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Mile High Fourth of July: Four Sizzling Cool Days of Fun
This 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.
Scenic 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
Boomer the Squirrel
June is Family Fun Month on Beech Mountain!
Yippee! 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.
Boomer the Squirrel
Sue Says: Make a Family Field Trip to Beech Mountain
Sometimes on a chilly day I like to stay in my nest and surf the web for other bloggers. Recently I came across a great post by Sue Rodman of FieldTripsWithSue.com.
Sue rocks. She’s based in Atlanta and covers fun activities for families across the Southeast. Sue recommends bringing the whole family to Beech Mountain for a swell vacation that will have your crew chirping about how much fun they had.
She points out that Beech is a great family field trip in multiple seasons: winter, summer and fall. Here’s an excerpt of what she wrote about winter:
“There are several ski resorts in North Carolina, but Beech Mountain Ski Resort is the only one with an Alpine Village that includes shops like Ski Beech Sports and Beech Village Gifts, as well as restaurants, including the Beech Mountain Brewing Company and the View Haus Cafeteria. The Alpine Village also includes a 7,000 foot ice skating rink, kids 4 and under skate free with a paying adult. And the latest addition for playing in the North Carolina snow is a tubing park, located adjacent to the Alpine Village at the base of the mountain. Here chutes are up to 700 feet long. There are daily sessions lasting an hour and 45 minutes. Riders must be at least 42” tall and this is an activity to do before or after skiing, as no ski boots are allowed.”
Sue also gives a shout-out to warmer activities:
“Although many think of the mountains in North Carolina as a wintertime getaway, more and more folks are heading to Beech Mountain NC in the warmer months, for hiking and mountain biking, as well as the gorgeous views.”
If you wanna read the entire post (and see some cool pictures!), all you have to do is click here.
See ya soon in the resort village or on the snowy slopes!
Boomer the Squirrel
Skiing 101: Lesson, Lodging, Lift Ticket & Rentals for Just $101!
Did you know January is National Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month?
Yep, that’s right. A whole entire month dedicated to learning a fun winter sport that so many people enjoy up here at the highest ski resort east of the Rockies.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn to ski (or snowboard), but have never known how to go about it, the folks at Beech Mountain Resort have made it easy breezy. A few years ago they came up with Skiing 101, an idea so good it won an award from the National Ski Areas Association!
Skiing 101 at Beech is a program that provides one night’s lodging, equipment rental, helmet rental, full-day lift ticket, and a beginner ski or snowboard lesson at Beech Mountain Resort. And best of all, it’s just $101 per person, double occupancy.
The month-long program is available Monday-Friday to anyone age eight or older. I’ve watched a ton of lessons from my nest high in the trees, and I can assure you the instructors are really, really good at making non-skiers feel comfortable.
“Skiing or snowboarding can be intimidating if you haven’t tried them before, so we offer a learning experience that’s easy, safe and fun,” says my pal Talia Freeman, marketing director for Beech Mountain Resort. “We take you though each step. Everything is covered from equipment rental to lift tickets to the proper way to carry skis. We make all the rounds and ensure you arrive at the lesson on time and prepared.”
Registering for Skiing 101 at Beech is simple. Just contact any of the participating lodging options listed on the Skiing 101 page at: www.beechmtn.com/skiing101 and ask for the Skiing 101 package. The accommodation will book you a cozy room and provide a voucher at check-in to be redeemed at the ski resort for a lesson, equipment rental, helmet rental, and lift ticket.
Lodging is available Sunday through Thursday nights. Ski and snowboard lessons are available Monday through Friday.
Skiing 101 is in its fourth year. It debuted in January 2013 and received an award from the National Ski Areas Association as the top campaign to promote learn-to-ski month.
So grab a friend or family member – remembers eight years of age and older – and take advantage of this opportunity to venture into a new sport during National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.
Further details are available at: www.beechmtn.com/skiing101, or by calling (800) 468-5506.
See ya soon in the resort village or on the slopes!
Boomer the Squirrel
TripAdvisor Affiliate Names Beech #1 for Affordability!
We’re #1. Really, we are!
According to FlipKey.com, a TripAdvisor company, Beech Mountain ranks tops on the list for Most Affordable Vacation Rental Destination in North Carolina.
Hey, I wouldn’t pull your leg.
But if you still don’t believe this blogging squirrel, see for yourself by reading FlipKey’s article: 50 States: Most Affordable Vacation Rental Destinations.
So, how did Beech Mountain get to be No. 1 in North Carolina? Winners were chosen based on TripAdvisor data collected over the past 18 months from locations with at least five listings that had the lowest average weekly rates for two-bedroom accommodations.
If you’ve ever visited Beech, you probably already know this. It’s easy breezy to take advantage of off-season rates during warmer months in this ski resort locale. There are great places to stay right in the heart of town, and plenty of things to do, too!
A perfect example of Beech’s affordability is the $169 Hike and Wine package. Couples pay just $169 for two nights of weekend lodging, two wine tastings at Banner Elk Winery, hiking trail maps and guest passes to the Buckeye Recreation Center.
Come up to Eastern America’s Highest Town to see the fall foliage this autumn, and save a lot of green in the process. And if you happen to see any extra acorns along the trails, please save them for me!
Boomer the Squirrel