What are you waiting for? Sugar Creek Gem Mine was made to be experienced.
Boone, where it is to be found, lies 180 miles (290 kilometers) from the capital of the state, Raleigh.
If you'd prefer a short commute from your hotel, it'd be a good idea to book one of the 3 nearby accommodations in advance. Spend some time comparing the different features of the Bluegreen Vacations Blue Ridge Village an Ascend Resort and Best Western Mountain Lodge at Banner Elk, located within 2 miles (3 kilometers) of Sugar Creek Gem Mine.
Every worldly wanderer is fond of a deal, and luckily you won't have to travel far to find one. There is a handful of budget hotels a short drive away. You might like to make some inquiries at the Banner Haven B&B and Cabin Rentals and the Valle Crucis Farm.
After you've done all there is to do, have a coffee at Painted Fish Cafe and Beer Bar (2941 Tynecastle Highway, Banner Elk), just 0.1 miles (0.2 kilometers) away.