Snow Returns to NC Mountains

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Light snow has returned and heavy snowmaking is on it’s way.  Snow making has started at Sugar and Beech Mountain Ski Resorts and is expected to continue part of the day and all of the night with possible snow making all day tomorrow, providing a great base with this weekend.

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Snow making should continue each night this week and into the weekend, reopening parts of the mountain closed due to the recent warm temps.

In many years past, the mountains are only just opening and struggling to keep snow on the ground.  This year, Sugar Mountain has already been open for over 45 days and had some great skiing already.  In fact, if things continue the way they are, we’re set to have the longest ski season in NC history.

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Lower sections of the mountain are not fairing so well and will need the next 24 hours just to recover enough for skiing.  As you can see from the photo, the bottom of Sugar Mountain has been hurt with the last few days of warm temps and rainy skies.

The snow and snow making should help the mountain get back to full main lift operations and reopen the mountain by Wednesday or Thursday.

If you’re planning a ski trip, remember the many bed and breakfasts in and around Banner Elk, like Banner Elk Bed and Breakfast.

Give them a call today or checkout their website,www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfasst.com.

Banner Haven B&B and Cabin Rentals
Greg and Amy Gardner
www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfast.com
509 Beech Mountain Parkway
Banner Elk, NC 28604
980-329-8101

Serving Banner ElkBeech MountainSugar MountainBooneBlowing Rock,Grandfather MountainNewlandLinvilleSpruce Pine and more.

Rooms starting at $65; including breakfast

Beech and Sugar Lodging

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Are you headed to the slopes?

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The skiing is set to get better as all the slopes will be making snow next week.

Several cold days are headed our way and the snow making will start early next week, followed by an extremely busy ski weekend for Beech Mountain, Banner Elk, Boone and Sugar Mountain.  Lessons are already being booked.  Online tickets are selling fast.  Lodging is filling up.

Banner Elk is the best location for skiing at Beech and Sugar.  Only e couple miles either direction will put you at the highest skiing on the east coast.

Banner Elk Bed and Breakfast is serving skiers headed to both mountains or just up to see the area.

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Give them a call today or checkout their website, www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfasst.com.

Banner Haven B&B and Cabin Rentals
Greg and Amy Gardner
www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfast.com
509 Beech Mountain Parkway
Banner Elk, NC 28604
980-329-8101

Serving Banner ElkBeech MountainSugar MountainBooneBlowing Rock,Grandfather MountainNewlandLinvilleSpruce Pine and more.

Rooms starting at $65; including breakfast

Bayou Christmas Party

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Below are some photos of this year’s Christmas party at Bayou Smokehouse Grill.

The party got fun as the night went on the the alcohol started taking affect.  The employees and a few customers started to lose their inhibitions.  Dancing started and the pictures got a lot funnier.

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Every year the Bayou hosts a Christmas party for its employees.  This year they invited a few regular customers and the group had a fantastic time.

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Greg and Amy from Banner Elk Bed and Breakfast were among the guests and had a great time meeting new friends.

Banner Haven B&B and Cabin Rentals
Greg and Amy Gardner
www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfast.com
509 Beech Mountain Parkway
Banner Elk, NC 28604
980-329-8101

Serving Banner ElkBeech MountainSugar MountainBooneBlowing Rock,Grandfather MountainNewlandLinvilleSpruce Pine and more.

Rooms starting at $65; including breakfast

 

Doc’s Rocks Coffee Shop

Yesterday, we found Doc’s Rocks Coffee Shop, beside Mystery Hill, between Boone and Blowing Rock.

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Doc’s Rocks has been a Gem Mine for some time but the coffee shop is a relative new addition, a little over a year ago.  With good coffee, friendly people, and great TripAdvisor ratings, they are sure to succeed.

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As former coffee shop owners (Lake Wylie Coffee House), we appreciate good coffee and Doc’s has that.  Usually good coffee is given away by the smell, as soon as you enter a coffee shop.  That holds true at Doc’s.  You can smell the coffee when you walk through the doors.

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The staff obviously like their jobs and are some of the friendliest people we’ve met.  As a pet-friendly shop, they invited us to bring out Maltese pups in for a quick visit.  They took time to grab a treat and offer something to the four-legged guests.

If you’re looking for good service and good coffee, look no further than Doc’s Rocks Coffee Shop.

Give them a call today or checkout their website, www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfasst.com.

Banner Haven B&B and Cabin Rentals
Greg and Amy Gardner
www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfast.com
509 Beech Mountain Parkway
Banner Elk, NC 28604
980-329-8101

Serving Banner ElkBeech MountainSugar MountainBooneBlowing Rock,Grandfather MountainNewlandLinvilleSpruce Pine and more.

Rooms starting at $65; including breakfast

 

Boone Police Forced to Put Down Deer – Disturbing Photos

The Big Lots in Boone, NC on Sunday is where a rampaging deer slammed head-first into the sliding glass doors entering the store, knocking itself out and causing massive blood loss.

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Unfortunately, the deer injured herself bad enough she had to be put down.  After waiting for her to “wake up” or otherwise recover from the injury, she continued to lose blood and the decision was made that she had to be put down.

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The Boone police officers gave the deer every chance to make it but had to consider the chance she could come to, injured, and harm any number of people in the crowd gathering to watch.  It was not only the only choice but the safest choice for people in the store and at the shopping center.  The officers made the right decision.

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The deer’s legs were tied and she was loaded into the back of a truck where she was taken to the rear of the store, out of site of passers-by.

The officers made a tough call in the face of people who were not supportive of their choice.

Good job guys.

Give them a call today or checkout their website, www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfasst.com.

Banner Haven B&B and Cabin Rentals
Greg and Amy Gardner
www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfast.com
509 Beech Mountain Parkway
Banner Elk, NC 28604
980-329-8101

Serving Banner ElkBeech MountainSugar MountainBooneBlowing Rock,Grandfather MountainNewlandLinvilleSpruce Pine and more.

Rooms starting at $65; including breakfast

 

Beech Mountain Celebrates 45 Years

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This is the 45th year that Beech Mountain will offer winter skiing, which started in 1967.

With it’s opening, Beech set a record still held today, “Highest Ski Slope on the East Coast”.  While some slopes offer longer runs or more vertical drop, none can compete with Beech’s 5500+ foot elevation.

In the past years Beech has suffered from the opinion that many believe there is not enough snowmaking capability at the mountain.  MAny skiers prefer Beech, but only when natural snowfall has blanketed the area.  Otherwise, they prefer to ski at other mountains and Ryan Costin, the General Manager, wants to change that by focusing on adding equipment and ranking Beech Mountain back at the top of skier’s hot spots

According to the Avery JournalThis past summer the resort purchased six more SMI Super PoleCat automated snow guns, bringing the total to 30.”  The new guns will make more of the mountain available to skiers earlier in the season.  The Journal article also said that additional guns have been repositioned to offer better coverage to the mountain and offer more popular slopes snow making.

Skiing in the south can be a difficult proposition and many years the skiing surpasses any expectations, however, some seasons hurt slopes.  The difference between the 2010 and 2011 seasons are a good example.  The area saw more than 130″ of snowfall during the 2010-11 season and many mountains broke all-time season records for snow.  Compared to the 2011-12 season that saw less than 40″ of natural snow.

Man-made snow is essential to mountain operations and good quality equipment is key.  Costin wants to make sure Beech is at the top of the game.

If you’re looking for good skiing this winter, look no further than North Carolina and Beech Mountain.

For more information on skiing and snowboarding at Beech Mountain Resort, click here or call (800) 438-2093.

Book your stay with one of the beautiful bed and breakfast lodges in the area.

Give them a call today or checkout their website,www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfasst.com.

Banner Haven B&B and Cabin Rentals
Greg and Amy Gardner
www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfast.com
509 Beech Mountain Parkway
Banner Elk, NC 28604
980-329-8101

Serving Banner ElkBeech MountainSugar MountainBooneBlowing Rock,Grandfather MountainNewlandLinvilleSpruce Pine and more.

Rooms starting at $65; including breakfast

 

Banner Elk Magazine and Local Businesses

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Ron Johnson lives in Banner Elk, serves on the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce and publisher or Banner Elk Magazine, an online magazine about Banner Elk.

Below is a link to more than 50 photos of the businesses within a block of our only stoplight in our One-Stoplight-Town; including the Perry House, Banner Elk Inn and Azalea Inn.  Checkout our local businesses and Ron’s magazine.

http://www.bannerelkmagazine.com/stoplight.html

Banner Elk is more than a tourist town.  It’s a great place to live.

Give them a call today or checkout their website,www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfasst.com.

Banner Haven B&B and Cabin Rentals
Greg and Amy Gardner
www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfast.com
509 Beech Mountain Parkway
Banner Elk, NC 28604
980-329-8101

Serving Banner ElkBeech MountainSugar MountainBooneBlowing Rock,Grandfather MountainNewlandLinvilleSpruce Pine and more.

Rooms starting at $65; including breakfast

 

Weekend Special @ Banner Elk Bed and Breakfast

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Banner Haven Bed and Breakfast is running a weekend special along with Azalea Inn Resort and Spa.

Book a last minute stay for this weekend, the week or this coming weekend, and receive a 20% discount when you mention the keyword “Blog”.

Offer expires Dec 8th.

Banner Haven B&B and Cabin Rentals
Greg and Amy Gardner
www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfast.com
509 Beech Mountain Parkway
Banner Elk, NC 28604
980-329-8101

Serving Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain, Boone, Blowing Rock, Grandfather Mountain, Newland, Linville, Spruce Pine and more.

Rooms starting at $65; including breakfast

Beech Mountain Opens Ski Season

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Beech Mountain Ski Resort opened lifts to the top of the mountain yesterday with four lifts and five trails, and judging from online photos and some guests that went up, the skiing and snowboarding is great.

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Cold temperatures have been ideal for snowmaking and the mountain is gearing up for a great ski season.

Take advantage of early season discounts and Beech and Sugar Mountains.  Plan your pre-holiday trip now.

Call Banner Haven and Azalea Inn about pre-holiday discounts.  Come up and enjoy relaxing in the hot tub after spending a day on the slopes, then head back up again the next day.

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Greg and Amy Gardner
Banner Haven B&B and Cabin Rentals
www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfast.com
509 Beech Mountain Parkway
Banner Elk, NC 28604
980-329-8101

Rooms starting at $65; including breakfast

Twin Brothers Electric – Great Guys / Great Business

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If you need electrical work, you may search the Yellow Pages or you may hit Google.  If you’re looking in Banner Elk North Carolina you’ll surely find Josh and Adam Rubin of Twin Brothers Electric.

After fooling around with two companies, neither of whom finished the work they were hired to complete, I saw two guys at the local Exxon with a truck full of electrical equipment and wires.

A quick explanation of my problem; lights and switches not working, they were at my door and ready to help.  Within a couple hours my problems were gone, my lights worked and my wallet was intact.

Give Twin Brothers a call today; 828-260-4063 / 828-260-7928.

Greg and Amy Gardner
Banner Haven B&B and Cabin Rentals
www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfast.com
509 Beech Mountain Parkway
Banner Elk, NC 28604
980-329-8101

Rooms starting at $65; including breakfast