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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 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

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

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

Sue Says: Make a Family Field Trip to Beech Mountain

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Hey Gang,

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

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!

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel