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Yippee! June Family Fun Month Brings 30 Days of Activities

June is almost upon us, and you know what that means up here on Beech Mountain? It’s Family Fun Month!

For 30 days we celebrate spending time together as a family unit with hiking, mountain biking, flying kites, picnicking, watching movies under the stars and even playing pickleball.

My cousin Darryl is coming from Raleigh, and my other cousin Darryl is coming from Charlotte. We’re super excited about Friday field days, which are new this year. Every Friday afternoon, the field beside Brick Oven Pizzeria will be full of bounce houses and all kinds of games. After all the fun and games, there’ll be a free outdoor concert and a movie under the stars. Sounds like my kind of Friday night.

I was chatting with my buddy Kate Gavenus at the Beech Mountain Visitors Center, and she said one thing that makes traveling to Beech Mountain so great is how inexpensive it is.

“When you’re spending less money, that reduces stress,” Gavenus says. “We don’t have many commercial activities on Beech Mountain, so people spend time hiking, fishing and canoeing, which are all affordable, relaxing things to do.”

We squirrels don’t worry much about money, but we sure know a relaxed human when we see one; they’re always smiling and laughing. We see lots of those carefree humans up here on Beech Mountain.

Another attractive characteristic of Beech Mountain in the summer is the beeee-u-ti-ful weather. Darryl and Darryl are always complaining about how hot and sticky it is in Raleigh and Charlotte, but up here at 5,506 feet, we have days in the 70s and nights in the 50s.

“Summer is when nature really nurtures humanity on this mountain,” Gavenus says.

I like the sound of that — nature and humans all in sync for the summer!

If you plan to bring your family up the mountain in June — And why wouldn’t you? — make sure you take advantage of awesome lodging specials offered by our friendly accommodations, like stay two nights and get a third night free. We have everything from a one bedroom suite for a small family to big ol’ cabins to hold the whole crew of grandparents, aunts and uncles.

So I expect to see you and the family on Beech Mountain this June! For complete Family Fun Month details, click here

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel

New Restaurant Features Tasty Helpings of Comfort Food

Here in Eastern America’s highest town, our guests like a cozy spot to relax and refuel after a day of outdoor adventure.

We have some of the tastiest restaurants, friendliest pubs and comfiest accommodations anywhere in the High Country, and this bloggin’ squirrel is here to tell ya that Beech Mountain’s newest addition, Beech Mountain Grille, fits right into that cozy, comforting niche.

Beech Mountain Grille is located in the heart of town, just an acorn’s throw across the street from Fred’s General Mercantile in the former location of Vasarely’s. Owners Lance and Misty Hurd purchased the property this past fall and made quick work freshening the space and planning their menu in time for a November opening.

Everybody says Misty’s homemade meatloaf, flecked with red and yellow bell pepper, beats the socks off most meatloaves they’ve tried before. She drew inspiration from her grandmother Josephine for the yummy chicken and dumplings, while the homemade chili is Lance’s handiwork.

On the sides menu, don’t miss the creamy mac-and-cheese and green beans prepared with caramelized onions and bacon. Save room for a mudslide sundae, piece of Oreo pie or pecan pie. I just go nuts for her pecan pie!

The furnishings have been updated, while the restaurant’s signature wood paneling and rock fireplace remain. The circular, living-room-style bar off the side of the dining room naturally collects groups of friends, couples on date nights and locals hanging out after work.

One of the most impressive sights — other than that big bowl of chicken and dumplings and piece of pie a la mode — is the view from Beech Mountain Grille’s front windows. The restaurant looks directly onto the ski slopes at Beech Mountain Resort. Diners watch skiers and snowboarders glide down the mountain, as they reminisce about their day and make plans for tomorrow.

So, I’m here to tell you, give Beech Mountain Grille a try next time you’re in town. And, make sure to tell them Boomer sent ya!

 

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel

Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Expands Under New Brewmaster

Beech Mountain is one of the few places in the country where the ski resort brews its own beer. Since opening in the ski village in 2013, Beech Mountain Brewing Co. has become quite popular.

The brewery is so popular, in fact, that it couldn’t keep up with the demand for its frosty pints of Beech Blonde, 5506’ Pale Ale and other tasty brews. So, this past summer, the brewery closed for renovations, which included an equipment expansion to make even better-quality beer and more of it. I’ll toast to that!

The brewery re-opened for this ski season under the guidance of new brewmaster Sean McCoy. I scampered into the brewery recently to chat with Sean about about the happenings.

Brewmaster Sean McCoy

Boomer: Tell me a little bit about how you got into brewing beer.

Sean: I got into craft beer after I graduated college from Lees-McRae (our neighbor in Banner Elk!). As I developed a palate and started to like different beer, I got into seeing how it was made. I started with a small one-gallon brewing kit at home and grew into a bigger home setup. Billy, the former brewmaster here and my friend from college, helped me get into the professional side.

 

Boomer: The brewery was closed this summer and into the fall for improvements. What have you guys been doing?

Sean: We were working on a pretty small, manual system. We were brewing three barrels of beer at a time, four times a week. And we weren’t able to keep up. We installed a new brewing system, which cuts down on the stress and manual work. We expanded to a seven-barrel semi-automated system. It more than doubles our capacity. The temperature controls also help with consistency and quality. By removing the old brewing equipment, we opened up more space in the taproom. And we added windows from the taproom into the new brewing facility downstairs.

 

Boomer: There are so many different kinds of beer these days. How do you describe the style of beer at Beech Mountain?

Sean: Originally our flagship styles were all ales. With the new equipment, we’re able to do some lagers. Our beers run the whole spectrum, from pale ales to IPAs to a porter. We like to keep our recipes pretty simple and not go overboard with heavily fruited beers or sours. The majority of our customers are looking for a pretty standard beer that’s easy to drink.

 

Boomer: What’s your most popular beer?

Sean: Our most popular is the Beech Blonde. It’s the lightest option. It’s lower in alcohol content, too, so folks can feel comfortable having one or two while they’re here. It’s a good gateway beer for someone who wants the additional flavor and body that comes with a craft beer but isn’t up for a full-blown leap into an IPA.

 

Boomer: What’s your favorite part of being the brewmaster here at Beech Mountain?

Sean: It sure as heck beats a desk job, which I did for five years. I enjoy being able to take a hobby and make it into a career. Brewing keeps you on your toes. When you think you have everything right, there’s always a curve ball. I also enjoy hearing feedback from customers and compliments about our product. We’re very small on the mega-scale of breweries, but people come from Charlotte and Asheville, where there are big-name breweries, and say that they really enjoy our product.

 

Nothing tastes better after a day on the slopes than a refreshing pint. I’ll catch ya at Beech Mountain Brewing.

Cheers!
Boomer the Squirrel

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

Fall Hike & Wine Packages: A Great Getaway for Two

On Sept. 24, I spotted them! The first few leaves at the tippy tops of the trees are turning yellow, red and orange. Up here in Eastern America’s highest town, we hit peak fall color a little earlier than the folks at lower elevations, and those telltale leaves mean it’s on its way.

Our awesome lodging partners and local businesses have prepared some Hike & Wine Packages that are perfect for couples coming to Beech Mountain this fall. This time of year is always busy — school’s back in session, the games and festivals and fundraisers are endless. But it’s important to make a little time for yourself before the hectic holiday season hits.

So, take some advice from your buddy Boomer:

Pack your bags and head up the mountain anytime — weekdays or weekends — from now through Nov. 12. Book a two-night stay at a cozy cabin, inn or lodge.

During the day, get out and hike some of our trails. When you check in, you’ll receive maps for both the Town of Beech Mountain hiking trails and the Emerald Outback trail system. That’s nearly 30 miles of fall beauty! Challenge your companion to tennis or a game of one-on-one basketball at our Buckeye Recreation Center. The package includes two guest passes.

Later in the afternoon, head over to Banner Elk Winery for a tasting. The winery was the first in the High Country, and it now has more than a decade of experience crafting wines from locally grown grapes. Sip their award-winning cabernet sauvignon or Banner Elk White while gazing upon the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Doesn’t that sound like an idyllic itinerary? And the best part — you get it all for only $169 with the Hike & Wine Package.

The package is so good, it gets two human thumbs up from our friends at GetawaysForGrownups.com. They specialize in 21-plus travel and wrote this wonderful article about visiting our mountain.

Make your plans now to spend the prettiest days of the fall season on Beech Mountain. Tell them Boomer sent ya!

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel