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High Country Festivals

The Highlands at Sugar is located in the midst of some of the most scenic terrain in the Southeast, but stunning scenery is not all these Sugar Mountain Real Estate Rentals have to offer. Some of the best High Country events take place here, including all of the exciting Banner Elk and Sugar Mtn NC Events that draw crowds from all over the nation. No matter when you visit our Sugar Mountain Real Estate Rentals, you’ll find that at least one of the fun Sugar Mtn NC Events is taking place. Winter, spring, summer and fall, there is always something exciting going on at Sugar Mountain in NC.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Each July, the Celtic residents of the High Country invite fellow clan members and vacationers from around the world to gather together and celebrate their unique culture with food, music, competition and camaraderie at McRae Meadow in Linville—just a short drive from our fantastic Sugar Mountain Lodging. This popular festival has been taking place for over half a century, and is one of the most attended gatherings of its kind in the world. For one weekend each year, Scots travel from near and far to admire the High Country of North Carolina which is said to resemble their native Scottish Highlands. Festival goers enjoy unique competitions, unusual foods, authentic Gaelic music and more! Our Sugar Mountain Real Estate Rentals are just a short drive from the action, so plan to spend some time at The Highlands at Sugar in July and learn more about the fascinating culture of some of the first Europeans to settle in this area.

Shag at Sugar

If you love to dance, you’ll love Shag at Sugar Mountain. Each August, just before the cooler weather approaches and winter begins to take hold of the High Country, Sugar Mountain hosts its annual celebration of Shag. This is a fantastic time to seek refuge from the heat of summer in our Sugar Mountain Lodging, and those who do will have the chance to enjoy cooler summer temperatures in addition to an array of exciting events associated with Shag at Sugar, including dance competitions, lessons, crafts, face painting and family-friendly games.

Beech Mountain’s Autumn at Oz

Years ago, Beech Mountain North Carolina was home to an amusement park that honored the classic film The Wizard of Oz. Today, though the amusement park has since closed its doors, the citizens of the mile-high community of Beech Mountain North Carolina honor the Land of Oz with a festival that takes place the first weekend in October and transforms the mountain into a storybook land. Autumn at Oz is enjoyed by children of all ages and is a dearly loved tradition in the Beech Mountain community. Gorgeous views of the changing fall leaves and the opportunity to get their pictures taken with flying monkeys or visit Auntie Em’s house await all of those who dare to venture into the magical land. Stay in our Sugar Mountain Lodging during this fun-filled time of year and be just minutes from all of the Oz-related festivities.

The Woolly Worm Festival

This famed festival has been one of the most popular Sugar Mtn NC Events for 33 years. A sure sign that winter is just around the corner, this annual festival is fun for guests of all ages who can’t help but be delighted by the unique activities that take place during the Woolly Worm Festival. Each year, participants gather up woolly worms—a native species of caterpillar with a furry body that often features distinct bands of brown or black hair—and challenge fellow contestants and their worms to see whose will make it to the top of a short string first. The particular pattern on the winning worm is said to predict the severity of the coming winter. In addition to the worm races, the Woolly Worm Festival attracts over a hundred arts and crafts vendors who cater to the thousands of people who flock to the festival each year. Dance teams, local entertainment, food, and rides are additional draws. If you plan to visit the Woolly Worm Festival around this time of year, stay in our Sugar Mountain Real Estate Rentals!

Oktoberfest Sugar Mountain

Every year, locals and visitors flock to Sugar Mtn to participate in one of the best loved of the Sugar Mtn NC Events, Oktoberfest. This event takes place each October, when the fall colors are at their most vibrant. In addition to stunning views of the changing leaves, those who head to Sugar Mountain for Oktoberfest will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of crafts, a mile-and-a-half lift ride up to Sugar’s 5,300-foot summit, a live Oom Pah band, kid-friendly games, authentic German fare (and hot dogs and hamburgers for the less adventurous guests) and, of course, their favorite Bavarian beverages. Our Sugar Mountain Real Estate Rentals are ideally situated for folks who wish to participate in the Oktoberfest activities on Sugar Mountain, and so check out our rates and book your Sugar Mountain Rental today!

These are just some of the many exciting Sugar Mtn NC Events that take place near our Sugar Mountain Lodging throughout the year. Here, each season brings with it not only its very own natural splendor, but a variety of fun and exciting Banner Elk and Sugar Mtn NC Events that can be enjoyed by virtually anyone. Our Sugar Mountain Lodging is perfect for those who plan to explore the different Sugar Mtn NC Events and festivals that take place here throughout the year, but our Sugar Mountain Real Estate Rentals are also close to the fun Western North Carolina Attractions and exciting outdoor activities that draw so many to this beautiful region. When you stay at The Highlands at Sugar, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in all of the great activities that make this area a vacation paradise, including Whitewater Rafting in North Carolina, Horseback Riding in NC Mountains, Hiking in North Carolina, Snow Skiing NC, NC Mountain Biking, Western NC Trout Fishing and so much more. Browse the site to learn why our Sugar Mountain Real Estate Rentals are so much fun, and then check out our rates and begin planning for your next vacation to Sugar Mountain in NC.

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