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Things to do in Sugar Mountain

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.
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. ”
  • 55 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
BBQ Restaurant
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“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
Restaurant
“Comfort food with flare! ABOUT: Local cuisine, American, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options. Open Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night A local favorite! The fried chicken is awesome!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
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“closest coffee shop, nice ski-lodge type atmosphere if you can snag one of the cozy sofas”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Local sports bar/nightclub spot with pub-style menu, beer, drinks, and Karaoke on Friday nights. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
“Quaint independent shop just at the foot of the mountain offering locally roasted coffee. They sometimes have live music on the weekends.”
  • 1 local recommends
Grocery or Supermarket
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“The higher end grocery store in the area - prepared foods, local items, large selection of beer and wine. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Wide variety of great cheeses and wines. Perfect for a great afternoon at a winery or a picnic. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Reid’s Cafe boasts a beautiful new space, ever-changing seasonal menus & handcrafted cocktails. We love the unique space and creative menu. Good lunch pricesM-Sat, 11:30am-9:30pm.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Locality
“Tucked in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, Sugar Mountain is a little more than an hour and a half from Morganton. Sugar Mountain has 20 slopes and trails including 115 ski-able acres. Skiing and snowboarding. One triple chairlift, four double chairlifts and three surface lifts.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Experience the thrill of mining your own North Carolina gemstones. There's even an option to have your gemstones cut and set into jewelry!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Hotel
  • 2 locals recommend
Trail
“Hiking this trail will test your endurance with the different hiking levels & experience nature. Also this trail take you to the hanging bridge where you will see an amazing view. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Mountain
“Don’t take this Par 64 golf course for granted. It’s got nine Par 3’s, eight Par 4’s, and a single Par 5. This course will challenge you! The grounds are well maintained, the staff is super friendly, and the views are absolutely amazing. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Supermarket
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“Food Lion is a full size grocery story open year round where you can get anything you need. Located right at the bottom of the Mountain.”
  • 17 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Great Italian food! Great service! Good portions! Located across from Food Lion in Banner Elk!”
  • 18 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
Restaurant
“Comfort food with flare! ABOUT: Local cuisine, American, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options. Open Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night A local favorite! The fried chicken is awesome!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“closest coffee shop, nice ski-lodge type atmosphere if you can snag one of the cozy sofas”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Local sports bar/nightclub spot with pub-style menu, beer, drinks, and Karaoke on Friday nights. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Reid’s Cafe boasts a beautiful new space, ever-changing seasonal menus & handcrafted cocktails. We love the unique space and creative menu. Good lunch pricesM-Sat, 11:30am-9:30pm.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fairly new restaurant to the area offering a blend of casual and upscale dining. Their "sidewinder fries" are the best pieces of potatoes you will ever put in your mouth.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
“Wrong on the map, it's by Bellas and Food Lion. Not the best Chinese ever, but decent enough. Plan on takeout, as their dine-in is not the most...ambient.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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