Drive about 10 minutes off the famous Blue Ridge Parkway and you’ll find Best Western Mountain Lodge. Here, views of Grandfather Mountain are as abundant as the items on the lodge’s complimentary breakfast; you can see the mountaintop from the outdoor pool and its sun deck. Before you head out for the day, fill up on scrambled eggs and fresh fruit in the breakfast room. Take a cup of coffee to go if you need an extra boost.
Curl up on pillowy feather bedding in your guest room and watch movies on a TV with satellite and cable channels.
Grill burgers and roast corn on the outdoor barbecue grills.
Go for a swim in the seasonal outdoor pool, which is surrounded by trees and is open until Labor Day.
Perks: a fitness center, plus microwaves, refrigerators, and free WiFi in guest rooms
Recent recognition: AAA Three Diamond rating, as well as the 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.
Banner Elk, North Carolina: Gateway to Blue Ridge Mountains
Perched in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the tiny town of Banner Elk is a popular jumping-off point for enjoying the great outdoors in North Carolina. It’s close to both Sugar Mountain Resort and Beech Mountain Resort, two large ski areas with hiking and biking trails in the warmer months. Nearby Hawksnest features snow-tubing lanes and ziplines with spectacular mountain views. You can head to Elk River Falls for fishing, or visit Linville Caverns to see delicate limestone formations and an underground stream.
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What You Get
Stay for two in a king room or up to four in a double room
Dates into October
Policies and Fees
Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
Cancellation policy: 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are nonrefundable.
Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.
Outdoor pool (open Memorial Day to Labor Day)
The Fine Print
Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
Must be 18 or older to check in
Credit card required at check-in
Not valid with reward points
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
One king bed
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 2
Two double beds
Standard occupancy: 4
Maximum occupancy: 4
Check in: 3 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Rollaways: available for an additional $10 per night
Smoking policy: this is a non-smoking hotel
Pet policy: Pets are not allowed in valid Groupon rooms. Pet-friendly rooms may be available at an additional cost; call the property for details.
Accessibility: Valid Groupon rooms are not handicap-accessible. Accessible rooms may be available at an additional cost; call the property for details.
Room upgrades: upgrades may be available by calling the property or at check-in for an additional cost.
Nearest airports: Tri-Cities Regional (TRI; 56 miles) and Charlotte Douglas International (CLT; 111 miles)