Banner Elk Winery & Villa

Two-Night Stay for Two with Winery Tour and Bottle of Wine at Banner Elk Winery & Villa in Blue Ridge Mountains

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Vineyards and Blueberry Farm in Blue Ridge Mountains

Though located half a world away from Italy, the setting of Banner Elk Winery & Villa calls to mind the lush farmland of Tuscany. Acres of neatly rowed vineyards stretch across verdant hillsides as in some Florentine fresco. The only difference is that here, in North Carolina's High Country, the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains surround the scene. Banner Elk's trout pond and longstanding blueberry orchard supply additional American-flavored accents as well as farm-to-table fare for the B & B's kitchen in specially-prepared meals available with a reservation made ten days in advance. Indoors, crystal chandeliers and ornate Victorian décor exude an Old-World elegance.

Each of the inn's suites are inspired by different types of wine. Rich burgundy tones warm the Bordeaux suite, whose windows showcase sweeping mountain vistas. In the Blueberry suite, hand-carved wooden elephant heads top the four-poster bed, and the walls radiate with deep purplish hues. In all suites, travertine marble skirts a jacuzzi tub, where guests can soothe sore muscles or reenact the grape-stomping scene in I Love Lucy.

The villa's orchards and kitchen garden supply fresh fruits and herbs for gourmet breakfast fare ranging from natural-herb omelets to Italian dandelion greens. Natural ingredients also infuse in-room spa treatments such as the grape-seed body replenisher. For a closer look at the workings of the winery, private tours include visits to the barrel room and vineyards and culminate in a tasting.

Banner Elk, North Carolina: Mountain Adventure and High Country Charm

Tucked in North Carolina's northwest corner near the Tennessee border, Banner Elk boasts a diverse topography. Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain flank the town, drawing skiers, mountain bikers, and hikers throughout the year. Elk River surges through the hilly landscape, its powerful current thrilling whitewater rafters in warmer months.

Banner Elk's fertile hillsides allow crops to thrive, as reflected in the homemade jams and artisan cheeses lining the shelves of local stores. Nearby Linville's Old Hampton Store & Grist Mill still stone-grinds grain for pancake mixes and flour. Built in 1920, the building houses a general store and art gallery, and on weekends hosts shows by bluegrass bands and champion air whittlers.

What You Get

Stay for two in a Blueberry, Bordeaux, or Pinot Grigio suite with winery tour for two and a bottle of wine

  • $179, valid through July 2012
  • $159, valid August 2012–February 2013

Amenities

  • Winery and blueberry orchard
  • In-room massages
  • Outdoor stone fire pit
  • Complimentary gourmet breakfast
  • Concierge services available

The Fine Print

  • Book by 7/15/12 for now-July option & 2/12/13 for Aug-Feb option; complete travel by 7/31/12 or 2/28/13 depending on option purchased
  • Limit 1/person, 1 more as gift
  • Limit 1/visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • Cancel 14 days or more in advance & $100 fee applies; less than 14 days & fee up to Groupon price
  • Must be 21+ to check in, stay, & consume alcohol
  • Valid only for Blueberry, Bordeaux, or Pinot Grigio suite
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • 6.75% tax not included.

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Room Details

In All Included Rooms

  • King or queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Jacuzzi tub
  • Wireless Internet access

Consult the hotel's index page for more detailed information on Blueberry, Bordeaux, and Pinot Grigio suites.

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: fireplace suites with private entrances available for an additional $50 per stay

What It's Worth

Stay for two in a Blueberry, Bordeaux, or Pinot Grigio suite

  • $179, valid through July 2012 (a $396 value)
  • $159, valid August 2012–February 2013 (a $396 value)

    Included in all options:
  • Winery tour for two (a $20 value)
  • A bottle of Banner Elk Wine selected by the innkeeper (a $20 value)

    Total value: $436

Getting There

  • By plane: about 60 miles from Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI)
  • By car: about 80 miles northeast of Asheville

Traveler's Tips

  • While there is no full service restaurant on-site, Concierge Services at 859-260-1790 can suggest dining recommendations in the area.

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