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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“The views are amazing; visit the gift shop and take a jacket if you plan to walk across the bridge bc it can be cool up on the mountain! ”
  • 144 locals recommend
Nature
“Linville Caverns are privately owned active limestone caverns located in northern McDowell County, North Carolina, just south of the village of Linville Falls, on U.S. Highway 221. The caverns are open to the public year-round for guided tours. Linville Caverns have been open for tours since the late 1930s and remain the only show caverns in North Carolina. The caverns were discovered in 1822 by local fishermen and since that time have been of interest to locals and travelers alike. Half hour guided tours escort visitors through the caverns with information about cavern history, resident creatures, and the formations viewed along the way. Formed in a deposit of Shady Dolomite at the base of Humpback Mountain, Linville Caverns offer an environment for the public to explore the subterranean world of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visitors hear the lore surrounding the caverns, including the tale of the Civil War deserters who used the caverns as a hideout, as well as the geology of the stalactites, stalagmites, and other formations found on the tour route. In the fall and winter months, caverns visitors may be able to view the caverns' most popular residents, the tricolored bats and little brown bats. These insect-eating creatures hibernate in the caverns from late fall until early spring.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Board Shop
“Great winter activities for all ages and levels. Ski,snowboard, sled, and snowshoe through the winter wonderland!”
  • 59 locals recommend
Ski Area
“The closest ski resort, just about 10 minutes away. Enjoy mountain biking in the summer, or just take the lift to the top and enjoy the view. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Park
“Are you brave enough to walk (or run or crawl) across the MILE high swinging bridge!?”
  • 30 locals recommend
Café
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“Great for any apres ski or day of adventure place to grab some great food and drinks. A very lodgey atmosphere, laid back feel. My favorite is the local pecan crusted trout, ask for lite on the pecans.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Miscellaneous Shop
“Come see where is all began! From hiking boots to candy and home decor, The Original Mast General Store has a little something from everyone. Even if you're not in the mood to shop this store is a must see, built in 1883 the large building that houses the store is beautiful and fun to explore. Don't forgot to check out the Little Red School House located behind the Mast Store for great deals on past season apparel and more! ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Nature
“The largest snow tubing park in the southeast! Lots of fun for all ages - great for families, and fun to do as a couple. Head here for ziplining in the summer as well. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“The food here is consistently delicious! There is also an arcade on site for added fun! You can dine inside or out. We love Sorrentos.!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Winery
“Great place to experience different wines while enjoying outdoor music, a huge bonfire, and all of the necessary ingredients to make your own s'mores! They also serve beer for any non wine drinkers. great place to kick back and enjoy a mellow afternoon.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“Who doesn't love a good wine tasting? Banner Elk Winery has beautiful views and award winning wines. Wine tastings are offered year round: $10/PERSON 12 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. EVERY DAY ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Winery
“Award winning wines, entertainment and spectacular setting. One of my favorite places! ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A bit more upscale restaurant with recent gorgeous renovations. They have an endless salad bar with lots of yummy selections. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This pizza really is good and they do have a good selection too. But the real highlight is the location across from the sledding hill and right in the town center. Plus.... there craft local beer selection is huge! And they have a full service bar too. Add to that list a huge arcade for kids when it’s super cold and they need to warm up, plus and ice cream and dessert bar. You could easily spend 2 hours here with the kids after playing in the snow OR after skiing with friends having a few pints. Lastly, they do outdoor movies in the warmer months and have put put too. ( the put put is a little shabby, but whatever entertains the kids, right?)”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great Italian food! Great service! Good portions! Located across from Food Lion in Banner Elk!”
  • 18 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Great for any apres ski or day of adventure place to grab some great food and drinks. A very lodgey atmosphere, laid back feel. My favorite is the local pecan crusted trout, ask for lite on the pecans.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“The food here is consistently delicious! There is also an arcade on site for added fun! You can dine inside or out. We love Sorrentos.!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A bit more upscale restaurant with recent gorgeous renovations. They have an endless salad bar with lots of yummy selections. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This pizza really is good and they do have a good selection too. But the real highlight is the location across from the sledding hill and right in the town center. Plus.... there craft local beer selection is huge! And they have a full service bar too. Add to that list a huge arcade for kids when it’s super cold and they need to warm up, plus and ice cream and dessert bar. You could easily spend 2 hours here with the kids after playing in the snow OR after skiing with friends having a few pints. Lastly, they do outdoor movies in the warmer months and have put put too. ( the put put is a little shabby, but whatever entertains the kids, right?)”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Italian food! Great service! Good portions! Located across from Food Lion in Banner Elk!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
“Laid back, great comfort food and atmosphere, warm up with some spice to your food and a shot of Fireball to warm yourself after a long day of skiing”
  • 21 locals recommend
Corner Shop
“Another favorite, across from The Original Mast Store in Valle Crucis is the Over Yonder farm to table restaurant. May want to make reservations as it does get busy! Love the shrimp and grits and craft cocktails. Ask to sit by the fireplace.”
  • 23 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“We LOVE this place for BBQ! ABOUT: Local cuisine, American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options. Open Lunch and Dinner Great BBQ- Best Ribs Ever!”
  • 17 locals recommend

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