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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Weekend Getaway: Banner Elk

Posted January 26, 2007 9:07 a.m. EST
Updated January 26, 2007 1:02 p.m. EST

    It's a perfect weekend for a journey to the mountains. Destination: Banner Elk. Home of Lees-McRae College, some great food, a hip snowboard shop and neighbor to four ski resorts.

    The weather has been perfect this week generating some natural snow and cold enough to make plenty of the manufactured variety. Elizabeth Gardner highly recommends Edge of the World as a hip place to buy or rent snowboards.

     Louisana Purchase is a great place to eat. It's a little fancy compared to the other places in town. I've had both good and mediocre meals at the Corner Palate. Your best bet may be to load up on carbs at Sorrento's, home of a some scrumptious pasta.

    With a high temperature of 50 degrees tomorrow, skiing should be great especially early in the day. Your choices for skiing and snowboarding include Hawksnest, Appalachian, Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain.

    Have a great time on the slopes!