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What We Love

  • Rate includes daily gourmet breakfast
  • Sipping on award-winning wines beside the tasting room’s large stone fireplace
  • The extensive in-room spa treatment menu
  • The deluxe concierge services, such as a private bonfire and s’mores picnic
  • The dramatic backdrop of the lush mountain range
  • Sweet-scented Molton Brown bath products, including a handy mini lip balm

What To Know

  • Between North Carolina’s Beech and Sugar Mountains, it’s a winding 90-minute drive on mountain roads from the nearest city or airport
  • The winery is a short walk from the villa
  • Although well-appointed, some rooms are small
  • No on-site restaurant; a private chef prepares daily breakfast and can cook private lunches and dinners with advance reservations

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
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Overview

Tuscan-style villa escape on a North Carolina vineyard, with farm-to-table dining, wine tastings and a spa

The Look

Opened in 2006 by co-owners Dick Wolfe and Angelo Accetturo, Banner Elk Winery and Villa uncorks rustic romance that can be enjoyed year-round. In a rustic Tuscan-style barn, the Banner Elk Winery is the estate’s main draw with multiple vineyards, a pick-your-own blueberry orchard and a tasting room that’s open almost daily. There’s also a catch-and-release pond with a firepit that’s perfect for evening bonfires and seasonal marshmallow roasts.

Bed and Bath

Up in the hilltop villa, the eight lavishly appointed rooms are named for the owner’s favorite wines, from the Bourdeaux Suite to the Pinot Grigio. Starting at a petite 156 square feet, the cozy rooms have wooden four-poster beds, luxe white linens and elegant country decor that mixes well with the mountain views. Bright bathrooms are equipped with plush towels, bathrobes, travertine marble tubs and high-end toiletries that smell like sugar cookies. Need room to spread out? Opt for the basement-level Fireplace Suites, which have living areas with gas fireplaces and doors that lead to charming outdoor patios.

Beyond

Although the property lacks an on-site restaurant, daily gourmet breakfasts and monthly farm-to-table dinners are served by the firepit on the outdoor deck, and there are inviting common rooms and living areas for afternoon lounging. A large kitchen is always open for light snacks and drinks, and, should the mood strike, you can pick up a bottle of wine anytime to enjoy in the privacy of your suite. Whether you plan to schuss down snowy Blue Ridge terrain, kayak calm rivers or traverse a wildflower-freckled mountainside for a tasting at the winery, there’s no bad time to visit.

In the Area

From arranging private tasting tours and horseback riding to picnic lunches and couples massages, the staff at Banner Elk is quick to customize and prepare any experience. Or go it alone and take the short and scenic 15-minute drive down to nearby Valle Crucis, where the original Mast General Store operates in the same building as it did 130 years ago. Don’t miss the by-the-pound self-serve candy bins or a Pepsi and a Moon-Pie on the back porch, where you might catch locals playing fiddles. On the foodie front, channel your inner chef with a cooking class at the Kitchen at Little Pond Farm. Its Farm Kitchen Program offers weekend cooking classes with local chefs; you’ll learn how to sharpen knifes, can plum butter and prepare an elegant meal like grilled beef tenderloin with espresso sea salt and sun-gold tomatoes. Alternatively, head to the 50-seat Artisanal Restaurant for hearty local fare in a rustic setting.

How to Get There

Banner Elk Winery and Villa
60 Deer Run Lane
Banner Elk, NC 28604 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 223 Reviews
Out dated, soiled and eye sore, not worth the money.
Reviewed 2 days ago

I would pass staying here. Over priced and needs an update terribly.

Carpet looks like dogs did there business on it. Quite frankly I found it repulsive.

The Winery is a joke, simply a novelty for people that have nothing better to do.

Wonderful wine and scenic surroundings
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a few hours at this wonderful winery this past Saturday. The wine was excellent and the service was both great and friendly. It's a very dog friendly place, so our dogs enjoyed playing in the creek and meeting other dogs. Children came up also wanting to pet them and play with them. It was enjoyable to watch some of the children roast marshmallows at the fire pit. We will definitely visit again the next time we're in Banner Elk.

Awesome winery
Reviewed 1 month ago

Go and enjoy! Fun staff and awesome wine selection...first foray into NC wine and very surprised...had some of there whites and very happy...and of course had to purchase a few bottles of their sayvel...great and very peaceful location. We will be back

Great wine and atmosphere!
Reviewed 1 month ago

We checked the winery out on our last day of vacation. It was a beautiful atmosphere with great service. We did the $10 wine tasting, along with having a glass ourselves. We would have stayed longer, but we were hungry and they didn't have food. The wine was delicious.. sangrias were amazing! I regret not bringing more home!

wow!
Reviewed 1 month ago

recently stayed for 3 nights. Loved the accomodations. The winery was just down the hill. The staff is very attentive. Breakfast was great. We had a great time doing activities in the area. Lots of nice restaurants in the area, Sorrentos is a favorite. I would wholeheartedly recommend this venue. I can't wait to go back