Banner Elk Winery and Villa
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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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.
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
The restaurant was nice but the food just okay. We had the prime rib which was tender but not very flavorful. My wife had the chicken fried shrimp and it was also just okay. You expect better for the price paid.
For busy couples with kids, finding time to relax and be a couple again is difficult. This was our 2nd time staying at the villa for our anniversary and it was fantastic. The room, views, daily breakfast, service, friendly staff oh and of course you are within 50 yards of the winery so there is that :-). We enjoyed the wine tastings, sitting outside on the patio listing to live music and enjoying the mountain air. The area around the winery is laid back and quiet so it is a perfect getaway if you want to relax. If you like hiking and mountain views, you can take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and stop at one of many hiking spots, most of which take less than 30 minutes to hike but provide amazing mountain views at the top. Overall we love this place and will surely be back.
you never know what to expect when you go for a tasting.Sure the staff wants to tell you "These are the best wines in the area".it is so robotic in most cases,not so here.There is a sincere effort to explain each wine in away you can understand.It was done perfectly!!!
Me, my husband and our pup had a wonderful visit here (winery only, not villa although it looked lovely) meeting our friends and their daughter. The staff were incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and loved on our pup like he belonged... we had a wonderful experience here, left with 6 bottles of fantastic wine and can't wait to bring more friends to visit! We will be back for sure... with our pup of course. :-)
This is a great place to enjoy a glass or two of your favorite wine. Beautiful views and live music on the weekends. A fun place for having talks with friends.We have visited here often and enjoy the service the music and the friendships