Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Bear Ran Over the Mountain . . . in A Cool 5!

Folks on the mountain will be taking a brief hiatus from relaxing during the lazy days of summer, as Beech Mountain Parks & Recreation and the Town of Beech Mountain host the 2nd annual A Cool 5 Race and 1.5-mile Fun Run on Saturday, June 6, at 9:00 a.m. With average summer temperatures that hover in the low to mid-70's, together with its beautiful and challenging terrain, Beech Mountain is an ideal place for any outdoor athletic event like a race, sparing participants and onlookers the unwelcome burden of Southern summers' high temperatures and humidity. Indeed, the mountain has long been a popular NC high-altitude training destination for competitors in many sports, most notably Lance Armstrong of cycling fame. And its natural advantages will again be appreciated once again in 2009 by those who come this June to participate in the 5-mile run, and also the 1.5-mile fun run (which is open to runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels).

This year, proceeds from the race will be put to work towards the construction of a new community playground outside the town's state-of-the-art Recreation Center at Buckeye Lake. Local vendors will also contribute to the cause by making special incentives and packages available to Race participants and their families. To find out more about this event and registration details, contact Eric Jelinski or Daniel Scagnelli at the Beech Mountain Visitor's center by calling 828.387.3003. Or visit the event's official site at

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Banner Elk Wine Festival - April 16th through 19th, 2009

This year's High Country Wine and Food Festival is on April 16th through 19th, in downtown Blowing Rock, is just under an hour's drive from Beech Mountain; and so makes an excellent candidate for a day trip during your Beech Mountain break. And our local Banner Elk Winery will be participating once more in the Grand Tasting, held in downtown Blowing Rock on April 18th. Banner Elk Winery is just 5 miles down the mountain from our place, and its tasting room is also worth a visit during your Summer break up on Beech Mountain. Banner Elk Winery produces many excellent tastes (Indeed, several of their vintages are Blue Ridge Wine Festival winners) made from grapes grown in unique soils and climate of Watauga and Avery counties.

The annual wine festival is a fantastic way to experience the best in North Carolina wines, since instead of moving from vineyard to vineyard, over 30 wineries from North Carolina and beyond come to one place. This year's festivities start with the “Uncork the Festival” event on Thursday, where you can expand your knowledge with wine pairing seminars and cooking classes, as well as taking some time to sample the various masterpieces produced by High Country winemakers.

Once you have had your fill of excellent food and picked out a few bottles of your excited new discoveries, you can retreat again, above the crowds, to the peaceful quiet and inspiring views from our little place atop Beech Mountain. Pour yourself a glass and reflect on the pleasures of your day's adventures down below as you watch the pinks and purples of a lovely sunset spread across the evening sky.
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