Category: Events

Beech Mountain Resort’s 50th Ski Season Opened Nov. 24

Hey Beech fans, start spreading the news. Beech Mountain Resort opened for the 2017-18 season on Black Friday, Nov. 24.

We’re even more excited than normal about this winter’s ski season because it’s the 50th anniversary of skiing at Beech Mountain. The resort has sweet deals in honor of its golden anniversary, and our lodging friends do, too.

Special promotions throughout the season include 1967 lift ticket prices. Tuesdays are $9 for ladies’ night, Wednesdays are $9 for men’s night, and Thursdays are couples’ night: $16 for the first ticket and $8 for the second ticket.

Lodging properties have created the 50th anniversary $50 lodging special. Stay at one of our cozy inns, cabins or chalets for $50 per person Sundays through Thursdays (other lodging packages are available by clicking here).

And, of course, we party animals on Beech Mountain are going to celebrate in style. For New Year’s Eve, there will be three parties on Beech Mountain. The ski resort throws two parties, and the Buckeye Recreation Center hosts one!

At Beech Mountain Resort, the whole family is invited to the Lodge for bingo, party tunes and late-night ice-skating and fireworks. Meanwhile, at the resort’s Beech Tree Bar & Grille, an adults-only soiree includes drink specials, dancing and live music. Everyone can enjoy the fireworks show when the clock strikes midnight.

My cousin Darryl from Raleigh and my other cousin Darryl from Charlotte are leaving their nests to come celebrate New Year’s Eve the Beech Mountain way. Come join us in a chorus of “Auld Lang Syne.”

The fun continues January 25-28 when the ski resort hosts a multi-day 50th anniversary celebration. The big day is Saturday, Jan. 27, with an oompah band during the day and fireworks at night. Break out the lederhosen!

If Mother Nature cooperates, we’re going to make the most of this 50th season for four solid months — from opening day on Nov. 24 till closing on Mar. 24.

Think snowy thoughts and meet me on the mountain!

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel

Fly a Kite a Mile High on Beech Mountain this Labor Day Weekend

When is the last time you flew a kite? I don’t mean on a video game or an app on your smart phone. I mean standing in a field and watching the string stretch higher and higher as the colorful vessel soars into the sky.

Sounds magical, doesn’t it? Each Labor Day weekend, Beech Mountain hosts the Mile High Kite Festival. And it is pretty magical!

This year’s festival is Saturday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free and the first 150 kids each day receive a free kite. Parking is $5.

The “mile high” part of the festival is no joke. With our town’s lofty elevation of 5,506 feet, you can easily fly a kite more than a mile above sea level.

I love sitting in my tree and watching all the kites waving in the breeze. It’s a beautiful sight and peaceful, too. Before we head into the busy fall season — you hustling around getting kids to school, me working my fuzzy little tail off collecting acorns — it’s nice to spend a weekend enjoying simple pleasures.

On Sunday afternoon, two kite clubs – the Richmond Air Force club and Charlotte’s Wings Across Carolina Kiting and Okra Society (WACKOS) – put on kite-flying demonstrations. Boy, can they do some fancy tricks!

Also on Sunday, prizes will be given for the best-decorated kites, most original kites and kites flown the highest.

The festival has all sorts of other activities for when you need a kite-flying break. There will be rides and face painting for the kids, and food and crafts vendors.

On Saturday night, don’t miss the all-ages street dance in the Visitors Center parking lot from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. It’s always fun to see the parents embarrass their kids with their best dance moves.

For more details about the Mile High Kite Festival, click here.

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel

 

Buckeye Rec Center Provides Outdoor Family Fun for Free!

Family outings can be mighty expensive these days. But up here on Beech Mountain, we make it as affordable and simple as possible to get outdoors, laugh and bond with the people you care about most.

One of our Beech Mountain treasures is Buckeye Recreation Center. With a park, lake and trails, talk about a squirrel’s paradise! The center also has an indoor facility with a gymnasium, tennis courts, track, fitness area and a playroom for little ones younger than 12.

One of the coolest things to do during the summer is to go canoeing, kayaking or pedal boating on Buckeye Lake. The rec center has everything you need — canoes, paddles, kayaks, pedal boats, life jackets — all for free. Cruise across the lake, pull over at the picnic tables for lunch or take a break by the fire pit and roast a toasty marshmallow.

Beech Mountain recently became an NC Mountain Heritage Trout City. That special title means that anyone can purchase a three-day trout-fishing license for only $5. The folks at Buckeye Recreation Center have all the fishing gear you need, and it’s free to borrow. If you’re new to fly-fishing, we have classes on July 12 and 25 that will teach you how to tie a fly and avoid the tangles.

As a squirrel, I’m so proud of programs that help humans learn more about their outdoor neighbors. On July 27 we have a class about smelly skunks. Learn about their habitats from a North Carolina Wildlife officer and why they emit their funky odor!

If you have an athletic family, bring the gang to Buckeye Recreation Center to play tennis, ride bikes along the trails or give pickleball a try (spoiler alert – it’s a lot of fun and doesn’t involve pickles).

No matter what you choose — balls, boats or bikes — the most important part of a Beech Mountain vacation is the time spent together as a family.

To learn more about the Buckeye Rec Center, visit www.BeechRecreation.org or call 828-387-3003.

See you outdoors!
Boomer the Squirrel

Mile High Fourth: 5 Days of Sizzlin’ Cool Fun in the High Country

It’s hard for me to pick my favorite time on Beech Mountain, but the Fourth of July might be it. Families come for a relaxing long weekend. They enjoy cool temperatures and plenty of activities for all ages.

For the second year, we’re joining our neighbors over in Banner Elk for five days of Independence Day fun with the Mile High Fourth of July celebration, June 30-July 4.

We will be groovin’ up here on the mountain with the fourth annual Blues on Beech, Saturday, July 1. Rhonda McDaniel, followed by the Part-Time Blues Band, will crank out the smooth tunes at Fast Eddie’s. On Monday, July 3, a talented regional band called The Rockabillys will play an outdoor concert at the Beech Mountain kite field, which is especially nice because all my squirrel buddies and I can enjoy the music, too.

Oh, and don’t miss the 47th Annual Hog Roast at Beech Mountain Resort on Saturday, July 1. They serve up some of the tastiest pork and turkey in the High Country. The kids will enjoy games and face painting — and maybe some adults, too. I say you’re never too old to show your patriotism with an American flag on your cheek! Once it gets dark, we’ll all watch the fireworks.

On Tuesday, July 4, head over to Banner Elk for the Fourth of July Parade. It’s a sight to see as all the folks in red, white and blue march down Main Street. Banner Elk’s Party in the Park follows that afternoon with lawn games and a rubber duck race on the creek. Go ducks!

For a full schedule of events across the five days, click here.

Our great lodging folks have all sorts of options for families, couples or groups of friends. Choose from comfy lodges, chalets or cabins.

I invited my cousin Darryl from Raleigh and my other cousin Darryl from Charlotte. We already booked our favorite treetop, but you guys better hurry to make your reservations for the big weekend.

See you soon for fireworks and fun!

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel

Who Celebrates Families the Entire Month of June? We Do!

One of my favorite times is coming up soon – it’s called Family Fun Month!

Here on Beech Mountain we devote the entire month of June — 30 whole days — to families who come here to have fun. I just love seeing the little ones running around, swimming, fishing, discovering something new.

Temperatures on Beech Mountain in the summertime can’t be beat. My friend at the Visitors Center, Kate Gavenus, said last year the temperature only rose above 79 degrees one time. Add in mountain breezes and low humidity (thanks to Beech’s elevation of more than 5,500 feet) and you have many delightful days to get outdoors.

“The temperature is one of the main things that sets us apart,” Gavenus says. “Good weather is probably the prime thing people are looking for when they want to get out in the summer.”

For you runners out there, A Cool 5 Race Weekend returns June 16-18. There’s a five-mile run that goes waaaayyy up on the mountain and winds back down. The 1.5-mile fun run/walk is less intense. My personal favorite is the pet-friendly 1.5-mile walk and wag.

Other fun things include guided nature hikes — keep your eye out for me, waving from the treetops — chairlift rides and ATV tours. Have you heard of pickleball? How about Zumba or disc golf? We have it all, so now’s the time to try it.

“The idea is to give families chances to reconnect, for parents and grandparents to spend time with their kids doing something relaxing,” Gavenus says.

Some of our great local businesses pitch in with special events for Family Fun Month. Fred’s Mercantile throws a Great American Backyard Cookout. Brick Oven Pizzeria screens movies under the stars. Our neighbors at Grandfather Mountain, Linville Caverns and Tweetsie Railroad give a discount on tickets.

The complete Family Fun Month calendar is available here.

Family vacations can get expensive, but Family Fun Month is a great deal. Many activities are free or offered at a lowered cost. Plus, we have three lodging specials available every day of the month. My favorite is: buy two nights, you can get a third for free, which is a good thing because once you’re here, you won’t want to leave!

See you soon in Eastern America’s Highest Town.

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel