Eastern America’s Highest Town—Winter Fun On Beech Mountain

Just a few hours’ drive from most metropolitan areas in North Carolina, Beech Mountain is a year-round vacation destination with the added benefit of a ski resort right in town. This premier destination for winter sports enthusiasts sits at an elevation of 5506 feet, making it the highest town in eastern America. Cooler than the rest of the state in summer, the town is typically also the recipient of the most snow in winter. 

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.

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.

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. 

By: Kate Gavenus

For more information on the performances, hotel rooms and the many outdoor activities available at the venue call 800-468-5506 or visit: www.BeechMtn.com