Category: Events

Wanna Pedal Up a Mountain? Beech Mountain Metric is May 20

All right, cyclists. It’s time to get out the bikes, pump up the tires and grease the gears. Just in time to welcome the spring cycling season, the Beech Mountain Metric on Saturday, May 20, invites riders to challenge themselves with a mountaintop climb.

The 61-mile ride has 8,000 feet of climbing. Whew, talk about some leg burn!

If you’re not quite up to that distance, there’s a 43-mile ride with 5,700 feet of climbing. Or the newest addition to the event is a 23-mile loop without the steep climb. All three options begin at the Historic Banner Elk School in neighboring Banner Elk.

The metric also welcomes teams of five people. Round up some of your fit friends and ride together to score your time as a team.

I’m more of a spectator myself, taking in the view from the comfort of my favorite tree, but my cyclist friends love the metric because of the beautiful scenery and the warm welcome our town provides to visitors.

Many of our fine lodges, hotels, condos and vacation homes are available at a discount during the metric weekend. Get 20 percent off your lodging, or stay three nights for the price of two. A soak in one of those hot tubs will feel mighty good after a long bike ride.

Local restaurants are also offering a 10 percent meal discount. Enjoy dinner with a view at Beech Alpen Restaurant, some pizza at Bullwinkle’s, or wings and a pint at Famous Fast Eddie’s.

Registration for the Beech Mountain Metric is open now, so go ahead and make plans to meet me on the mountain May 20.

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel

Free Youth Sledding Hill is Snow Much Fun!

One of Beech Mountain’s favorite traditions is back!

The free youth sledding hill in the middle of our little town is covered with snow and children zipping down on their sleds. Beech Mountain is the only place in the entire Southeast that has a free sledding hill run by the town, which we think is really cool (no pun intended).

The hill is right beside our Visitors Center, where you can step inside, warm up, say “hi” to the friendly staff and learn about all the great activities on the mountain. The Visitors Center also has restrooms and super duper Wi-Fi.

My good friend Kate Gavenus, Beech Mountain’s tourism director, watches the kids sled from her window.

“About half of the kids who come to the sledding hill haven’t experienced snow before,” Kate says. “It’s a great, relaxed way to play in the snow, and it’s cheap. It’s also a good introduction to all the fun winter sports offered on Beech Mountain.”

One upgrade this year is the addition of big foam pads, which provide a safe way to stop at the bottom of the hill.

The sledding hill is exclusively for kids age 12 and younger, although parents can accompany younger children on the sled. Kids can bring their own sleds (plastic only) or purchase them from nearby businesses. Beech Meadows Ski Shop and White Wolf Lodge also rent sleds for only $5 a day.

The sledding hill usually stays in good shape through mid-March thanks to the 90 inches of snow we get each winter and the snow gun that blows fresh powder. But you can double-check the conditions by calling (800) 468-5506. Sledding hill hours are Monday-Friday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

And don’t miss the special Cosmic Sledding session from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. It’s part of our four-day Totally 80s Retro Ski Weekend, Feb. 23-26. The whole mountain turns back the clock with hair bands and cassette tapes and retro apparel. That reminds me, I need to dig out those leg warmers and start teasing my tail!

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel

Beech Mountain Makes Ski Getaways Easy on Mom!

Skiers and snowboarders at Beech Mountain Resort in Beech Mountain, North Carolina

Hey moms: Beech Mountain is a family-friendly place. From lodging to activities to restaurants, this little town is designed for families to spend quality time together.

Squirrels like me are minimalists; we can pack our bags in no time. But I know traveling is a chore for moms (and dads), especially with little ones in tow. With that in mind, the good folks on Beech Mountain make it easy for traveling families. Consider these perks:

  • Plenty of rental options for families of all sizes. Choose from houses, chalets and condos with as many bedrooms/bathrooms as you need. Many have kitchens, too
  • Great restaurants with kid-friendly options. Famous Fast Eddie’s kids’ menu has hot dogs, grilled cheese and chicken nuggets. Or for family pizza night, try Bullwinkels or the Famous Brick Oven Pizzeria. Don’t forget breakfast at Fred’s
  • Rental apparel for the slopes! When it’s time to bundle up, Beech Mountain Resort ensures the whole family will be warm. The resort rents ski pants and coats, so moms don’t have to buy and pack all those bulky clothes
  • Learning to ski is easy breezy for families with experienced instructors offering private & group lessons at the ski resort. There are also two ski schools: Snow Kamp for ages 3-5 and Traxx for ages 6-14.
  • A nursery so Moms can have fun, too! If you have a little whippersnapper, the ski resort cares for infants and toddlers ages 6 months to 3 years.

 

While you’re at the resort, make sure to check out the ice skating rink and snow tubing park. Then pop in the souvenir shop for some sweet merchandise to take home. The View Haus Cafeteria serves quick bites and drinks to keep you going all day long.

Believe me, if you’re considering a trip up to Beech Mountain this winter, the folks on Beech Mountain make it as easy as possible. So get the family in the car, head this way and leave the worry to us.

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel

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Enjoy Fall’s Late-Arriving Colors Via Hike & Wine Packages

fall_hiking_beech_05In fall, humans have an advantage over us squirrels. While we have to scurry around gathering the final harvest of acorns before winter, you get to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Since there was not an early frost this year, the fall colors are arriving later, which means you still have plenty of time to come to Beech Mountain to see the trees dressed in yellow, orange and red.

Beech Mountain always offers great packages to visitors. And it has a doozy of a deal this fall called the Hike and Wine Package.

For only $169, you (and another lucky human you chose to bring with you) can stay for two nights. When you arrive, you’ll get maps for the Town of Beech Mountain’s hiking trails and trails in the Emerald Outback, which crisscross the mountaintop. That’s almost 30 miles of trails! You’ll also receive two passes to Buckeye Recreation Center, where you can play tennis, go for a run or do all sorts of fun exercises.

The package also includes two tastings at Banner Elk Winery, the first winery built in the High Country. The cabernet sauvignon, rosé and red blend all won gold medals this month at the North Carolina State Fair.

Fall colors, hiking and wine — it doesn’t get much better than that. So head to Eastern America’s highest town to make the most of this fall weather. And if you see any acorns on your way up the mountain, save them for me!

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel

Mile High Fourth of July: Four Sizzling Cool Days of Fun

MileHighFourth_logo_150dpiThis year, Independence Day weekend on Beech Mountain is bigger than ever. We’ve teamed up with our buddies in Banner Elk for a Mile High Fourth of July celebration, July 1-4, that’s going to be DOUBLE  the fun!

If you’ve never spent July Fourth in Eastern America’s highest town, you’re missing out. One of my favorite events is the annual Beech Mountain Hog Roast on Saturday, July 2.

My great-grand-squirrel told me how it all started years ago. It’s a family tradition for locals and visitors with super juicy pork barbecue, music, dancing, games and face painting for the kids.

PrintScenic chairlift rides give visitors a squirrel’s-eye view of the mountain. And, after the sun sets, fireworks light up the sky.

I’m excited about a new event this year at Buckeye Recreation Center. The first NatuRally Beech Weekend is Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3. It includes educational programs, hikes and workshops about our local environment. You can learn about heirloom apples, native plants, bear safety (which I’ve found very helpful), salamanders, snakes and other animals that call our mountain home. My friends and I are official greeters along the trails, so make sure to say hi.

On Monday, July 4, everyone heads to Banner Elk for the Fourth of July Parade. The all-American celebration runs right down Main Street and ends with the Party in the Park at Tate-Evans Town Park. Food vendors serve lunch. Traditional lawn games, such as the egg toss and sack race, offer fun for all ages.

My legs aren’t long enough for a sack race, but I’ll cheer you on. Banner Elk’s Duck Race sends hundreds of rubber ducks floating down the creek, which is a sight to see.

Put on your red, white and blue and meet me on the mountain July 1-4! More details at MileHighFourth.com

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel