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Summertime at the Highest Bar East of the Rockies: Music and More at 5506′ Skybar

By Jessica Isaacs | jessica@highcountrypress.com

Awesome opportunities for summer fun await you high atop the towering summit of Beech Mountain Resort!

Make your way over to the resort’s 5506’ Skybar for great, drinks and live music from a different band each week at this one-of-a-kind local hot spot. The bar’s new lunch menu offers sandwiches, salads and snacks beginning on Thursday every weekend, as well as brunch on Sundays.

“5506’ is a unique facility. There is not another bar or restaurant like it in the High Country,” said Talia Freeman, marketing director at BMR. “Customers experience endless views, seeing all the way to Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina. It’s pretty incredible.”

5506' Skybar at Beech Mountain Resort
5506′ Skybar at Beech Mountain Resort

The live music kicks off at 2:30 p.m. every Saturday afternoon, and this year’s lineup will feature several local favorites, including the Corklickers, the Harris Brothers and more.

“It’s nice to hear live music with such beautiful surroundings,” Freeman said. “Plus, we have a great music lineup — some really talented artists. I am excited for people to experience such great talent.”

Although there is no space for parking at the summit, there are two ways to get to the top and check out 5506’.

If you’re feeling adventurous, take the scenic chairlift and soak up the incredible vistas for just $10. If you’re not so much a fan of heights, the resort now offers shuttle services to and from the summit for just $5.

“The panoramic views of the mountains are simply stunning. I live and work here, but I am still in awe of the beauty,” Freeman said. “Some people simply do not enjoy the chairlift, though, so the shuttle is a more affordable option and it eases the discomfort that some people have with heights.”

Just can’t get enough of life on top of the world? Start your day with Mile High Yoga on the 5506’ observation deck at 10:30 a.m. on select Saturdays this summer.

Scenic Chairlift at Beech Mountain Resort
Scenic Chairlift at Beech Mountain Resort

“Our mission is to provide a safe, friendly, soothing and unique atmosphere for all ability levels,” said Freeman. “Our hand-picked instructors bring a wealth of knowledge and passion to help you strengthen your body, calm your mind and find a little inspiration for the rest of your journey.

“Mile High Yoga is all about the experience. We really strive to have quality instructors. That combined with the beautiful setting and the long range mountain views make for a rejuvenating and relaxing class.”

Whether you plan to visit for morning yoga, lunch and drinks or afternoon music, 5506’ at Beech Mountain Resort will keep you coming back for more this summer.

Freeman said you’ll definitely enjoy the “good food, good people, beautiful surroundings and cool weather” at 5506’, where family friendly fun is never in short supply.

Continue reading for the live music schedule, the weekend lunch menu, shuttle availability and information on Mile High Yoga.

To learn more, visit beechmountainresort.com or call 800-438-2093.

5506′ Skybar
5506' Skybar
5506′ Skybar

5506’ Live Music Lineup:

June 4   –   The local bluegrass legends The Corklickers

June 11  –  The blues, rock and funk of Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats

June 18  –  The up-and-coming rock and blues vocalist Shelby Rae Moore

June 25  –  The rowdy, edgy and fun bluegrass of Grandpa’s Cough Medicine

July 2    –   The local blues, rock and funk legend Melissa Reaves

July 9th  –   The funky horn-driven rock and soul of Dr Bacon

July 16   –   The blues, soul and jazz/funk of South Carolina’s Shane Pruitt Band 

July 23   –   A return performance by local bluegrass legends The Corklickers

July 30   –   The versatile blues, rock and country of The Harris Brothers 

August 6  – The earthy and eclectic Americana music of Wise Old River

August 13 – TBD 

August 20 – The atmospheric and fun New Acoustic sounds of Sweet Sweet

August 27 – The Americana, folk and rock grooves of Virginia’s If Birds Could Fly

Sept. 3    –    TBD


Scenic Lift Rides to 5506’:

$10 round trip tickets, open from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Shuttle Option to 5506’:

$5 shuttle tickets include rides up and back down the mountain and can be purchased at Ski Beech Sports. Shuttle space is limited and this option is not suitable for small children that require a car seat or booster seat.

Shuttle rides back down from the summit run on the half hour with the last ride scheduled for 5:30 p.m. each day. You must purchase a ticket to take the shuttle.

Shuttles are located at the end of lot #1.

Thursday rides up the mountain: noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.

Friday through Sunday rides up the mountain: 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. 4 p.m., 5 p.m.


Mile High Yoga Schedule:

June 4, 11, 18, 25

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27

Sept. 3

Classes begin at 10:30 a.m. and last approximately one hour. The class is accessible by the chairlift. Participants are asked to ride the lift between 10-10:15 a.m.

Yoga mats are limited and instructors include Cara Pittman and Jenna Thompson.