Summer

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Summer is the perfect time to be in Sugar Mountain, NC. While temperatures where you are may be scorching, our average temperatures are a cool 70 degrees. And Summer adventure is all around us. From hiking and biking the Sugar Mountain trails, to whitewater rafting, rock climbing and so much more nearby. In Summer our arts come alive! Enjoy performances at Lees-McRae College or stroll through our art galleries and antique shops. Below are some great activities for summer:

  • Summer Chilling & Grilling

    Live Music, Dinner, Table Tennis, and Corn Hole can be enjoyed all summer long on the Golf and Tennis Pro Shop Deck from 5:30 P.M. til 8:30 P.M.  Cost for dinner is $10 per person.  Music and Activities are FREE!   828-898-1025.

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    High Mountain Expeditions

    Over 25 years of experience. Guided trips including Nolichucky River rafting, Watauga River rafting, Wilson Creek rafting, New River tubing, Hiking and Caving. Family friendly and safety conscious.

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    Hiking & Biking at Sugar Mountain Resort

    From early May through mid October, enjoy the beautiful views on the diverse and challenging trail system that winds through the Village of Sugar Mountain on bikes or on foot. Trail access is free and maps are available in the mailbox at the base of Flying Mile Slope.

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    Sugar Mountain Tennis

    The tennis at Sugar is spectacular. Six courts, meticulously maintained of fast-dry, Har-tru clay, are wildly popular from May through October. Mens, womens, and mixed play “friendlys’’ can be found every day of the week. And like the golf, the tennis facilities are open to everyone, either on a pay as you go basis, or economical season pass options.

    Sugar Mountain Golf Course

    Sugar Mountain Golf Club may be the best kept secret in mountain golf, but not for long. Located just minutes from Boone, Banner Elk and the Blue Ridge Parkway, the 18-hole municipal course is “Everyman’s Golf Course” in a region home to some of the world’s premiere private country club communities. The fabulous Par 64 golf course opened for play in 1974, the design of Frank Duane, previously the senior project manager for more than two decades for Robert Trent Jones, the undisputed dean of golf course architecture. Visitors will find golf at Sugar Mountain affordable and accessible. Rates vary during the season which opens early April and concludes the end of October. Walk specials are available every afternoon after 3 o’clock, as are twilight rates with cart.

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    Mast General Store

    The original Mast General Store is not only a great place to shop, it’s a trip back in time. The original store hosts the Post Office and still offers 5 cent-a-cup coffee. In the store you’ll find gourmet country food, cast iron cookware, old-fashioned toys and more. Just 2/10 of a mile down the road, you’ll find the Mast General Store Annex, featuring an eclectic collection of clothing and outdoor gear and the old fashioned Candy Barrel.

    Perfect Nails

    Perfect nails is a full service nail salon for women as well as men. Our salon is equipped with the best pedicure chairs and spas in the industry.

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    Serenity Day Spa

    Located directly across from the entrance to Sugar Mountain, Serenity Day Spa offers a heavenly experience. Relax by the fire in the winter and on our patio during warmer months. Enjoy massages, facials, microdermabrasion, body treatments and more.

    Sugar Creek Mining Company

    Mine your own North Carolina gemstones! Grab a bucket and our expert staff will set you up on our flume line, then our staff will help you sort your gemstones and identify them. If desired, our expert gem cutters can cut your rough gemstones and set it into a piece of jewelry. Located across from the entrance to Sugar Mountain.

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    Edge of the World

    Guided whitewater rafting, whitewater kayaking, rappelling and rock climbing for the whole family. Trips include a delicious home cooked lunch. Enjoy rock climbing and rappelling in the beautiful Wilson Creek Wilderness with three phases of instruction. Whitewater rafting includes the Anaconda rapid, and since we lease the property where the rapid is located, you can re-run the Anaconda as many times as you like.

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    Grandfather Mountain Hiking Trails

    Sugar Mountain is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Grandfather Mountain. Offering 11 trails varying in difficulty from a gentle walk in the woods to a rigorous trek along the peaks, Grandfather Mountain’s trails offer a range of views and challenges. In the backcountry of Grandfather Mountain, you’ll encounter even more challenging terrain including trails navigated by ladders and cables. For more information and trail maps, visit: www.grandfather.com/things-to-do/walking-hiking

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    Blue Ridge Parkway

    Just minutes from Sugar Mountain, you’ll find The Blue Ridge Parkway, “America’s Favorite Drive.” Some of the most scenic, most photographed parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway are located near Sugar Mountain with abundant opportunity for hiking, picnicking, leaf-looking, wildflower-watching and birding.

    Trails close to Sugar Mountain include:

    MP 304.4: Linn Cove Viaduct Access Trail | .16 mi EASY
    MP 305.2: Beacon Heights Trail | (10 minutes to view) .22 mi MODERATE
    MP 305.5: Tanawha Trail | 13.5 mi EASY/MODERATE
    MP 308.2: Flat Rock Trail | .63 mi EASY
    MP 316.4: Linville Falls Trail (view of upper Falls) | .8 mi MODERATE
    MP 316.5: Linville Falls Trail (view of lower falls) | .5 mi STRENUOUS

    Grandfather Mountain

    Sugar Mountain offers some of the closest lodging options for Grandfather Mountain. Located only 15 minutes away, Grandfather Mountain is home to the famous “Mile High Swinging Bridge,” the Nature Museum, Wildlife Habitat featuring bears, cougars, otters and more. Fun for all ages. Groups welcome. Open year-round, weather permitting.

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    Wildcat Lake

    Just a few minutes from Sugar Mountain, Wildcat Lake offers an old-fashioned swimming hole complete with white sand beach, swimming pier and fishing dock. This 13-acre lake is a popular venue for non-motorized boating and kayak and canoe rentals are available seasonally. The NC Wildlife Resource Commission stocks the lake with three varieties of trout, bluegill and largemouth bass. Fishing is open from dawn to dusk, seven days per week. NC fishing licenses are required. Tufts Memorial Park, located next door, provides a bath house, picnic tables and shelters. The park and lake are owned and maintained by Grandfather Home for Children. There is no charge to use the facilities, although donations are appreciated. To reserve the picnic shelters, call 828-898-5465.

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    Linville Caverns

    Linville Caverns offers splendor and wonders that nature created inside a mountain. Experienced guides take you into the subterranean world, giving you a history of the caverns and allowing you to view the stalactites, stalagmites and underground stream. Open year round, but only on weekends December-February. Please visit the website for hours. Groups welcome.

    Apple Hill Farm

    Mountaintop alpaca farm and store. Guided walking tours let you get up close and personal with the alpacas, llamas, angora goats, guardian donkeys, dogs and other animals. Open year-round, weather permitting. Please call or visit our website for more information.

    natural healing day spa

    Natural Healing Day Spa

    Day spa and wellness center in business for over 20 years. Offering massage therapy, facials, body wraps and scrubs, foot reflexology and a variety of manicures and pedicures. Our wellness and weight loss services include infrared sauna sessions. Open Monday-Saturday.

    grandfather vineyard

    Grandfather Vineyard

    Terraced mountain vineyard and winery nestled on the Watauga River at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Warm breezes during the day and cool, crisp nights help develop the flavor and balance of our wine.

    lees mcrae college summer theatre

    Lees-McRae College Summer Theatre

    Lees-McRae College offers professional performances during summer months as part of their Summer Theatre Performances. The 2016 line-up includes Mary Poppins, Always…Patsy Cline, and The Pajama Game. Check their website for tickets, dates and times.

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    FORUM at Lees-McRae College

    A series of cultural programs including performances, lectures and more. The 2016 line-up includes Bria Skonberg Quintet, Four Freshmen, Western Piedmont Symphony, Daniel Rodriguez, Presidio Brass, Atlantic City Boys, Dunlap & Pennington, and Live From Nashville. Visit the website for tickets, dates and times.

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    Banner House Museum

    See what life was like in the NC mountains during the 1800s. The Banner House was built in 1865 by one of Banner Elk’s founding fathers, Samuel Henry Banner. The museum displays artifacts including period furnishings, farm tools, hand-stitched quilts, vintage clothing, photographs and paintings. Open June-September.

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    Hawksnest Zipline

    Zipline year-round! Hawksnest currently has 20 ziplines including 4 mega zips, 2 over 2000 feet long and 2 over 1500 feet long. With 4 miles of zipline riding with heights over 200 feet and speeds up to 50 mph. Ziplines are over trees, through trees, over lakes and creeks with panoramic views on almost every ride. Huge observation deck at mountaintop lodge for after your zipping sessions!

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    Banner Elk Winery

    The Banner Elk Winery & Villa is the jewel of the High Country. Nestled in the awe-inspiring majestic Blue Ridge Mountains stands the High Country’s original winery.Banner Elk Winery has set the standard for crafting wines in the High Country that stand among the finest in the country. Our vineyards offer engaging Wine Tastings and a glimpse into what the storied High Country Wine Region is truly made of. Stop in and enjoy a unique wine experience. The scenic grounds offer guests a chance to relax, enjoy the day, and experience some of the best wine in North Carolina’s High Country.

    Flat Top Brewing Company

    Flat Top Brewery Company

    Flat Top Brewing Company is Banner Elk’s Craft Brewery. We specialize in Refreshingly Elevated beers that are of the highest quality while being easily drinkable. Flat Top Brewing Company is committed to bringing the best beer possible to the marketplace. This commitment begins with the pure mountain water we use in each and every batch of beer we craft. As any brewer can tell you, great water makes great beer and Flat Top Brewing Company embraces this ideal. Our formally trained team of brewers is not afraid to experiment with new techniques and different ingredients in order to bring exceptional beers to the High Country and beyond!

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