PrintHey gang, I’m Boomer. A happy squirrel who enjoys living in the highest town in all of Eastern America! That town is Beech Mountain, North Carolina. It sits at an altitude of 5,506 feet in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

I have lots of friends – humans and animals – and I want to share the fun and adventure that can be had on this great mountain.

Just the other day, I was hanging out in the trees at Beech Mountain Resort. I saw the cutest baby fawn. She was light brown with lots of spots, and following her mother along the edge of parking lot No. 1.

You might think the resort closes in summer because there’s no skiing. That’s definitely not the case! The resort is open Friday-Sunday from early June through late September.

I love watching people enjoy all the things to do there. In between gathering acorns, I made this list of the Top 7 Summer Activities at Beech Mountain Resort …

No. 7: Mountain Bike Lessons – Just go to Ski Beech Sports in the village at the base of the slopes. The resort staff provides lessons for folks of all ages and abilities. You can also rent a bike and safety equipment at Magic Cycles in the village. And after your lesson, be sure to take the bike up the mountain on the chairlift and ride the downhill trails. Wheeeee!

No. 6: Scenic Chairlift Rides – For just $10 in human money, you can ride the chairlift to the top and back. Check out beautiful scenery along the way and a cool observation deck at the top. The resort says you have to be 36 inches tall to ride the lift, so I can’t ride it, but I bet you can. It’s a neat experience each Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the warmer months.

No. 5: Skybar 5,506’ – Two winters ago, the resort built a really cool skybar at the top of the slopes. It’s called 5,506’ in honor of the mountain’s signature elevation. People of all ages can ride the chairlift to the skybar and enjoy food and beverages. It’s particularly beautiful in evenings as the sun begins to set over the NC High Country.

Bottoms Up Yoga

Bottoms Up Yoga

No. 4: Bottoms Up Yoga – A lot of really cool women and men ride the chairlift to the top on select Saturday mornings and do yoga on the observation deck at the skybar. Lift rides start at 10 a.m. and the yoga classes begin at 10:30 a.m. It’s a neat way to elevate your downward dog. And, you have the option of enjoying a craft beer afterwards. The beer is made at the resort. Which brings me to …

No. 3: Beech Mountain Brewing Co. – One of the newest things available at Beech Mountain Resort is a craft brewery. Beech Mountain Brewing Co. is located in the village at the base of the slopes (they also sell the beer at other places throughout the resort, including the skybar). Billy is the brewmaster and he’s one of the coolest dudes in the High Country. He has worked several jobs on the mountain and everybody comments on how friendly he is, and how good his beers taste 🙂

No. 2: Disc Golf – Disc golf is much like regular golf. The object is to throw what I call a “frisbee” into 18 receptacles that serve as holes. BMR’s course plays downhill from the mountaintop. It costs $10 in human money to ride the chairlift to the first tee. Plus, the resort has discs for rent/sale if you don’t have one. Interesting fact: the man widely credited with inventing disc golf in the 1970s in California now lives in North Carolina. His name is George Sappenfield and he has a human house in Mount Airy.

Mountain-biking-downhill

Downhill biking!

No. 1: Downhill Mountain Biking – Wanna catch some air? They have, like, totally radical downhill trails at the resort. Bring your mountain bike (or rent one at Magic Cycles), ride the lift, tighten the straps on your helmet and peddle down 11 trails named after Led Zeppelin songs. Sometimes the really good bikers let me ride on their handlebars. I have a “Whole Lotta Love” for this adventure!

To get more info on these activities, use your fancy human fingers to navigate over to www.BeechMountainResort.com!