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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

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

 

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

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


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