Things To Do, Places To Go, Food To Eat; Avery County

While enjoying the winter sport opportunities at Beech Mountain Resort, we encourage you to further explore the surrounding area. In this article, we’ll give you a glimpse of some of the restaurants, activities, historic sites and other diversions that you can visit when you stay at Beech Mountain Resort.

Fred’s General Mercantile has been a fixture of Beech Mountain life since 1979, when Fred and Margie Pfohl decided Beech Mountain needed a general store that kept the family in mind. With the additions of the ski rental shop and deli, Fred’s has thrived in this mountain town. Have breakfast or lunch at the deli and visit them for your grocery, hardware, or apparel needs while you’re on the mountain.

Famous Fast Eddie’s is a new addition to the Beech Mountain community, but their life-size hot dog statue has already turned heads. The menu features Chicago-style hot dogs along with home-made chips and cold beer on tap. Conveniently located right outside the entrance to Beech Mountain Resort, this is perfect place to stop for a fast bite.

Jackalope’s View Restaurant has changed their menu for this winter season and Archer’s Mountain Inn has added several new rental properties to their list. Come into Jackalope’s for a high-quality dinner and then head to the Vault Bar for a drink. Want to spend more time with us? Visit their website for a complete list of lodging options available from Archer’s Mountain Inn.

Need to relax? Worked too hard on the slopes? Look no further than Serenity Day Spa in Banner Elk. Across from the Sugar Mountain complex, Serenity offers many different ways to unwind from a day on the slopes. They offer specials for couples and gift certificates are available for purchase.

Dilly’s Cafe and Candle Shop is the spot for Cuban cuisine in the area. Featuring pastries and deli sandwiches, they are located across from the Sugar Mountain entrance. While you’re there, check out their variety of candles for sale.

Bayou Smokehouse & Grill in Banner Elk serves authentic Texas and Louisiana-style fare. Watch the big game in the bar, on the porch, or enjoy a bottle of wine from the Bayou General Store with your dinner.

Zuzda has a Tapas-style menu with more than 100 different items to choose from. Located right at the base of Beech Mountain in Banner Elk, it is the perfect place to try a few new dishes all at the same time. Be sure to check out their live weekend entertainment.

The Frog and Monkey, recently opened in Banner Elk near Lees-McRae College, styles themselves as ‘Eclectic Grazing’. Their creative menu features many fish and vegetarian dishes. Check them out on Facebook!

Lees-McRae College Campus and the Mill Pond located in Banner Elk, this campus is ideal for the outdoor enthusiast with many hiking, biking and running trails on the 460-acre campus. Visiting with the kids? Check out the Mill Pond on Highway 184 (right after Banner Elk is you’re coming from Beech Mountain) — plenty of ducks to feed and scenery to enjoy!

The Painted Fish, located across from Sugar Mountain, offers an upscale experience and ‘recognizable dishes with a twist.’ Equipped with a Beer Bar, they offer an ever-changing variety of artisan beers so you can find your new favorite.

Banner Elk Winery is the perfect place to spend a romantic weekend or simply visit with friends to sample their award-winning wines. Visit their website to learn about the different tastings available or book a room in The Villa, their on-site bed & breakfast.

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