Town of Beech Mountain’s 40th Birthday

Town of Beech Mountain’s 40th Birthday

When you visit the Town of Beech Mountain during 2021, you’ll notice wooden number 40’s all around town. That’s because we became the highest town in eastern America in 1981, and we’ve got a lot to celebrate over the past 40 years! Go to www.beechmtn.com/40th or click on the birthday cake on our homepage to see all the ways we’re commemorating our beautiful little town! Our official birthday party is on May 1st from 12-6 pm at the Buckeye Recreation Center. Join us for a craft fair, food, family games, a tree planting, and a celebration of our veterans. Call 828-387-3003 to…

Spring on Beech Mountain

If you are looking for true peace and quiet, you’ll find it during spring on Beech Mountain. Sandwiched between winter’s snows and skiing crowds, and summer’s cool breezes and vacationing families, you’ll experience the natural world as it awakens from a winter’s sleep. The town of Beech Mountain is famed for the abundant wildlife that lives in communion with man here. Spring is the time to see mother deer with their young, trout filling the streams, birds migrating along the NC Birding Trail, and maybe even a shy bear or two. Be aware that many of our restaurants and attractions in the region are closed or on limited hours while they prepare for the summer rush. But you’ll always be able to find breakfast and lunch at Fred’s General Mercantile, dinner on Tuesday, Friday or Saturday at the Beech Alpen Inn, lunch or dinner most days at Mi Jalisco or a cup of coffee at Poppy’s Coffee Shop from late March through April. For a complete list of all our  restaurants and their off-season hours, stop by the Beech Mountain Visitor Center or call us at…

Winter Fun On Beech Mountain

At the Beech Mountain Resort (the ski resort, located within the town): This winter the Beech Mountain Resort offers 17 slopes and 9 lifts, where skiers and snowboarders of all abilities can find just the right run, and tubing and ice skating are available for those looking for a different way to enjoy the cool weather and abundant snowfall. Those new to the slopes need not worry; lessons are available daily for both skiers and snowboarders. For those who’d rather not be out in the cold, there are other options at the resort. The Beech Mountain Brewery creates six amazing brews in its own brew house, and both the Beech Mountain Taproom and the Lodge have something to please every palate. Music lovers will enjoy the great lineup at the resort, with live performances every Friday through mid- March. In the Town of Beech Mountain: Back in town, look for more great music at the local restaurants and bars. The town is home to eight restaurants, four ski shops and Fred’s General Mercantile, for all your shopping needs from socks to bacon and eggs. For those who are interested in trout fishing, the Town’s Mountain Heritage Trout Waters offer great angling, and hikers will enjoy more than 25 miles of public trails year-round. Some of these trails are suitable for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well; contact the town’s Parks and Recreation department at 828-387-3003 for more information.  For kids 12 and under, the Town of Beech Mountain provides a free sledding hill next door to the Visitor Center; it’s open 1-5 pm on weekdays and 9-5 pm on weekends and holidays. If you don’t have a sled, several local businesses have sleds for rent or sale. More Fun: Special events this winter include BeerFest on January 11th and Retro 80’s Weekend February 20-23; Retro 80’s has been named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s top winter events. Once you get up on the mountain, you’ll want to stay; check out what’s available from hotels and condos to private homes at https://www.beechmtn.com/lodging. Go to the “Deals” page to learn more about  ski and stay packages or the $450 Entourage special.  For more information, go to BeechMtn.com or call  (800) 468-5506….

Beech Mountain Town Sledding Hill

Beech Mountain Town Sledding Hill

The Town of Beech Mountain offers the only municipal sledding hill in the southeast. Designed for kids ages 12 and under, the hill is steep enough for the older kids to have fun, with a gentler sloping area for younger children. Parents or other responsible adults are allowed on sleds with preschoolers. Abundant natural snow is enhanced by a snow gun when needed, so there’s plenty of good sledding throughout the winter season. There’s no charge to use the hill, and it is a wonderful way to introduce kids to winter sports. Many families make a day of it on the mountain, sledding at the hill, then warming up and learning about other things do at the Visitor Center right next door, and eating a great meal at one of the town’s eight restaurants (three of which are walking distance from the hill). The Beech Mountain Resort, which offers skiing, snowboarding, tubing and ice skating, is a mile and a half further along the Beech Mountain Parkway. Even if families don’t plan to ski, it’s worth a trip to the resort, to see the other great winter sports options for the whole family. There are several good dining choices there as well, along with the Beech Mountain Brewery, and some opportunities for shopping. Sleds aren’t provided on the Town Sledding Hill. You can bring your own plastic sleds or rent one from the Beech Meadows Ski Shop for $5. Fred’s General Mercantile also has sleds for sale. Hours of operation for the Sledding Hill are 1-5 pm Monday through Friday and 9-5 pm Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Call the Visitor Center next door to find out about snow conditions at…

9th Annual Retro 80’s Weekend

9th Annual Retro 80’s Weekend

The third weekend in February is Beech Mountain’s 9th Annual Retro 80’s celebration, which has been named one of the Top Twenty Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. From Thursday February 20th through Sunday, February 23, 2020, visitors can take a trip down memory lane to the decade of wild fashion, like big hair, neon colors, leg warmers, shoulder pads, and unforgettable movies like Ghostbusters and Back to the Future. Be on the lookout for the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and the Hot Tub Time Machine Bear, as well as lots of locals dressed in 80’s regalia around town, and at the Beech Mountain Resort. This year, the musical lineup is better than ever, with Blue Monday kicking the event weekend off on Thursday with the 80’s Prom at Frazier’s Tavern. The cover is $5, and you can compete for 80’s Prom King or Queen. On Friday, re-live the 80’s with Talking Heads cover band, Same As It Ever Was at the Beech Mountain Taproom. Saturday night’s show will include 80’s music by Cassette Rewind, and a Retro 80’s apparel contest. Later, a late-night DJ will be spinning an 80’s dance party in the Taproom. Saturday night’s events will be emceed by Maney, Roy and LauREN, from KISS 95.1. This year, families will find more activities geared towards them. A DeLorean and the Ghostbusters car will be on display at the Brick Oven, which will host 80’s Family Fun Night on Friday from 5-7 pm. The Sledding Hill will be open for kids 12 and under for night sledding from 6:00-8:00 pm. On Saturday, the whole family can eat all the pancakes they want at the pancake breakfast at the Buckeye Recreation Center, and then do a “Let’s Get Physical” workout afterwards. Families will also want to be at the Kid’s Karaoke and Apparel Contest at the Brick Oven on Saturday from 5-7 pm. Other fun 80’s stuff includes Friday’s Ski Apparel Parade (meet at the top of the slopes at 3:45 pm) and a Name that Tune contest at the Taproom at 1:00 pm on Saturday, finished up on Sunday with retro 80’s skiing all day. Stay for the weekend, with lodging specials of 19.80 for either Thursday night or Sunday night, when added onto a Friday and Saturday night stay. To find the schedule of events or advance tickets for Friday and Saturday night shows, go to  https://www.beechmountainresort.com/event/retro-80s-weekend-2/, or call us at 828-387-9283 for more…

COVID-19 Updates, Beech Mountain North Carolina

As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our nation, we want to share an update on the steps being taken by Beech Mountain. Beech Mountain is committed to the well-being and safety of our community members and visitors. Like you, we’re concerned about the presence of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in the United States and Abroad and the potential effects on our community, visitors and people world-wide and are taking the necessary steps, such as working with the Federal, state and local governments and health authorities to help combat the spread of this pandemic. That being said, in times like this, the resilient nature of our North Carolina Mountain town is not to be underestimated. Now, more than ever, we appreciate our community members who have made Beech Mountain their home over the years, and visitors both new and old who continue to come back time and time again. During this unprecedented event, it is our mission to keep our residents and visitors informed and focus on the health and safety of all those who live or travel to Beech Mountain. While we understand that this will impact your travel plans, we want to keep you updated with the steps we are taking to keep your health and safety top of mind. We’re continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely as it continues to evolve and request that you continue to stay up to date with COVID-19 related updates via the homepage of our website. While you cannot be with us in person during this time, we invite you to do the following: Join in on our efforts to spread a little bit of weekly Beech Mountain happiness using the hashtag #MyFavBeechMtnMemory, tag us in your favorite photos from past trips to Beech Mountain for a chance to be reposted. Follow us via Instagram and Facebook as we share updates and posts in an effort to spread cheer via the hashtag #BeechMountainBeauty. Instagram @BeechMountainNC Facebook @BeechMountain If you are on the mountain, please know that all North Carolina restaurants are prohibited from offering on-site dining. However, five local restaurants are remaining open for carry-out service only. Their hours vary, so you’ll want to call ahead.  The available dining options are: Beech Alpen Restaurant: 828-387-2252 Bullwinkel’s: 828-387-2354 Fred’s Backside Deli: 828-387-9331 Mi Jalisco: 828-387-4344 Poppy’s Coffee Shop: 828-278-2016 For your shopping needs, Fred’s General Mercantile is open 7 am-10 pm seven days a week. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, please refer to the N.C. DHHS website, here. To protect yourself and others, please take the following precautions as recommended by the CDC: Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds; Avoid sharing food and drinks; Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your elbow; and Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. We are grateful for the unwavering support of our community and visitors during this time and continue to send our love and thoughts to those who have been affected by this. We send our deep appreciation to those in our community, the healthcare industry and first responders who are working tirelessly around the clock to help stop the spread and impact of this virus. We thank you for considering Beech Mountain and our mountain hideaway. In the words of Dorothy, “click your heels,” we’ll be welcoming you back…

Welcome Back to Beech Mountain – COVID-19 Updates

On May 1, 2020, North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper issued an executive order moving the state of North Carolina into Phase 2 of the state’s 3-phased reopening plan, easing restrictions on business openings.As we begin to welcome guests back to our beloved mountain hideaway, we ask that residents and visitors please continue to follow The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Resources three W’s while here: Wait 6 feet apart and avoid close contact with others if possible Wear a facemask if interacting with others Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer Many of our valued Beech Mountain restaurants, accommodations, attractions, and shops have reopened and are working with CDC and state guidelines to continue to ensure the safety of their employees and visitors. We ask that our guests respect and adhere to the safety requirements implemented at individual businesses. Please bear with us if you have to wait an extra hour or two before you can check in or enter a restaurant or shop because the delay may be needed to help everyone stay safe. Restaurants are providing takeout and allowing dine-in guests at 50% of capacity with social distancing rules in place. Our restaurants are using rigorous cleaning and distancing protocols developed by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association. Our lodging companies are also following strict cleaning methodologies, keeping guests to 50% of capacity, and sanitizing accommodations between customers. While we have several hotels and condo complexes, many of our vacation homes are spread out over six square miles, so you can have as much space between yourself and others as you would like. Additionally, the town has diligently prepared for the return of visitors by implementing safety precautions to ensure the wellbeing of residents, visitors, and employees at our Visitors Center. When you are ready, we will be ready to welcome you back to our friendly town for an unforgettable getaway filled with an abundance of outdoor recreation options to enjoy. Our great big ‘backyard’ offers visitors a wide variety of hiking, biking, fishing, and boating opportunities that keep you naturally socially distanced. As the highest town in Eastern America at 5,506 feet, Beech Mountain is a naturally remote breath of fresh air and the perfect destination to venture to disconnect and reconnect with loved ones and Mother Nature.  Even our summer activities, like outdoor movies, guided hikes, music at the Skybar, scenic lift rides and mountain biking have all been tweaked to keep visitors safe. Please visit DriveNC.gov for real-time information on rest areas, resources, and traffic updates. Many local businesses have re-opened. We will continue to update re-openings…

COVID-19 Restrictions Eased

COVID-19 Restrictions Eased

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has announced an easing of COVID-related restrictions to begin at 5 pm on Friday, September 4, 2020. Phase 2.5 is possible because several of the metrics required for lessening of restrictions have been met. Gov. Cooper notes that there is still a need for caution and attention to personal safety. Phase 2.5 means the following for North Carolina, and Beech Mountain: Mass gathering limits will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors from the current limit of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors. Playgrounds may open. Museums and aquariums may open at 50% capacity. Gyms and indoor exercise facilities, such as yoga studios, martial arts, and rock climbing, as well as skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor basketball, volleyball etc., may open at 30% capacity. Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment facilities, amusement parks, dance halls will remain closed.  Large venues remain subject to the mass gathering limits. Beech Mountain’s Buckeye Recreation Center will be opening to the public on Tuesday, September 8th. Outdoor playgrounds will re-open as…