Tuesday, May 15, 2018

June Family Month Provides 30 Days of Memory Making on Beech Mountain

Press Release - Craig Distl

This June, Beech Mountain encourages families to get outside, expand their horizons and make memories together. Family Fun Month includes a 30-day lineup of outdoor adventures, concerts, picnics, movies under the stars and a fireworks finale.

Photo courtesy of Todd Bush


Beech Mountain’s location in the North Carolina High Country provides abundant natural resources to hike, bike, paddle and fish. And its elevation at 5,506 feet makes for pleasant temperatures with low humidity.

Many of the Family Fun Month activities at Buckeye Recreation Center offer guided instruction. Take a mountain biking lesson or go on a guided ride, hit the hiking trail with a naturalist, try your hand at trout fishing, or learn how to play pickleball.

“These activities provide families an opportunity to connect and bond with each other, which is important for everyone to do but particularly for families,” says Kate Gavenus, tourism director for the town of Beech Mountain. “Some vacations can be so busy, but spending time in the mountains hiking, fishing and canoeing allows you time to relax.”

New this year, the Brick Oven Pizzeria in the heart of Beech Mountain will offer a full afternoon and evening of free activities each Friday of the month in the field next door to the restaurant. Friday field days begin at 2 p.m.with bounce houses and children’s games. A family-friendly concert follows at 5:30 p.m. Movies under the stars will take place in the same location at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

On Saturday, June 16, the annual “A Cool 5 Race” begins at Town Hall. The challenging five-mile course tops out at 5,400 feet in elevation. A less strenuous option is the 1.5-mile fun run/walk or the 1.5-mile walk and wag for families with four-legged members.Family Fun Month leads right into Beech Mountain’s Mile High Fourth of July Celebration, which runs June 29-July 4. On Saturday, June 30, the famous 47th Annual Roasting of the Hog serves up some of the tastiest barbecue in the High Country at Beech Mountain Resort. Fireworks then light up the night sky above the mountain.

Several properties offer Family Month lodging specials, including three nights for the price of two. Some activities require Family Fun Month participation cards, which are available along with complimentary fidget spinners for kids 12 and under at the Beech Visitor Center.

For a full lineup of events and list of lodging specials, go to: www.BeechMtn.com or call 800-468-5506.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Rock the Casbah at Beech Mountain’s Retro Ski Weekend

News Update by Craig Distl


Ski back in time and rock the 1980s like never before during the Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend at Beech Mountain.


This year’s event takes place Feb. 22-25 with four days of throwback activities, including the best music lineup in the weekend’s seven years of bending the space-time continuum.

Saturday night’s headliner at Beech Mountain Resort is Charlotte’s Cassette Rewind, the hottest ’80s tribute band in the Carolinas. Born in the ’80s and raised on radio, Cassette Rewind cues up the ultimate high-energy new wave rock experience.

“We’re going to keep people completely engaged, fists in the air, singing as loud as they can and dancing the entire time,” says lead singer Brandon Kirkley. “We’ve added six or seven new songs just for the retro ski weekend.”

It’s such a rad weekend that Kirkley and his bandmates will arrive Thursday evening to take in many of the activities, which range from a dayglo ski parade to a Rubik’s Cube Contest to the widely-popular $500 Totally Retro Apparel Contest.

New events this year include an Over the Top Arm Wrestling Competition on Friday and a 1980s Name That Song Contest on Saturday.

“It’s a total immersion experience we don’t get at any of our other gigs,” Kirkley says. “We play a lot of ’80s shows, but having a full weekend dedicated to 1980s is incredible. We love the retro cars in the ski village, hearing the bands and seeing all the neon on the slopes.”

The righteousness starts Thursday night at Fast Eddie’s with classic rockers DeCarlo, featuring Tommy DeCarlo, lead singer of the legendary rock band Boston. On Friday night, the Mile High Tavern serves up the retro punk sounds of The Spazmatics from Charleston, S.C.

Other festivities include totally tubular snow tubing, retro karaoke, Ms. Pac Man contest and special guest appearances. Emcees for the weekend are Ace & TJ of the syndicated Ace & TJ radio show.

Everyone is encouraged to dress in 1980s ski clothes on the slopes and retro fashions off, so dig out those leg warmers, acid wash jeans, Members Only jackets and bandanas. Only Beech Mountain takes you back to a time when ski clothes featured shoulder pads, rock stars wore spandex, and video killed the radio star.

For details on the retro weekend, go to: www.BeechMtn.com, or call (800) 468-5506.