 15 minutes away in Banner Elk, Beech Mountain Resort is the center of the action for winter fun. It’s the highest ski resort in the East, offering trails for all ski levels, plus a terrain park for snowboarders. The adventure on the slopes also includes tubing and ice skating.
Your activities at the resort don’t have to all be outdoors. The sprawling complex is home to 5506’ Skybar, where you can sip drinks from atop the mountain, and Beech Mountain Brewing Co., a full-service craft brewery.
After spending a day playing in the snow, you deserve to relax and warm up at one of the day spas in Banner Elk. A hot stone or deep tissue massage at Riverside Spa will reinvigorate your body and mind; opt for a couples massage if you’re spending time with your significant other. Or peruse the menu at Natural Healing Day Spa, where a detox wrap, body scrub or dead sea body mask may be just what you need.
One of the best things about your winter getaway is your choices for places to stay. A mountain inn is the way to go, such as Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast, vacation rentals at The Pinnacle Inn, and Beech Alpen Inn (the Alpen Restaurant & Bar is worthy of a night out regardless of where you stay). Or if you really want to get your friends excited, tell them you’re planning to stay at a winery. Yes, there’s Banner Elk Winery & Villa, where a Tuscan-inspired villa features luxury suites overlooking the vineyards.
Other dining options offer memorable experiences as well. At Frazier's Tavern, enjoy a large craft beer selection and cozy up next to a 20-foot fire pit.