Monday, June 20, 2016

Mile High Fourth: A Sizzling Cool 4th of July Weekend

Press Release
by Craig Distl

The mountain resort towns of Banner Elk and Beech Mountain have teamed up for a sizzling cool way to celebrate Independence Day weekend. The inaugural Mile High Fourth of July takes place July 1-4 and includes fireworks, barbecue, nine bands, a parade and much more.

Spread over four days in the two neighboring towns, this extravaganza offers a new option for the July holiday weekend. Highlights include a mile-high fireworks show Saturday night atop Beech Mountain and an all-American parade Monday on Main Street in Banner Elk.

“Banner Elk always holds its parade and ‘party in the park’ on the Fourth, while Beech Mountain always holds its fireworks and ‘roasting of the hog’ on the Saturday closest to the Fourth, so it seemed like a natural fit to partner on a larger celebration,” says Mike Dunn, chairperson of the Banner Elk Tourism Development Authority.

Both the fireworks show and the parade include other activities, such as family games, barbecue feasts and live music.

Speaking of live music, the weekend headliner will be Charlotte band Brandon Kirkley and the Firecrackers playing a 3 p.m. Sunday concert in the town meadow in Beech Mountain, which is Eastern America’s highest town at 5,506 feet in elevation. The aptly-named band will perform classic and modern rock and pop hits, many of which have a patriotic theme.

There is no admission charge for most of the nine bands playing at various venues across the four days, including the Sunday concert in the Beech town meadow.
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Arts aficionados can take advantage of the four-day Art on the Greene fine arts and crafts show in downtown Banner Elk, as well as three stage performances of “Mary Poppins” by the Lees-McRae College summer theatre in Banner Elk.

Another activity is the two-day NatuRally Beech Weekend (Saturday and Sunday) hosted by the Buckeye Recreation Center. It includes educational programs, hikes, and workshops on the local environment.

A craft beer colla-brew-ration is on tap. Beech Mountain Brewing Co. and Flat Top Brewing Co. have teamed on a summer wheat IPA dubbed “Red, Wheat & Brew” which will be available at both breweries throughout the weekend.

For more details, go to or call 800-468-5506.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Complimentary Golf Awarded as Thermometer Hits 80°

News Release
by Craig Distl

Nearly two dozen golfers received a surprise visit during their round on Tuesday, June 14, at the Beech Mountain Club. Each was greeted by head golf professional John Carrin, informed that the temperature had reached 79.9 degrees, and presented a certificate for a free round of golf.
Beech Mountain’s Summer of 79° stay-and-play promotion guarantees that golfers will play in temperatures that do not exceed 79 degrees. On the rare occasions when it does exceed that mark, a complimentary round of golf is awarded.
“We tell all guests at Beech Mountain Club that we are the coolest place in the Southeast to play golf,” Carrin explained. “Anytime the temperature exceeds 79 degrees, we don’t call that ‘cool’ anymore so we give them a certificate to come back and play at no charge.”
Many of the 23 golfers who received certificates that afternoon were shocked. It was a pleasant, blue-sky day with light breezes and low humidity. They didn’t seem to mind that the officially recorded high that day was 80 degrees.
“As I handed out the certificates, I said: ‘This is on behalf of the Beech Mountain Club with our deepest apologies for the weather.’ They just laughed,” Carrin said. “There was a group from Florida and a father-son twosome from Dallas, Texas. They’re probably not going to see 80 degrees before October in either of those two places.”
The Summer of 79 program launched in 2012. In that first summer, the mercury exceeded 79 degrees three times, but it did not reach that threshold again until June 14 of this year.
Carrin, the long-time golf professional at Beech Mountain Club, hopes the recent 80-degree scorcher is the final one this summer: “Not because we don’t want to give away golf, but because we really love the cool temperatures we enjoy all summer up here. If history is an indication, it will be unlikely we get that hot again.”
The town of Beech Mountain is the highest incorporated town east of the Rockies at an altitude of 5,506 feet above sea level. The high temperature has exceeded 79 degrees only 12 times since a National Weather Service reporting station was installed in 1992.
For details about the Summer of 79 stay-and-play program, visit or call (800) 468-5506.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Together Time is the Focus During June Family Fun Month in Beech Mountain

Press Release by Craig Distl

As the highest town in eastern America, Beech Mountain offers a cool escape for families to get away from everyday life. And no time is better than June, when the town’s Family Fun Month provides 30 consecutive days of organized family activities.

Family Fun Month, now entering its third year, is designed to bring families back together through outdoor activities and adventures.

Parents, kids and grandparents can choose from a long list of things to do, including family hikes, ride-along ATV tours, scenic chairlift rides, disc golf, mountain biking, movies under the stars, and trips to nearby Grandfather Mountain. There are even Friday tours of the old Land of Oz theme park.

“Family Fun Month is perfect for families who all too often postpone ‘together time,’” says Kate Gavenus, tourism director for the town of Beech Mountain. “We only get 18 summers with our children, so take time with the family while you can.”

All major entities on Beech Mountain join forces to make Family Fun Month a complete experience. It is a collaboration of the Beech Mountain Tourism Development Authority, Beech Mountain Resort, Beech Mountain Club, Beech Mountain Chamber and local accommodations.

Fitness-oriented families should circle the weekend of June 10-12 on their calendars. That is the Cool 5 Race Weekend, which includes a challenging five-mile run, a shorter fun run, popsicle relay race and other active pursuits.

The weekend of June 17-19 features the second annual Mountain Invitational Junior Golf Tournament at Beech Mountain Club, along with the inaugural Mountain Invitational Junior Tennis Championship at the club.

And if you run out of fun things to do on the mountain, take advantage of discount tickets to nearby Grandfather Mountain, Tweetsie Railroad, Linville Caverns and the Biltmore Estate.

Three lodging specials make it even more enticing. Families who stay two consecutive nights in June receive a third night at no charge, or they can opt for a 25 percent discount on visits of five nights or more. A 10 percent discount is available for shorter, two-night stays.

For info on Family Fun Month and lodging discounts, call (800) 468-5506, or visit: 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Birding on Beech

New event for Beech Mountain:  Birding on Beech

Our guide will be Ranger Appling of Grandfather Mountain State Park

When: May 9, 2016

Time: 9:00 am

For more information:

Check out this link for brochure


Presented by Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department

Beech Mountain, NC, May 4, 2016- Are you ready for summer? Here at Camp 
Buckeye we are more than ready to accommodate your child's needs for outdoor activity and education. Camp Buckeye is an outdoor adventure camp that focuses on outdoor education, and utilizing all of the resources the high country has to offer in an exciting and fun way. Campers will participate in a variety of activities such as: sailing, fishing, climbing, camp fire cooking, biking, orienteering, and much more! Come see why Camp Buckeye on Beech Mountain is a great way to spend your summer.

"We're really excited to implement an assortment of new 
recreational activities and field trips for our campers!" - 
David Putnam, Recreation Coordinator

Camp Buckeye offers two separate summer camp programs. Our standard camp 
is for ages 5-12 ($30 per day or $125/week). The second is our new and exciting Junior Counselor Leadership Program for ages 13-16 ($50/week). J.C.L.P. is designed to give our campers more opportunities that involve responsibility and community outreach. These campers also collect volunteer hours for required clubs and extracurricular organizations! Both camps operate 9:00AM to 3:00PMMonday through Friday, starting June 20th and ending July 29th.

For more information and a weekly itinerary, please visit

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact David Putnam at 828-387-3003 or email at
1330 Pine Ridge Rd.
Beech Mountain, NC 28604