February in the High Country: Things To Do Near Banner Elk, NC

The month of February in the coveted town of Banner Elk has a way of delivering just what residents and visitors are craving. Temperatures are cool but comfortable with the right outerwear (highs of 44° F, lows of 28° F), and we typically see 10 or so days of snow. For those that relish outdoor adventures and falling snowflakes, there are enough wintery festivities to fill your calendar and delight your senses. If you prefer culinary pursuits, we’ve got several recommendations to tempt your tastebuds, and of course, shopping is always in season. Keep reading for our roundup of things to do near Banner Elk, NC during the month of February. 

Snow Days 

Beech Mountain Resort has a flurry of activities for snow-loving ladies and gents. The month has a strong start with both mens and ladies park nights (Wednesday and Thursdays throughout the month), a continuation of their adult race series (Feb. 3 and Feb. 10), a women’s snowboarding event (Feb. 5) and live musical performances. The month wraps up with retro-themed events; be sure to visit their online calendar for the full scoop. Over on Sugar Mountain, snowshoe tours take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 pm and Saturday at 9 am and 3 pm (through Mar. 25). They also have a host of live musical performances and competitive events, including the USASA Southeastern Series on Feb. 6. Get the details on their website

Dine and Drink

Blue Ridge Mountain foodies keep busy in our region. A longtime local favorite, Stonewalls is known for their savory steak, prime rib, fresh fish, fine wines and more. The Blind Elk Tap Room is just a short drive away from Elk River Club and curates a variety of craft beer, Prosecco and wine by the glass. LP on Main is another local fixture (formerly Louisiana Purchase); taste the best Cajun and Creole cuisine and ask about their wines by the glass from their antique Cruvinet setup. Think fireside dining delights at The Table at Crestwood in Boone (about a half-hour drive away)—patrons rave about the views, service and southern-inspired cuisine. Those in the mood for Haute American dishes who plan to spend the day in Blowing Rock are in for a treat at The Best Cellar, featuring land and sea selections in a log cabin setting. 

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In the market for North Carolina crafted wares? The Twisted Twig Antiques and Accents is “delightful and diverse,” with repurposed and specialty goods, including their one-of-a-kind lamps and lights. Visitors to Banner Elk Soap & Candle Company notice the heavenly scents right away and continue to be impressed by their more than 50 varieties such as MacRae Meadows, Wildflower Medley and Elk River Morning. The staff at Hardin Fine Jewelry sources jewelry pieces from around the globe, as well as regional and American Craft Council artists. They’re located in the Art Cellar Gallery, where you’ll find another trove of beloved art and sculpture. 

As you map out things to do near Banner Elk, NC this month, we’re confident you’ll appreciate the recommendations we shared above and add your personal favorites to the list. 

Elk River Club is a private mountain golf community in Western North Carolina with the first Signature Jack Nicklaus golf course in the state. Residents and guests enjoy surrounding views of Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Grandfather Mountain. Amenities include an Equestrian Center, a private, on-premise airport, Har-Tru tennis courts, a pool complex, spa services, Clubhouse, casual and fine dining, fishing, events and more.