Beatin’ the Heat at My Favorite Beech
It’s Boomer, the happiest squirrel blogger on the web. 🙂
One of the reasons I’m so happy is getting to enjoy pleasant summer weather up here in Beech Mountain, the highest town in all of Eastern America!
You might be surprised that during July the warmest it got in Beech Mountain was 76.1° on July 20 (the next day’s high was 67.3°). So far in August, it has not been hotter than 76.6°.
My cousin Darryl in Raleigh, and my other cousin Darryl in Charlotte, have been chirping about the heat all summer. In fact, Darryl says it reached 99° twice this week in Charlotte. Holy jeepers!
Darryl and Darryl don’t believe me when I tell them about Beech Mountain temperatures – they say I’m nuts! I prove them wrong with a little help from my human buddy, Ray, of RaysWeather.com. Click this link to see all high temps this summer in Beech: http://www.averyweather.com/Archive/Beech+Mountain
The good folks in the Beech Mountain tourism office have $169 weekend packages that include hiking, mountain biking, wine tastings and craft beer samplings. See for yourself by clicking here.
Families always have a blast on Beech. I see kids running, jumping and playing all over this mountain. There are playground galore, including a neat ropes playground at the Buckeye Recreation Center.
Other family fun includes hiking, mountain biking lessons, scenic chairlift rides, disc golf, mini golf, canoeing on Buckeye Lake, fishing in Lake Coffey and the 13th annual Mile High Kite Festival during Labor Day weekend.
I hear a lot of kiddos talking about going to nearby places like Tweetsie Railroad, Grandfather Mountain, Linville Caverns (52° year round), Hawksnest Zip Lines and whitewater rafting.
And those people who like to ride around in motorized trolleys and swat at golf balls with titanium clubs have their own special stay-and-play package. It’s called the Summer of 79° golf package and guarantees the temperature will not exceed 79 the day you play. If it does, they give a certificate for a free round!
With cool temps and so much fun stuff to do, I say you’re nuts if you don’t come to Beech Mountain soon!
Winter Time Hiking
So, You’re tired of skiing, your knees hurt from snowboarding, and your muscles are tight. Time to stay in the hotel room? Not if you like beautiful scenery and stretching your muscles. Hiking in the Winter can be the time of year to see wildlife and with the lack of foliage – long range views. Beech Mountain offers over 30 miles of hiking trails, all maintained by the Town of Beech Mountain. Think the snow is too deep to get out on the trails? Stop by the Recreation Center first and trade in your hiking shoes for snowshoes, with their brand new snowshoe rental program. Either way, get out there and enjoy Winter! For trail maps, stop by the Visitor Center or Fred’s General Mercantile.