Welcome to Sugar Bear Lodge! Step into the foyer and immediately, the spectacular mountain view is awesome. You can watch the skiers in the winter. You are only a short 5-10 min. walk to the ski slopes. I love the big stone gas fireplace. It feels so cozy and relaxing during winter temps (20-40 degrees) days and beautiful fall foliage days.
You have come to the right place for SUMMER LIVING too. Getting away from the pressures of schedules, you will enjoy the cool breezes at 4,600 ft. from the deck swing. It is typically 5 degrees cooler than Banner Elk, at the base of the mountain, and usually in the 60s-70s. Remember to pack a light sweater or jacket for the cool evenings.
You will love the kitchen area: granite, stainless steel and ceramic tile with a big pine, kitchen table overlooking the mountains and a big granite topped island. Everything you need for cooking, plus a washer/dryer in the closet.
Downstairs is entirely bedrooms and baths: a king in the master bedroom with its own bath, a queen and 2 twins in the guest bedrooms with a shared bath. We have included a Pac-n-Play for your little one, a single cot and an extra mattress rolled up in the closet. The master bedroom also has a deck that walks out to the back yard, woods and trails. Every room has great views!
You will probably want to walk some of the trails or take in the wealth of fun in the area. You are perfectly situated for golf, tennis, fishing, cycling, river rafting, skiing, ice skating, snow tubing, zip line or hiking.
PICK YOUR FAVORITES:
Sugar Mountain hiking, golf, tennis, skiing, tubing and ice skating - all here on your own mountain!
Banner Elk City Park – wade in the creek, picnic, free summer concerts; use the well designed playground equipment, walking/biking trail (10 min)
Banner Elk Blueberry Patch (10 min)
Wildcat Lake at Banner Elk – swimming, fishing, boating (borrow a canoe FREE), picnic, volleyball, use the playground (10 min)
Watuga River – fishing, kayaking, tubing, picnicing, river rafting (10 min)
Grandfather Mountain - (WONDERFUL place!) Profile trail at 8,000 ft, swinging bridge, zoo and Junior Ranger program, hiking trails for all ages (20 min)
Linville Falls and Caverns - beautiful, and includes an easy, short hike (30 min)
Appalachin State University at Boone - art shows, free concerts, theatre (25 min)
Seven Devils - Gem mining is fun to try there. Also Hawksnest offers Snow Tubing and an amazing Zipline (15 min)
Mast General Store is at both Valle Crucis and Boone (25 min)
Valle Crucis Park – many weekend events (25 min)
Blowing Rock - a fairyland of quaint shops, beautiful architecture, art museum, free concerts (35 min)
Tweetsie Railroad - Very popular with the kids, near Blowing Rock (30 min)
Genesis Wildlife Center - Wildlife rescue center at Beech Mountain (30 min)
SEASONAL CALENDAR 2018
Easter Egg Hint, Banner Elk (March 24)
Banner Elk Farmers Market, Saturdays (May-Oct)
Avery Chamber Golf Classic, Linville (May 14)
Beech Mountaiin Cycling Race (May 19)
Art on the Greene, Banner Elk (May 26-27)
Kids Fishing Derby, Coffey Lake, Beech Mountain (June 23)
Avery County Beer and Wine Festival, Banner Elk (June 30)
Singing on the Mountain, Grandfather Mountain (June 24)
Scenic Lift Rides on weekends, Sugar Mountain (July-August)
Town parades. Banner Elk, Crossnore, Newland (July 4)
Annual Pig Roast and Fireworks, Beech Mountain (July 4)
Grandfather Mtn Highland Games (July 12-15)
Grandfather Mountain Marathon (July 14)
Fine Art & Master Craft Festival, Banner Elk (July 20-22) (Aug 10-12)
High Country Trolley Tour, Avery Co CC (July & Aug & Sept)
Free weekend concerts in each town (all summer)
Horn in the West Theatre, Boone (all summer)
Banner Elk Lees-McRae College or Appalachin State Summer Theatre (all summer)
Mile High Kite & Crafts Festival, Beech Mtn (Sept 1-2)
Woolly Worm Festival, Banner Elk (Oct 20-21)
FOR YOUR SUPPLIES:
Grocery and Pharmacy – Food Lion, Lowe's Foods, Rite Aid Pharmacy (all 8 min)
Home Improvement – Lowe's (10 min), Radio Shack in Newland (20 min), Walmart in Boone (25 min)
Well, there you have it! Now, pack your bags!