NC Mountains – Banner Elk area

Seven Devils / Banner Elk / Boone

2020 had so much promise! Before 2019 ended, we had a ski trip to Big Sky, MT booked. We had our annual Easter trip to Raleigh, NC booked. We had a trip to Philadelphia, PA for a friend’s wedding booked! And Utah was in the works.

One week before Big Sky is when the world came to a halt. We were incredibly disappointed we didn’t go a little sooner. But then quickly realized how lucky we were that we weren’t in Big Sky when the mountain shut down. We were naïve and thought everything would go back to normal quickly so began making plans for Hawaii (which we later cancelled because of their quarantine requirements)!

After several months of working from home and pretty much being there 24/7, we decided we needed to get out. I found a great house on Airbnb in Seven Devils, NC and booked it! Our typical travel companions, Brett & Carolyn, were more than happy to join in the fun.

We left on a Friday night after dinner and made the 12 hour trek through the night so that each of our little ones would sleep. It was a long night for all of the parents but as soon as we saw the sun coming up over the mountains, we were instantly rejuvenated! Right down the street from our rental was Otter Falls so we headed there for some fresh air and to keep everyone awake until nap time. We all loved it!

After great naps all around, we went down the mountain to Grandfather Vineyard & Winery and enjoyed the afternoon. Vineyards have been our favorite pandemic activity! Outside, tons of space, and wine!

The next day is when we began our dividing and conquering strategy. Cameron and I went to Grandfather Mountain to hike MacRae Peak while Brett and Carolyn watched the kiddos.

Later, they went ziplining while we watched the kiddos. All week, we stuck to a rotation schedule that allowed everyone to enjoy vacation! Hikes, ziplining, horseback riding, vineyards, golf, and alpaca farm! We loved staying in Seven Devils and will happily go back.

A detailed itinerary is available for purchase for $25.

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