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There is a little park in Banner Elk, NC that is home to dozens of ducks and geese. It’s fun to visit and feed them but be forewarned (as we were, thankfully), the geese can be aggressive! Our Baby-J stayed safely in the arms of her Daddy and although she is an expert food-thrower, only managed to drop her breadcrumbs straight down at her Father’s feet. Just up the road (an easy… Read More

The Banner House Museum is a charming spot. Hundreds of visitors to this idyllic mountain town pass by and never give it a second look.  But, they should. Built in 1865, by Samuel Henry Banner the home stayed in the Banner family for about 100 years. Once purchased by the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation, the home was restored to its original condition and today contains many family heirlooms, period furnishings and… Read More

Fall is a lot more than beautiful colors and cooler temps when you are in the mountains of western NC. It’s time for some unique and interesting festivals. There is something for everybody. There is the Woolly Worm Festival for racing fans – that is if you like to race fuzzy caterpillars. The black and brown “worms” are really the larvae of the Isabella Tiger Moth. The Banner Elk, 2-day event draws… Read More

This week, we went down the Yellow Brick Road and visited Oz.  Located on Beech Mountain in Western NC, the Land of Oz was a popular theme park open from 1970 – 1980.  Shuttered for years, it is now known for an annual, 2-day fall event.  But this June, they are hosting tours on Fridays at 12 and 2. For an entertaining, kitschy peek behind the Wizard’s curtain, it’s well worth the… Read More

Step Back to 1861 Your choice, lunch or dinner at the 1861 Farmhouse Restaurant & Winery is a delightful experience.  Located in beautiful Valle Crucis, owners Steve and Alison have worked hard to combine a gourmet dining experience with local country flair and Southern-style. Built the year the Civil War started, the home belonged to Henry Taylor, one of the four founding families of Valle Crucis. He made the brick himself in… Read More

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