Come to a place where a slower pace of life lets you savor the good moments, where the gorgeous scope of nature blends seamlessly with modern conveniences, where incredible views will take your breath away and true Southern hospitality will soften your spirit. Welcome to Blue Ridge Village, an entreating resort tucked away in the woods of Banner Elk, N.C., deep within the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Blue Ridge Village offers spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with magnificent views and all of the comforts of home. Breathe in the clean, crisp mountain air from your private deck, or warm up by the fireplace with a loved one after a long winter’s day of skiing. Your villa boasts a full kitchen, perfect for preparing everything from a light snack to a hearty meal. Easily share each moment of your vacation with friends and family with free high-speed, wireless Internet access. Wind down in the whirlpool tub as you do a load of laundry in your villa’s washer and dryer. At Blue Ridge Village, everything is provided, right down to the linens.
The resort’s on-site amenities and conveniences are equally as impressive. An indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and sauna keep even the coldest months feeling like summer. There’s an exercise room to help you stay fit despite the Southern home-style cooking found all around, barbecue grills, a children’s playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, a miniature golf course and horseshoe pits. Plus, Blue Ridge Village sits right on a lake, giving guests ample chances to go fishing and boating.
Whether you enjoy hiking, sightseeing or shopping, you’ll also find plenty to do around the resort. Nature lovers will enjoy Pisgah National Forest, just over an hour away from Blue Ridge Village. Here, mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls and heavily forested slopes cover more than 500,000 acres, giving visitors plenty of opportunities for bicycling, picnicking, hiking, fishing, climbing, boating and more.
For winter-recreation enthusiasts, there’s Hawksnest Resort, which boasts 20 snow-tubing lanes ranging from 400 feet long to 1,000 feet long, and Sugar Mountain Resort, which features a 1,200-foot vertical rise and 1.5-mile ski run. During the warmer months, head to Grandfather Mountain, the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains, to photograph an array of wildlife. If you’re feeling adventurous, walk across the mountain’s mile-high swinging bridge, the largest in the country! After you’ve explored Grandfather Mountain, visit Linville Falls, accessible only by trail. Here, several falls from the Linville River drop into a deep gorge, creating a breathtaking mist. A short distance away inside Humpback Mountain, you’ll find Linville Caverns, where experienced tour guides can take you into this subterranean world to give you a full view of this grand work of nature.
If you're looking for local culture, drive to Boone for a taste of this vibrant college town's nightlife, restaurants and art. The diversity and influence of Appalachian State University, combined with an Appalachian heritage exceptionally preserved throughout the area, makes Boone a cultural destination. This beautiful city is filled with galleries, museums, concert venues and so much more.
One thing is for certain, though — no matter how you spend your time in western North Carolina, your comfortable Blue Ridge Village villa will be calling you home time and time again.