Beech Mountain, NC, USA

Beech Mountain, NC, USA

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Beech Mountain takes your breath away

The enchanting Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina constantly wow visitors with their dramatic scenery, but nowhere packs as big a punch as Beech Mountain. The highest town east of the Mississippi takes your breath away as you contemplate its elevation of 5,506 feet. Ski resorts are few and far between in the southeastern states, but Beech Mountain bucks the trend, with winter-sports facilities to rival the Rockies. Beech Mountain vacation rentals, ranging from cozy cabins tucked away in the woods to spectacular mountain-top lodges, make it possible to explore this unique community from the inside.

Beech Mountain—a destination for all seasons

Beech Mountain resort is geared for adventure all year round, from morning yoga to après-ski nightcaps. Ice-skating, tubing, and snowboarding are all part of the fun in winter, while summer activities include disc golf and mountain biking. The resort even boasts its own craft brewery, with cozy open fires to warm the chilly winter evenings, while in summer the aptly named 5506’ bar rewards its patrons with live music at the end of a scenic lift ride. The charming Alpine Village is the perfect place to stock up on sports gear or browse for souvenirs and local crafts.

Over the rainbow in Beech Mountain

One of the quirkiest attractions of Beech Mountain “many, many miles east of nowhere” is Land of Oz. The theme park based on the famous movie was originally built to attract visitors to the newly opened Beech Mountain resort outside of the main ski season. The park operated for only a decade, but the facility survived many years of closure to rise again as a much-loved attraction that opens for special occasions. “Autumn at Oz” is the highlight of the events program—this annual family-friendly celebration offers the chance to meet Dorothy and her pals and follow an actual Yellow Brick Road.

Beech Mountain—the epitome of cool

Beech Mountain vacation rentals near the ski slopes are in high demand during the winter months, while spring and fall are great times to pick up out-of-season bargains and enjoy the fresh mountain air and clear skies. The town’s exceptional elevation means that snowfall has been recorded in every month except August, although summer temperatures more typically reach the 70s by day, followed by cool evenings. A consequence of these unusual climatic conditions is that Beech Mountain vacation rentals with a hot tub and sauna are at a premium, no matter the season.

Beech Mountain’s wild neighbors

The Cherokee National Forest is home to many iconic American animals including raccoons, coyotes, beavers, bobcats, and chipmunks. Shy white-tailed deer thrive in its dense undergrowth, while wetlands provide supportive environments for thriving colonies of toads and salamanders. Bird-watchers may be rewarded with stirring views of hawks, eagles, and peregrine falcons soaring high above the mountain peaks, while blue jays and cardinals buzz through the undergrowth. Arm yourself with binoculars and see how much wildlife you can spot from your Beech Mountain vacation rentals balcony.