Love is in the Mountain Air: Romantic Eateries & Escapes Around Eagles Nest

By February in beautiful Banner Elk, snowfall is quickly subsiding and daily highs hit a mild 45. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a romantic retreat in the mountains, complete with a peaceful atmosphere, stunning views, and an array of Valentine’s Day fun.

man and woman playing guitars

This month, love is in the area at Eagles Nest! We’re sharing our top date night restaurants and activities both in and around our corner of the High Country. From downtown Banner Elk restaurants to community events right here on-site, couples won’t want to miss our guide to experiencing the month of love in the mountains.

Day-to-Night Dates Within Our Gates

Thanks to our summer camp vibes year round, plus on-site eateries considered to be some of the best restaurants in Banner Elk, NC, you don’t even have to venture outside of our gates to enjoy a weekend of romance. 

Our very own Great Camp is a dynamic area within our own backyard. It features tons of family-friendly fun, plus perfect places for couples to enjoy together. Easily access an extensive network of trails right from the Great Camp area and start your Valentine getaway off by taking in the stunning scenery and fresh air.

home and mountain view

Want to amp up the fun this February? Throw it back to those early day dates with our 18-hole mini putt for a playful round. Keep the games going with archery, corn hole, and more low-key activities that’ll fill your day with memories. 

Future date nights at Eagles Nest mean an evening at Great Camp restaurant. This 10,000 square foot restaurant space has been cleared for construction, with a target completion of later this year. Plus, come back for seasonal fun like live music and dancing in our outdoor amphitheater or dinner in our perk-packed Barbeque Pavillion.

group of people enjoying concert

After your Great Camp adventures, swing by The Sportsman’s Lodge and enjoy an evening under the stars around a fire pit, or grab a meal at our very own grille. Searching for the best restaurants in Banner Elk NCThe Eagles Nest Winery is a must on your list! Come sip on the finest wines from California as you enjoy amazing views from our elegant converted barn. Take a peek at our ever-evolving menu to pair with your new favorite wines.

snowy mountainside

Hit the Town: Best of Banner Elk Dining

Just down the road, you’ll discover amazing date night options in downtown Banner Elk. Restaurants, bars, and cafes are abundant in our charming storybook town, offering something for every couple to enjoy on Valentine’s Day and beyond.

eagles nest wine bottles

Here’s a list of standout restaurants approved by our team of Eagles Nest Property Specialists! From morning to night, each features a unique cuisine and atmosphere everyone will love.

  1. Banner Elk Cafe
  2. Banner Elk Winery
  3. Louisiana Purchase Food and Spirits
  4. Sorrento’s Italian Bistro
  5. Stonewalls Restaurant
restaurant interior

Ready to expand your romantic retreat? Take a look at this handy Banner Elk Visitor’s Map for a quick look at the best in cultural, educational, shopping options to explore between bites.   

Beyond Banner Elk: Exploring Boone NC Restaurants

Our mountain paradise sits within easy reach of the resources you want, whether you’re running everyday errands or are ready to get away for the evening. Within about a 30-minute drive from Banner Elk sits the scenic town of Boone, NC, where you’ll find charming eateries and shops, entertainment, and breathtaking outdoor escapes. 

Birdies coffee and treats camper storefront

Start your romantic weekend off with a latte from a local coffee shop, then grab breakfast or brunch at one of Boone’s many morning hotspots. No trip is complete without a stop at the historic Dan’l Boone Inn, honored by Southern Living Magazine for their exceptional country cuisine.

Keep your tour of Boone NC restaurants going with an array of tasty eateries with options from pizza and pasta to biscuits, burritos, and so much more. If you’re searching for the best dog friendly restaurants Boone NC has to offer, this local list from BringFido has you covered! 

steak and brussel sprout dish

Next, elevate date night thanks to the High Country’s best winemakers. Explore Boone NC’s best wineries and sip on some of the area’s most delicious blends. If beer is more your speed, you’ll find lots of incredible breweries — with some even landing on the list of dog friendly restaurants in Boone NC. 

Barn and lake venue
snowy eagles nest home

With so many dining and date night options in Banner Elk and the surrounding area, there’s no better time to visit than around Valentine’s Day! Come fall in love with Eagles Nest this February and beyond. Schedule your Discovery Tour and our property specialists will be in touch. 

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