Beech Mountain is the perfect weekend escape and is just a short drive from most major southern cities including, Atlanta, Charlotte, Asheville and more.
Beech Mountain is unique in that it offers tourists a WIDE variety of things to do and places to visit. I know most of us that know this area is the premier ski and snowboard destination in North Carolina. What you may not realize is that there is so much more to do than just playing in this snowy wonderland. Now if you have not been there during the winter, you need to make a point of going. Beech Mountain Resort, at 5,506 feet in elevation, is the highest ski area east of the Rocky Mountains. It has a nice variety of open trails that accommodate all levels of skiers, a high-speed detachable quad chairlift, and a modern terrain park with its own surface lift, lighting system and regularly updated features that cater to snowboarders and freestyle skiers. Plus, the breathtaking views are something you do not want to miss!
But just like so many southern cities, Beech Mountain has become more than just an annual winter destination. It’s a great place to visit during any season.
Beech Mountain is home to a number of attractions and activities year-round. Located in North Carolina, it tops the charts as the coolest town in the southeast and is the highest resort area in eastern North America.
June Family Fun Month
This June, Beech Mountain visitors can enjoy 30 days of organized family activities and great lodging specials during their June Family Fun Month. You can find out all the details here.
Summer Concert Series at Beech Mountain Resort
Summer wouldn’t be the same without outdoor concerts in the mountains paired with good company and priceless views. The ever-popular GRAMMY® award-winning group, The Steep Canyon Rangers are kicking off the summer season on Saturday, June 15th. Grab some pals and a cold drink to dance the night away with a free after-party hosted by Beech Mountain Brewing Company. Presented by the Beech Mountain Resort and Midwood Entertainment, tickets for each concert in the series are $35 in advance and $45 the day of the show. Doors open at 6 p.m. and each show begins at 7 p.m.
Calling all thrill-seekers and outdoor-enthusiasts! Beech Mountain’s best-kept secret, the Emerald Outback offers nearly seven miles of alluring and challenging trails for hiking, biking and running. Lift access is available Friday through Sunday for bikers to bring their mountain bikes up to the summit by way of the Beech Mountain Resort’s chair lifts for a thrilling race down the mountain or for hikers seeking the famed 50-mile vista of scenic overlook.
Beech Mountain Brewing Company
Beer pairs well with just about anything, especially an adventure-filled mountain getaway. Located in Beech Mountain Resort and open to the public, Beech Mountain Brewing Company is the one of the only breweries owned and operated by a ski resort and a high-altitude pitstop for a relaxing night out after a day conquering the trails. While visiting, be sure to schedule time for a brewery tour to learn about the three ales created on-site and receive a free pint and souvenir glass to take home.
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Land of Oz
Dorothy may have needed her ruby slippers to travel from Oz to Kansas in the movie, but in real life, you don’t need your own pair of sparkling slippers to experience the Land of Oz.
Hidden in the clouds on Beech Mountain, an infamous and once-abandoned, now-revitalized attraction has come back into the spotlight — The Land of Oz is open for business. Originally opened in 1970, The Land of Oz NC was open for a decade before closing due to low attendance. In the early 2000s, the park became an elusive destination for urban explorers everywhere.
In recent years, the amusement park has been completely rejuvenated and reopens for select weekends throughout the year to allow visitors to Beech Mountain a one-of-a-kind opportunity to skip the yellow brick road with Dorothy as you follow the journey to Oz.
If you’re off to see the Wizard, you will want to get your tickets, my pretties! Limited tickets on sale now for Journey with Dorothy tours – select dates this June and July – and many are sold out! Check out www.landofoznc.com for tickets and more information.
If you missed out on the summer tickets, you can still get tickets to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of this classic MGM film at the 26th Annual Autumn at Oz Festival – one of the world’s largest Wizard of Oz events! Skip down the yellow brick road atop Beech Mountain – one mile high in the sky – where you are literally over the rainbow.
If you’ve ever gone searching for your heart’s desire, look no further. You will experience the magic of Oz during this two-week event where the Scarecrow, TinMan, and Lion are ready to greet you on your travels, along with all of your other favorite characters from the classic story! This is the only event of its kind where you are immersed into the actual Land of Oz and may run into a Munchkin, Flying Monkey, or a Horse of a Different Color.
These tickets officially go on sale June 20th so be sure to mark your calendars. Only open two-weekends- September 6th-8th, and 13th-15th- these tickets will sell out!
In the meantime, head on over to the Travel Channel to get a sneak peek at Land of Oz! If you are a Wizard of Oz fan like me, you’ll want to experience this unique travel destination.
Where to Dine in Beech Mountain
Perched at the top of Beech Mountain, 5506’ Skybar is the go-to spot to stop for much-needed R&R during a day full of mountain biking or hiking. In addition to its retracting roof, the glass-domed eatery is complete with a well-rounded bar and snack menu, live music on Saturday nights and morning yoga classes on weekends.
Holy Smokes BBQ
A good plate of barbecue definitely hits the spot after a weekend spent in the mountains. Holy Smokes BBQ is the local eatery to answer the call. The offerings menu is chock-full of classics like pulled-pork sandwiches, but those looking for signature dishes will love Holy Smokes BBQ’s famed Apple Butter BBQ sauce or BBQ Wolfdog.
Beech Mountain Grille
Smell something delicious? It’s most likely Beech Mountain Grille cooking up delectable homestyle cuisine. The casual dining experience brings Beech Mountain visitors right back home with a feel-good menu of home-cooked classics straight out of your grandmother’s recipe book. From Misty’s homemade meatloaf to a three-cheese grilled cheese sandwich, every visitor is sure to find something mouth-watering to munch on.
Where to Stay in Beech Mountain
Guests can always count on finding the perfect cozy accommodations on Beech Mountain.
4 Seasons on Beech Mountain
For those looking to stay close to the action, the 4 Seasons on Beech Mountain is a conveniently located one mile from the biking trails at Beech Mountain Resort, local bars and the famous Fred’s General Mercantile Store.
Beech Alpen Inn
For a more low-key stay, Beech Alpen Inn offers guests a perfect balance of old-world charm and Southern hospitality.
Top of the Beech Inn
Top of the Beech Inn is a perfect basecamp for visitors who want to experience it all. Guests staying in the relaxed Inn can take advantage of a shuttle that transports guests directly to all of the action at Beech Mountain Resort, in addition to discount packages for tickets and rentals all the while soaking up breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
There are adventures waiting to be uncovered in Beech Mountain this summer. Whether you are looking to escape with just your significant other or a car full of kids, Beech Mountain will not disappoint!