The morning sun illuminates another picturesque day at Elk River Club. Blue Ridge Mountain views in the distance create a striking backdrop for our signature Jack Nicklaus golf course. It’s chilly outside and nature is quietly humming along as you enjoy your morning coffee (a special Hatchet blend you picked up at nearby Mountain Grounds). The bright white cheeks and inky bib of a male sparrow catch your eye as he searches for seeds near the edge of the woodland. You scan the area for other creatures moving about. Perhaps you’ll see a finch or hear the hoarse tchur of woodpecker in the distance. It’s winter at Elk River Club, a time for reflection, personal growth and an opportunity to connect with loved ones. In today’s post, we’re walking readers through a winter day in the High Country. 

Waking Up Body and Mind

With a focus on wellness, you have plenty of options for movement as you start your day. That could mean joining a virtual cycling or barre class from the comfort of home or making the short trip to a nearby yoga or fitness studio (with safety precautions in place). Some members enjoy a brisk walk in nature as they listen to their favorite playlist or podcast on the go. There is always something beautiful to appreciate in such beautiful surroundings.

Community and Conversation 

No matter the time of year, staying connected to family and friends and cultivating relationships is a priority. How you come together may be different in recent times. For example, many book clubs are now happening via Zoom, but the lively banter and engaging questions remain (members are looking forward to Banner Elk Book Exchange reopening). Our residents have diverse backgrounds and life experiences, making for enriching discussions and rewarding friendships. 

Something Sweet or Savory 

Instead of sharing a meal with a group of friends, you may be baking goodies for a neighbor to enjoy, leaving them on their doorstep. Now is also the perfect time to try out new recipes or grab takeout from one of Banner Elk’s restaurants. Members rave about Banner Elk Winery & Villa, the original and most celebrated winery in North Carolina’s High Country. The family-owned Sorrento’s Italian Bistro, serving up recipes that date back more than 100 years to Sicily, is another delectable option.

A Cozy Close

You’ll wrap up the day with the comforts of home, whether a resident or guest. A cup of cocoa or nightcap by the fire makes for the perfect close to a productive day. There’s time to catch up on the day’s happenings and check-in with loved ones as you end the day with a spirit of gratitude.