Category: Weather

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 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

Beatin’ the Heat at My Favorite Beech

Hey everybody!Print

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 Click this link to see all high temps this summer in Beech:

Cool_Summer_BeechNow that you know I’m not nuts, why not come for a cool visit? Think of all the fun things you and your family (or your sweetie) can do during a weekend getaway to 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.