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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

Two Cougar Cubs Now Call Grandfather Mountain Home

Cougar Club at Grandfather MountainHave you heard about the newest High Country residents? As a High Country VIP, I received an invitation to meet the cougar cubs at Grandfather Mountain in nearby Linville. I scampered over there the other day, and let me tell you, those cats are as excited about their new home as a squirrel with an armload of acorns.

Their names are Trinity and Logan after their original homeland in Idaho. Logan is the town where the team from Grandfather flew in to pick them up. And Trinity is the name of a mountain peak out there.

The cubs aren’t on display yet. The folks at Grandfather are improving their habitat with a new cougar house. Up here in the High Country, we always show the finest hospitality to our guests and new residents. Construction on the new habitat is under way, though.

Trinity and Logan are also shy. They were right at home with me, but they’re uneasy around too many humans. Have you ever seen how many folks visit Grandfather on a summer day? People love that place! The cougars’ keepers will ease them into public display, so crowds don’t overwhelm them.

The cougars have been through a rough time. They lost their mom out in Idaho and needed help because they’re so young – only about 11 months old. Grandfather Mountain just happened to be looking for a couple of cougars to join its lone feline, Aspen. So they flew out there, put the cubs on a plane and brought them to North Carolina. I was a little jealous. I’ve always wanted to fly on a plane.

Christie Tipton, chief habitat curator at Grandfather, says Trinity and Logan are making good progress. When they arrived on the mountain in early March, Trinity, the girl, weighed 32 pounds and Logan, the boy, weighed 48 pounds. Trinity is now more than 55 pounds, and Logan weighs in at more than 75 pounds.

Keep a check on  www.Grandfather.com to see when Trinity and Logan venture out onto display. And when you meet them, tell them Boomer sent you.

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel

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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

June is Family Fun Month on Beech Mountain!

Family_Fun_Month 003Yippee! Summer is almost here. It’s one of the best times to be in Eastern America’s highest town.

Beech Mountain has officially declared June to be Family Fun Month. The calendar is packed with 30 days of activities, so you can spend time together as a family.

I’m inviting my cousin Darryl in Raleigh and my other cousin Darryl in Charlotte for Family Fun Month. They’re always complaining about how hot it is down there. Their thermometers jump into the 90s and even hit 100. Whew! Up here on the mountain, our summertime temperatures hang around the high 60s and mid-70s.

Those temperatures inspired our very own race series on Beech Mountain called A Cool 5. It takes place June 11. For the family athlete, there’s a five-mile run up to the mountain’s summit. There’s also a 1.5-mile run/walk and a walk-and-wag where you can bring your dog. Keep an eye out for me. I’ll be cheering folks on from my tree.

On June 4, the Kiddo Fishing Derby encourages the little ones to bait a hook. Children 12 and younger can fish for free. Prizes will be given out for the biggest fish, the most fish and the heaviest fish. Who doesn’t love prizes?

Oh, there’s so much to do. You can hop in one of those fancy new ATVs and get a ride-along tour of the mountain for a discounted price. One of my favorite activities is the chairlift ride to the top of the mountain for only $10. And on Fridays, the old Land of Oz theme park is open for tours.

You can play disc golf at Beech Mountain Resort, swim at  Beech Mountain Club and watch a movie under the stars at Brick Oven Pizzeria all for free! Downhill mountain biking and mountain bike lessons are available, too, as well as pickleball. If you never played pickleball, it’s a hoot.

Many of our accommodations offer lodging specials all month, like stay two nights and get a third night free.

Bring the kids, the grandparents, the dog. Even the crazy cousins! See you soon.

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel

Help Us Celebrate Beech Mountain’s 35th Birthday on May 1

PrintDo you know how many squirrels it takes to light a birthday cake with 35 candles? Come to the Buckeye Recreation Center on Sunday, May 1, and you might find out.

My squirrel buddies and I will be on hand to help celebrate Beech Mountain’s 35th birthday. Yeppers, our favorite town was born the first day of May back in 1981, and by officially incorporating that day, Beech Mountain became the highest town east of the Rockies.

We would love you to join all the fabulous human residents of Beech Mountain for this special occasion lunch party, which takes place from 1-3 p.m.

Bring your favorite covered dish to share, along with a beverage of choice. I’m not much of a culinary artist, but I’ll throw together trail mix with fruit and nuts. Make sure you RSVP to 828-387-3003 and let folks know what dish you’re bringing. We don’t want to end up with 10 green pea casseroles!

The party also celebrates Arbor Day, a favorite holiday for the squirrel population. Did you know Beech Mountain is an official Tree City USA community? That means people here really care about their trees. At the party, the town will receive its official Tree City USA award.

The town of Beech Mountain is so generous that instead of receiving birthday presents, it’s giving them. That’s right! Each person who comes to the party receives a tree seedling to plant. What a cool party favor.

I hope to see you at the party and out-and-about this spring!

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel