All the News Fit to “Print” on Highcountry Daily Blog

Highcountry Daily Blog is almost ready for launch and is already receiving 50+ hits a day.  People are hungry for Highcountry News and Highcountry Daily will deliver.

Highcountry Daily Blog

Highcountry Daily Blog

Although the site will be an “almost daily” blog and news feed, created by several talented web designers, it will have information from Banner Elk, Boone, Blowing Rock, Linville and much more.  If you’re traveling to the NC mountains, you will want to bookmark Highcountry Daily and check the calendar for events and happenings, before you plan your trip.

Highcountry Daily will be an “almost daily” blog and news feed that promoted Banner Elk and the NC Highcountry; news, events, and more.  If it’s going on in the Highcountry, you’ll find it on HighcountryDaily.com.

– We don’t sell advertising
– We don’t just cover one city
– We will provide more than just pictures

The HighcountryDaily site will keep you up-to-date on life in Northwestern NC.

Thanks for reading,
Greg and Amy Gardner
Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast
149 Azalea Circle
Banner Elk, NC 28604
828-898-8195
www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfast.com
Innkeepers – Greg and Amy Gardner

Also checkout www.BooneCabinRental.com for more Highcountry Rentals.

Find out more about Banner Elk Bed and Breakfast lodges.

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Highcountry and Azalea Inn Hit by Flooding

The Azalea has moved its blog to the website (www.Azalea-Inn.com).

Here is a direct link to the new blog and photos of the flooding and damages seen in the Highcountry as today’s storms rolled through.

http://azalea-inn.com/azalea_blog/rain-thrashes-banner-elk-and-the-highcountry/

Now we’re bracing for snow.

Thanks for reading,
Greg and Amy Gardner
Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast
149 Azalea Circle
Banner Elk, NC 28604
828-898-8195
www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfast.com
Innkeepers – Greg and Amy Gardner

Also checkout www.BooneCabinRental.com for more Highcountry Rentals.

Find out more about Banner Elk Bed and Breakfast lodges.

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Azalea Inn Launches Dedicated Blog

Visit the Azalea Inn Dedicated Blog and sign up for RSS feeds to keep up with everything that’s going on at Azalea Inn, Banner Elk and all of the High Country.

The service is free and you can subscribe to the RSS feeds to stay up-to-date.

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Check it out today.

Thanks for reading,
Greg and Amy Gardner
Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast
149 Azalea Circle
Banner Elk, NC 28604
828-898-8195
www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfast.com
Innkeepers – Greg and Amy Gardner

Also checkout www.BooneCabinRental.com for more Highcountry Rentals.

Find out more about Banner Elk Bed and Breakfast lodges.

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Stay Free in Banner Elk

Now you can stay free in Banner Elk, at Azalea Inn or Banner Haven.

Book any weeknight (Sunday thru Thursday) and get half off a second night.

Book any two weeknights and get a third night free.

Call for more details.

Thanks for reading,
Greg and Amy Gardner
Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast
149 Azalea Circle
Banner Elk, NC 28604
828-898-8195
www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfast.com
Innkeepers – Greg and Amy Gardner

Also checkout www.BooneCabinRental.com for more Highcountry Rentals.

Find out more about Banner Elk Bed and Breakfast lodges.

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Snow Hits Highcountry

After a flying start to an early winter, back in late October, the ski season has suffered through some dismal days with slopes closing for a few days from lack of snow on the ground.

That all changed for this weekend.  MLK weekend is often the busiest ski weekend of the year and cold weather, along with almost a foot of natural snow, is setting records this weekend.

If you’re looking for skiing, without a drive to New York, look no further than Banner Elk, North Carolina.  We’re home to the highest ski slope on the east coast, Beach Mountain.  Not far behind is Sugar Mountain, also here in Banner Elk.

Come visit and stay forever, is a campaign being kicked off by the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce and looks to bring new permanent residents to the area.  If you need a reason to come visit, come up for the snow.  Who knows, maybe you’ll enjoy it enough to stay

Thanks for reading,
Greg and Amy Gardner
Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast
149 Azalea Circle
Banner Elk, NC 28604
828-898-8195
www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfast.com
Innkeepers – Greg and Amy Gardner

Also checkout www.BooneCabinRental.com for more Highcountry Rentals.

Find out more about Banner Elk Bed and Breakfast lodges.

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Avery Journal Repost – By Jason Jones

Beech Mountain Community Club is proud to announce that our SurPRIZES with Santa will be back again this year, with our dear friend, Cyclone Brett, serving as master of ceremonies. The date is yet to be determined, but I will update this information as it becomes available.

Avery County Shrine Club will be holding its Christmas party at Times Square Diner starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10.

With the Christmas holiday season upon us, there will be many Christmas events that will be coming up. If you are interested in having these events mentioned in this article, please contact me at (828) 898-4299.

There are many fun and exciting activities going on at the Beech Mountain Community Center. Beech Mountain Community Club offers craft classes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday. Some of the crafts that you will have the opportunity to learn include quilting, sewing, making handbags and rug hooking. They also offer canning and jelly and jam making classes. Everyone who is participating is encouraged to bring a covered dish. Our gym is open for walking from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Our lending library and community closet is open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. They have jewelry making classes available starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Crocheting and rug hooking classes are available starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Line dancing classes are available at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. We also have many new clothing and household items in our community closet. Come on out, and enjoy everything that Beech Mountain Community Center has to offer.

Beech Mountain Community Club needs volunteers for its lending library, children’s library, craft center and community closet. If you are interested in helping us, contact Beech Mountain Community Club at (828) 898-5051. Any donations you can make to our libraries or community closet would be greatly appreciated as well.

If you are interested in reserving the community center for an event, or if you have any events, announcements, birthdays or anniversaries that you would like to see in this article, contact me at (828) 898-4299.

By Jason Jones – Avery County Journal

Thanks for reading,
Greg and Amy Gardner
Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast
149 Azalea Circle
Banner Elk, NC 28604
828-898-8195
www.BannerHavenBedAndBreakfast.com
Innkeepers – Greg and Amy Gardner

Also checkout www.BooneCabinRental.com for more Highcountry Rentals.

Find out more about Banner Elk Bed and Breakfast lodges.

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The Grey with Liam Neeson – Save your money

Unless you can stream it for free on Netflix or borrow it from a friend, don’t waste your money watching this movie.  IT will be 2 hours of your life that you will never get back, and you’ll wish you could.

The movie starts off well enough and quickly gets into the air with the plane you know is destined to crash in a frozen wasteland, leaving Neeson’s character John Ottway and a few others stranded.  By the name and previews you know it’s only a matter of time before the wolves attack and it doesn’t take much time for the action to start and blood to spill.

Roger Ebert said “When they attack, it’s not personal. They’ve spent untold millennia learning how to survive…”  Obviously he didn’t watch the same movie as I did.  The wolves stray from their nature and start killing for sport.  They don’t eat their victims, they simply kill the crash survivors and leave the bodies on display.  This unrealistic behavior sets the preface for the rest of the movie, wolves that follow the survivors and systematically kill them one by one.  Led the “The Grey” the wolves follow their prey as they try and escape the frozen wilderness and make it bake to safety.

As the group of men dwindles and their situation becomes worse, the wolves follow with patience and continue to pick off the survivors until only two remain.

To this point we could have believed the story, if the wolves had been made out to be hungry predators bent on survival and attacking humans out of necessity.  Instead, were made to believe the wolves have continued to track the group only to do battle with the human leader, Ottway.

After preparing fro the battle by strapping broken bottles to his hands, Ottway is ready to face his destiny, whatever that may be.  On the brink of suicide before boarding the plane he is now ready to fight for his life.  Encircled by wolves, they all mysteriously back away, the The Grey Enters center stage.  Now you’ve sat through almost two hours to find out what happens at the end.

Will he defeat The Grey?  Will he live?  Will he die?  If he lives, will he make it out of the wilderness?

Ottway and the wolf charge.

Roll credits!

Am I missing something?  Did someone forget to include the last five minutes?  Is this a joke?

If I wanted to use my imagination, I’d stay at home and write my own damn stories.  I don’t pay $10 to make up my own mind.  I go to the movie to find out the ending.  With The Grey, you make up your own ending.

My advice  – Stay home the next time Joe Carnahan is directing a film.  Just imagine what the movie will be like.  Imagine how it will end.

Thanks for reading,
Greg and Amy Gardner
Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast
149 Azalea Circle
Banner Elk, NC 28604
828-898-8195
BannerElkBedAndBreakfast.com

Innkeepers – Greg and Amy Gardner

Also checkout www.BooneCabinRental.com for more Highcountry Rentals.

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Now you can “Like” us

If you haven’t already, please take the time to “Like” the Azalea Inn.

This link will take you to our TripAdvisor page where you can read reviews and Like us on Facebook.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g48937-d118748-Reviews-Azalea_Inn_Bed_and_Breakfast-Banner_Elk_North_Carolina.html

www.BannerElkBedAndBreakfast.com will still take visitors to the Azalea website.

Thanks for reading,
Greg and Amy Gardner
Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast
149 Azalea Circle
Banner Elk, NC 28604
828-898-8195
BannerElkBedAndBreakfast.com

Innkeepers – Greg and Amy Gardner

Also checkout www.BooneCabinRental.com for more Highcountry Rentals.

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Azalea Inn B&B Blog has a New Home

The Azalea Inn blog is now located at www.BannerElkBedAndBreakfast.me.  Yes, that’s “.ME” on the end of the domain.  The website hasn’t changed.  Only the blog has a new home and we hope you’ll bookmark the site and visit often.

The .ME domain extension was introduced a couple years ago and is a Montenegro TDL.  Like, .CA is canadian, .GOV is government, and .COM is worldwide, .ME can be used by anyone and is quickly becoming a popular extension and very recognized.

www.BannerElkBedAndBreakfast.com will still take visitors to the Azalea website.

Thanks for reading,
Greg and Amy Gardner
Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast
149 Azalea Circle
Banner Elk, NC 28604
828-898-8195
BannerElkBedAndBreakfast.com

Innkeepers – Greg and Amy Gardner

Also checkout www.BooneCabinRental.com for more Highcountry Rentals.

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Banner Elk, a great place to live

Banner Elk has a long history, dating back to the mid 1800s with families using the area for crops and hunting.  It’s had many names, including Elk’s River, Elk Flats and Banner’s Elk.  It wasn’t until the incorporation in 1911 that Banner’s Elk became simply, Banner Elk.  While no name changes have occurred in the last 100 years, the town has undergone many other changes.

Surrounded by such beautiful areas as the Great Smokey Mountains, Pisgah National Forest, and the Blue Ridge Mountains Banner Elk has long been a tourist destination.  With the growth of the Blue Ridge Parkway, scenic tour brought people through Banner Elk.  Before the completion of the Parkway and Hwy 105, anyone traveling the parkway took a detour to get around the uncompleted section; the Linn Cove Viaduct.  While Hwy 221 was complete, it offered no sightseeing between Linville and Blowing Rock; however, another route offered Mast General Store; very well known even in the 1940s and 50s.  This route took travelers directly through downtown Banner Elk.

Growth isn’t really a term the town has ever used because it has always been small, by comparison to other tourist destinations, but as the tourist industry has grown, so has the business of Banner Elk.

From Lees McRae College as one of the oldest establishments to the ski slopes that came around in the 1960s, the town has become a very popular place for people to visit.  Now, it’s becoming a popular place to live.  Our current economy makes having second homes more difficult than in the past and many homes in the Banner Elk area have been just that; second homes.  These are now being sold as primary residences for people looking to live in the area.  Real estate has suffered all over the US and Banner Elk is no different.  People are starting to take advantage of this to purchase homes in the area.

Banner Elk offers schools, restaurants, shopping and more.  Many people relocating to the area have home-based businesses or bring new business to the area.  From candy shops to bed and breakfasts, new businesses are popping up all over the area.

If you are looking for affordable living, decent schools, a quiet life, and somewhere to live or raise a family, checkout Banner Elk.  There’s a lot to offer in our small town; friendly people, little to no crime, streets you aren’t afraid to walk on, and a town like “Cheers” where ‘Everybody knows your name.

Come for a visit.  Skip the typical hotel stay and book a room at one of the many bed and breakfasts here in town.

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Welcome to Banner Elk!

Try one of the many Banner Elk Bed and Breakfast lodges.

Thanks for reading,
Greg and Amy Gardner
Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast
149 Azalea Circle
Banner Elk, NC 28604
828-898-8195
BannerElkBedAndBreakfast.com

Innkeepers – Greg and Amy Gardner

Also checkout www.BooneCabinRental.com for more Highcountry Rentals.

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