Let yourself be taken back to the distant past at Banner House Museum.
It's in Banner Elk. If you're unfamiliar with the name, it is 180 miles (290 kilometers) away from the capital of the state, Raleigh.
There are 3 hotels available nearby, and they are terrific for those who'd appreciate being just a short commute away. Spend some time comparing the amenities at the Banner Haven B&B and Cabin Rentals and Best Western Mountain Lodge at Banner Elk, located within 2 miles (3 kilometers) of Banner House Museum.
Thrifty travelers might appreciate staying at the Valle Crucis Farm, 6 miles (10 kilometers) away.
Some of us are simply not made for mornings. For those that woke feeling a bit foggy, a freshly roasted coffee at Kangaroo Express (379 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk) is the perfect way to find that get-up-and-go. For fare that's a little more substantial, be sure to take your appetite along to Louisiana Purchase Restaurant (397 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk).