We had the pleasure of staying in one of the new cottages. In fact, when we arrived, we were able to choose the one we wanted. This was a business/pleasure trip, where three other couples joined us for three nights. They, too, were most pleased with the accommodations, even the couples who stayed in smaller rooms.
Beverly, the Innkeeper, was very pleasant and most accommodating. There was a very warm and welcoming room in the main house, available to any guest, 24/hr a day, setup with soft drinks, coffee and tea available to brew and sweets. If you got a food craving in the middle of the night (not that we did), one could pop over and fix something. Although the cottage we stayed in had a small kitchen. Our place was comfortably decorated with beautiful furniture and the bathroom had a spa tub. We could use the window a/c if needed, but on most nights, even on a hot day, the temperature cools and you can open windows, especially if you want to hear the crickets and outside noises. There is a street outside, with cars occasionally driving by, but I am a very light sleeper and the noises outside didn't bother me. In fact, I loved listening to the rock fountain that Beverly built this summer.
There was another couple we knew staying at a diffeent B&B just down the road. I gather their host and hostess (husband/wife team) are not nearly as welcoming and as open to guest's requests as Beverly. In fact, our friends complained about all the rules.
Beverly let us decide what time we wanted to eat breakfast and she asked us what we would like. The first morning she made oatmeal especially for my husband. The following mornings she would give us her recommended specialities (cottage cheese pancakes, sausage and egg casserole, quiche) and she would fix any of those. Homemade bread was always on hand as well as fruit, cookies and brownies.
If you can plan your visit to that area, then you can, hopefully, have your choice of a room that you would like (king, queen, etc.). If you just show up, you might end up with one of the smaller rooms, although they are appointed with fine linens, comfortable beds,etc. They are just smaller.
There are even two rooms in the attic. They would not be my choice, but on a NASCAR weekend in Bristol, TN, you might want to consider enjoying the hospitality of Beverly and her great breakfasts. Bristol is only an hour's drive. We have stayed there before. In the way of comfortable hotels, well, there just are not any to the quality of this B&B's accommodations.
We also had the pleasure of meeting two couples, long-time friends of Beverly's. They have been attending the NASCAR race in Bristol for almost 20 years and have stayed at this B&B for many of those races. We loved meeting and talking with them.
It's a great place to relax and enjoy a beautiful area. We recommend it highly. P.S. I left a small pouch that Beverly mailed to me immediately.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Banner Elk Inn, B&B, Cottages, and Cabins -- a classic, Historic Inn, with 3 new luxurious cottages for two, a new Bark&Stone cabin for families and rental cabins. Winner of The People's Choice Award, #1 B&B in Avery County, the Inn offers perennial gardens/waterfalls & fountains/fireplaces/whirlpools/Private Baths/down comforters/cable TV/DVD library, snack bar & great breakfasts. Wireless available everywhere. In the heart of the High Country, near Grandfather Mountain, Sugar Ski Resort, Beech Mtn and Valle Crucis with easy level access. ... more less