Thanksgiving in Banner Elk, NC

There are so many things I am grateful for this year. One especially that I get to be in the mountains of North Carolina, the land of the pines, on Thanksgiving. Our cabin was a steep drive to get to, but super cozy once we arrived. I could not imagine a more perfect place to spend the holidays. If you are looking for a more luxurious way to enjoy the mountains cabins are the way to go. While I love staying in tents as the weather gets colder this cabin proves as a fantastic choice.

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Imagine waking up to these views outside your bedroom window. Yeah, I have been spoiled the last few days to say the least.

This was such a nice place for catching up on sleep, playing intense games of shuffleboard, watching a new series of Netflix, reading/ studying, and of course enjoying the nature all around the area. There are tons of things to do around Banner Elk. Blowing Rock shopping is 20 minutes away, National Parks are around 45 minutes away, and skiing in Sugar mountain is around 30 minutes away from our cabin. Unfortunately we were not able to go skiing because of the warm weather, but if you come to North Carolina to ski you know it can be snowing one day and 80 degrees the next. Banner Elk and Seven Devils are easy to love. There is a spirit of adventure everywhere in the mountainous air.

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Within our neighborhood there was a tiny little farm where I made lots of new friends. This mule named Fred was my favorite. He was really friendly.24116293_1905481669481227_1111876253_o.jpg24099548_1905481662814561_2034770617_n.jpg

One of my favorite things about the cabin we rented was the hot tub. After a cold hike it was the perfect way to warm up. Also taking hot baths was a must almost every night. It can be chilly in the mountains of North Carolina what better way to warm up than relaxing in the hot tub while enjoying the beautiful views!?!

I suggest looking up cabins in Banner Elk area. There are so many sweet ones to choose from. Defiantly a great place to spend Thanksgiving.

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The environmentally health conscious girl I am, eating vegan even in the holidays is a must. Thanksgiving can be a tricky holiday, especially since none of my family members are vegan. This year I was determined that I would make a tasty vegan dish that the whole family would like. I WAS SUCCESSFUL. Though not much of a chef, I pulled off several vegan recipes that I found online. I may not love to cook, but I love to eat and these Thanksgiving vegan dishes were fantastic. Here is one new vegan recipe that I will be making at every family gathering.

Sweet Potato Salad

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 a large red onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup of vegannaise
  • 1/2 cup of celery (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Boil sweet potatoes in water for 10-12 minutes
  2. Allow potatoes time to cool
  3. Add all ingredients together

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I was so nice to get away to the mountains. My family has stayed in Banner Elk the last few Thanksgivings. I love crazy adventure but sometimes it is nice to slow down and just watch the sun rise over the blue mountains of North Carolina.

Love,

Morgan

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