In 2013 Tom and I bought a cabin in the high country of North Carolina.
We named it Barefoot Cabin in order to mix our love for the beach with our love of vineyards. And it’s a cute play on words since it’s former name was “Bearfoot Cabin”.
We chose the small town of Banner Elk (BE) elevation 4300’, thus the title of this post.
It is conveniently located between Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountains—the closest ski resorts to Florida. This area is affectionately called, The Florida Alps.
It has the best restaurants all located near the intersection with the only traffic light. This also happens to be the place where our youngest daughter got engaged during the 4th of July Parade in 2017. The only gas station is located at the same intersection and still offers full service. If you don’t know what that means—look it up. A bit of history that makes me smile.
We bought Barefoot Cabin right after my Mom died.
She and I took many road trips to NC when I was a kid to pick blackberries, huckleberries and go ruby mining. It’s one of the finest parts of my childhood. She would have loved it here.
I say “here” because Tom and I drove up after Thanksgiving to pack away the Fall decor and spruce the place up for our winter guests. It is my favorite time to decorate.
Due to family needs we didn’t make it here last December. I realize how much I’ve missed our cabin.
Below are photos of our progress thus far. If you’re looking for a place to rent either to go skiing this winter, or to have a nice cool Summer retreat in 2022, you can check out information on how to do that HERE.
My advice for today? Just BE!
Banner Elk and Barefoot Cabin sound like a wonderful place to come to and relax, far away from the everyday hustle. Enjoy!
I don’t know if it’s still the case, but in New Jersey every gas station used to be or still is full service by law.
I’m sure our “Florida Alps” have nothing on your real Alps. I’d love to see photos of your views.
How many people live in Banner Elk? I want to live in a small town someday! Your pics are beautiful. I had a look at the website, too. It would be a lovely place to rent for a winter retreat. How much do you charge for it? Maybe next year, I could host one in January.
Jeanine, if you pick a week and how many people will come, our agent will get back to you with a price. It all depends on the week chosen and how many people.
We have 5 bedrooms 3.5 baths. Just click on the link I provided.